Tony has an interesting article that was just posted, and it brings up a neat point, does belief in past lives bring about the mental shift from non-beliver to Scientologist? Is that a key point in the journey? Mimsey
For going on 17 years I've been writing about Scientology, and over that time there's one question that has come up again and again.
Why don't Scientologists, when they've been in the organization long enough to reach the legendary material in "Operating Thetan Level Three" -- the stuff about Xenu the galactic overlord which made for a great 2005 episode of South Park -- bust out laughing and walk away?
Tom Cruise and John Travolta and thousands of other Scientologists have moved on beyond the space opera stuff in OT 3 (Cruise, for example, has moved up to OT 7), and for some reason, they accepted the Xenu story and never looked back.
When I've been asked that question, I had a ready answer that I'd put together after talking to many ex-Scientologists who told me their own experiences.
But now, I realize that the answer I was giving was wrong. The reason why Scientologists accept the story about Xenu and disembodied alien beings infesting this Earth is actually much simpler, and much more mindblowing, than I ever realized.
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