Scientology Guide

by Mark Ivar Myhre on February 8, 2008

Every now and then someone will write and ask me if I am into Scientology. I suppose it’s because I generally take a dim view of antidepressants.

So here’s what I think of Scientology:

A few years ago, as I was walking out of the local brew pub in Ybor City (in Tampa) I was approached by a man who asked me if I wanted to take a ‘personality test’.

I knew something was squirrelly with the guy, but still I was intrigued. Especially since my friend said, “Get away from him, he’s a Scientologist!”

Would they kidnap me? Was I in danger? Could they brainwash me in a casual conversation? Could I withstand their wily ways?

All these questions were running through my mind.

I walked over to their place of business. I saw a dozen or so other bar patrons who’d been rounded up like me on a Friday night; curious or perhaps even genuinely interested.

I sensed a dark energy that hung about the room like an ominous cloud. It was impossible to ignore. I’ll admit I felt a little nervous. No way would I lose sight of that front door.

My main source of confidence came from the firm belief I could kick and bite and scratch and elbow my way through every person in that room if need be…

Just try and stop me. Just try.

I was introduced to the best looking woman in the room (which isn’t saying much) who laughed when I confessed my main source of confidence.

“Do you really think I’m a threat?”

“Well, maybe not you, personally…”

At the time, I didn’t realize how many hours and hours and hours she’d spent working on her communication skills; presumably to deal with people like me.

She let me hold her E-meter. I was impressed at how she avoided answering my questions. She was highly skilled in the art of ‘verbal judo’.

I bought a book on emotions. She said she’d like to see me again. I wrote my mailing address on the sales receipt.

I went home and read the book. It was overly simplistic and half-wrong, but besides that, it wasn’t too bad. Although I wouldn’t recommend it. (If you want to learn about emotions, read my free e-book.)

And now, here’s where the story gets interesting.

You see, I know someone who intimately knows the inner workings of the people who run Scientology.

(As opposed to the ‘google-knowledge’ which I learned later. Just google the word scientology and you’ll be lost in an endless maze of information they don’t want you to know. I spent a fascinating evening surfing numerous websites after my Friday night adventure.)

Here’s what my friend in Los Angeles told me a month later:

1. Yes, Mark, they do indeed have VERY powerful techniques.

2. Some of the members (my friend wouldn’t say who) have gone WAY overboard in terms of responsible, acceptable, decent human behavior. I assume this refers to some of the leaders.

3. They will tell you they have the answer to your problems, no matter what problem you say you have.

4. Mark, in your eagerness to learn you could get sucked in. You need to stay away.

And my friend would say no more. No matter how much I begged and pleaded for additional info.

So what’s the bottom line?

If you’re looking for a Scientology Guide – think hard about why you want to learn about it. If you’re really set on helping yourself with Scientology techniques, then at least select one of the ‘underground’ organizations that are run by ex-Scientologists who sincerely want to help people.

And avoid the ‘official’ so-called church of Scientology at all costs. They have an agenda; and it’s not to help you.

I respect a person’s desire to learn more about themselves and to walk a path of self-discovery. To me, nothing is more important.

Just make sure you THINK FOR YOURSELF.

Don’t let anyone else make your choices and decisions and evaluations. Ever. Guard your choices and decisions and evaluations with your life.

And to this day, after moving twice, I still can’t get off their damn mailing list. They keep finding my new address.

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