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Hubbard presented himself as a philospher, scientist, humaitarian, and founder of the Scientology religion. He seems like the most altruistic person whoever lived according to any Scientologist you may ask.
But what many Scientologists are unaware of is Hubbard's invovlement in the occult and his connection to Aleister Crowley. Crowley (1875-1947) was a British occultist who called himself "The Great Beast, 666". Crowley seems to have been a psychotic, probably as a result of a childhood mishap with a homeade firewirk that left him unconcious. As he grew up, he sought to rebel against his Christian upbringing and created a religion where a person could do anything they wanted, called "Thelema". Crowley chose to have kinky sex, take drugs, and practice black magic as part of his new "religion". Thelema was a hodeg podge of all kind of occult systems, such as European Ceremonial magic, Egyptian mythology, Bhuddism, Spiritism, sex magic, Gnosticosm, and Satanism.
When the story of Hubbard and his involvement in Crowley's O.T.O. became known, Hubbard tried to spin the story that he had been on special assignment by the U.S. government to break up a black magic cult. Hubbard claimed he he broke up the cult, rescued a girl they were using in black magic, and that even the house had been torn down! All of these were lies. The Federal Government had more important things to worry about than occult kooks back in the 1940's. The O.T.O. still exists. The girl Hubbard rescued became wife number 2 while he was still married to wife number 1 (making Hubbard guilty of bigamy), and was hardly in the O.T.O. against her will. Parsons' house wasn't torn down, it was blown up because of an accident.
Crowley's did perhaps more than anyone to shape modern occultism. He was a member of the Golden Dawn, an occult order that attracted many celebrities of that era, which in a way was like a forerunner of Scientology in that respect. It attracted the likes of Sax Rohmer (author of the Fu Manchu novels), Lord Bulwer-Lytton (author of "It was a dark and stormy night.." fame), Florence Farr (actress), Sir Authur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame), Arthur Machen (early science fiction writer), William Butler Yeats (poet), Algernon Blackwood (author), and possibly Bram Stoker (Dracula). Hubbard probably got the idea to draw celebrities into his organization from this. Even while Scientology was still Dianetics, Hubbard sought to recruit celebrities and even promised his followers rewards if they could snag a celebrity.
When the Golden Dawn kicked Crowley out, he simply started his own version called the A.A. (Argentinum Astrium, or Silver Star). Crowley joined the O.T.O. (Odero Templi Oreintis, or Order of the Oreintal Temple) in 1911 and became the head of the order. One of his initiates, H. Spencer Lewis, founded the AMORC Rosicrucian Order, and another disciple, Gerald Gardner, started Wicca. He was also an inspiration for Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, and lavey cribbed some of his ideas for The Satanic Bible.
But probably the most successful disciple of all was none other than L. Ron Hubbard. Crowley died a penniless alcholic and drug addict in a Hastings, England flophouse, his body riddled with venereal disease. Hubbard on the other hand ammased a fortune worth $640 million dollars by the time he died; a case of the student surpassing the master.
One ex-Scientologist who became a member of Crowley's O.T.O posted the following on the Internet:
"I was once a Scientologist... I am no longer affiliated with the C of S. However, that said, when I began studying Thelema, I saw tons of connections between Hubbard's Dianetics and the occult - even specifically with Thelema. I began to see where Hubbard took his ideas from. He often said he 'took his ideas from a variety of sources' but only mentions Buddhism as one concrete example. However, I'm convinced he was very familiar with the writings of Crowley as well as many other occultists..."
"Here's an example of a tie in. Hubbard had a theory of man... that man was inherently "good" - that ultimately man was "his own god."
"Here's a more concrete tie in... in Liber Librae, it is said in verse 9: "9. A man is what he maketh himself within the limits fixed by his inherited destiny; he is a part of mankind; his actions affect not only what he calleth himself, but also the whole universe."
"Any Scientologist who's done any length of study would read that quote from Liber Librae and think Hubbard was connected to it. It not only is Hubbard's view of 'man' but also his view of 'man's' connection to the Universe (via his so called 'Dynamics.')"
Many people who have studied the occult can see similarities in Scientology to Aleister Crowley's Thelema. In fact, Scientology seems to be little more than a "science-fictionalized" version of Thelema! This seems rather odd for someone who was supposedly trying to stop Crowley's cult at the behest of the U.S. government.
Before joining the California branch of Crowley's O.T.O., Hubbard had briefly been a member of another of Crowley's organizations, the AMORC back in the 1930's. The AMORC allegdley sued the Church of Scientology for plagarism, in later years.
Hubbard had somewhere along the way learned hypnosis and become adept hypnotist. One time Dianeticist and Hubbard literary agent Forrest J. Ackerman has said in several interviews Hubbard was an expert hypnotist and recalled many times Hubbard had given demonstrations to his writer friends while still a penny a word science fiction writer. Hubbard would use his knowledge of hypnosis to create the Dianetics auditing process, even though he flatly denied it was hypnosis. Many occultists learn hypnosis and employ it and self-hypnosis like techniques as part of their training.
MONEY, SEX, AND ROCKETS
Undoubtedly one of the biggest inspirations for Hubbard's Scientology was Aleister Crowley. Hubbard joined the Pasedena, California O.T.O. in 1946 which was headed by Jack Parsons, a scientist at Cal Tech and the Jet Propulsion Labratory. Even though Parson's was a legitimate scientist, close associates knew he had a darkside. Some fellow scientists once described accidently walking in on Parson's during a ritual in his home, where Parsons was dressed in a strange robe and reciting incantations. They quietly left just as they had entered.
Parsons was delighted at first to meet Hubbard. He wrote a letter to his leader Aleister Crowley saying:
'About three months ago I met Captain L. Ron Hubbard.... Although he has no formal training in Magick, he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his experiences I deduced that he is in direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his Guardian Angel. He describes his Angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair whom he calls the Empress and who has guided him through his life and saved him many times. He is the most Thelemic person I have ever met and is in complete accord with our own principles." (From the book: Bare-Faced Messiah: the True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, 1987, Chapter 7, "Black Magic and Betty" pp. 117-118)by Russell Miller.
Apparently Hubbard didn't mention he had been in the AMORC to Parsons. Could it be there were other occult studies Hubbard never mentioned as well? On ex-Scientologist mentioned traveling to L. Ron Hubbard's home in Grimstead, England in the 1980's. The house was kept just as it had been when L. Ron lived there in the 1960's. He said he was shocked to see Hubbard had many books on witchcraft in his personal library.
Years later during a lecture Hubbard would only have good things to say about Crowley...even recommending his books to Scientologists and calling Crowley "my very good friend". But Crowley didn't seem to think highly of Hubbard. Crowley thought Hubbard was just a conman (it takes one to know one, after all) who was out to swindle Parsons' and steal his girl. For once in his life, Crowley was right on both accounts. In a cable to his U.S. deputy, dated May 22, Crowley said,
"Suspect Ron playing confidence trick, Jack evidently weak fool obvious victim prowling swindlers." On the 31st, he added, "It seems to me on the information of our Brethren in California that (if we may assume them to be accurate) Frater 210 [Parsons] has committed... errors. He has got a miraculous illumination which rhymes with nothing, and he has apparently lost all of his personal independence. From our brother's account he has given away both his girl and his money - apparently it is an ordinary confidence trick."
Rosemary's Baby Scientology Style
Crowley claimed he knew the secret to create a demon spawn baby using sex magic, as alluded to in his novel Moonchild. Hubbard and Parsons tried their hand at creating a Moonchild with Parsons' girlfriend.
Parsons wrote to Crowley and told him of his and Hubbard's plan to produce a "Moonchild", to which Crowley wrote a letter to Karl Germer (who was the head of the O.T.O. in the U.S. at that time) stating, "Apparently Parsons...or somebody is producing a Moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts."
Thelema's only commandment is "Do What Thou Will", so changing sex partners is no big deal. Parsons could see his common law wife Sara was interested in Hubbard, so she encouraged them both to practice sex magic together. Parsons eventually became jealous of their relationship, however.
Hubbard left the O.T.O. with about $20,000 of Parsons' money as part of a joint venture to buy yachts, along with his girlfrined Sara. Parson's wrote to Crowley, "Here I am in Miami pursueing [sic] the children of my folly. I have them well tied up: they cannot move without going to jail. However I am
afraid that most of the money [in the joint account] has already been dissipated. I will be lucky to salvage 3,000-5,000 dollars. In the interim I have been flat broke."
Hubbard would marry Sara Northup, while still married to his first wife. It was only after his first wife found out about his new wife that Hubbard divorced her. Sara would divorce Hubbard a few years later, citing spousal abuse.
Parsons eventually decided Crowley wasn't the Anti-Christ after all, and proclaimed himself the Anti-Christ in a letter to Crowley. Parsons promised to unleash the "spirit of Babalon" upon the world, with all sorts of death and destruction to mankind (gee, thanks).
Parsons and Hubbard went their separate ways after their legal settlement, in July 1946. In October 1948, Parsons repeated the "Babalon Working," as it has come to be known, and in 1949 wrote The Book of the Antichrist, and proclaimed himself "Belarion, Antichrist" ("Belarion" was his OTO name). In The Book of the Antichrist, Parsons alluded to his dealings with Hubbard:
"Now it came to pass even as BABALON told me, for after receiving Her Book I fell away from Magick, and put away
Her Book and all pertaining thereto. And I was stripped of my fortune (the sum of about $50,000) [sic] and my
house, and all I Possessed."
Parsons died a few years later by accidentally blowing himself up while making nitroglycerine in his basement which he sometimes sold on the black market. It seems his money spells were about as successful as Crowley's. A crater on the dark side of the moon was named after him in his memory by NASA for achievements in rocket science.
HUBBARD AND THE TAROT
When Hubbard turned Dianetics into a religion, he decided upon a cross as it's symbol. He seems to have gotten the idea of the cross from Aleister Crowley once again. The back of Crowley's tarot cards have a Rosicrucian cross desing that was used not only by Crowley, but also the Golden Dawn and the A.A. as well.
Hubbard was certainly familiar with the Tarot. Tarot cards are not only used in divination (fortune telling) but are also a way to transmit occult teachings and even used in rituals and spells by some occultists.
Hubbard claims he got the idea for the ARC communication triangle from the Tarot. In his 1952 lectures, Hubbard also referred to the Tarot cards, saying that they were not simply a system of divination but a "philosophical machine". He gave particular mention to the Fool card, saying "The Fool of course is the wisest of all. The Fool who goes down the road with the alligators at his heels, and the dogs yapping at him, blindfolded on his way, he knows all there is and does nothing about it...nothing could touch him" (30).
The only Tarot pack which has a alligator on the Fool Card is Crowley's . When I interviewed Gerald Armstrong, Hubbard's archivist, in 1984, he told me of a Hubbard scale dating from the 1940's. At the base of the scale was the word "animals". It then ascended through "labourers, farmers, financiers, fanatics" and "the Fool" to "God". Hubbard seemed to have seen himself as the Fool and was perhaps trying to create a trampoline of fanatics through whom he could achieve divinity. Indeed, if Scientology could live up to its claims, then Hubbard would be a "godmaker".
Of course, the Tarot pack also contains the Empress card and knowing this it is finally possible to understand what Hubbard believed his "Guardian Angel" to be.
Like Crowley, Hubbard started a religion that had a grade system. The O.T.O. has a grade system of 11 levels, and Scientology has 8 levels, with several that are yet to be released. The Pre-Clears and Clears of Scientology would seem to correspond to "Neophytes" and "Postulants" of most occult orders. The grades of Scientology are called "Operating Thetans" or "OT" for short. OT 1 and OT2 might be thought of as Scientology's "outer court" or "blue lodge" like that of an occult order, since the Xenu material is not revealed until OT3.
Occult orders never give the memebrs all the knowledge, but instead, only give out certain information as the member progresses up the scale. At some levels, a member might be told that certain things he previously learned weren't true, and then told what the order actually believes. This certainly sounds like Scientology! Scientology is actually much more like an occult order than a church!
Like Crowley, Hubbard used followers and disgarded them when they were no longer useful. The odd thing about Crowley was the number of followers that went stark raving insane after knowing him. Rather than giving people self mastery and enlightenment, Crowley gave them insanity instead. Many ex-Scientologists say the same thing about Co$ as well.
Crowley had a penchant for sado-masochism, which Hubbard also seems to have had according to his son Ron DeWolfe.
Crowley likened the occult as to climbimg a mountain, and if an occultist made a misstep, he would fall into the abyss below. Scientology has a "Bridge Total Freedom" , and on one edition of "What Is Scientology?" it shows a bridge leading up to a red clay plateu, sort of like a mountain. Scientologists are warned not to get off the bridge once they have started (being "Off Purpose" in Scientology lingo).
Central to Crowley's writings was the development of the will. Hubbard believed a strong postulate (Scientology lingo for a "strong will") was required to achieve anything in life. The idea that one's will most not be intefered with was part of the original teachings of Dianetics. One reason Hubbard gave for not liking traditional therepy as the therapist often came to a conclusion on behalf of the patient.
All occult orders promise their followers they will teach them how to develop occult powers like telepathy, psychokenisis, and astral projection. Scientology teaches a person can develop ESP, Astral Projection (exteriorizing), and have mental control over MEST (Mater Energy Space and Time), as well as total recall with enough training.
Hubbard's friend Jack Parson experimented in what might now be called "Nuero Linguisitc Programing" of sorts. Parsons would record things on a tape recorder that would turn on with a timer while he was asleep. Some of things he would record are "You have magic powers. You are the great beast, 666. You are poweful and no one can stop you", and so forth.
Hubbard also apparently tried the same trick. A document circulated on the Internet called "The Confessions of L. Ron Hubbard" purports to be a script of one of Hubbard's homemade self improvement tapes. During the 1984 Armstrong trial, extracts from Hubbard's voluminous self-hypnotic affirmations were read into the record. The statements, hundreds of pages of them, are written in red ink and Hubbard frequently drew pictures of the male genitalia alongside the text . Amongst his suggestions to himself we find" "Men are my slaves", "Elemental Spirits are my slaves" and "You can be merciless whenever your will is crossed and you have every right to be merciless" (http://www.factnet.org/Scientology/lrhoccult.htm).
Crowley's system of "magickal" development relied heavily on drugs. Crowley believed that by use of his Thelema a person could develop the will to the point where drugs like Heroin, Hasish, and Cocaine would not be addictive. Of course, Crowley couldn't do this himself, and he became a drug addict.
L. Ron Hubbard would have been aware of Crowley's use of drugs as part of occult development. Even though Hubbard's Scientology teaching strictly prohibts any drug use and even frowns on perscription medications of any kind, he nevertheless used drugs himself according to his son L Ron Hubbard Jr., who later changed his name to Ron DeWolf.
His version of his father's life, in fact, is radically different from that painted by the Church. Scientology publications portray the senior Hubbard as an idealistic young man who traveled the world in search of truth an explorer, writer, filmmaker, soldier, and humanitarian, highly educated and eager to eliminate the ills of modern society. But DeWolfe flatly says:
"Better than 90 percent of what my father has written about himself is untrue."
He tells harrowing tales of his own childhood, recalling how during World War II "my father used to mix phenobarbital with bubble gum and give it to me and my sister I remember the darn stuff was very bitter. Then he would tell us stories, great stories, but I could never remember him finishing a lot of them. He would feed us bubble gum, and then try to put us in hypnotic trances in order to create what he called a moonchild."
This, says DeWolf, stemmed from his father's continual interest in black magic and the occult. Apparently Hubbard didn't give up on the idea of creating a Moonchild after his break with Parsons.
DeWolf himself was born prematurely, weighing two pounds, two ounces, andsaid in an interview,
" I wasn't exactly born, I was aborted. He was trying to do an abortion bit on me. He had one of those insane things, especially during the '30s, of trying to invoke the devil for power and practices. My mother told me about him trying out all kinds of various incantations, drugs and hypnosis...His initials for it were PDH : pain, drugs, hypnosis. The use of PDH, coupled with black magic, was an effective for of brainwashing or mind control. You'll see throughout early Scientology literature, PDH."
DeWolf also describes his father as a wife-beater. "He used to beat her up quite often. He had a violent, volcano-type temper, and he smacked her around quite a bit. I remember in 1946 or 1947 when he was beating up my mother one night. I had a .22 rifle and I sat on the stairway with him in my sights, and I almost blew his head off." Crowley too, was also known to physically abuse his own wives and mistresses.
Then, in 1950 when DeWolf was 18, the senior Hubbard wrote the phenomenal best-selling book which gave birth to the Church of Scientology, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The Book, according to its publishers, documented the results of Hubbard's intensive research on roughly 280 "case histories." But DeWolf said in the same interview:
"All were subcreated by Dad. None of them were case histories whatsoever; they were done strictly out of his mind, sitting at a typewriter in a few weeks times."
DeWolf's relation to his father allowed him to rise rapidly in the world of Dianetics, and he was one of the original incorporators of the very first Church of Scientology in New Jersey in 1954. Later he became the chief instructor of advanced clinical courses both in England and the United States, delivering many of his lectures, he says, off the top of his head while stoned on drugs. "Also later on, I became Executive Secretary, which meant that I was the head of Scientology in the United States."
DeWolf says he was present at the 1954 convention of Scientologists in Arizona at which his father fired a pistol into the floor, thus allegedly demonstrating the process called "R2-45" shooting a "Supressive Person" in the head. "I thought he was kidding and that it was a blank, but it wasn't; there was a hole in the floor. It was for real; he meant it."
During the '50s, DeWolf continues, he conned people out of their money, used black magic, distributed drugs, and took advantage of the church's female followers, participating in private orgies with his father and three or four women. "His theory was that one has to open or crack a woman's soul in order for the satanic power to pour through it and into him,"
This technique sounds similar to those used in many occult groups that practice "sex magic".
Dewolf said in a magazine interview. "It got kind of far out, culminating in a variety of sex acts. Dad also had an incredibly violent temper. He was into S&M and would beat his mistresses and shoot them full of drugs." His father used amphetamines and cocaine, DeWolf says, plus some hallucinogens. The women serving L. Ron Hubbard, says his son, "were very good at doing the dirty work, at running money or drugs back and forth. They were very good in any of the dirty tricks-department, because they had absolutely totally slavish devotion to L. Ron Hubbard.
When Crowley started Thelema, he told his followers he was to be a "demi-god", or half man, half god. Hubbard seems to have filled this role in Scientology.
REINCARNATION AND SPACE ALIENS
Crowley, like most occultists, believed in reincarnation. In fact recalling past lives was very important to his system of occultism.
"There is no more important task than the exploration of one's previous incarnations." ( from Liber Thisarb)
Likewise in Scientology, recalling past lives is essential to ascending on the "Bridge to Total Freedom".
Crowley claims he made contact with a being called "Aiwaz" (I was), which probably a parody on the Judeo-Christian God , who called Himself "I Am", when he addressed Moses. One of Crowley's many self proclaimed successors, Kenneth Grant, claimed Aiwaz was actually a space alien, and turned his version of Crowley's Thelema into somewhat of a UFO cult, many of which sprang up around the time of Scientology. Crowley drew a picture of one of the demons he communicated with he called "Lam", and it does seem to look like a 50's era science fiction space alien.
Almost all Scientologists seem to "recall" past lives involving being space aliens long ago.
So Scientology is very similar in thse to aspects as well!
How can someone who followed a man who called himself the Anti-Christ be the founder of a benevolent religion? How can Scientology be anything other than yet another Crowley inspred occult order?
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