Blog: Scientology Ghosts and Spooks - 2018-10-26

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F0.png Scientology Ghosts and Spooks October 26, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Hey everyone, so with Halloween right around the corner, I thought it might be timely to talk about ghosts in Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard had a few things to say over the years about ghosts, or spiritual entities he referred to as thetans. In the world of Scientology, we are all not really our bodies but we are actually thetans who just inhabit and use bodies the same way that we put on and take off clothing, except of course that our bodies last for decades instead of just a day or two.

When I was in Scientology, I never had an out-of-body experience where I could see myself from the corner of the room and I never floated off and traveled around the city or country, as some Scientologists told me they had done. I was raised with the idea that we have a spiritual existence outside the realm of the physical universe and I just never even questioned Hubbard's statements about it. Had I done so, I might have seen that some of his claims about it are a little far-fetched.

Now none of these ghost stories are particularly scary. What they really show is how you can build an entire philosophy and religion around nothing more than an assumption. Just look at how much time and effort and trouble has been experienced by Scientologists and former Scientologists over the years, and how all of it basically sprang from a simple but wholly unprovable assumption. But don't take my word for that. Here's Hubbard: