One of the most confusing religions I've ever come across was Scientology. You always hear about actors like Tom Cruise being Scientologists but they're generally regarded as nut jobs.
I took things into my own hands and did some research on the religion. This week for the 30 Days of Witchcraft challenge, I'm going to explain a little bit about Scientology and why it doesn't really mesh with me.
Let's get started!
There's a belief of humans being made into three parts:
- The body, which includes the brain, and is meant to deliver messages
- The mind, which is made of memories, decisions, and experiences
- The thetan (i.e. soul) which is our human essence
The idea of a thetan is that instead of having a soul you are one. Your identity is your soul.
Scientologists also believe everything, in reality, occurs because of your mind. Disease, for example, isn't real; it's your state of mind at that moment. Change your state, the ailment is gone.
Their main belief is that life's traumas are happening to us because of our minds suffering spiritual distress. Through a system called auditing, with assigned Auditors, an individual is hooked up to an E-meter. They're asked a list of questions by the Auditor, causing your body's electric flow to fluctuate and be measured by the E-meter, and the source of trauma is found.
I can't wrap my head around this concept for a religion. If I want to learn about a practice, I should be able to go on to the organization's website and understand what's going on. In this case, I stared at my computer for a few days and still didn't understand.
Here's a quote from ReligionFacts that really cemented my confusion of Scientology; this is about their belief in a creature called Xenu:
"In Scientology doctrine, Xenu is a galactic ruler who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of people to Earth, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls then clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living. These events are known as "Incident II" or "The Wall of Fire," and the traumatic memories associated with them are known as the "R6 implant." The Xenu story prompted the use of the volcano as a Scientology symbol.
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard detailed the story in Operating Thetan Level III in 1967, famously warning that R6 was "calculated to kill (by pneumonia etc) anyone who attempts to solve it.""
This concept bewilders me. It really does.