Originally posted by Novise
Also can you explain in your own words the Scientology take on being "clear" and the claim that anyone "clear" is able to exit their body at will?
Is it merely a mental exercise one is taught or can anyone at that level achieve a full blown astral projection?
What is your take on Buddhist philosophy? What about the afterlife? Is it a matter of will to keep one's spirit body intact, or is it simply
eternal and indestructible?
Exteriorization is leaving your body. It is similar to astral projection, except it is quite effortless once one works through the standard body
scripts designed long ago to keep you in them. It is also a gradient phenomenon, meaning that there are varying degrees of out-of-body awareness.
Regaining the ability of acting free from one’s body, and developing spiritual abilities, occurs at different times for different people; but, by
the time an individual completes his scientology bridge—which, according to Geoffrey Filbert, has probably never been done within the church, s/he
will have increased their awareness and ability to cause change as an exterior spirit by several orders of magnitude. Clearing away limiting mind
machinery and the reactive contents of the mind increases one’s ability to act independently from their body because, in truth, they never actually
were their flesh.
As for Buddhistic philosophy, I have developed a deep respect for it but discern between its vibrant core and its institutionalized dogma. As has
happened with most every life-filled idea birthed by a giant, lawyer-minded businessmen bureaucratized it and flung its commercially-packaged pieces
into the minds of the mediocre masses. Frankly, most of the Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, and Scientologists I have spoken with
regarding their beliefs are almost completely ignorant of their belief system’s source materials. Apparently adherents to dogma are functionally
illiterate, have dishonest intentions, and/or have not read or understood the writings upon which their dogma is purportedly derived.
But as for Buddhism’s equanimous soul, I like the sheen of its pearls pertaining to non-being, meditation, no-mind, rising above cyclical existence,
and its emphasis on holism and balance. I particularly enjoyed the books on Buddhism credited to Osho, and Ouran’s “Ghost Danse” articles
(sections have a distinctly Buddhist flavor to them). My research into the life, works, and words of the Dalai Lamas has been enlightening, a bit down
the path from Herman Hesse’s book “Siddhartha” I read in high school.
To answer your question about the afterlife, what happens to a spirit after its body dies is hardly uniform, varies depending on what a spirit is in
agreement with, and has generally changed over time. This response is already quite long, so perhaps a future post on this is in order. As far as
maintaining individual distinctiveness or awareness, I have never had any trouble. However, I recall many times being overwhelmed by death's
accompanying loss of identity, personal significances, and sense of reality.
[edit on 2-7-2010 by absolutestatic]