I've been checking out this site for a few months, as well as really investigating the COS on the web lately, and decided to join in.
A brief history, I have been in the COS for over 30 years, but am now completely disaffected from the group. To clarify the disaffection, it is with the organization, not the Tech, but not how the tech is applied by current management.
I am a Class IV auditor (pre-gat), and up until a short while auditing on OT7, and had been for many years, all "golden age"
I have come to the conclusion, that as much as I feel there is value in the tech, there is more damage that is being done by the group to others, and I have experienced it first hand for many years, and have seen it continually occurring, both in application of tech, application and misapplication of ethics.
My experiences cover Flag, RTC, Int terminals, IJC, local orgs, and field groups.
I have family still in as participants, as well as SO members, so I'll still be staying anonymous for the time being.
I thought I'd join, as I do actually see a value to sharing the stories, with the hope they can be avoided by others.
As I have been able to decompress for a while, I'm hopefully not going to ramble all over, but I'd like to share a few experiences that cover getting on and through the OT levels, experiences with other OT (mostly new OT8's, and many many people now off the level), Sea Org terminals, and others.
I also have experiences working through Flag MAAs, Qual, and Tech departments that, in truth, are truly appalling in the application of the Tech.
Sooo, hopefully my addition will be of value to the group, and also serve to help others realize that there is another way out, and that when you do change the viewpoint, life can actually be unbelievably enjoyable without constant pressure, threat, fear, and other misemotions.
I did receive the exact thing above by reading other posts, and when I realized that my experiences were not unique, and I was not the "only one" it in itself, was very freeing.
To get in comm with the group, what would be of the most interest to hear first?
Auditing on 7?
Non-OT OT stories? e.g. what is really wrong with the new OT's? How can they allow criminals on the level?
MAA fiascos? (how did I get comm-ev'd unnecessarily?)
How bad can a divorce cycle run through the church actually become? Can they really let someone disconnect from their children, become a felon due to child support, and continue to audit on OT7?
I look forward to hearing back your thoughts.