OPENING PANDORA’S BOX According to Edith Hamilton in Mythology the source of all misfortune was Pandora's curiosity. "The gods presented her with a box into which each had put something harmful, and forbade her ever to open it. Then they sent her to Epimetheus, who took her gladly although Prometheus had warned him never to accept anything from Zeus. He took her, and afterward when that dangerous thing, a woman, was his, he understood how good his brother's advice had been. For Pandora, like all women, was possessed of a lively curiosity. She had to know what was in the box. One day she lifted the lid - and out flew plagues innumerable, sorrow and mischief for mankind. In terror Pandora clapped the lid down, but too late. One good thing, however, was there - was Hope. It was the only good the casket had held among the many evils, and it remains to this day mankind's sole comfort in misfortune." PURSUING YOUR GOALS As you begin the journey of setting and pursuing your goals – you collide with a two-edge sword effect. You set new goals with expectations of handling certain long term chronic problems. If you have lacked money most of your life – your goals will include increasing your wealth. If you have lived a lonely life – your goals will include making and having friends. If you lack self esteem, self respect and you had to put up with a great deal of ridicule – your goals will tend to reflect becoming famous, becoming more powerful, etc. If you lacked literacy, knowledge, people handling skills or you lacked awareness – your goals will tend to be in the area of regaining knowledge. In setting your goals you are setting the desire for future wants – but at the same time you are opening your own Pandora’s Box of what has been holding you back in life, what you are fighting within yourself, what self-destructive and self-sabotaging habit patterns you have, what self-destructive and self-sabotaging belief systems you have employed and still are employing, what self-destructive and self-sabotaging actions or great harm you are liable to cause if you have great power and wealth. What are the plagues that get unleashed? Out of control rage, anger, envy, greed, jealousy, sexuality, gambling, promiscuity, alcohol and drug addiction, insatiable appetites for food, sex, pornography, insane risk taking, etc. As you can observe the setting and pursuit of your dreams, goals and aspirations is indeed a two-edged sword. OPENING PANDORA’S BOX IS PART OF THE JOURNEY Back when I was 13 years old I read a book by Emile Coue that explained the power of knowledge and the secrets of getting knowledge, that getting knowledge was the basis of all wealth and power. This book laid out a step by step plan of how to attain and get whatever you wanted in life – the secret was; get the knowledge and know-how. The secret plan was idiot simple, it was: Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. My goal was simple: TO GET KNOWLEDGE. My plan was idiot simple: Each day, in every way, I would get better and better. For several years my life and self grew steadily better, my knowledge of life got better and better and more and more – it was a self fulfilling cycle. The more knowledge I got the more knowledge I could get. Then at age 24 a strange, terrifying, weird set of occurrences happened to me in the pursuit and journey to attain my Dreams, Goals and Aspirations. My Dreams, Goals and Aspirations were shanghaied – consequently so was I. It did not happen overnight, it took many, many years. How it happened was so subtle that I was not aware of it taking place for a considerable time. What was worse I had so much time, effort, money and life force particles invested in the trap, I did not see how I could escape the trap I had gotten my self into. Yet, this may be the most valuable lesson I ever had, though it has taken most of my life to undo its ramifications. Hopefully because of what I discovered and how it was done – it can help you dodge the seduction, traps and pitfalls. It is a journey of how my own ambitions, (greed) competitiveness (envy) and desperations (jealousies) to succeed led me to be blind sided into giving my power, energy and intelligence to the unknown dark side. Perhaps good things come from narcisistic or evil intentions……wars often develop great benefits for peace, things used to destroy things lead to instruments to create great ideas and great benefits to mankind. One of my basic problems was all my life I have had a tremendous amount of energy – energy that needed positive outlets. Luckily I was able to corral my energy and direct it in a positive manner – but before I did, my boundless energy led me into several near disastrous situations. HOW THOUSANDS OF MY FRIENDS, ASSOCIATES AND I WERE DUPED BY A NARCCISIST In the intense pursuit of my Dreams, Goals and Aspirations I needed desperately to develop a way to role play my actions. Just as I had learned how to be a professional football player – I needed life skills to successfully inter-relate with others in business and personal relationships. It was in this intense search for these skills that I came across Scientology. L Ron Hubbard in his early book Dianetics wrote: “Acknowledgment is made to fifty thousand years of thinking men without whose speculations and observations the creation and construction of Dianetics would not have been possible. Credit in particular is due to: “Anaxagoras, Thomas Paine, Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, Socrates, René Descartes, Plato, James Clerk Maxwell, Euclid, Charcot, Lucretius, Herbert Spencer, Roger Bacon, William James, Francis Bacon, Sigmund Freud, Isaac Newton, van Leeuwenhoek, Cmdr. Joseph Thompson (MC) USN, William A. White, Voltaire, Will Durant, Count Alfred Korzybski, and my instructors in atomic and molecular phenomena, mathematics and the humanities at George Washington University and at Princeton.” With this acknowledgement I believed I was joining a group dedicated to evolving mankind’s knowledge and skills. I studied for a few months in Melbourne, Australia 1961 -1962, and went in August, 1962 to Saint Hill, England to study with L. Ron Hubbard. It was at Saint Hill that I met 100’s of students that had helped over the preceding 12 years develop the exercises, drills and procedures of Hubbard’s work. I quickly rose in the ranks to become one of the leading researchers and deliverers of the Technology under development. It was an exciting time sharing the research with these dedicated people as well as learning how the different parts of the Technology had come into being, who had originated it, where they had got their ideas from originally. There I was at the tender age of 25, in 1962 it was my privilege and honor to meet, work with and share with masterful top processors, trainers and coaches in the world. There were 85 of these masters attending Saint Hill at that time, they came from many fields.