Hi, When I was asked to write about my successes with Scientology I had to sit back and think about it for a while. You see, I've been studying L Ron Hubbard's books and research materials and so forth since March of 1974. Almost twenty-five years as of this writing.
That's a lot of time and a lot of change, in me.
If you'll recall the early 70's were rather psychotic in a lot of ways. We had the Vietnam war going. We had drugs just about everywhere we turned. There was so called "free love". Everyone, and his and her brother and/or sister, was trying to "find themselves". There were self-made guru's that suggested that if you studied your navel long enough you'd come up with all of Life's answers in a blinding flash of ecstatic comprehension ... It was pretty crazy. And I was growing up in the middle of it!
Truthfully, I wasn't surviving all that well. Certainly not as well as I though I should be. I had huge numbers of questions and no reliable source for answers. I had questions about talking to people. I had questions about having a successful and happy marriage. I had questions about my future. And just about everything else too.
I had studied engineering and geology and anthropology and biology and a host of other "technologies" at the University, but none of them were providing much of a compass. Don't get me wrong I wasn't a total basket case, I wasn't a walking disaster area, I wasn't on the verge of slitting my wrists, but, on the other hand, I had this feeling deep down that there had to be a reliable source of answers. Somewhere. If only I could find it!
Which I did. The answers weren't always the ones I wanted to hear, of course. And they weren't always easy to swallow. At first. (Freedom is never easy to obtain, and you have to work to hold onto it.) But, the surprise was, and still is, that when I did go there, when I did turn that next page, even though I didn't want to, even though I felt "bored" or "angry" or ... or ... or ... When I did get to that other side of the question, whether it was by reading a book or taking a course, when I did find the answer that truly made sense. Well, when that happened I discovered that I understood my life and Life that much better. And to that degree I became that much more "At Cause" over both. (Oh, and by the way, the concerns over having gone in search of the answer also evaporated.)
So, over the last twenty four years I've learned a great deal, including which are the false trails to freedom and happiness. I've learned to not only spot, but to look through the smoke-and-mirrors that are sometimes thrown up to confuse us all. And I've learned that drugs and crime and "free love" and "fears of ..." and other such bogus compass headings are not the answer to anyone's question.
I have to tell you, there is nothing quite like it, there is nothing quite like having the certainty that I can make a difference in my life and in the lives of others around me. And most of all that I can be "me".
I'm an engineer by trade and philosophy. I've designed hundreds of thousands of square feet of buildings. I've designed and built scores of computer systems. I've torn apart car engines and made them work again. I've strung miles of electrical wire and run more pipe than I can recall. And I've discovered though a lot of hard work that the one datum, the one fact that drives all of engineering is: "it either works or it doesn't. The bridge either stands or it doesn't."
Well, the one thing I can promise you is that Scientology works.
Of course, you won't know that for certain for yourself until you honestly sit down and read a book or two on resolving personal communications or resolving personal relationships or being or becoming a successful executive and so forth.
The one thing you have to know though before beginning this adventure is that an engineer doesn't create buildings and roads and planes and trains by anything other than his or her own sweat. He or she doesn't listen to rumors, they investigate and find out for themselves. He or she doesn't listen to those who failed to get the job done, they study the data, the numbers and the reports for themselves. The same is true about Scientology. Only you can find out the truth of it. For yourself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions please feel free to send them to me and I'll help you as best I can.
Sincerely, DP Harshman
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