SCIENTOLOGY: What I like about it.

What do I like about my religion?

It isn’t necessarily what others might think I should or shouldn’t like about it, or what any other Scientologist likes about it.

It may or may not be the kind of thing that others might also like about their faith.

It’s certainly not what the media will tell you are the reasons to like or dislike it; the media is singularly ill-qualified to speak, it seems, on any spiritual matters at all.

It actually might apply to me and me alone. But here is what I personally like about it and why.

Scientology is something I can understand. First of all, It is a “Doing” religion, as opposed to a “Believing” religion. It is a body of knowledge, that I can use as I see fit. To me it has had tremendous workability– that is, I use it to bring about changes in my life that I wish to bring.

Over a quarter century of my own personal application of this knowledge has proven to me that it is effective, and continues to be effective even when the challenges are great.

I know that I am personally evolving because of Scientology. And I have also seen that evolution in others.

Scientology helps me understand the complexities of the world, and position myself and my actions so that I contribute to the parts I like, and withhold my allegiance to the parts I don’t agree with.

It stresses personal responsibility, which of course is shared by many other religions, but to a degree that I believe is unique.

When I look around at areas in life that deserve my support, the activities of Scientology are the ones that engage me, because they always empower the individual, and never rely on force or degradation to achieve their goals.

Age-old problems like war, insanity and crime are confronted and addressed by Scientology in a way that I know I can participate in, and will have a broadly positive result.

I know that by applying the principles of Scientology, I can add to the civilization, not diminish it by repeating the same ancient errors, like punishment, prejudice, combat, blame, bigotry and hate.

Everything in Scientology, I have found, empowers the individual.

I believe that those that state otherwise have either never taken an honest look at Scientology, or are blinded by their own ignorance or crimes to even its most basic principles.

I like Scientology because the Scientologists I know are fun, productive and pleasant people, and when they are not, I know they are at least making steady progress towards becoming so. (I was not always so fun, productive or pleasant either, but where I have improved it has been through my application of Scientology fundamentals, and no other approach.)

I like Scientology because I like things to make sense, and in a world as crazy as this one, things that make sense seem few and far between, and more valuable every day.

I love people, and I love what people do to help one another, and to make the world a more orderly, friendly and beautiful place. Scientology is for those people, and anyone who is active in creating order, peace,  friendliness or beauty is a friend of mine, regardless of their religious beliefs.

I like Scientology because it respects the religions of others and makes no demand on others to convert. One can be as good a Catholic, Jew or Buddhist as they like and still be a Scientologist.  Or, if one doesn’t wish to become a Scientologist, that’s fine too.  It isn’t for everybody.

As a Scientologist, I don’t consider myself better than other people just because of my faith. I believe we are all caught up in the same traps, and will fare far better if we aid each other in escaping them than by picking fights with each other.

I don’t even consider the Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, to be divine; he himself said many times that he was just a man. One doesn’t even have to like him, although most of us wind up loving him as a dear friend for all the work he did on our behalf; millions of words in books, hours of recorded lectures, courses, drills and other ways to help people he would never personally meet.

Scientology has helped me understand and appreciate myself and my family, my own creations, my career, my affairs with others, my relationship to nature and the world around me.

I can enjoy the richness of life because I look at life through the eyes of a Scientologist; noticing and supporting the things that encourage survival, taking actions to obstruct or stop things that threaten survival, while respecting all people of goodwill.

So, that’s what I like about it.  There are other things, but perhaps these will serve to give you some idea.

As the late, great Isaac Hayes used to say, “You don’t have to like Scientology, but respect it.”

I respect you, your religion, or your personal decision to belong to no religion at all.

If you will respect mine, we can be friends.  And that would be splendid.

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  1. And a finer friend would be difficult to find than Jim Meskimen!

  2. Well said, professor!

  3. Well said. Respect to you from this curious non-Scientologist.

  4. Elegantly said!

  5. Hi there. I am not a Scientologist. Basically all I know about it is probably from the media. I do not dislike people because of their beliefs or practices. This blog is very interesting and makes me want to investigate more. Thank you much for you input.

  6. Thank you Jim! That was very well stated.

  7. I agree. One of the things I really like about Scientology is that it really untraps the artist and creator in us.

  8. Very well said.
    The really telling thing about Scientology which demonstrates it is a religion based on order and workability is evidenced by those that have used it and stopped for whatever reason. As if by magic, chaos and confusion reemerges in life. It’s such a peculiar thing, lol. So, I see why you like it and use it, Jimmy.

  9. I’ve been interested in scientology for some time now, and agree very much with all you just said, but what I don’t see is why it has to cost so much to be a member… If it’s truly about helping people and the world, than why not have all the information be free, like most other religions?
    Again, I’m curious and respectful of this belief and what it is all about. I didn’t come here to bash scientology – it’s just an honest question.

    • Hi, Maria,
      Thanks for writing to me about my Blog entry, which must have been forwarded to you by one of your friends.

      First of all, thanks for not bashing Scn! It’s hard to talk to haters.

      Your question is a good one, so I wanted to answer as soon as I got back from a trip abroad.

      First, I have a question for you, if that is alright: who told you it costs a lot to be a member? Or that the information ISN’T free?

      The fact is, most of the information in Scn is free. At least, as free as any other religion in the 21st Century. You can find enough information to not only get a good idea of the quality of wisdom contained in Scientology, but actually change conditions in your life by the use of it by going to the Scn website at http://www.scientology.org and looking at some of the videos.

      If you want to go to a library and get a book by L. Ron Hubbard, don’t worry, they are all there. The parishioners themselves have donated millions of copies of all of Hubbard’s books to libraries literally all over the world. That cost us some money, but it was voluntary, and we know not everyone can afford even a book.

      Our Volunteer Minister program is the largest volunteer organization on earth today. We visit disaster sites and administer help to victims and emergency rescue organizations at no cost. And our ministers also help out with everyday “disasters” at home, large and small, just as volunteers.

      There are free services every day in every church of Scientology in the world. One just needs to look.

      Of course, as in any religion, if one is interested in receiving services that involve the work of many staff members, or of classroom or study materials etc., this necessitates a donation. No religion can operate to serve it’s members or the community without contribution. Churches use water, electricity, food and other things, and I’m sure you wouldn’t expect that to be free.

      And some upper level services, which require many hundreds of individuals to administrate records, deliver training, and do the myriad of other chores that allow parishioners to progress in their spiritual journey, do require greater contribution on the part of the person who desires it.

      The way I look at it, Maria, is that Scientology IS free, and when there is a charge for something, to recompense the organization that is expending resources and man-hours to get it to me, then in my experience it is one of the biggest bargains going. Because what is it worth, for example in my case, to no longer have any negative effects from past drug use, or any problems with drugs at all? What would it have cost me had I NOT handled that problem with Scientology? Millions? My life? My family? What is the price of that, compared to the hundreds I spent in getting completely the problem completely and irreversibly handled?

      Sometimes people who are critical of Scientology will point to certain things and infer that it is expensive, or a rip off. One would only have this fear if they had no idea of what that Scientology service could do for an individual. The world is not just a place where “Everything has a price” and “Money is everything”, indeed, most of the treasures of life are without price, and Scientology (which is a word which means Knowledge) is such a treasure to me.

      The other factor is Ability. Scientology increases one’s abilities, and one can then do more highly skilled work, make more money and, if one chooses, help others by tithing or donating to causes of one’s choosing. I’m very proud of the donations my wife and I have made over the years. Once again, seems like a bargain to me.

      I hope this will shed new light on things for you. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to write.

      All the best, Jim

      • Please send me your email address, your correct one (the one at yahoo.com was bounced back to me, and I will make sure you get a book.
        Sorry for the trouble. I am very perplexed by what you have told me, as my understanding was that libraries were well provided with LRH books, but possibly they have been checked out. What part of the world do you live in?

  10. Lovely post! Thanks, I enjoyed reading it :)

  11. Dear Jim,

    We liked how you wrote this. Friends from Czech Republic

  12. Well now, that makes it very understandable.

  13. I have been a Scientologist since 1974 and I don’t think I could have put it more eloquently. All I can add is that I use what I know of Scientology daily as an educator and as a songwriter – and life just gets better and better for me and the people around me.

  14. Although I’m a committed, liberal Catholic (and sometimes I oughta be committed, not for being Catholic but for being Dougic), I, too, have found the Scientologists I personally know to be fun, pleasant, productive people — and that, of course, includes you (truly). When I researched world religions for software and a handbook I once published, I found that what was held most sacred by people around the world and down through history was truth — or “reality” (Yahweh, Allah, Brahman, Tao, Kami, etc. et al.)] or the undefinable (even unnamable, as for Buddhists)], infinite, eternal source or essence thereof. And as a Catholic growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, I was taught that “God is love.” So I feel that whatever helps a person discover and value truth and love — whether it’s a formal religion (like for my mom) or philosophy (like for some of my agnostic or even atheist friends) or just plain “common sense” (like for my dad) — that’s good stuff (and shortly before she passed away, Mom told me not to hold the sins of some, as in the Church, against the good will and works of the many … you and I both were lucky/blessed with good mothers).

    Keep on finding and practicing and enjoying all the good stuff life has to offer! Yes, it is a fabulous “gallery” we live in, Jimbo.

    Your amigo,

    Doug, the elder ;)

  15. How can I share your eloquent insights?

  16. Just…beautiful.

  17. Dear Jim,

    I definitely congratulate you on writing this blog post so beautifully. I am a Scientologist of 11 years and I feel exactly the same way.

    Love,
    Vik

  18. [...] Impressions of the Day: Actor and self-identified Scientologist Jim Meskimen, who you may remember from that one episode of The King of Queens, impersonates [...]

  19. [...] in film, but he’s also an impressionist, cartoonist (e.g. “Thundercats”), Scientologist, and voice over artist – he even exhibits and sells his own original realist oil paintings. [...]

    • Thanks for mentioning me and linking to my video and Blog!
      There is one error I would like you to correct; my father Freeman Meskimen did NOT appear in the movie “Our Lips Are Sealed”, that was me. My father retired from acting in the late 1950’s.

  20. i liked your blog, I want to tell thank you for your compitency.(i`m from russia)

    • we proud you )

  21. You have set such a great example for all to follow – toward being a great husband, father, artist and one who cares about others. A wonderful accomplishment in this very complicated world. Thank you for sharing your words.

  22. Really well said. I’m a Scientologist since 1980 and you really expressed what our religion is all about

  23. I shall respect your choice, but I should point out that you’ve also just described the Quakers, mostly, in your essay

    • Thank you. In my experience, most religions share many things in common. I don’t think that similarity in faith devalues either. Practices may vary widely, but core philosophies may indeed (although outside of having some Quaker friends I know little about their beliefs) harmonize well.

  24. Thank you, Jim. This is a very nice post that really gives one a good impression. I also liked your explanation about why it costs something.

  25. Thanks Jim for sharing your insights about Scientology.
    For a relatively new religion, we are not terribly persecuted or misunderstood.
    The Christians were fed to lions, the Jews held in camps and exterminated, other groups were gassed and burned at stakes.
    We get occasional bad press.
    The world is definitely improving!
    Emilie

  26. You are a very fine human being, which speaks volumes! Howie

  27. All very real to me!

  28. I’ve been a Scientologist since 1962. My life would not have been as much fun, nor have given me as much happiness as I am having if I had not become a member of the Church of Scientology.
    I was a shy, withdrawn teenager who would worry for days if someone said something negative to me.
    Now I am a confident woman who gets great joy out of helping others. Thanks Jim for writing this blog. Like you I know that what the Church has given me is priceless and I would gladly have paid millions for that – but I paid very little, less than the price of a new car.
    My best regards, Barbara Dowling.


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