It takes study and auditing to recover one’s power of choice over ideas and lifestyles. There is a gradual awakening of curiosity and individual thinking and from what I have seen, but the process of overcoming the cult’s indoctrination can take several years in the best of cases.
The recovery of one’s power of choice is so gradual and the development of a new awareness varies so much from person to person, that it is often easier to spot where the person is by what he or she is denying.
These stages of denial are all about adopting the viewpoints of others instead of inspecting life for yourself. They all represent a denial of self.
These stages of denial do not appear in any particular sequence and not everyone experiences all of them. Furthermore, most people seem to pass quickly through these stages once they get the idea that they are no longer bound by church dogma and are free to communicate with the realities of life.
When someone hangs up on one of these stages, they have given up their power of choice in a particular area and are not willing to communicate with the uncertainties and realities of that area. Therefore they become the effect of that which they are denying.
Here is my take on the various stages of denial found in almost every Scientologist and Ex-Scientologist:
1. Denial that there was anything good about Scientology or Ron Hubbard – These people never experienced benefits from their church experiences or auditing and are still royally pissed.
2. Denial that there is anything basically wrong with the Church of Scientology – This person is living a very protected life or is trying very hard not to look at anything unpleasant.
3. Denial of hope of improvement for self – This person is out of the church and is still licking their wounds. Is numb and wants to be left alone. This will pass with enough rest and sleep and gentle support from friends.
4. Denial of self in order to receive group approval – This person is still mentally in the cult. This person will probably resent people who do not care about group approval.
5 . Denial that one has been a bona fide cult member – This person has not been able to look objectively at their own behavior as a church member. They are still subject to the indoctrination they received. When they Google “cult characteristics”, they may begin to adopt a different view.
6. Denial of their own role in supporting the destructive actions of the church – They hope to change their behavior without taking responsibility for the damage they did. Many of these people will not discuss their church experiences publicly.
7. Denial that Ron Hubbard was deeply involved in all of the destructive actions that led to the Miscavige era – These people feel that targeting and removing David Miscavige will bring an end to the abuses being committed daily by the church. These people will gradually move through this stage as they become exposed to the true data of Scientology’s history.
8. Denial of the right of free choice – There are independents who try to stop others from using the technology in their own way. These people feel they need to dictate how someone uses the technology or alters it for specific purposes. Some of these people are even trying to enforce COS type justice actions on other independents. These people are still stuck in the fixed datum that KSW #1 created.
9. Denial of the possibility that admin technology and auditing technology is flawed or incomplete – These people feel that KSW defines the gold standard and are unable to exercise their power of choice. They are unable to even consider that KSW may be a seriously flawed control mechanism for protecting cult beliefs.
10. Denial of responsibility for using what technology they know to help others – These are people who are trained and know that they can get results using the technology but choose to wait until times are more favorable.
11. Denial of one’s true strength and power – If you have any back-off on creating desirable effects and helping others, you are probably at this point, but you can probably discover what is holding you back if you try.
If you feel I have missed an important stage of denial, Feel free to add your comments. Let me know what denials you have seen or experienced.
[revised 10/28/11 to incorporate feedback from readers]
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OldAuditor on October 22, 2011