Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Of Belief - The HBO Special [Blu-ray]
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Of Belief - The HBO Special Winner of three 2015 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. The highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Of Belief" is a look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees. Following the Peabody Award-winning documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa," his investigation into the Catholic Church, Gibney dives fully into one of the most controversial and secretive religions in the world in "Going Clear," exploring what members of Scientology are willing to do in the name of religion. With exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and John Travolta, the film touches on a wide range of aspects of the church from its origin, to an intimate portrait of the Church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, to its recruiting practices, to present day practices by church officials.
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It shows pictures and interviews of Hubbard, and discusses his life while in the service, and his life after and his two marriages, so that you an get a feel for the sort of man that he was.
It discusses its basic beliefs, various terminologies used with their interpretations, and the reason behind audits and using the e-meter.
It is seriously documented by numerous interviews given by past Scientology members and actors who had been in Scientology for 20-30 years, So you really have to listen to what they have to say about their experiences and why they chose to leave it. Because many of these people were in top leadership positions at the very beginning of Scientology and stayed there so long.
The people discuss the Bridge to Freedom, where through numerous audits on the e-meter you climb to what they term as "Clear", which costs thousands of dollars to get to the very top. There are various levels that you climb to and each one costs money.
Some people reported that it took 20 years or so before they were finally given copied hand written notes by L. Ron Hubbard discussing the true basis of the Scientology belief system. It is like a science fiction movie. I will not tell it here for those who have never saw the DVD
It discusses Tom Cruise and John Travolta and their involvement in Scientology, which will give you another view to consider.
It discusses the maneuvers that were used to get an IRA tax-exemption as being a church so that Scientology does not have to pay taxes.
Through copies that were obtained of Scientology tax forms, which is shown to the viewer on the DVD, you see the vast amount of wealth that the church has accrued due to this tax exemption. Churches are supposed to be non-profit.
I encourage you to buy this DVD so that you can be well informed about Scientology and make your own decision as to what you think.
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.
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