OBITUARY

What follows is my entry in a local Short Story Contest.

It all started when I began reading the obituary page in our daily newspaper.
A sort of gallows humor emerged as I looked at the pictures and read about the dearly departed’s life and times. I noticed, with my eight decades of living, that I was about the same age as many who passed off the mortal coil.

In reading many of the “obits,” I concluded that if I wanted a good obit I’d best write it in advance of my passing. Some of the statements I noted in reading obits started with “died peacefully;” “passed on surrounded by loving family;” “died after a long illness;” “left unexpectedly;” “died after a brief illness,” “passed on peacefully,” etc. Personally, I don’t think I’d be dying peacefully if I were surrounded by family . And preferably not peacefully in any case: to quote Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light” – that’s more my style.

Also, the pictures which accompanied some of the obits sometimes showed the deceased at about age 20: surely not accurate for their look by the time of their death. And the photos showing them having aged: at best, these show the remorselessness of time..

To get to the point, I became certain that it was a big mistake to leave the writing of one’s obit to family.

Over the years I had formed opinions about just what happens after body death, such as going to heaven (or somewhere else 🙂 ); reincarnating; returning to a vast pool of spiritual nothingness from which individual souls or spirits emerge . . . By the time I passed 8 decades, I was pleasantly uncertain as to what, if anything, came after dying. I philosophically settled for the idea that there would be either something or nothing. If there was to be something, I’d find out when the time came.

I had been having a lot of fun and many laughs writing my obituary. When I finished I had a glorious obituary, and one that even gave me the feeling that I’ll be missed.

Perhaps I erred in sending copies of my obit to a few of my old cronies, thinking they’d get quite a kick out of it. Imagine my surprise a few days later, finding my obit featured in our daily newspaper!
I was so taken by the outpourings of friends and relatives arriving on the answering machine and by e-mail that I said to myself, and I quote, “What the hell – I’ll just go ahead and make it true.”

That night, using a method of dying I learned about in the South Seas, where one lies down and wills one’s body to die, I lay down to pursue this method, and after awhile fell into a dreamless sleep.
Unfortunately, to my dismay, I awoke the next morning in excellent health and spirits.

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A favorite recollection

Of all the nifty things that might be said about Dianetics
I’d put its ability to reduce the seriousness of a persons life
as one of the most important steps toward sanity.

I can well recall how serious my life and the world in general seemed to me
in 1952 before receiving my first Dianetic auditing.

In no time it all I started laughing. Laughing and laughing and laughing. !
Wow was it great, and the relief from seriousness was just plain grand.

The realisation on just how serious its possible for an individual and humanity
in general , to make Life serious, verges on the extra ordinary.

All the, ” now I’m suppose to be serious ” that have accumulated here on Earth
have got the current and past state of affairs so solid, they make steel
look soft.

Well, Dainetic auditing makes it possible to see how things get made serious.
Both the experiences and conclusions reached– that make the package
solid.(serious )

Ron back in the very early 1950s was well aware of how to get the seriousness
off a case and how to use Dianetics to do it.

When a person becomes able to laugh at them selves,( their ego so to speak )
, to be able to laugh at Life itself, and especially to be able to laugh at the
efforts and lengths folks and their religions and governments go to- to
make things serious– well now you’ve got someone who is well on their
way to recovering their health, their sanity, and their self determinism.

Making things serious boils down to a big old method of …….controlling folks !
Creating false importances/ seriousness— is the stuff of the madmen
,the megla-maniacs, who seek to dominate their fellows.

Its most laughable that Ron Hubbard, or someone using his name, ended up
making himself and his church and its people and what they are doing, into a ” deadly serious activity. “

I must end this recollection by laughing at the Phil .who on occasion,
emerges briefly– to behave as though something really is serious.

Wishing all who read the above, many moments of laughing– laughing
away any and all accumulations of the serious
:-0 )
mit love also
Phil

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Answering the Questions that Russians Ask about Scientology

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Religion, its traditional definition

As I sit here, thumbing thru my ancient copy of Webster’s , New World Dictionary,
gazing at its microscopic print, with the help of magnifying eye-glassses, I note
that once upon a time there was a defintion of religion that was quite meaningful.

Now days, at least in the USA it is possible to call just about anything a religion
and get away with it —and enjoy, under the first amendment to the US’s constitution )
frecdom challenges by the government. The main weapon of the government is
the ability to grant or deny tax exempt status.

My dictionary definitions of religion as taken from the Greek and later Latin languages:
Legio from the Latin means reverence for the Gods.
Came to mean ..” A belief in a divine or super human power or powers, to be obeyed
and worshipped as the creator (s) and ruler (s) of the Universe.

Many of what are called the ” major religions ” follow in that track and are based
in belief, and worship ( a reverence or devoiotion for a god /deity )..

When Hubbard invented a religion and founded a church, please note that
it had no God, and no services of reverence or devotion to a Deity.
and little or no resemblamce to any other religion.

Hubbards Church came into being to solve two problems.
First to make it legal for Scientology Ministers to practice Dianetics and Scientlogy
wirhout running afoul of laws that prohibit non-professional therapists
and counsellors from practicing , with out being licensed by a state to do.

Second was to gain Tax exempt status, making it easier to get customers
as well as get away with using the church for personal financial enurement.( enrichment )
( meaning miss-use of monies collected by donation )

That is the story , from its beginnings in 1954 to the present 2013– resulting
in something called the Church of the Last Chance .

In 1965 Ron declared that Scientology is person kinds first chance in trillions of
years for total freedom —and our Last Chance —- if we don’t take advantage
of his religion—which happens to be (you’ve guessed what’s coming) the one and only
way to guarantee something called your eternity.

The idea that there may be something called a soul or spirit does not connotate
or suggest a religion— nor does the notion of re-incarnation .

Hubbard thu out his earlier books and lectures took to task religions , in,general,
as simply a way to entrap people into believing ideas that kept them in very low
tones as they struggled to please a god or gods so as to ensure they would not
end up in some sort of hell. Religions that preached the idea of sin with a long
list of sins that might endanger the hope of a happy future after death.

If you are interested in what Scientology really is, please read the following.
The axioms of Scientology
The Factors
The logics and the pre -logics
Nowhere in the basics of the subject will you find anything having to do with religion.

signed
Phil

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Start Laughing!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Scientology Is NOT a Religion!

Play 3 parts in one go:

1) Scientology Is NOT a Religion!

2) The Laws of Returning and Present Time

3) Scientology Is NOT a Faith and Belief System

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The Protestant Church of Scientology

Playing all parts in one:

Big Vision at the Beginning

What We Have in Common

Fool as a Symbol of Wisdom

To React or To Use a Power of Choice?

The Protestant Church of Scientology

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THE CREED OF THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

I am posting the original Creed of the Church,
as the basic policy letter of Ron and his church.
Remember that the Policy is made to support Purpose !
Purpose in this case is to bring the benefits of Dianetics and Scientology
to our public, namely, the people, all the people of Earth , who freely wish,
in a way not forced on them, or in response to false promises , to enjoy
such benefits, without further obligation to any person or organization !

Also , not to entrap, or further enslave them, but help them to greater freedoms.
including all the freedoms mentioned in the creed of the Church of Scientology,
and any not mentioned in the Creed.

Love & all best wishes,
Phil

The Creed of the Church of Scientology was written by L. Ron Hubbard shortly after the Church was formed in Los Angeles on February 18, 1954.
After Mr. Hubbard issued this creed from his office in Phoenix, Arizona, the Church of Scientology adopted it as its creed because it succinctly states what Scientologists believe.

 

 

THE CREED OF
THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

WE OF THE CHURCH BELIEVE

That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives.
That all men have inalienable rights to their sanity.
That all men have inalienable rights to their own defense.
That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments.
That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.
That all men have inalienable rights to the creation of their own kind.
That the souls of men have the rights of men.
That the study of the Mind and the healing of mentally caused ills should not be alienated from religion or condoned in nonreligious fields.
And that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly.

 

AND WE OF THE CHURCH BELIEVE

That Man is basically good.
That he is seeking to Survive.
That his survival depends upon himself and upon his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the Universe.

 

AND WE OF THE CHURCH BELIEVE
THAT THE LAWS OF GOD FORBID MAN

To destroy his own kind.
To destroy the sanity of another.
To destroy or enslave another’s soul.
To destroy or reduce the survival of one’s companions or one’s group.

 

AND WE OF THE CHURCH BELIEVE

That the spirit can be saved.
And that the spirit alone may save or heal the body.

 

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What Is Wrong With Religions?

Part 1: Phil talks about Dianetics – what it does for people and particularly what it did to Phil himself.

Part 2: Phil shares his views on a famous Policy Letter “Keeping Scientology Working”.

Part 3: What is wrong with religions? – Phil raises the question in this last part of the video.

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My Days Are Numbered…

‘My days are numbered…’ – said Phil in his last video, that was not ordinary. Could be because we met just after Phil got home from playing tennis with a twice younger body pro, could be not, but that day Phil had chosen not to be as diplomatic and polite as he usually was. He got really angry and you will know why if you watch the whole video through to the end… I highly recommend. (TB)

Before starting – a few words about Lawrence Wright’s book “Going Clear”

1/4 Habbard #1 and his invention

2/4 How to Approach a Case

3/4 Time and Change

4/4 A Message to David Miscavige

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