Scientology amps up shattering suppression in the wake of Leah Remini's onslaught - 2019-12-01
In the past year we have seen an increase in the number of Scientologists taking the How To Confront And Shatter Suppression - PTS/SP Course. It's been a required course for years and one that many members have done repeatedly but now we learn it's been revised again, this time with more "clay demos." It could be the fifth major revision but it's hard to be sure. In 2013 Claire Headley described her experiences with the course.
The course consists of studying policy letters and lectures written or delivered by L. Ron Hubbard, but the course was developed under the Miscavige regime after Hubbard's death. It's the course that Scientologists are instructed to take when they are ill. According to Hubbard all illness is psychosomatic, and becoming ill means one is a "potential trouble source" connected to a "suppressive person" leading to the acronym PTS/SP.
We don't think the revision is intended to help treat sick Scientologists. We think it's an attempt to reinforce the shield in their minds against Leah Remini's recently completed A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. Leah's series documented many instances of abuse in Scientology that must be having an effect on members, and the PTS/SP course is their way to fight it. The course emphasizes that there are two kinds of people: good and bad with nobody in between. Hubbard describes them as the White Hats and Black Hats. "These are the two dominant behaviour patterns. There are people then who are trying to build things up and others who are trying to tear things down. And there are no other types. Actually there aren't even shades of grey." — HCO Info Letter 2 April 1964: Two Types of People