The Real Costs of Joining the Church of Scientology | Sapling.com

Please note that this article was taken down after the website owners/company was threatened by the sinister, insidious, law-breaking, psychological abusive CULT of Scientology, of a huge lawsuit. Therefore it has been mirrored. Too bad, ‘church’, you can’t erase what was posted to the internet.

Original URL: https://www.sapling.com/12675535/the-real-costs-of-joining-the-church-of-scientology

Suing me would prove my point, including millions more. The tekch doesn’t work, OT powers don’t exist, or I wouldn’t have typed this.

“Most of us were a little taken aback when Tom Cruise jumped on the couch on The Oprah Winfrey Show over his love for then new girlfriend, Katie Holmes. We knew he was a Scientologist, but because of the mystery surrounding the religion, we didn’t know whether any of his behavior had to do with Scientology or if he was just a bit off (don’t forget that argument with Matt Lauer about psychiatry).But the secrets of this mysterious “religion,” with celebrities like Cruise and John Travolta as the unofficial spokesmen, have been revealed over time.

First, there was a South Park episode that detailed parts of Scientology’s doctrine in 2005. It was shocking for Non-Scientologists to learn the doctrine that only Scientologists of the highest levels are privy to. This is what the big secret was? Something that could be out of a sci-fi novel? The gist is: Frozen galactic Lord Xenu sent other frozen aliens to earth 75 million years ago and put them in volcanoes. These volcanoes then exploded and now these souls float around to cling to us and cause us pain and problems in our current lives. Scientology’s aim would be to rid us of those once frozen aliens so we could become “clear.”

Which brings us to 2015 and the award winning documentary Going Clear (based on a book of the same name) that completely shredded the veil that separated the general public from the secrets of Scientology. Former members and experts –like The New Yorker writer and author of the book Going Clear, Lawrence Wright – revealed everything from the full doctrine, to disconnection (a form of shunning), to auditing, to billion year contracts minors can sign, to “the hole” as a form of punishment (it’s even worse than it sounds), and other abuses.

But this past year, it would be Leah Remini, a former Scientologist, who would focus specifically on the abuses Scientology has committed in Scientology and the Aftermath, as well as focusing on the mindset of people in the religion and why they do not leave when abused. Just this week, the show was renewed by A&E for a second season, undoubtedly making some parts of Hollywood very unhappy.

Whether Scientology is a religion or a cult is debatable (and people do debate it). But one thing that differentiates it from other religions is the cost. You must pay to “move up the bridge.” Scientology also makes certain promises at each level, motivating people to pay to move up “the bridge” and even pressuring people to pay to “to help save the planet.” So, what does it cost if you aren’t a celebrity but want to be a Scientologist? And what do you get for your money?

Remini has claimed she has spent millions of dollars, but that the average person pays over a quarter of a million dollars in their lifetime (as well as spending hours each day studying their teachings).

The books

There are twelve basic books a Scientologist needs to buy. These cost about $4,000. But there is a catch. Every time there is an update to the books (as in oh, we missed this part of L. Ron Hubbard’s writings last time but now it’s fixed), a Scientologist needs to buy a new set. Apparently, this happens quite often. There is also pressure to buy sets to donate to libraries as well as to buy CDs and lectures from the now deceased founder’s, L. Ron Hubbard, teachings.

Scientology 101

The most basic level courses can cost as little as $15 to $35. Remini says these courses are used to hook people so that eventually they will pay a much steeper price to reach higher levels in the religion. Frankly, it’s good business sense not to ask for much at the beginning. It’s only once people are fully entrenched that the bills start to mount.

The Bridge

In order to become “clear” and reach complete spiritual enlightenment, one has to climb “The Bridge to Total Freedom.” These courses are about $650 each but there are a lot of them and they can also require hours of studying. Some courses, Remini claims, require studying from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week.

The upside? Once you get to the higher levels like Remini did, you’re promised that you can move things with your mind or even cure cancer. Former members, like Remini, claim they never experienced such this, though.

Auditing

The simplest way to explain auditing is to call it therapy, but that is not wholly accurate. It involves a machine called the E-Meter (which is technically one-half of a lie detector test) that Scientologists believe has the capability to measure the mass of thoughts.

The auditor is able to read the E-Meter to tell if an individual is “clear” or not. The church charges around $800 per hour and auditing is a necessary part of moving up The Bridge. You can’t skip it.

The church may also require you to do extra auditing if they think you are committing “transgressions.” Many types of religions require you to make amends or confess if you have erred or sinned. But they don’t charge you $800 an hour to do it. By the way, it may be $800 an hour but a minimum session is two and a half hours long.

And that’s just the bare bones. Members are pressured to give to certain Scientology causes and to constantly continue up the bridge. Once you reach the highest levels, you would still require auditing.

Since the Church of Scientology has tax exemption status – hence their do or die rally against the IRS in the 1993 – their coffers are full AF of cash they don’t have to pay taxes on. If you think it’s messed up, then don’t miss Leah Remini’s next season of Scientology and the Aftermath. According to Remini and the victims on the show, the money is the smallest abuse this “church” commits against its followers.”

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What to do when you’ve got two months until your unionised job gives you more shift work…

Here’s to another random blog entry!

Okay, since I get work every two months, and the shifts last about a week and a half, sometimes more, I have too much time in between. It’s been driving me nuts. I just don’t know what to do, this weather is also influencing what I can do outdoors. I wish it was warmer out. But there isn’t much that can be done about it. Dress warmer, efficiently, exercise more. Maybe even game more, aside from gamer’s itch, I could be making use of that Wii or Xbox 360 I came across, but lack the controllers for one, the battery pack/unit for the other.  

Hate staying at home during bad/undesirable weather, what more can I do? I have to keep thinking this shit over every single hour of every day. That and the downness I feel when i’m not kept busy. Downright depressing shit that sucks the energy and encouragement/enthusiasm out of me.

I do have another thing to finally talk about in the next blog entry, but that will be on a later date and time. It’ll be the best thing to get off of my chest and into the public domain.

I could take on more temporary work (best option, for my own good) up until that time approaches, more or less the morning/day shift. I have to keep using my time and energy in a non-wasteful manner , to stay productive in a way, to stay positive. After all, I have to stay active and keep my mind healthy, or i’ll go crazy in a sense. Now I don’t need that happening. I don’t need to do something stupid and lose everything.

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read this. Didn’t feel like putting it into a video blog. Writing feels better at this time.

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Wednesday September 16, 2015 – Text blog entry!

What must I type here? Well, here we go! A recap more or less. MORE Employment is a big one, and I have been working my arse off! So much that it exhausted me to the point of passing out on the bed and waking up the next day, well, on weekends that is. Packing my own lunch, three meals a day and all, was fucking awesome.

Besides work from monday to friday, I happened to come across things, and either kept them, or donated them. Donating them was the likely option, as I didn’t take much interest in shit that isn’t any of my interests. Change? Money? Ha, I came across quite a bit of pocket change. Obviously nobody’s gonna pass THAT up. πŸ˜‰ *SWEEP!*

Oh and beers, relaxing and that crazy sweltering HEATWAVE! I loved it!! and wished it never ended at all! I dislike the cool/chilly weather allot, and wish I lived in a warmer climate. But what can I really do? Just deal with it. 3-4 months of summer, and it keeps decreasing every year to a point.

I ended up getting two cases of beer (16x and 24x) for the weekends, so I could have a cold one, or a warm one, since I didn’t bother to chill it a few times. I got really intoxicated a few times, I shit you not! I nearly passed out on the floor, or close to that, on the chair a few times, on the toilet and/or on the computer (nearly falling on the desk!), glad I went straight to bed!

Upon waking up 8-12 hours from when I passed out after a drunken night, I only had one hangover. Pretty rad eh? I didn’t even throw up! Just one massive wall-thundering belch! Those are the good days and times of post-work weekends! xD

As for now, I’m stuck waiting until they call me in, and I cannot drink all of the beer OR eat out much (which I never intend to do anyways), only spend it on groceries instead of things I do not need at all. I am going to be searching for another part-time job until I DO get called in for work, so I don’t have to hassle with the boss/manager about an inflexible schedule, etc. The pay is the motivater for me.

Besides that, there might be some leaks coming to a new wordpress entry soon! Who knows what the fuck it will be, but it’ll definitely be pressed for the internets to read. πŸ˜‰

For now, that be all. Cheers! Feel free to share (in any and all forms, use the buttons! LOL), link, embed and comment on this blog post, and others if you feel like reading them too.

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Since the middle of May, I have work now…

So yeah, to keep people updated, I have been working since the middle of may at a scrap metal yard, one day a week, but at least it’s a job! 8 hours a day is good enough for me. Won’t say or mention where it is, but it is in scarborough. It’s quite the distance from my home, but it doesn’t take long to get there by bicycle at all.

I have a strict route to get there, and an alternative if traffic is a bitch, if you know what I mean. It takes a total of close to two and a half hours to get there and back, since going up 6 hills of varying angles and degrees, it could easily be a shorter time if it was windy in the direction I was going. If it’s easterly winds, it’ll be a snap to get there, but not going back home. Same for westerly winds.

Now, for the other part of this blog, if anyone knows how dean is doing, you know, that “tesla brotherhood” dude, or you wanna update him on how I’m doing, feel free to do so. I probably do the same work he’s doing out west on alberta. I tell you, it sure isn’t easy. Tell him I said hi, that’s all. I’m off to get things done around the house, laters.

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PEACE!! πŸ˜€

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Pest control, donations, dead weed burning and cleaning the place up even more!

Ahh, the wordpress app, such an awesome invention for the blackberry and other smartphone platform user. Well, besides that, the pest control was in to clean the place out of all the roaches that did invade the place. A heavy cleaning for a heavy infestation. 95% of them are all DEAD.

There is still a bunch running around, but they’re going to be squashed one by one. As I was writing this line, I crushed 3, tossed a few outside. I also burned up a bunch of dead weeds, since they were the spiny type. Who would want a seed with spikes on it, razer sharp ones, stuck to their ass? I sure wouldn’t. And then to sit down and jump right back up like “WHAT THE FUCK?!?!???!!!??!!!” No, I didn’t think so.

They did make a fantastic snap, pop, crackle sound as the stiff wood burned down into embers, then ashes. They’ll all be dumped into the garden later on. The good part, no more weeds. The other thing, it smelled so good.

Donations, hell yeah!! There is a few boxes of plastics and glassware, including utensils to be carted off to the nearest donations dropoff location. Including some curtains and shit I don’t need anymore. Let somebody else take it, amirite? πŸ™‚

Besides that, the lockers are getting more stuff put into them within a few days, following the donations. I’ll be glad to get it all packed in. Soon, that’ll be gone through and disposed of before we finally move further south-east.

Oh shit, the bananas I bought, THEY BE CRAWLIN’ WITH MAGGOTS!!! I had to dispose all 3 dozen. I feel so… Bad. Okay, that was very irresponsible of me to waste food like that! I’ll NEVER EVER do that again!! Next time, I’ll eat those damn things within two weeks. I don’t need to see anything get wasted, except me every second or third weekend. πŸ˜‰

Ahh, the AAA sized battery is done. 7 hours on the charger, at 700 mAh being it’s capacity. It’s an alkaline, it was recharged over 50 times before. No leaks, no shorts, no reverse-polarity either. It’s now being drained on the LED lamp, a one bulb unit with a step-up circuit. It lasted about 36 hours the last time I fully drained a NiMH cell.

Okay, enough of this, time for me to enjoy a tea!! Peace! Thanks for taking the time to read this, hit the Like and Share buttons to spread this post around! πŸ™‚