I’ve been told, by people who read websites but who never talk to actual Scientologists and don’t know me at all, that they’ve “researched this” and “found out” that no matter what I say, somehow “the worship of aliens” is secretly actually the pillar upon which my beliefs rest. It’s absolutely not, I’ve made countless posts about what my beliefs actually do rest upon, but in case you’re still super-curious, here’s more detail.
Do Scientologists Worship Aliens?
Some secret “belief in aliens”, “worship of aliens”, or any other accept-the-alien-overlords-into-your-heart story has positively nothing whatsoever to do with my belief system at all.
In 30+ years in Scientology, no Scientologist I’ve ever met, at any point in Scientology from the lowest levels to the top, has ever overtly stated or covertly confided to me a worship of aliens or that some alien race is a part of the Scientology belief structure. Nobody has every inferred to me that I should believe in aliens, or that once I get to some certain level, that I’ll now understand that “it’s all about aliens”.
Close friends and family of mine have reached the highest levels possible in Scientology, and have studied all of the upper-level material purportedly containing said information. They also do not worship aliens.
I’ve done a chronological study of the Scientology theology comprising 18 full books and 200+ lectures. (Watch this video here for a complete summary of each of those materials) Spirituality, how to improve one’s mental state, and greater happiness is what it’s about, not some worship of aliens.
If you yearn for a belief system that centers around aliens, you’ll need to find another one as it’s not Scientology. If you wish to find out more about aliens, I suggest a career at NASA JPL or perhaps SETA, as your search will not be fruitful in Scientology.
There has been a long-running campaign by various bad actors to attempt to trivialize the beliefs of Scientology, to make them seem outlandish or worthy of ridicule, and a seemingly-effective way to do this is to convince people that Scientology, at it’s core, is somehow all about aliens. However, to this date, the only place you will find this belief system regarding aliens is out on the Internet. If you walk into any Scientology church, and take courses from the earliest beginning courses to the very top, you’ll not every at any point, suddenly realize it’s about aliens. Sorry to disappoint, if that’s what you’re after.
Regarding Spirituality & Past Lives
It should be mentioned that a core part of Scientology beliefs revolves around the spiritual nature of man.
With respect to whether or not Scientologists do believe in “reincarnation” or past lives, this is a quote from the Scientology FAQ:
The vast majority of the world’s population believes in reincarnation and only in the last few hundred years, with the rise of the physical sciences, did a strictly materialistic view begin to eclipse the spiritual.
More recently, the traditional definition of reincarnation has been altered from its original meaning. The word has come to mean “to be born again in different life forms” (such as an animal, an insect, etc.) whereas its actual definition is “to be born again into the flesh or into another body.” So what is commonly thought of as reincarnation is a definite system and is not part of Scientology. Rather, the Church ascribes to the latter, original definition.
Today in Scientology, many people have certainty that they have lived lives prior to their current one. These are referred to as past lives, not as reincarnation. Past lives is not a dogma in Scientology, but generally Scientologists, during their auditing, experience a past life and then know for themselves that they have lived before. To believe one had a physical or other existence prior to the identity of the current body is not a new concept—but it is an exciting one.
It is a fact that unless one begins to handle aberration built up in past lives, he doesn’t progress. In Scientology, one is given the tools to handle upsets and aberrations from past lives that adversely affect the individual in the present, thus freeing one to live a much happier life.
This being said, it’s possible that in Scientology auditing one could contact a past life, and that life may or may not have been here on Earth. But the meaning of that experience is entirely up to the individual, and a hard-bound rule in Scientology is to NOT have anyone “evaluate” for an individual and tell the individual what they should think about their case, their memories and their experiences, or what SIGNIFICANCE they should ascribe to them.
Specifically, the very first line of the AUDITOR’S CODE, the code to which every Scientology practitioner must expressly follow, says:
1. I promise not to evaluate for the preclear or tell him what he should think about his case in session.(The Auditor’s Code, 1980)
The point of this is that even if, for example, someone had a memory involving a past life where they were on some other planet, every last staff member and Scientologist is expressly forbidden from evaluating for that individual the truth, veracity, validity, significance or any other quality about that memory for that person, nor can they tell him that some specific event DID INDEED happen to him at some time.
So, again, there is no policy or part of Scientology which enjoins, requires or defines some belief in an alien race or anything of the sort, it’s simply not what Scientology is.