If you’ve seen the HBO documentary, Going Clear, this might make more sense. This really is not to put anyone down for their beliefs. However, this interview in their in-house magazine Celebrity with Scientologist Laura Prepon (with a logo from the 70s, they’ve never updated it seems) is a real head-scratcher. I’m not sure you can penetrate the lingo entirely, but you’ll get the gist, I think. Prepon explains how she first got into Scientology;
“So, when I first got into Scientology, I did Personal Values and Integrity and then Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life. These courses touched on the observations I was aware of when I was younger. It was right there in black and white. It was amazing, and I felt that finally something was speaking my language. It totally connected with me.
Pretty soon after that I got onto the Purification Rundown, and I started moving up the Bridge.”
Prepon is asked to describe the process of “auditing” —Scientology’s version of therapy;
“Honestly, I’ve become more me. The auditing has stripped away all of this charge, false ideas, decisions and mis-emotions that were affecting me. I recently had one of my biggest cognitions in a New Era Dianetics session. I spotted this decision I made a long time ago that was affecting me to this day. It was a huge realization. At the time of the incident, you make a postulate as a ‘pro-survival’ decision, you know? Then to spot it years and years later, after peeling away these layers and then—boom, there it is—it’s mind blowing! To think of it just hiding there in my bank, affecting me.”
Prepon talks about progressing further in Scientology and “moving up the Bridge” and says that the process of auditing has made her so relaxed that other actors ask her her secret:
“When I was doing my Objectives, I was handling some intense stuff—as everyone who has done Objectives can relate to. I remember talking to my Supervisor about how my auditing was going. I told him the wins were so amazing. I kept pushing through and confronting things. The LRH data he showed me totally changed my viewpoint on auditing. It explained that in session, you’re supposed to turn on things that at times aren’t easy to go through. You’re supposed to be restimulated and uncomfortable at times, because you move through it in session, so that when you are out in the world things happen, you’re not affected. It was like this eureka moment for me. I’d never thought about it like that. And that’s exactly what happened.
In my life, things have become much easier, I’m not affected like I used to be. Things don’t bother me that had before. I don’t react like I did before. I remember I was doing a show with an amazing actor, and we were waiting to hear the fate of our show. He turned to me one day and asked, “How are you always so relaxed? Nothing seems to bother you. I want to know what you are doing…”—I take that as such a compliment and testament to the auditing I have done.
Another thing I really noticed from all the auditing I had was that I can move so freely up and down the Tone Scale. I used to have this funny idea that the higher I went up the Bridge, I wouldn’t be as emotional about stuff. And I was worried because I’m an actress and as an artists, I need to tap into my emotions! What soon started happening was that the higher I went on the Bridge and the more auditing I had, I could move so much more freely on the Tone Scale. My emotions were so much more tangible and easy to access.”
Scientology, Prepon says, heightened her emotions, but also says it actually made totally emotionless too:
“I remember when I was directing this pilot for a show I co-created called Neighbros. I showed up to our biggest say of shooting, where we had children, student teachers, all the cast, big scenes—I remember thinking when I looked at the schedule, ‘Once I get through this day the rest of the shoot will be a breeze.’ Well, I showed up in the morning and we had lost our locations. I was so shocked. Everybody was scrambling. But instead of getting into the worry or any previous mis-emotion slamming in on me or getting me stressed out, I just turned to my producer and said, ‘Okay, we need a solution. What are our other options?’ And we quickly got to work on Plan B. The fact that I had no irrational counter-emotion or reaction and just went into solution mode, I feel, is definitely a testament to my auditing.”
Next, the interviewer asks Prepon how auditing has helped her deal with rejection.
“Another big realization I had in my auditing is that there is a bigger picture. This is my career but it does not define me. I am so much bigger than this career and industry. It’s my job and it’s very important to me, but, when I have huge wins in session, and when you really cognate that you are a thetan and you have a mind and body, and that the MEST universe does not control you—it puts things into perspective. It takes the weight off you and things become very easy.”
Scientology defines the “vias” as relay points in a communication line. Enough vias make a stop. A stop is made out of vias. Huh?
“I feel a lot of the auditing that I’ve had helps me to be willing to go there and be free and vulnerable and really jump into these scenes wholeheartedly. There are days where it’s like, okay… let’s do this! And you have to drop all of your pre-conceived ideas, or mis-emotions, or being uncomfortable and just go there. It’s so gratifying and fulfilling as an artist to be able to really be there in present time, creating, with no vias. Auditing has helped so much in getting me to this place. I have more to go, and can’t wait for what’s to come.
It’s magic, it really is.”