Being Self-centric & Scientology

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Reference:  Theism, Atheism and Non-theism

 

In the essay referenced above we identified Theism being self-centric while non-Theism being reality-centric. The present essay takes a closer look at the meanings of self-centric and reality-centric.

In Scientology, INTERIORIZATION refers to a condition that has to do with “going into and becoming part of the body too fixedly.” EXTERIORIZATION is defined as a state where the individual experiences being outside his body. When this is done, the person achieves a certainty that he is himself and not his body. Such “out-of-body” experiences are common outside of Scientology but they are random and uncontrolled. Scientology offers processing that can bring about “out-of-body” experience.

Technically, the “out-of-body” experience occurs when the attention, which has been stuck on the body, suddenly becomes unstuck. Once the attention is unstuck it remains unstuck. The euphoria of being “outside the body” settles down after a while to freer attention with normal perceptions.

Any freeing of attention is therapeutic.  One is no longer going through life believing that one is just a body. But Scientology now makes one believe that one is a thetan (an immortal self) that can operate from outside the body permanently.

There is no such thing as a “thetan” that literally moves out of the body and stays outside permanently.  But a person who believes in a God (with self) can easily be convinced that he could be this thetan. This gives the person the goal of operating as a spiritual self without the encumbrance of a physical body.

But the person’s attention now gets stuck on becoming an operating thetan. He moves from being “body-centric” to being “self-centric.”

Scientology promotes this because there is good money in it for Scientology.

Thus, we may define INTERIORIZATION also as: Going into and becoming part of the self too fixedly.

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In physics, the concept of “center of mass” is used to simplify various important calculations in mechanics. The center of mass is the weighted average location of all the mass in a body. The entire mass of a body is treated as if it is concentrated at the center of mass.

The self may then be seen as a “center of feeling” much like the “center of mass.” The center of feeling would be the weighted average location of all physical and mental energies or forces related to a person. The entire feeling of a person is treated as if it is concentrated at the center of feeling or “I”.

When the attention stuck on self suddenly becomes unstuck, there is a wonderful “out-of-self” experience. We may call it exteriorization from self. When this happens, one achieves the certainty that one is much more than some boxed in ideas and thinking patterns. One can be as large as the reality one is witnessing. This is very likely a movement toward the state of Nirvana that Buddha was talking about.

This would be a condition that may be referred to as reality-centric. One is no longer fixated on the survival of a little self. One feels freer than ever before. One now feels compassion for all life and the whole universe because one is now identifying with it.

Nobody is trying to get rid of the “I” here. It is just a shift of focus. One is interiorized in a body because one is so focused on the body. Similarly, one can be interiorized in a self because one is so focused on it.

A reality-centric view simply exteriorizes one from the self. The self does not cease to exist as a result, just like body does not cease to exist when one exteriorizes from the body.

There is a road that takes one beyond being reality-centric. But that would be the subject of another essay.

NOTE: Self is a subset of reality. Self is not the source of reality as one is made to believe in Scientology.

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  • vinaire  On May 31, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Scientology interiorizes people into self. Scientology is self-centric.

    • Chris Thompson  On May 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      We have two friends like that who are fixated on self. Their filters have condensed so close to their faces that they might as well be cataracts.

      • vinaire  On May 31, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        LOL!. Running after OT abilities is just that as the OP indicates.

        What could be a simple process to exteriorize one from self?

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        • Chris Thompson  On May 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

          Mindful meditation.

        • vinaire  On May 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

          I thought the orginal OT 1 was going in that direction.

          https://vinaire.me/2013/02/14/my-thoughts-on-ot-levels/

        • Chris Thompson  On May 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

          I did actually do this original OT1 a couple years ago and I would describe the “state” as something I’ve experienced my whole life. Even as a child – it was a fine exercise but no challenge to perform and nothing new. If I did not already feel that way, it would be a good and extroverting exercise or even as an ongoing exercise to stretch the mind the way one stretches before strenuous physical activity.

          As I grew up, I have lived a physically vigorous life (until lately!) and when another OT suggested (demanded) that I do hyperventilating according to Osho Chakra, I did do it and found it to be very familiar ground for my body and very familiar mental state, no challenge and nothing new. Objective processes that I did as part of my Bridge were similar. I did them with a good and winning attitude, but there was nothing there for me.

          When we specifically examine subject materials as we do in mindfulness and mindful subject clearing, I get stronger stimulation and exploit more inconsistencies similar to Method 1 word clearing. I had tremendously good time doing Method 1 word clearing. In hindsight, this seems more reality based.

        • vinaire  On May 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

          I had a very good time on M1 too. Some of it was simply mind blowing. Something like M1, Subject Clearing, Mindful contemplation are non-evaluative activities. They are very basic and go a long way.

          But more specific processes like OT 1 and Osho Chakra are hit and miss type evaluative practices. They are not derived from some scientific theory. There is no way of evaluating if one needs it or not. You, obviously, didn’t need these processes because you were already past the point addressed by them.

          Ultimately, a person is the best judge of what he or she needs. Cookie cutter processes, like those in Scientology, work only on a hit or miss basis.

          All my big gains came from very general processes like TR0, M1, first 40 hours of Dianetics, and study tech.

          I really want to investigate the theories behind various Scientology processes and see if they can be converted to processes that a person can do oneself using mindfulness approach. One does not have to sit with such a process for more than 10 minutes to figure out if it is appropriate for one or not.

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