INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: Or ""How I Joined Scientology and Became Superhuman. by Robert Kaufman

INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: Or ""How I Joined Scientology and Became Superhuman.

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At the beginning of 1967, Robert Kaufman, a musician, had no inkling that he was Raw-meat in the Wog World, a reactive mind, possibly a suppressive. Certainly he didn't know his thetan from his prenatal engrams. Never mind. In April of that year, Kaufman, after reading Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder-entrepreneur of Scientology, became a Scientologist, a member of what has been called ""a religion, a money-making scheme, a cure-all therapy, and a mind-bending cult"" and what Kaufman came to know a year later as ""a cross between a weird joke and sheer insanity."" Never mind, Kaufman joined, automatically became a preclear (pc), was audited (processed), soon erased his engrams (images of pain, the most difficult being basic-basic or BB) and accumulated gains, uncovered his MEST (Matter, Energy, Space, Time, i.e., his physical universe) with the help of his auditor and the E-Meter (a portable electrical box equipped with two tin cans held by the pc), became a Clear (no longer a reactive mind), experienced some ARC breaks (personal upsets), but eventually managed to achieve the status of OT (Operating Thetan) IV in the Sea Org (Hubbard's inner circle -- though Kaufman only met him on film and tape) before he cracked and finally committed himself to a psychiatric hospital in upstate New York ""where I joined the nerve-ridden and depressed peoples of the wog world."" Kaufman's out of the hospital now, but he still remembers and very much does mind the $8000 he lost, the promise of Total Freedom which cost him more, and the memory of Hubbard's gibberish. ""Unapproved Dictionary of Scientologese"" appended.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1972
Publisher: Olympia Press