It’s normal to be afraid of things we don’t understand.
It’s even more understandable to be afraid of things we don’t understand because they are secretive, vastly wealthy, and embroiled in numerous lawsuits, disappearances, and even deaths.
The Church of Scientology is an extensive system of beliefs, considered a religion by some and a commercial operation or even a cult by many others. Founded by pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the early ’50s, Scientology is a barely understood and highly criticized organization whose followers are deeply dedicated.
But, what about the ones who leave the church? Though considered risky for personal safety, those who have left Scientology have much to say about it, and their confessions only further fuel the rumors and concerns.
Baby, Come Back
“I worked at the Church for eight months and was involved with Scientology for about a year. I worked in the public area where walk-ins could watch videos and ask questions. I am no longer a Scientologist and that is due to disagreements I have about some theories they have, but I cannot lie and say that some of their practices have helped me. Working in the public area, I gained really good sales techniques and etiquette, and the studying I did in my free time taught me other interesting theories that I respect because they are applicable in many areas of my life. However, they are a relentless group of people that will call/text/email/facebook message you about going back until you want to pull your hair out. Though they actually have a nice organizational strategy, their business techniques are harsh and unrelenting. Money is always on their mind. I hated that part of it. Fortunately, being a staff member, all of my courses were free but they usually costed around $500 for non-staff. Other than that, they’re nice people if you get to know them outside of the church.”
“When I was about 5 or 6 my dad (Who was a Scientologist at the time) tried to get myself and my sister to become members by getting us to learn what they offered to teach us. It was pretty much just us having one on one sessions with some chick who tried to improve our grammar to near perfect at that age. Honestly it wasn’t a terrible thing to do as they weren’t teaching us anything that could harm us at such a young age but I’m happy I got out when they wanted me to learn the alphabet backwards.”
“I was born into Scientology and my experience with it was pretty sh*tty. It’s really difficult to answer this question fully because it was basically my whole life for 22 years […] I also want to say that everyone’s experience with Scientology is different and a lot of people who are less involved don’t have any real negative experiences and may even find it helpful. Most of the horror stories come from people who worked for the church or who grew up with parents on staff there.
Early life: My father was an auditor (the counselor/minister/therapist where you hold the cans on the meter) on staff, my mother worked to support the family as he didn’t get paid anything worth mentioning. I got my first auditing when I was 5 and don’t remember much of it. I did courses there designed to help with basic things from study skills to basic morals. These are the introductory courses, and you won’t find anything very off the wall in them, although I suppose some of the drills on the communication courses are seen as pretty strange. The only really screwed up thing that happened because of church policies is that when I was very young my babysitter was a man who my father was counseling and who confessed during a session that he had been molesting me. He continued to babysit me because he had said it during a counseling session so it was confidential and my father was told to do nothing about it and not to tell my mother.
My parents split up when I was pretty young and I moved back and fourth between them a lot. My step father did some pretty screwed up and abusive things in the name of Scientology, but I’m not going to go into that because it was him twisting scientology around so he could be abusive. He was just an assh*le. All in all, early life wasn’t that weird, in regards to church related things.” (antediluvianmonster)
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