Posted by 64Bowtie on January 29, 2004, at 17:56:50
In reply to Re: Scientology - some history..... » judy1, posted by 64Bowtie on January 29, 2004, at 12:41:01
Werner Erhard of EST and his "Esylon by the Sea" institute at Big Sur near Santa Cruz, CA, was the rage in most of the 1970's. Along came this Sci-Fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard with motives to appeal to the wanting of the undiscovered spirit in folks, and OBTW charge for each discovery.
The plan became a grand one containing at least eight stages of development. It has been calculated that to reach the ruling “Level Eight” of Scientology development, one must have contributed the total amount of at least $100,000, and over a period of not less than 15 years. This indicates that "Level Eights" can vote wisely on the future of Scientology.
Scientology has a secret today. Werner Erhard and Scientology had a falling out sometime between Hubbard's death in 1986, and Scientology publicly chastising Erhard and EST in 1988. In 1991, EST was a skeleton entity whose assets were turned over to "Landmark Education". The secret is that Scientology is the "Tax Free" spiritual entity and "Landmark Education" is the secular and public entity, providing corporate America a new vision.
I will probably get into hassles for saying this here, but I freely quote "Landmark Education" for three reasons:
1. …because Landmark has 18 very quotable goals to provide corporations new vision while prying loose the individual executive from his "stuck thinking". These are quite useful to us all.
2. …because I do not respect L. Ron Hubbard, nor Werner Erhard, and therefore feel released from responsibility.
3. …because Landmark tries to force secrecy onto their new followers and trainees, along with asking more money at each level of membership in "the club", similar to Scientology.
Please don't mistake my sharing with aciduosness. I am not angry with Scientology, Landmark, L Ron Hubbard, or Werner Erhard. I have no personal beef with any of them. My motivation is to imply the wisdom of safely approaching them all cautiously, perhaps with an 11 foot pole.
But that's just my story.......