Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Find and Follow Your Bliss

How to Find and Follow Your Bliss

how to find and follow your bliss - Joseph Cambell
(Photo: Ian Burt)

A Review of The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.

Of all mythologist Joseph Campbell's work, the easiest I've found to follow was a several-hour interview conducted over nearly a week by Bill Moyer, shortly before Campbell's death. The interviews appeared on PBS and this book was edited from these, being published posthumously.
This is the clearest statement I've found of how to help people find out what they should be doing, their purpose in life, etc. Finding your bliss isn't a big problem to solve. It seems to be most easily described as “what you like to do most, all the time.”
This review is brought to you so that you have the tools you need, as part of your business plan, your belief-system, your journey at this time and in our world.
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(Note: Most of the below can be found in Chapter 4, Sacrifice And Bliss – The Hero's Adventure.)
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a land of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
Wherever you are - - if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
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CAMPBELL: The majority's function in relation to the spirit is to try to listen and to open up to someone who's had an experience beyond that of food, shelter, progeny, and wealth.
Have you ever read Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt?
MOYERS: Not in a long time.
CAMPBELL: Remember the last line? "I have never done the thing that I wanted to in all my life."
That is a man who never followed his bliss. Well, I actually heard that line when I was teaching at Sarah Lawrence. Before I was married, I used to eat out in the restaurants of town for my lunch and dinners.
Thursday night was the maid's night off in Bronxvile, so that many of the families were out in restaurants. One fine evening I was in my favorite restaurant there, and at the next table there was a father, a mother, and a scrawny boy about twelve years old. The father said to the boy, "Drink your tomato juice."
And the boy said, "I don't want to."
Then the father, with a louder voice, said, "Drink your tomato juice."
And the mother said, "Don't make him do what he doesn't want to do."
The father looked at her and said, "He can't go through life doing what he wants to do. If he does only what he wants to do, he'll be dead. Look at me. I've never done a thing I wanted to in all my life."
And I thought, "My God, there's Babbitt incarnate!"
That's the man who never followed his bliss. You may have a success in life, but then just think of it -- what kind of life was it? What good was it -- you've never done the thing you wanted to do in all your life. I always tell my students, go where your body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling, then stay with it, and don't let anyone throw you off.
MOYERS: What happens when you follow your bliss?
CAMPBELL: You come to bliss. In the Middle Ages, a favorite image that occurs in many, many contexts is the wheel of fortune. There's the hub of the wheel, and there is the revolving rim of the wheel.
For example, if you are attached to the rim of the wheel of fortune, you will be either above going down or at the bottom coming up. But if you are at the hub, you are in the same place all the time. That is the sense of the marriage vow -- I take you in health or sickness, in wealth or poverty: going up or going down. But I take you as my center, and you are my bliss, not the wealth that you might bring me, not the social prestige, but you.
That is following your bliss.
MOYERS: How would you advise somebody to tap that spring of eternal life, that bliss that is right there?
CAMPBELL: We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be.
You have to learn to recognize your own depth.
MOYERS: When did you know yours?
CAMPBELL: Oh, when I was a kid. I never let anybody pull me off course. My family helped me, all the time, just to do the thing I really, deeply, most wanted to do. I didn't even realize there was a problem.
MOYERS: How can those of us who are parents help our children recognize their bliss?
CAMPBELL: You have to know your child and be attentive to the child. You can help. When I taught at Sarah Lawrence, I would have an individual conference with every one of my students at least once a fortnight, for a half hour or so. Now, if you're talking on about the things that students ought to be reading, and suddenly you hit on something that the student really responds to, you can see the eyes open and the complexion change. The life possibility has opened there. all you can say to yourself is, "I hope this child hangs on to that." They may or may not, but when they do, they have found life right there in the room with them.
MOYERS: And one doesn't have to be a poet to do this.
CAMPBELL: Poets are simply those who have made a profession and a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss. Most people are concerned with other things. They get themselves involved in economic and political activities, or get drafted into a war that isn't the one they're interested in, and it may be difficult to hold to this umbilical under those circumstances. That is a technique each one has to work out for himself somehow.
But most people living in that realm of what might be called occasional concerns have the capacity that is waiting to be awakened to move to this other field. I know it, I have seen it happen in students.
When I taught in a boys' prep school, I used to talk to the boys who were trying to make up their minds as to what their careers were going to be. A boy would come to me and ask, "Do you think I can do this? Do you think I can do that? Do you think I can be a writer?"
"Oh," I would say, "I don't know. Can you endure ten years of disappointment with nobody responding to you, or are you thinking that you are going to write a best seller the first crack? If you have the guts to stay with the thing you really want, no matter what happens, well, go ahead."
Then Dad would come along and say, "No, you ought to study law because there is more money in that, you know." Now, that is the rim of the wheel, not the hub, not following your bliss.
Are you going to think of fortune, or are you going to think of your bliss?
I came back from Europe as a student in 1929, just three weeks before the Wall Street crash, so I didn't have a job for five years. There just wasn't a job.
That was a great time for me.
MOYERS: A great time? The depth of the Depression? What was wonderful about it?
CAMPBELL: I didn't feel poor, I just felt that I didn't have any money. People were so good to each other at that time. For example, I discovered Frobenius. Suddenly he hit me, and I had to read everything Frobenius had written. So I simply wrote to a book-selling firm that I had known in New York City, and they sent me these books and told me I didn't have to pay for them until I got a job -- four years later.
There was a wonderful old man up in Woodstock, New York, who had a piece of property with these little chicken coop places he would rent out for twenty dollars a year or so to any young person he thought might have a future in the arts. There was no running water, only here and there a well and a pump. He declared he wouldn't install running water because he didn't like the class of people it attracted. That is where I did most of my basic reading and work. It was great. I was following my bliss.
Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda. The word " Sat" means being. " Chit" means consciousness. " Ananda" means bliss or rapture.
I thought, "I don't know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don't know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being." I think it worked.
MOYERS: Do we ever know the truth?
Do we ever find it?
CAMPBELL: Each person can have his own depth, experience,and some conviction of being in touch with his own sat-chit-ananda, his own being through consciousness and bliss. The religious people tell us we really won't experience bliss until we die and go to heaven. But I believe in having as much as you can of this experience while you are still alive.
MOYERS: Bliss is now.
CAMPBELL: In heaven you will be having such a marvelous time looking at God that you won't get your own experience at al. That is not the place to have the experience -- here is the place to have it.
MOYERS: Do you ever have this sense when you are following your bliss, as I have at moments, of being helped by hidden hands?
CAMPBELL: all the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as the result of invisible hands coming all the time -- namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
MOYERS: Have you ever had sympathy for the man who has no invisible means of support?
CAMPBELL: Who has no invisible means? Yes, he is the one that evokes compassion, the poor chap. To see him stumbling around when all the waters of life are right there really evokes one's pity.
MOYERS: The waters of eternal life are right there? Where?
CAMPBELL: Wherever you are -- if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
. . . .
MOYERS: What's the journey each of us has to make, what you call "the soul's high adventure"?
CAMPBELL: My general formula for my students is "Follow your bliss." Find where it is, and don't be afraid to follow it.
MOYERS: Is it my work or my life?
CAMPBELL: If the work that you're doing is the work that you chose to do because you are enjoying it, that's it. But if you think, "Oh, no! I couldn't do that!" that's the dragon locking you in. "No, no, I couldn't be a writer," or "No, no, I couldn't possibly do what So-and-so is doing."
MOYERS: In this sense, unlike heroes such as Prometheus or Jesus, we're not going on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves.
CAMPBELL: But in doing that, you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there's no doubt about it. The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who's on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it's alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.
MOYERS: What about happiness? If I'm a young person and I want to be happy, what do myths tell me about happiness?
CAMPBELL: The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy - - not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you.
This is what I call "following your bliss."
MOYERS: But how does mythology tell you about what makes you happy?
CAMPBELL: It won't tell you what makes you happy, but it will tell you what happens when you begin to follow your happiness, what the obstacles are that you're going to run into. For example, there's a motif in American Indian stories that I call "the refusal of suitors." There's a young girl, beautiful, charming, and the young men invite her to marriage.
"No, no, no," she says, "there's nobody around good enough for me." So a serpent comes, or, if it's a boy who won't have anything to do with girls, the serpent queen of a great lake might come. As soon as you have refused the suitors, you have elevated yourself out of the local field and put yourself in the field of higher power, higher danger. The question is, are you going to be able to handle it?
Another American Indian motif involves a mother and two little boys. The mother says, "You can play around the houses, but don't go north." So they go north. There's the adventurer.
MOYERS: And the point?
CAMPBELL: With the refusal of suitors, of the passing over a boundary, the adventure begins.
You get into a field that's unprotected, novel. You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules.
Now, there's an Iroquois story that illustrates the motif of the rejection of suitors. A girl lived with her mother in a wigwam on the edge of a village. She was a very beautiful girl but extremely proud and would not accept any of the boys. The mother was terribly annoyed with her.
One day they're out collecting wood quite a long way from the village and, while they are out, an ominous darkness comes down over them. Now, this wasn't the dark of night descending. When you have a darkness of this kind, there's a magician at work somewhere behind it. So the mother says, "Let's gather some bark and make a little wigwam for ourselves and collect wood for a fire, and we'll just spend the night here."
So they do exactly that and prepare a little supper, and the mother falls asleep. Suddenly the girl looks up, and there is a magnificent young man standing there before her with a wampum sash, glorious black feathers -- a very handsome fellow. He says, "I've come to marry you, and I'll await your reply." And she says, "I have to consult with my mother." She does so, the mother accepts the young man, and he gives the mother the wampum belt to prove he's serious about the proposal. Then he says to the girl, "Tonight I would like you to come to my camp." And so she leaves with him.
Mere human beings weren't good enough for this young lady, and so now she has something really special.
MOYERS: Would you tell this to your students as an illustration of how, if they follow their bliss, if they take chances with their lives, if they do what they want to, the adventure is its own reward?
CAMPBELL: The adventure is its own reward -- but it's necessarily dangerous, having both negative and positive possibilities, all of them beyond control. We are following our own way, not our daddy's or our mother's way. So we are beyond protection in a field of higher powers than we know.
One has to have some sense of what the conflict possibilities will be in this field, and here a few good archetypal stories like this may help us to know what to expect. If we have been impudent and altogether ineligible for the role into which we have cast ourselves, it is going to be a demon marriage and a real mess.
However, even here there may be heard a rescuing voice, to convert the adventure into a glory beyond anything ever imagined.
CAMPBELL: Any life career that you choose in following your bliss should be chosen with that sense -- that nobody can frighten me off from this thing. And no matter what happens, this is the validation of my life and action.
CAMPBELL: Yes, that's the individual.
The best part of the Western tradition has included a recognition of and respect for the individual as a living entity. The function of the society is to cultivate the individual. It is not the function of the individual to support society.
MOYERS: But what happens to institutions -- to universities, to corporations, to churches, to the political institutions of our society -- if we all just run off and follow our love? Isn't there a tension in this? Individual versus society? There has to be some legitimate point beyond which individual intuition, the individual libido, the individual desire, the individual love, the individual impulse to do what you want to do must be restrained -- otherwise, you'd have tumult and anarchy, and no institution could survive. Are you really saying that we should follow our bliss, follow our love? Wherever it leads?
CAMPBELL: Well, you've got to use your head. They say, you know, a narrow path is a very dangerous path -- the razor's edge.
MOYERS: So the head and the heart should not be at war?
CAMPBELL: No, they should not. They should be in cooperation. The head should be present, and the heart should listen to it now and then.
CAMPBELL: Wait a minute. Just sheer life cannot be said to have a purpose, because look at al the different purposes it has all over the place. But each incarnation, you might say, has apotentiality, and the mission of life is to live that potentiality. How do you do it? My answer is, "Follow your bliss." There's something inside you that knows when you're in the center, that knows when you're on the beam or off the beam. And if you get off the beam to earn money, you've lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don't get any money, you still have your bliss.
MOYERS: I like the idea that it is not the destination that counts, it's the journey.
CAMPBELL: Yes. As Karlfried Graf D├╝rckheim says, "When you're on a journey, and the end keeps getting further and further away, then you realize that the real end is the journey."
The Navaho have that wonderful image of what they call the pollen path. Pollen is the life source. The pollen path is the path to the center. The Navaho say, "Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I'm on the pollen path."

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Evolving $cientology - Building Expanding Organizations

How to Build A Business That Grows

Business Building without Scientology Policies
(Photo: Daniel Foster)

ref: Evolving $cientology - Into Something Truly Workable

A (hopefully) short point about 3rd Dynamic (group) evolution.

In $cientology, there is a fiction about the Flag Executive Briefing Course.

The truth:

It. Never. Worked.

Look over its history and you see that it is no complete system - or it would have corrected itself. Yes, it had several high points as utilized in its original format - which all left the organization worse off than before. Now it had false memories of high stat times.

If you look over the actual expansion, you'll find that it was mostly due to the 1960's OEC policies, rather than the 70's FEBC policies and tapes.

I've studied all this stuff. Every tape, every PL. And spent time - years - cramming this stuff and testing it for results.

Some small parts worked. None of it built long-lasting teams.

Core problem is that Management was constantly ripping up any successful team and "promoting" it's members. Or those teams would implode on their own. None lasted more than a few years at most.

Test Everything For Yourself

I've done my own testing, but this means nothing to you.

You only need to study it all and test each one against against real-world applications.

My advantage, I've had some 20 years of study and testing. So hear me out.

If you read the various books about $cientology's growth, you'll find the following background:

The growth of Hubbard's businesses was a simple program. He went around the country giving speeches and building local groups, leaving someone behind to run them. Much along the lines of how the early Methodist churches were built.

Once he had a critical mass, he then set up a central org in D.C.

Of course, the history was that he had to flee to Britain (buying a rural mansion) to escape the Feds. Because he was running afoul of FDA/FTC anti-scam laws and challenging the Feds to dare interfere.

Where $cientology Went Off The Deep End

$cn itself has had to continue to produce more materials and courses and services to stay afloat. Historically, somewhere around 90% of the new people coming in would drop off before they reached Clear, and then right after. This is why Div 6 activities had to be so large.

This is also why Hubbard restructured Clearing technology so that now it was a much more expensive processing - and discounted by people who attended the lectures at St. Hill in person.

Somewhere along this line, Hubbard worked out that there had to be follow-up courses, materials, and services after Clear. The fantasy he wrote, plus the material of the Phoenix lectures and OT Doctorate Course, were all well accepted - and gave him encouragement to continue down this line.

Getting attacked now in the United Kingdom, he went back to the seas aboard an old ship. Unfortunately, he wore out his welcome eventually all up and down the west coast of Europe, Spain, and that area. So he had to travel across the Atlantic to base out of the Caribbean.

Again, he was wearing out these sites, plus the U.S. Government was now on his tail again.

It was this environment which developed the FEBC. Constant deception used as P.R. Examples of failures twisted into "upstat" standards - taught using violent punishment = "overboarding."

Hubbard was on drugs in order to "research" the early OT levels.

He only was able to deliver in the U.S. again when he started following government recommendations.

(Again, check this out for yourself - find the books, read them, test everything.)

A technical note about the "OT" levels

The one's Hubbard created don't exist. But one can get people to imagine anything if you keep repeating it. The e-meter had to be souped up in order to allow the very small indications of these "alien presences" which had to be audited out in order to make personal progress.

The problem is that all these years of using those OT levels had fewer and fewer results as were discussed in the early promotional magazines. Again, these went back more to the days of his Phoenix lectures.

As these levels were upgraded and redefined, people were encouraged to re-do their levels in order to achieve these-type of results. And they didn't ever actually attain them.

What we can see from this is the enhancement of desires through marketing to enable the devoted few to continue shelling out money to the only IRS-sanctioned church.

This is what the Marketing Series told FEBC's to do.

How FEBC Marketing Worked - Sort of

Studying Internet Marketing as a comparative shows what Hubbard stumbled onto - and preached:

  1. Build a list of devoted consumers (clients) and continue to mail to these while giving them a string of services and/or materials which they can buy. 
  2. Use them to evangelize your products to continue to procure new clients.
  3. Get celebrities to endorse your products, as well as testimonials from fanatic fans.
  4. Use effective emotion-appealing copy to gain their attention, and then use limited-time offers to ensure they buy in.
  5. Always offer what they want, even if its unattainable.
  6. Always sell them the next course as a solution for what they haven't attained. 
His example also showed this:
7. Start up a new incarnation when you have to.

For all this, Hubbard had the same churn of clients as any average marketer. They continued to lose new clients at a high rate, while spreading the PR that there were multi-millions of Scientologists world wide - while practically there are probably around 50,000 or so who are regularly active.

What we find here is what works in the Administration of $cientology are the natural laws which run the rest of the world we live in. Read "Influence" by Robert Cialdini.

These natural laws run everything. Everything.

How to Make Your Business Expand - Continually

Find the natural laws, understand them, apply them.

Start with "Think and Grow Rich," by Napoleon Hill.

Follow this up with "If You Can Count to Four" by James Breckenridge Jones.

My own "An Online Sunshine Plan" will give you a lot of the background to how Internet Marketing works and most of the modern tools.

I've made these available to you just so you could succeed.

Your success will depend on the strength of your vision.

Luck to us all.


There's a pattern here:
  • Formation and expansion.
  • Self-destruction through over-promotion and under-delivery - ignoring national laws.
  • Continuing to produce new sales through new materials and products (in new locations) - which themselves were scammy, overpriced and sucked up by their loyal followers.
  • Cover the back-trail with false PR.
You can see the flaws with this. Lack of Honesty is one.

The other, senior datum - Hubbard was there to make money and get rich by running a religion. He succeeded, at the loss of his own freedoms - and also doomed his on multi-million dollar organization. The result is that it's been contracting for years, on a slow death spiral.

Do the opposite - deliver an honest service, expand your business routinely. 

$cientology - Where Failed Help Turns Into Overts and Sec Checks

The Secret Behind Blows, and Staff Turnover

The Secret Behind Blows, and Scientology Staff Turnover
(Photo: Jo T)

Contrary to stated theory, blows don't come from overts and withholds, they come from failed help and blunted purpose - which underlie the apparent problem.

I'd seen this over and over in my 20+ years on staff. No matter how much security checking was applied, those same staff ended up leaving. And my own leaving was a question I'd had for many years - only coming to an understanding just recently.

The trick to understanding Hubbard's Dianetics and $cientology is to know where it came from, and its limits.

If Hubbard's teachings were truly universal and basic, they'd apply to all situations anywhere - and the fact that the bulk of his "tech" only truly works within the rigorous belief-system itself tends to prove the point.

Again, Hubbard got his material from other writers, not strictly from his own research. Most, if not all of his data can be traced to his "borrowing" from other source. "The Price of Freedom" came from George Washington. Part of his "Code of Honor" came from Napoleon Hill. Dianetics was based on "regression" and his "past lives" is based on popular books of the 50's. Dianetics and Scientology both were based on what was already popular, his marketing was based on the emotive programming from people who bought into his schemes. A narrow feed-back loop which all marketers use - build your audience and then survey that audience for what they need and want. His Marketing policy lays it all out - (note that he quotes and paraphrases other leading Marketing books.)

He got his stuff from other sources - mostly. (The rest seems to be based in the fantasies he wrote.)

Why O/W theory and sec-checking don't work

Because they aren't basic on the chain. See "O/W - A Limited Theory" HCOB. Before any overt chain starts up, there has to be a mis-understanding. You know that Understanding = A, R, C. ARC breaks precede MWH's.

The magnitude of the problem is based in how deeply the misunderstanding affects the belief-system is affected. What shifts the person's paradigm will ultimately cause a solution which forces departure. (See material on the "prior confusion".)

Blows are caused by failed help, blunted purpose, and cumlative injustices (several phrases for essentially the same thing.) Overts are secondary - and the reason that sec-checking only offers temporary relief.

When the circumstances surrounding a person collapse his understanding, then he is forced to create a new resolution. Their belief-system is challenged, and needs to be reconciled.

A comparative world view is found in the common world

My work in the real world since has brought this understanding to me.

Jobs don't run on HCO PL's. The real world proves that $cientology only works within it's own narrow confines.

The natural laws work everywhere, though.

In the real world, there is constant turnover - which is also the case in $cn orgs, if not worse. For someone in the Sea Org, even staying a few years on a single post is an accomplishment. The S.O. has a fear-based approach to control and compliance. A lot of them stick to the Flag Order "Hard Working People," which negates many other senior policies. Essentially, this is license to dramatize - which current management (since LRH's passing) have capitalized on. All based in fear.

In the real world, you get a job to earn money to support yourself. Nothing is top-down organized. No one out there actually cares for you - except family and the friends you've maintained relationships with.

Jobs don't care. Unless you play their game. Just like $cn and the S.O. But you have to mold yourself into the image they want. True for both. That's the beginning of our comparative.

I've had several real-world jobs in the last 14 years. Finally, I got real financial freedom when I was able to make a living with completely passive income from book publishing.

This last "job" has allowed me to analyze what has happened in all my previous ones - because I have no pressure to "become" part of any job-situation.

The real comparatives stem from the Four Needs

Around the same time Hubbard was in Phoenix, a guy named Lester Levenson was researching in Sedona, Arizona. Levenson had achieved a unique understanding of the world, and what would be called "OT" abilities simply through personal reflection and thought.

His road back was to figure out how to enable other people to utilize what he had worked out.

Essentially, all the world - from humanity's view - is based on the needs of Security, Approval, Control, and Belonging. All these in turn are based on the Fear of Death - or loss of Individuality. The main game in this Universe is to be an individual, while the Universe itself works on systems and wholeness. The trick is to have your game of being an individual and part of the Universe at the same time.

Security, Approval, Control, Belonging, Fear. Master these, and then you'll master all of life - or escape being victimized by the individuals around you.

Back to our Jobs Analysis.

I left all these jobs. But didn't "blow" all of them. Most were senseless - because I was trying to use my 20+ years as Sea Org staff to compare their function. It's too easy to compare them as somehow less worthy. That is, after all, the continuing philosophy Hubbard force-fed his followers - a theme which runs through everything he offered. You can see how the above Four Needs run through all he's written and said.

But in each case, it kept going back to the failed help. I was unable to help these companies to improve their operation - and couldn't/wouldn't mold myself into their particular job requirements.

The last job I had was the most telling. For it left me completely critical, and complaining how my employer was himself critical. Yes, I got over it by releasing the Four Needs which he was using over me. (Details how to do releasing in "Freedom Is") The criticalness passed, which told that sec-checking and O/W write-ups wasn't the only way to handle it, and that criticalness is a symptom - not the core problem.

What I found common to all these jobs was the rejected help, the snubs, the blunted purpose, the lack of Justice. These also proved to be exactly what drove me to leave the Sea Org and $cientology. It's just taken me 14 years to figure out why.

In all cases, my help was accepted and then rejected. Solutions were discarded. Every time, I would find that the tentative offerings were rejected and then I'd try another way to help, but no same route twice. Eventually, I ran out of options. It was better to find another place to earn my way than work for that company anymore.

Why the Sea Org is doomed

20 years of the Sea Org was ended after I was no longer allowed to be on tech lines and found my way to help was through what I found to be my purpose - through the creative arts. Yet this again was foiled by the various control mechanisms executives used in the S.O. to fruitlessly hold their own "position in space." Again, being on a single post for any number of years was remarkable, as any staff member was subject to incredible attacks from above and below. No one was safe on any job, unless - like the current Miscavidge monster - they "solved" by eliminating supposed "threats" around them ruthlessly. But those are very human people we are talking about - each with their own lives worth living.

Of course, that's completely contrary to what $cientology is reputed to be based on. What's on paper isn't the real world reality.

Once you screw around with people long enough, they quit following you. The pain of your mis-use is more than they will be put up with. That is the reason there are so many mandatory musters and events which are supposed to improve morale.

Unfortunately, once you've been screwed with long enough, internal PR functions don't work - because you start seeing through the hype. (Particularly if you are a Cramming Officer and analyzing everything with Data Series.) These events simply compounded the effect.

I was able to spend a year without a job in the final days I was living that life. Yes, that's contrary to all policy. But I had spent my career studying policy and how it fit together. I knew the loopholes. Enough to get by.

I tested the entire policy scheme from top to bottom, and found out that the Sea Org is entirely corrupted. Fear drives everything. Policy is no longer followed. Ethics has been long gone since before I left. Anyone I've tracked is not only not on their former post, but usually in another org entirely. That is a scene which Hubbard outlined for his Flag Reps - to keep them moving from one org to another so that they wouldn't become attached to the scene.

It also keeps anyone from individually building a power base, much as any outrageous success story was cut down by Management for years - Hubbard himself used this tactic to maintain his control, but it was hidden from anyone who believed him to be the god he played. ("Those who have eyes, let them look - those who have ears, let them hear.")

Implosion just is a matter of time.

How you can put this to use.

Obviously, I'm no fan of $cientology or Hubbard any more. Once burned, twice shy.

There are other scenes I've uncovered - even a way to evolve what is truly workable within that world into more widely applicable "tech" and "policy."

Right now, you can do these:
1. Straightwire your own life to find areas where you help was rejected or ignored.

2. Release these incidents of all charge - however you like. You'll find the criticalness leave and objective understanding remain, even perhaps your original appreciation for the rightness you agreed with when you joined that team, org, or business.

3. Use Power Change Violation Repair Formula to rebuild your relationships within that company - or to build stronger ones if you've already moved on.

4. Apply the Way to Happiness and honestly seek to openhandedly help others at every turn. This uses the Golden Rule to create a new world where everyone has natural rights which can be respected. You'll get the respect and help you need and deserve only after you give respect and help to others that they need.

5. Do your own study of any $cientology or Dianetic datum you've encountered. See if they actually work for you. Nothing else matters. Nothing. 

Then you will be well on your way to building a better life for yourself and all those around you.

Luck to us all.