18 February 1954
On this day in 1954 The First Church of Scientology opened in Los Angeles California.
L Ron Hubbard developed the theory of Scientology and ultimately saw his theories become the doctrinal basis for the Church of Scientology.
Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who have forgotten their true nature. One of the major tenets of Scientology is that a human is an immortal alien spiritual being, termed a thetan, that is presently trapped on planet Earth in a physical ‘meat body’. Scientology teaches that the thetan has had innumerable past lives and it is accepted in Scientology that lives preceding the thetan’s arrival on Earth lived in extraterrestrial cultures.
Scientology claims that its practices provide methods by which a person can achieve greater spiritual awareness. Within Scientology, progression from level to level is often called The Bridge to Total Freedom. Scientologists progress from “Preclear”, to “Clear”, and ultimately “Operating Thetan”.
Scientologists are taught that a series of events, or incidents, occurred before life on earth. Scientologists also believe that humans have hidden abilities which can be unlocked.
In France, a parliamentary report classified Scientology as a dangerous cult and the Church and several members were prosecuted and convicted of fraud.