I became more curious about the actual philosophy of Scientology after reading Leah Remini's new book, Troublemaker. This documentary is comprehensive in its research and does a great job of interviewing ex-high officials within the church. Their first-hand testimony to the inner workings of the church is truly shocking, yet we clearly see that each individual had their breaking point; a boundary which even they will not cross. For some it is their children, for others it is the constant abuse that was the final straw on the camel's back. Whatever each individual's reason for leaving, it is clear that the thought was always in their mind and they just needed a powerful enough reason to finally break free.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect to Scientology which I was previously unaware of, was how L Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige structured the business. Each individual must pay a fee for courses to enlighten them on the study and philosophy of Scientology. They must also perform 'audits' which is another form of psychoanalysis where the individual is asked to find the seed catalyst for the thought, emotion, behavior, action that is labelled as negative or unethical. With each stage there is a 'end phenomena' which is the expectation of the individual to perform in a certain expected way after clearing themselves of the previous hindrance. If you ever wondered why Tom Cruise acts the way he does in interviews (oddly robotic, nonaffective and pompous) you'll now understand why. He truly believes that he has reached the upper echelons of what is defined by Scientology as a 'free being' or 'OT' and thus he must outwardly act as if he is the living embodiment of this. He is afterall, a good actor.
Scientologists are told to think freely and question everything, yet once they are inside the church and thousands have been paid in courses/sessions, they are now beholden to the belief that Scientology must work.They are told not to question what L Ron Hubbard wrote as they take his text literally. They are told not to go on the internet or expose themselves to any criticism of the church less they be considered a SP or suppressive person. This is the perfect psychological trap and was consciously created by the controllers to keep their subjects in line and oblivious to ultimate reality.
Most Scientologists believe that they are the chosen few to be called to save the world. They consider most people asleep and like cattle; blindly following authority without questioning. Though I don't disagree with this, the fact is that most Scientologist' are romanced into this religion based on ego needs and the strong desire to be part of a group or tribe mentality. The need to identify with others that have labelled themselves as the Messiah's to save the Earth convinces them to sign a billion year contract based on the premise of reincarnation.
The truth is that Scientology preys on the weak minded. As all humans are weak at various points in time, we are all somewhat at risk in believing at least some of the tenets of the philosophy. However, what most individuals don't understand is that to become Enlightened or to be free from our mental mind chatter/ego, we must go this route alone. If you focus on daily transgressions and try to clear them away by shining light on them, it will be a never-ending and futile process. It was Albert Einstein that said, 'You cannot solve a problem at the level in which it was created.' The entire point to going beyond the 'mind' is to realize your attachment to it. The belief that you are bad is an attachment. The belief that you are special and are meant to save the planet is an attachment. The belief that the world is wrong and something needs to be done about it, is although a lofty thought, still an attachment. All beliefs are attachments.
If one truly wants to be free then paying money to an institution for another fellow human being to question you through your transgressions is not the answer. To truly be free is to be autonomous without co-dependence on an institution, individual, or belief system.