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  1. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    Excerpted from the Addendum section of L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?, 2nd and 3rd editions. This is the shortened version that appears in Brainwashing Manual Parallels in Scientology:

    Scientology could be described as a "layers of the onion" operation.

    The outermost layer of the "Scientological Onion" is not identifiable with Scientology at all, being composed of front groups that conceal their connection to -and control by - the Scientology organization. Front groups might be said to constitute Layer Zero: a place where the tentacles of Scientology can grope incognito.

    The first layer of the Scientological Onion is meant to be very visible...

    Layer One includes Scientology's pampered clique of celebrities, and various public relations ploys. It reverberates with noble sounding sentiments about creating a better world. Scientology seeks to equate itself, and its founder, with anything broadly viewed as desirable or good. A little further along, this layer would include introductory courses with the stated aim of "knowing oneself" and "being free."

    Here exist the potentially beneficial aspects of the many masked Scientology operation. The tragedy of Scientology is that the "positives" are used as "window dressing" and "bait on the hook," when they should have been the core and foundation. Thus the Scientology organization reeks of hypocrisy.

    Also, at this much publicized layer, L. Ron Hubbard is presented as an engineer, war hero, nuclear physicist, and the "greatest humanitarian of all time," and the author of "22 best sellers with more to come."

    The "first layer" is what Scientology wishes the outside world to know as Scientology. And it is essentially what new converts to the "movement" believe.

    It includes most of what is good in the subject: The dream of peace on Earth, the desire to help, practical wisdom, civilized communication, and some potentially beneficial counseling procedures. The word freedom is used a great deal at this layer, and a heart felt desire for greater personal freedom, and freedom for all Mankind, is not unusual to new recruits to Scientology.

    (Any inconsistencies or contradictions between the publicly stated aims of the movement, and actual practices or facts, become irrelevant as the individual becomes subject to the Dark Side of Scientology. And the deeper one descends into the "onion" the darker it gets.)

    Descending into the "onion" it is necessary to become a Scientologist. This means thinking like a Scientologist. This is the Second Layer where deception eases into "soft" forms of mind-manipulation. Love of Mankind is modified that the awareness that human beings are mere hapless "Wogs"... The desire to help becomes the desire to recruit. The ideal of practical wisdom, based on logic and science, is superseded by the belief in the unfathomable mystery of the "tech." Indeed one is expected to be in a state of awe regarding the "tech," much in the same manner that a peasant woman might regard piece of bone, said to have belonged to a Saint from centuries past.

    The publicly promoted "policy" of honesty is modified by an awareness that deception is OK, as long as it serves to achieve the desired Scientological end. And the ideals of civility and democracy become a joke - just something that "panty-waists" and wimps fixate on.

    One is slowly being "hatted" as a Scientologist.

    (At this point an - unlucky - new Scientologist may be subjected to heavy handed "hard sell" tactics by a sales person or "registrar." Life savings have been lost, inheritances gobbled up, and lines of credit drained, all in a single arduous evening of "hard sell." This is really a premature taste of Layer Four.)

    The Third Layer down is composed of never ending, expensive, highly advertised, but confidential "upper levels." These go on and on - and on. Scientology has been selling the promise of "Total Freedom" since before most of its current membership were born. It remains the ever elusive "dangling carrot."

    Well known individuals who become involved in Scientology - becoming "Scientology celebrities" - do not go deeper into the Scientological Onion than this.

    They are also spared the abuses that "less valuable" beings may suffer at the hands of Scientology sales people, "Sea Org" recruiters, or "ethics" officers...

    At the upper fringes of the next layer down is local "Org staff," and at the bottom of Layer Four can be found "Sea Org" personnel. This layer employs more pervasive and cruder forms of "persuasion" or "mind control." Here is the "slave labor" supplying Rehabilitation Project Force, the Pavlovian "5 Card System," and the grim but repressed awareness that one is mainly a "post" and a "stat," (i.e. statistic.)

    The Fifth layer down includes intimidation of the mass media, use of lawsuits purely for purposes of harassment, and applications of policies and programs, such as those discovered as a result of the FBI search warrants of July 1977. These materials were made available for public view by Federal court order in 1979 and consist of organized applications of the Fair game Law, and related confidential policies and "tech," designed to illegally gain access to private files, infiltrate, harass, lie about, "sue, trick, lie to, or destroy" anyone perceived as an enemy. At this layer also would be secret bank accounts and financial irregularities.

    Other aspects of this layer would include "blackmail," including threats to publicize personal information obtained during "religious confessionals" (auditing sessions); and the inducement of duress of various kinds - including frivolous lawsuits - to obtain promises of "silence," and to obtain "signed retractions" of earlier statements.

    Here also can be found the handful of individuals who constitute the "Scientology hierarchy": the board of directors of the Religious Technology Center, and its chairman David Miscavige or "DM."

    Layer Number Six appears to be the core of the Onion. It is a very temperamental and secret place.

    Here lie the secrets of L. Ron Hubbard: his bad health, bad habits, undistinguished military service, flunked physics and mathematics classes. Here can be found the actual motivations behind, and sources of, Dianetics and Scientology. Here can be found Mary Sue Hubbard, languishing in prison for crimes committed under her husband's direction, while her husband, in hiding, passes the time writing Science Fiction. Here are all the things you shouldn't know about the founder of the "Science of Knowing How to Know."

    L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?, 2nd edition:


    Brainwashing Manual Parallels in Scientology:

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  2. Björkist

    Björkist Silver Meritorious Patron

    Veda, you are a true master of "copy & paste" and original ideas.

  3. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    Just a direct excerpt with links.

    I'll assume your approval means you read it all and it has your agreement.

    And that would be odd, but it's acceptable.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2007
  4. pomfritz

    pomfritz Patron with Honors

    A 4 here. Thanks for posting this, I think it has a lot of merit. What the hell's wrong with cut and paste? It's important stuff that most of us probabaly have not come across.

    Hell of a lot more useful than the cut and paste spamming the cult does on ARS.
  5. Björkist

    Björkist Silver Meritorious Patron

    Nothing wrong with C&P really. Just giving Veda a hard time. I remember when I first read about OT III and Xenu in LRH:MOM in a Barnes & Noble (around age 19/20). I felt quite weird for a few days...

    ARS is mostly a garbagy shithole anyways.
  6. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    The electronic version of the 2nd or 3rd editions of 'Messiah or Madman?' is not yet available on the Net, so to read the latter revised and expanded versions, it's necessary to obtain a physical copy. The 3rd edition (Red cover, hardbound, 406 pages with new Index) is preferable.

    There is also a 2005 hardbound Russian language revised and expanded edition, available through a Moscow publisher.

    'Brainwashing Manual Parallels' uses the 'Layers of the Scientological Onion' as a kind of grid on which to spread out, and more easily understand, the sometimes confusing contents of the booklet that Ron Hubbard titled 'The Brainwashing Manual'. (See long Table of Contents in 'Parallels')


    Independent Auditor Paul Adams made these observations:


    Here are some other links related to his work:


  7. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    I gotta admit I am finding your posts most entertaining. I find myself looking for them. You have a way with words.... makes me laugh. Thanks.

    (another useless, uniformative post by me, Bea)
  8. Björkist

    Björkist Silver Meritorious Patron

    Wow, thanks! It's nice to receive some positive energy. :hearts:
  9. Tanstaafl

    Tanstaafl Crusader

    I find your viewpoint very interesting and enjoy reading your posts. :)
    If we all agreed on everything there wouldn't be much point hanging out here for me.

    BTW, did you know that Hubbard recommended Scns to read The Doors of Perception?


  10. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    That's in 'Operational Bulletin' #17, February 1956.

    According to various accounts, Hubbard used a fair amount of Peyote during the mid 1950s.

    His drugs of preference, however, seem to have been stimulants and alcohol, and later in life, pain killers and tranquilizers.

    Hubbard's life long drug use, though, is probably a topic deserving of its own thread.
  11. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    That pisses me off (not you, Veda, the fact of the drugs). In the Sea Org, especially for a three year period, I had EXTREMELY BAD migraine headaches and could not even take aspirin for it. I had to deal with alot of pain!! So bad it would make me deaf and blind on one side of my head. Very extreme headaches.

    I remember one time I had a toothache so bad I ripped a ceramic tile towel bar out of a bathroom at CCI with my left hand (I am right handed, weaker on left side), just to try to put the pain somewhere else. Finally thought everyone could F off and I took aspirin. I remember that first high - the pain going away and being able to sleep.....
  12. Alanzo

    Alanzo Banned

    That's the way it starts...
  13. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    Well, you know how Kurt Cobain cured his headaches.....
  14. Zinjifar

    Zinjifar Banned


    The shotgun was the cure for Courtney Love

  15. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    Funny. Or not.

    After that happened, she came to us for help. There is a story. But it would be a rant.... Such BS what happened there.....
  16. Björkist

    Björkist Silver Meritorious Patron

    TY! I feel similarly about you and Bea (and another poster or two around these here parts...). It's not a new thing that I am sometimes misunderstood, but now I just run with it.

    The Doors of Perception is a great read! Interesting that Hubbard recommended it to Scientologists considering its blatant approval of the psychedelic experience.

    Indeed, an auditing session *could be* considered a psychedelic experience. Not necessarily with the "hallucinations", but the states of mind encountered. If one has ever imbibed some quality shrooms, one has "seen" the other wavelengths that occupy "the same space".

    And, if one cares to be honest about it, the psychedelic experience is about breaking past patterns and being oneself. That it was used for totally different purposes in programs like MKULTRA and by citizens to "get high" and run from reality doesn't change the fact that these states of mind and the plants used to achieve them have been revered in many cultures throughout history as sacred.

    A war on "drugs", as Terence McKenna eloquently stated, is a war on other people's values.
  17. Alanzo

    Alanzo Banned

    What happened?
  18. Tanstaafl

    Tanstaafl Crusader

    I'd be very interested Bea if you can tell us without compromising yourself in any way.
  19. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    I was the C/S for the Purif and Intro auditing. So I was over ALL new comers to Scn.

    Someones folder came in - and the Senior C/S (Kathy) decided to C/S it, as usual, to make sure it didn't get f*cked up.

    What happened? It got screwed up because she was executive C/Sing instead of C/Sing the pc in front of her. I tried to warn them. They know best, now, don't they? And they lost alot because of that bullsh*t.

    I think they should invent pcs names for the folders so the C/S is not biased by ass kissing.

    Irv Harper is an invented pc name. So is Jack totlle (something like that, I forget). Initials say who it is.

    Anyways, mis-C/Sing and misprogramming and evaluative BS. They all think they know whats wrong with the pc, but its what THEY think is wrong with the pc, not what the pc wants handled. So they walk out. Stupid.

    I dont think its fair to that pc to get into the specifics of their life, you know? But that is the basic rant, cryptic, I know and I am sorry.
  20. Tanstaafl

    Tanstaafl Crusader

    Thanks Bea. I get the picture.

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