Scientology And Me

September 16, 2010


Italian veterinarian and Scientologist Arianna

Italian veterinarian, Arianna, runs her own successful clinic in Italy. Introduced to Scientology by a friend she was curious to know what it was and found it interesting. “In life there has been a big change for me before and after Scientology, because when I was a kid I used to be very pessimistic, very introverted and I used to see my life as something difficult. Now I can see that there are many things I can do to change my life and I have changed it already a lot compared to what it originally was.”

Ariana says that one of the things a veterinarian has to be able to handle, since the dogs or cats can’t talk, is getting the pet’s owner to be able to tell her what the symptoms are. Sometimes it is difficult as the owner may feel guilty that the pet has been sick for a couple of weeks and he didn’t bring it in earlier. So it is important to make him feel at ease so he can talk to her, and also to not be judgmental towards them. The courses she has taken in Scientology, whether dealing with communication, handling relationships, or how to locate the source of non-optimum conditions, have helped her learn to handle both professional situations, as well as personal ones.

“Personally, Scientology makes me feel good. It makes me feel much better compared to how my life would have been if I had not found Scientology because it really gives me strength as it gives me the ability to understand situations and solve them…you have tools to handle the problems life hands you daily.”

Thinking that she would only be able to have a small clinic when she started here career limited her viewpoint. Now after finding Scientology and using it in her life she runs a large clinic with several staff and a thriving business.

“My attitude in general now is that life is worth living because in actual fact there is a way to change this life. It’s not true that one will never change. You can mold and create your future.”

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.

October 24, 2009

Scientology members in Society

What do Scientologists do for society?
Since the founding of the first Church of Scientology in 1954, Scientologists have been actively involved in the improvement of their communities and society.

The Scientology Church has received thousands of awards and commendations for its work in communities all over the world. Many of these awards have come from city and county authorities; others from individuals and groups who appreciated a helping hand. Awards are always valued, but they are incidental to the intention and the deed they symbolize. Scientologists help because as they grow spiritually as individuals, it is natural to expand their responsibility and turn outward to help others.

Church members are active in anti-drug educational campaigns in countries throughout the world and have given drug abuse education lectures to more than 500,000 people. Scientologists in Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Italy and the United Kingdom also lead success popular “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaigns.

Top athletes, including Philips, Italy’s most famous volleyball team, and the legendary Spanish football team Real Madrid, have given their support to this campaign by signing the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” Honor Roll. Scientologists in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have organized concerts, marches and other events to promote the Church’s anti-drug message and have reached hundreds of thousands.

July 17, 2009

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Trans-Siberian Goodwill Tour

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Trans-Siberian Tour members deliver workshops on the many subjects covered in the Scientology Handbook, including how to cope with problems at work, how to improve relationships, raise happy children and achieve one’s goals in life.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Trans-Siberian Goodwill Tour has completed it’s stay in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic in south-central Siberia. For several months the tour has been providing workshops, seminars and one-on-one help in the region as part of its work to widely restore purpose, truth and spiritual values to everyday living.

One workshop on Study Technology presented to secondary school teachers and was deemed of wide value to the community and not only for the classroom. Covering fundamental laws on learning researched and discovered by L. Ron Hubbard who also developed effective methods of study, one teacher remarked on how it applied to her students ability to perform music. Another teacher said the information would improve her students performance and that she was grateful it was being made broadly accessible through the work of the Goodwill Tour.

The Trans-Siberian Goodwill Tour is one of ten Volunteer Minister Goodwill Tours dedicated to helping people in remote areas spread trust, decency and tolerance in their communities. For more information visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site.

June 19, 2009

Scientology Church Supports Anti-Drug March

Youth from the Church of Scientology of Pasadena join anti-drug march to educate their peers on drug abuse and addiction

Sunland/Tujunga – Members of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena were among hundreds of youths who participated in an Anti-Drug March from Bolton Hall in Tujunga to Sunland Park. Supported by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, students from the Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga and the Delphi Academy in Lake View Terrace organized this walk and a festival to educate teenagers about the dangers of drugs.

“We knew we wanted to do something to tell people about drugs, and at first we thought of just doing talks in different classes at school. That would be good, but we wanted to do something bigger, to help the whole community. That’s how we decided on the walk,” said Krista Baysdorpher from Delphi Academy.

According to Eden Stein, President of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena, “L. Ron Hubbard wrote ‘Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.’ Drugs are a serious problem here in Southern California, and we are committed to helping young people stay out of this trap.”

The statistics on drug use among youth is particularly alarming. From a survey done by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, 50 percent of public school students in the United States have tried an illicit drug by the time they are 17 years old. To do something effective about this, the Foundation published booklets that provide information about the harmful and sometimes deadly consequences of the most popular drugs. During the recent anti-drug march, hundreds of these booklets were distributed, arming youth with the information they need to say “No” to drugs.

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.

December 17, 2008

Scientology gives out free drug education packs

This is a press release published by the Church of Scientology:

The Church of Scientology International is encouraging parents to give their twens and teens a new kind of stocking stuffer this Holiday season-and its free.

It’s a packet of drug education booklets that kids actually like, called ‘The Truth About Drugs.’ Made in a youth friendly, pocket-sized format the booklets provide straight forward facts from national and international sources and meet head on the problem of how to talk to kids
about drugs.

A community drug education and prevention activist for more than 20 years, the Church helps support the publication and distribution of the drug-free packets. ‘Drugs are at the root of many of the problems we face today,’ said Wendy Beccaccini, the Say No to Drugs Programs Coordinator of the Church of Scientology International. ‘Arming kids with relevant facts about drugs isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s a vital part of keeping them happy and healthy.’

The Truth About Drugs packet contains a series of booklets on the most commonly abused drugs: alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, ecstasy, cocaine and crack cocaine, prescription drug abuse, methamphetamine, heroin and LSD.

Nineteen year-old Nick Mauser, the Youth President of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the non-profit secular organization that publishes the booklets, says they debunk what kids hear on the street about drugs. ‘If you don’t know better, when someone tells you a drug will make you cool, help you forget your problems or make you one of the guys, it might seem worth the risk,’ said Mauser. ‘That’s why informative drug education is vital and why these booklets are straight talk-things that pushers and others who want you to do drugs don’t say,’ said Mauser.

‘Teens like these booklets because they don’t just tell you to say ‘no’,’ said Mauser. ‘They say what each drug does with real stories from people who have been there — its not preaching but the facts.’

To get a free Truth About Drugs packet, contact your local Church of Scientology, or order them online at

November 12, 2008

Scientology members in Malmö create their new Church!

The Skanska Dagbladet reports today that the Church of Scientology in Malmo (“Scientologikyrkan i Malmö”) has bought a new building with more than 5,000 square meters space (53819 ft²). The sweetest part of all: it’s a former sugar company’s building, Danicos, and it’s production facility can be used as a huge event hall!

Here is nice picture of the place:

Skanska Dagbladet

Reminds me of that great Church in Berlin that was opened in 2007. If you happen to read Swedish, click here for the öriginäl article

I had heard about this place a while ago and I am happy that the Swedish Scientologists managed to get the building! The Church of Scientology has been recognized in Sweden as a religious organization in November 1999 and received permission to perform marriages shortly after. The first legally binding Scientology wedding was celebrated in May 2000. I found some old photos of that, here is a good one:

Swedish Scientology Wedding

November 5, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour

Nearly four years since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed onto the shore of southeastern India, work continues to rebuild the region itself and the lives of those who survived. Key players in this phase of recovery are the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Within days of the tsunami, Scientology Volunteer Ministers arrived in the region from all over the world to work with the search and rescue personnel and provide help to those who lost loved ones, homes and property. And when others returned home, a group of French Scientologists stayed on and made Pondicherry their new home and the full recovery of the region their mission.

Towns and cities have emerged from the initial devastation, which, according to the Government of India, amounted to some $2.56 billion. Having completed the initial recovery phase, concentration has now moved on to “development”, and “Disaster Risk Reduction” (DDR) has become the primary concentration of aid to the area. High on the list of DDR priorities is establishing community-based programs that prepare local residents on how to survive in times of calamity.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour arrived in Pondicherry in August to certify members of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers group and provide disaster preparedness training based on the Scientology Handbook. The members of this tour, who are experts in this technology, have already trained police, fire departments, health care and relief workers and volunteers throughout India.

The defining characteristic of a disaster is disorganization and chaos, and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers courses on the basics of organizing and communication enable people to quickly set up new communication systems and infrastructure. They become skilled at restoring calm and getting people operating as a team to overcome the immediate threat from the environment.

Once the initial panic of a disaster is over, those trained in this program can confidently take on the next order of business—the survivors themselves. They learn how to speed up recovery from injury. This unburdens otherwise overloaded medical resources who need to concentrate on life-threatening injuries. Those trained in Scientology Disaster Relief can also bring survivors through loss and trauma so they can get on with their lives, care for their families and participate in the relief effort themselves.

What enables them to do this is the “Scientology Assist“. Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion, assists address the emotional and spiritual side of trauma, enabling the person to recover fully from injury, stress or shock.

For more information on the program, disaster response training and Goodwill Tours, visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site.

October 8, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Indonesia

With a population of 222 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world. And if there were a competition for the most dangerous place to live, when it comes to natural disasters it would rank right up there at the top of the list.

The December 2004 tsunami brought this fact home to the world. Anyone with a TV set or access to the Internet was engulfed by the images of the devastation: more than 170,000 dead in a matter of minutes; millions displaced from their homes; loss in property or possessions incalculable; an entire population affected by the loss.

Within days of the disaster, hundreds of Scientology volunteers arrived in Medan, the capital of the province of North Sumatra. Led by an experienced team of Australian Scientology Volunteer Ministers, several hundred Scientologists from around the world formed into the Scientology Disaster Relief Team. First order of business—help the rescue workers, identify the bodies, deliver water, food and blankets to those who survived.

With the most urgent and life-threatening needs attended to, the Scientology volunteers began concentrating on the service based on Scientology principles. These techniques have become the hallmark of the program—they helped those affected by the disaster recover from the effect of injury, trauma and loss, using techniques, developed by L. Ron Hubbard, called Scientology assists. They also trained doctors, nurses, Muslim clerics and family members, using the Scientology Handbook. They in turn brought help to survivors, and so touched the lives of hundreds of thousands in desperate need to help.

When The Scientology Volunteer Ministers packed up and returned home, they left behind a team of local volunteers whom they trained and formed up into the Scientology Assist Team of Medan, Indonesia.

So it was that in May 2006, when Yogyakarta was struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, members of the the Medan Scientology Assist Team were already on hand when Scientologists from Australia, the United States and Europe flew in to help. The team provided urgently needed help in hospitals that were so overcrowded that parking structures had been turned into makeshift wards to care for those injured by the disaster.

And again in July 2006 when Java was shaken by a magnitude 7.7 quake, once again the Scientologists trained thousands of Indonesians to deliver Scientology assists.

By the end of August 2006 the Scientology volunteers trained more than 10,000 Indonesians who in turn have helped hundreds of thousands more.

The legacy of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers continues to this day, with active members of the Scientology Disaster Relief Team on call throughout the country to help in times of need.

For more information about Scientology, visit the Scientology Video Channel or the online version of the book What is Scientology?

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