One of the things that Scientologists do that is so very confusing, is their insistence that “Scientology works!”
Even after leaving the Church of Scientology in disgust, a few people continue to believe and insist that Scientology works. This results in such movements as the “Independent Scientologists”, the “Freezone”, “Ron’s Orgs” and such.
Yet, if you can convince these people to talk openly about it, they must all admit that “Clear”, as promised by L. Ron Hubbard, has never been achieved. Instead, they may redefine “Clear” from “no longer has a Reactive Mind” to “I once felt really, really good for a short time and attributed it to Scientology”.
If they are being honest, they also will admit that “OT”, as promised by Hubbard, has also never been achieved. They may redefine “OT” from “cause over matter, energy, space and time” to “I once felt really, really good for a short time and attributed it to an ‘OT’ level”.
In other words, they know that Scientology does not deliver what was explicitly promised by Hubbard — and yet they will insist that “Scientology works!” How can they say this?
As I see it, these people are confusing “It does something” with “It works”. It is obvious that, for some people, Scientology processes definitely do something. Some temporary effect has been created on them.
But that doesn’t mean “Scientology works“.
Let’s use an example outside of Scientology to see the difference between “it works” and “it does something”. I’ve lived in a number of old houses, and there seems to always be that one light switch you can’t figure out what it does. Let’s say the switch is labelled “backyard light”, but it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with that. It doesn’t work.
But what if, sometimes, when you flip that switch, the kitchen faucet started to drip badly? What if, at other times, you flip that switch and your cell phone reception in the house gets a lot better? Well, it sure seems that the switch “does something” — but it still doesn’t work.
These are the kind of “results” that Scientology provides — mostly nothing, sometimes something nice and sometimes something not nice. It is the “sometimes something nice” that Scientologists remember when they say “It works!”
But, what does “it works” actually mean in the real world? It means something does what it is supposed to do when it’s supposed to.
Scientology is supposed to bring you up “levels” of greater and greater abilities and powers until you reach “OT”, the “Upper End of The Bridge”. But it doesn’t. Scientologists at the “Upper End of The Bridge” have no more abilities or powers than non-Scientologists.
Scientologists hate it when this is pointed out but they can’t deny it. According to Scientology’s mythos, Scientologists will all be leaders in their fields. The truth is that none of them are. The irony is that some of those who may have been leaders in their field before Scientology, no longer are.
In the real world, “it works” means that it, whatever “it” is, produces the intended effect reliably, consistently and predictably.
Predictable: The expected results are known. In Scientology, Scientology’s expected results are enshrined in Hubbard’s “Grade Chart”. It is in this document that Hubbard makes his miraculous promises for Scientology. This is what Scientology is supposed to do, although, you’d be hard-pressed to say these promised results are expected by Scientologists today.
Consistent: The expected results happens every time it is run. In Scientology, this doesn’t happen, ever. The abilities promised by Hubbard simply don’t happen. The fact that, for some people, something else happens, does not have any meaning here. In Scientology, the expected, promised results don’t happen.
Reliable: Unwanted effects don’t happen. While not talked about much, unwanted effects do happen in Scientology. In Scientology, it could be said that the unexpected “nice” results and the unwanted “bad” results are equally likely to happen. But the most likely result from any Scientology process is: Nothing much.
So, when a Scientologist says “Scientology works!” they are really only saying “I had something nice happen to me once or twice in Scientology.” Using Hubbard’s definitions, there are no “Releases”, no “Clears” and no “OTs”. Scientology often “does something” but — it doesn’t work.