This page is here so you can give feedback on this website as a whole.
I originally got the idea to create a Rating/Review system for all things Scientology in 2009 and was going to put it in RediscoverScientology.com. Some people may remember that I announced at the time that Rediscover Scientology was not finished and something else "huge" was coming. But in 2011 after we were recognized by the German government — they even sponsored a meeting for us there — I knew we needed an online presence for Independent Scientology. And the rating/review system would be best located on the flagship website for iScientology.org. Getting the time to fit in all the work was the problem.
Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, myself and others have had several informal "summits" to discuss ideas and plans and coordinate. He briefed everyone with advance copies of his book and I briefed everyone on my latest plans for a flagship website for Independent Scientology. Marty said he was interested in announcing the new website at the end of his book which was due to be published in about a week and a half... and the race was on baby!
To complete the first phase of the website I spent the next 12 days working non-stop, around the clock (over 215 hours) writing most of the articles — 17,000 words — and handling the design, photography, and marketing — figuring out everything that should be in a site for "Independent Scientology." I mobilized a team of veteran Scientologists and friends for input, suggestions, editing and also writing including Haydn and Lucy James, Dan Koon, Russ Williams, Ronnie Bell, John Aaron Williams. Marty and Mike were both flat out on other projects but of course I have invited their input as well as projects like this are always improved by contribution.
The articles on this website are in two types — there are unsigned articles written in third person in the "About iScn" section (which are sort of from "the website" even though Haydn and I wrote them) and there are "Essays" which draw on the personal experiences of the writer. I've set it up so readers can comment on everything because I two-way communication is a Scientology fundamental.
When I first started writing as Thoughtful, I was under the radar so couldn't tell much of my personal history. You will find more of that in these articles. There are several key elements of Scientology which are missing from the Church of Scientology. One is the understanding that living people (YOU) are the only thing — besides the tech itself — that matters in Scientology. Two is the element of Help. LRH discovered the universe and everything in it are made of Help. This website was written only with those two elements in mind. I hope it helps you.
YOU are the only reason Scientology exists.
YOU are the only channel by which Help can extend out into the world.
YOU are Independent Scientology. Long may you reign!
"And so the work has emerged free of taint and misguided slants. It is itself. It does what it says it does. It contains no adroit curves to make one open to better believing some “ism.” That makes it singular today in a world gone mad with nationalism. Buddhism, when it came to the millions, was no longer free of slant and prejudice. Taoism itself became a national jingoism far from any work of Lao- Tze. Even Christianity had its “pitch.” And if these great works became curved, with all the personal force of their creators, how is it that our little triumph here can still be found in a clear state? Well, no diamonds and palaces have been accepted from rajahs, no gratuitous printing of results has been the gift of warlords, no testament had to be written 300 years after the fact. For this we can thank Johann Gutenberg, and the invention of magnetic tape. Therefore, although we have no such stature as the Great Philosophies, I charge you with this—look to source writings, not to interpretations. Look to the original work, not offshoots. If I have fought for a quarter of a century, most of it alone, to keep this work from serving to uphold the enslavers of Man, to keep it free from some destructive “pitch” or slant, then you certainly can carry that motif a little further. I’ll not always be here on guard. The stars twinkle in the Milky Way and the wind sighs for songs across the empty fields of a planet a Galaxy away. You won’t always be here. But before you go, whisper this to your sons and their sons—”The work was free. Keep it so.”"
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