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[Scientology]: Losing Cruise?

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Tom and daughter Suri after break-up

Back in October some articles started showing up with regard to Tom Cruise and the possibility that he could be leaving or appending his faithful following of Scientology. At that time as Scientology’s most famous adherent, Tom Cruise, was believed to be receiving special dispensation to see his daughter, Suri, six, after ex-wife Katie Holmes withdrew herself and their daughter from the membership.

“Normally members are forbidden from contacting ex-partners who leave the 60-year-old cult. Is this special treatment intended to prevent Cruise quitting Scientology? A Cruise friend is quoted as saying:

‘He’s finally seeing that being such an advocate for Scientology hasn’t served him as well as he’d hoped – he’s gone through three divorces, and his public perception has sunk to an all-time low.’”

However another quote states…

‘Tom hasn’t admitted that he’s definitely leaving Scientology for good. But he’s distanced himself from those in the church and has been hanging out with good friends who aren’t part of the religion… Tom’s been leaning on friends who have different perspectives, getting advice on moving on from Katie as well as on everything he’s been going through with Scientology.’

Glad to hear that.

One evidence of a possibly changed Cruise came the other night on the Jimmy Fallon show where Tom abandoned pretension and Scientology superiority in favor of some great humble fun.  An epic “Water War” was staged between Cruise and Fallon and the result is hilarious.  I think people will be relieved to see Tom (at least for this brief time) freed up to get slapstick with Fallon, tossing water at each other like kids. 

Could this scene be a sign of a pulling away from Scientology?  Has Tom taken a different course after such a close affiliation with Scientology with three failed marriages corresponding to the time of his involvement?  After his rants and couch jumping this is a welcome change in any case.

It would be nice to think that Scientology would be losing Cruise.  No bets being placed here!  However the “Water War” clip is so worth watching.  It stands on its own as one funny video.  Check out the link “Fallon & Cruise Water War” and the pictures below.

Also you can check out my other Scientology posts; “Mission Imposssible” & “Tom, Cruising for Chicks Again?”

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[Scientology]: Tom, Cruising for Chicks Again?

Now that Tom Cruise is on the loose, another divorce in the books what will this Level 6 and climbing Operating Thetan do?

Maybe track down his favorite personal Sci auditor for a few spins on the E- meter to flush out any lingering or hidden engrams before he goes out cruising for chicks.

Maybe just take a break and bask in his own wonderfulness for awhile as he reflects on the failure of his runaway wife to fully embrace the awe-inspiring life of a Scientology “clear “.

Maybe arrange a few more covert Scientology auditions for a perspective partner… probably not… they didn’t work so well. Read the Vanity Fair expose for the insider Scientology revelations and the sad state of affairs that resulted.

All kidding aside… Tom is in a sad predicament.  He has gone through three wives plus a 3 year live-in stint with Penelope Cruz.

And is there any signficance that the years of birth of his 3 wives are 11 years apart: Mimi Rogers was born in 1956, Nicole Kidman in 1967 and Katie Holmes in 1978.  That would project his future fourth wife being born in 1989 or 23 years old at this time!

TOM’S CATHOLIC QUANDARY

How will Tom find his wife if she isn’t 23 years old?  Tom as a young man aspired to be a Catholic priest but after one year of seminary dropped out.  It took Mimi Rogers, Scientologist Supreme to get Tom out of Catholicism and into Scientology in 1990 (L Ron Hubbard Sci-Fi founder of the faith is said to have been radically anti-Catholic in his lifetime).  Ironically that’s the year listed for Tom’s divorce from Mimi.  She was the older woman who took young Tom (born in 1962) under her wing so to speak.

Even though he renounced his Catholic faith he keeps hooking up with women who were Catholic and are led into Scientology by Tom.  His evangelism is never complete as the spell gets broken later into the marriage after kids arrive.  He keeps hoping that the same enchantment that befell him and led him out of his Catholic chains will somehow come upon his lovely wifey victims.  Alas each a painful failure.

THEY KEEP COMING HOME TO ROME

Nicole Kidman was able to return to her Catholic roots with a beautiful church approved wedding celebration to Keith Urban in Australia.  It was a spiritual homecoming for her.

After Nicole came Penelope Cruz.  She was so close to marrying Tom and was ready to leave her Catholic roots for Scientology.  No go. Tom tripping over Catholic roots?  This Rome stuff runs pretty deep in the Cruise-meister.

Five years after revealing that she had started to study Scientology, Katie Holmes has officially returned to the Catholic faith, registering as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.  In her case coming home to Rome may be more like getting into a safe house than a homecoming!  The battle over raising Suri as a Scientologist was a key battleground in the divorce.

SCIENTOLOGY LOVES NOT FOUND

Just when Tom is renouncing Catholicism you would have thought he and Mimi had finally found some kind of Scientology Synergy but it was not to be.  They broke up in 1989 and divorced in 1990.

Somehow pure Scientology women do not either fancy him or he is not enamored with them.  Some overlooked engrams? Just ask actress and former Scientologist, Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born beauty who was allegedly chosen by Shelly Miscavige for Cruise, whom he dated for two months. (Notice that Boniadi is listed as a former Scientologist now!)  She was supposedly one of a number of women audited by Scientology as a potential mate.

So where does Tom cruise from here?  He’s 50 years old.  His Catholicism keeps haunting him and his Scientology keeps failing him.

Unless he doesn’t really care about going through so many mates he will rebound and be searching again. Cruising for chicks as it were.

Ultimately one must ask… what is it that an Operational Thetan really looks for in a relationship or marriage?  Conversion?  Control? An ex-Catholic?  A Clear?

Hmmm… Maybe it’s time for a “Come to Jesus” moment for Tom!

(if you liked this post check out my other post [Scientology]: Mission Impossible )

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Interesting “Seeking for Cruise Mates” links

http://thestir.cafemom.com/entertainment/142873/tom_cruises_scientology_auditions_for

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/04/showbiz/cruise-vanity-fair/index.html

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/09/tom-cruise-scientology-marriage-katie-holmes

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-tom-cruise-scientology-wife-audition-haggis,0,3843713.story

[Scientology]: Mission Impossible

Years ago when I was in college before Travolta and Cruise and other famous actors became identified with the Church of Scientology I had my first encounter with the group.

I was with a friend in Georgetown walking around one summer evening when an unusual fellow in jeans and a t-shirt came up to us and asked us if we were “clears”.  Taken off-guard yet curious as to what a “clear” was we engaged him in some conversation. After a little while his eyes seemed to glaze over and he started blubbering about how one could become clear of the engrams that were in your head that prevented you from living your life unencumbered… this state of being unencumbered and free from all your engrams was called being a “clear”. Which he was! (tada!) 

An engram is a painful memory or a judgement about a memory or a memory you got stuck on and couldn’t leave well enough alone.  Not all engrams are directly aware to our consciousness.  We all auto-magically develop them without knowing as we go through life.  Which is a real bummer… cause you don’t know if you have them, how many and if a number of them have ganged up to form a formidable engram wall or barricade in your life.

Now enter in the “genius” of Scientology which is the Engram Meter that is used to identify these neural speed bumps and roadblocks!

Before going further here is some helpful definitions… Engrams are a hypothetical means by which memory traces are stored as bio-physical or bio-chemical changes in the brain (and other neural tissue) in response to external stimuli.  They are also sometimes thought of as a neural network or fragment of memory, sometimes using a hologram analogy to describe its action in light of results showing that memory appears not to be localized in the brain. The existence of engrams is posited by some scientific theories to explain the persistence of memory and how memories are stored in the brain. The existence of neurologically defined engrams is not significantly disputed, though their exact mechanism and location has been a focus of persistent research for many decades.

E-meter is considered a religious artifact

Back to the Engram Meter or E-meter.  Through the use of this apparatus (which is listed as a religious artifact in Scientology literature) one can identify these neural memory traces.  And become free of these nasty pests… through a series of sessions with a trained Scientology professional (or high priest or Grand Thetan?!?  this is a religion, is it not!)… set free all for a relatively low fee!  Low is relative here for who can put a price on freedom!

So we listened to our new-found “clear” friend who encouraged us to go take a short test so we could sign up for a free session or two of “auditing” which is what using the e-meter with a professional is called!  We said we might go and he seemed quite excited.  He then told us something curious.  He said that now that he was a “clear” he was ready to explore the bright clarity of the various upper levels of being an “Operating Thetan”!  He then went on his merry way leaving us to contemplate that last unexpected concept.  “Operating Thetan?!?” All right then…

She is audit-ready!

 Hard for me to believe but we actually went to the Scientology Center (not a ‘church” building but a townhouse) near Georgetown the next day.  We were cordially welcomed by a friendly enough chap and given a multi-page set of questions that were not too taxing on the brain.  Once we finished we sat in the reception area.  Our host told us all about the Thetan part of ourselves,  the spirit or soul part of us that is to be freed up via the audit process. Being pre-clears we needed to get to clear before moving on into the “Operating Thetan” stage like our friend from yesterday. So far so good… 

After asking where this Thetan part of us came from he gave us a synopsis of the Super Thetans (extraterrestrials?).  These beings willed themselves into existence a gazillion years ago and then united their “visions” and together created the “perception” of the universe.  Gradually these Thetans got so enmeshed in the material world that they gradually forgot who they were.  They flat-out forgot they were Thetans!  My friend and I looked at each other mouthing “they forgot!” to each other.  We were getting a tad bit uncomfortable. 

And all was still quite manageable until… we started hearing shouts and stomping of feet from the upstairs of the row house. It sounded a bit painful and a bit intimidating.  Our host was totally unaffected and explained what was happening… the  e-meter had come across a particularly painful experience like a major rejection by a parent and that the auditor needed to help the person push through the pain and in turn push through the particularly nasty engram or engrams.  Like pulling out a splinter or a nail or popping a blister or boil… no pain, no gain!

At that point when our host answered the phone and turned his back to us, we eyed each other knowingly, forsook our free audit and we slipped out as quickly and as quietly as we could.

It is widely believed that the creation of Scientology was the result of a bar bet between L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein. The story says L. Ron Hubbard dared that he could create a religion all by himself. According to Scientology critic Lindsay this is “definitely not true”, no such bet was ever made, it would have been “uncharacteristic of Heinlein” to make such a bet, and “there’s no supporting evidence”. However, several of Heinlein’s autobiographical pieces, as well as biographical pieces written by his wife, claim repeatedly that the bet did indeed occur.

No psychiatrist is going to mess with me!

The whole engram painful memory part has some merit in that we all know that memories with bad meanings attached to them can be particularly debilitating and Tom Cruise himself has forcefully communicated its benefits along with the freedom from psychotropic drugs and psychiatrists which is an OK goal.  Though the price tag on auditing ain’t cheap by any means!  

However to call this a religion you must add the Thetan stuff.  Thetans are beyond extraterrestrial because the Super Ones existed before the universe existed.  They are deities or super beings in the way Zeus, Hercules and Thor are… not supreme beings but powerful “creators” of the “game” called life.  The material universe started as a projection of their consciousness and now all us amnesia-ed Thetans involuntarily participate in upholding the projected universe with our perceptions and thoughts.  

All in all this stuff seems pretty loony and beyond far-fetched to me, even with the above mentioned redeeming aspects.  And I haven’t even touched on Xenu or Xemu! I can only think of it as L Ron Hubbard’s big joke on the world!

With the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Scientology goes under the microscope again and I think it looks none too pretty.  However a deal will be cut with Katie to give her full custody in exchange for an end to any revelation of dirt on Tom and the church.  This was the apparent strategy used by founder L Ron Hubbard during one of his divorces.  I provide the link below for those interested in more about not only Katie and Tom but also about the potential crumbling of significant parts of the Scientology empire.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_katie_holmes_tom_cruise_divorce_rathbun.php

Afer leaving the townhouse I actually read my free copy of Dianetics by L Ron Hubbard.  I found it fascinating. But also filled with flights of fantasy amid some good points concerning psychological health and dealing with your past.  But they lost me for good at a step beyond “clear” heading towards the ET-like Operating Thetan… all I can say to that is…

Mr Phelps… er I mean Mr Cruise, this is one MISSION IMPOSSIBLE I will not be joining you on…  be careful, your message is self-destructing in… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Have you had a personal experience with Scientology?  How about sharing it in the comments section!  Thanks.

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