True Stories: A Brush with Scientology (Part One)

in truestories •  9 months ago 

If you want to learn about True Stories, it’s tag and what it represents, then please see my previous post.

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What you are about to read is a True Story, and everything has been kept intact with what my memory holds.

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April 1999

After clinching a lucrative contract with NM Rothschild, a merchant bank in London I managed to wangle my way into working part of it from the Manchester branch.

It was a city centre role and so I had to drive into the city and walk over a mile to the office, lest I pay stupid prices for car parking. This has little relevance to my tale, and yet has so bear with me.

I owe my misfortune to @steddyman, an ex-steemian who in later years also introduced me to the wonderful BitConnect, earn 1% a day and that chant, HeyHeyHey…



...'I still chuckle at Carlos' breaking voice even though I lost £800 to the scam'...

Since that time I have learned to extensively check things out that @steddyman now puts my way though not all are negatives like these.

During those BM times (before marriage), I saw much more of @steddyman and one day he threw a book my way named, ‘Dianetics’.

The Modern Science of Mental Health is a book by L. Ron Hubbard about Dianetics, a system of psychotherapy he developed from a combination of personal experience, basic principles of Eastern philosophy, and the work of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.


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...''the modern science of mental health' it claims, did the publishers purposely omit the 'fiction' word that needs to suffix 'science'?'...

This all sounded a little heavy to me, and noting my resistance stroke indifference he perked my interest by explaining the state of ‘Clear’.

Imagine being able to recount any memory or event from your memory just like that’, he said with a snap of his fingers.

It’s all in here you know, you just need to know how to access it’, he continued tapping his head like a scene containing Biff and Marty McFly.

Now, this got my interest.

Can I borrow it’, I motioned to him, my eyes a little too wide.

’it never occurred to me that Dianetics was a subtle introduction to Scientology, the book was originally published in 1950 or that L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction author’

Dianetics sounded ever so scientific, the book cover looked good and the promises fucking marvellous, so it had to be read. This was only one year since I got ‘Ripped off in Montego Bay’, little had changed on the naivety front.

How much of the book was ingested I could not tell you, I was ready to give this a try regardless of the outcome and was not aware of the reputation of Scientology, its history or exit repercussions at this point.


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...'Scientology shops are generally grubby and sometimes feature gibbering lunatics outside laughing uncontrollably'...

It was then I realised that my one mile walk every work from the car park in Manchester central took me on to the busy street of Deansgate and right past the Scientology shop.

’the shop is still there, on a busy street but tucked away at one end far away from the main shopping area’

I called @steddyman, told him about the shop in Manchester and he seemed excited by the prospect of this resource being so close.

The internet was available to use and as tecchies we had access but information at your fingertips was not as forthcoming as now. I still should have done some research.

Several days later I approached the shop during my lunch hour, looked in the window and saw there were other books and merchandise besides Dianetics.


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On entering there was a young bloke behind the counter who looked like he was daydreaming. After engaging, he declared he was a volunteer and that everyone who worked in the shop was the same.

I sensed he was quite proud of this fact but thought little of it at the time.

’we are here because we want to be here, we don’t require any form of payment’

This should have been a warning but I was blinded by the vision of ‘Clear’, I wanted to be able to do this and wondered if Dreamer could?

Leaving with a pile of books that were not cheap, and an appointment for my first audit scheduled for the week after this one (pre-paid of course), I left in a state of bewilderment.

I had been persuaded by Dreamer, who despite being in his own world was quite a convincing salesman, and that a session of THREE audits would be necessary for them to determine whether I had what it took to make my 'first steps'.

One week later I would be back on Deansgate, Manchester for my first auditing session. Meanwhile, @steddyman also was looking into giving it a try but his would be several weeks after mine.

I think he wanted me to be the Guinea pig, well,.. thanks mate!


To be continued...



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Ha. I don't think anyone that knows you would believe you wouldn't fully have thoroughly researched something for yourself rather than taking it on face value.

I'm pretty sure I caveated both Dianetics and Bit Connect with 'make your own mind up'. But, when you want to believe something is true, confirmation bias sways your judgement :)

would believe you wouldn't fully have thoroughly researched something for yourself rather than taking it on face value.

Yeah, I was kind of gullible then, and am only a little better now.

I'm pretty sure I caveated both Dianetics and Bit Connect with 'make your own mind up'.

I would never have known about Carlos if it wasn't for you, still makes me laugh watching this clip.

I wouldn't be here either if not for that meeting on 28th December 2017 when you went completely over my head going on about blockchains, mining and the likes...

See, so you have something to be greatful for ;)

Oh wow, this is definitely going to be interesting. I try not to judge most other peoples religions because I would want them to be open to mine as well, but I think enough evidence has come out lately about scientology to prove that it is such a sham and destructive to families.

This might go on for a bit, @steddyman has revealed some details of his experiences that I will be posting (he's OK with it), they are quite different from mine.

I will be looking forward to reading it. My wife and I watched all of the recent seasons of the Leah Remini show. Even if they are spinning it (which I don't think they are) there is still enough evidence there to help people make an informed decision.

Lol. Oh man, this will be a fun tale!

Yeah, call me Gilbert the Gullible.. I have had more than my fair share of this stuff <-sulk->

Lol, it's all a vital part of life tapestry eh!!

I stuck this on Twitter, I hope I don't get more of those damn fanatics hassling me.., I used the #Scientology tag too, is that for fans of the topic or people like me telling everyone to run for miles?!

Lol. You could be dicing with danger there! That will be for fans of the topic. They will be coming for you!!

Hopefully we will get a couple on here, now that would be interesting!

They would probably buy millions of steem and make us all become scientologists or be downvoted to oblivion. Lol

I have never had any dealings with them, so I'm interested to hear how this pans out. I have seen enough online to be wary of them anyway. I know they used to go after anyone posting too much detail of what they get up to online with claims of copyright violation. Steem could be a good place for that, but you might want an more anonymous account if you go too deep.

I didn't get far enough into it to reveal any depth @steevc, I think they have better targets than a 20 year old story, and yes.. keep well away!

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Bitttttconnnecccttt!!!!!

And that's enough of that... I've got it all out of my system now

That book, Dianetics, sounds like a saucy soup of nonsense.

‘It’s all in here you know, you just need to know how to access it’, he continued tapping his head like a scene containing Biff and Marty McFly.

I've read a few books like it to be honest. They usually have the best conglomerate names like 'psychologenetics' or 'biologitromics' 😂

Ha ha, I can't beleive there is a scientology recrutiment shop in deansgate... sounds like a place to crash after a heavy afternoon drinking session. Storm in and loudly proclaim that you won't sign anything until you speak to Mr Tom Cruise.

I'm glad you saved your full attention for joining us in the greatest cult of all - the steem-o-verse... now if I could just have your wallet details Mr Chops it's time for an audit 😉

Ha ha, I can't beleive there is a scientology recrutiment shop in deansgate... sounds like a place to crash after a heavy afternoon drinking session. Storm in and loudly proclaim that you won't sign anything until you speak to Mr Tom Cruise.

It's still there, I did check. There's only a small handful in the UK, if only it would have been in Liverpool.. I may have been saved from this ordeal!

I'm glad you saved your full attention for joining us in the greatest cult of all - the steem-o-verse.

It felt like that once, but no... nothing like it!

For those readers interested in looking at the tech themselves.
https://www.e-reading.by/bookreader.php/133980/Science_of_Survival._Prediction_of_Human_Behavior.pdf
This book is the more polished dianetics.

I had limited contact with the people, but extensive study of the tech.
What i found was that if you don't get 'it', Ron can't get it for you.

It has been a net positive, for me.

It has been a net positive, for me.

Did you get any further than reading.. such as having an audit?
What you read in part 2, especially the information @steddyman yielded to me might make you think twice.

I've read most of the counter narratives, nearly all publicly available documents, and look forward to reading of you guys' experiences.

I did get on the cans a couple times, but never found anybody that fit my circumstances to continue exploring further.

I would dearly love to find an emeter in a second hand shop.

stss.nl has an archive of all the manuals.

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