I've been a member of the Church since 1982. I am an auditor and have been since 1988. My training includes Hubbard Professional TRs Course, Hubbard Professional Upper Indoc TRs Course, Hubbard Professional Metering Course, Scientology Levels O-IV, Hubbard New Era Dianetics Auditor Course, Hubbard Class V Graduate Auditor Course, Saint Hill Special Briefing Course Part A, The Hubbard Ethics Specialist Course, and the PTS/SP Detection, Routing and Handling Course. I am very well trained and have "been around the block."
I am a martial arts expert having been in the martial arts for thirty-seven years. My credentials include having been rated in the Top Ten fighters in the US from the years 1977 to 1980. I won two Gold Medals at the Karate competition in the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games. I won the 50-54 age bracket in the 4th Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association 2002 World Championships. I have had a martial arts school since 1985 in Gresham, Oregon. I am a 6th Degree Black Belt under the late Grand Master Remy A. Presas in Modern Arnis (Filipino martial art), a 7th Degree Black Belt in Karate, and an 8th Degree Black Belt in MA 80.
I have just completed my Golden Age of Tech Class IV Auditor Internship. My biggest win from that was the fact that all my PCs are winning from simple and direct application of the tech. I have also trained on the PTS/SP Course and can tell the first and slightest hint of opposition or counter-effort to any of my goals, and I have the ability to handle that opposition. I am also a New OT V, and my biggest win from that was an incredible recovery of self. Those foibles I thought were part and parcel of me were actually case!
I first found out about Scientology from people who felt the Church had gone astray from its original purpose. "We feel that the church isn't following Ron's wishes," they told me. I was something of a lone wolf at that time, so I swallowed that message hook, line, and sinker.
For the next six years I experienced their version of "Scientology" ― I received "auditing" and did "solo auditing" up through "OT IV." Yes, I was a practicing squirrel. I started out on the side of the tracks that some say is the right side. What did I get out of it? A lot of false data, mis-auditing, and in general, six years of false promise of a freer spiritual state of being.
After I split up with the woman who got me "in" in the first place, I thought, "What the hell, I'll get trained up so I can understand what they are talking about." My first inkling that they were off-track was when I encountered an HCO Bulletin having to do with the misunderstood word and how to look it up. Whoa! Wait a minute! Didn't my girlfriend ask me the definition of this and the definition of that all the time? Wasn't she the one who was expounding that the auditing technology was great and the administrative technology was no? Something here was telling me that my girlfriend did not know what she was talking about!
After that I began to take a look for myself and actually find out what was really going on and what really worked. I began to find out how far down the wrong path I had been going. As a martial artist I am concerned with what really works in a self-defense situation. This is how I look at things. I have been trained to really look and really know when something works and when it doesn't.
Now, I can go into all sorts of stories about how squirreling is a nowhere road, but the point I can make from experience is this: I've been there, and I've done that. And I'm here to say that when someone tells you that the management of the Church of Scientology is not following Ron's intention, or is misleading parishioners, or stories of this kind, you are being fed a load of BS.
This is the voice of experience of someone who began on that road and now is on one that really delivers what it promises.
I will be adding articles to this site as I develop them, and you can link to them at the right. My first article addresses the subject of Bill Robertson, whose interpretation of Scientology is presented as having the same importance as the writings of L. Ron Hubbard. Bill Robertson called himself "Captain," but I don't. He had the title of Captain for only a short time, and before leaving the Church had been demoted to Swamper. So I call him Swamper Bill Robertson.