Is Scientology a cognition-based philosophy?
Scientology auditing produces, as a byproduct, cognitions and realizations. Now these cognitions and realizations give lovely feedback of sensory experience, but they have nothing whatsoever to do with the ultimate purpose of Scientology. They do have a lot to do with auditor affinity, and the exchange of currency from the one who experiences to the one who helps to create the experience.
I am not saying that these byproducts, or measurements of progress, should be suppressed or invalidated. Quite the contrary, but they should be viewed as indicators, nothing less and nothing more.
There are some who turn the experience of auditing into a substitute for confront. It CAN be easier to create sensory experience than it is to confront the actual barriers to spiritual freedom. If an individual becomes stuck on experience, then the goal of ‘knowing how to know’ will eternally remain unfulfilled. It’s called entrapment.
Scientology is not a cognition-based philosophy. It is a philosophy based upon ‘knowing how to know’. You don’t need realizations, cognitions or any other sensory input in order to fulfill that ‘knowing’. Those indications are just that - indications of progress and that is the reason that there are people who get ‘stuck’ on the bridge.
An individual cannot fixate when they are on the right bridge. The purpose of a bridge is to lead to the other side of the chasm. There is no purpose in stopping to enjoy the view other than stopping.
There is a reason that the bridge has been created in the exact way in which it has. There is a purpose in defining movement exactly and precisely. Without those specific movements, the chasm ever expands to swallow it’s offering.
Toss the baggage and the load becomes lighter. The lighter the load, the swifter the travel. There really isn’t anything difficult about it. Why make it so?
- 13 Apr 2004 19:09 |