Scientology And Me

August 6, 2008

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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