Thursday, August 30, 2007

Jam-packed Calendar!

Sorry I missed a few days; I was out of town.
The excitement of the Basics is still coursing throughout the Scientology world as more and more people get started onto Basics courses and more and more are completing them.
I did an attest on one last night who was not, previously, one of the fastest students around and he completed ahead of almost all of the pack! So these courses are obviously not difficult to do!
I am over half way through Science of Survival myself (just reading in my spare time) and finding that use of the data in spotting people's tone levels is almost automatic. I had some great success this past week using it in handling a potentially expensive situation for someone, by simply correctly spotting the tone levels of the individuals involved and then handling their communications from that standpoint. All turned out well and optimum across everyone's dynamics.
Other news: 9 Kansas City Org public just left for the Freewinds for a new convention and briefing about the Ideal Org and what the next step is in getting the renovations done and the new building opened. We'll hear more in a couple weeks when they return.
This coming weekend is the Santa-Cali-Gon in Independence. This is the big celebration of the convergence of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails heading west years ago, always celebrated over Labor Day weekend. We'll have the VM tent up and anyone wanting to spend some time at the tent helping out should contact Al Adriance at the org, (816)753-6590.
Then, next weekend, there is a big fair in Olathe and the VM tent will be set up there as well, and I'm sure Al is looking forward to volunteers for that venue, too.
Then, the weekend after that, on Saturday the 15th of September, we are celebrating Auditor's Day. The event will be at the new building and you will get to hear the stories of some of the top producing auditors locally as well as across the globe. Our Freewinds contingent should be back by then so I'm sure we will be getting a bit of an update from them as well.
So mark your calendars and start making plans to attend!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Night Graduation

Great graduation tonight.
We had a total of 24 graduates from just the past week! Many of them were Basics graduates and they are starting to pop off with regularity.
The Basics courses are easy for people to fly through.
You'd better get on board while there are still seats available, eh?!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Graduation and the Basics

Graduations are starting to expand due to the flow of completions coming off of the additional services of the Basics. The number of people graduating from Basics courses has been increasing each week in addition to the graduates of all the previous services. Graduation is becoming an event in itself and if you haven't been to a graduation recently, you should check it out.
On another note, in my continuing journey through Science of Survival, I have been somewhat surprised to see how much common Scientology technology has its roots in this book. Key data that I recall from numerous other sources and bulletins were actually first presented in Science of Survival! I'm finding a considerable wealth of data that I know I didn't have fully duplicated from reading this book two previous times, making this time through the best ever!
Have you started on your basics yet?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Science of Survival

I first read Science of Survival in 1978. I thought I did pretty well with it, but looking back, when I studied it again in 1993-94, it was with some concern because, at the time, I recalled it being somewhat difficult.
The new edition of Science of Survival is nothing like that! As I read it now, I'm finding it quite easy to understand. I can definitely see that one should read Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health first, as much of Science of Survival depends on a prior understanding of that book. But with that in mind, SOS is a simple next step and not a difficult read at all.
It is well laid out and I'm finding the prose just pulls me along. I'm finding I am duplicating it much more conceptually than before and I'm finding considerable usefulness in the data even outside of auditing.
If you haven't started the Basics, here's my pitch for you to do so. You will find the books easier to read than ever before and the data will change your life. And understanding these books will give you an understanding of life.
Read on!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bridge presents the Basics

There's a great website presented by Bridge Publications that has a lot of great data about the Basics and shows what each book and lecture series is about.
Take a visit to this site and you'll see. It's great!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Basics and Buca

The number of people starting onto the Basics continues to climb and we have right now about 146 people signed up for Basics Book and Lecture Courses, Book Courses and Extension Courses! The response has been incredible to say the least!
The wins have also been quite rave as people are finding the new books easier to read and, even where they have read a particular book before, finding they get more out of it. Daily, even hourly, wins and cognitions!
And the staff who have been working long and hard to provide the Basics to public, got a reward tonight with dinner at famed Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo, favored by staff as a great place to eat and party. I can't even tell you what all the things we ate were called but there was lots of cheese, pasta, red sauce, sausage, pizza, ravioli, meatballs, bread and...the desserts were heavenly with chocolate cake, cheese cake, key lime tart and tiramisu. I had to eat some of everything and I must say, at this point I feel duly rewarded for working hard! And I'm stuffed!
Up and coming for August and September, we have Auditor's Day, a special OT Committee presentation and great Friday night graduations. So stay tuned for specifics and mark your calendars!
Minimally, I'll see you next Friday for another graduation!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Moving Ahead

Tonight after Staff Meeting, we spent about an hour "dekludging"--cleaning out old junk that we really didn't need lying around. This was two-fold in purpose. First of all, we have some potential buyers for the old building who will be looking around and we want the place to look good. Secondly, why have that much stuff to have to move when we get into the new Ideal Org?!
Anyway, we all had a blast cleaning, throwing out unnecessary items and, in general, sprucing the place up. Add in some good ol' Rock and Roll and everyone was pretty uptone and had a great time.
So I'm home late enough I won't stay up reading more in Science of Survival tonight, but I did squeeze in some reading earlier and I am completely in agreement with the recommendation that one read Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health before reading Science of Survival. SOS actually kind of assumes you've read Dianetics and, though it gives a recap at the beginning, it's really jumping off where Dianetics left off and those unfamiliar with the first book will have a bit of a hard time. So read Dianetics first, then read Science of Survival.
Tomorrow is graduation and we have our first graduates of the Basics Book and Lectures courses coming off the line. Two of the graduates are OT VIII and one is OT VI so I'm sure what they will have to say will be enlightening, to say the least. Graduation is at 5:30 in the Chapel so if you're around and want a theta half hour, stop by.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dianetics!

This post is special for two reasons.
First, this is my 100th post. When I first started blogging, I looked at other blogs and saw people with hundreds of posts and then looked at my meager one or two and saw it as spitting into the wind. But now that I have 100, the wind has died down some and I feel I am gaining a presence in the "blogosphere" (though, few, if any, read it). But it is an accomplishment, nevertheless.
Secondly, I have completed reading the new Basics edition of Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health and I have to talk about it. While I remembered it well from reading it previously, there were parts that definitely had more impact on me this time. I found many of the passages quite as applicable today in this world of terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, psychiatric drugging of our citizens, school shootings and war ravaged countries, as it was in the cold-war era of the 1950s. And more than ever, I could see Dianetics as the one solution to all of that and more. When you boil it down to the solution to the single source of human aberration, Dianetics is the most important book in the history of the human race.
I could go on for pages/hours but that is the nutshell version.
And rather than go on about that, I have already started Science of Survival and am already completely blown away by the foreword and introduction! Sorry to go, but I have some reading to do!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Basics Blowout

The Basics are still creating quite an uproar around the world. All over, people are signing up for Basics courses. We've had our first completions on each type of course: extension course, books course and book and lectures course.
This Friday graduation should be a big one because two of the completions are OT 8s and the wins are simply out of this world!
The staff have are all starting with Problems of Work and we plan on being the first org with all the staff through with that book. Nearly everyone has read it now and by tomorrow, we'll be done!
Be sure to attend Friday's graduation so you don't miss out on the latest news. Graduation starts at 5:30.
In addition, if you haven't started your own Basics study yet, get into the org, watch the second Maiden Voyage anniversary event and then get started. You'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

OT Summit in Omaha

The historical 2nd Maiden Voyage OT Summit event is being presented in Omaha on Sunday, August 12th at 2:00 pm. It will be shown at the Holiday Inn Central, Salon A. The address is 3121 South 72nd Street in Omaha, Nebraska. The phone number of the hotel is (402)517-3080.
Anyone interested in seeing the event should call the org at (816)753-6590 to confirm your attendance so that we can ensure we have enough materials to give to attendees, though if you simply show up, you will not be turned away. The event is too good to miss!
On the home front, more public are signing up for Basics courses and the Academy has been rocking. At times we have as many as 5 Professional Course Supervisors on the floor to ensure everyone is serviced without delay!
You may recall at an earlier event when the Chairman of the Board showed the Kansas City Ideal Org to the world that we were responsible for a radius of 510 miles. This area covers tens of millions of people and to be able to service all of them, we are building up the Extension Course delivery. We are working to get 1000 public on extension courses in the coming weeks!
If you live in a remote area from the org, do the Basics via Extension Course! Our Extension Course Director is Melvin Rogers and he is fully trained to service you! He has studied all the Basics 3 times through and knows them well enough to get even the most unindoctrinated student through them successfully!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Basics a Hit


Since the release of the Basics just 3 weeks ago, over 100 people have started a Basics service! The response has been phenomenal!
The completions have started coming off the line as well and their wins have only fueled the excitement!


A lot has been happening behind the scenes to make the Basics available. Here's some more shots of the preparations, signing people up and overall getting things ready for the flood.

Perhaps you should be doing your Basics as well!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

More on the Basics

We've had a lot of public starting on the Basics and the stats on it are just going out the roof! Obviously this was "just what the doctor ordered" as far as what people were looking for! We've had extra supervisors helping out in the course room to ensure everyone gets good service. Frankly, studying the Basics is simply the thing to do!

I thought you'd like to see some more photos from the event and all the preps that went into getting the Basics out so here's a few.


First there were all the set ups in the course room itself.




Then, the day after the event, we had all the public signing up to get on course.





And of course, we had to get them all in there and started.

And some were so excited they couldn't contain themselves!

This is no exaggeration, people have been flooding in to start and we have been having more people sign up in a single day than we normally get in a whole week! Word is getting out and the word is the Basics!


There is a remote tour going to Omaha on August 12th to show the big event to public from the Omaha and surrounding area so if you are out that way, you can see what all the uproar is about. Contact the org for all the specifics so you don't miss out.

For now, suffice to say, the Basics are coming and if you haven't heard the news, get to the org to see the event and get onto your Basics!

And may you never be the same again!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Putting on Maiden Voyage 2

I have some photos showing some of the behind the scenes activities in putting on the second Maiden Voyage event.

First of all, here you can see the arrival and unloading of the materials for the event.






And then, of course, they have to be checked to ensure everything is there...and who could resist sneaking a peak!?





Here's Bonnie Turner, long time staff member, sneaking a peek too. Bonnie was on staff in Washington, DC with LRH back in the 60's.





If you haven't seen the second event yet, it is being shown daily in the org. This is definitely a must-see event! The data and releases from the event are mind boggling in scope and those who have seen it are getting on the the new Basics courses (which you'll see more of next post). Wins from the courses are flooding in daily and you won't want to miss out on the excitement!