For HoustonBelief.com: Having an Open Mind in My First Experience with Scientology

(Me shaking the hand of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Feb. 25 during the Nation of Islam's 2011 Saviours' Day graduation ceremony for those who became Certified Hubbard Auditors. Photo credit: Hannibal Muhammad)

I didn’t know much about Scientology beyond hearing rumors that certain Hollywood celebrities practiced it. Those celebrities included Tom Cruise and Will Smith. I didn’t care to read up on it because I didn’t see or know how beneficial it could be.

Last spring, my interest in it was heightened when the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan convened a meeting in Chicago for the student laboring officials of the Nation Islam.

I wasn’t in attendance but Minister Farrakhan was said to have shared with attendees something he found while visiting California that could assist us in our Mission. Something that would help us heal from the many things that were done to us in the past that still haunt us and impede us from being the best we can be.

That thing was/is Dianetics, founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

It leaked out and some became rattled, confused and even upset by the fact that Minister Farrakhan would bring to his body of followers a teaching from a White man.

I have been a student under the leadership of Minister Farrakhan for sixteen years now, and he has yet to lead me astray. Whenever he has brought something to us it has always been of great benefit to us as individuals, our families, our entire NOI membership, our people and humanity. I had no doubt he had seen something valuable in Dianetics and I was eager to find out what it was!

That summer, Minister Farrakhan started sending groups of student officials to the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles. A few of them were from Houston and I was personally hearing their testimonies about what they were learning ,seeing, feeling and experiencing as a result of the rigorous study regime and Dianetics auditing process.

In August he called for another conference in Rosemont, Illinois centered on the NOI’s new relationship with the Church of Scientology. This time I was blessed to be among the over 800 invited to experience it for ourselves. Before going we were required to read the book “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” by L. Ron Hubbard.

I was intrigued and impressed by what I read in that book plus, I read other pamphlets regarding the teaching methodologies they use in the field of education.

I started Googling the Church of Scientology on the Internet and I saw numerous vicious attacks against them. That in no ways bothered me because as a member of the Nation of Islam, I’m used to that. It didn’t bother me either that this was coming from a White man. Everything I learned in life thus far has not come solely from Black people.

There is a hadith (saying) from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) I read that says we should seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave and in another instance the Prophet is recorded as saying that we should seek knowledge even if one has to go as far as China. However, if I went to China to get some beneficial knowledge that doesn’t mean I would return as a Chinese man. I just would have gained some new knowledge.

I wasn’t planning to leave the Nation of Islam and become a follower or worshipper of L. Ron Hubbard nor was I trying to become a “deep” scientologist. Rather, I was eager to learn something of value that may assist me in my development as a student in the classroom of Allah (God). I have read many books written by people with a mental “filtering system” in place that I may extract that which is of value.

To read this full blog and the "interesting" comments head over to my "The Upper Situation Room" blog for the Houston Chronicle's religious page >>http://blogs.chron.com/brotherjesse/2011/04/my_first_experience_with_scien.html

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