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Fascinating TA Jacker. I have explored this concept hard. The mental conditioning is via the language, imo. Initially with self. It is reinforced by group members yakking away with scio lingo.
I had a wild experience with this. By accident. I went to live in a foreign culture. I could not speak much due to not knowing the local languages. All I heard around me was "noise" i.e. non distinguishable speech sounds/language. Consequently I had to focus very carefully at conveying any vital communication - really work on basic concepts like "how much money do I owe you" to shopkeepers, etc. I was so utterly "in the moment" to get the basics of each day achieved.
It was like being a two-year-old in an adults body. I could not understand so many things. Wild stuff. Invigorating and at times, exhausting. My mind became very "lean" and I became very in tune with my environment. Had to, to get by, survive.
The added lingo of scientology was, by default, forced out of my mind as it was totally superfluous to basic requirement. Even the concepts of scientology, which I had for years and years framed life with, were abandoned, accidentally. I would see a man fall off his bike and just think "a man just fell off his bike" whereas for years I would have thought "that man has a PTS scene going on" or "he needs an assist", etc. I could cite thousands of examples of how this actually worked. Simplicity of thought returned to me. Think of this like being stripped back to your bare survival skills without the need for any fancy "isms". "Isms" were a luxury. It was a matter of just getting through the day the best damn way you could. No mental filtering required - just me and life. Hard up against one another.
Without that scientology lingo influencing my thoughts and without the reinforcement of hearing the lingo from other scientologists around me, huge changes occurred. At the time this happened, I loved scientology, wanted to be a scientologist, etc. So it was a huge shock to find myself, after several months of living without any scientology lingo, concepts, that I began to think differently, view things in a very new way and start to question what I had been involved in.
The language factor is KEY to making a scientologist and then UN-making a scientologist. In my own very well lived experience.
Such a great post! Wonderful observations!
When I first freed myself from the slavery of "total freedom" one of the most beautiful feelings was to remove the word-shackles & concept-chains that bound my every thought and movement. Ecstasy!
It is so remarkable to listen to a Scn speak now. Everything in life can be reduced to moronically simplistic terms, plus or minus.
Me upstat. He,she or it downstat.
Me uptone. He, she or it downtone.
Me theta. He, she or it entheta.
Me cause. He, she or it effect.
Me OT. He, she or it DB.
Me in-ethics. He, she or it out-ethics.
Me Power. He, she or it lower condition.
Me GIs. He, she or it BI's.
Me on bridge. He, she or it off bridge.
The other day I was watching a movie with a 4 year old. Every time a new character would be introduced, this adorable child would look at me and ask "ARE THEY GOOD OR ARE THEY BAD?"
That's how little kids think. Simplistically. To keep themselves oriented and avoid being frightened.
That's how Scientologists avoid being frightened, too.