Monday, December 13, 2010

Scientology and Christmas

People sometimes ask how or what Scientologists celebrate at this time of the year, so here is the Church's answer: The Scientology Religion and the Holiday Season.

If you want a more personal answer then here is mine: Scientology is not like other western religions in that it is inclusive rather than exclusive. For example, if you are a Christian then you are not a Muslim and you are not Jewish. But if you are a Scientologist you could also be a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or a Buddhist or ... etc., etc. We don't have any rule that stops you from being a part of another religion. This is because Scientology is a practical religion that addresses improving your life in the here and now. It does not require faith or belief: You can try out the teachings of Scientology for yourself and see whether they work or not.

Of course there can be clashes between some beliefs and the teachings of Scientology but even then a person could use some of the practical teachings of Scientology even if they rejected others.

For me personally, because I was raised in a somewhat Christian family, I do the usual Christmas stuff -the tree, decorations, presents, parties, family, Christmas music, etc.

I hope that gives you an idea of how or what Scientologists celebrate at this time of year.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Silent Birth: Good Article

Here is a good article on Silent Birth with an actual example of one: Scientology's Silent Birth: One Mother's Story.

One point I wanted to make: there is a comment from a doctor that implies that quiet during birth makes no difference. What she is missing is that the whole point of silent birth is to avoid words spoken during a traumatic birth. Sure if the birth contains no pain and unconsciousness for the mother and baby then you could have a brass band playing if you really wanted to. But how can you guarantee that there won't be any pain or unconsciousness?

It is easy to demonstrate the effect upon a person of words spoken during moments of pain and unconsciousness. Those words act like a post-hypnotic suggestion. E.g., If the mother says "the smell of antiseptic makes me feel sick" during a traumatic birth, then it is likely in later life (once meaning can be assigned to the words) that the grown child will feel sick when he or she smells antiseptic.

For more details on this read the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health