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Based on my observation and experience Scientology utterly fails in helping individuals to change for the better. I wish I can go into more detail about an OT8 that I know who is most likely now certifiably insane. I'm still connected to him and for the time being have to remain connected, so that's why I can't give details.
I will say that there are periods of time in which he totally loses it. I'm talking about psychotic breaks. Not bad enough yet to have an intervention, or to be handled by law enforcement. I wouldn't be surprised however if that will happen one day. I believe very firmly that OT7 fucked him up the most. What a hellish period of about 8 years that was! Most of the best qualities he did have were eradicated by OT7 processing. But he somehow got through the level and did OT8 and now he's a nut. Sure, he's still able to function for the most part, but as time moves on I think he'll lose that functionality. It seems inevitable.
What I've noticed in him and a handful of other OT8s I know and have known is the coldness. The disregard for other people's well being. The lack of tact and empathy. Of course it's no coincidence that Tom Cruise's extreme nuttiness has been during the period in which he has been on OT7, largely over the past decade.
So yes, it's all about the BIG goals, but the goal of improving oneself is impossible going up the Bridge to Total Insanity, therefore the BIG goals are impossible.
As Jason Beghe said, "Show me a MOTHERFUCKING CLEAR!"
Very interesting comment, Lonestar.
Here's my take: when all the stuff about Scientology started appearing on the internet, and you could get access to all the confidential levels, I was still somewhat a believer in the auditing technology (some of which I still find useful--but...) So I started going through those levels.
I didn't have anyone to play the role of auditor on the audited levels, but then again, I had discovered while being audited that, with rare exception, auditors were more a distraction than a help.
The point is I became disgusted with the OT7 and the body theta approach of the upper levels. The approach just seemed so heartless.
So...without a conscience.
In Africa, boys are abducted from their homes and turned into soldiers. Part of the indoctrination is to get them to kill people, to numb the conscience.
There's a very good movie about this. Blood Diamond. By the end of his training, a boy no longer even recognizes his father and is completely willing to kill him. Only the father's love brings the child back to sanity.
What underlies the upper OT levels is this "getting rid of others" mentality. You are the only one who counts. You aren't taught to care for any of these supposed beings. Your objective is to rid yourself of them and their problems.
Where is the love and compassion and caring? Where is the process of healing that being, rather than simply removing them as if they were an engram?
What kind of sanity occurs when one becomes inculcated with the idea that others are simply problems to get rid of? That others are engrams to erase?