Scientology And Me

October 4, 2010

Meet a Scientologist: Sylvia, Café Owner

September 15, 2010

Meet A Scientologist: Jule, Sculptor

September 14, 2010

Meet a Scientologist: Mei-Hui, Domestic Agriculture Instructor Meet a Scientologist: Mei-Hui, a domestic instructor for Taiwan’s Agricultural Association.

February 19, 2010

Scientology Volunteer makes good on promise to Haiti quake survivor

19 February 2010 – New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN — Ralph-Marie Gedeon could easily have died Jan. 12 in the earthquake in Haiti when the walls of his Port-au-Prince engineering college came tumbling down on top of him.

Gedeon, 22, who on Thursday night was airlifted to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, could easily have been left for dead had his father, Raphael Gedeon, not gone looking for him, and then spent hours frantically climbing through the rubble, calling his son’s name until he heard him cry out. It took the elder Gedeon a day and a half to dig his son out.

When he and some friends finally reached Gedeon, they found his left leg was crushed.

He might have died soon afterward, too, when he initially refused to have his mangled leg amputated because, in Haiti, those without limbs are shunned.

Instead, he met Ayal Lindeman, a licensed practical nurse, emergency medical technician and Scientology volunteer minister who was in Haiti as a volunteer emergency worker in the critical care unit of General Hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Lindeman, of Spring Valley, N.Y., convinced Gedeon to have the life-saving surgery, promising him a new leg, along with the physical and occupational therapy he would need, if he would agree.

More importantly, Lindeman happens to have a high school friend and former track teammate, Dr. David Gibson, who is an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the Yale School of Medicine and is affiliated with the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven.

Lindeman told Gedeon about his friend the orthopedic surgeon in the United States, and promised that he would get Gedeon a prosthetic leg.

Then Lindeman called Gibson, who agreed to donate his work and time for the necessary surgeries. Gibson also arranged for St. Raphael’s to cover other medical treatment and physical and occupational therapy. Finally, working through a friend who heads a pediatric health care fund affiliated with the Foundation for Greater New Haven, Gibson got a manufacturer to donate the prosthesis.

Finally, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading /Airlink, arranged for a private jet to bring Gedeon to the U.S.

Gedeon and Lindeman were due to arrive at Tweed late Thursday night or early today after being delayed in Florida.

“We’re going to work on his leg” in advance of attaching the prosthetic leg, Gibson said earlier Thursday, while Gedeon and Lindeman still were en route to Florida.

Gibson, 53, explained that “in Haiti, having an amputation is a horrible thing because you essentially are put at the side of the road” and ignored.

Lindeman stayed with Gedeon through the amputation surgery and one other operation on his remaining stump, Gibson said. Gideon “is coming up here with some work” that still needs to be done.

Gibson estimated that the artificial leg normally would cost between $10,000 and $15,000, and the surgery Gibson will perform normally costs “several tens of thousands of dollars” in addition.

He called Dr. Peter Lindskog, chairman of the board of a pediatric health care fund that Gibson also sits on, and asked if Gedeon’s case might qualify for assistance. Lindskog called a local vendor, New England Orthotics and Prosthetics of Branford, “and they said, ‘Fine, we’ll give it to you for free,’” Gibson said.

Gedeon will be in New Haven for “as long as it takes,” Gibson said. “I would estimate it would take a couple of months to get him tuned up and ready to rock back. The challenge is going to be to get him to the point where he’s ready to go back” and able to stay healthy even in a place where he won’t be able to get good health care.

“We pretty much need to make him bulletproof” before he returns, he said.

June 8, 2009

Youth for Human Rights 2009 World Fosters Peace and Hope

Scientologist Brings Message of Human Rights to the World

For eight weeks, members of Youth for Human Rights International carried out the Sixth Annual Human Rights World Tour, led by Scientologist and International Association of Scientologist Freedom Medal Winner, educator Mary Shuttleworth. The Scientology Press Office interviewed Mary on what inspired her to undertake this project and what results were accomplished.

Scientology Today: You are not only the President of Youth for Human Rights, you also founded it in 2001. Why did you decide to do this?

Mary: As a young girl growing up in apartheid South Africa I saw firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of the most basic human rights. Traveling abroad I realized that discrimination and slave-like conditions could be found far beyond the borders of my country. Children who do not know that they have human rights are vulnerable. As an educator I knew that teaching learners about human rights would be the first step for them to defend and protect not only their rights but also those of their peers.

Scientology Today: In less than a decade you have turned this idea into an international organization — Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI). What are you most proud of having accomplished?

Mary: Taking the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), an excellent but scholarly document, and depicting those rights in simple literature and videos so that anyone can quickly learn and teach the 30 articles enshrined in that document. We have brought the UDHR, a document for the people, to the people.

Scientology Today: You have just completed the 6th annual Youth for Human Rights World tour. In less than two months, you visited twelve countries. Why did you decide to do human rights world tours?

Mary: Human rights cannot be taught at people-it has to be with people. Because those rights need to relate to the people where they live, study, work and dream.

Nothing replaces meeting people and interacting with them where they live.By traveling to different countries I can see the issues people face and the outstanding efforts individuals are making to improve conditions. One face-to-face meeting accomplishes more than months of e-mails, phone calls or faxes.

This year our World Tour started in the US and wound its way through twelve countries: From Mexico to Barbados, Colombia and Argentina in the Americas, on to the Pacific and Australia and Timor-Leste (East Timor). From there we went to Jordon in the Middle East and Russia and Switzerland, and finally to Africa with Uganda and South Africa. Within the space of a couple of months, with the help of dedicated volunteers around the world, we spoke with hundreds of leaders, met thousands of students and reached millions through the media resulting in exponential expansion of global knowledge about human rights.

Scientology Today: What stands out about this year’s tour?

Mary: It was an inspiration to see how much support there is for human rights, and how many public-spirited leaders and dedicated individuals are adopting our program. United Nations officials, heads of state, ministers of education and so many other political and community leaders took it on themselves to teach human rights to the next generation as soon as they realized how easy it is to do so.

We learned the most profound lessons from the many wonderful people working hard to improve conditions with incredibly limited resources and under the poorest and most devastating conditions.

Scientology Today: What kind of impact is your campaign having on the world today?

Mary: When we started nine years ago, few people had even heard of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even high-level officials whom I interviewed did not know what their human rights were.

Today millions of people are learning about human rights through community groups, religious groups, schools and the media. Thousands of groups have incorporated the YHRI materials into their own programs.

We are making “Human Rights” buzz words!

Scientology Today: You are a Scientologist — what does this have to do with why you chose human rights as the project you wanted to create and support?

Mary: What I believe is beautifully expressed in The Creed of the Church of Scientology, which states that “Man is basically good; That he is seeking to survive; That his survival depends upon himself and upon his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.”

I have witnessed extreme poverty and I have met children who are raising their brothers and sisters after their parents, families and even societies turned their backs on them. I have seen children dying of preventable diseases.

I have seen the effects of widespread illiteracy in the information age and I have listened to scholars discussing human rights with cold disconnect from the harsh realities faced by so many millions.

So I was inspired by L. Ron Hubbard who wrote, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”Scientology Today: Is there something that stands out about this year’s tour?

Mary: I was so impressed with the grassroots level work of local YHRI teams. Watching them in action in their own communities was amazing. During one of our meetings with top officials I listened to one of the YHRI youth leaders discussing human rights. He talked about the issues and the vital role that informed youth can play to help officials handle their local problems. That country has a majority youth population -more youth than adults. I watched the profound impact he created with his insight into the situations at hand and his clear explanation of solutions that can be brought about by teaching human rights to the youth. I was so incredibly proud!

Scientology Today: Where do you plan to go from here?

Mary: We are planning our sixth annual YHRI International Summit to bring together youth from around the world to discuss human rights issues and the important role of human rights education in raising the quality of life for young and old alike. And we are already planning the YHRI World Tour 2010. The exact route is not yet set but the countries are lining up with outreach and meetings that promise, once again, to expand YHRI exponentially!

Scientology Today: Do you have a message for people reading this interview?

Mary: It’s easy to teach Human Rights. Tell your friends, your family and your neighbors. Inspire them to teach Human Rights. As a non-profit organization we need the help of likeminded people, groups and organizations to help reach people in all corners of the world so that everyone has the opportunity to learn about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and our human rights.

October 28, 2007

What does Scientology do for society?

The Church of Scientology and its members are committed to social betterment and provide assistance in a wide range of activities across society.

Indeed, Scientologists who bring their individual expertise to the service of the community are volunteers like no other.

For they bring more than their willingness and spirit to the task at hand. They utilise L. Ron Hubbard‘s breakthroughs and technology for helping – and so are able to provide a broad range of practical skills to remedy conflict or upsets, improve communication, resolve study problems, restore personal integrity, and even handle failure in virtually every aspect of life.

Social betterment groups

Many Scientologists work actively within social betterment organisations that use Mr. Hubbard‘s technology in secular settings to resolve the broad societal problems of drug abuse, crime, failing educational systems and moral decay.

For decades now, Narconon International has provided a phenomenally successful drug-free drug rehabilitation and prevention programme – and through the support of the Church and its members, the benefits of Narconon’s methods have been felt across the continent. Today Narconon comprises a network of 143 rehab centres and drug education programmes in 37 countries, including Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Dedicated to restoring drug-free lives to drug-dependent people through the application of Mr. Hubbard’s drug rehabilitation methods, Narconon also provides comprehensive training to other professionals and organisations who seek workable drug rehabilitation and prevention solutions.

The Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Programme has been acknowledged internationally for its high success rate in getting addicts off drugs for good. Narconon now operates 143 rehabilitation centres and drug education programmes in 37 countries.

Applied Scholastics International assists parents, teachers, students, tutors and educators in eradicating illiteracy, through the use of L. Ron Hubbard’s revolutionary breakthroughs in learning which culminated in his development of the Study Technology. With more than 400 licensed schools and community-based programmes, literacy has been brought to millions in Europe and around the world – from Denmark to South Africa, from the United Kingdom to Greece.

The Way to Happiness Foundation is dedicated to restoring trust and honesty through the publication and widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness, a common-sense guide to better living. Wherever it appears, the publication acts like a calming oil on troubled waters – reducing crime, restoring understanding and fostering peace. Since 1981, a total of 61 million booklets have been distributed in 95 countries, in 35 languages, including 1.75 million copies distributed throughout Israel and Palestine.

Criminon International helps incarcerated criminals learn to be productive members of society with effective reform programmes that provide prisons the means to actually rehabilitate. Active in 2,000 prisons in 28 countries, the programme utilises The Way to Happiness booklet to restore self-respect and personal pride to prisoners – a priceless gift which allows an individual to return to society as a productive and contributing citizen.

Each of these international organisations are separate, secular organisations in their own right, and each has its own history of vital contributions to society. Through the application of Mr. Hubbard’s technology, they have successfully improved the lives of millions in this troubled world. Their activities, while secular in nature, are supported by churches of Scientology and individual Scientologists around the world who volunteer their
time and talents.

Helping in the community

Scientologists are actively engaged in helping those around them in many ways, from drug prevention programmes to blood drives, from emergency relief services with the Red Cross to Walkathons sponsored by the March of Dimes. They collect holiday toys for foster children and donate food and clothing for families in need. Many contribute to initiatives to preserve or clean up their local environment.

In Germany, church volunteers provide musical entertainment at homes for senior citizens, and during the winter give warm clothing, food and hot drinks to the homeless.

International drug prevention: As a group, Scientologists are 100% drug-free and work tirelessly to help others to discover the hope and promise of a drug-free life.

In France, volunteers regularly distribute food and clothing to disadvantaged families, while volunteers in Spain distribute The Way to Happiness booklets in the streets of Madrid as a calming influence, in areas where delinquency and prostitution are of great concern to the community. Similarly, Italian Scientologists visit homes for the elderly and provide entertainment and companionship.

At Saint Hill in Sussex, England, the Church of Scientology’s headquarters in the United Kingdom, Scientologists hold events and charity fetes, attendedby thousands of people, to support charitable organisations such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the Youth Trust, a national group working to keep children off drugs.

Drug prevention actions

The Church of Scientology also spearheads an international grass-roots campaign against drugs, uniting concerned community groups and staging public awareness forums, drug prevention rallies and educational conferences.

Scientologists believe that the real answer to keeping youth off drugs is to provide them with a full understanding of the dangers of drugs so that each can make his own self-determined decision to be drug-free. This is the thrust of the Say No to Drugs programme, sponsored by the Church of Scientology and its members – its purpose to help bring an end to the international scourge of drug abuse through effective coaction and drug prevention initiatives.

Volunteer Ministers

Many Scientologists have also become Volunteer Ministers for their local churches of Scientology, providing help and compassion through simple, basic assistance to people in overcoming difficulties they may be having in life – small or large. Volunteer Ministers have also assisted in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods, fires and explosions. Elsewhere, they work quietly to improve conditions within their communities – employing fundamental tools for effective volunteerism. They use techniques easily learned by anyone and provide people of all faiths the know-how to actively contribute in a volunteer capacity.

Thus, wherever one finds a Church of Scientology, one also finds a steady, dedicated effort by its members to provide effective help wherever needed.

August 29, 2007

The Scientology Handbook Made the Difference

“Nothing could be done about it.

“I knew the brain, a mechanism created by cosmic chance, decayed and died. And that was it. Nothing followed or preceded life. I wanted to have faith, but every time I asked, ‘Is there something more out there?’ all I heard back was silence.

“Worse, I didn’t feel like I had any control over what was in front of me right now. Nothing in this purposeless existence could be bettered or significantly changed.

“Then a few months ago, I discovered my neglected copy of the book, Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought. Hubbard’s words re-ignited in me an awareness of myself, where before I had gone numb.

“Energized, I looked online for more which lead me to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers website.

“From there, I started reading the Scientology Handbook online, still cynical and skeptical—until I applied an assist* to my wife and it miraculously worked!

“Purchasing and then studying the Handbook several times, cove-to-cover, I incorporated its teachings into my life. Nothing but success occurred with every application.

“Previously a cynic and a blossoming atheist, I found myself a hesitant believer in the idea that there is more to life than the physical, and that something can be done about both spiritual and material problems.

“My abilities as a father increased. My abilities as a husband increased. Problems at work became easier to iron out. I understood why certain people made my emotions spiral, and how to handle them. Pain from injuries became treatable without medication. Conflict and miscommunication were now diffusible.

“Life simply became better.

“I will keep learning more, keep doing more—keep getting to know my real self and the real selves of those I meet as only Scientology can teach me to do.

“Cynicism and skepticism still crop up. Some days my hope falters. Something in me says, ‘Nothing can be done about it.’ And every day Scientology proves something can.

“Thank God for the Scientology religion that has filled my world with both spiritual and practical light.

“Scientology is truly good. Because of the Church, I have faith. I believe: Something can be done about it!”

*Scientology assists are techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard that bring the spiritual element into healing, thereby greatly speeding the healing process.


July 25, 2007

Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology

Scientology Volunteer Ministers – or “VMs” – are a big deal in Scientology. These are Scientologists who volunteer to travel around the world to help people in need, be it after natural disasters or man made catastrophes – or in Third World countries.  Some spend their annual vacation time on helping others in distant areas. What they have under their belt for this is the technology and methods contained in the Scientology Handbook. It is simple, it works and can be learned easily. Try it.

June 3, 2007

Scientology works – try it on back pain

This is another “assist” out of the Scientology Handbook – the nerve assist – which is the “massage” the media claims that our Volunteer Ministers do. Well, nerve assists are part of the VM training but not even 2% of it. Nevertheless assists are easy to learn and can help a lot if done per the book. Worth a try for somebody with back pain. I used it once with a friend who was so much in pain that he could stand straight. After about 10 minutes of giving a nerve assist we both heard a loud crrrrkkkk…. and his back was fully straight again, pain gone! So I know that it works just like everything else understood and done right. Here it is:

Nerve Assist

Among the many types of assists in Scientology is one which can straighten joints and the spine.

This is called a Nerve Assist.

Chiropractic spinal adjustment is often successful. But sometimes the spine goes out of place again and has to be adjusted time after time. The Nerve Assist was actually developed as a favor to chiropractors, many of whom now use it.

In our theory, it is nerves that hold the muscles tense, which then hold the spine out of place.

There are twelve big nerves which run down a person’s spine, spreading out from the spine across both sides of the shoulders and back. These twelve nerves branch out into smaller nerve channels and nerve endings. Nerves affect the muscles and can, if continually tensed, pull the spine and other parts of the body structure out of place.

The further procedure with pictures is in the Scientology Handbook online.

June 1, 2007

Scientology aid: How to make a person sober!

I found this in the Scientology handbook – the training manual for Scientology Volunteer Ministers – and went right to work with it: as usual, Scientology works! Check it out, a good deed for the end of a party weekend… BTW, “to confront” in Scientology means to look at something as it is, without bias etc.

This is called a “Locational”:

“There is an interesting use of Locational Processing as a way to make a person sober. It can make a drunk person sober in a very few minutes. As society currently has no technology for handling the drunk, who is an embarrassment to his family, his friends and often to himself, this process has social value and may serve as a line of cooperation and assistance to the police.


Use the command:

“Look at that_________ (room object).”

A drunk is usually considered somewhat unconfrontable and he himself certainly cannot confront. One thing he cannot confront is an empty glass. He always refills it if it is empty.

Repeat the command, each time pointing out a room object, as often as required to bring the person to sobriety. Do not get distracted into answering the frequent comment, “What object?” Just get the command carried out, acknowledge and give the next command.

Run until the person is no longer drunk.

Do not ever get angry with or strike a drunk, whatever the provocation.

This process is not intended to handle the condition of alcoholism. There are more advanced Scientology procedures that can be done to handle the conditions that caused a person to be alcoholic. But one can do a lot of good for the person and those around him by using this assist to bring him back to sobriety.

We are not particularly in the business of handling the drunk. But we are in the field of helping our fellow men. In a society where the only alternative is a night in jail and a fine, which is not desired by either the police or the intoxicated person, we can assist both and handle the situation in a matter of minutes.”

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