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‘Growing Up in Scientology’ project launches

Discussion in 'Stories From Inside Scientology' started by Free to shine, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    ‘Growing Up in Scientology’ project launches

    This a subject close to my heart - I was raised in scientology from the age of 14, now 62, so it has affected me most of my life. Although there have been some terrific individual stories published, there has not been a great deal of in-depth discussion of the issues affecting generational scientologists. I have tried to get that going over the years but I guess the time wasn't right. Now more and more are speaking out and this is wonderful.

    The children raised in the Sea Org can have huge problems coming to understand 'normal life', yet what is often missed is the ongoing insidious effects on children of staff and public as they mature and become adults. Some for example did some basic courses or were simply taught scientology "tek" by parents when young and that was all, and the concepts they were taught can unkowingly affect the rest of their lives. I have watched this unfold over 4 generations of my own family and I have seen it in others. You end up with adults who can have twisted ideas of what is "normal", or "successful" or who have no real understanding of unconditional love and family relationships, just to name a few issues.

    I am hoping these projects take off and help the many out there who were raised in scientology and perhaps don't quite understand why they face challenges that other people don't understand.

    Tony Ortega :

    More videos at above link.
    Also see thread on Nora here:
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2015
  2. Glenda

    Glenda Crusader

  3. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    I think it's really good to put this information out there.

    A lot of never-ins just assume all scientologists are the same. They don't even know about the difference between public, staff and sea org, let alone those who joined as opposed to those who were raised in the cult.

    Having these different viewpoints explained helps to give a complete picture of the evil that is the scientology organization.
  4. Mike Cameron

    Mike Cameron Patron

    New YouTube channel "Growing Up in Scientology"

    Aaron Smith-Levin has started a YouTube channel wherein he'll interview "ex-Scientology kids" about what it was like to grow up in Scn, how they escaped, etc. So far he has an introduction video and two interviews with Nick Lister.


    Intro Video -

    Nick Lister interview pt 1 -

    Nick Lister interview pt 2 -

    Read more about Aaron Smith-Levin on Ortega's blog here. And in case you didn't know, Nick Lister is the son of Sara Goldberg, whose story was featured in "Going Clear".
  5. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    The Underground Bunker has the second interview up with an article:

    Nick Lister: Scientology asked me to seduce Mike Rinder’s wife in a spy operation

  6. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Comments from the above article link.
  7. Mike Cameron

    Mike Cameron Patron

    Darn, how did I not see this thread before I started mine? Thanks to the mod that merged them.
  8. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    This link is posted on another thread, however it is so relevant to the subject of this one.

    The chat Leah Remini has with her friends is so exactly right.

    On a personal level how great to see Trish Conley in this group. I am many other here knew her parents Jim and Kaye Conley, Kaye at least is 2nd generation, so Trisha is 3rd generation. And free - and disconnected from. But free ....
    (The link in the quote has more info on Trish and her family.)
  9. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    The Surviving Scientology podcast: Growing up in the Age of Miscavige
  10. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    New video on growing up in scientology ... Cruise is disgusting.

    How Scientology is Tom Cruise? How he put ethics ‘ruthlessly’ in to his own family
  11. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

  12. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    Explosive, thanks so much.

    Great Vid!
  13. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

  14. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    I have just finished watching the video, I posted it above before doing so, and it's great! I so relate to how Mike describes what scientology was like in those early years in Australia, and I remember a lot of the same things and people. Then Aaron tells his story from a later generation viewpoint, really, really interesting. Around the middle of the video they both crack up describing auditing and early courses, really funny. If you want to understand scientology more, this is a must watch.