How Can I Learn What Scientology Is?
The best way to learn what a subject is to find out for yourself. This means going to the source material on a subject.
The best way to get an incorrect idea of what a subject is, is to listen to what people think about a subject, listen to someones interpretation of a subject, listen to rumors about a subject or listen to those who are opposed to a subject.
Have you ever relayed a story to someone about an incident in your life or had someone just observe something that happened to you but when this person re-tells the story they get it totally wrong or what they thought happened was totally different than what really happened.
Have you ever witnessed the scene of a crime or accident and you have as many interpretations of what happened as you have witnesses.
So how would you discover for yourself what Scientology is? You would read the source material. This is what has been termed the BASICS. Why the BASICS? Because they are the basic writings and research trail of L. Ron Hubbard in first developing Dianetics and then Scientology. They actually comprise the largest body of information ever assembled on the mind, spirit and life, rigorously refined and codified by L. Ron Hubbard through five decades of research, investigation and development. The results of that work are contained in hundreds of books and more than 3,000 recorded lectures.
If you want to read one Basic Book on the Theory and Practice of Scientology read, Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought.
Otherwise, here are the beginning books which should be studied by anyone new to Dianetics and Scientology and how they should be studied.
The DYNAMIC Principle of EXISTENCE
L. Ron Hubbard’s first description of Dianetics. Originally circulated in manuscript form to a few friends, it was soon copied and passed hand-to-hand until it literally circled the globe. But the resultant word of mouth only fueled the fire.
• Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science
The hidden source of your worries, upsets and insecurity… REVEALED
L. Ron Hubbard’s own story revealing how he arrived at his discovery of the Reactive Mind that underlies and enslaves Man.
• Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
Indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind
Dianetics is an adventure. It is an exploration into Terra Incognito, the human mind, that vast and hitherto unknown realm half an inch back of our foreheads. L. Ron Hubbard
Containing discoveries heralded as greater than the wheel or fire, Dianetics has remained a bestseller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, generating a movement that spans virtually every country on Earth, it’s indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind.
LEARN TO KNOW YOURSELF and not just a shadow
Do you really know yourself? Now you can, with Self Analysis. This book will take you through your past, your potentials, your life. First, with a series of self-examinations and using a special version of the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation, you plot yourself on the Tone Scale.
Whose LIFE are YOU living?
Handbook for Preclears is the legendary self-processing manual that marks the transition from the subject of Dianetics to Scientology. Here are the breakthroughs that revealed the phenomenon of the LIFE CONTINUUM — a mechanism by which every individual takes on the disabilities of the deceased or departed, until they are no longer living their own life.
• Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought
You may have been taught that the mind, spirit and life are very difficult things to know about. This is the first principle of Scientology: It is possible to know about the mind, the spirit and life.
L. Ron Hubbard
A 50,000 year search to discover the fundamentals of thought.
• The Problems of Work
Work your life so it works for you
Bring ORDER and UNDERSTANDING to life’s confusions
Life is composed of seven-tenths work, one-tenth familial, one-tenth political and one-tenth relaxation. Here, then, is Scientology applied to hat crucial seven-tenths of existence.
• Scientology: A New Slant on Life
Timeless ANSWERS TRANSCENDING LIFE itself
The materials of Scientology comprise the greatest accumulation of knowledge ever assembled on the mind, spirit and life. Through more than a hundred books and publications, thousands more articles and essays, and over 3,000 recorded lectures, the works of L. Ron Hubbard embrace virtually every aspect of living.
• The Way to Happiness
True joy and happiness are valuable. If one does not survive, no joy and no happiness are obtainable. Trying to survive in a chaotic, dishonest and generally immoral society is difficult.
Again, Find out for yourself.
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