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                    "A SCIENTOLOGY CATECHISM"
                          [File 3 of 3]
               Part Nine of _What is Scientology?_
Copyright (c) 1992, Church of Scientology International, All Rights
                 Reserved. Used with permission.

1. ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS                   [Located in file 1 of 3]

   1.1  What does the word 'Scientology' mean?                 
   1.2  What is Scientology about?                             
   1.3  How did Scientology start?
   1.4  How come it's all based on one man's work?
   1.5  Why is Scientology called a religion?
   1.6  Why is Scientology a church?

2. WHAT SCIENTOLOGY DOES FOR THE INDIVIDUAL      [Located in file 1 of 3]

   2.1  How does Scientology work?
   2.2  What does Scientology accomplish?
   2.3  What claims are made for Scientology?
   2.4  How do people get into Scientology?

3. SCIENTOLOGY AND OTHER PRACTICES               [Located in file 1 of 3]

   3.1  Is Scientology like hypnotism, meditation, psychotherapy or
        other mental therapies?
   3.2  Is Scientology a secret society?
   3.3  In what way does Scientology differ from other religions 
        and religious philosophies?
   3.4  Does Scientology interfere with other religions?
   3.5  What does Scientology think of other religions?
   3.6  What does Scientology have to say about Christianity?

4. SCIENTOLOGY BELIEFS                          [Located in file 1 of 3]

   4.1  Is man a spirit?
   4.2  How does one know man is a spirit?
   4.3  What is the Scientology concept of God?
   4.4  Can't God be the only one to help man?
   4.5  Does Scientology believe in brotherly love?
   4.6  Why do Scientologists want to help people?
   4.7  Does Scientology recognize good and evil?
   4.8  Does Scientology believe man is sinful?
   4.9  Will Scientology put man in control of his mind?
   4.10  Is Scientology about the mind?
   4.11  Does Scientology believe in mind over matter?
   4.12  Does Scientology believe one can exist outside of the 
   4.13  Does Scientology believe in reincarnation or past lives?
   4.14  Does Scientology believe in charity and welfare?
   4.15  Does Scientology hold any political views?
   4.16  Can children participate in Scientology? How?
   4.17  What does Scientology say about the raising of children?
   4.18  Can one make up his own mind about Scientology?
   4.19  What is the Scientology cross?
   4.20  What religious holidays do Scientologists celebrate?

5. SCIENTOLOGY'S FOUNDER                         [Located in file 1 of 3]

   5.1  Is L. Ron Hubbard still alive?
   5.2  Who was L. Ron Hubbard?
   5.3  What was L. Ron Hubbard's role in the Church?
   5.4  Has L. Ron Hubbard's death affected the Church?
   5.5  How did L. Ron Hubbard rise above the reactive mind when
        others didn't?
   5.6  Did L. Ron Hubbard make a lot of money out of Scientology?
   5.7  Was L. Ron Hubbard a millionaire?
   5.8  How is it that one man could discover so much information?
   5.9  Do Scientologists believe that L. Ron Hubbard was Jesus 
   5.10  Did L. Ron Hubbard go Clear?

6. SCIENTOLOGY ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES            [Located in file 2 of 3]

   6.1  How do Scientologists view life?
   6.2  What moral codes do Scientologists live by?
   6.3  What is Scientology's view on drugs?
   6.4  Why are there so many young people on staff in Scientology?
   6.5  Do you have any special dietary laws or rules against 
        smoking or drinking in Scientology?
   6.6  Do Scientologists use medical doctors?
   6.7  In Scientology does one have to sacrifice one's 
   6.8  What benefits can one get from Scientology?
   6.9  What is Scientology's system of ethics?
   6.10  What does 'clear the planet' mean?
   6.11  What does 'suppressive person' mean?
   6.12  What is disconnection?
   6.13  Is Scientology a cult?
   6.14  Does Scientology engage in brainwashing or mind control?
   6.15  Does Scientology actively promote for new members?
   6.16  Does one really need Scientology to do well in life?
   6.17  Does one have to believe in Scientology?
   6.18  Why do Scientologists sometimes seem so intent on what 
         they are doing?
   6.19  What do the terms 'preclear', 'student' and 'auditor' 
   6.20  What is the E-Meter(R) and how does it work?

7. THE ORGANIZATIONS OF SCIENTOLOGY              [Located in file 2 of 3]

   7.1  Scientology is a philosophy. Why does it need to be 
   7.2  How many people work in a Scientology church?
   7.3  How is Scientology organized?
   7.4  Where are Scientology churches located?
   7.5  What does a Scientology church or mission actually do?
   7.6  What is the Office of Special Affairs?
   7.7  What is the Flag Service Organization?
   7.8  What is the Flag Ship Service Organization?
   7.9  What is the Sea Organization?
   7.10  Is it true that people in the Sea Org sign a billion-year
   7.11  Why does Scientology have ministers? Are all 
         Scientologists ministers?
   7.12  What are field staff members?
   7.13  Why is everything copyrighted and trademarked in 
  [7.14  Does the IRS recognize Church organizations as non-profit
         charitable organizations?]

8. CHURCH FUNDING                                 [Located in file 2 of 3]

   8.1  Why do Scientologists make donations?
   8.2  Why does one have to make donations to separate 
        organizations for their services?
   8.3  What about those who cannot afford to make donations for 
   8.4  Is the Church profit-making?
   8.5  How much does it cost to go Clear?
   8.6  How well paid are Scientology staff?
  [8.6  Are donations made to the Church of Scientology tax
        deductible in the United States?]

9. SCIENTOLOGY BOOKS                              [Located in file 2 of 3]

   9.1  What is the best book for a beginning Scientologist to 
   9.2  Are the books difficult to understand?
   9.3  Where can L. Ron Hubbard's books be purchased?
   9.4  What books should one read to get information about:
        9.4.1  Dianetics?
        9.4.2  Basic Scientology principles?
        9.4.3  Self-help, tests, and processes?
        9.4.4  Handling the residual effects of drugs and toxins?
        9.4.5  Basic principles of communication?
        9.4.6  Predicting human behavior and understanding people?
        9.4.7  How to increase success on the job?
        9.4.8  Basic principles of organization?
        9.4.9  Basic principles of management?
        9.4.10  The principles of ethics and how to use them to 
                live a more productive life?
        9.4.11  Study methods?
        9.4.12  Procedures to increase one's spiritual awareness 
                and abilities?
        9.4.13  Past lives and how they relate to this life?
        9.4.14  The application of basic Scientology technology to 
                help others improve their lives?
   9.5  How can one get happiness out of a book?

10. DIANETICS                                      [Located in file 2 of 3]

   10.1  What is Dianetics?
   10.2  What is the mind? Where is the mind?
   10.3  What is the difference between the analytical mind and the
         reactive mind?
   10.4  What is the difference between Scientology and Dianetics?

11. SCIENTOLOGY AND DIANETICS COURSES              [Located in file 3 of 3]

   11.1  What training should a person take first?
   11.2  What does one get out of Scientology and Dianetics 
   11.3  How are Scientology and Dianetics training different from
         studying philosophy or other religions?
   11.4  Should I get my auditing before I get trained?
   11.5  When can I take Scientology courses?
   11.6  How are Scientology courses run?
   11.7  When do I actually gain experience in auditing others?
   11.8  When can I take the Minister's Course?
   11.9  How long do courses take?
   11.10  Are Scientology Course Supervisors university trained?

12. SCIENTOLOGY AND DIANETICS AUDITING            [Located in file 3 of 3]

   12.1  What is the difference between the auditing and training
         routes in Scientology?
   12.2  Do all the people on staff in Scientology receive auditing
         as well as training?
   12.3  Why does one have to wait six weeks for auditing if one 
         has been habitually using drugs?
   12.4  Will antibiotics prevent me from getting auditing?
   12.5  Is it okay to take any sort of drugs when you are in 
   12.6  How many hours of auditing a day to people receive?
   12.7  Has the technology of auditing changed since the early 
         days of Scientology?
   12.8  What will I get out of auditing?
   12.9  Does auditing really work in all cases?
   12.10  What auditing handles physical pains or discomforts?
   12.11  What can auditing cure?
   12.12  Can one go exterior (be separate from the body) in 

13. THE STATE OF CLEAR                            [Located in file 3 of 3]

   13.1  What is Clear?
   13.2  How does one go Clear?
   13.3  How long does it take to go Clear?
   13.4  If one goes Clear, will he lose his emotions?
   13.5  What can you do when you are Clear?
   13.6  Are Clears perfect?
   13.7  Do Clears eat food and sleep?
   13.8  Do Clears get colds and get sick?
   13.9  If Clears no longer have a reactive mind, why do they 
         still need to get auditing?

14. THE STATE OF OPERATING THETAN               [Located in file 3 of 3]

   14.1  What is meant by Operating Thetan (OT)?
   14.2  How would you describe the state of Operating Thetan?
   14.3  Why are the OT materials confidential?

15. A SCIENTOLOGY CAREER                        [Located in file 3 of 3]

   15.1  Can one audit as a career?
   15.2  Of what value would it be to have my child trained as an 
   15.3  Can one make Scientology a career in some other way than 
         by being a minister?

16. SCIENTOLOGY IN SOCIETY                      [Located in file 3 of 3]

   16.1  I've heard that Scientologists are doing good things for 
         society. What are some specific examples?
   16.2  Is Scientology active in Black communities and countries?
   16.3  Do doctors, schools, social workers, businessmen and other
         professional people use Scientology?
   16.4  Why has Scientology sometimes been considered 
   16.5  Why has Scientology been to court a lot of times?
   16.6  Are there any laws against the practice of Scientology? 
         Has it been banned?
   16.7  How does Scientology view deprogrammers and groups that 
         attempt to force people to denounce their chosen religion?
   16.8  Why is Scientology opposed to psychiatry?
   16.9  Why do some people oppose Scientology?
   16.10  Is Scientology trying to rule the world?
   16.11  Can Scientology do anything to improve the world 



   11.1  What training should a person take first?

          The first action a person should take in his Scientology
          training is to read a book, such as _Dianetics: The
          Modern Science of Mental Health_ or _Scientology: The
          Fundamentals of Thought_. He can study these on an
          extension course which is designed to help people
          understand the basic fundamentals of L. Ron Hubbard's
          books and find out about Scientology for themselves. The
          lessons in the course are completed and mailed in to the
          Extension Course Supervisor who grades them and informs
          the student by return mail what his grade is and any
          parts of the book he may have misunderstood. 

          After completing a book or extension course, he should go
          into a church and see one of the Public Division
          Registrars who can help him decide which course he should
          do next. There are many different services available. For
          instance, many Life Improvement Courses exist, on such
          subjects as marriage, children, work, relationships with
          others and personal integrity. These help a person move
          from effect to cause in a specific area of life. Or there
          is the Hubbard Dianetics Seminar which utilizes Dianetics
          auditing techniques based on _Dianetics: The Modern
          Science of Mental Health_, providing as much Dianetics
          auditing to a person as he wants and giving him
          experience applying Dianetics to another. There is also
          the Success Through Communication Course which teaches
          the basic communication skills one needs to succeed in
          social or other situations.

          Factually, it is best to talk to someone to find out
          which of the many courses available is addressed most
          directly to what one wants to handle or improve in life.

   11.2  What does one get out of Scientology and Dianetics 

          Training gives a person the knowledge and tools to handle
          life. A basic datum in Scientology is that what one
          learns is only as valuable as it can be applied, and as
          it helps one do better in life. This is why Scientology
          is correctly called an *applied* religious philosophy.
          The information and technology a person learns is not
          just to increase his understanding (although it will
          definitely do that as well), but it is for USE. 

          Although many Scientologists become practicing
          Scientology ministers, many others simply use the data in
          their everyday lives, on the job, and with their friends
          and family members. They report that life becomes more
          confrontable, their abilities increase and they are
          happier because they are winning in the game of life.

   11.3  How are Scientology and Dianetics training different from 
         studying philosophy or other religions?

          The major difference is that Scientology and Dianetics
          training give one *tools* to use in life. Whereas
          studying other philosophies or religions may provide
          information that is interesting, only in Scientology does
          the individual get the exact tools he needs to change and
          improve conditions in his life.

   11.4  Should I get my auditing before I get trained?

          L. Ron Hubbard has written many times about the fact that
          50 percent of one's gains are from training and 50
          percent are from auditing. It is actually impossible to
          successfully make it through the upper processing levels
          of Scientology without also being trained. Therefore, to
          get the most from Scientology, one progresses in his
          training simultaneously with or at a comparable rate to
          his progress in auditing. 

   11.5  When can I take Scientology courses?

          Most churches of Scientology are open from 9:00 in the
          morning until 10:30 at night weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to
          6:00 p.m. on weekends. Several different course schedules
          are offered within these hours.

   11.6  How are Scientology courses run?

          Scientology training is unique. Each course is done by
          following a checksheet. A checksheet is a list of
          materials, divided into sections, that lay out the theory
          and practical steps which, when completed, lead one to a 
          study completion. The items contained on the checksheet,
          such as books, recorded lectures and other written
          materials, add up to the required knowledge of the
          subject. Each student moves through his checksheet at his
          own rate. This ensures nobody is ever held back by slower
          students, and no one is under pressure from faster
          students. A trained Course Supervisor is always available
          to help the student, to refer him to the exact mate-
          rials, to answer his questions and to ensure he is
          applying standard study technology to gain the full
          benefits from his studies.

   11.7  When do I actually gain experience in auditing others?

          Every major training course in Scientology is followed by
          an internship. This is a period of auditing others under
          the supervision of technical experts. In this way, an
          auditor's skills are honed and polished to a very high
          level of proficiency.

   11.8  When can I take the Minister's Course?

          This course can be studied by any Scientologist who is
          training in Scientology or Dianetics. The course provides
          an appreciation of the world's great religions, the
          religious background and philosophy of Scientology, the
          ethical codes of Scientology and the ceremonies of the
          Church. One also learns to deliver services and carry out
          basic ministerial duties.

   11.9  How long do courses take?

          Each course takes as long as it takes -- since the
          student goes through each course at his own pace, he
          regulates his own progress. How long it takes depends on
          how diligently he applies study technology and how
          honestly he completes each item on his checksheet before
          proceeding to the next. The length of each course will
          also depend on how many hours he studies per week. On the
          average, Scientology courses take anywhere from a few
          days (for most introductory courses) to several months
          (for more advanced training). 

          Introductory services are designed to take one week at
          2.5 hours a day. Academy training to become an auditor is
          generally two weeks, at forty hours a week, for each
          individual level. 

          The required time to complete the more advanced courses
          is quite extensive. The Saint Hill Special Briefing
          Course, which is a chronological study of Scientology and
          Dianetics from 1948 to the present, takes approximately
          one year, at forty hours a week. This course gives the
          Scientologist the entire philosophic and technical
          development of the subject, and is the most extensive
          training course in Scientology. 

          Church staff ensure that auditors are professionally and
          thoroughly trained so that they can achieve the best
          results with their preclears. 

   11.10  Are Scientology Course Supervisors university trained? 

          According to demographic studies, a high proportion of
          Scientologists have graduated from college or university
          studies. However, this is not a prerequisite for becoming
          a Scientology Course Supervisor.

          In Scientology there is a very precise technology of how
          to supervise and successfully help students through their
          courses. All Scientology Course Supervisors are trained
          in this technology to ensure that students get the most
          from their training.


   12.1  What is the difference between the auditing and training 
         routes in Scientology?

          The reference that best explains the difference between
          these two routes is the Classification, Gradation and
          Awareness Chart.

          On the right side of the chart there are various steps a
          person moves through as he receives auditing. Each grade
          listed has a column for "Ability Gained" that describes
          the increasing levels of awareness and ability achieved
          at each stage. In auditing, one is working toward
          improving himself and regaining recognition of and
          rehabilitating his spiritual nature and abilities. This
          is done on a gradient (a gradual approach to something,
          taken step by step), so those states of being which are
          seemingly "too high above one" can be achieved with
          relative ease.

          The left-hand side of the chart describes the gradient
          steps of training on which one gains the knowledge and
          abilities necessary to audit another on each level. Each
          course listed includes a description of the subject
          matter that is taught at that level. In training, one is
          learning about the various facets of life with a view to
          helping others. 

          These two different paths parallel each other. Optimally,
          a person follows both paths. The chart is a guide for the
          individual from the point he first enters Scientology,
          and shows him the basic sequence in which he will receive
          his auditing and training.

   12.2  Do all the people on staff in Scientology receive auditing
         as well as training?

          Yes, auditing and training of staff members is part of
          the exchange for their work in Scientology organizations.

   12.3  Why does one have to wait six weeks for auditing if one 
         has been habitually using drugs?

          Research has shown that it takes at least that long for
          the effect of drugs to wear off. Quite simply, auditing
          is not as effective while drugs are in the system because
          a person on drugs is less alert and may even be rendered
          stupid, blank, forgetful, delusive or irresponsible.

   12.4  Will antibiotics prevent me from getting auditing? 

          No. Antibiotics work differently than drugs. If the
          preclear has a doctor's prescription for antibiotics and
          is taking these to handle an infection, he should be sure
          to let his Director of Processing know, but this will not
          prevent him from receiving auditing. Many people claim
          that antibiotics work more rapidly and effectively if one
          is receiving auditing at the same time.

   12.5  Is it okay to take any sort of drugs when you are in 

          Except for antibiotics or prescribed medical drugs by a
          medical doctor, no. 

          If one has a medical or dental condition requiring
          treatment and wishes to take some medical drug other than
          antibiotics, he should inform his Director of Processing.
          A medical or dental consultation will be advised and a
          handling worked out in liaison with the Director of
          Processing to best accommodate one's progress in

          Any other drug use, such as the use of street drugs or
          psychiatric mind-altering drugs, is forbidden. 

          Drugs are usually taken to escape from unwanted emotions,
          pains or sensations. In Scientology, the real reasons for
          these unwanted conditions get handled and people have no
          need or desire for drugs. Drugs dull people and make them
          less aware. Scientology's aim is to make people brighter
          and more aware. 

          Drugs are essentially poisons. Small amounts may act as
          a stimulant or as a sedative, but larger amounts act as
          poisons and can kill one.

          Drugs dull one's senses and affect the reactive mind so
          that the person becomes less in control and more the
          effect of his reactive mind, a very undesirable state.
          Despite the claims of psychiatrists that drugs are a
          "cure-all," at best they cover up what is really wrong,
          and at worst, actually harm one. The real answer is to
          handle the source of one's troubles -- and that is done
          with Scientology.

   12.6  How many hours of auditing a day do people receive?

          This depends upon one's particular auditing program. Some
          receive longer or shorter hours of auditing than others,
          but an average would be 2.5 hours a day. Auditing is best
          done intensively, at least 12.5 hours a week. The more
          intensively one is audited, the more rapid progress he
          makes as he is not bogged down by current life upsets.
          Therefore it is best to arrange for many hours of
          consecutive auditing, i.e. 50 to 100 hours at 12.5 hours
          a week minimum.

          Of course, one is not always receiving auditing so when
          one is, his best chance of making rapid progress is

   12.7  Has the technology of auditing changed since the early 
         days of Scientology?

          The basics of auditing have not changed, but there have
          been considerable advances and refinements in auditing
          processes over the years. L. Ron Hubbard continued his
          research and development of Scientology auditing
          technology throughout his life, and completed it before
          he passed away. All of his technology is now available
          and laid out in an exact sequence of gradient steps in
          which it should be used.

   12.8  What will I get out of auditing?

          Scientology auditing is delivered in a specific sequence
          which handles the major barriers people encounter when
          trying to achieve their goals. After receiving auditing,
          you will start to recognize for yourself that you are
          changing, that your outlook on life is improving and that
          you are becoming more able. In Scientology, you will not
          be told when you have completed an auditing level -- you
          will know for yourself, as only you can know exactly what
          you are experiencing. This gives you the certainty that
          you have attained what you want to attain from each

          There will also no doubt be some outwardly demonstrable
          or visible changes that occur: Your IQ may increase, you
          might look healthier and happier, and may well have
          people comment on how calm or cheerful you look or, for
          instance, how you are doing better on your job. 

          Results like these are the products of auditing. Each
          person knows when he has achieved them.

   12.9  Does auditing really work in all cases?

          Dianetics and Scientology technologies are very exact and
          well-tested procedures that work in 100 percent of the
          cases in which they are applied standardly. 

          The only proviso is that the preclear must be there on
          his own determinism and must abide by the rules for
          preclears during his auditing to ensure optimum results.
          The Church makes no guarantee of results as auditing is
          something which requires the active participation of the
          individual. Auditing is not something done *to* an
          individual -- it is something done in which he is the
          active participant.

   12.10  What auditing handles physical pain or discomfort?

          Dianetics auditing is used to help handle physical pains
          or discomfort stemming from the reactive mind.

   12.11  What can auditing cure?

          Scientology is not in the business of curing things in
          the traditional sense of the word. Auditing is not done
          to fix the body or to heal anything physical, and the
          E-Meter cures nothing. However, in the process of
          becoming happier, more able and more aware as a spiritual
          being through auditing, illnesses that are psychosomatic
          in origin (meaning the mind making the body ill) often

   12.12  Can one go exterior (be separate from the body) in 

          Exteriorization is the state of the thetan, the
          individual himself, being outside his body with or
          without full perception, but still able to control and
          handle the body. 

          Exteriorization is a personal matter for each individual.
          Many Scientologists have been known to go exterior, so it
          would not be at all surprising if you do too at some
          point during your auditing. 

          This can happen at any time in auditing. When a person
          goes exterior, he achieves a certainty that he is himself
          and not his body.


   13.1  What is Clear?

          'Clear' is the name of a specific state achieved through
          auditing, or a person who has achieved this state. A
          Clear is a being who no longer has his own reactive mind,
          and therefore suffers none of the ill effects the
          reactive mind can cause.

   13.2  How does one go Clear?

          Simply by taking one's first step in Scientology, or by
          taking the next step as shown on the Classification,
          Gradation and Awareness Chart and then continuing up the
          levels as laid out on this chart.

   13.3  How long does it take to go Clear?

          It varies from person to person, but it takes an average
          of anywhere from one year to two years to go from the
          bottom of the Grade Chart through Clear, depending on how
          much time one spends each week on his auditing. Those who
          get intensive auditing and do not stop along the way
          progress the fastest.

   13.4  If one goes Clear, will he lose his emotions?

          No, on the contrary, a Clear is able to use and
          experience any emotion. Only the painful, reactive,
          uncontrolled emotions are gone from his life. Clears are
          very responsive beings. When one is Clear, he is more
          himself. The only loss is a negative -- the reactive mind
          -- which was preventing the individual from being

   13.5  What can you do when you are Clear?

          A Clear is able to deal causatively with life rather than
          react to it. A Clear is rational in that he forms the
          best possible solutions he can with the data he has and
          from his own viewpoint. A Clear gets things done and
          accomplishes more than he could before he became Clear.

          Whatever your level of ability before you go Clear, it
          will be greatly increased after you go Clear.

   13.6  Are Clears perfect?

          No, they are not perfect. Being a Clear does not mean a
          person who has had no education, for example, suddenly
          becomes educated. It does mean that all the abilities of
          the individual can be brought to bear on the problems he
          encounters and that all the data in his analytical memory
          banks is available for solution to those problems.

          A Clear has become the basic individual through auditing.
          The basic individual is not a buried, unknown or a
          different person, but an intensity of all that is best
          and most able in the person.

   13.7  Do Clears eat food and sleep?

          Most definitely.

   13.8  Do Clears get colds and get sick?

          A Clear can still get sick, but this occurs much less
          often than before he became Clear. In other words, a
          Clear still has a body and bodies are susceptible at
          times to various illnesses. However, no longer having his
          reactive mind, he is much more at cause and is not
          adversely affected by, many of the things that would have
          caused psychosomatic illness before he went Clear.

          To measure a Clear only by his health, however, would be
          a mistake because this state has to do with the
          individual himself, not his body.

   13.9  If Clears no longer have a reactive mind, why do they 
         still need to get auditing?

          There are many more states of awareness and ability that
          can be achieved above the state of Clear as he is only
          Clear on the first dynamic. Once Clear, an individual
          wants to continue his auditing to achieve these higher


   14.1  What is meant by Operating Thetan (OT)?

          Operating Thetan is a state of beingness above Clear.
          'Thetan' refers to the spiritual being, and 'operating'
          means here "able to operate without dependency on
          things." An Operating Thetan (OT) is able to control
          matter, energy, space and time rather than being
          controlled by these things. As a result, an OT is able to
          be at cause over life. 

          There are numerous auditing steps on the Bridge called OT
          levels. People on these levels are progressing to the
          state of full OT and becoming more and more OT along the

   14.2  How would you describe the state of Operating Thetan?

          OT (Operating Thetan) is a state of spiritual awareness
          in which an individual is able to control himself and his
          environment. An OT is someone who knows that he knows and
          can create positive and prosurvival effects on all of his
          dynamics. He has been fully refamiliarized with his
          capabilities as a thetan and can willingly and knowingly
          be at cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and

          As a being becomes more and more OT, he becomes more
          powerful, stable and responsible.

   14.3  Why are the OT materials confidential?

          Because understanding of and ability to apply the OT
          materials are dependent upon having fully attained the
          earlier states of awareness and abilities per the
          Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart. Thus,
          these materials are released on a gradient, only to those
          who have honestly attained all earlier states.


   15.1  Can one audit as a career?

          Yes. There are many Scientology ministers who audit full
          time as their life's work. Auditing provides a rewarding
          career as it is one in which you are always helping
          people and constantly seeing miraculous results on your
          preclears. It is very satisfying to know that you are
          making people's lives happier and saner. Auditors are
          very valuable and in great demand. L. Ron Hubbard's
          opinion of auditors is well known: "I think of an auditor
          as a person with enough guts to *do something about it*.
          This quality is rare and this quality is courageous in
          the extreme. It is my opinion and knowledge that auditors
          are amongst the upper tenth of the upper twentieth of
          intelligent human beings. Their will to do, their
          motives, their ability to grasp and to use are superior
          to that of any other profession."

   15.2  Of what value would it be to have my child trained as an 

          First of all, it would provide a young person with
          certainty and knowledge in dealing with every possible
          type of human problem, be it interpersonal, familial,
          organizational, ethical, moral or religious.

          Secondly, it would provide a career of fulfillment in
          aiding people from all walks of life to gain greater
          awareness and respect for themselves and others. 

          Auditors are in demand in every church of Scientology and
          mission throughout the world. Therefore, your child would
          be fulfilling a great demand and contributing greatly to
          making this world a saner place by getting trained as an

   15.3  Can one make Scientology a career in some other way than 
         by being a minister?

          Yes, there are thousands of professional Scientologists
          who work full time in churches and missions throughout
          the world as executives or administrative staff. There
          are also those who further the dissemination of
          Scientology on a one-to-one basis or through the
          dissemination of Scientology materials and books, those
          who hold jobs in the Church's social reform groups and
          those who work in the Office of Special Affairs involved
          in community betterment or legal work. All of these
          provide rewarding careers as each forwards the expansion
          of Scientology and thereby makes it possible for more and
          more people to benefit from its technology.


   16.1  I've heard that Scientologists are doing good things for 
         society? What are some specific examples?

          These activities would fill a book in themselves, and are
          covered in more detail in Part 5 of [_What is
          Scientology?_], but here are just a few examples that are
          typical of the things that Scientologists are doing
          around the world. 

          Scientologists regularly hold blood drives to get
          donations of blood for hospitals, the Red Cross and other
          similar organizations. As Scientologists do not use
          harmful drugs, these donations of drug-free blood are
          welcomed by those in charge of health care. 

          Scientologists regularly hold drives to get donations of
          toys, food and clothing to make life happier for those in

          During the annual holiday season, Scientologists are
          particularly active in this sphere. In downtown
          Hollywood, California [USA], for example, Scientologists
          build a "Winter Wonderland" scene each Christmas,
          complete with a large Christmas tree, Santa Claus and
          even "snow," creating a traditional Christmas setting for
          children who otherwise might never see one. 

          In Canada, a group of Scientologists spends many weeks
          each year raising funds to sponsor visits to summer camps
          by underprivileged children. 

          Church members utilize their artistic talents to bring
          new experiences and joy to children by performing puppet
          shows in orphanages, schools and shopping malls, and
          magic shows for children in foster homes. 

          Scientologists can also be found in many communities
          contributing to the care of the elderly. They visit
          old-age homes and provide entertainment, draw sketches or
          just drop by and talk with senior citizens.

          You will find Scientologists helping with "community
          cleanup" campaigns and assistance to the injured at
          Veteran's Administration hospitals. 

          Scientologists have taken a leading role fighting drug
          abuse, actively educating community officials and groups
          on the dangers of drugs and solutions to the problems.
          There are many groups utilizing L. Ron Hubbard's
          technology and freeing people from the detrimental
          effects of drugs.

          L. Ron Hubbard's technology on how to study has been used
          by Scientologists around the world to help students and
          teachers alike. One place where this technology has made
          major inroads combating illiteracy is in South Africa,
          where well over a million native Africans have improved
          their ability to study.

          Another important area of activity for Scientologists is
          raising moral standards in society. Scientologists all
          around the world have distributed tens of millions of
          copies of the nonreligious moral code called "The Way to
          Happiness," now available in more than fifteen different
          languages. Its use has led to a revitalization of purpose
          for people of all ages who apply its simple truths to
          their lives and to the environment around them. 

          The Church and many of its members are also engaged in
          interfaith activities, the main thrust of which has been
          to work with leaders of other faiths in the areas of
          interreligious dialogue, religious freedom,
          constitutional law and "religion in society" issues --
          all aimed toward protecting and forwarding the freedom of
          religion for everyone. 

          Another prevalent activity for Scientologists is to
          expose and eradicate the violations of human rights
          perpetrated by psychiatry. Many Scientologists do this as
          members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights
          (CCHR), a reform group which was established by the
          Church in 1969. 

          They actively investigate psychiatric abuses and bring
          these to the attention of the media, legislators and
          other groups concerned with protecting people from brutal
          psychiatric techniques. Such practices as psychosurgery,
          electroshock treatment and the administration of
          dangerous psychiatric drugs have destroyed the minds and
          lives of millions of individuals. Through the efforts of
          Scientologists working for CCHR, public awareness of the
          disastrous results of psychiatric methods has been raised
          and major steps taken to outlaw such practices.

   16.2  Is Scientology active in Black communities and countries?

          Definitely. By the Creed of the Church, "All men of
          whatever race, color or creed were created with equal
          rights." Thus, there are no limitations placed on who can
          receive and benefit from Scientology services. 

          There are Scientologists of all races, colors and
          religious backgrounds. For example, there are Dianetics
          and/or Scientology organizations in Ghana, Zaire,
          Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone, among other
          countries, and Black Scientologists are applying
          Scientology technology in their communities wherever
          possible. The Church maintains a Department of Ethnic
          Affairs specifically to interact and work with

   16.3  Do doctors, schools, social workers, businessmen and other 
         professional people use Scientology?

          Yes, they do. There are members of all of these
          professions who use Scientology technology to improve the
          results being obtained in their fields of endeavor.

          Schools and universities in many countries apply L. Ron
          Hubbard's study methods to improve literacy and teaching
          success, drug rehabilitation groups use his drug
          rehabilitation technology to successfully get people off
          drugs, doctors observe basic Dianetics principles to
          speed up the recovery of their patients, businessmen
          apply L. Ron Hubbard's administrative procedures to
          create thriving businesses.

          Scientology applies to all spheres of life and uniformly
          gets results when standardly used. Therefore, there is
          hardly an area of social or community concern where you
          will not find people using some aspect of L. Ron
          Hubbard's technology.

   16.4  Why has Scientology sometimes been considered 

          Like all new ideas, Scientology has come under attack by
          the uninformed and those who feel their vested interests
          are threatened.

          As Scientologists have openly and effectively advocated
          social reform causes, they have become the target of

          For those vested interests who cling to a status quo that
          is decimating society, Scientology's technology of making
          the able more able poses a serious threat. Attacks follow
          as an attempt to stop application of Scientology

          When the Church steps in to handle the attack, the
          conflict grabs the attention of the press, which lives on
          controversy. Regardless of the unfounded nature of the
          attackers' claims, reporters freely promote the
          controversy. Those seeking to stop Scientology then join
          the media in regurgitating and regenerating the created

          Scientology has always flourished and prospered in the
          face of attacks. In every case where public disputes have
          been manufactured, intentional and blatant false reports
          about Scientology and its founder have been discovered to
          be the common denominator. As the falsehoods are proven
          lies, the controversy quickly fades, and the truth about
          Scientology, what the Church really is and what its
          members do replaces it. The source of these attacks and
          the controversy they have generated is detailed in
          Chapter 31 of [_What is Scientology?_; see FTP.PCNET.COM 

   16.5  Why has Scientology been to court a lot of times?

          The Church has gone to court in many countries to uphold
          the right to freedom of religion. In Australia, as one
          example, legal actions by the Church brought about a
          landmark victory which greatly expanded religious freedom
          throughout that country. 

          In the United States, the Church's use of the Freedom of
          Information Act, taking government agencies to court and
          holding them accountable to release vital documents to
          the public on a variety of subjects, has been heralded as
          a vital action to ensure honesty in government.

          In certain cases, the Church has used the courts to
          protect its copyrighted materials, or to ensure its
          rights and the rights of its members are safeguarded. 

          During the history of the Church, a few unscrupulous
          individuals, lusting for money, have observed how
          Scientology is prospering and rapidly expanding, and have
          abused the legal system to try to line their own pockets.
          In the handful of cases where such attempts have
          occurred, they have uniformly failed.

   16.6  Are there any laws against the practice of Scientology? 
         Has it been banned?

          Of course not. 

          In fact, the Church has received numerous recognitions,
          citations and validations from various governments for
          contributions to society in the fields of education, drug
          and alcohol rehabilitation, crime reduction, human
          rights, raising moral values and a host of other fields.

   16.7  How does Scientology view deprogrammers and groups that 
         attempt to force people to denounce their chosen religion?

          These so-called "deprogrammers," better described as
          psychiatric depersonalizers, are money-motivated
          individuals who kidnap others for profit. Their methods
          include brainwashing, imprisonment, food and sleep
          deprivation and various forms of torture. 

          Such activities are clearly against the principles held
          by Scientologists -- and have been proven to be against
          the law as well. Psychiatric depersonalizers in many
          countries have gone to jail for their violent and illegal

          Situations in which families have expressed concern over
          family members' involvement in various religions can
          generally be handled with communication. No one need
          resort to violence and mercenaries to resolve the upset.

          The Church does not condone the use of violence and
          advocates that each person has an inalienable right to
          their own beliefs.

   16.8  Why is Scientology opposed to psychiatry?

          As the stepchildren of the German dictator Bismarck and
          later Hitler and the Nazis, psychiatry and psychology
          formed the philosophical basis for the wholesale
          slaughter of human beings in World Wars I and II.
          Psychiatry uses electric shock, brain-mutilating
          psychosurgery, and mind-damaging drugs to destroy a
          person and make him "docile and quiet" in the name of

          Psychiatric methods involving the butchering of human
          beings and their sanity are condemned by the Church.
          Scientologists are trying to create a world without war,
          insanity and criminality. Psychiatry is seeking to create
          a world where man is reduced to a robotized or drugged,
          vegetable-like state so that he can be controlled. 

          A primary difference between Scientology and psychiatry
          is that psychiatrists routinely tell their patients what
          they think is wrong with them. This interjects lies or
          ideas which are not true for the individual himself, and
          thus psychiatric "therapy" violates the basic integrity
          of the individual.

          On the other hand, Scientology technology enables a
          person to find out for himself the source of his troubles
          and gives him the ability to improve conditions in his
          own life and environment. The underlying difference is
          the fact that Scientology recognizes that man is a
          spiritual being, while psychiatrists view man as an
          animal. Scientology is a religion. Psychiatry is strongly
          opposed to all religions as it does not even recognize
          that man is a spiritual being. Scientologists strongly
          disagree with the enforced and harmful psychiatric
          methods of involuntary commitment, forced and heavy
          drugging, electroconvulsive shock treatment, lobotomy and
          other psychosurgical operations. 

          By the Creed of the Church of Scientology, the healing of
          mentally caused ills should not be condoned in
          nonreligious fields.The reason for this is that violent
          psychiatric therapies cause spiritual traumas.

          At best, psychiatry suppresses life's problems; at worst,
          it causes severe damage, irreversible setbacks in a
          person's life and even death.

   16.9  Why do some people oppose Scientology?

          There are certain characteristics and mental attitudes
          that cause a percentage of the population to oppose
          violently any betterment activity or group. This small
          percentage of society (roughly 2.5 percent) cannot stand
          the fact that Scientology is successful at improving
          conditions around the world. This same 2.5 percent is
          opposed to any self-betterment activity.

          The reason they so rabidly oppose Scientology is because
          it is doing more to help society than any other group.
          Those who are upset by seeing man get better are small in
          number compared to the millions who have embraced
          Scientology and its efforts to create a sane civilization
          and more freedom for the individual.

   16.10  Is Scientology trying to rule the world?

          No. Scientology's aim, as expressed by L. Ron Hubbard, is
          that of creating "a civilization without insanity,
          without criminals and without war, where the able can
          prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man
          is free to rise to greater heights. . . ." 

          "We seek no revolution. We seek only evolution to higher
          states of being for the individual and for society."

          Scientology does want to improve and reform societal
          ills, and Scientologists believe there can be a better
          world by doing so.

          It is not Scientology's mission to save the world. It is
          Scientology's mission to free *you*.

   16.11  Can Scientology do anything to improve the world 

          Yes, and it does so every single day.

          By making the able individual in society more able and
          more certain of his abilities, and by continuing the
          Church's expansion and social reform programs throughout
          the world, the world can become a better place.

          It is possible to bring people to higher levels of
          communication with the environment and those around them.
          And as one raises the level of communication, one raises
          also the ability to observe and change conditions and
          thereby create a better world and a better civilization.

                  End of "A SCIENTOLOGY CATECHISM"
                          [Part 3 of 3]
                 Part Nine of _What is  Scientology?_
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