“Scientology always has been a game of power and control. L. Ron Hubbard was the ultimate con man, and it's hard to figure out how much of Scientology was an experiment in brainwashing and controlling people, and how much of it was truly intended to help people.” ― Jenna Miscavige Hill, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
I never thought I would live to see the day when I could actually relate from personal experience to Jenna's words. Jenna is a young woman who grew up in Scientology and went on to escape from the "church" at the age of 21. You can find more about her by going here: Jenna Miscavige.
As a warrior, I thought I was immune to joining cults or following cults. Surely I would have recognized a cult leader when I saw one. Boy was I naive. Turns out, cult leaders don't come with big stamps on their forehead that say "CULT LEADER - AVOID". I was taken in for 12 years! Wow. 12 years? Yes. 12 years.
Having personally experienced being in a cult and successfully extracting myself from one, I wanted to expose and reveal how things really were in the cult. Next week in part 2, I will talk more about how I personally came to know the truth and removed myself from the cult.
While I was inside the cult, many tactics were used to keep me there. These tactics were so successful, I stayed for 12 years as I already mentioned. What were some of these tactics? Let's explore and reveal them now:
I could go on for pages more but this is sufficient for now. Why am I sharing this with you? Because myself and others who were and still are in this cult have been hurt. Some have made tremendous personal sacrifice of time, money and even dignity to join, remain and endear themselves to the cult leader. I am sharing this with you to implore you not to be naïve as I was. Here are two major points I want you to take away from this:
I’ll leave you with this analogy: You cannot speak of the ocean to a well-frog. The frog can only imagine the well because it is all he knows. He has never seen the ocean or even a lake or pond. Ironically, the cult leader I just left would tell us that EVERYONE WHO WASN’T IN OUR CULT was like the well-frog when the truth is the exact opposite.
If you only follow one man, one “source”, one “lineage” or one “system” you have made yourself a well-frog. You have cut yourself off from the rest of the world – you can no longer gain wisdom, knowledge, virtue, morals, or life experience from anywhere else because the cult leader has gotten you to voluntarily cut yourself off from everything and everyone else (forced compliance).
Since leaving the cult, I am now free. Free to explore the vast ocean with no cult leader telling me where to look, how to look, or why to look. I have true freedom of association & can correctly prioritize my faith, my family, my business and my personal growth again. It is amazing and if you are someone who can relate to everything I just said, I invite you to join me in experiencing freedom. Because the truth is this:
If you leave the cult, you don’t sever yourself from the “source” and “all legitimacy” and you won’t be alone. There is a vast community of people who have “left the plantation” and who are ready to reunite with you once you take the red pill. But remember, Morpheus only offered the red pill to Neo; he didn’t force it down his throat. I will be as Morpheus, I am offering you the red pill or the blue pill. The red pill gives you the truth and freedom the blue bill keeps you a slave to the cult. You decide.
This is Part 1 of the Cult blogs. Next week I shall discuss how I red-pilled myself and how I actually left the cult.
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