As a Scientologist, I did my share of Doubt Formulas. Some successful – that is, they seemed to resolve the situation – some not so much. Particularly when they involved any doubt about the current Church management – its activities and methods.
I started feeling that there was something wrong with my Formulas, something missing. The application, when dealing with my doubts about the current Church, seemed somewhat rote and superficial to me. The outcome, that I would of course rejoin the group of “dedicated Scientologists” seemed to be a foregone conclusion, maybe too glib. After all, I wasn’t really in doubt about the subject, but about the way my Church was being run.
It’s an important distinction. One can have doubts about current Church management and not be in doubt about Scientology. And it’s not a crime to have doubts – it’s the normal functioning of a healthy mind.
The current Church management, led by David Miscavige, would like you to believe that doubts about their competence and the wisdom of their actions are tantamount to doubts about Scientology itself. But they are not.
We have for many years trusted that Church of Scientology management was competent, in-ethics and on-Source. But now evidence is mounting that this is not, in fact, the case.
So I decided at one point that I really wanted to apply the formula thoroughly, “for blood” as they say. And I did. And I found a major bug in the complete application of the formula as it relates to one’s doubts about the Church or its management – lack of information. The Church management’s real “intentions and activities” are shrouded in secrecy and obscured by PR releases. The actual statistics of current Church management are confidential and never released. – and also obfuscated by glossy PR.
So let’s look at the first two steps of the Doubt Formula, as they apply to the current Church of Scientology, what I refer to as David Miscavige’s Brave New World of Scientology. Because that is “a group” which Scientologists are increasingly having doubts about belonging to.
1. Inform oneself honestly of the actual intentions and activities of that group, project or organization, brushing aside all bias and rumor.
2. Examine the statistics of the individual, group, project or organization.
What can we know about these things?
There is also a link to one OT VIII’s Doubt Formula here.