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Scientology Initiative to Help Educators Empower Their Students

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Seminars for hundreds of educators hosted by the Scientology headquarters in South Africa over the past two months launched an initiative to tackle a crisis affecting the country and the entire continent. As UNESCO observed Africa Week May 22-25, officials at the Education World Forum 2022 in London brought home the urgency of reversing the educational crisis affecting the continent.

An estimated 53 percent of children in low- and middle-income countries cannot read or understand a simple story by the end of primary school. In poor countries, the level is as high as 80 percent. And despite the continent's abundant resources, 34 percent of African families live below the poverty line.

In South Africa nearly half the country lived in poverty in 2015, a situation that has only worsened with the pandemic.

The Church of Scientology, seeking to tackle this crisis, began a series of seminars held at Kyalami Castle, Scientology headquarters in South Africa, over the past two months.

Teachers from all levels of South Africa's basic education system and representatives of the Gauteng Department of Education and the National Department of Higher Education attended. And they were thrilled with what they learned:

A recent graduate who has just received her teaching degree wondered why she was never taught these skills before. "It makes so much sense," she said. "This will change my entire way of teaching and helping my students."

"The way the seminar was presented to us is exactly the way we need to conduct our training," said a life orientation programme coordinator from the Gauteng Department of Education. "Your presentation is so interactive and this is what we are lacking ... everyone needs these skills."

The program equipped the educators "with the teaching techniques we need to help any student understand and apply what they are studying and it will make us better teachers," said a life orientation and inclusion specialist for the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The program is based on Study Technology, methods developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard for the training of Scientology religious counselors, which has tremendous application in the secular sphere. Based on a comprehensive understanding of the actual barriers to effective learning, Study Technology provides precise tools to overcome these barriers, ensuring the ability to learn and apply any body of knowledge. A free introductory online course on Study Technology is available in 18 languages including Zulu through the Scientology website.

It is the ability to impart this knowledge to their students that revitalized educators attending the recent seminars, because with these basics their students can learn the skills they need to escape poverty and set a new course for themselves, their communities and countries.

For more information on the practical application of this technology, watch an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network on the work of Dr. Olatunde Odewumi whose program to train educators in Nigeria has introduced this new method of education to hundreds of thousands in his country.

Castle Kyalami serves as a home for the community and a nexus for all who share the goal of bettering the lives of individuals and strengthening communities across the region, nation and all of Africa. Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated Kyalami Castle on New Year's Day 2019, reaffirming the commitment of Mr. Hubbard that "from Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization on this planet."

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Join the Church of Scientology in a Celebration of the Magic of Copenhagen

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Church of Scientology Copenhagen is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new home in the heart of the city. Meet staff and parishioners in an episode of "Destination: Scientology" and learn what makes their city so special and how these qualities resonate with the city's Scientologists.

Share their pride in their Viking roots and their city that dates to the 12th century. See the city's green-spired domes, its castles, Tivoli, and the statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid in the harbor.

Wander down one of the longest and most vibrant walking streets in Europe - filled with buskers, shops and restaurants of every description - to the beautifully restored historic landmark in the very heart of the city that is home to the Church of Scientology.

"Destination: Scientology - Copenhagen" on the Scientology Network takes you inside this unique Scientology Church that was dedicated by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige on May 27, 2017. See how it fulfills its role as an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community - a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology Network debuted in 2018. Since launching, it has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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A Month of Community Celebrations at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With its purpose to serve as a home for the entire community, the Church of Scientology Los Angeles makes holidays special for local families. And May has been no exception. A Memorial Day festival Monday May 30 at the Church will round out a month of special activities.

May began with a rousing Cinco de Mayo fiesta - a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. A mariachi band set the tone of the day that was filled with Mexican food, piñata contests, and plenty of treats for the children.

Next, the Church hosted a Mother's Day party, complete with craft stations where kids created flower crowns, bouquets and Mother's Day cards. The "mommy and me" photo booth was filled all afternoon. And many more activities engaged the kids so mothers could spend some quality time trying out products at artisanal booths and chilling out at the Mother's Day massage and pampering stations all along L. Ron Hubbard Way.

Now East Hollywood neighbors are invited to save the date for a family fun festival on Memorial Day. From 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Monday May 30, there will be all-American barbecue, kids games, bouncy houses, an inflatable maze, a water slide (and splash pool for the younger children), sack races, hula hoop contests and arts and crafts with red, white and blue themes. And at 2:30 p.m., the Church will host a veterans recognition ceremony.

All are invited to head for the fun at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and L. Ron Hubbard Way.

The Church of Scientology Los Angeles is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community - a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Church, featured in an episode of Inside Scientology on the Scientology Network, was part of the special when Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige launched the network in 2018. Watch it on DIRECTV channel 320, at Scientology.tv, through mobile apps or via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Join Three Scientologists Whose Work Is a Celebration of Light

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In honor of International Day of Light, the Scientology Network features the impact of light on the work of artists featured in three episodes of the original series "Meet a Scientologist." UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, sets aside May 16 as International Day of Light to highlight the role of light in science, culture, art, education and sustainable development.

In honor of the day, the Scientology Network spotlights three episodes of the original series "Meet a Scientologist," featuring the work of men and women for whom light is the inspiration and medium of their art.

* János Héder, enthralled by the constellations and nebulae in the enormity of black space, sought to recreate the wonder he experienced through the creation of chandeliers that transform the spaces they illuminate. He and his wife Judit, fellow designer and joint CEO of Manooi Light Creations, and their team of designers and staff bring beauty and luminance to the world.

* Christy Lee Rogers uses the refraction of light through water to create works of photographic brilliance that have been compared to the works of Titian, Rubens and Caravaggio. Her artistic and personal journey and her role in forging a new respect for photography in the world of art is the subject of her episode.

* Tom Rigdon transforms light by faithful use of techniques used in creating the magnificent windows of Gothic and Renaissance churches. Stepping in to take over the faltering company for the wife of his best friend who died suddenly, he built the enterprise into a thriving studio, inspired by his belief that light is the most powerful aesthetic there is.

The Scientology Network debuted in 2018. Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network can be streamed at Scientology.tv and is available through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Church of Scientology Portland Celebrates its History and its Future

PORTLAND, Ore. -- May 11 marks the ninth anniversary of the Ideal Church of Scientology of Portland. The Church invites everyone to visit - whether in person or online. The Portland Church of Scientology holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of Scientologists. At the dedication of the Church on May 11, 2013, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige explained why.

Portland was the site of the 1985 Scientology Religious Freedom Crusade. Tens of thousands of Scientologists and other religious freedom advocates joined Portland Scientologists to protect their right to practice their religion in the face of a legal decision that violated First Amendment rights.

For some 60 days, they assembled for peaceful marches, concerts and candlelight vigils. And, in the end, the decision was reversed in a landmark legal victory affirming religious freedom in America.

"Portland was our test," said Mr. Miscavige at the grand opening of the new Church. "It was a test of our resolve, our fortitude and determination to avert a grave assault on the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. So when you look at where we stand today, remember it was all because our voices were heard."

That victory not only guaranteed "our inherent right to spiritual salvation," said Mr. Miscavige, but it was also "intrinsically linked to tolerance, brotherhood and the right of every faith to champion the divinity of humankind... And so I ask that you now extend your help to all who would dream of such a freedom, so they too may realize their destiny."

As it does in many cities, the Church meticulously preserved a building of historical importance. Its new home, the Sherlock Building, is recognized as among the most noteworthy late-19th- century structures in Portland.

The Church welcomes anyone wishing to visit to come right in. And those who can't make it in person are invited to do so through the Scientology Network.

Destination: Scientology-Portland is an episode of an original series on the Scientology Network that takes viewers inside Scientology Churches all around the world and discovers what makes each one unique.

The Church of Scientology Portland is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community - a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology Network debuted in 2018. Since launching, with a special episode featuring Mr. Miscavige, it has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network can be streamed at Scientology.tv and is available through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Scientology Churches Around the World Celebrate the Anniversary of Dianetics Today

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Published May 9, 1950, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" burst onto the scene, creating an international phenomenon that continues to this day. In Scientology Churches, Missions and groups on six continents, May 9 has a very special meaning. It marks the day that the first edition of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" rolled off the press. And it was only two years later that L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology, the world's youngest major religion.

"Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" created a whirlwind of excitement. It soon climbed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and remained there for 26 consecutive weeks.

Its effectiveness inspired immediate and dramatic response. Those reading the book connected with each other, teaming up to use this new technology. With 750 Dianetics groups cropping up in the United States, and many more across the English-speaking world, a new movement had begun.

Scientology Churches and Missions and Dianetics groups deliver Dianetics "auditing" - a term that comes from the Latin "to listen."

And with the book now in 50 languages, making the technology available to more than 90 percent of the world's population, Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, released a series of films, "How to Use Dianetics," along with a new Dianetics Seminar. These make it easy for anyone to put Dianetics to use in their life.

Dianetics helps people free themselves from nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets, insecurities and psychosomatic illnesses, with results like these:

Grant experienced panic attacks so severe that the left side of his face would go numb, making him feel almost paralyzed. He received a Dianetics session and by the time it was over, "the panic was gone," he says, "and I have never experienced a panic attack since."

When her son was born prematurely with respiratory distress syndrome from immature lung development, Cindy found herself unable to cope. After she and her husband brought their son back from the hospital, Cindy would wake up every time it got quiet, terrified her child had stopped breathing. "I was flooded with irrational waves of guilt, haunted by the question, why did it happen to me?"

Dianetics helped her through her emotional suffering. "I was able to separate out the pain from the memory and remove its negative influence over me and overcome these unfounded fears. I finally slept through the night for the first time since the delivery." And she was able to enjoy every moment with her son. "Rather than worry, I found peace."

Page's dad paid a visit to the doctor because he wasn't feeling right and came home with the news that he had terminal cancer. The shock of his death soon after was devastating to her. "I am so grateful for the Dianetics counseling I received when he died," she says. "I still miss him and love him, but afterward, the unbearable sense of loss was gone."

And the rewards of helping another using Dianetics is every bit as worthwhile. "I have salvaged marriages and helped people overcome drug addiction," says Melissa. "Auditing others gets you in tune with people. When you make one person happy it causes a ripple effect."

The Church of Scientology invites everyone to experience what L. Ron Hubbard made available on May 9, 1950, with the release of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," where he wrote, "You are beginning an adventure. Treat it as an adventure. And may you never be the same again."

Visit a Scientology Church or Mission to enroll on the Dianetics seminar.

"Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" may be ordered from a Church of Scientology, the book's publisher Bridge Publications, through Amazon.com and other bookstores.

Or for more information, visit the Scientology network and watch the films "What is Dianetics?" Dianetics: An Introduction and "The Dianetics of Grief." The Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and streams at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

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Church of Scientology Celebrates African World Heritage Day by Honoring Changemakers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The heritage of Africa depends on what we do now to ensure future generations flourish and prosper says the Church of Scientology. UNESCO set aside May 5 as African World Heritage Day to celebrate the continent's unique cultural and natural heritage and to "spearhead international efforts to draw on the vast potential of Africa's cultural and natural heritage as a force for poverty reduction and social cohesion."

The Church of Scientology sponsors humanitarian programs that address crucial factors preventing the realization of these goals: drug abuse, violation of human rights, illiteracy, and systemic corruption.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 88 percent of children of primary and lower secondary school age (202 million) were reported as not proficient in reading, and 84 percent (193 million) were not proficient in mathematics in 2015, according to the United Nations Statistics Division.

Substance abuse, particularly alcohol consumption, has been on the rise in Africa for years, according to the World Health Organization.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports that of 4,799 trafficking victims detected in 26 sub-Saharan African countries from 2016 to 2019, 3,336 were in West Africa including 2,553 children, and 80 percent of victims were trafficked for forced labor.

And according to Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland QC, sub-Saharan Africa received nearly $2 trillion in Foreign Direct Investment and official development assistance between 1980 and 2018, but lost more than $1 trillion to illicit financial outflows. "When looking at the whole of Africa, that figure rises to $1.3 trillion," she told anticorruption representatives gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for a conference May 3-6. "And let us be clear, $1.3 trillion could lift the 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day out of poverty."

Seen in the light of some 40 percent of the population in Africa being 15 years old and younger, effective programs that provide youth with the tools they need to address these crises are key to the future of this continent.

Voices for Humanity, an original series on the Scientology Network, features changemakers who are tackling these issues in Africa, helping youth of their countries rise up and achieve their full potential:

* Barry Paul fights against the culture of drugs and violence in his native Kenya. He leads a movement to educate youth on the dangers of drugs, inspiring them to choose a better path.

* Nfamara Jawneh spread the message of human rights in The Gambia after a brutal dictatorship massacred students protesting the regime. His campaign is credited with helping to usher in a new era of democracy in the country.

* Dr. Olatunde Odewumi witnessed the devastating impact of illiteracy in his native Nigeria. He confronted the issue by introducing a new method of education developed by L. Ron Hubbard and has since helped educate hundreds of thousands across the country.

* Zambian priest Teddy Sichinga has introduced poverty-stricken communities to "The Way to Happiness," a common-sense guide to better living. The results have been truly remarkable.

Each of these humanitarian initiatives is sponsored by the Church of Scientology and Scientologists. Thanks to their support, all written and audiovisual materials and educator resources are provided free of charge to educators, parents, community and religious leaders and anyone wishing to take effective action to ensure the full potential of their communities.

These and many more episodes of Voices for Humanity are available through the Scientology Network on DIRECTV Channel 320 and streaming at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

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On World Press Freedom Day: The Importance of Responsible Coverage of Religion

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On World Press Freedom Day May 3, the Church of Scientology emphasizes that with freedom must come responsibility.

As the Washington Post stated in a recent article, we live in "a media environment that thrives on conflict." But when that conflict marginalizes people because of their religion, the consequences can be dire.

The Church of Scientology International publishes a booklet to clarify religious freedom and its ramifications in today's troubled world.

With its purpose to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world, the Scientology Religious Freedom website and its religious freedom blog promote responsible coverage of religion, religious beliefs and practices, and adherents.

For example, the Scientology Religious Freedom Blog covered two recent studies that found nearly 60 percent of print articles and just under half of all television clips in the British media associate Muslims with terrorism or extremism.

But it is not only Muslims who suffer from slanted and biased media coverage. Hate crimes against Christians in 2020 rose 70 percent over the previous year in Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Sweden, and one factor was found to be "a high level of religious illiteracy" among journalists.

In India, mainline and social media is being blamed for anti-Muslim violence.

And this is not just a recent phenomenon. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has documented how media "served as an important tool to win over the majority of the German public who had not supported Adolf Hitler and to push forward the Nazis' radical program, which required the acquiescence, support, or participation of broad sectors of the population."

The Church of Scientology publishes the booklet "What is Freedom of Religion," which can be downloaded from the website. The Church does so because a vital component in preserving this fundamental human right is ensuring an understanding of the right to freedom of religion or belief and its meaning under universal human rights principles and international human rights law.

The booklet is designed to inform the public regarding the detailed and complex nature of the right to freedom of religion for believers and religious organizations of every faith.

An important feature of this booklet, and one particularly relevant to United Nations World Press Freedom Day, is the "Charter on Journalistic Ethics in Relation to Respect for Religion or Belief." This is a journalistic code for the coverage of religion. The code is based on the principle that journalists "are accountable for the social and political consequences of their actions and have a duty to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards." The standards the charter puts forward are based on broadly accepted human rights codes and instruments referred to in the booklet.

It is the responsibility of those who cherish freedom to ensure fair and accurate reporting of religion. Religious liberty has been likened to a canary in the coal mine - which we ignore at our own peril. Because when religious freedom is ignored, stifled or attacked it predicts the loss of other human rights.

From its beginnings the Church of Scientology has recognized that freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. In a world where conflicts are often traceable to intolerance of others' religious beliefs and practices, the Church has, for more than fifty years, made the preservation of religious liberty an overriding concern.

The Church of Scientology publishes daily blogs on this website to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

For more information, visit the Scientology website, Scientology Newsroom, Scientology TV network, and the Scientology Religious Freedom Blog.

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Join the Church of Scientology Miami as it Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary in its New Home

MIAMI, Fla. -- April 29, 2022 marks the anniversary of the dedication of the new Church of Scientology Miami by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige. The strong sense of community of Miami Scientologists, and their purpose and drive to bring real help, inspired Mayor Tomás Regalado to describe the Church as "an anchor for the community, alive with volunteerism," when he welcomed them to their new home in 2017. And this is a reputation they have more than lived up to throughout the past five years.

Miami, Florida, is a tropical paradise unlike any other. At its heart is a melding of Caribbean, Central and South American cultures creating a unique kaleidoscope of Latin sounds, tastes and rhythms. The Church of Scientology is an integral part of this culture and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the people who call this city home.

The best way to share the eclectic magic of the Church is to come by to find out more. It is located at 2220 South Dixie Highway in Coconut Grove. But if you live far away, an episode of Destination Scientology provides a glimpse behind the scenes.

Viewers see Miami through the eyes of local parishioners and staff, who share what makes Miami so special, including the city's world-famous beaches, Ocean Drive with its art deco splendor, some of the city's most popular eateries, and its Latin culture.

The Church of Scientology Miami is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community - a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology Network debuted in 2018. Since launching, with a special episode featuring Mr. Miscavige, it has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network can be streamed at Scientology.tv and is available through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the Magazine Article That Inspired an International Movement

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- 72 years ago, an article in Astounding Science Fiction hit the newsstands in April and set the stage for the explosive launch of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," which rolled out in May.

"Dianetics" sold out immediately, in no small part because of the enthusiasm of those who had read the magazine article and snapped up copies of the book. It was these men and women who helped propel the book onto bestseller lists, where it stayed week after week as news of its results spread.

Some 750 Dianetics groups sprang up across the United States, with more cropping up in English-speaking countries around the world. And many of the original adherents of Dianetics learned of the subject from this magazine article and ordered their copies as soon as the book rolled off the press.

In Melbourne, John Roberts could hardly wait to get his copy of the book. He learned of Dianetics from a fellow he worked with who had read the article. Roberts, a survivor of the notorious Japanese Changi prisoner of war camp in Malaysia, returned home at the end of World War II a shell of the man he was when he left to serve. And he knew it. Roberts read the article at his friend's suggestion and sent off by mail order for two copies of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health."

Roberts' daughter, now in her 90s, described how her father read the book cover to cover without putting it down. He and his friend immediately teamed up to deliver this technology to one another. It accomplished everything he'd hoped for and Roberts became an integral part of the movement that brought Dianetics and Scientology to his country.

Some 9,500 miles away from Melbourne, in Peoria, Illinois, George Seidler also learned about Dianetics from a friend. Seidler had served in the war as a medic and earned a Bronze Star Medal for bravery for crawling out of a bunker under fire to pull wounded soldiers to safety.

After the war, Seidler went college, courtesy of the GI Bill, and it was a classmate who told him about Dianetics. But Seidler wasn't interested.

"I was a scientist and a skeptic to end all skeptics," Seidler said in an interview in 2012. "My philosophy was-unless you can see it, feel it, touch it, it isn't worth bothering with."

Seidler challenged his friend, asking him, "How can you believe that stuff?" But he was actually intrigued with the idea of recovering his full potential, not to mention coming to grips with what he experienced during the war. He bought "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" and began reading it right away.

On page 2 of the book, Seidler came across something that completely changed his attitude.

"L. Ron Hubbard wrote that Man is basically good," he said. "I always believed that but never found anyone else who shared my views - certainly not in the religions I knew - but here was L. Ron Hubbard saying it. My wife got interested and started reading it too. Before long, we were fighting over whose turn it was with the one book, so I got a second copy."

Seidler was among those trained directly under L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 at the Dianetics Foundation in Los Angeles. And he continued as an ardent Dianeticist and Scientologist for the rest of his life, opening a Scientology Mission to make this technology of the mind, spirit and life available in his hometown in Illinois.

Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige describes how later, L. Ron Hubbard published the Astounding Science Fiction article as a book - "Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science." And it is in this book that Mr. Hubbard reveals the research methods by which he discovered the reactive mind - the portion of a person's mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis and is not under volitional control.

Today, "Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science" and "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" are available in 50 languages and anyone may study these books. Courses are available at Scientology Churches, Missions and groups across the globe and can also be done by mail or email through extension courses.

Anyone wishing to explore the revolutionary discoveries of Dianetics is invited to watch three films on the subject: "Dianetics: An Introduction," "The Dianetics of Grief," and "What is Dianetics?"

Produced by Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, these films are broadcast on the Scientology Network at DIRECTV 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

LEARN MORE:

https://www.scientology.tv/films-on-scientology-principles/dianetics-introduction.html

https://www.scientology.tv/films/dianetics/dianetics-of-grief.html

https://www.scientology.tv/films-on-scientology-principles/dianetics-introduction.html

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*VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt9SyNpirdo

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