A new epithet has recently emerged out the Mind of the fanatics that are violently opposed to the tenets of Standard Tech and Best Practice: FUNDAMENTALISM, when describing the technical application of auditing and Hubbard inspired counseling.
Fundamentalism is defined as religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often by intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism
The fanatics behind that recurring train of thought have long preached the same thing:
1- That training and Interning is unnecessary and that one can call himself an expert without any real experience and only the most cursory of studies of the materials. Those pushing that aberrant ideology are the first to denigrate the value of training and those who dedicated decades of their lives becoming true experts and professionals: in their minds and writings they spread their false propaganda that any self-certified Class IV with a few dozen hours experience is just as good (if not even better) than a Class XII with over 40,000 hours of experience and having completed over two dozen auditor Internships under Class XII Case Supervisors that had been trained and handpicked by L. Ron Hubbard himself.
2- That there is something inherently evil in adhering with true professionalism and meticulous care to the stricts standards and discipline that both common sense and L. Ron Hubbard himself are required to deliver competently the Upper Levels and those designed to BYPASS THE NORMAL SELF-PROTECTION MECHANISM OF THE HUMAN MIND
3- That wild and new ideas not based on a shred of scientific evidence or even having proven to achieve any kind of result are as valid, if not more than long proven principles. The aberrant notion being promoted by those fanatics is that somehow, sitting in their living room, sometimes helped by generous amounts of Beer and cigarette smoke, and without a formal education in anything beyond a High School diploma nor in the Mind, Philosophy or Spirit these self-proclaimed Geniuses have been able to accomplish in a few hours and on their own more than thousands of years of Science and more than decades of Intensive research by L. Ron Hubbard and the hundreds of people that helped him.
According to their hidden philosophical views, a failed auditor who has never been able to graduate an Internship conducted under any Case Supervisor worthy of that name, never bothered to spend any time drilling or honing his skills and who has never been able to objectively prove he can produce uniform results is on an equal footing as someone who spent hundreds (if not thousands) of hours drilling and cramming so he could audit flublessly hundreds of cases.
4- Every single vice present in their own behavior, they accuse those they chose to denigrate by mislabeling them as “fundamentalist”. They label as arrogant anyone insistent on sticking to professional standards and discipline. It never dawn on them that someone who was was too lazy to train properly, too selfish to persist in applying what has been proven by clinical tests to be “best practice” and that has never been successful in producing results consistently suddenly claiming that he is a World Authority and therefore entitled to denigrate and ridicule the true professionals in the same filed is not only the PAROXYSM of ARROGANCE, but delusional as well.
They typically realize that by peddling auditing in the same manner of Snake Oil Merchants of old, they can maximize financial gain while minimizing the amount of effort required. Those among that group of fanatics that are not after financial wealth, are after Power over other people’s lives. Just like a perverse hypnotist who amuse himself by getting people he experiments on to act in funny ways or like animals, so are those who view people merely as guinea pigs to be experimented on. When they accuse true altruists people of delivering auditing with Professionalism and discipline of being con Men and only interested in Money, one can be certain that they are talking about themselves, a phenomenon known as Projective Identification in the Psychological Field and “similar Overts of one’s Own” in Scientology. .
6- They normally claim to follow Standard tech. Some even redefine the word Standard (whose true meaning is a Universal yardstick) by claiming a Standard is simply following their own set of rules, that they keep inventing as they keep experimenting. They do that because most people that have been exposed to Scientology and the bulk of normal people distrust non-standard application, in particular those who violate the tenets taught by L. Ron Hubbard. In the same vein. very few people that are sane of Mind, would abandon their own Minds to experimental procedures that have been just been developed on a whim. Hence the typical desire to deceive by those fanatics. claiming their wild ideas are in the same class as those of true professionals. The desire to lure clients is the true motive. They are essentially being dishonest.
7- They frequently promote aberrant and absurd notions that nobody outside the small world of the Freezone or Independent Field can agree with. Among the popular notions promoted by these individuals are the notion that some of them have Psychic Powers of such Magnitude that they are able to influence World Leader or Events through their mere thoughts. Yet the same individuals fail the simplest of logical tests in life and frequently their own lives and environment are in tatters.
Another popular set of notion include variations on the theme that Aliens (often called Markabians) in remote galaxies or solar system have taken over the world of Scientology and are telepathically guiding it at a distance.
Or they can claim to be able to audit over the phone (or even through their “Superlative Telepatic abilities”) and somehow get reads transference from the pc to the E-Meter to which they have connected themselves.
While they are certainly entitled to any belief they wish to indulge themselves in, all too often, they seek to promote their ideas through the denigration of those they view as “competition”. In their eyes someone with a lot of ideas not proven by any test and having no experience with a subject has a right to demand from a professional and expert in the subject to be called Peers and equals. The response to the statement that their knowledge, experience and skills do not measure up to the proven experts in the field is normally a violent an extremely vocal rebuttal through Ad Hominem attacks and the pernicious use of “Scientology Black PR”.
Scientology Black PR is the tool used to spread lies about another whose dissenting views are perceived as a threat to one’s vested interests.
Black PR has nothing to do with truth. Only with satisfying the private interests of the one sponsoring it.
One of the key trick of Black PR is the redefinition of terms or the labeling with incorrect attributes that which one seeks to harm or destroy.
By labeling professionalism, self-discipline and adhering to the standards of Best Practice as FUNDAMENTALISTS, the fanatic making use of the Black PR tool just mentioned seeks to aggrandize himself denigrating their opponents falsely associating the Ethical Practice of Scientology or Hubbard based counseling with a stigmatized word (normally meant to be used in a theological context, not a secular one such as auditing) and demonizing it. Fundamentalism in most people’s Mind today has the meaning of RADICALISM or EXTREMISM, and a close association with the evils Religious Extremism has caused since 2001.
It is nothing short of a Subliminal Message designed to propagate covertly the ridiculous notion that anyone disciplined enough to stick to BEST PRACTICE anchored in proven results is in fact some sort of EXTREMIST.
My message to the purveyors of the False data that anyone sticking to the discipline, standards and Professionalism associated with Standard Tech is a FUNDAMENTALIST
is for them to :
1- GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS and PROPERLY TRAIN so you can at least produce uniform results with a technology before you claim being such an expert in it that you can freely denigrate it.
2- STOP BEING DISHONEST by falsely labeling your ideas own ideas or those of your newly found Guru as Standard Scientology or directly from L. Ron Hubbard, when they simply are not. You certainly can believe and practice anything you want, but mislabeling is nothing but a form of parasitism seeking to leech on the proven record and hard work done by those who developed the technology or those who invested years of their lives honestly training in it. This especially applied to forged HCOBs and Rundowns created in the Freezone and misattributed to L. Ron Hubbard (like the Freezone version of SuperPower and OT 2 and OT 3 as currently taught by Ron’s Org and their followers.) It entirely applies to the concepts of Telepathic, phone and Skype auditing as they directly contravene the principles of auditing as explained in Bulletins and lectures within Scientology. and actual Videos of sessions delivered by L. Ron Hubbard.
3- STOP CLAIMING TRAINING OR STATES OF BEING NOT ATTAINED. Some people have developed the notion that studying a Class VIII course pack in a few hours and listening to the Class VIII tapes (or more often, only reading their transcripts). with scores of missing materials such as the LRH |Class VIII C/Sed sessions, and no course supervision nor anyone to attest them makes them a FULL Class VIII on a par with those who trained and apprenticed for months on that Course. Or that you can now claim to be a Class XII auditor because you have been shown a bootleg Ls materials pack, devoid of all 50 theory HCOB covering those rundowns missing all LRH taped lectures on the subject and were taught by a provisional Class IV auditor who never trained at Flag himself. Or that having achieved an OT Level developed by someone else than LRH entitles you to be claim to be WITHOUT A CASE, no matter how nattery, reactive, make-wrong and restimulated you have become.
If your practice is centered mainly around your alleged extraordinary Psychic skills, such as being a world Class telepath capable of counseling and altering the behavior of a world Leader, or your claim of formidable telekinesis abilities that enables you to influence the needle of your emeter by channeling a pre-clear on the other side of the world, have the Integrity of getting your claims independently verified by somebody who is credible before demanding that you automatically be given the same status as those who studied and trained for decades while having dozens of fully qualified case Supervisors attesting the auditing as competent and standard.
The aberrant notions promoted by David Miscavige are in fact the very same ideology as the one promoted by the fanatics referred to in this essay, though under a different disguise. Their results tend to be the same as well.
(c) Pierre Ethier