Scientology And Me

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.

November 3, 2008

Scientology Technology, Improving Family Relationships

In 1976 when he launched the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.”

And just how they accomplish this is through the use of Scientology technology that gives people the tools they need to do well in life and help others do so too.

With booklets based on the Scientology Handbook, and courses designed to train people in the skills covered in each booklet, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are helping people every day in towns and cities all over the world.

Here is just one story, from a man who changed his whole way of dealing with his son from what he learned on three of these courses with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Asian Goodwill Tour in Kin Men.

“In the past, my standard of handling my son was to make him ‘listen’ and put pressure on him if he wouldn’t. But the more I’d pressure him to listen, the less he’d listen. Then I did three courses: the ‘Children Course,’ ‘Components of Understanding,’ and the ‘Cause of Suppression.’ I know now how to grant him the right to be the way he is and guide him gently and then build agreement with him.

“I believe, with the guidelines from Scientology, our lives will be less trouble.

“A lot of religions in this world are built on forgiving our mistakes and sins, but Scientology technology can be applied in life easily and then you learn the most important thing — to do the right thing.”

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?

August 21, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers arrive at Joinville, Brazil

There was music and dancing into the night when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South America Goodwill Tour opened its tent in Joinville, the largest city in Santa Catarina in the Southern Region of Brazil.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour Receive a Classic Brazilian Welcome to Joinville, Brazil.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour Receive a Classic Brazilian Welcome to Joinville, Brazil.

In addressing the crowd that gathered in front of the bright yellow tent of the Goodwill Tour, the Second in Command of the SAMU (System of Attendance Emergency Unit), said “It is a pleasure to be here and to know the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. The first time I saw them I knew they were special people. They asked us to have a location for their tent so they could help us. This was unusual. Normally we help others—no one offers to help us! I experienced their technology and I loved it and I learned how to use it. And I am using it. It is good to know that there are people like the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. While we help the person’s body, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers help him or her as a person. That is very, very important. It is very good to have them here. We need them with us and I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.”

These sentiments were echoed by the chief doctor of the government of Joinville, who said, “I have the pleasure to know the Scientology Volunteer Ministers and the opportunity to work with them. I know my life is better because of this. I have gained the ability to organize and know how to achieve my goals. With the tools they teach, it is incredible how easy it is to create miracles in the lives of others. Here in the tent you can learn very simple technology to improve your life. For example, those who have had problems with relationships, problems with learning, problems with communication, those who want to help somebody but don’t know how.”

These dignitaries cut the ribbon signaling the opening of the tent and people poured into the tent to find out more.

There was music and dancing into the night when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South America Goodwill Tour opened its tent in Joinville, the largest city in Santa Catarina, in the Southern Region of Brazil.

There was music and dancing into the night when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South America Goodwill Tour opened its tent in Joinville, the largest city in Santa Catarina, in the Southern Region of Brazil.

The Musical group, which was only going to play before the grand opening, continued through the night, even donning Scientology Volunteer Ministers t-shirts for part of their performance.

And those who are taking advantage of the training, seminars and workshops they offer, based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard, are proving the kind words of the speakers to be true—they are delighted to learn how they can help others and they share their wins of seeing others get so much better just by their using the simple things they have learned.

August 7, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers back on Cook Islands

From: Shortnews.com

Cook Islands: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Tent Back Up

A presentation tent of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers – that had been taken down last month to prevent a legal battle – went up again now after the church clarified its position with the Ministry of Justice of Cook Islands.

Mathew Andrews, Volunteer Ministers Pacific director noted that the earlier objection came from a clique who, instead of meeting with them to sort out the matter elected legal tactics to “forward their agenda”.

“We have met with a number of religious leaders here on Rarotonga as well as many other people and we have struck nothing but goodwill and interest in what we are doing”, he said. The tent with be on display until end of next week.

August 6, 2008

Dianetics Seminar at University of Guam

The announcement of the first Dianetics Seminar in Guam was greeted with enthusiasm by many of the men and women who learned of the subject when the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour was on the island.

So much interest was generated in Dianetics that the Goodwill Tour arranged for Dianetics expert, Fred Gordon, to fly out from Tennessee in the U.S., to deliver the seminar in coordination with the staff of the Guam Life Improvement Center in Dededo, Guam.

The term “Dianetics,” comes from the Greek words dia, meaning “through” and nous, meaning “soul.” Dianetics is a methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, which can help alleviate unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses. It is most accurately described as what the soul is doing to the body through the mind.

“If drivers don’t know how to drive, they have accidents,” Gordon said. “We all have a mind and we were never given the owner’s manual to operate it. So we have a world full of accidents, domestic abuse and crime.”

The application of Dianetics techniques is called “auditing.” Taken from the Latin word audire, which means, “to hear or listen,” auditing is a very unique form of personal counseling, which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability. Dianetics seminars cover basic Dianetics concepts. They are oriented to practical application and results. Each person attending can partner up with another person interested in using Dianetics techniques and form what is called a co-audit: cooperative auditing in which two people learn how to audit and audit each other.

The first book on the subject, Dianetics: Modern Science of Mental Health, has sold more that 21 million copies since its first publication in 1950 and remains a publishing industry phenomenon.

For more information about the seminar or other Dianetics and Scientology services, contact the Guam Life Improvement Center at 653-8181 or email them at
goodwilltourguam@gmail.com

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.

July 18, 2008

Church of Scientology in Europe: The “VMs”

Scientology Volunteer Ministers, or “VMs”, were present during the Euro Cup 2008 in Austria. Now the local VMs they got their own center in Vienna.

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 afterthetsunami.org .

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.

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.

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