Lies Debunked: How did Scientology start?

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Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

From: publicrelations@scientology.org
Subject: How did Scientology start?
Date: 2000/03/06

L. Ron Hubbard began his studies of the mind and spirit in 1923, resulting in a manuscript entitled "Excalibur" in 1938. It was in this unpublished work that the word "Scientology" first appeared to describe what Mr. Hubbard termed "the study of knowing how to know." He decided against publishing the book, saying, "Excalibur did not contain any therapy of any kind but was simply a discussion of the composition of life." And he added, "I decided to go further."

The "going further" resulted in Dianetics, a subject which was, in fact, introduced into the much broader field of Scientology to provide some kind of "therapy" that could be easily utilized by the man in the street. Thus, in 1947, he wrote a manuscript detailing some of these discoveries.

It was not published at that time, but circulated among friends, who copied it and passed it on to others. (This manuscript was ultimately formally published in 1951 as Dianetics: The Original Thesis and later republished as The Dynamics of Life.)

As copies of the manuscript circulated, Mr. Hubbard began to receive a flood of letters requesting further information and more applications of his new subject. He soon found himself spending all his time answering letters and decided to write a comprehensive text on the subject.

He first published an article on the subject. "Terra Incognita: The Mind," appeared in the Winter-Spring 1950 issue of the Explorers Club Journal. This was followed by the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, published in May 1950. It became a nationwide bestseller almost overnight. By late summer, people across the country were not only reading the book, but were also organizing their own groups for the purpose of applying Dianetics techniques. The book has remained a bestseller ever since, becoming number one on the New York Times bestseller list almost four decades after its initial publication. It continues to appear on bestseller lists around the world.

In the course of thousands of hours of Dianetics counseling on tens of thousands of individuals all over the country, it soon became apparent that many people audited on these procedures were coming into contact with incidents that seemed to occur in previous lives. Although certain officials in the Dianetics organizations attempted to suppress research into this phenomenon, L. Ron Hubbard refused to allow this. In his subsequent investigation, during which he asked himself the question of "Who was looking at these mental image pictures?" (a question raised in 1950 in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health as a vital matter to resolve), Mr. Hubbard believed that it had to be something other than the mind itself. He came to the conclusion that it was man's spiritual self that was doing so. Eventually, Mr. Hubbard confirmed that he was dealing with an individual who was a spirit inhabiting a body and using a mind, and that man had a fundamentally spiritual nature.

It was this discovery, in the fall of 1951, that completed the circle for Mr. Hubbard and brought him back to the broader subject of Scientology and what Dianetics had been addressing all along the spirit. It was then that he publicly announced Scientology. As he put it, "I found out what was looking at the pictures. And described it. And found out that you could do things with it from a very practical standpoint that nobody had ever done before and found myself suddenly in the field of religion . . ."

In 1954 the first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles by a group of Scientologists, and within a few years churches were formed across the country and around the world.

In the years that followed, L. Ron Hubbard completed his research into the spiritual nature of man. Today, all his writings on the subject are available to anyone who wishes to study Scientology. Although Mr. Hubbard departed his body in 1986, he is still with us in spirit and the legacy of his work continues to help people around the world realize their true spiritual nature.


And now for the truth

What you just read was a massive advertisement combined with some rather amusing public relations spins which attempt to paint a rosy picture of Scientology's mad messiah L. Ron Hubbard.

Elsewhere on the Volunteer Ministers web site we take a look at the rumors that Hubbard publically stated that the best way to make a million dollars was to start his own religion. On that web page we also provide information about L. Ron Hubbard having written a letter to his latest wife talking about looking into what he called his "religion angel" to avoid having to pay taxes on the money he was rooking out of his followers.

"Excalibur" was one of Hubbard's many delusional attempts to break out into the quack pop psychology field and I consider it likely that he went around from publisher to publisher trying to get it accepted for publication. Hubbard apparently gave up such an amusing endeavor and wound up signing on with World War 2 where he really embarrassed himself. (See War Hero for detailed exainations into Hubbard's Navy war record.)

After the war Hubbard apparently decided he would revisit his attempt to get something published in the quack pop psychology venue that becomes popular from time to time. The result was "Dianetics" which contained a lot of pretty pathetic notions yet which really didn't hold any new notions that hadn't already been presented to the world over the centuries past.

Amazingly, however, people actually started buying the book, having been taken in by the quack science claims and quack medical notions that fill the book. It became popular for a short period of time just as other books of a like nature became popular for a short period of time before falling back into obscurity.

To compress Scientology's criminal history considerably, I'll summarize by noting that Hubbard created a following based upon his quack book "Dianetics" and he started running commercial franchises around the United States and in Europe, rooking the gullible and the ignorant. After numerous raids and indictments coupled with the pressing need to flee from country to county avoiding prosecution as organized crime, Hubbard eventually renamed his Dianetics groups to "Scientology" and then he discussed in a letter to his latest wife what he called his "religion angle" to try to avoid having to pay taxes on the money he was rooking out of people.

The popularity of Dianetics dropped shortly after it was introduced and ran through its "craze" period. Scientologists, however, were ordered to repeatedly purchase copies of the book over and over again to drive it up into Best Seller catalogs in the hopes that more followers would be rooked into the scam.

It's important to underscore the fact that what Hubbard came out with were franchises selling quack pop psychology notions wherein Hubbard received commissions from his franchises. Hubbard and his fellow cronies maintained strict control of these franchises, making sure that everyone "toed the line" and followed orders. When they didn't, Hubbard sent in "missions" to take over the franchises, often sending the people who bought the francise off to punishment prisons the organization calls their "RPF" or "Rehabilitation Project Force."

The history of Scientology, Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard, and the crimes to numerous to enumerate are better covered in the book Bare Faced Messiah which contains a large number of FBI documents, all of which are provided on that web site along with the book. Additionally that web site I just offered a link to provides an index into the book which people may click upon to jump straight to specific subjects.

Scientology's claims about how their criminal enterprise was formed are soundly debunked in Bare Faced Messiah and I would encourage you to either purchase the book else visit the web site and print the document for review.

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