Lies Debunked: Is man a spirit?

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Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

From: publicrelations@scientology.org
Subject: Is man a spirit?
Date: 2000/03/07

Is man a spirit?

Yes. A short exercise can quickly answer this for anyone: If you have someone close their eyes and get a picture of a cat, they will get a mental image picture of a cat. But who exactly is looking at that picture in the mind? The answer, of course, is the human spirit itself. In Scientology we call the spirit a thetan, from the Greek letter theta, meaning thought or life or the spirit.

How does one know that he is a spirit?

It is a matter that each individual must examine for himself. Scientologists believe man is more than a mind and body and that it is he, himself, the spirit, who can control the mind and the body.

Do you think your body would do anything by itself if it were not guided by you, the being?

Robert


And now for the truth

Pretty nutty but then L. Ron Hubbard wasn't a nuclear scientist, after all. Thinking of cats is some how evidence that "spirits" exist. The notion is nutty yet it's somewhat akin to other like-minded notions that relatively sane people have come up with. Still, Scientology isn't telling you some things.

What Scientology isn't telling you is that Scientology doesn't actually believe in "spirits" in any sense of the word that real people use out in the real world.

1.a. The vital principle or animating force within living beings. b. Incorporeal consciousness. 2. The soul, considered as departing from the body of a person at death. 3. Spirit. The Holy Spirit. 4. Spirit. Christian Science. God. 5. A supernatural being, as: a. An angel or a demon. b. A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon. c. A fairy or sprite. 6.a. The part of a human being associated with the mind, will, and feelings. b. The essential principle. 9. spirits. A mood or an emotional state. 10. A particular mood or an emotional state characterized by vigor and animation. 11. Strong loyalty or dedication. 12. The predominant mood of an occasion or a period. 13. The actual though unstated sense or significance of something. 14. Often spirits. (used with a sing. verb). An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance. 15. spirits. An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.

1. To carry off mysteriously or secretly. 2. To impart courage, animation, or determination to; inspirit.

When Scientology uses the word "spirit," they want you to believe that they hold the religious notions embodied in the traditional use of the word yet nothing could be further from the truth. In fact Scientologists are told to believe that they reincarnate and in between each session of bodily existance they're told to believe that their "thetans" are kidnapped by aliens from outer space, transported to "implant stations" (often on Mars) where they are subjected to a systematic brainwashing which reprograms the "thetan" with notions -- such as religion -- by the space aliens to keep humanity enslaved.

After implantation, people's "thetans" are apparently frozen and dropped into the oceans of Teegeeack where they thaw out and start looking for human babies being born to take over their bodies. (When I read Hubbard's writings about it on the Internet, I'm always fondly reminded of the old movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers.")

Of course Scientology's leaders don't tell their followers that this is what they're going to be ordered to believe until after followers purchase what the organization calls "OT3" or "Operating Thetan Level 3." In those series of documents followers finally learn all about the Galactic Lord Xenu, and the invisible murdered space alien fragments called "Body Thetans" that infest humans here on Teegeeack (now called "Earth.") Followers eventually get informed that the evil Marcabians from outer space are the villans that wish to keep humanity enslaved, using government agencies as pawns and using the mental health industry as strong arms.

Does this sound like the usual notions regarding "spirits" to you? If it sounds like a Space Opera, that's because it is. L. Ron Hubbard called it just than when he wrote the OT3 series when he added the comment -- perhaps a note to himself or a hoped-for editor -- "very Space Opera." Hubbard was a science fiction author, after all.

Hubbard doubtlessly came up with these notions due to the need to contrive a bait-and-switch bunko fraud to explain-away the fact that Dianetics didn't work. Telling the rubes that they're infested with invisible murdered space aliens called "Body Thetans" ment that Hubbard and his cohorts could continue to rook their victims by making them believe they had the fictional disease (Body Thetans) yet -- as luck would have it -- Scientology has the cure (what the organization calls "Auditing.") Of course the "cure" is extremely expensive and uses a quack medical fraud device known as an E-meter.

I should point out that it is perfectly okay for people to believe whatever they wish to believe provided it doesn't hurt anybody else. Scientology's ringleaders, however, don't inform their followers about the core beliefs of Scientology when they sign up. After the vicims have subjected themselves to the brainwashing rituals of the organization (some of them are called "Training Routines" or "TRs" for short) the victim has become pliable enough to suggestion that they're willing to swallow the contents of OT3. Since followers hasve no idea what Scientology really is when they sign on, and since followers are subjected to bait-and-switch bunko frauds to keep them paying endlessly, purchasing vague and never obtainable goals, that's fraud and it must be stopped.

If Scientology was upfront about what they really are, they would be just another flying saucer cult and it's likely that few would care what they did.

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