(Originally published by OldAuditor on January 21, 2010)
You may not consider that you have been studying and getting auditing in a suppressive environment, but I can guarantee that you have been told what books you cannot read and what people and family members you must never speak to again and many of you know a staff member who has been ordered to abort an unborn infant.
This is suppression you can live without. Once free of it, you will begin to find your feet again and will learn to live without fear.
There are literally thousands of trained people who have left Scientology and you will find that many of them are willing to help you adjust to life outside of the church.
You will probably be a bit gun shy at first and may think of working in a scientology company as a transition to “real” life. Don’t do it!
Most of the WISE affiliated companies I have encountered have more squirrel admin that you will find in the CofS. You will often find ex Sea Org execs in these companies dramatizing can’t-haves on staff and trying to enforce a bastard version of ethics tech on hapless employees.
Get yourself a real job where you get paid on time and get your weekends off. Stifle your impulses to surround yourselves with people who are heavily into Scn terms and habits. Work a job where you produce real products and you are not ducking registrars on your lunch breaks.
Use all of your training to good advantage, but learn your way around before you try to introduce any Scn concepts at work. You will find to your surprise, that most companies run far more efficiently than Scn organizations with far fewer meetings and less robotic supervision.
Hook up with those who have abandoned the mothership before you, but you need to choose friends who are doing positive things that will help you adjust to your new life. You will find that there are many avenues open to you in this news life of Independent Scientology.
You can protest the inhuman treatment of staff and public by the church or you can join the many support groups that exist for ex-Scientologists and ex-Sea Org staff. It is totally up to you.
You can choose your own path up the Bridge now or you can even roll your own path to address what you want to handle. The number of solutions available for achieving case gain seem to increase every year. Investigate all of them and choose the one that works best for you.
Connect up to your old friends on line at sites like Marty Rathbun’s blog, Leaving Scientology, Scientology-Cult, and the Ex Scientologist Message Board. Each site has its own feel and code of conduct but all offer information that you will not find elsewhere. For a more complete list of sites look at the right sidebar. There is something there for everyone.
Some staff members come out of the church so traumatized that it takes them years to recover from the experience. With the current growth of online communities and the availability of competent and caring practitioners, that should not be the case any more.
The biggest adjustment you will have to make is in your own attitudes. For years you have been told that practitioners outside the church are evil and suppressive in the extreme. Take your blinders off and just look at what these people are doing today to help you and others like you. It will blow your mind when you find that you have been listening to lies from people you trusted for many years.
You will find as I did, that the madness was not outside the walls, it is inside and the saner members of the church left the building long before you did and are waiting for you now.
Welcome to the free world!
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Fellow Traveller on January 27th, 2010 Edit comment
What turns it on turns it off. TA goes up before it comes down or goes free. Perhaps this is a necessary 3D process we need to do to actually go free for real. And we process a group by processing it’s members.