A revolutionary action has occurred in Scientology within the last month. Those responsible for maintaining the integrity of the materials of Scientology (that’s the Religious Technology Center, to whom L. Ron Hubbard left the rights to all the materials he developed over his long and prodigious life) recently completed a major project where they went back to the original handwritten or tape recorded transcripts of the “basic books” — such as Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health, and revised and reissued all the basic books based on things that they found had been transcribed incorrectly or left out or added incorrectly.
This is a big deal for Scientologists, as the basic books (there are about 20 of them) contain most of the information about the religion of Scientology. So the re-issued books were made available, along with extension courses for each of them, and most Scientologists are busily studying these basic books at home or in course rooms in the various Scientology churches around the world.
At the same time they re-issued (on CD) two of my all-time favorite tape lectures made by L. Ron Hubbard, which cover some of those same basics. That would be the Phoenix Lectures (made in 1952 in Phoenix, Arizona, where L. Ron Hubbard first figured out what makes the human spirit tick) and the Philadelphia Doctorate Lectures (made in late 1952 and early 1953 in Philly).
I can’t wait to start the first extension course. I’ll be re-studying the revised and reissued Dianetics book. Just received my extension course pack in the mail, and I’m raring to go! I’ll try to post to this blog with updates on my progress.