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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2007 2:51 pm | Updated: 6:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) and based on his research and book, “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.” Humans are immortal spiritual beings, not mere flesh and blood, Scientology believes.

Founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) and based on his research and book, “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.” Humans are immortal spiritual beings, not mere flesh and blood, Scientology believes.

It also believes humankind is good, not evil, but experiences have led people to commit evil deeds, which are outside the basic nature of humans. It teaches the soul can be cleared of its negative energy through “processing” or “auditing.” During auditing, a person is instructed to look at one’s existence to improve one’s ability to confront circumstances. Auditors ask a question “until it is totally answered and the person is totally aware that he has answered it.” A person can advance to the degree in which he preserves his spiritual integrity and values and remains honest and decent. Hubbard wrote: “There is hope for man. With Scientology, he can get better, and he can get kinder and more decent and more tolerant of his fellow man and perhaps some of the basic goals of religion of the past can be attained through Scientology.”

Stresses of life can “fixate attention to the point that one’s awareness of self and environment is greatly diminished.” Scientology seeks to “wake the individual up” to become more alert, increase abilities and make one better able to handle life.

Man’s experience extends well beyond a single lifetime, and one’s capabilities are unlimited, even if they are not now realized. Scientology holds that “spiritual salvation depends upon oneself and his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.”

The church says there are about 10 million Scientologists worldwide, including 3.5 million in the United States and about 6,000 “involved in varying degrees” through the Church of Scientology of Arizona in Phoenix. Only a “core membership of a few hundred parishioners regularly attend church functions.”

International community outreach includes volunteer ministers who do community service and disaster relief; a criminal rehabilitation program called Criminon using Hubbard’s book “The Way to Happiness”; a literacy program correcting barriers to learning; and a drug rehabilitation program called Narconon.

For more information, call (602) 954-1417 or e-mail phoenix@scientology.net. The Web site is scientology-phoenix.org.

Source: Church of Scientology literature.

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