Scientology and the Occult: Hugh Urban's New Exploration of L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley

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The Rosy Cross, appropriated in a similar form by Crowley and OTO
Last June, we brought you the first review of The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion by Ohio State professor Hugh Urban, and then the first interview with the good professor himself.

During that interview, Urban told us that he was planning to continue his research into Scientology, and would be looking into a variety of areas. But we didn't know that one of those interests included a closer look at L. Ron Hubbard's wild occult history that preceded his publication of 1950's Dianetics.

Longtime Scientology watchers will be at least somewhat familiar with the tale: that after his involvement in WWII, Hubbard shacked up with Jet Propulsion Lab rocket scientist Jack Parsons, a man heavily into the occult, and in particular the teachings of The Great Beast, British occultist Aleister Crowley. You may even know something about the kinky things Parsons and Hubbard did trying to create a "Moonchild." But what Urban does in a new piece for the journal Nova Religio is produce a thorough, academic study of the ways that Crowley's "magick" found parallels in what would become Hubbard's most famous creation, Scientology.

Urban went into some of this material in his book, but he tells me he wanted to explore it more in depth with this article.

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Scientology's cross. See the similarity?
Nova Religio is one of those academic journals still doing things the old-fashioned way -- its articles don't appear in full on its website, and readers either need to purchase a copy of the journal or get it through an academic institution or something. So, we'll play along and hold on to our copy of the story and do our best to describe it here. Perhaps later Urban can convince the publication to allow wider access to the piece.

Urban's article is titled "The Occult Roots of Scientology?: L. Ron Hubbard, Aleister Crowley, and the Origins of a Controversial New Religion," and if you've read his book, its introduction will seem very familiar.

He then lays out the basics: after returning from his service in the war, Hubbard moved into John Whiteside "Jack" Parsons's Pasadena rooming house (the "Parsonage"), which was something of a flophouse for his occult friends. Parsons was heavily into Crowley's "magick," and soon found a willing partner in Hubbard -- and even wrote to Crowley himself about their attempts to engage in some of Crowley's rituals. The relationship between Hubbard and Parsons ended badly, with accusations of fraud and theft. But later, as Hubbard developed his ideas for Dianetics and Scientology, his experience with Crowley's "Ordo Templi Orientis" (OTO) seems to have permeated his thinking and even the terminology of the church.

Urban notes that the church itself has virulently denied that Hubbard's occult activities had anything to do with Scientology, or that remnants of Crowley's occult ideas can be found in its scriptures. But one of the most useful things about Urban's article is the way he shows that it's the church's own statements and legal maneuvers which tend to verify the connection between Crowley's "magick" and Hubbard's "tech."

If you've read Urban's book, you'll know that he accomplishes this neat trick with calm, deeply researched and thoroughly convincing material told in a crystal-clear prose style.

To begin his investigations, Urban goes back to the early 20th century and Aleister Crowley's rise as the most famous occultist of his day. Joining OTO and then becoming one of its leaders, Crowley wrote widely, and Urban focuses particularly on his book Magick in Theory and Practice, which Hubbard would later cite in lectures.

When Urban began to describe some of the ideas in that book, this Scientology watcher has to admit to the hairs on the back of his neck going up. The similarities to what Hubbard would later say about his own "technology" are stunning...

First and foremost, Crowley repeatedly emphasizes that Magick is a science. To distinguish his practice from parlor tricks and stage illusions, Crowley spells Magick with a "k" and insists that it is an exact science based on specific laws and experimental techniques. Hence his book begins with a "postulate" followed by twenty-eight "theorems" presented as "scientifically" as chemistry or mathematics. This science is fundamentally about the correct knowledge of the individual self and its potential. In short, "Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one's conditions."

Oh, L. Ron, you are so busted.

Urban goes on to explain how in Crowley's magick, the fundamental concept is Thelema, which represents a person's inner will, and the ability to do "what thou wilt." Doing the processes of Crowley's magick rituals, the point is for a magus to astrally project himself so that he can ultimately become an all-powerful being who is "capable of being, and using, anything which he perceives, for everything that he perceives is in a certain sense a part of his being. He may thus subjugate the whole Universe of which he is conscious to his individual Will."

Sound familiar? In Hubbard's Scientology, which he insists is a science that will allow you to discover your true nature, you learn that you are a thetan, and through his processes you will ultimately be able to leave your body and become an all-powerful being able to create universes.

Wow. L. Ron didn't even change the handwriting to throw off the teacher.

But that was in the future. In 1945, Hubbard moved in with Parsons, and the two got up to some seriously kinky activities. Early in 1946, Parsons began what he called his "Babalon Working" experiments as he and Hubbard began trying to take Crowley's ideas into new territory.

Crowley had written about the possibility of a "magickal child" or "Moonchild," and Parsons decided he'd try to make one. He identified a woman named Marjorie Cameron as the person who would be his "elemental," and then the two got busy, Urban writes...

According to Parsons' remarkable personal accounts of these rites, Hubbard was intimately involved in the Babalon Working...Hubbard was asked to serve as Parsons' seer or "scribe" during the Babalon Working; indeed, Hubbard became nothing less than the "voice" for Babalon herself, who spoke through him and was recorded by Parsons.

So was Ron sitting by taking notes, or speaking in tongues, or something else while Jack was having occult-flavored sex with Marjorie? Whatever the three got up to, on March 6 Parsons wrote to Crowley saying that the deed was done and that in nine months a Moonchild would be born.

Crowley was not impressed. He wrote to a friend in April, "Apparently Parsons or Hubbard or somebody is producing a Moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these goats."

But all was for naught, apparently. No child was born, Hubbard made off with another of Parsons's girlfriends, Betty Northrup, and absconded to Florida in a sailboat-sales scheme gone haywire, and in 1952, Parsons blew himself up with an accidental chemical explosion in his home lab.

Urban, meanwhile, is only getting warmed up.

"Perhaps the most remarkable part of this whole story is that the Church of Scientology admits that all of this did happen," he writes. Apparently unable to deny entirely that Hubbard took part in wild occult sex rites with a rocket scientist, the church has, over the years, floated the howler that Hubbard was actually on a military mission to infiltrate Parsons's little black magic club in order to neutralize it.

"It is worth noting, however, that neither the Church of Scientology nor any independent researcher has ever produced any evidence for this claim," Urban calmly notes.

Urban then turns to even more sensitive material that the church has never denied the authenticity of...

One of the most important documents for making sense of the Crowley-Hubbard link and the occult roots of Scientology is a curious text called the "Affirmations" (or "Admissions") of L. Ron Hubbard. Composed in 1946 or 1947, "Affirmations" appears to be Hubbard's own personal writings, meant to have been read into a tape recording device and then played back to Hubbard himself. No church official has ever publicly denied that "Affirmations" is an authentic Hubbard document, and Scientology's own legal position indicates that it does consider the document to be church property and clearly wants to keep control of the text.

As Urban says, in these extremely personal writings, Hubbard sounds very much like Crowley.

"Affirmations" indicates that the author is engaged in some kind of magical ritual and hoping that his "magical work is powerful and effective." In fact, the "affirmations" describe themselves as "incantations" designed to become an integral part of listeners' natures, impressing upon them the reality of their psychic powers and magical abilities. Perhaps more significant, however, is the repeated mention of a female guardian figure, the most important spiritual adviser and aid to the listener. The emphasis on the guardian here seems to have been directly influenced by Crowley's Magick in Theory and Practice...

Urban goes on to note parallels between what Hubbard writes in his "Affirmations," and then goes into a lengthy description of Scientology's concepts and how they echo Crowley. (He also points out the ways that Hubbard's midcentury, Cold War-influenced religion is also very different than the Victorian occult ideas of Crowley.)

Urban only includes a couple of short quotes from Hubbard's "Affirmations," but he encouraged me to take a longer look at them where Gerry Armstrong -- once a trusted employee who was asked by Hubbard to gather his personal papers -- put it online in 2000.

Um, this stuff is amazing. Before I reproduce some excerpts of it here, I'll quote Urban about the document's background...

According to a mutual release and settlement agreement between the Church of Scientology of California and former member Gerald Armstrong in 1986, Armstrong agreed to return a number of confidential documents to the church, including all copies of Hubbard's "Excalibur manuscript" and "all originals and copies of documents commonly known as the 'Affirmations' written by L. Ron Hubbard." Here the church clearly indicates that the text was written by L. Ron Hubbard, and it is difficult to understand why the church would file suit to retain ownership of the text were it not an authentic document.

Urban makes a good point. And so, brace yourself as we read a pre-Dianetics L. Ron Hubbard talking to himself and trying to encourage himself despite several physical ailments and some other knocks he'd taken in his life...

"My service record was not too glorious...

"I can have no doubts of my psychic powers...

"Sexual feeling has been depressed by several things amounting to a major impasse. To cure ulcers of the stomach I was given testosterone and stilbesterol. These reduced my libido to nothing...

"In 1942...while training in Miami, Florida, I met a girl named Ginger who excited me...From her I received an infection of gonnohorea (sp?). I was terrified by it, the consequences of being discovered by my wife, the navy, my friends. I went to a private doctor who treated me with sulfa-thiazole and so forth...

"I carried this fear of disease to sea with me. I was reprimanded in San Diego in mid-43 for firing on the Mexican coast and was removed from command of my ship...

"Sara, my sweetheart, is young, beautiful, desirable. We are very gay companions. I please her physically until she weeps about any separation. I want her always. But I am 13 years older than she. She is heavily sexed. My libido is so low I hardly admire her naked...

"I have a very bad masturbatory history. I was taught when I was 11 and, despite guilt, fear of insanity, etc. etc. I persisted. At a physical examination at a Y when I was about 13, the examiner and the people with him called me out of the line because my testicles hung low and cautioned me about what would happen if I kept on masturbating...

"By eliminating certain fears by hypnosis, curing my rheumatism and laying off hormones, I hope to restore my former libido. I must! By hypnosis I must be convinced as follows...

"(b) My mind is still brilliant. My memory unaffected by drugs or experience...

"(d) That things sexual thrill me...That naked women and pornography excite me greatly...

"(m) That I have only friendship for Jack Parsons...

"(o) That I believe in my gods and spiritual things...

"(p) That nothing can halt my ambitions...

"(u) That my code is to be all things a "magus" must be...

"(x) That my magical work is powerful and effective..."

"Course II... You can sing beautifully. Your voice can imitate any singer. Your tones are round and true...

"Material things are yours for the asking. Men are your slaves. Elemental spirits are your slaves. You are power among powers, light in the darkness, beauty in all...

"You will make fortunes in writing. Any book you care to write now will sell high and well...You talk easily to a dictaphone and the copy is excellent. The copyist has no effect upon your work. You don't care what she reads...

"Your psychology is advanced and true and wonderful. It hypnotizes people. It predicts their emotions, for you are their ruler...

"You will live to be 200 years old, both because you are calm and because of modern discoveries to be made in your lifetime...

"You will always look young. Your weight is 180 lbs. And you will attain and hold that weight...

"Many women are not capable of pleasure in sex and anything adverse they say or do has no effect whatever upon your pleasure. Their bodies thrill you...You have no fear if they conceive. What if they do? You do not care. Pour it into them and let fate decide..."

As you can see if you follow the link above, there's much, much more in this vein. I've only excerpted a very small amount of Hubbard's lengthy confessions. And in several places, Hubbard refers to his "Guardian," an angel-like creature that sounds like the same creature in Crowley's magick, his "Holy Guardian Angel."

As I said earlier, Urban is also careful to note the dissimilarities between Crowley's magick and Hubbard's tech, but I can't remember anyone doing such a thorough job showing how much Hubbard owed to his occult master. For Scientology watchers, we can only hope that Urban's article becomes widely available, and soon.



Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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238 comments
kewelbeanz
kewelbeanz

to add to the wierdness, Chapter 16 of Moonchild references Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism (http://hermetic.com/crowley/moonchild/mc16.html#_ftnref3).  But maybe the connection between Mormonism, Magick, and Scientology is not so far-fetched after all - Heber Jentz's dad was ex-communicated from the Mormon church for polygamy, which was one of Mormonism's founding principles

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Some occultists are Satanists. Some are not. Think of a Venn Diagram.

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Icky, evil, lunatic, yet poetic. While still evil and loony, there was nothing poetic about Hubbard at all. "Boggis and Bunce and Bean/ One fat, one short, one lean./ These horrible crooks/ So different in looks/ Were nonetheless equally mean."~ Roald Dahl, _Fantastic Mr Fox_

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Ashtrays must be getting hard to find these days. Do the orgs come pre-stocked, or do they get them at thrift shops?

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Icky.  I am irked at the appropriation of a Christian symbol by something so clearly not so.  It probably has the same intention as turning a cross upside down, I imagine... BTW, I notice that Crowley's cross design is very similar to the traditional Greek cross design:http://www.ocf.KORG/OrthodoxPage/icons/clip/cross.gif (Change KORG to org.) 

Ladyonline123
Ladyonline123

Oh Village Voice, "you are so busted". Lets just forget the fact, that Aleister Crowley was head of the Golden Dawn OTO church, owned by the Rothchilds. And most of the guys like Parsons, and Hubbard, and Crowley were Navy military/British MI6's/nasa/nuclear guys - if not ALL. They are ALL involved in this illuminati stuff. The symbols are on our "American" money. Lets ignore all the symbolism of said group in music and their bands. My daughters college books say how brilliant Crowley was, knowing soooo many ancient oriental languages. Lets just make it out like Hubbard and his friends were kooks. And our elite are not involved in satan/illuminati worship like Crowley was.

Ladyonline123
Ladyonline123

Opps, not Satan, I mean Lucifer", Latin name for the Morning Star May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/​...

Ladyonline123
Ladyonline123

I forgot to mention most of these guys like WALT DISNEY were all involved.

Charliesweeny
Charliesweeny

Crowley's ceremonial magick dealt fundamentally with the projection of Intention...which is basically what you're doing in, say, the Scientology training routine of 'yelling-at-an-ashtray.' This drill is passed when you perceive you've 'put' your intention 'into' a heavy glass ashtray.

Bosola
Bosola

Please make sure to check your public library to see what Database they have available to their patrons.  I can get this article full text at the Chicago Public Library.

Jeebus_Says
Jeebus_Says

 I learned maybe a decade or so ago that the origins of Scientology are found in Gnosticism from some research on the web.

Our story begins with Aleister Crowley's Spermo-Gnostic Sect, the Ordo Templi Orientis [OTO]. http://www.rotten.com/library/...

The OTO expanded to America at LA's 'Agape Lodge.'  L. Ron Hubbard was a member of the LA 'Agape Lodge' and was mentored by its leader, Jack Parsons.http://www.rotten.com/library/...

L. Ron Hubbard stole the Spermo-Gnostic OTO's Thelemic teachings, and rewrote it into a bad science-fiction novel he later took from to found his Scientology religion.  http://www.rotten.com/library/...

Watch "Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000", and you'll see Scientology is very much like the Christian Gnosticism mythology filled with clones, an evil fake god creator, age old aliens and tortured and endlessly reincarnated earth bound 'souls'. What follows is just a summary of Old and New Testament Gnostic and Spermo-Gnostic beliefs.

Synopsis of Gnostic Beliefs

The Older Testament:

The Gnostics taught that God was a mad scientist named "Yaldabaoth" who had been created by accident and built the earth as a prison for pre-existent human souls. He cloned Adam, raped Eve, and kicked them both out of Paradise when Christ came in the form of a serpent to liberate them. Yaldabaoth sent a "Flood" to wipe humanity's memory out, but some humans were saved by angels from the dimension above "heaven" who told them what had happened. Yaldabaoth struck back by sending his demons to rape the earth women, smashing the tower of Babel, inventing money and selecting many false prophets.

The Newer Testament:

Christ was a light-being above "God" [Jehovah or Yaldabaoth] who came here to possess Jesus, using him like a ventriloquist's dummy to teach humanity the truth: there is no "Hell" - the earth is the lowest plane, and we're just being reincarnated over and over. Christ taught humans how to free themselves from Yaldabaoth through sex magic, self-knowledge and secret passwords. Yaldabaoth tried to kill him, but Christ switched bodies with an innocent bystander named Simon and flew away laughing while the Romans crucified the wrong guy. He reappeared once on Easter to the world, but he never stopped appearing to the Gnostics, continually reminding them that matter is an illusion and the apocalypse is now.

Gnostic Beliefs:

Christian Gnostic sects believed semen and menses to be potential living humans in liquid form; flowing souls that could be intercepted on route to imprisonment here in this dimensional universe of multiverse, and underworld on earth created by "Yaldabaoth" (the arrogant bumbling creator-god "Jehovah" of the Old Testament) . The Gnostics were proposing a belief a few thousand years ago that today's quantum physicists theorize in a 'multi-verse'. They also believed human souls have been trapped here by "Yaldabaoth," [Jehovah] to continually return fragmented in a cycle of reincarnation somewhat akin to what Scientologists also believe.

For the Gnostics, sperm and menses are unborn human souls in 'liquid form' that can never ascend to the pleroma, or the secret gnostic light heavens outside space and time. The Gnostic practice of ingesting seminal fluids and menses as sacraments is referred to as syllexis. The purpose of Syllexis was to stop human souls in 'liquid form' from a cycle of never ending reincarnation in this evil universe that was created as a copy by the mad scientist skygod Yaldaboth, who created it. Syllexis transports these ingested unborn 'souls' to the pleroma, or secret gnostic light heavens outside time and space, provided of course they had the 'secret gnostic password'.

To thwart this "imprisonment" and re-cycling of human souls here on earth by the bumbling malevolent "Yaldabaoth", the creator god (or Jehovah), most Christian Gnostic sects believed that reproduction was evil. The Spermo-Gnostic sects sought to transcend this underworld dimension on earth through a Tantric use of sexual fluids and ritualistic means of liberating the "light" locked within human sexual fluids. Sex Rituals in worship quite similar to traditions found in Hindu and Buddhist sex mysticism. In sex magic rituals and "agape sexual orgies," gnostic men and women 'gathered' sperm (menses also in some sects) in 'communion' with it by ingesting it. Swallowing the sperm was the Spermo-Gnostic way to collect potential souls for transport to the pleroma outside dimensional space and time. The 'plemora' believed by Gnostics to be the 'secret gnostic light heavens' outside this dimensional universe created by "Yaldabaoth" as a bad copy.

Read Sacred Semen for more on the hilarious Christian Gnostic origins of L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology Sci Fi Story. http://sacredsemen.com/#10

Note the early Latin definition of 'mas', very similar to the Catholic Church's Latin name for the Eucharistic meal Mass, translates as "male seed", leaving little doubt to what the original Christian Eucharist was for these early Catholics called Gnostics... 

Hihiu
Hihiu

No mention that Crowley was a freemason (freemasons are a satanic mass murdering secret society loyal to the secret BRITISH EMPIRE (COMMONWEALTH)) and was also MI-6 and thought he was the antichrist until he died broke and miserable

Boris
Boris

The only new thing about this is it's "ACADEMIC" stamp. The rest is old news.

Oz9366
Oz9366

I'm reading ' Pyramids of Montauk' by Preston Nichols, which links Crowley and Hubbard to the the secret governments time trave  and mind control experiments , most unexpected and fascinating... 

Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz
Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

This (Scientology) is what happens when God wants nothing to do with its founder and members.

Wreckingcrewdirector
Wreckingcrewdirector

The problem here is that the author does not seem to know Crowley was a master spy for British Intel. Learn to use your search engine.

TRUTH
TRUTH

You do realize that most of his Affirmations did happen to become true and have remained true to this day? The evidence is the Church of Scientology and the Sea Organization.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Scientology is black magic that is spread out over a long time period. To perform black magic generally takes a few hours or at most; a few weeks. But in Scientology it is stretched out over a lifetime and so you don't see it. Black magic is the inner core of Scientology - and it is probably the only part of Scientology that really works."

@ Truth, Guess who said that?

Face it, scientology is an occult.

Bobb999
Bobb999 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Hubbard's OT levels or grades system somewhat resembles, at least superficially, Crowley's own grades system for his Ordo Templis Orientis  (Order of the Temple of the Orient) group , most frequently written as  "OTO". Similarities include prominence of the letters "OT" (although they stand for different words),  & use of Roman numerals. Hubbards OT levels went from OT I to OT VIII. Crowley's OTO grades went from I° OTO. to XI° OTO.

But unlike Hubbard, Crowley both lived taught both sexual freedom & "sex magick" in his OTO teachings, with IX°  OTO. teaching heterosexual magick, while bisexual Crowley had to also add homosexual magick teachings in XI°  OTO.

Also, unlike druggie hypocrite Hubbard, Crowley both used & taught use of psychoactive drugs in his OTO teachings. OTO rituals Crowley wrote include ritual consumption of laudanum (liquid opium), & possibly other psychoactive drugs. Another major difference between Hubbard & Crowley is Crowley never operated his organizations (which still exist today) so as to extort life savings from duped followers to make himself rich. Hubbard died filthy rich, while Crowley died virtually penniless, living in a seedy English rooming house in his last years.

I believe both men did evil, but arguably Crowley's motivations as a teacher at least were more laudable, but he seems to have failed to live up to the lofty ideals he espoused. And woe unto those who had the misfortune of coming too close within Crowley's own personal orbit during his lifetime. Among followers & lovers, Crowley left a long trail of suicides, alcoholics, & insanity cases behind him. Instead of liberating & strengthening those close to him, he seems, whether deliberately or not, to have destroyed many of them instead.

But it's likely Hubbard's Scientology has destroyed far more people, & provoked far more suicides & breakdowns than Crowley ever did. And unlike with Hubbard, I don't think it was Crowley's occult & philosophical teachings or organizations that helped destroy people. Rtaher, it was intimate personal contact with his apparently destructive, slightly paranoid, personality that could be so dangerous to others.

Pretty Little Robot
Pretty Little Robot

Finally, being a professor in a large university comes in handy. My library has this journal!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Yep. Sounds like Hubbard:

Crowley wrote, in The Book of the Law:

We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit; let them die in their misery. Compassion is the vice of Kings; stamp down the wretched and the weak; this is the law of the strong; this is our law and the joy of the world.

I am of the snake that giveth Knowledge and Delight, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs.... They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self.... Be strong, Oh man! Lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture ... the kings of the earth shall be kings forever; the slaves shall serve.

Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without pity or quarter, and destroy them utterly.

I am unique and conqueror. I am not of the slaves that perish. Be they damned and dead! Amen. [Corydon, p. 49]

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Parsons wrote to Crowley about Hubbard:

About three months ago I met Ron ... a writer and explorer of whom I had known for some time. He is a gentleman; he has red hair, green eyes, is honest and intelligent, and we have become great friends.

Although Ron has no formal training in magick, he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his experiences I deduce that he is in direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his guardian angel.

Ron appears to have some sort of highly developed astral vision. He described his angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair, whom he calls the Empress, and who has guided him through his life, and saved him many times.

We are pooling our resources in a partnership which will act as a limited company to control our business ventures.

I need a magical partner. I have many experiments in mind.... [Corydon, p. 255]

Chocolate Velvet
Chocolate Velvet

I got a friend who is a religion professor in the U Cal system to email me a PDF of this article. (To quote my friend: "academic library privileges are the bomb!") FYI: the article is about Crowley, 20 pages of excellent analysis of his role in the 20th century as an emblem of modernism. The scientology stuff is only a section, but the whole article is well worth reading. Urban is good at what he does.

Choc. Vel.
Choc. Vel.

Whoops, nope. I got two articles, and the first one was about Crowley. My bad. Both articles are excellent, though. Kudos to Urban. :)

OLD OT7
OLD OT7

In a magazine interview, LRH Jr. said the only thing that worked in scientology was the black magick Hubbard had learned from Crowley.  He went on to say that no one caught on because it was spread out over years of courses and auditing.  Hubbard believed he had taken over the mantle of "The Great Beast" when Crowley died.  In a tape, Hubbard refers to Crowley as my "very good friend."

"You have to understand, my father didn't worship Satan, he thought he was Satan."  LRH Jr.

Hartley Patterson
Hartley Patterson

Anyone wanting a good laugh should try Gordon Melton's apologist account of the Black Magik affair in the first chapter of 'Scientology'. So anxious was he to avoid offending the cult that he split Betty Northrup into three seperate anonymous women and failed to mention that she married Hubbard (bigamously).

mjm
mjm

maybe this is the reason Kenneth Anger won't publish Hollywood Babylon 3 because he doesn't want to offend LRH, his old pal.

Dylan Reece
Dylan Reece

To quote him own words, Kenneth Anger "is not a friend of the Scientologists." Quit talking out of your ass.

mjm
mjm

 he knew LRH from his time in the Crowley-Parsons inner circle in the early-mid '40s-early '50s.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

If it is so... it is too funny...

Rathbun's position is that Miscavige has taken Scientology and reversed it to enslave people.

Jenny DevilDoll
Jenny DevilDoll

Knowing someone and counting them as a friend are not the same thing.

Bobb999
Bobb999

I once read a Kenneth Anger interview where he claimed Hubbard had taken Crowley's OTO teachings meant to liberate people & turned them around so as to enslave people.Anger was/is no fan of Hubbard or Scientology. 

scilonschools
scilonschools

This area is far more important than many realise, the Occult connections are a very big clue to the direction the church has taken more recently (golden Age tech etc) and the importance it places on it's UK operation (Crowley a Sussex boy), the iffier end of the Church has often generated from the UK, and spin offs like the De Grimstones CULT , 'The Process Church' which was founded by Robert and Mary Anne , senior CoS auditors, who were London based.

'Free the enity inside you, he is ruthless and immune from normal human frailaties"  - Robert De Grimston

Is doesn't get much more Satanic than that!!!!   :)

eddieVroom
eddieVroom

De Grinston, IMO, really disqualifies himself as a "guru" with that quote. First, in principle, is really no more remarkable than hearing a twelve-stepper talk about "committee thinking", and working to wriggle free of the habit. Second, he falls into that trap of talking about people, *being* souls, thinking of themselves in the third person -- which suggests strongly that he's in the same trap. And if *you* are "ruthless and immune from normal human frailaties", well, in my experience you are in for one heck of an adjustment along the path to Enlightenment. Unless, of course, your chosen "path" is really just a social club with silly hats and/or e-meters.

scilonschools
scilonschools

It is so nice to be amoungst educated people!!

Thanks for your input!!!

V for Vacation
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Welcome and thanks for contributing.  :)

Anon!
Anon! like.author.displayName 1 Like

Hmmm, how many ways are there to say, thank you?! Thank you, in no specific order, to: first, Paulette Cooper, for your courage and endurance; then Arnie Lerma; Dan Garvin for putting your story on the internet WITH your name (how many people were touched or encouraged by that?); Tory Christman for your videos; Tony Ortega and Nick Xenophon for continuing to put a bright, glaring spotlight on the manure heap that is $cn and to Anonymous' many members in the their various locations, each doing what they are able to. This list of names is not complete because there are so many to thank for helping others wake up and get out of the CULT of $cn, or just look at $cn from a "new/ different" perspective... I don't know who all of these people are but I do know that in some manner, ALL of these people have touched my life in numerous ways that are only good, positive and helpful, for this you have my undying gratitude and support.

-- Anon!

Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson

It's time to dispel the foolish notion that the phrase 'Tony Ortega' refers to an individual.  It is, in fact, a collective noun denoting a organization consisting of 11 people working around the clock to enlighten and entertain an audience whose growth is tending towards the straight up and vertical.

L Ron Hubbard, whose prescience trancended space and time pointed this fact out in 'Ron's Journal '67'. Of course, a sinister conspiricy of off-worlders distorted his words as soon as he left his body to continue his research in other parts of the universe, but here is what he really said:

"Our enemies on this planet are less than twelve men. They are members of the 'Village Voice' and other respected journals. They own and control newspaper chains, and oddly enough, don't all have beards. These chaps are very interesting fellows. They have fantastically varied backgrounds; children; government contacts; a very unsavory lot. And they apparently, sometime in the rather distant past, had determined on a course of action. Being in control of most of the information sources of the planet, they entered upon a program of bringing every organization offering impossible dreams at outrageous prices to accountability, so that none would be able to act corruptly and malevolently without public scrutiny and derision."

 

Seayaorg
Seayaorg

but wait -there's morepasadena dianetics meerts psychology - the head pages of an early copy od child dianetics - now expunged from view in scientologyprinted in letchworth england - a centre of theosophy

CHILD DIANETICSDianetic Processing for ChildrenCompiled from the research and lecture materials of L. RonHubbard by the staff of the Hubbard Research FoundationTHE PUBLICATIONS ORGANIZATION WORLD WIDEPUBLISHED BY THE PUBLICATIONS ORGANIZATIONWORLD WIDE(A branch of the Church of Scientology of California, a nonprofitcorporation in the U.S.A., Registered in England)17 North East Thistle Street Lane,Edinburgh 2, ScotlandCopyright ;cr 1951, 1967, 1968byL. RON HUBBARD ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDFirst Edition - 1951Second Edition -1962Third Edition - 1965Fourth Edition - 1967Fifth Edition - 1968MADE AND PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BYTHE GARDEN CITY PRESS LIMITEDLETCHWORTH, HERTFORDSHIRETo our next generation, the best reason we have for DianeticsGrateful acknowledgment is hereby made to the followingresearchers and contributors:William H. Wood, ex-Army Visual Education instructor, parentchild relations specialist, board member of the PasadenaDianetics Group.Idella Stone, H.D.A. [Hubbard Dianetic Auditor], HubbardDianetic Service Center, Pasadena, California.William T. Powers, H.D.A., graduate student in Physics,Northwestern UniversityHenry Mauerer, H.D.A., psychologistEdward A. Reese, H.D.A., professional bibliographer.Jon Ross, H.D.A., former psychologist parental counselor,nursery school supervisor, lecturer on child development.Julia Lewis, H.D.A., president of the Compton [town south ofLos Angeles] Counseling Service, member of the SouthwestCounseling Service, specialist in re-educational play for children.Waldo T. Boyd, H.D.A., editor and writer.L. RON HUBBARD Wichita, Kansas August, 1951

Aa
Aa

It's always nice to see ever more things that help pry open Scientology's "iron curtain" and expose the secrets within - but the real question is whether any of this will make much difference to the many cult members who are rigorously trained to ignore all such "entheta" or preferably avoid it entirely.

Also, considering Hubbard's own proclivity toward the perverse, it's a wonder that he chose not to create the kind of "free love" cult that was all the rage during the 1960s, instead opting for a more traditional - if not downright puritanical - morality theme. Maybe this was a wise business decision, as it seems most of the free-love/free-drug cults of that era quickly fizzled out, compared to those with a more austere moral code.

LadyXenu
LadyXenu

 That, and the fact that he couldn't get a hard-on......except when he was looking at Jack Parsons!!!

Lliira
Lliira

There's nothing perverse about sex between consenting adults.

Calling masturbation evil -- now THAT is perverse. And telling people their sexuality and sexual desires are bad and sick and wrong is a great way to control them. 

Aa
Aa

I was not trying to make a moral judgement on what is right and wrong -- but only holding Hubbard's thoughts and actions against the prevailing moral codes of that era.

We shouldn't forget that Hubbard grew up in an age that viewed homosexuality and masturbation about as "normal" and acceptable as pedophilia is considered today. In light of this, Scientology's rules regarding sexuality could be considered very mainstream.

omg
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if you can find a copy of how to choose your people by ruth minshull she credits a psychiatrist as first positing the five levels of the tone scale

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