To you, dear Scientologist, who have finally decided to leave the Church of Scientology:
Congratulations! You have made that important, first step to a new life.
Perhaps you haven’t yet understood the magnitude of what you have done.
You have disagreed.
All Scientologists know that you may not disagree and remain in Scientology. Oh, sure, you “can disagree”, but only if you agree to get your disagreements “handled” by the church. And that, we all learned, meant they would “handle” you until you realized “how wrong you were” and how right Scientology, the church and its leaders were. There is no other “handling” — you were wrong and Scientology, whatever they said and whatever they did, was right.
And, even though Ron said that agreement is effect and disagreement is cause, Scientology only tolerates agreement.
And you have disagreed. What’s more, you refused to agree that you were wrong so you could be “handled” by the church. You disagreed and you said, “I am right!”
This first disagreement after so much agree-agree-agree is a major step toward sanity. If you are like I was, it is a great relief.
However, if you are like many Scientologists who have finally had enough and have stepped away from the Church of Scientology, you may still be wrapped up in the culture of agreement that is Scientology.
You might be tempted to return to that warm, welcoming culture of agreement with Scientologists outside of the church, like the “Independent Scientology” movement. There, your disagreement about David Miscavige will become agreement, they all agree that “Miscavige is bad”, and you could safely drop back with them into that safe world of complete agreement in Scientology.
You became a Scientologist because you found some of the things in Scientology to be worthwhile and workable. But one of the characteristics of Scientology that is quite attractive to many Scientologists is that it is a pre-packaged set of beliefs where “all of that is bad” and “all of this is good”, you don’t have to think, you don’t have to worry, all you have to do is agree. And once a person becomes a Scientologist, they are required to agree that everything in Scientology is good and workable — no matter what their actual opinions or experiences are.
Hopefully, that’s over for you. Now you can make up your own mind about each and every thing in your life. You can choose a life where you make the decisions about what you are going to think and believe.
You have taken the first step towards sanity and taking back your own life, don’t stop now. You can disagree if you want to. You can disagree as much as you want, even with parts of Scientology.
And that is a road to greater truth.