Thursday, January 21, 2010

Scientology: Do you believe in an afterlife?

Steph asked: Do you believe in an afterlife?

Depends on your definition of afterlife. I have personal certainty that I am an individual spiritual being who has lived before and will live again. It's like you buy a car and it eventually breaks down and you go buy another one. That is how I view bodies. The body I had last lifetime died, so I got myself another one and when this one dies I'll get another. It's a very simple concept.

Thanks to the auditing I have had, I can easily recall my past lives, so I have a strong personal certainty about this.

Other ideas of what constitutes an afterlife are things like "heaven" and "hell". There is no data in Scientology about those, so an individual can make up his or her own mind about them.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Scientology and Newborn Care

aya-dares asked:

We are doing a group presentation about Scientology and I would like to ask you a few questions about newborn care. (I have found a couple of opposing materials and am not quite sure which are true.)

-Are there any specific practices in Scientology for new born babies after birth?
-Do you allow administration of vaccinations, injections and antibiotics to newborns?
-How about blood testing and circumcision?
-Do women breastfeed their babies? Do they use formula?
-Is it true that parents are prohibited from talking or holding their baby for a day (or a week) after birth?

I have quite a few questions. I really would appreciate any response regarding any of the questions

Hey aya, good questions. I'll do my best to answer.

Are there any specific practices in Scientology for new born babies after birth?
There are no required practices but there is a suggestion that the baby be welcomed and told where he/she is. This helps orients the being to their new life.

Do you allow administration of vaccinations, injections and antibiotics to newborns?
Such things are totally up to the parents and doctors. Scientology is not a medical practice. and doesn't intrude into that area

How about blood testing and circumcision?
Same thing, it is totally up to the parents.

Do women breastfeed their babies? Do they use formula?
Same again. There is a formula that L. Ron Hubbard came up with but there is no requirement to use it. For example, my daughter was allergic to cows milk, so when her mother was having trouble breastfeeding we gave my daughter a formula based on goats milk.

Is it true that parents are prohibited from talking or holding their baby for a day (or a week) after birth?
That is completely false. Such a practice would be very bad for the poor kid and would make them feel unwanted or abandoned. That's the last thing you want to do.

Thanks for asking such great questions. If you have any more feel free to ask.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scientology: How does one accomplish this goal?

Steph asked in the last post "What is the goal of your religion? This time the question is "How does one accomplish this goal?":

By helping individuals improve themselves spiritually - as described in earlier answers:

- Scientology Auditing
- Scientology Training


Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Scientology: What is the goal of your religion?

The Goals of Scientology:

The short version is:
A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.
For the full version click on the link above.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Scientology: What role has religion played in your life?

Scientology plays a huge role in my life. It is a practical religion. It contains wisdom and practices you can use in life to make life go better for you and for those close to you.

I use it all the time. I use it to get on with others, to keep up with the advances and new technologies in my field (computers). I use it to help friends who are having troubles with relationships or other areas of their lives. I use it to evaluate what car to buy :)

It contains knowledge that is applicable to almost every area of life. There is not sufficient time to go into it all, but that link about "what car to buy" is just an example of the practical nature of the religion.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Scientology: Have you become more religious as you have grown older?

Another answer to a question from a student:

I have no idea what "more religious" means, but I'll have a shot at answering:

As I progressed in Scientology I found that I did better in life and life got a lot easier, therefore I wanted to continue learning more. If that qualifies as "more religious" then I guess I'd say "yes".

Friday, January 01, 2010

Answer to Question about the E-meter asked:

I've been looking into Scientology, and the E-Meter that plays a large part in the rituals. Isn't the e-meter simply a lie detector? It certainly seems to measure the same things as one.

The simple answer is "No. The e-meter is not a lie detector."

A lie detector is a very complex device that measures many different physical reactions. The e-meter measures only one thing: electrical variations caused by changes in a person's spiritual state. It does not detect lies, it detects spiritual changes. When the e-meter reacts you don't say "Oooh, you lied!", you find out what caused it to react. There is no "lie" reaction.

The specific reactions that occur on the e-meter have been carefully documented. There are 28 reactions and each indicates a specific spiritual state or change of state.

The e-meter is used as part of Scientology Auditing to help locate areas of spiritual distress or travail so they can be addressed and resolved.

From personal experience both as an auditor and as a preclear, I can tell you that the e-meter is extremely accurate and indispensable when helping another being locate the areas of their lives that need attention.

Here is more data for you: The E-Meter

I hope that answers your question.