Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Maiden Voyage #4

I just got the staff preview of MV4 and I have to tell you, you are going to love it! Just the first segment (only about the first 15 minutes of the event) is completely awesome and will make you proud to be a Scientologist. Then, you watch each of the following segments and it builds on that!
The things coming down the pipeline to really handle the problems of this planet will blow you away! In the event, you will see how we really will be able to handle drugs, insanity, criminality, war, as well as the individual problems of everyday life!
Be sure to attend this weekend!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Being on Staff

First of all, thank you for the comments from Milla and Grahame.
I do have to admit, I had some inspiration that kept me going as long as I have.
In 1991, we had a staff member in our org who was an old-timer who had worked with Ron and even set up a couple orgs. His name was Andy Bagley and he worked in our org for 5 years as the Director of Special Affairs. Well, having been around a long time, Andy had lots of stories to tell. And one of the things he told me was "the first 20 years are the hardest!" This threw me because I was only on staff about 12 years at the time and all I could think of was "8 more years till it gets easier?!" In 1994, Andy went to Flag and was awarded a lifetime achievement award for 35 years as a staff member.
I did find his words to be true, however, and after I hit the 20 year mark, without really noticing it, I did find that it was easier. Of course getting more training and auditing helped, I'm sure, but also with that much experience, you really do settle in to a level of skill and competence and being on staff becomes easier. Not to say it's all a cake-walk, not by a long shot! But after a while, you just know that you can weather anything and it'll all come out well in the end.
And, of course, my main inspiration comes from LRH himself. Everything I've studied from LRH has been inspiring but there was one letter in particular that I still have with me, framed, in my office. Old timers will tell you that we used to write to LRH after every event or any other time we got the urge. I had corresponded with LRH many times, but there was one letter in particular where I was really having a rough time of it on staff and didn't see how things could ever get better and I let Ron know how hard a time I was having. Ron wrote back and his answer was so perfect that not only did it inspire me then and there to keep on, it has inspired me for years since. He told me two things in particular that had a lot of impact. The first, he said, "I do apply the datum that serious is solidity, which you can find in 8-8008 and the PDC." And the other thing he told me, that has carried me through some of the toughest of times: "The greatest test of a thetan is not only making things go right, but carrying on after they haven't."
And with that in mind, 29 years is a drop in the bucket and I will keep working here until we have an Ideal Org in Kansas City, and then we'll take it to Saint Hill Size and then....who knows, we'll raise the bar even higher!
Being on staff isn't always easy, but it's always needed. And there's no higher purpose or activity you can be part of, really (except, of course, the Sea Org). Speaking of which, go into your local org and see the Maiden Voyage #2 event and you'll see exactly what I mean!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

THANK YOU!

At the end of tonight's event, the Executive Director presented me with a special award for my years of service at the Kansas City Org. I was not expecting anything and so was completely surprised. What she presented was my own subscription to the Golden Age book package, delivering 80 books to my door over the next 6 years! I love to read and so this was a marvelous gift and surprise!
So I want to say thank you. First, thank you to everyone who chipped in to get the book subscription. I am a big fan of LRH's fiction and this was wonderful! I love it!
Secondly, I want to thank everyone. I've been on staff for 29 years at the Kansas City Org and I want to thank you for allowing me to serve you. In Scientology 8-8008, LRH talks about doing without having, in other words, doing without getting some sort of payment or return benefit, and he makes the point that when one does without having, it increases his being. So for all my years of service, I have to thank you because it has allowed me to achieve more beingness. I'm happy for your gains, and I thank you for the gains you gave me!

Stories from the Golden Age of Fiction

Well, tonight was "Fiction Night" and staff and public alike arrived dressed as characters from fiction novels. A large majority were pirates so it was a rather raucous crowd. The event itself featured never before released data about LRH's life as fiction author, detailing his career in the pulp fiction world.
There were photos taken so if I can get my hands on some, I'll get them posted so everyone can see the great time we had!
The OT Committee provided a wonderful barbecue dinner.
It was a great event and everyone had an awesome time. Thanks to all who worked to make it a great event.
See you next week for the final event in the Maiden Voyage Anniversary event series.

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Benefits of Gradients

About a year and a half ago, I had completed listening to all of the Congresses and was working on all the other recorded lectures in sequence. I had gotten up to the Milestone One lectures about the time the Basics came out. While I had success in all my study, Milestone one seemed a bit of a challenge.
That has all changed. Studying the Basics all in chronological order has been the perfect gradient and now, Milestone One is awesome! I got through the first lecture and it blew me away! There really is a big secret under this big lid: no one really wants to find out and there are certainly those who don't want you to know. But it is right there in the Milestone One lectures!
I'm eagerly looking forward to the rest. It's like reading a good book and you get to the end of one chapter and you are so glued to the plot, you can't put the book down and need to read on. Well, that's Milestone One and I'm going on to my next "chapter".

By the way, if you haven't checked out this website, do so now. It, too, will blow you away! See you at Maiden Voyage!

Maiden Voyage Anniversary

Here's a video of the upcoming Maiden Voyage Anniversary events.