11 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About Scientology

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1. The Church of Scientology claimed a worldwide membership of 15 million.

Even coming up with a rough estimate on just how many Scientologists there are in the world is a tough one. The church has repeatedly been accused of inflating its membership figures.

A 2001 survey found only 55,000 people in the United States, who claimed to be Scientologists. Worldwide estimates of Scientology's core practicing membership ranges between 100,000 and 200,000, mostly in the U.S., Europe, South Africa and Australia. The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey found that the number of American Scientologists had dropped to 25,000. Scientology is also declining in the United Kingdom.

2. Scientology contains very WORKABLE techniques for improving self confidence, tuning up memory and mental alertness and increasing one’s sense of self worth and well being.

Scientology can give you some strong emotional highs, lots of confidence and zest. That’s why you see people getting involved and defending the good very strongly- because the good can be really good.

3. In Scientology, the concept of God is expressed as the Eighth Dynamic—the vision of an infinite existence. This is also identified as the Supreme Being.

This is also identified as the Supreme Being. As the Eighth Dynamic, the Scientology concept of God rests at the very apex of universal survival. As L. Ron Hubbard wrote in Science of Survival: 

“No culture in the history of the world, save the thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical and less valuable to themselves and society….A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man.” 

However, unlike religions with Judeo-Christian origins, the Church of Scientology has no established dogma surrounding God that it imposes on its members. As with all of its tenets, Scientology does not ask individuals to accept anything on faith alone. Rather, as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, one attains his own certainty of every dynamic. Accordingly, only when the Seventh Dynamic (spiritual) is reached in its entirety will one discover and come to a full understanding of the Eighth Dynamic (infinity) and one’s relationship to the Supreme Being.

4. Scientology was founded on the principles of human rights.

The Creed of the Church of Scientology states, 

“We of the Church believe that all men or whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.” 

Scientologists subscribe to the Code of a Scientologist and pledge 

“to decry and do all I can to abolish any and all abuses against life and mankind” and “to support true humanitarian endeavours in the fields of human rights.”

5. Help is a primary concept and orientation of a Scientologist.

Scientologists believe in helping others and taking responsibility for our communities and the world. 

L. Ron Hubbard wrote, 

“So the biggest right there is, is not the right to vote, is not the right to freedom of speech or press or religion or anything else. The biggest right there is in human rights is the right to help!”

6. Scientology is a practical religion.

In keeping with his philosophy, Mr. Hubbard made the basic principles of Scientology broadly available so people of any faith can gain a greater understanding of their place in the universe, and can benefit from the practical application of these principles.

Moreover, the Church has made this training available to everyone through free online courses in 19 subjects that span improving relationships, salvaging marriages and resolving conflicts as well as helping those plagued by a drug or alcohol problem or balked by barriers to learning.

7. Scientologists use advanced, futuristic technology to "audit" its members.

Auditing is the process whereby Scientology ministers cure spiritual upset. They do this using an instrument known as an "electro-psychometer", or "E-Meter". It is an electronic device used to test the mental state of an individual. The E-Meter does this by running a small electric current through a person's body, and reads the "mental image pictures" flowing through the "Thetan". The area of spiritual trauma is then pinpointed by an "Auditor", via the E-Meter's readout.

8. Scientology assumes that nothing in scientology is true for you unless you have observed it and experienced it personally.

This is a basic concept of Scientology as expressed in the landmark essay “Personal Integrity,” in which L. Ron Hubbard observes, 

“What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that, you have lost everything. What is personal integrity? Personal Integrity is knowing what you know. What you know is what you know and to have the courage to know and say what you have observed. And that is integrity and there is no other integrity.” 

Scientologists apply this principle in studying Scientology. In learning Scientology, students are not expected to memorize and parrot answers. Rather, they are prompted to understand and utilize its concepts and techniques and to conclude if they ring true for them —try them out, make them their own, apply them to their own lives or use them to enlighten and assist others.

9. Scientology directs and leads many humanitarian campaigns including the world’s largest nongovernmental anti-drug campaign, reaching tens of millions of at-risk youth each yea.

  • The world’s largest nongovernmental anti-drug campaign, reaching tens of millions of at-risk youth each year;
  • The establishment of drug rehabilitation centers in more than 40 nations;
  • The world’s largest nongovernmental human rights public information campaign, broadly promoting the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • Global education programs bringing the gift of literacy to tens of millions of students in America, Europe, Asia and Africa;
  • A Way to Happiness movement spanning 135 nations, uplifting populations and restoring the brotherhood of Man.
  • The Scientology Volunteer Minister program bringing emergency relief to more than 10 million people at every major disaster site through the last twenty years. 

10. Scientology deems that man is an immortal spiritual being.

In his famous essay “The Golden Dawn,” L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

“For countless ages a goal of religion has been the salvage of the human soul. Man has tried by many practices to find the pathway to salvation. Man can save his soul. Like the bright cool dawn after a night of prison and of thunder, Man can taste that freedom sought so long." 
“We are extending to you the precious gift of freedom and immortality — factually, honestly. You are a spirit. You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.”

11. There are many celebrities, who are holding strong to their Scientology ties

Former silent-screen star Gloria Swanson , jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta have spoken publicly about their commitment to Scientology. 

As well as Travolta and Cruise, other confirmed celebrity Scientologists include Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, singer Al "Moonlighting Theme Tune" Jarreau, and Nancy Cartwright, who does the voice of Bart Simpson.