Summary of Scientology
Summary of Scientology – What are the Three Dimensions?
A summary of Scientology or The Church of Scientology International begins with its founding by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954. Based principally on his book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (1950), Hubbard created a "religious" institution to promote his unique psychological theories. Scientology teaches that mankind is immortal and divine. Man is composed of three dimensions:
- soul ("thetan")
- mind (an accumulation of all experiences in multiple lives)
- body (the temporary and physical dimension)
Summary of Scientology – The Theology
God is a vague concept. Scientology defines the Supreme Being with terms such as "infinity" and the "allness of all."
"Engrams" are the unconscious mental images that we record in our "reactive mind" that have negative effects on our present and future lives. They are learned from our past lives, prenatal experience and early childhood, and prevent us from realizing our divine nature and experiencing a happy and fulfilled life. Engrams can only be removed from our mind through dianetic counseling. This process of counseling is called "auditing," and involves an "E-meter" (Electropsychometer), a device invented by Hubbard that helps a client discover and remove engrams from the unconscious mind. The goal of auditing is to travel from "preclear" to "clear," where a person is expunged of all engrams and their negative effects on the mind and body.
The ultimate goal is to completely liberate the thetan from "MEST" and attain total spiritual awareness and oneness with infinity. MEST is an acronym derived from matter, energy, space and time, which compose the physical universe and hold the thetan captive.
The "doctrine" of Scientology has been compiled by the Church of Scientology International in the book, What is Scientology? (1978). Dianetic auditing sessions can cost as much as $1,000 per hour.
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