Lester Levenson and Scientology – the story of a Master and a Wanna-be

Posted: October 10, 2009 by Thrivelearning in Uncategorized
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Just another controversial post – but people have been looking for this, so I’m obliging…

(Disclaimer: No corporate entity for Scientology or Sedona Method has approved this post or my descriptions – their trademarks remain their own. This doesn’t pretend to be an authoritative treatise, merely an overview for casual study. Do your own study, come to your own conclusions.)

My history with Scientology covered 20-some years. It’s the biggest scam I’ve ever encountered, yet I’m not particularly upset or even all that critical of what I’d been through and gave up in order to forward their set-up. Because Levenson’s Sedona Method actually helped me get over it.

And sure, on behalf of Scientology’s stated and working goals, I’ve participated in my fair share of their scams – forwarding them by working for next to nothing. Since then, I’ve worked to un-do some lesser scams out of Utah which only ripped off their money, not years of their lives.

Comparing Lester Levenson with L. Ron Hubbard will probably be the best way to approach this. What we’ll deal with is the incontestable data about each and also the commonalities they shared.

Levenson and Hubbard biographical data

Hubbard was so controversial, and so much data has been explored about him, there are actually just a handful of data which are uncontested:

Hubbard was born May 9, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska. Father was in the Navy, Mother was a school teacher. He was a Boy Scout and flew gliders for a few years, around the time he attended college in Washington D.C – whether he completed is under dispute. He joined the Navy and left with a medical discharge. While he wrote for the fiction pulps, he’s best known for his Dianetics book, which was a NYT bestseller in 1950. (Later sales records are disputed.) Founding various organizations, he’s most known for his Scientology, which has been promoted as a church. Hubbard held various (disputed) management positions until his death in January 24 1986 (under mysterious circumstances, never fully explained). Hubbard’s personal accomplishments, other than his millions amassed from creating and running Scientology, are mostly all disputed. Basic reason is that he exaggerated (or lied) about nearly all aspects of his life and the actual details can’t be accurately, independently verified. Hubbard left no independently verifiable biography or autobiography.

Lester Levenson’s life is much more straightforward.

Born July 19,1909 in Eliabeth, New Jersey, Levenson graduated from Rutgers in 1931, trained as a physicist, and in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and also qualified for a teaching certificate. He was successful at everything he worked at, from teaching, to lunchionettes, to engineering, lumber, house construction, and mining. However, he was literally working himself to death. By 1952, at the age of 42, Lester found himself on the brink of death after his second heart attack. Suffering also from chronic jaundice, kidney stones, migraine headaches, and perforated ulcers, Lester’s doctor gave up on him and sent him home to die. Instead, Levenson used his mind to figure out what was going on with himself, regain his health, and reach a high level of personal awareness. It took him years of studying all the various spiritual and religious teachings that he could lay his hands on in order to both understand it and be able to communicate it to others effectively. Levenson died in 1994 of cancer. Most of this data came from his published autobiography.

Differences, Similarities and everything else.

The differences are many. While Hubbard was outgoing and commercial with his spritual work, Levenson was basically shy and non-commercial with his spiritual work. Even today, those who carry on his work do not charge outrageous sums for the work they do – which cannot be said of Hubbard’s Scientology – which owns a 440 foot luxury yacht as well as numerous hotels. Corporately, many of the individual “church” buildings are owned by the central management.

There is no similar comparative in real estate ownership for any of the current  Sedona Method marketers.

While corporate Scientology maintains a high-level of control over their trademarks and Hubbard’s copyrighted materials, the Sedona method has several individuals with their own organizations, as well as differing training and counseling materials.

While Levenson knew of Dianetics and Scientology (per his tapes), Scientology put the Sedona Institute on it’s “enemy list” of “suppressive groups”.

On a technical level, both Levenson and Hubbard used a form of emotional scale to denote progress from a lower level to the top – in both cases having apathy at the bottom and a high state of detached sublimity at the top.

Personal Gains Available

Another parallel was the claims by both Hubbard and Levenson that unusual events could be made to occur by people who had attained high states of beingness. In both belief-systems, these results cannot be clinically reproduced – however, cases are historically noted of having occurred for all these events mentioned. Individual cases in each belief-system are documented. Such events have never been reliably studied in peer-reviewed experiments. (While some studies in remote viewing have been documented, it has not been done consistently with high-level releases of either Scientology or the Sedona Method.)

And of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t personally get results from either or both fields of studies. Factually, the Sedona Method can be used to solve problems for those who are out, in, or leaving Scientology. (Those just getting into Scientology won’t feel they need it.) Scientology, however, has a narrow view against mixing in anything Hubbard didn’t authorize (which is anything without his name on it, basically.) So while a former or non-corporate-affiliated Scientologist can get relief from using the Sedona Method, anyone else out of the above would find it interfering with their potential progress.

While both Levenson and Hubbard studied Eastern sources as well as Western, Hubbard has been shown to have either misunderstood or misinterpreted those teachings, and Levenson was far closer to the mark. While Hubbard would take other data and compile it into Scientology, Levenson would use those teachings to simply explain what he had encountered. Both considered that they had something new which hadn’t been seen or used before.

If both are considered as scams, Sedona Method costs much, much less and has none of the socially controversial practices maintained by Scientology. While in Sedona you can leave any time you want, attempting to leave Scientology can get you shunned – separated from still-practicing friends and family – for a lifetime.

To each their own

While I started out to talk about “masters” and wannabe’s, I don’t now feel this is useful to either camp. What you get out of any particular side of this – or any other belief system  – is dependent entirely on how much you involve yourself, and how much faith you maintain in the subject. As well, your journey is practically and only able to be figured out for yourself. There is no one path up the mountain, and no one school has all the teachers. What works for you is what works for you.

The anti-scam forums are replete with accusations about nearly every beneficial group or practice out there. Most are hypercritical to an extreme. While a true scam takes your money and gives you little or nothing of value, these two subjects can both take you into heights of certainty and confidence you’ve never experienced before.

And talking (or bad-mouthing) about the miracles or unusual events a certain guru or Master can personally achieve or create just makes it harder for others to follow in those footprints. To each their own seems the best advice. Take what you can from the buffet you are presented with and use what works for you.

In some circles, the phrase goes – “All life is a series of lessons. Study well.”

Good Hunting!

  1. Harry Yue says:

    This is just soooo cool. Just what I thought. And it’s time someone actually took these guys to task. Levenson wanted everyone to get the peace he found and Hubbard just wanted money. Levenson was very sane and sensible, and Hubbard a paranoid schizo. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Serj Lethal says:

    Where did you find the information that Levenson died of cancer?

  3. ourtopsecret says:

    I am happy you did share this. After joining SCN Seaorg as a staff member for 2 years I was looking for better ways to freedom. I testet about 20 Methods, Technics or Philosophies. Finally I found Lester Levenson and the Sedona-Method. Now I use the Sedona-Method since 11 years. Understanding and using Lester Levensons teachings really did help to reach some of my goals in live like financial freedom and a steady growing state of happiness.

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