I borrowed, or coined by inspiration, from Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search For Meaning) the idea that decompression was the first and most important step in recovering from the Scientology experience with an upward trajectory. Frankl – having himself survived years of imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps, and attempted to help others similarly situated upon release – noted that an adjustment period was critical for someone coming out of a strictly controlled environment to a relatively free society. He likened it to a deep sea diver submerged for several hours far beneath the surface. One must bring the diver back out from under the tremendous pressure he has adjusted to on a gradient basis or he will suffer from Decompression Sickness, also known as the bends. Similarly, if a person imprisoned – even mentally – in inhumane conditions, conditioned to think and act in super-compliant ways while developing all manner…
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Rattling both ends of the extreme is an indicia of hitting the sweet spot. Reference: The Great Middle Path Revisited.
Ten reasons why you should not read Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior:
- If you read it, you might get the idea that Scientology is something that one ought to graduate from. This could be particularly troubling for folk who can’t seem to get over the reunion-of-the-folks-from-the-good-old-days mentality.
- If you read it, you might get the idea that for Scientology to assert the idea some of its ideas are sacred and ought to remain hidden is the height of hypocrisy. This could be particularly difficult for those who cling to a sense of mystical superiority over mere mortals.
- If you read it, you might get the idea that Scientology is nothing more than, as Ron once noted, ‘a workable technology’. This could be particularly trying for those who assert ‘total certainty’ on the ‘only road to total freedom.’
- If you read it, you might become curious as to the evolution…
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