How to Find and Follow Your Bliss
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A Review of The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.
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A (hopefully) short point about 3rd Dynamic (group) evolution.
In $cientology, there is a fiction about the Flag Executive Briefing Course.
It. Never. Worked.
Look over its history and you see that it is no complete system – or it would have corrected itself. Yes, it had several high points as utilized in its original format – which all left the organization worse off than before. Now it had false memories of high stat times.
If you look over the actual expansion, you’ll find that it was mostly due to the 1960’s OEC policies, rather than the 70’s FEBC policies and tapes.
I’ve studied all this stuff. Every tape, every PL. And spent time – years – cramming this stuff and testing it for results.
Some small parts worked. None of it built long-lasting teams.
Core problem is that Management was constantly ripping up any successful team and “promoting” it’s members. Or those teams would implode on their own. None lasted more than a few years at most.
I’ve done my own testing, but this means nothing to you.
You only need to study it all and test each one against against real-world applications.
My advantage, I’ve had some 20 years of study and testing. So hear me out.
If you read the various books about $cientology’s growth, you’ll find the following background:
The growth of Hubbard’s businesses was a simple program. He went around the country giving speeches and building local groups, leaving someone behind to run them. Much along the lines of how the early Methodist churches were built.
Once he had a critical mass, he then set up a central org in D.C.
Of course, the history was that he had to flee to Britain (buying a rural mansion) to escape the Feds. Because he was running afoul of FDA/FTC anti-scam laws and challenging the Feds to dare interfere.
$cn itself has had to continue to produce more materials and courses and services to stay afloat. Historically, somewhere around 90% of the new people coming in would drop off before they reached Clear, and then right after. This is why Div 6 activities had to be so large.
This is also why Hubbard restructured Clearing technology so that now it was a much more expensive processing – and discounted by people who attended the lectures at St. Hill in person.
Somewhere along this line, Hubbard worked out that there had to be follow-up courses, materials, and services after Clear. The fantasy he wrote, plus the material of the Phoenix lectures and OT Doctorate Course, were all well accepted – and gave him encouragement to continue down this line.
Getting attacked now in the United Kingdom, he went back to the seas aboard an old ship. Unfortunately, he wore out his welcome eventually all up and down the west coast of Europe, Spain, and that area. So he had to travel across the Atlantic to base out of the Caribbean.
Again, he was wearing out these sites, plus the U.S. Government was now on his tail again.
It was this environment which developed the FEBC. Constant deception used as P.R. Examples of failures twisted into “upstat” standards – taught using violent punishment = “overboarding.”
Hubbard was on drugs in order to “research” the early OT levels.
He only was able to deliver in the U.S. again when he started following government recommendations.
(Again, check this out for yourself – find the books, read them, test everything.)
The one’s Hubbard created don’t exist. But one can get people to imagine anything if you keep repeating it. The e-meter had to be souped up in order to allow the very small indications of these “alien presences” which had to be audited out in order to make personal progress.
The problem is that all these years of using those OT levels had fewer and fewer results as were discussed in the early promotional magazines. Again, these went back more to the days of his Phoenix lectures.
As these levels were upgraded and redefined, people were encouraged to re-do their levels in order to achieve these-type of results. And they didn’t ever actually attain them.
What we can see from this is the enhancement of desires through marketing to enable the devoted few to continue shelling out money to the only IRS-sanctioned church.
This is what the Marketing Series told FEBC’s to do.
Studying Internet Marketing as a comparative shows what Hubbard stumbled onto – and preached:
His example also showed this:
7. Start up a new incarnation when you have to.
For all this, Hubbard had the same churn of clients as any average marketer. They continued to lose new clients at a high rate, while spreading the PR that there were multi-millions of Scientologists world wide – while practically there are probably around 50,000 or so who are regularly active.
What we find here is what works in the Administration of $cientology are the natural laws which run the rest of the world we live in. Read “Influence” by Robert Cialdini.
These natural laws run everything. Everything.
Find the natural laws, understand them, apply them.
Start with “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill.
Follow this up with “If You Can Count to Four” by James Breckenridge Jones.
My own “An Online Sunshine Plan” will give you a lot of the background to how Internet Marketing works and most of the modern tools.
I’ve made these available to you just so you could succeed.
Your success will depend on the strength of your vision.
Luck to us all.
There’s a pattern here:
You can see the flaws with this. Lack of Honesty is one.
The other, senior datum – Hubbard was there to make money and get rich by running a religion. He succeeded, at the loss of his own freedoms – and also doomed his on multi-million dollar organization. The result is that it’s been contracting for years, on a slow death spiral.
Do the opposite – deliver an honest service, expand your business routinely.
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Contrary to stated theory, blows don’t come from overts and withholds, they come from failed help and blunted purpose – which underlie the apparent problem.
I’d seen this over and over in my 20+ years on staff. No matter how much security checking was applied, those same staff ended up leaving. And my own leaving was a question I’d had for many years – only coming to an understanding just recently.
The trick to understanding Hubbard’s Dianetics and $cientology is to know where it came from, and its limits.
If Hubbard’s teachings were truly universal and basic, they’d apply to all situations anywhere – and the fact that the bulk of his “tech” only truly works within the rigorous belief-system itself tends to prove the point.
Again, Hubbard got his material from other writers, not strictly from his own research. Most, if not all of his data can be traced to his “borrowing” from other source. “The Price of Freedom” came from George Washington. Part of his “Code of Honor” came from Napoleon Hill. Dianetics was based on “regression” and his “past lives” is based on popular books of the 50’s. Dianetics and Scientology both were based on what was already popular, his marketing was based on the emotive programming from people who bought into his schemes. A narrow feed-back loop which all marketers use – build your audience and then survey that audience for what they need and want. His Marketing policy lays it all out – (note that he quotes and paraphrases other leading Marketing books.)
He got his stuff from other sources – mostly. (The rest seems to be based in the fantasies he wrote.)
Because they aren’t basic on the chain. See “O/W – A Limited Theory” HCOB. Before any overt chain starts up, there has to be a mis-understanding. You know that Understanding = A, R, C. ARC breaks precede MWH’s.
The magnitude of the problem is based in how deeply the misunderstanding affects the belief-system is affected. What shifts the person’s paradigm will ultimately cause a solution which forces departure. (See material on the “prior confusion”.)
Blows are caused by failed help, blunted purpose, and cumlative injustices (several phrases for essentially the same thing.) Overts are secondary – and the reason that sec-checking only offers temporary relief.
When the circumstances surrounding a person collapse his understanding, then he is forced to create a new resolution. Their belief-system is challenged, and needs to be reconciled.
My work in the real world since has brought this understanding to me.
Jobs don’t run on HCO PL’s. The real world proves that $cientology only works within it’s own narrow confines.
The natural laws work everywhere, though.
In the real world, there is constant turnover – which is also the case in $cn orgs, if not worse. For someone in the Sea Org, even staying a few years on a single post is an accomplishment. The S.O. has a fear-based approach to control and compliance. A lot of them stick to the Flag Order “Hard Working People,” which negates many other senior policies. Essentially, this is license to dramatize – which current management (since LRH‘s passing) have capitalized on. All based in fear.
In the real world, you get a job to earn money to support yourself. Nothing is top-down organized. No one out there actually cares for you – except family and the friends you’ve maintained relationships with.
Jobs don’t care. Unless you play their game. Just like $cn and the S.O. But you have to mold yourself into the image they want. True for both. That’s the beginning of our comparative.
I’ve had several real-world jobs in the last 14 years. Finally, I got real financial freedom when I was able to make a living with completely passive income from book publishing.
This last “job” has allowed me to analyze what has happened in all my previous ones – because I have no pressure to “become” part of any job-situation.
Around the same time Hubbard was in Phoenix, a guy named Lester Levenson was researching in Sedona, Arizona. Levenson had achieved a unique understanding of the world, and what would be called “OT” abilities simply through personal reflection and thought.
His road back was to figure out how to enable other people to utilize what he had worked out.
Essentially, all the world – from humanity’s view – is based on the needs of Security, Approval, Control, and Belonging. All these in turn are based on the Fear of Death – or loss of Individuality. The main game in this Universe is to be an individual, while the Universe itself works on systems and wholeness. The trick is to have your game of being an individual and part of the Universe at the same time.
Security, Approval, Control, Belonging, Fear. Master these, and then you’ll master all of life – or escape being victimized by the individuals around you.
I left all these jobs. But didn’t “blow” all of them. Most were senseless – because I was trying to use my 20+ years as Sea Org staff to compare their function. It’s too easy to compare them as somehow less worthy. That is, after all, the continuing philosophy Hubbard force-fed his followers – a theme which runs through everything he offered. You can see how the above Four Needs run through all he’s written and said.
But in each case, it kept going back to the failed help. I was unable to help these companies to improve their operation – and couldn’t/wouldn’t mold myself into their particular job requirements.
The last job I had was the most telling. For it left me completely critical, and complaining how my employer was himself critical. Yes, I got over it by releasing the Four Needs which he was using over me. (Details how to do releasing in “Freedom Is“) The criticalness passed, which told that sec-checking and O/W write-ups wasn’t the only way to handle it, and that criticalness is a symptom – not the core problem.
What I found common to all these jobs was the rejected help, the snubs, the blunted purpose, the lack of Justice. These also proved to be exactly what drove me to leave the Sea Org and $cientology. It’s just taken me 14 years to figure out why.
In all cases, my help was accepted and then rejected. Solutions were discarded. Every time, I would find that the tentative offerings were rejected and then I’d try another way to help, but no same route twice. Eventually, I ran out of options. It was better to find another place to earn my way than work for that company anymore.
20 years of the Sea Org was ended after I was no longer allowed to be on tech lines and found my way to help was through what I found to be my purpose – through the creative arts. Yet this again was foiled by the various control mechanisms executives used in the S.O. to fruitlessly hold their own “position in space.” Again, being on a single post for any number of years was remarkable, as any staff member was subject to incredible attacks from above and below. No one was safe on any job, unless – like the current Miscavidge monster – the eliminated supposed “threats” around them ruthlessly.
Of course, that’s completely contrary to what $cientology is reputed to be based on. What’s on paper isn’t the real world reality.
Once you screw around with people long enough, they quit following you. The pain of your mis-use is more than they will be put up with. That is the reason there are so many mandatory musters and events which are supposed to improve morale.
Unfortunately, once you’ve been screwed with long enough, these don’t work – because you start seeing through the hype. (Particularly if you are a Cramming Officer and analyzing everything with Data Series.) These events simply compounded the effect.
I was able to spend a year without a job in the final days I was living that life. Yes, that’s contrary to all policy. But I had spent my career studying policy and how it fit together. I knew the loopholes. Enough to get by.
I tested the entire policy scheme from top to bottom, and found out that the Sea Org is entirely corrupted. Fear drives everything. Policy is no longer followed. Ethics has been long gone since before I left. Anyone I’ve tracked is not only not on their former post, but usually in another org entirely. That is a scene which Hubbard outlined for his Flag Reps – to keep them moving from one org to another so that they wouldn’t become attached to the scene.
It also keeps them from individually building a power base, much as any outrageous success story was cut down by Management for years – Hubbard himself used this tactic to maintain his control, but it was hidden from anyone who believed him to be the god he played. (“Those who have eyes, let them look – those who have ears, let them hear.”)
Implosion just is a matter of time.
Obviously, I’m no fan of $cientology or Hubbard any more. Once burned, twice shy.
There are other scenes I’ve uncovered – even a way to evolve what is truly workable within that world into more widely applicable “tech” and “policy.”
Right now, you can do these:
1. Straighwire your own life to find areas where you help was rejected or ignored.
2. Release these incidents of all charge – however you like. You’ll find the criticalness leave and objective understanding remain, even perhaps your original appreciation for the rightness you agreed with when you joined that team, org, or business.
3. Use Power Change Violation Repair Formula to rebuild your relationships within that company – or to build stronger ones if you’ve already moved on.
4. Apply the Way to Happiness and honestly seek to openhandedly help others at every turn. This uses the Golden Rule to create a new world where everyone has natural rights which can be respected. You’ll get the respect and help you need and deserve only after you give respect and help to others that they need.
5. Do your own study of any $cientology or Dianetic datum you’ve encountered. See if they actually work for you. Nothing else matters. Nothing.
Then you will be well on your way to building a better life for yourself and all those around you.
Luck to us all.
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Everyone works with The Golden Rule – meaning how you treat others is how you’re going to be treated. With a critical person (and everyone else as well) what they say actually reflects their view of the world and everyone around them.
When some of the proclaimed “high and mighty” start talking about how their opponents are “this and that”, just take all the “they’s” and turn them to “I’s” in order to get a view of their intentions and immediate planned actions.
Just try this out as a test for yourself.
Unless they are talking positive and constructive (Reagan was the last to do this successfully) they are criticizing people and so laying out their inner thoughts. “As within, so without.” They are treating others as they expect to be treated.
So when a politician (or any critical person) is saying the other guy is being “obstructive” or “partisan” they are talking about themselves and their own intentions.
Turns out to be amusing, actually. Of course, if this got out the their enemies, it would be an easy way to predict their next move – which is the exact point of this blog post. Them and everybody else.
Look around at what they’re spewing, and any critical person around you.
Consider who is calling who out for using “Nazi” tactics recently. Then look at the actions they were themselves taking. Namecalling just gets the pot called the same as the kettle. Both are black. It does say what the caller is thinking of themselves.
Marketing is one thing – but that can be a thin veneer over the actual, not telling any sort of truth beyond what the writer figures that the viewer/reader “wants” to know.
Once they are in front of a camera, they tell the world exactly what they are thinking.
The only way to really get around this (not, actually, for the unenlightened) is to speak and act only in positive terms – to live for others in order to improve your own world.
Politicians are a bit narcisstic (at times.) Which really means that they have such esteem problems that they withdraw into their (tiny) individuality to try to exclude others. Hasn’t always been that way, not like the Founders wrote it up originally. Which means we could get it back to that again (voter-imposed term-limits would be a smart first move.)
Just wanted to let you all know. Try this out for yourself. Great fun.
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There are many routes up this mountain. Of course, at the top is your own bliss.
“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a land of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are – -“
That’s from a key chapter (they’re all key chapters) called “Sacrifice and Bliss.”
While wikipedia says that the quote “follow your bliss” has been often misunderstood to lead you to simply gratifying any pleasure you can find, Campbell was pretty explicit in that posthumous book:
CAMPBELL: Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.
MOYERS: Do we ever know the truth? Do we ever find it?
CAMPBELL: Each person can have his own depth, experience,and some conviction of being in touch with his own sat-chit-ananda, his own being through consciousness and bliss. The religious people tell us we really won’t experience bliss until we die and go to heaven. But I believe in having as much as you can of this experience while you are still alive.
MOYERS: Bliss is now.
CAMPBELL: In heaven you will be having such a marvelous time looking at God that you won’t get your own experience at all. That is not the place to have the experience — here is the place to have it.
MOYERS: Do you ever have this sense when you are following your bliss, as I have at moments, of being helped by hidden hands?
CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as the result of invisible hands coming all the time — namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
MOYERS: Have you ever had sympathy for the man who has no invisible means of support?
CAMPBELL: Who has no invisible means? Yes, he is the one that evokes compassion, the poor chap. To see him stumbling around when all the waters of life are right there really evokes one’s pity.
MOYERS: The waters of eternal life are right there? Where?
CAMPBELL: Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
Of course, you may need to read that book and all the others he wrote (as well as the many ones written about him, interpreting his works) before you can “grok” this completely – internalize it, all those concepts.
Mine is to say that this word should have been a verb – or is, actually.
To Bliss, then is an action in your life, as well as a goal and an accomplishment or destination. You end up with “Just Be.” And your life is Bliss.
This is probably then another synonym for “The Peace that Passes All Understanding.”
Life becomes extraordinarily simple.
The point is to actively work at things which help you create that “feel good” feeling.
Note I said “work at things.” Not the four-letter word which comes with a J.O.B. – but just being active in a certain direction that you chose for yourself. Life isn’t seeking pleasure, but seeking a comprehensive understanding of everything – perfection. Again, that peace-that-passes-understanding sort of thing.
As you are creative in your life, you’ll find more of this happening to you. And you can simply let the critical aspects (and people) simply fall away.
Try it. Let me know how it works for you, what you find on your own journey…
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If you’ve followed these writings, you’ll note I often use that 97% rule – which is an ever-declining number of people who self-select (by their inaction) a route which will take them to incredible abundance, joy, etc.
Yesterday, while preparing a field for seeding a pasture (a very mundane, tiring, and potentially enlightening job) – I came across a very simple way of expressing this.
Let’s use the currently popular 1% phrase. (“1%’ers control everything”, etc.)
Those people are a member of an elite group who could be called “millionaires“
This simplifies the numbers incredibly, as the average is between 1 and 5%, owing to various factors, and settles around 2 1/2 to 3%.
One of my goals is to make a million millionaires. Because it has a ring to it – and if we practically created that many people who were able to manifest their native abundance at will, then we’d achieve world peace. (Not that some extremists wouldn’t keep trying to kill themselves off – the same laws say that the reverse is true for people who worship destruction.) The bulk of humanity (as is the current norm) would not have to live in stressful situations, but could be as rich as they wanted to let show.
Overall, the world would run better, with less starvation (as more people were “taught to fish”) and there will be a much higher number of optimal solutions being offered.
The punch line to this – is that you could be a “millionaire.” It’s your choice.
Buy one of my books, read it, apply it. Then get the related ones which appeal to you – read them, apply them. They all lead to your personal freedom. (Of course, the one-shot wonder is “Freedom Is – period”, but “Get Your Self Scam Free” will also do it – as well as the “Online Millionaire Series.”
Not tooting my horn, but if you’ve been following this blog right along, you’ll already see how your millionaire status is right around the corner – if you keep walking…
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