Patron with Honors
You have probably read about the huge sums people pay to achieve the rarified heights of the Scientology OT levels and the stupifying amounts of money gouged out of them as donations to the IAS but these actions, as bizarre and pointless as they are, only cost money.
Have you considered the social and emotional costs, the lasting damage to health and mental stability, and the crushing loss of personal integrity that results from indoctrination into the dangerous modern day cult of Scientology?
When you spend all of your money and ruin yourself financially through your participation in Scientology, you can declare personal bankruptcy and be back in action in months. The bankruptcy stays on your record for 7 years but there are organizations ready to loan you money and get you back on your feet with a car almost immediately. The bankruptcy allows you to have fresh start and if you do the process standardly, you should not fall into the same trap again.
On the other hand, if you are a dedicated cult member and do everything possible to be a good Scientologist, by the time you have been in the cult for a few years you will have lost your sense of personal integrity and you will be operating without a first or second dynamic and most of your third dynamic. You will have a cult dynamic which replaces and supersedes any other organizational dynamic you had before you entered Scientology. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you are constantly indoctrinated on the importance of the Church of Scientology and its mission to clear the planet.
You will have no time for personal enhancement other than church directed enhancement and you will find excuses not to spend time with friends and family. You will spend all of your money on courses and auditing and donations to various crusades which are critical to clearing the planet.
You will not be going to your dentist or doctor for routine checkups and your personal possessions will become rather run down because you spend no time on maintenance except for emergency repairs. You become convinced that MEST is irrelevant and that tone 40 intention is what you need in order to survive.
Gradually you find yourself withdrawing from all outside activities and you spend all of your time on church activities. It bothers you that staff and execs still think of you as a dilettante but you keep on doing your best to keep your life together and support yourself while being on course as much as possible. No matter how much money you donate or how many hours you volunteer, there are always demands for more of both. Meanwhile, you are being recruited for staff or by Sea Org Recruiters at every possible opportunity.
As you get more involved in church activities, you find that you seem to upset various staff members and executives and Knowledge Reports are written on you for actions you did not do or even intend to do. You get made wrong more and more as pressure mounts to meet impossible targets which always seem to involve contributing money you do not have or making commitments you cannot fulfill.
Any effort to question management decisions will cause you to be accused of counter intention and results in you being sent for interviews with an Ethics officer whose role seems to be making you wrong in an effort to get more money or commitment from you.
By this time, you are fully indoctrinated and you are made to feel guilty for any independent action or thought. You are confused and have no place to turn as you are denied the option of referring to policy to protect yourself. You learn to your dismay that LRH policy does not apply if your senior or any staff member says it doesn’t apply.
You think of escaping and you learn of the penalties for abandoning the group. You get more and more terrified until you break down, or get seriously ill and get kicked out and denied further services even if you have paid for them.
You learn of a 30 year Sea Org veteran who was kicked off staff and left on the street in a wheel chair with $500 because she was too ill to do tours any more. You learn of staff and public who commit suicide when they were denied services after paying for them. Perhaps you decide that blowing staff is better than staying and experiencing more abuse.
If you manage to sneak away under cover of night or escape by simply walking away from the Org and never returning, you are subjected to every meanness that frustrated staff members can conceive of: Disconnection; Fair Game; noisy investigations by private detectives; threatening phone calls to clients, neighbors, friends and family which can destroy your business or private practice.
This is the true cost of being a cult member: the social and emotional costs, and the lasting damage to health and mental stability. If not addressed promptly by getting appropriate counseling and developing a support network, it can leave a person emotionally scarred for life. They can remain so bitter that they will attack any mention of betterment. In addition, they will still exhibit the identity they developed to survive as a group member. They are out of the cult but they still act like cult members when encountering challenging situations.
Leaving a cult is much harder than joining one. It can take years for a person to drop their cultish behavior. One of the most encouraging signs is when a person realizes they have been in a cult.
There are many people who have left the church who have never admitted they were in a cult. If you check Indy websites, see how many make no mention of a cult because they are still carrying on cult attitudes. Let’s see how that works out for them in the long run.
Cults create loyal, obedient slaves. It is better to avoid them at all costs.