On popular demand, an updated post from ScientologyMyths.info:
Do Scientologists believe in aliens?
No. Scientologists believe people are spiritual beings, not their bodies, and that they move on to another body once they die. Some believe they have been around for a long, long time. Some believe that this universe is a massive infinite space and that there is life on other planets. So it could be said that some Scientologists believe in “aliens”, meaning life on other planets.
Now, I have never seen any writings about (or Scientologists talking about) a belief that an alien lives inside them or that there is a spaceship buried somewhere waiting to take all Scientologists away.
There is no worshipping of aliens found in Scientology scriptures. Nor does such worshipping take place informally.
There are some people spreading the utterly false idea that Scientology is based on alien beliefs or ancient aliens or something of that nature. Scientology is based on communication, knowledge and understanding and provides help to master life and gain more understanding about it.
There are a lot of twisted interpretations of Scientology religious beliefs on the internet. I am happy you came here to find out more! Contrary to rumors and biased media reports this is not Scientology’s “Creation Theory”. The purpose of these bigots is to ridicule Scientologists, trying to make fun Scientology’s true religious beliefs. Well, if they have to invent stories to ridicule Scientology then the true Scientology seems to be worth to look at. You can do that at the Scientology Video Channel, for example.
Are Thetans alien souls that have taken over our bodies, and we’re trying to get them out?
Thetans are us, soul, spirit. I don’t know what an alien soul is. A soul that is from another world? A soul that is inhabiting an alien?
I don’t know anyone who has had their body taken over by an alien soul. No one has ever told me that they had gotten the alien soul out, or mentioned that they were working on getting an alien soul out. I don’t know of any scriptures that refer to alien souls in our body. This all sounds like another invention of some anti-Scientology jerks who make up stories to go “ho-ho-ho” about Scientology.
Scientologists do not pray to or worship somebody called Xenu, Xemu or Zenu. This is a myth.
In Scientology, basic beliefs of the Scientology religion are publicly available to anyone, in any one of the eighteen basic books of Dianetics and Scientology and the 280 lectures going along with them, in every Church and Mission of Scientology worldwide. Also in public libraries, internationally. This material is so easy to get, read and listen to, it hurts. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote in his books and spoke in his lectures about the origins of the Universe, the questions of Man’s relation to a Supreme Being and the Creation theory (called “The Factors”) of the Scientology religion. No secrets, nothing. Just plain, public books and lectures. Xenu, Xemu or Zenu are not mentioned, part of or hidden in the core beliefs of Scientology. Nope.
A note for the sceptic:
Scientology is done step by step. You are not given all the scriptures in one fell swoop and told to read them. You learn basics, then you learn more intermediate data, then there is more advanced information. This is not unique to Scientology, see the Scriptures Chapter. It is a central belief of all Scientologists that people must be properly prepared — spiritually and ethically — to receive these materials and that premature exposure would impede the spiritual development of individuals so exposed, an outcome that is inimical to the goal of Scientology — the achievement of spiritual freedom for everyone living on this planet.
There are not many such scriptures. A number of years ago some confidential Scientology materials were stolen, altered and released by admitted enemies of the Church. There is no complete “OT” or “OT Level” information available on the internet but only altered and perverted data.
As Scientology is done on a gradient, and OT Levels are considered to be upper level, and confidential, a great many (close to 95%) of Scientologists have never read this information. The confidentiality is because this information, gotten into the wrong hands and perverted (as has happened) can cause a great deal of upset and misunderstanding. Scientologists do not discuss this information as they have been asked not to.
BUT – all this nonsense that this uppper level material would contain a “Creation Myth” or something is. not. true. These scriptures do not contain core beliefs of Scientology. Those are – as I said before – openly available.
So, to find out what Scientology is: get a book, read it. Most of them are in public libraries. Seriously.
You might learn something.