Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
From: eastin@locus.com (Dick Eastin)
Subject: Frequently Asked Questions - 2
Message-ID: <1991Sep08.210452.2484437@locus.com>
Organization: Locus Computing Corp, Los Angeles
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 1991 21:04:52 GMT
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See the first FAQ for the following: 1) What is Scientology ? 2) What is Dianetics ? 3) Why is Scientology called a religion ? 4) Who is L. Ron Hubbard ? 5) What is the E-meter ? 6) Why doesn't the E-meter cost only $35 or less ? 7) What is Clear ? 8) What is a Thetan ? -------------------------------------- FAQ2 (this file) covers the following: -------------------------------------- 9) How did Scientology start? (Or, why wasn't Dianetics good enough?) 10) What is the reactive mind ? 11) What is the analytical mind ? 12) What is the somatic mind ? 13) What is the body ? 14) What are the parts of man ? 15) How does Scientology work ? 16) Why is auditing so expensive ?

9) How did Scientology start? (Or, why wasn't Dianetics good enough?)

In 1950 L. Ron Hubbard published "Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health." This book covered the anatomy of the human mind, and a technology called auditing. (Auditing: a communicating process with the end goal of raising the ability of another person so that he can handle his reactive mind, body, others, and the environment in general.) It started a demand for academies in which people could study the discoveries outlined in that book. The book has remained a best seller ever since.

Realizing at this stage that the mind in itself, no matter how liberated, was limiting and that there was something "animating" the mind, Hubbard permitted the founding in 1950 of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation to facilitate investigation into the realm of the spirit. An astonishing number of characteristics and potential abilities of Man were unearthed in this course of study, and it was a difficult task to painstakingly isolate the most important truths. By 1952 Hubbard found that he had isolated elan vital, the spirit, and thus was Scientology born.

Subjects which L. Ron Hubbard consulted in the organization and development of Scientology were both Eastern and Western philosophical and religious thought, the physical sciences, including nuclear physics, and mathematics. Scientology is a wisdom in the tradition of ten thousand years of search in Asia and Western civilization. It is an organization of the pertinencies which are mutually held true by all men in all times, and the development of technologies which demonstrate the existence of new phenomena not hitherto known.

10) What is the reactive mind ?

A portion of a person's mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the porwer of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. Stored in the reactive mind are engrams, and here we find the source of aberrations and psychosomatic ills. (Engram - a mental image picture which is a recording of a time of physical pain and unconsciousness. The word engram is an old one borrowed from biology. It meant, "a lasting memory trace on a cell." It may be engraved on more than the cell, but up against Dianetic processing, it is not lasting.)

Comprises an unknowing, unwanted series of aberrated computations which bring about an effect upon the individual and those around him. It is an obsessive strata of unknown, unseen, uninspected data which are forcing solutions, unknown and unsuspected, on the individual - which tells you why it remained hidden from man for so many thousands of years.

11) What is the analytical mind ?

The conscious aware mind which thinks, observes data, remembers it, and resolves problems. It would be essentially the conscious mind as opposed to the unconscious mind. The analytical mind is alert and aware and the reactive mind reacts without analysis. The keynote of the analytical mind is awareness, one knows what one is concluding and knows what he is doing. Its just the thetan.

12) What is the somatic mind ?

That mind which, directed by the analytical or reactive mind, places solutions into effect on the physical level. That mind which takes care of the automatic mechanisms of the body, the regulation of the minutiae which keep the organism running.

13) What is the body ?

A carbon-oxygen engine running at 98.6 degrees F. A solid form, making the person recognizable and facilitating the control of, the communication of and with, and the possession of the thetan in his existence in the physical universe. The thetan's communication center.

14) What are the parts of man ?

The individual MANis divisible (separable) into three parts (divisions). The first of these is the spirit, called the THETAN. The second of these parts is the MIND. The third of these parts is the BODY.

15) How does Scientology work ?

Firstly, the philosophy of Scientology provides answers to many questions about life and death and gives people more wisdom and understanding. Secondly, it works by application of an exact technology on a precisely mapped path. By application of this technology in a counseling/auditing context, a person is able to remove barriers and unwanted conditions and so become more himself. As a person progresses his native abilities are successfully employed towards helping others.

That which is real to the person himself is all one is asked to accept of Scientology. No beliefs are forced upon him. By training (study) and processing/auditing he finds out for himself.

16) Why is auditing so expensive ?

Auditing is only a fraction of the cost of psychology, psychiatry, and other social services. Look at their price lists and subsidies.

To someone who is becoming happier, more able, more aware and more successful, auditing seems to be worth far more than money. In addition, there is a whole team of people providing facilities which make it possible for an auditor to audit someone, not to mention the cost of the organization's existence itself.

The difficulty is to find something in our technological scoiety with which to compare a commodity which results in a completely revitalized life. Answers to the eternal question of "What am I?", "Where am I going?", and "Where have I come from?" cannot be compared to products like washing machines, cars, and television sets. Western man has perhaps not appreciated that the only security there is is that which lies within himself.

(Foregoing mainly extracted from "Dianetics & Scientology Technical Dictionary" and "What is Scientology?".)

Dick Eastin

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