By Lana Mitchell
The future of Scientology is not going to look like what we have experienced or seen in the last 40+ years.
There are many reasons for this and they all come under the big shift that is occurring in marketing and organization and technology on this planet.
Fall of the monopoly: For so long there has been a monopoly on the technology of Dianetics and Scientology – but this is no longer the case. All materials from the bottom of the Bridge to the advanced levels are in the field. Even the original LRH OT levels are available and being delivered. This means that the tech is there for use and does not require that a person mortgage their 2nd house and sell their children to reach OT.
Exponential rate of change: The declining cost of factors of production continue to allow innovation at levels not experienced in the last thousand years. If you think the world is moving fast, buckle your seatbelt, as it is only going to get faster as more and more of the world get connected.
Technology advances: Technology is moving ahead so quickly. The e-meter is now available digitally, in many different forms. At an Open House here 2 weeks ago we were testing two different models and there are several others available. In a blink of an eye it will be the norm to have a tablet meter with the capacity to replay the session and see the reads, hear the audio and even see the TRs of the auditor.
There is also the technology of the internet, with wiki’s, with social media, with smart phones and more. All of this will have a vast impact on the application of Scientology tech into the future, as well as communication and dissemination of results. In fact, much of LRH’s policy (such as the 3 basket system, magazine policy, CF/Addresso and many others) is superseded by advancing technologies.
Abandonment of a bureaucratic management: There will be no need for a highly structured, and heavily controlled (and costly) management structure (ie Sea Org). In fact, the whole concept that a vast group need be created to “run” Scientology has already been thrown out. Instead, a network of delivery and dissemination groups will coordinate and collaborate as they need to, and decentralization will lead to a bottom-up economy where those at grass root level are best poised to benefit (rather than a ‘status-driven” IAS membership where progress up The Bridge and your own personal worth is judged on how much money you can hand over).
End of Orgs as we knew them: The idea that you have to have a central location where that is the only place you can receive auditing or training is already changing. Instead, we are looking at many different delivery and dissemination units and groups that work together as needed, to best service and move people up The Bridge.
Individual initiative: Our future will work around and be based on individual initiative, rather than on the group bank. The past is littered with failed efforts of many, who have tried to get a project launched, or approval on a newly authored book, newly structured checksheet or to get agreement to do a far-reaching dissemination project. We don’t need approval from anyone anymore. You want to run workshops on Communication? Well go for it! You want to write a book? Now you can.
The future: Milestone Two was formed with all the above in mind. The future is not about creating some new “all-controlling” or even a “dictating” body or group – but about supporting and helping all of the above to occur – as it already is beginning to do.
We have a series of Open Houses being planned for mid-November in many different places on the planet, simultaneously, in accord with this, and you will be hearing more on this in short order.
“The Goal of Scientology: The end object of Scientology is not the making into nothing of all of existence or the freeing of the individual of any and all traps everywhere. The goal of Scientology is making the individual more capable of living a better life in his own estimation and with his fellows and the playing of a better game.” LRH PAB 86, 29 May 1956