What is the Ron's Org?
The Ron's Org was founded in 1984 by Bill Robertson in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
It explicitly delimitates itself from the official and unofficial organizations of the Church of Scientology.
The goal of the Ron's Org is to apply the philosophy and technology of L. Ron Hubbard in freedom and in its original sense, as Hubbard intended it - and in the form that we came to know it: a workable method to help the individual to form and improve the conditions of his life. We advocate the path of the golden middle, and we don't view this philosophy as the only possible way to happiness.
The Ron's Org consists in part of persons who earlier have been members of the Church of Scientology but have been thrown out because they held onto the original philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard, or left on their own when they saw that this philosophy was no longer used in a constructive way. The others are persons who learned about the philosophy in the Ron's Org for the first time, authentically and without pressure.
Our goal is to apply the technology of L. Ron Hubbard in freedom and as we understand it, and thus help other people to find a bit of their path towards themselves. We don't subject people to an "authoritarian teaching" which has to be believed to the letter, but instead everybody is encouraged to find out what is true for him- or herself.
The word Scientology is composed from the Latin "scio", to know in the fullest sense of the word, and the Greek "logos" for study. Scientology is a philosophy which was developed by L. Ron Hubbard. It has its roots in Buddhist and other eastern tenets and unites these with the claim to workability and applicability in the western world.
Scientology is a theory of cognition which has as its goal to offer ways and means to man for finding the way back to himself. We who deal and work with Scientology don't give ready solutions, because every being is an individual.
Instead, we just offer tools which make it possible to purify oneself and find out what is true for oneself or not. This way is based on old eastern tenets like
"Everything that is is the result of what we have thought. All that we are is based
on our thoughts and was built on top of our thoughts."
To work with Scientology is a step-by-step process, and everybody has to work out his road himself, because one can only himself recognize himself.
The actual goal of Scientology as the members of the Ron's Org define it is the step-by-step rehabilitation of a person as a spiritual being with all his original abilities. By rehabilitation is meant that every being by its origin has a lot of abilities and goals which are lost in the course of its history. However, these are still existent and can be restored - as in the Buddhist belief that everybody carries the Buddha nature in himself. Through Scientology a person can find his way back to his actual nature and strength, in accordance with his fellow man and the areas of life connected to him.
We differentiate clearly between our conception of the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard and the one of the Church of Scientology. We see ourselves in the heart of society and don't want to exclude ourselves or exclude others from us. Our intention is not to control society by our philosophy but to enrich it. Every one of us has won by its use, in terms of realizations, awareness, inner peace and abilities.
The Church of Scientology claims to hold all rights to the works of L. Ron Hubbard and tries to stop the use of this philosophy outside its sphere of control. But the questions about the copyrights have not been clarified until today. While L. Ron Hubbard devoted himself to humanity and in our opinion never wanted anything else but to help others, the Church of Scientology subjugates man to the organization where he is kept in a good mood with the prospect of gaining seeming freedom - or blackmails him if necessary.
For us, the way that the technology of L. Ron Hubbard is practised within the Church of Scientology has nothing in common with the original philosophy and application of that technology. In the Church of Scientology the technology is used against the people, to gain power over them and get as much money as possible out of their pockets. The actual goal has been lost from sight.
An essential reason why the Church of Scientology failed was its structure. It was built up hierarchically, lost control over itself and wound up in a dictatorial, suppressive system which used people instead of serving them.
We in the Ron's Org want to learn from these mistakes and have organized ourselves in a loose network. There are different groups in different cities and countries which offer auditing and training. These groups are in contact with each other, but they are fully autonomous. They help each other and exchange information about their work or their projects. There is no senior, leading authority in the Ron's Org.
Once a year there is a big convention where free Scientologists from all over the world meet each other.
The big difference between the groups and individuals in the Ron’s Org and the Church of Scientology, both regarding structure and content, is not easy to spot for outsiders or newcomers. They only can gather experience of their own in the Ron’s Org and compare it to what bad things they have heard about the Church of Scientology in the media – and they will indeed find out that it is somewhat different, although the name Scientology is the same.
Maybe it makes you feel more confident, for example, if you learn that the office for safeguarding the constitution (Verfassungsschutz) of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg has stated years ago that the Free Zone, which is the general term for Scientology groups outside the Church of Scientology, is not a part of the Church of Scientology and that there is no need to observe them as they have no anti-constitutional goals. Indeed, there is some cooperation between members of the Ron’s Org and state authorities who observe the Church of Scientology and investigate their activities. Even in big magazines like the German “FOCUS“ or the Swiss “Facts”, it has been reported that the Free Zone is something which is separate from the Church of Scientology and even is attacked by it. Many lawsuits are proof that the Church of Scientology tries to inhibit and stop every activity where individuals seek to engage themselves with the philosophy of Scientology in freedom and out of the control of the Church of Scientology.
Finally, you may take a look at the statutes of our Association Ron’s Org Frankfurt e.V.. This is not identical to the Ron’s Org at large but is one typical Ron’s Org group, so these statutes reflect some part of the attitude of people who are active in the Ron’s Org.
The word auditing stems from the Latin "audire," which means to listen. Auditing is a technology wherein a trained auditor, i.e. a practitioner, asks certain questions of a person who wants to improve himself, and listens to the person attentively. When the person has completed his or her answer the answer is acknowledged in a neutral way by the auditor. A basic principle of an auditing session is never to evaluate the person's answer in any way or to interpret the answer. Thus he or she can self-determinedly achieve cognitions about him- or herself or about life.
The subjects discussed in an auditing session cover areas of life with which the person has troubles, where he or she feels monitored or manipulated by other persons or mechanisms. The reasons will be found to be unconscious blocks which also conceal the real abilities of the person. Those blocks are founded upon incidents in the person's past which endangered the survival of the person to a greater or lesser degree. These made the person develop mechanisms which over time gained control over the person.
Thus the goal is to let the person gain awareness about these areas again so that he can determine his own way again, at the same time regaining his abilities.
An important point we want to mention is that during auditing no methods are used which diminuish the awareness, such as hypnosis, suggestion, drugs, etc. The auditor is bound to a code which prohibits him explicitly from working with a person who is under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medicines, or even who is physically ill or not well rested.
(A broader article on the subject of auditing can be found on the sub page Auditing.)
To deliver auditing you need extensive training which embraces theoretical and practical areas. A trained auditor is a person who is able to guide a person taking auditing sessions from him through those areas of trouble in life where he or she wants to gain more knowledge.
To achieve an effective improvement for a person, L. Ron Hubbard has developped a method which includes a certain sequence of the areas covered. We call the road toward a free being the Bridge. The Bridge is a sequence of different levels of ability which a person can work through one after the other, such as the ability to freely communicate with anybody on any subject. The achievement of these different abilities and their sequence is described on the so-called Grade Chart (see Glossary of terms under "Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart")
To make a being even more able, there is training in Scientology. In that training the purpose is to understand life and its mechanisms better, thus learning how to handle one's environment or understanding why people react in the way they do. It is desirable to achieve a balance between auditing and training, since with an increased ability there also will be an increased responsibility for oneself and one's environment. This responsibility can better be met with improved knowledge. (See also the article on Training in Scientology ).
Further there is the possibility of co-auditing. This means that two persons study together, learning how to audit. This pair can then audit each other. This is a very efficient and also cheap way, and the partners can both grow enormously with each other.
(A broader article about the Bridge can be found on our sub page "The bridge".)
The human soul is the individual itself; it is you yourself, not your body, not your brain or your mind. You play the lead, and it is all about making you able to return to your native state.
This question is left open as it embraces a different meaning for every person. Scientology is interdenominational; every person of any creed can apply Scientology to improve him- or herself. As opposed to the Church of Scientology, we don't consider Scientology a religion, but rather a philosophy of cognition which enables man to find answers to questions that of course reach into the realm of religion, such as, Where do I come from, Where do I go, etc.
In the Ron's Org there are many delivery units which are in a loose contact with each other. If you are interested, it is possible to contact an organization in your vicinity and have a talk without any obligation.
In the Ron's Org there are enought trained auditors who want to share their knowledge with new people and also want to help others.
What costs are involved in doing Scientology?
This is quite varied, and each organization has its own rule about it. Prices range from 0 to 75 Euro per hour of auditing, depending on the training level of the auditor. As mentioned before, there is also the possibility of co-auditing where two partners audit each other after having studied the necessary information.
No - you are an individual and your personal needs are taken into account. There are many ways to do Scientology: You can read a book, you can attend a course, you can take auditing sessions. Of course you also can work in a group, but there is no obligation to do so. There is no demand that you become part of some group or organization to be eligible for auditing. The goal is to become free and causative, and all efforts are subject to this goal.