Psychotherapy followed by spiritual exploration & spiritual exercise


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This is what I and others thought Scientology was.

Category: Antecedents of Scientology

The book, The Middle Pillar, was written by Israel Regardie in 1936.

Regardie was both a student of the writings of Carl Jung and Aleister Crowley, working for Crowley for a while.

Excerpt from The Middle Pillar:

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Analysis is the logical precursor of spiritual attainment and magical experiment... Not until the mind and the emotional system have been cleansed and unified by the cathartic process... can the full spiritual benefits of magical work be reflected into the mind of man.

We should remember the parables of the archaic philosophical religions whose fundamental tenet was that within man was a spirit, a dynamic center of consciousness which, because of its contact and association with matter, had been plunged into a profound sleep, a state of somnambulism...

By endeavoring to extend the horizon of consciousness, to enlarge the field of awareness so as to embrace what previously was unconscious, is obviously a logical method. To become aware of all our actions, our thoughts and emotions and unsuspected motives, to regard them in their true light as actually they are and not as we would like them to be or as we would wish an onlooker to perceive them. It requires, to take this step, an extraordinary degree of honesty and courage... The more of this suppressed and forgotten material stored in this at one time unknown or dormant side of our nature that can be raised to the clear light of day, by exactly so much do we awake from the inert stupor into which we have in the past been plunged.

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From Aleister Crowley's Equinox, of 1911:

Described as "the practice of expanding consciousnesses the stars and planets":

Regarding the open and serious discussion of reincarnation amongst psychotherapists in 1950, and the problem of admitting he (sometimes) consulted earlier (past) lives while giving therapy to others, Carl Jung is alleged to have stated:
"The zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, doesn't allow it."


Beat author William Burroughs became involved in 1959, as a distant, curious, "public," and, ultimately, became much more deeply involved during the late 1960s, even traveling to St. Hill in England.


Shortly after Burroughs had left Scientology, after an involvement - as a
"public person." i.e. a customer - of over ten years,, Leonard Cohen became involved.
Here he is in the Scientology New York Academy, in the Martinique Hotel, during 1969

Leonard Cohen was audited on the Lower Grades and, after having moved on from Scientology, wrote this song:


The 1972 book, Naked Scientology, is a compilation of William Burroughs' critiques of Scientology, and attempts to explain why he endured Scientology's control and invasions of his privacy, which, even though he was a celebrity, had eventually become noticeable to him as he traveled deeper into Scientology:

"Like an anthropologist who has, after unspeakable indignities, penetrated a savage tribe, I was determined to hang on to get the big medicine."


Also during the late 1960s, the psychedelic Scottish folk music group, the Incredible String Band, became involved.

From before Scientology involvement

After leaving, ISB co-founder Mike Heron called his involvement in Scientology "silly," because he should have seen "that the control it exercised over me was stronger than anything I could have learned from it."


During the 1960s, Scientology tried to recruit Frank Zappa.

Zappa, although he never became involved, was influenced by some of Hubbard's books from the 1950s.

From the 1967 album

From Van Morrison's Inarticulate Speech of the Heart album of 1983:

During the early 1980s Van Morrison was briefly "on lines,"
and received "Life Repair" auditing.
Morrison apparently liked the auditing,
but did not wish to become further involved.

Three years later he released another album titled
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher.

These days, people who hang around long enough (too long), and descend into Scientology deeply enough, experience their own peculiar assortment of indignities and absurdities.

A little bit of Scientology can sometimes be a good thing; a lot of Scientology seldom is.



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very interesting Veda: "Leonard Cohen was audited on the Lower Grades and, after having moved on from Scientology, wrote this song:"

Hadn't heard him sing that... only Joan Baez. wonder if she knows what she's been singing all these decades haha.

these old Auditor journals are a hoot. from the 70's, this one has pics and jabber about Incredible String Band, Chick Corea and a few others. I have some other 70's journals posted in my carmelo thread. hard to see some of them but still interesting.

i'd forgotten some of these people that were in... Lou Rawls.

"As a staff member at “CC” and later as a “celebrity” myself, I saw many notables come and go. I was amazed one day when actress Anne Francis ordered something from the snack bar I ran, only to be later disappointed when she left Scientology because she heard Hubbard’s daughter Diana say the purpose of the Public Division of Scientology was “to capture and control the public.” I wrote about Rock Hudson’s brief flirtation with the subject in another article about sex and Celebrity Centre. I didn’t mention Lou Rawls taking the Communications Course at the short-lived Celebrity Centre Las Vegas, then visiting CCLA in Los Angeles to get CC Founder Yvonne Jentzsch to quit promoting him as a Scientologist. All the members of David Bowie’s “Spiders From Mars” band took the Communications Course at CC, and members of The Grateful Dead did the same in San Francisco."
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