Scientology And Me

December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season should be a time of joy. But for too many it is marred by antagonism, anxiety, even despair.

So, is there a way to guarantee that the next few weeks will really be the “happy holidays” they sing about? And to help anyone get into the Christmas spirit?

“The Scientology religion contains practical tools you can use throughout the year,” said Rev. Bob Adams, Vice President of the Church of Scientology International, in his holiday message this week. “And what makes these tools special is how easy they are to learn and how effective they are.”

According to Adams, a cheerful or enthusiastic attitude toward life is something anyone can accomplish, not only for himself or herself but for friends and family as well.

“If I were to tell you that all you have to do, to feel better, is to communicate, you might not believe me,” said Adams, “but it’s true.”

He was referring to a concept discovered by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard — the A-R-C triangle.

The Scientology Handbook describes this triangle in these terms:

“Affinity, reality and communication form the ARC triangle, with each point dependent upon the other two. These are the component parts of understanding.”

“A principal application of ARC is to increase affinity, reality and communication, and thus understanding, between oneself and another. How does one talk to somebody else?
“The way to do this is to establish reality by finding something with which you and the other person agree.

“Then you attempt to maintain as high an affinity level as possible by knowing there is something you can like about him.

“All three corners of the ARC triangle will have been established and you are then able to talk to him.”

Adams went on to say, “Now it can sometimes be a real challenge to find something you agree about, and it can be rough maintaining a high level of affinity for someone who is having a go at you. But the more skill one has in communication, the better he or she can raise the other two corners of the triangle. And when you try it out a few times and see how effective it is, you will know it’s absolutely worth the effort.”

Adams also pointed out that fortunately, communication skill is something anyone can learn. And with it being a surefire route to a happier life, it’s certainly worth learning more about.

For more information about how you can improve your communication ability and become more skilled at applying the A-R-C triangle, visit your local Scientology church or mission.

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