The Scientology religion deals with the human spirit and its relationship to the universe and its creator. It teaches that the fundamental laws of life, when applied, help people achieve a happier and more fulfilling existence.
Scientology contains numerous workable methods:
- To deal with life situations
- To create strong interpersonal relationships, raise bright and able children and have happy and lasting marriages.
- It also contains techniques to tackle the most serious social problems of our age - illiteracy, drugs, crime and immorality. Scientology is something one does: it is not just a system of beliefs one is asked to hold.
The keynote of the Scientology religion is the human spirit - it's salvation and rehabilitation. Scientology directly addresses an individual's spiritual nature with answers to the age-old questions - Who am I? What do I consist of? Where do I come from? Where am I going? This spiritual enlightenment leads to personal understanding of oneself, others and one's relationship to the Universe.
Scientology is the fastest growing religion in the world, by percentage growth per year.
The Scientology religion was developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. His first major work was called "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health."
The word "Scientology" means "the study of knowledge or truth." The Scientology religion holds that man is basically good, not evil. It teaches that it is their experiences that cause people to commit evil deeds. It is not their basic nature to do so.
According to Scientology, the individual is not a body but a spirit. However there have been so many different concepts of the term soul through the ages that a new term was needed. The term chosen by Mr. Hubbard was "thetan" from the Greek letter theta, the traditional symbol for thought and life. The thetan is the person himself, not his body, his name, the physical universe or anything else. It is that which is aware of being aware; the identity that IS the individual.
One phenomenon of the spirit or thetan, researched by Mr. Hubbard, is exteriorization. Exteriorization is the ability of the thetan to leave the body and exist independent of the flesh. Exteriorized, the individual can see without the body's eyes, hear without the body's ears and feel without the body's hands. Man previously had little understanding of this detachment from his mind and body. With the act of exteriorization, attainable in Scientology, the individual gains the certainty that he is himself, an immortal spiritual being, and not a body.
The main Scientology religious practice is spiritual counseling called "auditing." It is a unique form of personal counseling intended to help an individual look at his own existence and improve his ability. Through viewing his own existence, an individual attempts to walk an exact route to higher states of awareness.
Auditing is a precise, thoroughly codified activity with exact procedures. A Scientology counselor is known as an "auditor". Auditing is assisted by use of a specially designed meter (E-Meter or Electro-psychometer) which helps locate areas of spiritual distress or travail by measuring the mental state or change of state of the person being audited.
The whole purpose of auditing and training is to graduate individuals to a higher state of spiritual existence. The goal is to revive the individual as a spiritual being and free him from dependence on the material universe. The different auditing and training actions which bring about spiritual enhancement are delineated in a Scientology chart called "The Bridge to Total Freedom." The metaphor of a bridge has long been used in religious tradition to denote the route across the chasm from where we are now, to a higher plateau of existence.
Adapted from: www.religioustolerance.org