By Lana M
When you have spent years in the Sea Org (or on staff), you re-enter society with a lot of Scientology knowledge – but with little to no qualifications or experience that make it easy to enter the general work force in society.
Arriving back home in 2005, penniless, with no assets of any kind, and without a resume that can be pulled out, or a network of business or social contacts to rely on – it was a challenge to get a paying job and all the basic necessities of a roof over my head, etc.
Our past work is not real to the general person – heck, I have tried to explain my 17 years in the SO, and 13 years at the Int base to friends here, and they have real trouble understanding. And how do you explain all the different jobs to someone. And how do you transpose your production record into terms that make sense?
I was resentful for a while, as I felt I had spent 17 years of my adult life dedicated to a 24/7 lifestyle to “Clear the Planet”, and was handed only $500 severance pay on departure, which was not even enough to cover my airfare home.
I have come to see however, in the last 8 years, that my past is actually irrelevant.
It is not about whether I have a tertiary degree, or years of experience in some corporate world (or the public service). And it is not about having worked for 20 years in industry executive positions.
All of this has little impact actually.
The truth is that those of us who have worked in the SO, or on staff, have some fantastic skills that are way better than a tertiary degree in a million years.
With study tech, we are quick students, and able to both learn and apply in a short amount of time.
With auditing tech, we have communication skills that can get us through the stickiest of situations and, through the use of the communication formula, resolve situations and be the person that people look to help sort out issues, problems and even management.
With the Data Series, we can find right whys, and solve problems – in a way that impresses.
With the Management technology (and even with the simple Dev-T Series) we can be incredibly efficient and handle large volumes of work, and set up organisations and make them produce even better.
Further, we have the skill to be able to change direction and get involved in new interests, new industries, new areas – something many are scared to do, or apprehensive about.
And then of course there are the TRs in life, and Word Clearing tech, and Public Relations, and many others.
I was talking to a woman recently and she asked if I regretted working in the inner fraternity (Sea Org) of the Church of Scientology – and did I feel that it had hindered me, now, some 20 years later? I answered no. I don’t regret anything.
Yes, I went through traumatic experiences, and horrific scenes at the Int base. Yes, I had needed BPC handled on injustices and out-tech. Yes, there was a decompression of several years, to gain back my certainty on things.
But even still, I gained skills and competence and endurance that have been invaluable. I use my skills every day in work – across many different industries.
And there is actually little significance for me and others, about my past – it is about creating and using these tools into the future that excites me. And we all have these assets.
The past means nothing. It is how a person uses what he knows and can do, to build a future, that is now very real to me.
“The value of past experiences lies in the estimation of the future.
“Past experiences are not nearly as valuable as one might suppose. There is an enormous emphasis on the value of experience. Go to make out an application form for a job and you will find that they are mostly concerned with experience. It is a sort of trap to enslave people, giving their experiences such value. Actually a snapping bright mind and an alert body are worth a hundred thousand years of “experience” behind some dusty desk or counter and an ability to do a “quick study” of a subject is so much more valuable than an education— complete with a hundred A’s— in that subject that one might be led to suppose that maybe “education” as it is laughingly called might possibly be over stressed. Check your history and you will discover that the men whose marble busts adorn the modern halls of learning did not themselves have a formal education: Bacon, Spencer, Voltaire, etc., etc., etc., down the whole list; two or three exceptions prove the rule.
“Not even long study has as much value as people might have wanted you to believe. Your life, from any instant in it, can be free of all past experience and your carbon- oxygen motor would continue to run and you could pick up what you needed to know in a couple of months, even change your name and yet survive handsomely. If you won a Nobel prize last year, that’s tough: you will try madly to keep the experience and be a Nobel prize winner instead of trying to be enthusiastic enough in the tomorrow’s to win another prize.
“The getting is the sport, the having is a defensive action and makes you a platoon pinned down by enemy fire. Thus with experience as with MEST.” LRH Handbook for Preclears, Third Act.