5 Things We Learned From 'Scientology and the Aftermath,' Episode 3 - 2016-12-14

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F344.png 5 Things We Learned From 'Scientology and the Aftermath,' Episode 3 December 14, 2016, Amelia McDonell-Parry, Rolling Stone

Last night's episode of A&E's docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath offered the host's overview of what it means to be a Scientologist and what needs to happen in order to to spiritually progress in the Church. In a way, they were giving away for free what the organization charges its members to learn over the course of their life. Here are five things we learned:

1. What it means to be "clear" The first big goal for any new Scientologist is to reach a state of "Clear," L. Ron Hubbard's word for being free of the "reactive mind." A person is considered a "Clear" once they have been deemed free of "engrams," or the unwanted emotions/painful traumas not readily available to the conscious mind. To the average person in therapy, this probably sounds like letting go of one's "baggage" — but to get there requires countless hours of "auditing" on a small machine called an "e-meter."

During an auditing session, a Scientology auditor asks the "pre-Clear" to answer a variety of questions while holding two metal cans that are connected to a machine. As the pre-Clear answers the questions, the auditor interprets the movements of the machine's needle in order to determine whether they've overcome that particular issue. Eventually, after many hours, the auditor will determine that the person is no longer under the influence of the reactive mind. According to the show, this is the beginning of a very long – and potentially very expensive – journey.


{{cite news | author = Amelia McDonell-Parry | title = 5 Things We Learned From 'Scientology and the Aftermath,' Episode 3 | url = http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/5-things-we-learned-from-scientology-the-aftermath-ep-3-w455929 | work = Rolling Stone | date = December 14, 2016 | accessdate = January 17, 2017 }}