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Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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The Church of Scientology was founded in 1954 based on the teachings of an American author named L. Ron Hubbard. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born on March 13, 1911, in Tilden, Nebraska. The son of a naval commander, Hubbard moved to Montana at the age of two and traveled with his family over much of the country. His mother, who had attended teacher's college, tutored Hubbard at home, and he learned to read and write at a young age.

As a young boy, Hubbard established a friendship with a tribe of Blackfoot Indians living near his Helena, Montana home. This unique opportunity enabled him to learn much about the culture, customs and legends of the tribe. At the age of six, Hubbard was given the rare honor of becoming a blood brother of the Blackfoot Indians. 

In 1923, Hubbard moved with his family to Seattle, Washington, where he joined the Boy Scouts. At the age of 13, he became the youngest Eagle Scout ever. The same year, the young Hubbard traveled to Washington, D.C. by way of the Panama Canal. Along the way, he established another influential friendship, this time with Naval Commander Joseph C. Thompson. Commander Thompson had been sent by the US Navy Marine Corps to study under Sigmund Freud, and he taught Hubbard much about Freudian theory.

In 1927, Hubbard embarked on the first of his many journeys to Asia. By the age of 19, he had traveled more than 250,000 miles - including China, Japan, Guam, and the Philippines. In the course of these travels, he befriended Old Mayo, a Beijing magician, spent time at Buddhist lamaseries in the Western Hills of China, and spent time with nomadic bandits of Mongolian descent. 

Clearly, Hubbard learned and experienced much during his Asian travels, but he was left discouraged by what he observed: 

For all the wonders of these lands and all his respect for those whom he encountered, he still saw much that concerned him: Chinese beggars willing themselves to die above open graves in Beijing, children who were less than rags, widespread ignorance and despair. And in the end, he came to the inescapable conclusion that despite the wisdom of its ancient texts, the East did not have the answers to the miseries of the human condition. It remained evident in the degradation and sorrow of its people. ( www.aboutlronhubbard.org

In 1929, Hubbard returned to the United States and resumed his formal education. After graduating from the Woodword School for Boys in Washington, D.C., he enrolled in the mathematics and engineering program at George Washington University. In the course of this study, Hubbard theorized that subatomic particles might assist in understanding how the human mind worked, and recognized the great importance of keeping mankind under control in light of atomic studies. He also became keenly disappointed with the knowledge of the psychologists he consulted with. As Hubbard described it:

To be very blunt, it was very obvious that I was dealing with and living in a culture which knew less about the mind than the lowest primitive tribe I had ever come in contact with. Knowing also that people in the East were not able to reach as deeply and predictably into the riddles of the mind as I had been led to expect, I knew I would have to do a lot of research.

Thus, the result of Hubbard's many travels, experiences, and studies was a determination to discover how the human mind works. Hubbard left college before graduating and made the world his research laboratory. His research was financed by becoming one of the most famous authors of the 1930s. He wrote well over 200 novels and short stories in the genres of science fiction, western, mystery and adventure. 

In 1938, Hubbard discovered what he believed to be the common denominator of existence, which was: SURVIVE. In a philosophic work entitled "Excalibur," Hubbard wrote:

I suddenly realized that survival was the pin on which you could hang the rest of this with adequate and ample proof. It’s a very simple problem. Idiotically simple! That’s why it never got solved. Nobody has ever looked at anything being that simple to do that much. So what do we find as the simplicities of solution? The simplicities of solution lie in this: that life, all life, is trying to survive. And life is composed of two things: the material universe and an X-factor. And this X-factor is something that can evidently organize, and mobilize the material universe.

Hubbard served as a Navy Lieutenant in World War II, and the bloodshed and its effects on man's mind that he observed made him more determined than ever to discover the answers to the human mind. In 1945, he was hospitalized at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. While recovering, he took the opportunity to experiment with the idea that mental blocks can prevent medical treatments from being effective. He found this theory to work on numerous patients, and concluded:  "Thought is boss." 

After the war, Hubbard continued to test his hypotheses on a broad sample of people from all over the United States. He is said to have helped over 400 hundred people become healthier with the procedures he had developed, including himself. These procedures came to be called "Dianetics." 

In 1949, Hubbard's first published article on Dianetics appeared in the Explorers Club Journal. He also presented his findings to the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association, but neither were interested in his work. Hubbard and his friends concluded that the medical establishment felt their way of life threatened by the simplicity of Dianetics and were motivated by greed rather than helping others. Hubbard therefore presented his findings directly to the public.

In May 1950, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health was published, and went on to sell over 17 million copies. He wrote six books in 1951 on Dianetics technology and began lecturing all over the country. According to the Church of Scientology, over 750 groups were putting Dianetics technology into practice by the end of 1950.

Despite this success, Hubbard still puzzled over some unanswered questions. Although he felt he had discovered the mechanism of the mind, he wrote that "the further one investigated, the more one came to understand that here, in this creature Homo sapiens, were far too many unknowns. This new avenue of research, into the human spirit, was the focus of the next three decades of Hubbard's study and writing. It is out of this period that Scientology was born.

In 1954, Scientologists, not Hubbard, founded the first Church of Scientology in Los Angeles. As Scientologists describe it, "L. Ron Hubbard founded the subject - early Scientologists founded the church." 

In 1959 Hubbard and his family moved to England. He bought the Saint Hill Manor in Sussex, which was to be his home for the next seven years and the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

In the 1960s, Hubbard developed a step-by-step method for reaching higher spiritual awareness and ability, and trained Scientologists in this method. Hubbard also designed administrative principles for Scientology organizations.

On September 1, 1966, Hubbard resigned as Executive Director of the Church of Scientology, and spent the next seven years at sea devoted to research. During this time, he developed a drug rehabilitation program, as well as the highest levels of Scientology and further administrative principles.

From 1975 to 1979, Hubbard lived in La Quinta, California, where he wrote (and in many cases directed) numerous training films on the application of his principles. 

In 1980, Hubbard published The Way to Happiness, a "nonreligious moral code based on common sense," of which over 35 million copies have been printed. About this book Hubbard commented: 

Reading the papers and wandering around in the society, it was pretty obvious that honesty and truth were not being held up to the standards they once had. People and even little kids in schools have gotten the idea that high moral standards are a thing of the past. Man has in his hands today a lot of violent weapons. He doesn’t have the moral standards to go with them.




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tericared
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:09 PM

My Mother worked as a switchboard operator at one of the schools for Scientology in Hollywood.....She said the people there were like aliens from another planet....The 3rd time she refused to do some kind of bio- feed back and to join the church they fired her.......

MemawBrie
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM

 LOL, "aliens."  John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley among other stars are Scientologists.  Jet Cruise died from a seizure that could have been prevented if they had allowed him to take medication.  Scientologists don't believe in medicine, immunizations and such.

LoriLou75
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM


 I honestly never knew soo much about L Ron Hubbard. Thanks. I thought it was really interesting he was concerned over peoples greed considering that now-a-days money and scientology seem to go hand in hand

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 Hubbard and his friends concluded that the medical establishment felt their way of life threatened by the simplicity of Dianetics and were motivated by greed rather than helping others.


 

tericared
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:01 PM

 

Quoting MemawBrie:

 LOL, "aliens."  John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley among other stars are Scientologists.  Jet Cruise died from a seizure that could have been prevented if they had allowed him to take medication.  Scientologists don't believe in medicine, immunizations and such.

 It was Jett Travolta and he did take meds for his seizures....

What we know is that Travolta’s son was taking medication for his seizures. Up until recently Jett was treated with depakote, but the family saw little results and horrible side effects. Eventually they decided to take him off the drug and the seizures became more frequent.

http://www.spectrumpublications.com/index.php/blogs/did_scientology_factor_in_jett_travoltas_death/

 

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MemawBrie
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:04 PM

 Well then, I stand corrected ;-)  Thank you tericared.

tericared
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

 

Quoting MemawBrie:

 Well then, I stand corrected ;-)  Thank you tericared.

 It's all good...The Travolta's live about 20 minutes from me and when falsehoods come out about them the corrections all all over the place around here...

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atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:21 PM


Quoting tericared:

 

Quoting MemawBrie:

 LOL, "aliens."  John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley among other stars are Scientologists.  Jet Cruise died from a seizure that could have been prevented if they had allowed him to take medication.  Scientologists don't believe in medicine, immunizations and such.

 It was Jett Travolta and he did take meds for his seizures....

What we know is that Travolta’s son was taking medication for his seizures. Up until recently Jett was treated with depakote, but the family saw little results and horrible side effects. Eventually they decided to take him off the drug and the seizures became more frequent.

http://www.spectrumpublications.com/index.php/blogs/did_scientology_factor_in_jett_travoltas_death/

 

Scientologist do not believe that autism is real but after he died they admitted he had it.  Did they get kicked out?   No?  Scientology is a cult to me.  Just my opinion. 

glitterteaz
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

 with all due respect all religions coud be considered a cult

cult

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–noun
1.
a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
2.
an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
3.
the object of such devotion.
4.
a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
5.
Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
6.
a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional societyunder the direction of a charismatic leader.
7.
the members of such a religion or sect.
8.
any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature ofdisease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.
–adjective
9.
of or pertaining to a cult.
10.
of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees: a cult movie.
Quoting atlmom2:

 

Quoting tericared:

 

Quoting MemawBrie:

 LOL, "aliens."  John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley among other stars are Scientologists.  Jet Cruise died from a seizure that could have been prevented if they had allowed him to take medication.  Scientologists don't believe in medicine, immunizations and such.

 It was Jett Travolta and he did take meds for his seizures....

What we know is that Travolta’s son was taking medication for his seizures. Up until recently Jett was treated with depakote, but the family saw little results and horrible side effects. Eventually they decided to take him off the drug and the seizures became more frequent.

http://www.spectrumpublications.com/index.php/blogs/did_scientology_factor_in_jett_travoltas_death/

 

Scientologist do not believe that autism is real but after he died they admitted he had it.  Did they get kicked out?   No?  Scientology is a cult to me.  Just my opinion. 

 




atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I guess.  The religion I believe in doesn't tell people what to do or they must live a certain way., etc.  The minister didn't play cards, his daughter and wife did and we played cards at church even.  He wouldn't drink, his wife had champagne at our wedding, so did his daughter.  That was why I liked it.  He didn't condem people for not being like him and knew there were more than one way of living.  I don't think Scientology would do something like that. 

Quoting glitterteaz:

 with all due respect all religions coud be considered a cult

cult

Clairwil
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2010 at 6:31 AM
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