“Life is what you make of it. Always has been. Always will be.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Good news! The Bridge is available and achievable. Regardless of one’s previous experiences, despite feelings of betrayal or hopelessness, there is hope and there are options. Many have come to Scientology, or are interested in learning about it, out in the field. They have avoided any of the negative experiences that others have suffered under the thumb of the “Church.”
Others had the benefit of being immersed in the “Church” with the phenomenal opportunities for auditing, as well as learning and applying the technology and Ron’s policies. Whether they left the “Church” because they were treated poorly, they developed an understanding of the misapplication of the technology that is evident there, or were forcibly removed by declaration, there may be a feeling of deep loss. Where do they go from there? Is the Bridge lost to them? The short answer is “No.” The Bridge is available in the field to those who left the church, as well as those who are new to Scientology.
The Take Away
Often people stay in the “Church” long after they are aware that there are some major outpoints, or discrepancies. They do this for a few reasons. One common reason is they doubt that they will be able to continue up the Bridge if they leave. They feel they may be destined to continue incarnating in the muck with no end, or liberation in sight. Why wouldn’t they feel that way? That is what they have been told as a great way to keep them “in line.” As written in Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” lie, steal, and try to take from the people what gives them purpose, that way they can be controlled.
Why are you taking our Christmas tree [Bridge]? Why?
But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick,
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
And his fib fooled the child.”
When those who choose to leave the “Church,” or those who are declared as a punishment, find themselves outside of the realm of its influence, they often experience a period of decompression. They often grieve what they feel they’ve lost. They don’t always know where to turn.
What is a Church?
After the definition referring to a building designated for Christian worship, the Oxford Dictionary defines the word “church” to mean “institutionalized religion (a particular system of faith and worship, a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance) as a political or social force.” By that definition, the “Church” is the “Church.” If referencing the definition specifying buildings for religious use, then ANY building used to further “a particular system...pursuit...to which someone ascribes supreme importance” is a church. It can also refer to a group with a common purpose.
Reality Perceived is Reality Achieved
In every moment, one has a chance to view things through his or her attitude. One can view things as a victim and lament the past, or one can view things as a challenge and become “the Solver.” When Ron was driven from Great Britain, he did not say, “All is lost.” He went elsewhere. He went to the ship and continued. When deprived of services provided by the “Church,” one can choose to say “All is lost,” or one can choose to go elsewhere and continue.
The reality is that the primary things that have been withheld are the superficial aspects of the “Church.” The important things are still available. The technology is still available. The Bridge is still available. There are several knowledgeable auditors, case supervisors, and course supervisors, around the world, ready and willing to be of assistance out in the field, many of whom are quite reasonably priced.
As stated by Dr. Seuss:
“It started in low, then it started to grow.
But this sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded glad!"
How could it be so?
"Maybe [the Bridge], he thought, doesn't come from a store [the “Church”].
Maybe [the Bridge], perhaps, means a little bit more!”
Rather than viewing it as a loss, it can be viewed as an opportunity. As one reaches for the Bridge, possibilities and favorable circumstances present themselves. Join others with a common purpose, creating better individuals in a better place. Particularly in this holiday season, one should consider giving himself or herself the everlasting gift of the Bridge. What New Year’s resolution could be more satisfying, personally redeeming, as well as the greatest good for all humanity than ascending the Bridge and perhaps eventually training and auditing others?
"[The Bridge] is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp.
[The Bridge] will always be
Just as long as we have we."
No one can take away or withhold something that is not his to control. The future is made by those living it. If one seeks to ascend the Bridge, he or she must reach for it.