Saturday, August 28, 2010

Scientology Question: Best way to study the Basics

Andrew S. Doub (a Grateful Dead Fan as you can tell from his chosen screen name) asked:
I am new to Scientology and recently began investigating the church. The nearest mission is about 8 hours away, so I am not in an area where I could go a take a course. I recently purchased the 18 Basic Books and two lecture sets (Professional Course and Clearing Congress). I was wondering, what would be the best way for me to study? I know chronologically reading the books is suggested, but are there any home study courses or study guides I could use? How can I get the most from my time, other than just reading the books?

The best way to do the Basics for someone new is to start with the Scientology Beginning Books and study them at a Church or Mission, but given your situation the next best is to do the Scientology Basics Extension Courses. These are home study courses which will guide you through the books and lectures, plus you have someone that you send your lessons to who can help you with questions, etc.

What I'd suggest is that you contact your nearest Scientology Mission and enroll on the first extension course there. You can find the nearest Mission here: Scientology Global Locator (Mobile version) or Scientology Global Locator (Full version).

Good luck. Tell me how you get on.


Mr.Pete. said...

I think a little more distinction between the Basic and Beginning books would be helpful rather than just links to them.

Theta Works said...

Hi Grahame,

Any Church also delivers the extension courses which can be turned in by email.

Pat R

Grahame said...

Hey Mr.Pete,

Excellent point.

I'm going to write a post about the differences between the Basics, the Basic Books and the Beginning Books.

As soon as it is published I'll add a link to it on this page.

Grahame said...

Hey Pat,

You are correct. The Extension Courses were originally correspondence courses by mail but now can also be done by email.

So it's even easier than before and you have the speedier means of asking your questions too.