Blog: Scientology's Bridge to Nowhere: Part 1 - 2017-08-31

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F0.png Scientology's Bridge to Nowhere: Part 1 August 31, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

This video is part of my series on the Basics of Scientology. my critical analysis of Scientology's philosophies and methods. I thought before we get too deep in to that series, I should first give an overview of the path to spiritual freedom and personal immortality which Scientology promises. I'll go over the history of this and then cover the various services Scientology offers. In this first part, we're going to cover the lower Grade Chart up to the OT levels, which as you'll see, is a lot. In the second part, we'll cover the upper Grade Chart with the OT levels and advanced Scientology training levels. Let's get to it.

In Scientology, the series of training and counselling services are collectively called The Bridge to Total Freedom, also known more formally as the Classifiation, Gradation and Awareness Chart of Levels and Certificates. The analogy of a bridge is a concept Hubbard actually came up with in 1950 when he wrote the final words of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health:

"One might here use an analogy of bridge engineering. Let us suppose that two plateaus exist, one higher than the other, with a canyon between them. An engineer sees that if the canyon could be crossed by traffic, the hitherto unused higher plateau, being much more fertile and pleasant, would become the scene ofa new culture.