Scientology: A Basic History

By: Robert Thomson


Scientology is a religion evolving out into the twenty first century. In this day and age, religion itself is controversial enough. But a new religion, growing, in the face of materialism, against the consensus that all is matter, it does stir the pot. There is much written on it, and a lot of that is simply fabricated with zero truth in it. So what is Scientology really?

Certainly, the Church of Scientology has experienced the same growth and controversiality that has been common with the evolutionary steps of all earlier major religions today.

So what is Scientology and how did it get to be here?

Scientology means literally a study of knowledge, or knowing how to know. The word Scientology was first used by L. Ron Hubbard on 1932. He is the founder of both Dianetics - a study of the mind - and Scientology.

Mr. Hubbard, as a young man, had traveled to China, Japan, India and other Asian countries. Here he learned that man was a spirit, a life force. He learned that there were things beyond what was physical. And added to that L. Ron Hubbard also wanted to know why man was still degraded when so much wisdom existed in the East. There was wisdom and poverty there, and both together were a contradiction. Mr. Hubbard researched both in the East and the West.

After the Second World War intervened he continued his research at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in 1945. Himself lame in the hip and with hindered sight, he furthered his theories of the mind and was able to use them on himself and others to heal psychosomatic ills. That is, illnesses that seemed to not respond to normal medicine due to mental blocks of one form or another.

After the war Mr. Hubbard continued his research. He published a book, called Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. It was a runaway best seller on the new York Times Best-seller list. Today over 22 million copies have been sold.

Soon the Dianetics movement started and research centers sprung up in the USA and people were using Dianetics to become more able and lead enriched lives.

However, there was more. The further they researched the more they found there was a lot unknown of man.

Dianetics is a technical subject whereby a person is taught to help take naturally another person's mind back to times of physical pain and unconsciousness, and recall these times. It was found that body cells contained these recordings in a separate low-grade mind, and when these recordings were recovered a person could heal from all manner of psycho somatic illnesses. Soon the lame could walk, the speechless talk.

But the research quickly also showed that man had memories going back well into the nine months before birth. And it did not take long to find that there were memories waiting to be discovered in past lives. Man, it was discovered, was a spiritual being who had lived many lifetimes, still containing the memories of those former lives and adversely affected by them.

It was found that to enable a person to start to recover his former spiritual abilities he must recover his former lives', bring them back to the present, even if in part. That is, remove the amnesia that separates a person from his previous past life times.

To assist this research Mr. Hubbard theorized that an electrical meter could be made to help a skilled practitioner guide a person to those memories. Such a meter was developed and is still used in upgraded versions today by Scientology practitioners.

In the early 1950s L. Ron Hubbard developed methods so as to exteriorize the person from the body. That is, separate the actual spiritual entity that is the person himself from his body. This was successful and this is now an important part of Scientology counseling and done on a regular basis. This is called exteriorization. While this has been common to both Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, it is new to the west. The main difference now was that Scientology was developed by a westerner, who could get a person to replicate exteriorization results in weeks with another person, and not years, as in earlier philosophies.

Scientology does get results. People do become more able and as a result they start to use and practice Scientology. It is its workability and philosophy that attracts people.

The Church of Scientology of Canberra was set up in 1982. It has been an important part of the Canberra community since.

Today the Church of Scientology of Canberra is headed by its executive Director, Rev. Nick Broadhurst. He welcomes anyone who has an interest in the subject of Scientology to contact him by email directly.

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Nick Broadhurst is the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology of Canberra. Scientology Canberra He has been in Scientology for 20 years and has studied 20,000 pages, and 300 taped lectures on the subject. Welcome

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