Scientology And Me

August 21, 2008

Churches of Scientology in Africa

New Scientology churches are on the horizon for Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg in South Africa and Bulawayo and Harare in Zimbabwe — part of an international Scientology strategy to increase service to Scientologists and the community.

Artists’ renderings of these new churches give an idea of the size and quality of the buildings.

In addition to the many services the churches will provide for Scientologists, they well also offer courses and spiritual counseling for people new to Scientology and for non-Scientologists. An example of the services these churches will be expanding is the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program. South African Scientology churches already man two
Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tours, one currently in Ghana and the other in Zambia. These tours offer courses, workshops and seminars based on the Scientology Handbook, which give people practical, effective tools for better living. And the new churches will make it possible to greatly expand the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program throughout southern Africa.

In the 1960s, L. Ron Hubbard lived and worked for many months in South Africa and Zimbabwe, then known as Rhodesia. He carried on his research and worked to accomplish social reforms for the people of these two countries. His respect and love for the countries and their people led him to write, “from Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization on this planet.” And the staff and members of the Scientology churches of South Africa and Zimbabwe are determined to make this come true.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers arrive at Joinville, Brazil

There was music and dancing into the night when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South America Goodwill Tour opened its tent in Joinville, the largest city in Santa Catarina in the Southern Region of Brazil.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour Receive a Classic Brazilian Welcome to Joinville, Brazil.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour Receive a Classic Brazilian Welcome to Joinville, Brazil.

In addressing the crowd that gathered in front of the bright yellow tent of the Goodwill Tour, the Second in Command of the SAMU (System of Attendance Emergency Unit), said “It is a pleasure to be here and to know the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. The first time I saw them I knew they were special people. They asked us to have a location for their tent so they could help us. This was unusual. Normally we help others—no one offers to help us! I experienced their technology and I loved it and I learned how to use it. And I am using it. It is good to know that there are people like the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. While we help the person’s body, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers help him or her as a person. That is very, very important. It is very good to have them here. We need them with us and I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.”

These sentiments were echoed by the chief doctor of the government of Joinville, who said, “I have the pleasure to know the Scientology Volunteer Ministers and the opportunity to work with them. I know my life is better because of this. I have gained the ability to organize and know how to achieve my goals. With the tools they teach, it is incredible how easy it is to create miracles in the lives of others. Here in the tent you can learn very simple technology to improve your life. For example, those who have had problems with relationships, problems with learning, problems with communication, those who want to help somebody but don’t know how.”

These dignitaries cut the ribbon signaling the opening of the tent and people poured into the tent to find out more.

There was music and dancing into the night when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South America Goodwill Tour opened its tent in Joinville, the largest city in Santa Catarina, in the Southern Region of Brazil.

There was music and dancing into the night when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South America Goodwill Tour opened its tent in Joinville, the largest city in Santa Catarina, in the Southern Region of Brazil.

The Musical group, which was only going to play before the grand opening, continued through the night, even donning Scientology Volunteer Ministers t-shirts for part of their performance.

And those who are taking advantage of the training, seminars and workshops they offer, based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard, are proving the kind words of the speakers to be true—they are delighted to learn how they can help others and they share their wins of seeing others get so much better just by their using the simple things they have learned.

August 9, 2008

Scientology Mission in Sherman Oaks: Check out their website

Scientology websites are as individual as the groups creating them. The Scientology Mission of Sherman Oaks is such an example. I found this site accidentially (their bookstore advertises with Google Ads) and was immediately hooked. Genuine interviews, photos and easily understandable information about Scientology, presented in an individual and “homey’ style. More of this! Check it out:

August 8, 2008

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard gets his own video biography

David Miscavige as one of the main speakers of L. Ron Hubbard‘s annual birthday celebration proudly presented a new biography of L. Ron Hubbard – on video! The modern, 21st Century homage to L. Ron Hubbard can be watched on or on the Scientology Video Channel.

August 7, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers back on Cook Islands


Cook Islands: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Tent Back Up

A presentation tent of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers – that had been taken down last month to prevent a legal battle – went up again now after the church clarified its position with the Ministry of Justice of Cook Islands.

Mathew Andrews, Volunteer Ministers Pacific director noted that the earlier objection came from a clique who, instead of meeting with them to sort out the matter elected legal tactics to “forward their agenda”.

“We have met with a number of religious leaders here on Rarotonga as well as many other people and we have struck nothing but goodwill and interest in what we are doing”, he said. The tent with be on display until end of next week.

August 6, 2008

Dianetics Seminar at University of Guam

The announcement of the first Dianetics Seminar in Guam was greeted with enthusiasm by many of the men and women who learned of the subject when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour was on the island.

So much interest was generated in Dianetics that the Goodwill Tour arranged for Dianetics expert, Fred Gordon, to fly out from Tennessee in the U.S., to deliver the seminar in coordination with the staff of the Guam Life Improvement Center in Dededo, Guam.

The term “Dianetics,” comes from the Greek words dia, meaning “through” and nous, meaning “soul.” Dianetics is a methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, which can help alleviate unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses. It is most accurately described as what the soul is doing to the body through the mind.

“If drivers don’t know how to drive, they have accidents,” Gordon said. “We all have a mind and we were never given the owner’s manual to operate it. So we have a world full of accidents, domestic abuse and crime.”

The application of Dianetics techniques is called “auditing.” Taken from the Latin word audire, which means, “to hear or listen,” auditing is a very unique form of personal counseling, which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability. Dianetics seminars cover basic Dianetics concepts. They are oriented to practical application and results. Each person attending can partner up with another person interested in using Dianetics techniques and form what is called a co-audit: cooperative auditing in which two people learn how to audit and audit each other.

The first book on the subject, Dianetics: Modern Science of Mental Health, has sold more that 21 million copies since its first publication in 1950 and remains a publishing industry phenomenon.

For more information about the seminar or other Dianetics and Scientology services, contact the Guam Life Improvement Center at 653-8181 or email them at

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Offer Free Workshops to Disaster Relief Personnel

Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, typhoons, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires: disaster can strike at any time. And the emergency response personnel are the men and women we all depend upon when we can’t depend on anything else. Scientology Volunteer Ministers provide free training to help emergency response personnel cope in the most trying times.

When disaster has occurred, the emergency response teams go into action. That is not the time to try to train someone. And because lives are at stake at these critical moments, Scientology churches, missions and Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tours provide disaster response training free of charge, whenever needed, to anyone, whether police, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel, NGOs or volunteers—anyone who steps forward to help.

One of the most popular programs is a communication workshop, based on drills developed by Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard. These drills, which are described in the Scientology Handbook, help the emergency worker establish a zone of calm under turbulent and sometimes violent circumstances. They enable him or her to feel more confidence and establish rapport with people, no matter how much stress they are experiencing.

Law enforcement officers at a Scientology Volunteer Ministers workshop in Mysore, India.

At a recent workshop, a police officer shared this story with one of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. The officer had learned how to establish rapport by finding something he liked about a person and something he knew they would both agree on, and communicating to him about that. He tried this with one of his junior officers. He had never tried to communicate with this man before. In the course of their conversation, they were both stunned to discover that they are actually relatives!

Workshop attendees change their perspective on themselves and their relationships with others. One emergency response volunteer said, “Communication is very important and useful in our lives. If we don’t communicate there is no understanding one another. In your own family and everywhere you go it is good to have good communication. It is very important to develop good communication in our society.”

Another workshop attendee said, “I’ve known that communication is an important part of life, but until now no one has ever been able to tell anyone how to communicate.”

Persons attending a free workshop at the tent of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers West Africa Goodwill Tour.

“I learned how to be calm when responding to a disaster,” said a police officer who realized this will help him greatly when he has to evacuate people from an area.

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