I have written on Scientology before, and treated it fairly and honestly, as Pagan Bishop Most Rev. John Schlitz, which is one of my pen names. ♦ That was a long time before ever writing for Yahoo, which does have them as one of their advertising sponsors. ♦ The reason they sponsor things like philosophical discussions is that they believe all of us need to hear many different views. ♦ This happens to be the opposite of how most religions feel, they wanting to have you never come in contact with any information except their own. ♦ Most religions even write propaganda about other religions, to dissuade people from joining. ♦ Examples of this include the book “Buddhism Made Plain”, by the Maryknoll Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. ♦ There are also completely untrue articles and books written to make Scientology look bad, and other articles that make us Ancient Pagans look bad, too. ♦ Enough fighting, and enough wars about religion, killing someone else or telling lies merely over one’s beliefs. ♦ God would not be happy about what man has done with religion.
More a psychology than a religion, Scientology encourages people to use their brains, think, read philosophy, speak their thoughts, and exchange religious ideas with others. ♦ That is a good sign. ♦ The fundamental belief of all Scientologists is that we all posess two different sets of memory, one for normal knowledge and the other for special, unusual, or threatening knowledge. ♦ This does appear to be true, and was predicted by Sigmund Freud.
A fundamental flaw in the construction of the human brain and mind, Freud could never fit into his concept of Ethos, seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, the actions of those who harm themselves (physically or mentally) or hurt or kill others. ♦ Made no sense to him. ♦ He suggested that there was a “dark side” to the brain, which he called Thanatos (Latin) or Thantos (Technical Term). ♦ The concept has been translated as “Death Wish” in the popular media. ♦ Freud struggled with the problem until he died, concept still unresolved.
Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, continued Freud’s work, observing that there is an actual physical location for normal memory in the brain, plus a completely different location for this “dark” memory. ♦ He also found that by regulating someone’s brainwaves, using bio-feedback, the impact of this negative memory can be minimized. ♦ The reason you want this disconnect from the bad stuff is that it causes us to sabotage our own efforts with our actions. ♦ It is indeed a suicidal and destructive link.
We humans tend to steal, lie, cheat on spouses, gamble, use drugs and alcohol, smoke, sometimes even fight or kill, mostly because of these buried tendencies coming out of that bad area of the brain. ♦ We also suffer stagefright, sabotage our own relationships unknowingly, fail to think things out first, and display antisocial or even hate behavior. ♦ Pieces of our past as huge carnivorous apes, needing to either fight or die, coming out.
Some have called Scientology a cult, but that argument is quite ridiculous. ♦ I have called them a dinosaur, because there are modern pills which do similar things, but all of the psychology and therapy they use has been substantiated as effective in many studies conducted by outside agencies. ♦ They are primarily a type of psychology and treatment that improves the lives of their people, and isn’t that what religion seeks to do? ♦ Are they a religion? ♦ Are the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) a religion, or a group of businesses seeking to avoid paying taxes by claiming to be a religion? ♦ You could argue that Scientology wishes to use its status as a religion so that it does not have to have its therapists licensed. ♦ Religious psychologists, including myself, are exempt.
We Ancient Pagans believe that religions can only be evaluated from without, meaning by people from another religion. ♦ We also believe that we need to promote better understanding between members of differing religions, in order to make the world more peaceful, and stop religion-based killing. ♦ So, in conclusion, Scientology is definitely not a cult, may or may not be considered a religion (based upon your beliefs), and uses proven science to make people less violent and more in control of their own lives. ♦ And, as to whether Scientology is a valid branch of Clinical Psychology, if course it is.
Since this is an editorial, and they get signed, Most Rev. Prof. John (Schlitz) Kitchin, psychologist.