SCIENTOLOGY: ITS BACKGROUND AND ORIGINS
Life has tended to force the individual into certain values. The stresses of existence have tended to fixate his attention to a point where his awareness of himself and his environment has been greatly diminished. Attendant to this lowered spiritual awareness are problems, difficulties with others, illness and unhappiness. The goal of Scientology is to reverse this diminishing awareness and, in that sense, wake the individual up. As one becomes more and more alert, his abilities increase and he is capable of greater understanding and thus better able to handle his life.
Scientology, then, contains solutions to the problems of living. Its end result is increased awareness and spiritual freedom for the individual and rehabilitation of his basic decency, power and ability. It can and does accomplish these ends routinely, daily, all over the world.
The source and founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard, who devoted his life to finding answers to questions that have troubled mankind for millennia. Mr. Hubbards intellectual rigor, his curiosity and boundless spirit of adventure inspired his search, even as a young man.
The first widely released results of Mr. Hubbards researches did not lie in Scientology, however, but in another field of endeavor, Dianetics. The word Dianetics comes from the Greek words dia, meaning through and nous, meaning soul, and is defined as what the soul is doing to the body.