(Scroll down to the last paragraph if you're not interested in my comprehension of the thetan) It is believed that a thetan, or a soul, "lives" inside a human body. In Scientology, a human being is not his body, his mind, or his emotions, but a perfect, immortal thetan wearing an imperfect, mortal body. The flesh-wearing thetan is not perfect because of the flesh and its components (mostly our ability to have memories, bad emotions, retain chemical drugs, etc.), and to "free" itself, the thetan has to get rid of those components by getting rid of the memories and bad emotions through the concept of Auditing. When "successfully" done, the body becomes Clear, that is without the flesh-related components that "limit the thetan abilities". The thetan, being immortal, lives many lives. Traumatic memories or bad emotions are believed to originate from these many lives. Even though the thetan is believed to be immortal, he is dependant on the materialistic flesh of the human body and cannot live without being reincarnated in a new one when an old one dies. Now, when that new and imperfect human being grows up and becomes aware of Scientology either through their relatives or a Super Bowl commercial, their purpose is to "consciously free" themselves by climbing up the infamous Bridge that offers a step-by-step model towards salvation. To climb up that Bridge, the human being has to pay for expensive courses, trainings and auditing sessions in order to shed everything that is limiting the perfect thetan living inside of him. The problem, however, is that the human body not only suffers from its past lives, it also suffers from Body Thetans, or "dead aliens" from trillion of years ago, and the human being has to pay even more to get rid of those. The ultimate problem? The Bridge is incomplete. So here's the paradox. For trillion of years a thetan had (and still has) to live inside mortal human beings. When a human being dies, the thetan escapes the body and occupies a new one and somehow develops amnesia that refrain itself from becoming self-conscious (as far as I know, no child on Earth spoke about Scientological concepts without learning about them first). So the thetan needs to reincarnate itself ad infinitum in imperfect bodies that, in the best case, achieve the highest (but not the end) level of the Bridge during their short (in comparison to trillion of years) lifetime to simply die and reincarnate itself in another imperfect body whose purpose is to, again, climb up the Bridge. The problem here is the incompleteness of the path to salvation as the Scientological concept of salvation is currently unattainable no matter what you do or buy. Currently, the best thing a human being can do is to achieve OT VIII. Here I am. My name is Justine and I have never taken a single Scientology course or training. I have never read a single Scientology book. I am, however, conscious of being a thetan. I am a thetan that is self-aware. I am a thetan in a happy, healthy, and successful body. I don't have money problems; or at least I don't need more money to be happier than I already am. You can say that I have all the abilities of an OT VIII. Please bring any OT VIII and I'll show that person that I am as happy and powerful as they are. I am a natural Clear. I'm a huge Scientology believer, obviously, as I am conscious to be a thetan. Don't believe me? You can test me with Auditing and the E-meter. I do not show stress as I am very happy in my life. I can even fool the E-meter, I am that powerful. Any auditing session would be useless for me as I don't have any past trauma. You can audit me all you want you won't find any problem. No thank you, I'll wait for the OT IX instead. Can I join the Sea Org, buy nothing, and become a Scientologist for free? Edit: My point is that, either: - Scientology would happily accept me as a Scientologist and Sea Org member for free - Scientology would have to admit that to be a Scientologist or a Sea Org member one has to be sad, depressed, unsuccessful, or full of problems, and that happy people are not allowed to be Scientologists until they realize that they are full of problems so that they can pay Scientology to get rid of them. The concept of thetan would then self-defeats, as Scientology would only be a self-help solution for mortal human beings and NOT a place on Earth for thetans to live and enjoy themselves in "happy" (as far as the Bridge currently allows) bodies.