by Lana M
I returned to Australia in 2005 after spending 17 years in the Sea Org. I landed with no money, a few boxes and suitcases and no real idea of what I was going to do for income. Luckily I had family who gave me a bed and supported me while I got my feet on the ground (and they were very happy to have me home).
My school peers already owned their first homes and most of them had had children who were now teenagers. They had well established career choices and in many cases were well advanced in those. But I was in my late 30’s and only just starting the whole process.
My then-husband told me that the most important thing was security. By this he meant financial security — specifically real estate and investments. He relentlessly pushed that this should be number one priority and that anything that did not contribute to amassing savings was wrong.
I did not agree. I thought the most important thing to do was to have and raise a family, to nurture those souls, and to work on building dreams — not bank accounts. I wanted to work with my community and local school. I wanted to start my own business.
And so I did. This of course pretty much ended the long term marriage. We never could get around the subject of security and his idea of what that meant. I was unwilling to live my life that way.
I have a very different view of security.
Specifically – it is not what you have — it is what you can do.
And this has proven out over the last 10 years. No matter what is encountered, if a person is able to confront, learn and act, they survive well. If they can be adaptable, and can see opportunity and take it – if they can be quick-footed and able to change paths — and if they can be open to new avenues and be willing to learn and build on skills – they survive well.
In the last 10 years I have done in-depth research, developed trademarks and intellectual properties, grown, exported and marketed cut flowers, worked as a national magazine editor, run a regional annual festival, organised and run national conferences, built industry websites, run national flower design competitions, created and launched a short-stay accommodation business, written press releases and obtained media across all Australian press and radio, done TV interviews, talked at national women’s conferences, built a digital platform for Australia’s 3rd largest airline (involving project management across 7 companies), operated as MC for a school 150th anniversary, and most recently (and maybe most importantly) I have taken on leading a Cub Scout group of 24 local kids between the ages of 7 and 10. I am even listed in the Australian Who’s Who of Women for the last 5 years, which is a little embarrassing.
The above is not a comprehensive list — and all of this is in addition to Milestone Two website, blog and auditing and training of others.
Oh — and raising two lively and wondrous children and running a household.
My auditing, training and use of study tech have unquestionably given me the skills and abilities to be fluid in the jobs I take on. It has given me the capacity to handle and love randomity, which means I can create (start), build (change) and finish (stop) a project of my own choosing.
For some people, they feel that they must stay secure, and this means plug away at what they are doing and have been doing for the last decade or more – even though it gives them no time to move up The Bridge or to study each day. In my opinion, this is the wrong approach.
In my view — the way to security is by increasing and rehabilitating your own abilities.
You are capable of great things – enormous things. And there is no restriction on what you can do if you have study tech under your wing, the ability to confront, and the capacity to keep your hands clean and do an honest days hard work.
Rehabilitate and build on your abilities – and all the rest follows.
Crack an LRH book (one you may or may not have read before).
Listen to lectures. Get onto a checksheet and complete a course.
Find an auditor.
Get back in the chair if you are already trained.
Study Scientology as well as any other subject that interests you. Increase your KRC for your universe and those around you.
Just keep on moving, and all the rest follows.
“A specialist has reduced his security by narrowing his gaze to one channel and reducing his adaptability. There is nothing wrong with being the world’s greatest remover of the liver so long as one can also play the fiddle well enough to live, or perform some other remunerative task, preferably less dependent upon hands. Palsy and accident may make one the person who was once the world’s greatest remover of the liver, and that pays for no chow. Further, social aberration says that a job is the thing, that a job is security, and that one is a good citizen when one has a regular job.
“Actually that person who, to eat, depends upon another to furnish a job is very, very insecure. For, oh, the ease with which that pink slip can turn up some Saturday and, oh, the ease in a totalitarianism with which one can become non persona grata through disliking the strawberries the administration insists that all should eat.
“The only security is an ability to take care of oneself, family and friends no matter what economics turn up and that is a generality which is not answered by a job.”
LRH lecture given on 29 August 1950, Educational Dianetics