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I'm not a Scientologist, but I like the religion. That is, I don't visit their church, I don't take part in the Scientology experience, and I don't try to bring in new converts. If you think this group or this post is about trying to convert you, leave now, because it's not.

I first learned about Scn when I was 16 and found the book, Dianetics, in my local bookstore. At the time I had become something of a religious skeptic, tired of the lies I had been told in my Christian upbringing. I didn't see Dianetics as a religious tex though, it was just a book about the mind, and about becoming a better person, which appealed to me a lot.

I read it all, and all the way through found that it was like reading from my own memories, things I recognised as being true but had somehow forgotten were all there in this book. I was very eager to learn more, so persuaded my older brother to accompany me to the local church in Birmingham. We learnt a fair bit, but were very intimidated by it all to be honest.

The people there were extremely friendly, but we were a little shocked at being offered jobs, on the spot. We declined, and left. Over the years I learned a lot more about Scientology, both the extremely negative stuff you can find on the net, and a lot of positive stuff too. I came to appreciate that although Scientologists can be a bit eager to sign you up, they are no more so than any other religion. I also learned a lot about what Scientologists do, and the theories behind what they do.

My current stance on Scientology is that they are a force for good, with a genuine intent to help people. Sometimes they go about it the wrong way, and historically they have made quite a few significant mistakes. Some argue that Scientology is not a religion, but one of the defining characteristics of a religion is the tendency to become stuck upon the founding principles. The Pope cannot suddenly admit he's not infallible, or that Jesus didn't die on the cross after all, or so on. Scientology is stuck on certain issues that were very prevalent in the 50's when it started, such as nuclear bombs, the utter corruption of the psychiatric industry, the dislike of homosexuals, and so on.

Now we have a world where people aren't so concerned about radiation and the imminence of nuclear war, we like gays, and the psychiatric industry, while still far from being of any use, has largely cleaned up its act. I should point out that Scientology is not anti-gay, but once held the attitude that a gay person could be 'cured'.

Scientology actually does a great deal of good in the world. Their disaster relief organisation has more members than any other, and you can find them at every major disaster area giving help to people in need voluntarily. They are strongly anti drugs, and have an incredibly succesful drug rehab program. They have literacy programs, they actively seek out and terminate human rights abuses, and they are really doing their bit to make the world a better place.

But they are faced with a world that suspects offers of help, and a media that sees its sales rise every time they write stories about Scientology's 'evil' ways. Numerous articles rant about Scientology while having very little idea what it is about. They mock and poke fun and don't care a damn about whose feelings they hurt, and a large number of people are extremely receptive to this kind of media. There is actually a law which prevents incitement of religious hatred, and that law is the primary reason that Scientology is largely not recognised as a religion - because to do so would prevent people from writing such poorly researched and hateful crap about them.

Now, if you're an anti-scientology type, I must ask that you don't respond here. There are at least 2 other groups related to the dislike of Scientology, and you're posts are more than welcome there. This group is for people who like Scientology and/or people who are Scientologists. If you truly dislike the religion then you must welcome us discussing it amongst ourselves, because it is through dialogue that change happens.
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I am a Scientologist and have studied a lot of courses, participated in many Scientology activities. I have changed my life so much (for the better) that almost everyone who knew me from the past, family included, have total admiration for me and where I have gotten to. When I first came across Scientology I was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In those days I was a very shy teenager who "solved" his shyness through beer or rum. But I was interested in finding out about life and in self-improvement. I came across the book Dianetics. I read most of it and then called into a number in the book. I was surprised to find a Church of Scientology at the other end the phone line -- didn't know what it was at all at the time. But I went in for Dianetics auditing (counselling) . I was amazed. It worked exactly as described in the book. I never looked back. 28 years later I have a long list of life achievements, am a public speaker, been on TV and Radio -- needless to say I am not shy and haven't been shy in so long I almost forget what it was like. I learn very fast, any subject. I can observe and decide correctly in major life problems. I have helped countless people to become more able. You see Scientologists work on ability, on constantly improving their own ability and on helping others to do the same. Consider yourself more than simply a body and you have no limit as to how much ability you can allow yourself to have.

Hi there.. Im not a member of Scientology either but I do think its interesting.. Are you doing any courses or such these days..? Would like to chat with you.. Have a great day!

Great story! Thanks for sharing! =) Good to see someone who respects other people, even scientologists. They catch so much crap because of their religion nowadays. =(

I think if people were to read the parenting manual from scientology they might see just how beautiful the religion can be

I, too, have benefitted from Scientology principles over the last year. It has changed my perspective about life and people.