Do Scientologists believe in aliens? What is Xenu?

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.

– Louanne

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Breakfast surprise

The Los Angeles Times has a great cartoon page, on the weekend there are even two of them. That is about all news I usually read on paper (I confess to be an online news junkie). But today the L.A. Times surprised me with an editorial about Scientology Myths! Not the website, unfortunately. Jean E. Rosenfeld, a religious scholar at UCLA, uses Christian myths to show that each religion has one which might sound strange, or not, to those who have not studied up on the background information leading to the “myth”. He says:

“Speaking as a scholar who has analyzed new religions for over 20 years, I deplore critics who pose as experts. Scientology is a new religion, and unlike most, it may become an established religion whether the rest of us like it or not.

All religions have origin myths, and all religions keep secrets from the uninitiated. If a nonbeliever were to tell the origin myth of Christianity, it would sound no less fantastic than the Thetan myth of L. Ron Hubbard: A spirit present as God before the creation of the universe splits off from Godhead after billions of years of Earth time and is born again as a flesh-and-blood person to a Jewish woman. The son gathers adherents, casts out demons from afflicted people, works miracles and finally confronts the evil king in the Jewish capital city. The evil empire’s soldiers try, convict and kill him in a public execution. He then is resurrected before his disciples and tells them to spread his kingdom throughout the world. He promises to appear again and save those who believe in his message and condemn to eternal punishment those who do not. All of his followers will be resurrected after our Earth is destroyed by seven years of heaven-sent catastrophes that kill off most of the human race. …

Myths are symbolic expressions of existential truths; they are not literal accounts of historical events. Their truth — religious truth — is not subject to experimental verification. Religious truth sustains and organizes human societies and gives identity — and thus, sanity — to human beings. Expressing oneself religiously and symbolically is an essential ingredient of being human. Myth will always be with us, whether created by cosmologists, as the Big Bang theory, or by poets and prophets as alternative accounts of world creation.” (Los Angeles Times, 22 February 2008, Scientology Stands a Chance)

I used the chance to update the “Aliens” pages of ScientologyMyths.info with this nicely formulated viewpoint.

– Lou

Does the church block access to critical websites?

# Comment by chansonroland on February 16, 2008 7:42 pm
Is it true that the CoS has a form of Net-Nanny software installed on its computers (as well as encouraging its believers to install on their home computers) which block out pages containing info critical of Scientology, info of higher Scientology levels, or anti-Scientology websites?

Answer:

I heard this story. The answer is yes and no. I know that internet computers used in the church have a function that does not allow to show websites other than intended for the use of the computer. Like someone whose job is to buy supplies would not be able to spend his time with reading message boards or anti-Scientology sites (or Scientology Myths). He could do this at home though and I plenty of times when I was talking with staff of the about anti-Scientology websites they knew what I am talking about. I think it is pretty common that your boss doesn’t want you to doodle around on the net when you are supposed to do your job. So that’s a yes here. More than 10 years ago there was a software given out by the church which blocked the access of a list of anti-Scientology websites.

I did not much with the internet that time and have not seen this software in operation. I actually don’t know anybody who used it and it is sure not around today. There are no restrictions for Scientologists to go online and inform themselves or have blogs and so on.

But you mention “info on higher Scientology levels” and I give you my experience as an internet enthusiast and Scientologist. There is so called material on the internet which claims to be “confidential Scientology scriptures”. One of the guys who stole this material in the 1980s (they wanted to experiment with it outside of the church and make some money with it) said some years later that they “amended” and “corrected” it, i.e. it’s not the original material out there on the net. My friend J who wrote the “Alien” section on Scientology Myths knew someone who discovered this altered incorrect “OT” material on the internet and “tried to apply it to himself and it basically drove him crazy, and soon after, he killed himself”. He was not a Scientologist. Scientologist are aware what can happen if you mess around with Scientology technology and do it the wrong way. Not that it kills you but it can get confused or very unhappy doing it the wrong way.

So what I am reading on the internet is at least out of context – which is the usual with material posted for the purpose to ridicule Scientologists – or at worst not even real Scientology material. It reads like science-fiction, or very old. Scientologists believe that they have lived before and that there are many earlier lives. The higher Scientology levels include bits and pieces about past lives going back to times before planet earth. I believe and that is common for Scientologists that this data is historical and might or might not influence the condition of people today. But to make up your own mind of this is true or not you will have to read the full story in sequence, with training, practice and all the background there is. Computer Science 3 is tough or impossible to understand for a begining HTML coder (ok, Computer Science is not a religious belief, but you get the point?).

Finally a personal thing: some time ago I got a flyer with a printout of this “material”. The guy who distributed it gave it only to Scientologists coming from Sunday service in a Church of Scientology. The flyer was ridiculing all and any belief of Scientology. Now, what purpose did this have? Intolerance. I was about to smack the guy, only that my friend was holding me back. Here comes some dude with no clue about Scientology but some ridiculous internet printout and tries to make fun out of my beliefs and those of my friends? Man, this is how wars start, religious wars. This is pure intolerance and provocation, a violation of my basic rights. Do I go to a Catholic service and call them canibals because they just drank “the blood of Christ”? Do I go to such a service and distribute flyers about some things in Christianity which you can only believe but not see? No, I don’t, because I believe that noone has a right to destroy the spirituality of others, especially if it makes them help and care for others, as Scientology does, and as many others religions do.

Ok, that was a long answer to a short question, but consider that most of those “anti-Scientology” sites are just there to make fun of Scientologist’s beliefs. I know how I feel when I read them some time ago, to create Scientology Myths. It sucks. So why would a Scientologist go there and read it?

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