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Friday, June 18, 2010

Yearly Celebration About to Begin

As I wrote the other day, the yearly celebration of the maiden voyage of the Freewinds is about to being--a week or so from now, in fact.

It's a very intimate week, with David Miscavige briefing Scientologists who have reached the state of OT VIII (OT means Operating Thetan -- a state of being above Clear, in which the Clear has become re-familiarized with his native capabilities.)

Last year, in addition to releasing the Dianetics DVD and Dianetics seminar, Mr. Miscavige announced three new Advanced Orgs (Org stands for organization--the Scientology term for one of our churches). One is in Canada, one in Mexico City for all of Latin America and one in Africa. In the past, to travel up the levels of Scientology training and counseling someone from Africa or Canada would have to go through the hassle of getting a visa and living in a foreign country. It made it really nonviable to go for a short stay. Latin Americans had to travel to a country where Spanish is not the native language. So now this is all being remedied. These new churches will open in the next year or so and they are spectacular.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Looking Forward to the Maiden Voyage

Every year the Freewinds hosts a special week of activities in commemoration of the ship's maiden voyage in 1988, when New OT VIII was released.

Mr. David Miscavige is master of ceremonies and briefs the leading Scientologists from all over the world on the past year's accomplishments and plans for the coming year and beyond.

Last year the new Dianetics Seminar and Dianetics DVD was released, revolutionizing Dianetics and setting off a literal wildfire of Dianetics application all over the world (and in 50 languages!)

Here is a story on the most recent celebration, held in every Scientology Church and Mission, of the 60th Anniversary of Dianetics.

Scientology Churches and Missions Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health

Dianetics in New Delhi

Scientologists mark a new era for Dianetics at events in Scientology Churches and Missions around the world—tens of thousands attend.

Tens of thousands of Scientologists attended events in every Scientology Church and Mission this month. The outstanding Dianetics auditors, groups and booksellers in each zone were awarded in the celebration of the 60 years since the first publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard. The anniversary also marked the greatest expansion of Dianetics in history, with more than 4,500 Dianetics Groups around the world and record numbers of visitors to the Dianetics website from more than 20,000 cities in 214 nations. Since its first publication May 9, 1950, more than 21.8 million copies of Dianetics have been sold.

The Dianetics boom started in March 2009 when Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, announced the completion of a project to place Dianetics and 17 other hardback Scientology and Dianetics titles, published in 16 languages, in more than 97,000 librariesevery national, city and university lending library in the world. Then, to open the subject up to 90 percent of the world’s population, that same month Dianetics and eight other beginning Dianetics and Scientology books were published in paperback editions in 50 languages.

With Dianetics more accessible than ever in history, in June 2009 Mr. Miscavige released “How to Use Dianetics,” a film that revolutionized the subject. In four and one-half hours, the film covers the Dianetics book in such detail that those watching are able to immediately put Dianetics technology to use. As Mr. Miscavige announced to an international audience of Scientologists, “These films are not about Dianetics. Rather, they are films of Dianetics.”

The film is the centerpiece of the new Dianetics Seminar, offered in Scientology Churches, Missions and Dianetics groups on five continents.

Dianetics in Mali

At the seminar, with the guidance of trained Dianetics supervisors, attendees pair up to apply Dianetics to each other, using the information they have just learned. The book and film are so descriptive of Dianetics procedure, those living far from a Scientology Church or Mission can watch the film on their own, read the book and begin to use the technology at home, and many do.

The application of Dianetics technology to another is called “auditing” from the Latin word audire, “to listen.” “My last year has been a complete hell,” wrote one person who decided to attend a Dianetics seminar and receive auditing to sort this out. “I had so many things hidden inside. Now that I got everything off my chest, I feel extremely relieved.”

“I feel revitalized,” said another seminar participant. “I have much better understanding and compassion for people who are struggling with pain and loss on a daily basis and don’t even realize it.”

A significant aspect of the Dianetics seminar is that while receiving help, one learns to help another. “Wow! It was a great experience to assist someone to get through a painful event,” said an attendee. “To see the person brighten up is so amazing.”

Dianetics in Kenya
With Dianetics gaining popularity from Katmandu, Nepal, to Kiisi, Kenya, and from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Bergamo, Italy, last year a record-breaking 3.7 million hours of Dianetics auditing were delivered internationally. For more information on Dianetics or to order a copy of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, visit the Dianetics website.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Freewinds: Scientology's Religious Retreat At Sea

The fully digital bridge of the Freewinds, with its state-of-the-art Kelvin Hughes Radar system, and its panoramic windows, enabling a 360-degree view.

The Freewinds began service as a Church of Scientology religious retreat in 1988. The 440-foot motor vessel provided a distraction-free environment for parishioners to study and experience the highest level of spiritual counseling available in the Scientology religion.

After the ship's first 20 years of service, she underwent a full refit and restoration.

The refit was the largest in her history. Far more than a cosmetic upgrade, the ship was stripped from stem to stern, below the water line to the top of her stacks—all six decks. She emerged a fully redesigned, technologically advanced vessel—the ideal religious retreat for ministering religious services.

In June 2008, Mr. David Miscavige was joined by the current and former Prime Ministers of the Netherlands Antilles in the Freewinds home port of Curacao to rechristen the Freewinds on her 20th anniversary and commemorate her Maiden Voyage as a wholly refit ship.

A video about the Freewinds can be watched on the Scientology web site.

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