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.”

September 15, 2010

Meet A Scientologist: Jule, Sculptor

September 13, 2010

Meet A Scientologist: Churlya, Fashion Industry Manager Meet a Scientologist: Churlya, a fashion industry manager in Sydney, Australia.

November 18, 2009

Scientology Volunteers Attack Drug Abuse in Sydney

Scientology youth attack drug abuse at 26th annual Glebe Street Fair.

Members of the Church of Scientology of Sydney, Australia, who belong to the Drug-Free Ambassadors were out in force Sunday, November 15, distributing thousands of fliers at the 26th annual Glebe Street Fair. Their purpose: to inform kids about drug abuse and the truth about drugs so they make informed decisions to stay drug free.

Concerned about a new drug called Mephedrone, or “MM-Cat,” that Sydney students and club goers buy over the Internet, the Drug-Free Ambassadors spent the day talking to kids and teens, swearing them in as Drug-Free Ambassadors. New Drug-Free Ambassadors take a pledge to be drug free and to help their family and friends do the same.

“The drug-free message is really important to get out in times like these,” said Drug-Free Ambassadors spokesperson Cyrus Brooks.  “People are bombarded with bad news in the media and they look for escape, especially young people. Unfortunately there is a lot of false propaganda around that drugs and alcohol provide that escape. We need to attack these lies as it’s just not true.”

Brooks and his Drug-Free Ambassador team inform youth of the short-term effects of drugs such as Mephedrone and Ecstasy, which include paranoia and depression, and that users risk even more serious long-term effects such as kidney failure and cardiovascular collapse.

Cocaine, another popular “party drug,” has similar effects but can also cause tactile hallucination, with some kids talking about having the sensation of bugs burrowing into their skin.  This drug can also cause reproductive damage and infertility. “Drugs like these ruin lives,” says Brooks. “The best solution is to not get caught in the drug trap in the first place.”

At the Glebe Street Fair the Drug-Free Ambassadors distributed a brochure explaining what drugs are, how they destroy creativity and why drugs don’t actually bring happiness, but quite the opposite. Dixon Restaurant in Chinatown and the Church of Scientology of Australia funded the printing of the brochure, which is being translated into Chinese and Korean to get the word out to Sydney’s Asian population too.

Drug-Free Ambassadors, founded by the Church of Scientology in 1993, helps communities all over Australia fight the scourge of drugs.  For more information on the Drug-Free Ambassadors of Sydney visit their web site at

Scientology Australia Against Human Trafficking—Demanding Education to Protect Exploited Children and Women

Scientology Volunteers in Sydney circulated a petition at Sydney Town Hall November 16, calling for mandatory human rights education in Australia to eliminate human rights abuses.  One of the worst abuses is the criminal practice of human trafficking in the country. As many as 27 million are enslaved in the world today according to the United Nations, earning perpetrators upwards of $34 billion Australian annually. Some estimate half of those trafficked come from Asia-Pacific and that at least half of all victims are children.

According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report for 2009, despite major strides by law enforcement, Australia is the destination country for many of the victims trafficked from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe, particularly the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand.

Members of the Church of Scientology of Sydney held Monday’s petition signing because they believe Australians would never stand for human trafficking and other human rights abuses in their country if they knew of it.

Scientology Churches around the world sponsor the largest non-governmental information campaign the world over, which has made the Universal Declaration of Human Rights known to more than 900,000 people through public service announcements, booklets and petition drives.

For more information about the Church of Scientology human rights initiative visit the Scientology web site at

October 30, 2009

Grand Opening: New Church of Scientology in Rome, Italy

More than 6,000 people gathered in Rome’s Casalotti de Boccea district Saturday, October 24, to celebrate the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology Rome.

The 6,400-square-meter Church, situated on 28 acres of parkland, marks the largest expansion to date for Scientology in its 30-year history in Italy. The new Church will serve parishioners of Central Italy and other regions of the Mediterranean.

Signifying the stature and prominence of this new Church, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, Mr. David Miscavige, welcomed parishioners to their new home in the historical crossroads of Western civilization.  Speaking of what inspired every Scientologist to make this new Church possible, he stated:

“How on earth can one possibly speak of history without a nod to Rome?  This City of God, this City of Man, this center of the Western world for at least a thousand years – if ever a place was destined for an Ideal Church of Scientology, it’s here.  For what better arena to show what Scientology can do than this age-old religious empire?”

Among those participating in the dedication of the new Scientology Church were Dino De Pasquale, Disaster Manager of the Civil Protection Agency; Professor Silvio Calzolari of the Theological Faculty at the Vatican University in Florence; Professor Luigi Berzano, Professor of Sociology of Religions at the University of Turin; and Ms. Laura Guercio, President of Legal Aid Worldwide.

The new home for the Church of Scientology of Rome is a contemporary building that has undergone extensive remodeling to accommodate all Scientology religious services, the many community activities of Church members, and introductory services for visitors.

An expansive Public Information Center houses a permanent interactive multimedia exhibit containing more than 230 films covering the Church’s beliefs, practices and activities. Along with descriptions of Scientology principles and information on the life and accomplishments of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the displays also cover the Church-sponsored international social programs that effectively combat drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, immorality and human rights violations. The Church’s doors are open to anyone to take self-guided tours through the Public Information Center to find out about Scientology for themselves.

The Church of Scientology of Rome will coordinate the social betterment programs of the Church in Central Italy. With two decades of experience in drug prevention, its “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” program provides proven solutions to one of the most pressing problems in Italian society.

In his dedication address,  Mr. Miscavige emphasized the importance of the Church’s social mission and stressed to the Scientologists in attendance the vital necessity of taking responsibility for the community in which they live:

“You owe [Rome] our salvage campaigns to eradicate drug abuse, instill a respect for human rights and provide basic technology for living through The Way to Happiness.
“You owe her our learning and literacy programs.
“You owe her a system of criminal reform based not on punishment, but the restoration of self-respect.
“You owe every addict a drug free life and every lost and hopeless soul the chance to discover something can be done about It.
“But most of all, you owe every Roman citizen an opportunity to discover Dianetics and Scientology…”

The new Church of Scientology in Rome represents a milestone for the Scientology religion, which comprises more than 8,000 Churches, Missions and groups in 165 nations.  As part of the continuing program to meet the increasing demand for Scientology services, new Churches have been established in Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere.  This year alone, new Churches have opened in Malmo, Sweden, Dallas, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Video footage and additional photographs of the Church of Scientology of Rome dedication are available to media upon request. Please call Media Relations at (323) 960-3500 or email


September 2, 2009

Pasadena Art Exhibit – by Church of Scientology

Church of Scientology of Pasadena welcomes the community for second art show in a series hosted in future church home.

The Church of Scientology of Pasadena hosted an art exhibit in the historic Braley Building in Old Town Pasadena last week, providing a venue for local artists to display their work to the community.  The President of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena, Ms. Eden Stein, was joined by the President of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the artists and guests.

This was the second time the Pasadena Church transformed its future home at 35 S. Raymond Ave into an exhibition space for artists. In April, the Church hosted the first exhibition and its popularity brought about this second show of sculpture, paintings and photography.

The exhibit included the color darkroom prints of Christine Caldwell and the “Lost World” series of paintings by William Silver whose work as a “background artist” has appeared in numerous animated Disney features. Other artists showing their work were Gavin Scott, Alex Sadoyan, Minas and Samuel Halaj, Marina K Rehrmann and Ashot Khudaverdyan.

“In addition to the services we provide our parishioners, we feel it is our responsibility to help improve the quality of life in our city in any way we can,” said Ms. Stein.  “L. Ron Hubbard, the Founder of Scientology, once described art as ‘the soul food of all people.’  By displaying the work of local artists in these exhibits we hope not only to give them the opportunity to showcase their talent, but also to help them encourage and inspire others to pursue their creative dreams.”

The Scientology Church in Pasadena is currently located at 1277 E. Colorado Blvd.  The Old Town property was acquired to accommodate the growing congregation.  For more information visit the Church of Scientology of Pasadena web site.

April 28, 2009

Scientology Opens New Church in Dallas

The Church of Scientology of Dallas recently opened its new home to parishioners, dignitaries and their guests, with Texas cowboy fanfare and an invitation to all to find out for themselves the answer to the often-asked question, “What is Scientology?”

On a sunny and breezy Saturday afternoon, the Church of Scientology, in the Las Colinas community of the city of Irving, welcomed more than a thousand dignitaries and visitors to the grand opening of its new Church of Scientology.

“We are very happy about our move to Irving,” said Dallas Church President Mr. Arlo Ihrig. “This central location makes it possible for us to reach out to more communities and to extend our help across a broader range of demographics in Dallas county and beyond.” The Church of Scientology of Dallas supervises  Scientology activities for northern Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

The new Church of Scientology of Dallas represents more than four decades of growth of Scientology in Texas since the first Church of Scientology was founded there in 1967.

The new Church of Scientology of Dallas is a reflection of the world scope of Scientology today, which comprises nearly 8,000 churches, missions and groups across 164 nations. Each is dedicated to achieving the Aims of Scientology, as expressed by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard:  “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”

The Church of Scientology of Dallas welcomes visitors seven days a week from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm and provides walk-in or scheduled tours at any time. For more information on the Church and its programs call (214) 524-5300 or visit its web site at or the official Scientology web site.

July 31, 2008

Scientology Celebrity Center: Online Hate Crime Conference Confronts the Internet Safety and Security

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Scientology Today reported already in June 2008:

Over 100 law enforcement and government officials, clergy and educators attended an interfaith conference in May at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood to address the growing problem of Internet hate crime and to see how they can work together to improve Internet safety and security.

Over 100 law enforcement and government officials, clergy and educators attended an interfaith conference in May at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood to address the growing problem of Internet hate crime and to see how they can work together to improve Internet safety and security (left).

A panel of leading experts shared their insights, professional experience and concern over how the Internet and advanced cell phones are used to perpetrate civil rights abuses, hate crimes, terrorism, fraud, identity theft, sex slavery, terrorism and pedophilia.

Internet technologists explained how the Internet is structured and used as the base for attack and as shelter to maintain anonymity, while millions of users are vulnerable at any given moment when logged on. Even big business and governments constantly battle with intruders attempting “break in” to steal money, assets, or valuable information.
Bishop Ted Frazier, President of the Faith-Based Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area and guest speaker, stated, “I am shocked and dismayed at the types, severity and volume of crime and intolerance found online. This information is too valuable to sit on. We have to go state-wide with this, get every clergy council involved, become united, teach our communities these things.”

The roster of notable speakers included Deputy Chief LAPD Michael Downing, who spoke about the encroachment of hate crime and terrorism on the Internet. Brad Dacus, the President of the Pacific Justice Institute posed and answered the question: Is religious freedom on thin ice? While he noted with considerable accuracy that religious institutions are under attack online, he also articulated the need for solidarity amongst all faiths to pull through and that conferences such as these are one of the mechanisms to do so. He punched home the principle that “a crime against one religion is a crime against all religions” so all religions should stand together against hate and intolerance.

Detective Chris Keeling of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept Gang & Hate Crimes Investigation Unit gave an in-depth view into how kids access far more information on the Internet than their parents or teachers would approve of, and how these secrets are masked, leaving the door open to danger from on-line predators.

Information technology specialists Mr. Andrew Duggan, President & CEO of Dynamic Energy Capital Inc, Mr. Ryan Sherstobitoff of Panda Security and Mr. Bob Lotter the CEO of eAgency, each articulated the risks and dangers inherent in the digital communications revolution, exploited by online criminal hackers, pedophiles, the 12-billion dollar sex slave industry and modern terrorist cells operating via secret networks, and they gave suggestions for solutions to these crimes.

In closing, four prominent clergy took the podium to express the power of solidarity when faiths join together as a cohesive whole. Dr. Edward Nasioki of the World Missionary Fellowship, Ms. Shazia Kamal of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Bishop Ted Frazier of the Faith-Based Coalition of the San Francisco Bay area each articulated in their own special way the importance of a spiritual resolution to these evils. And the conference was closed by the indomitable Rev. Cecil (Chip) L. Murray, who offered a fitting prayer of strength, hope and love. Rev. Murray expressed what most attendees felt—that the conference gave “a superb lift to the faith-based community” and that much was accomplished.

Mr. Bob Adams, Vice President of the Church of Scientology International, which co-sponsored the event, said, “I am really pleased with the outcome, the enthusiastic response to the lessons provided by these experts. The Interfaith community came together in harmony and learned something that we can apply immediately to improve this vital problem.”

June 24, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers – who are these people?

Scientology Volunteer Ministers are active everywhere in the world. They number about 100, 000 and are trained in a large variety of tools to help people (most of them covered in the Scientology Handbook.

I have done this training five years ago and use a lot of it in the course of a month, for myself and people I see in need of help. But I never went to disaster areas. Many Volunteer Ministers have set up their life to be ready if disaster hits. Some take only a few hours to turn over their work, arrange unpaid vacation, someone to water the flowers and feed the dog , and off they go in unknown areas all over the world, from Java to Louisiana in the US, from Kenya to India.

Aside from this loose Emergency Response group there are about a dozen or so Volunteer Minister tours going on, organized and manned with Scientologists who take off from work and join in the “Largest independent relief force on earth” with all their heart and soul.

If you want to see what the “VMs” – as they call themselves – are doing, check out their website.

Or visit the site of a photographer and member of the VMs who traveled 12,000 miles through South-East Asia with the VM disaster response group and later published his works in a free photo book and websites at .

More references:

News releases about the VMs are scarce but somehow I understand that they like to spend their time helping people and not writing articles. However I found some on the Scientology Today website.

23 June 2008: Kenya Scientology Mission Provides Seminar to Nairobi School

It started with an an email to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site from one of the teachers at the Zelyn Academy in Kibera, Kenya. Kiberia is the Nairobi neighborhood where her school is located. It is also home to more than half a million people who live in abject poverty in a district smaller than New York’s Central Park. The teacher, Elisha Ooga, wrote in to inquire about the free online course the Volunteer Ministers offer. But on learning of the school and the selfless work of these educators, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers contacted the director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Nairobi to get help in providing training not just to the teachers but to the children of the school as well.

“The first thing I did with the children was a Locational Processing Assist:

L. Ron Hubbard developed numerous applications of his discoveries for the mental and spiritual aspects of a person’s physical difficulties. And as more and more techniques evolved, a new body of technology came into use, called ‘Assists.’”

“One of the easiest assists to render is Locational Processing. A Locational is done by directing a person’s attention off the painful area of his body or his difficulties and out onto the environment.”

“Then, using a mixture of English, Swahili and the local language so everyone could understand, I taught them about study tech—technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard based on research into what prevents a person from being able to learn any subject. The teachers were very enthusiastic about what they learned.”

23 June 2008: Scientology Volunteer Ministers South East Asia Goodwill Tour in the City of Cebu in the Philippines

The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas in Cebu in the Philippines teamed up with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Southeast Asian Goodwill Tour last month to launch a program to help the residents of the island cope with the problems they face in life and deal with disaster.

19 June 2008: Scientology Volunteers Use Study Tech to Help Homeless Children in Kolkata, India

24 June 2008: ZAMBIA TIMES article, “Zambia: Scientology Ministers Offer Olive Branch”

“DO not always feel low or negative about yourself just because you are going through a certain situation. Remember, something can be done about it,” says the scientology volunteer ministers currently conducting training and various workshops in Zambia.

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