The FREE ZONE, also called INDEPENDENT SCIENTOLOGISTS or SCIENTOLOGY
FREEZONE, comprises a variety of non-affiliated independent groups and
individuals who practice
The term Free Zone was originally only used by a single organization,
but the term is now commonly applied to all non-CoS Scientologists,
although many dispute the application of the term to themselves. The
International Freezone Association, the group whose name became
adopted as a generic term for independent Scientology, was not the
first independent Scientologist group; the California Association of
Dianetic Auditors, the oldest breakaway group still in existence,
claims a founding date of December 1950, predating the Church of
A November 2004 press release published by the International Freezone Association cited a command written by Hubbard: "... before you go, whisper this to your sons and their sons: 'THE WORK WAS FREE. KEEP IT SO.'"
Skeptic Magazine described the Free Zone as: "a group founded by
ex-Scientologists to promote L. Ron Hubbard's ideas independent of the
* 1 Origin of the term Free Zone
* 2 Germany
* 3 The Church of
ORIGIN OF THE TERM FREE ZONE
The first group to use the term Free Zone was in the organization founded by the captain of the Apollo Flagship and Second-Deputy Commodore of the Sea Org , Captain Bill Robertson, in mid-1982, which is now known as "RON\'S ORG" in several countries.
The name came from the "space opera " beliefs of L.Ron Hubbard, which Robertson later expressed in the "Free Zone Decree", which he said was an Official Decree of the "Galactic Grand Council" which was "relayed from Mainship, Ashtar Command, Sector 9":
* The planet known as Teegeeack - local dialect "Earth" or Terra - Sun 12, Sector 9, is hereby declared a Free Zone. * No political interference in its affairs from any other part of the Sector or Galaxy will be tolerated. * No economic interference in its affairs will be tolerated from any non-planetary agency or power. * All of its inhabitants are hereby declared Free Zone Citizens and free of external political or economic interference.
THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY AND THE FREE ZONE
Mark Rathbun was a high-level official with the Church of
The Church labels all practitioners of and believers in Scientology
without its sanction "squirrels "—a term Hubbard coined to describe
those who alter
The Church of
Many Free Zone advocates say that everyone has the right to freely practice the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, whether sanctioned by the Church or not. In support of this they cite Hubbard himself:
If I have fought for a quarter of a century, most of it alone, to keep this work from serving to uphold the enslavers of Man, to keep it free from some destructive "pitch" or slant, then you certainly can carry that motif a little further. But before you go, whisper this to your sons, and their sons – "The work was free. Keep it so." —L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology: Clear Procedure - Issue One (1957)
Other Free Zoners assert basic human rights protections in order to freely follow their chosen religion.
One Free Zone Scientologist identified as "Safe", was quoted in Salon
as saying: "The Church of
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ALTERNATIVE AUDITING PRACTICES
Several alternatives to
SYNERGETICS is a self-help system developed by Art Coulter in 1954.
American businessman, Don A.Purcell (Junior), founded an early
In 1976, Coulter published Synergetics: An Adventure in Human Development; he later founded the Synergetic Society , which published a journal through 1996.
IDENICS is a personal counseling method not affiliated with any
religion, that was developed by John Galusha beginning in 1987. Mr.
Galusha researched for
L. Ron Hubbard during the 1950s, and was one of
the founders of the first Church of
Most claims by any and all parties in the debate over (Hubbard's) clearing therapy technology stem back to the earliest days of Hubbard's researches, into pseudo-clinical / non-medical therapy models and technique, where Hubbard 'came across' the first written clinical research notes on PTSD that were being conducted in the psychiatry department at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in 1945. (Witness Testimony by Oak Knoll Navy Nurse Margaret Toll given to Bill Robertson in 1986). Hubbard used much of this 'borrowed' early PTSD research material in his manuscript The Original Thesis (1946). Hubbard sent a copy to science fiction/fact writer Joseph Augustus Winter , in an attempt to interest the AMA and medical professionals. Winter wrote the original foreword in DMSMH (1950). However Hubbard was more interested in the hypnotherapeutic techniques taught to him by Dr. Winter in 1947-1948. Winter and Hubbard soon parted company in 1953 with the commercial failure of the original Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation. Winter was not happy that Hubbard was not using correct clinical methodology before publishing research data in his clinical lectures and public demonstrations. (A Doctor's Report on Dianetics) (1954).
Likewise, in 1954, the renowned FRITZ PERLS (GESTALT THERAPY FOUNDER) was briefly involved with the Board of THE HUBBARD DIANETICS RESEARCH FOUNDATION (in Kansas with Hubbard, Winter, Van Vogh, De Mille, Cameron, etc...) until they fell out with each other over the same lack of Hubbard's proven clinical excellence. Hubbard used many of the techniques of Gestalt and Freudian and Jungian Therapies to 'bolster' his own discoveries. Hubbard's proven past associations with The OTO and Jack Parsons were a continual rumour that plagued registered dianetics and scientology practitioners ever since. OTO Magus, Aleister Crowley, personally wrote a letter to Jack Parsons in 1946 complaining about Hubbard's recklessness.When Jack Parsons was subsequently killed by an explosion in his home laboratory, Hubbard was allegedly interviewed by the Santa Barbara Police, due to Hubbard's and Parson's recent acrimonious domestic dispute over Hubbard stealing Marjorie Cameron away from Parsons, after a brief affair of the heart. By 1954 Hubbard started to use the term 'OT' in relation to advanced scientology theory research material. Hubbard soon began to 'pastiche' or emulate some of Crowley's earlier researches and metaphysical ideology in private as evidenced by several of the self-portrait photographs by LRH. Hubbard had a long association with Occult Mysticism as mentioned in his autobiographical work MY PHILOSOPHY and THE PHOENIX LECTURES. Hubbard seemed to be reworking himself to be the successor to Crowley's occult research heritage. By 1967 Hubbard was publicly distancing himself from his past connections to Mysticism and the Occult (as related in the original unedited 'RON\'S JOURNALS\').
THE WORD "SCIENTOLOGY"
Disagreement over the origins of the word
* ^ Grossman, Wendy M. (December 1995). "alt.scientology.war". Wired
News. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
"One of the first steps toward open warfare was the emergence, in
about 1990, of a group that wanted to separate the church and its
scriptures. Calling itself the Free Zone, this group consists of
people who have left the church but still want to practice its
teachings - use the tech, as Free Zoners say. Ex Scientologist Homer
Smith is one of these (ex meaning "former church adherent," not
"former" Scientologist, says Smith). Wanting to encourage serious
discussion of the tech away from the noisy brawl next door in
alt.religion.scientology, Smith set up a second newsgroup,
alt.clearing.technology, for this purpose." * ^ A B Sappell, Joel;
Welkos, Robert W. (1990-06-29). "When the Doctrine Leaves the Church".
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