you wrote "control over life and death is a very popular deception that many religions and practices use to appeal to our mind's desires for power"
Can you give examples? What religons and what are the practices?
I was thinking mostly Wiccan/Occult and any sort of "magic spell" practices, in addition to good luck charms, holy relics, symbols, praying, curses, voodoo, fortune tellers, psychics, etc. They do not do anything except make people feel like they have control/power over life, just coping strategies. I would go further to include any religion that teaches "free will" while simultaneously teaching "god's will" (reminds me of a George Carlin routine :wink2 - and also belief, faith, and hope, in and of itself (believing in the power of belief).
I'm not sure exactly how Scientology would fit into this, and that's why I'm here, to learn more about it from you. How does Scientology play into the mind's desire for control/power over life? I suspect that's a major way people get sucked in and remain in the cult. I think the "End of Life assist" discussed earlier in this thread seems like a good example.