The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left in the comment section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) If a Scientologist agreed with most things in Scientology, but not some central principle such as the idea that thetans can’t be destroyed or whatever because it wasn’t “their truth,” would they get pushback from the Church on that or would the church/auditors let it slide?
(2) Have you ever at any time along your route of smashing Scientology felt a twinge of guilt, or remorse or caution or that you’ve gone not only astray from Scientology, but more importantly, astray from honesty and truth?
(3) A while ago you mentioned that just before you left the Sea Org, you went online and started researching. I think you said you went to Mike Rinder’s website but I’m not certain that’s the one. In any case, how did you get access to the Internet from inside the Sea Org? I thought they had software that wouldn’t allow it or something.
(4) Something I don’t understand is that according to Ron, if you do something bad you get a bad flow in return, right? That was hammered in my head from a very young age to the point that it gave me nightmares. Unless what Ron said is simply boloney, but I’ve heard that saying in other words from different people. So why is the Church of Scientology still standing when it has done so many bad things to others?
(5) I have recently become aware of the concept of “gaslighting.” From my own perspective, I have been involved in spiritual groups who have applied a lot of coercive techniques, and then re-written the narrative to cover it up when they are unsuccessful. Obviously the policy of disconnection involves “re-writing narratives” to protect the Church, but are there a lot of gaslighting techniques going on within the Church on a day-to-day basis? How does this manifest?
(6) What’s your opinion on 2017 Mark Rathbun?
Have you been watching Mark Rathbun’s recent YouTube videos on Going Clear? Do you have any thoughts on them?
(7) Just a quick, random question: Does Scientology have a policy on tattoos? Are church staff or Sea Org members allowed to have visible tattoos or piercings? Are there restrictions against certain hair colours or styles? Thanks in advance and take care.
(8) I was wondering how soon after becoming a Scientologist do people learn about the disconnection policy? I would think if it’s known right away, that most people wouldn’t want to become a member.