Sunday, May 11, 2008

Scientology

Well, what an interesting way to spend Mother's Day.

A friend of ours came to visit from Seattle. She has been part of my life for many years now, and she happened to be in LA overnight on her way back from a Mexican Cruise. She has been studying and learning about Scientology for many years now, and decided to stay overnight at the Celebrity Center, just 4 blocks from where we live. She invited us to brunch along with her godson, Chris, and that's just what we did today.

I spent the afternoon at a Scientology Center.

It wasn't what I was expecting, and yet in many ways, it was.

First off, the architecture was beautiful. All the rooms were very welcoming and open, beautiful furnishings, and the "ora", if you will, was very positive and calm. Everyone seemed friendly and welcoming.

BUT.

And that's a big BUT.

L. Ron Hubbard is everywhere. On nearly every wall, there's some sort of explanation about his methods, about dianetics, the difference between dianetics and scientology, and how one is extremely separate from the other. We got to try out an e-meter, which consists of the tour guide asking questions to help you pinpoint sources of stress and negativity in your life. I was very protective of myself the whole time, not really wanting to open up because I honestly felt like they were trying so hard to sell this to me. And I wasn't interested. Of course, I was happy that our friend wanted to share this with us, she was so happy and excited. And I guess that's really what the afternoon was all about - being open to something that I may not understand, and spending time with someone who has been very influential in my life.

5 comments:

Matt deMille said...

Hi, Camille! Well, I would comment on scientology, but given that I have this bias against pretty much all forms of religion, I'll be mature and refrain from comment. I'm above such things . . .

NO I'M NOT!!!

Ugghh, scientology? I find it funny that a religion created by a 20th century fiction writer can be so widely embraced and recognized officially and yet the Jedi Knights, created by a 20th century fiction writer, are not. The Jedi probably have a broader following and more worthwhile beliefs, too. And ya know why they're more worthwhile? They don't need an official doctrine of religion to feel good about themselves. Plus, they're not trying to sell you something (well, the Jedi aren't, even if Lucas is . . .)

So, the next time you need guidance in life, just think about the words of Yoda, and trust me, you'll be much better off.

reeciebird said...

That is totally a Hollywood adventure! I can't think of anything more... Hollywood. Only in LA.

Camille said...

Well Matt, I just went there for brunch, so don't worry. I wasn't looking for guidance at THAT place. No way, Jose!

Reecie - I know, right? I don't know of any other place that has 3 or 4 Scientology "churches" within 2 miles of their home. Lucky us. *wink*

Mary said...

Yeah, those Scientology folks used to annoy the hell out of me when i worked at B&N. Calling and checking that we had Hubbard's books on shelves, etc. Kinda cool that you got to try e-meter, though.

gargy said...

I truly hope you did not give them your real name, address or phone number. They are relentless at pounding on potential converts. No kidding. I recently met a woman who had attended one lecture 30 years ago and she still gets mail and phone calls. Be afraid, be very afraid. And watch out for making negative comments to your friend -- she will not be able to remain friends with you if you dis her 'religion.' I'm just sayin'.