HBO's Scientology documentary Going Clear has exposed regular, everyday people to the weird, wicked world of Hollywood's favorite "religion." And now That '70s Show star and current Orange Is the New Black cast member Laura Prepon has given essential Scientology rag Celebrity Magazine some amazing quotables about her experiences within the "religion." She talked about how she first got involved, the auditing process, and on being a thetan, which is an immortal spiritual being.
Laura starts things off by talking about the Gospel of L. Ron Hubbard:
"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."
She then speaks on the auditing process which is basically therapy but without the whole patient/doctor confidentiality thing:
"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."
Here's the kicker. Laura talks about what happens when one finally realizes that they are a thetan:
"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."
These are just a few of the insane quotes. Scientology is more cult-like than religion-like, especially when you consider the fact that LRH, as his disciples like to call him, started it in order to make money. There is an actual price to pay for each level of the religion you reach.