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Through its highly questionable religious/tax exempt status, the cult of Scientology, though limping, is managing to stay alive.

Few know, nor understand the full extent of how their charade is literally robbing the tax paying citizens of the U.S.A.

I lived and breathed Scientology for 37 years so have first hand knowledge in more ways than one.

I participated in many of their financial planning meetings so witnessed how they allocate their “donations”.  I also received very little pay (they call it “allowance”) and absolutely no healthcare benefits.

Their first order of importance is funding upper management and “Sea Org Reserves”.

Next, utility bills, vendor bills and promotion and marketing.

The lowest priorty is caring for their staff.  To that end, if finances were tight, their food allocation would be as little as a couple dollars total per day for each staff member and virtually nothing for healthcare.

Those who fell ill were considered dispensible, held in contempt and not worthy of the expenditure.  Many were accused of “faking it”, to get out of work and even referred to as “slackers”.

When illnesses wouldn’t respond to household remedies the cult’s healing processes or the cult’s local Chiropractor down the street, the staff members would be shuttled over to a University Hospital emergency room. Note: This didn’t necessarily mean it was a true emergency.  That just happened be the hospitals’ protocol and from there the triage commenced.

More often than not, the staff would wait for hours to be seen, sometimes overnight.  Otherwise they’d lose their place in line and have to start over.

Once seen by a doctor, ideally a diagnosis would be immediately forthcoming with no need for extensive testing.  A classic one was “stress” with the Doctor recommending sufficient rest and good nutrition, perhaps even supplements. Needless to say, this advice was ignored.

If testing was prescribed, usually an appointment time would be issued for the following week, sometimes a month later.

As for payment for services rendered, the staff filled out paperwork and attached evidence of being a religious worker on a meager allowance.  Voila!- near instant approval for a free ride at tax-payers’ expense!

It was a very sad and sorry state for those who had an urgent need for care.  That was a much more complicated process. Thus many suffered and lives were lost thru sheer neglect due to the cult taking the slow route to “save money”.

Yes, tax dollars up in the Millions, if not Billions, over the years, have paid for the cult staffs’ abortions, hysterectomies, cancer treatments, and the list goes on.

Their phoney tax-exempt status most obviously affords them the following:

Little to no property taxes,  no income taxes and their adherents are able to write-off “donations” to their Association, so-called charities, properties (which the cult holds title to) as well as fees for services, labelled as “donations”.

The less obvious is the money they save from not having to pay for healthcare.

They further cheat the system by immigrating adherents using “Religious Work Visas”.  So U.S. tax dollars pay for their healthcare too!

They contribute nothing to the tax pool yet use it to the hilt while talking down the welfare system.

Hypocrite is an understatement.

Leech, vampire, con artist, much more fitting.

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It has been a long time since I last blogged, 6 months to be exact.  I finally have a little breathing time and feel like venting.  So, pardon me while I go on a bit of a rant.  I have a quite a bit that I want to cover so will probably take up one aspect of “depersonalization” at a time.

I expect I am among countless others who are distraught over the mass shootings and suicides perpetrated by teens in today’s society.  Back in the day when I was a teen, this was unheard of.  What has changed?   I believe that the answer is not just one thing, it’s many…

More and more teens come from homes where both parents work.  Long gone are the days of the “stay at home mom”. Worse yet, many come from broken homes.  Further, “made-from-scratch” is a foreign concept with fast food and unhealthy diets on the rise.

Families tend to be smaller these days and even if not, siblings don’t cover each others’ backs like they did in my time.  Case in point, when I was 11 or so I came home from school one day in tears.  My brother asked what happened and I told him, clueless that he was going to take action.  Needless to say the bully ended up with at least one black eye and never messed with me again.

Neighbors were extended family and also looked out for one another.  It was commonplace for neighbors to watch over their children’s playmates, even invite them in and feed them!

If kids stepped out of line at school, the parents were immediately informed and involved in their discipline.  Most kids dreaded being called into the principle’s office, let alone having their parents attend a parent and teacher conference.

While the moderization of society has moved us forward technically, it has moved us backwards socially.   What with video games, social media and the like, there are virtually no efforts to establish real friendships.  Not just kids, but adults as well, have their heads stuck into their IPods, PCs, gaming devices and “Smart TVs”.

Full circle…Inflation and all the new gidgets and gadgets make it just about mandatory that both parents work full-time.  Spouses not only don’t have time for their kids, many don’t pay much attention to each other. When they do, they often bicker over money, sex and/or an alleged affair, which can then escalate to excessive drinking.

The aforementioned makes for a very messed up world on all counts: emotionally, financially, mentally, physically and spiritually.  Note: Unfortunately, many so-called providers of “solutions” capitalize on this.

Where do we go from here?  I’m no guru or prophet, but I believe that for starters we can simply recognize this mess for what it is and from there make a point of paying attention, practicing good manners and being kind and considerate to one another.

I welcome your input!

 

 

 

 

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I’m sharing this as living proof that one can have a very good life outside of Scientology and the friends one made there, are still friends once they get the truth.
I can’t thank Leah and Mike enough for Scientology Aftermath Seasons I and 2, and all those who have braved the storm and come out publicly with their stories.
Had it not been for their efforts we would not have the support team that exists now, let alone a hope or prayer of getting long-overdue justice for the countless abuses and heartless disconnections from family and friends.
That said, a friend of mine, who reconnected with me, produced this marketing video as a surprise. It’s a real kick. Notes: I posted it earlier, but it needed a small bit of tweaking. Also the voices on the testimonies are not those of the clients in the photos that were used.
Feedback most welcome and if anyone needs a Marketing Video produced, I highly recommend my friend.

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Who needs a “Bridge to Total Freedom”,  when you can “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and discover that “everything you were looking for was right there with you all along”?!

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My life journey, from birth to this moment, has been eventful to say the very least.  It commenced with conflicted parents and an unhappy, eventually, broken home, developed into “wanderlusting” and a search for answers, proceeded to 37 years in a cult that was going to “save the world”, shifted “stage left” into the real world in my menopausal years and recently landed me back on my feet, with my head held high, enjoying the best years of my life.

The most cathartic experience of all that spanned the past two years plus and put me on the right track, was the process of composing and then publishing my story.   However,  I soon discovered that the journey was far from over.   Little did I know the host of amazing adventures yet to come!

It should be no surprise, that my most joyful moments have involved relationships with wonderful people.  And yes, my pets along the way- those were precious too.

In my recent travels and consequent discussions with many people who had been involved in the same cult I was in,  I have discovered common threads…

It was the amazing, special people, most all of whom had big hearts and were truly searching for a path to make a difference in the world, that not only attracted us, but caused us to turn a blind eye to abuse and made it difficult to leave.

The “philosophy” and “teachings”,  weren’t all that “mind blowing” to captivate and make us fearful of “leaving the fold”.

Truth is, none of us were all that “messed up”.   We were already very decent people going through what was normal for everyone in our age group, a phase of life that most learn valuable lessons and blossom from.

So, when it all comes down to it:

Who needs a “Bridge to Total Freedom”,  when you can “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and discover that “everything you were looking for was right there with you all along”?!

 

If you haven’t read “Commodore’s Messenger Book One” by Janis Gillham Grady, I highly recommend you do so.

Janis is an excellent writer, with a great sense of humor too.

Her story is also very unique in that her parents (both admired and very well-respected) got involved in the cult before she was even born.

On top of that she spent years working side by side with L Ron Hubbard.  So, if anyone can give an accurate account, she absolutely can.

Reading her story has helped me further connect the dots and has been very cathartic to say the least.

My hat is off to Janis for having the courage to leave the cult and make a life for herself in the “outside world” as well as for publishing her story despite the threat of backlash from the litigious cult of scientology.

 

 

I read Chris Shelton’s Book, “Scientology: A to Xenu” and it is such a good read and he nails it so well,  I just had to write a blog about it.

If you haven’t read it yet, it is an absolute must.  Chris leaves no stone unturned, answering just about every question anyone could ask.

It is especially beneficial to those who are still recovering from years of entrapment in Scientology, let alone any other cult.

There are so many aspects of it that struck me.  One is particular was about Hypnotism.  It wasn’t until I read it that a conversation I had with my sister 10 years ago (when I was still in) made sense.   At that time she was training to be a hypnotherapist and told me that the curriculum included reading parts of “Dianetics”.

A final note…

I am so very grateful to Chris for helping me publish my book: “Over the Edge- A Pawn in the Scientology Money Machine”.  He not only did the final edit, proofing and design work but also uploaded to CreateSpace and KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).  On top of that, he was my adviser and featured me on “Sensibly Speaking” and a Podcast.

I couldn’t have chosen a more fitting individual to connect with.  So, if you haven’t read his book as yet, I highly recommend that you do.

“What About Us” has become one of my all time favorite songs.  Further, although it is related to politics, it is so very fitting to Cults, particularly scientology, l ron hubbard and david miscavige. Note: No caps necessary for the aforementioned.
Some other significant “ahas” I’d like to share…
People who get involved in cults do so when they are vulnerable.  You will not find those who are confident and doing well in life falling for it.
Those who wake-up and pull themselves away from cults have at least a little “rebel” in them.  They are generally, free-spirits, out of the box-thinkers and non-conformists at heart.   And no, they did not acquire these personality traits from the “cult”.
The “cult” makes a point of taking credit for anything good that happens to their followers” but claims no responsibility for anything bad.
what about usLyrics

La da da da da, la da da da da
Da da da

We are searchlights, we can see in the dark
We are rockets, pointed up at the stars
We are billions of beautiful hearts
And you sold us down the river too far

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willin’, we came when you called
But, man, you fooled us, enough is enough, oh

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
Oh, what about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
Oh, what about love? What about trust?
What about us?

Oh, what about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

Sticks and stones, they may break these bones
But then I’ll be ready, are you ready?
It’s the start of us, waking up, come on
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
I don’t want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
‘Cause now it’s time to let them know
We are ready, what about us?

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
So what about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
Oh, what about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
Oh, what about love? What about trust?
What about us?

What about us?
What about us?
What about us?
What about us?
What about us?
What about us?

Written by Alecia B. Moore, John McDaid, Steve Mac • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group