The Association of Professional Independent Scientologists
The Association of Professional Independent Scientologists (APIS) is a group of individuals, auditors and groups who believe they should be free to practice the original philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard.
They believe that, since the death of the founder of the movement, the Church of Scientology has strayed from the original philosophy and purpose of the group which Hubbard first researched and developed.
As the members of APIS do not wish to participate in the practice of an altered philosophy they have elected to practice their chosen philosophy independently of the church.
This is a revitalization of the original technology of Lafayette Ron Hubbard also known as Standard Technology!
APIS are not in competition with the Church of Scientology since APISpractices the original working philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard as distinct from the altered version currently used by the church and called by the church, Dianetics and Scientology.
APIS is, by definition, not for scientologists who continue to belong to the church. It is for scientologists who believe in and practice the original philosophy and working technology of Lafayette Ron Hubbard and have either:
Left the church of their own accord or
Been expelled from the church
Who are seeking spiritual enlightenment through the religious beliefs and practices of the original philosophy and the technology relating to that philosophy as originally expounded by Lafayette Ron Hubbard, and who have no desire to be a part of the current church in its existing form.
APIS believes that man is free to follow his own path, and his religious practices and beliefs are not constricted by any copyright monopoly, therefore new people wishing to seek enlightenment through the practices of scientology are not bound by law to attend only the official church any more than all Christians are bound by law to attend only catholic churches and all Judaists should be orthodox.
This means that the Church of Scientology under the guidance and control of the 'Religious Technology Center' and itself under the leadership and control of the private corporation known as the 'Church of Spiritual Technology', which promotes itself as a religion, does not have a monopoly on the religious beliefs and practices of scientologists simply because of the ownership of a few copyrights and trademarks.
The church has been quick to state in a court of law, that it is not a commercial enterprise or business but a religion. Yet it has attempted to apply laws reserved for commercial enterprises in an attempt to restrict the religious practices of others. The original working philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard is not in 'competition' to save men's souls. It is an applied philosophy and that is something which no man holds a monopoly on. Indeed as the originator of this philosophy has stated:
... all we know of science or of religion comes from philosophy. It lies behind and above all other knowledge we have or use."
"For long regarded as a subject reserved for halls of learning and the intellectual, the subject, to a remarkable degree, has been denied the man in the street."
"Surrounded by protective coatings of impenetrable scholarliness, philosophy has been reserved to the privileged few."
"The first principle of my own philosophy is that wisdom is meant for anyone who wishes to reach for it. It is the servant of the commoner and king alike and should never be regarded with awe. ..."
"I know no man who has any monopoly upon the wisdom of this universe. It belongs to those who can use it to help themselves and others."
Therefore anyone has the right and the freedom to participate in the IFA and in the original working philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard without let or hindrance.
The Aims of Scientology and APIS
Lafayette Ron Hubbard first issued the "Aims of Scientology" which of course still stands. Yet, despite holding a copyright on these aims the Church of Scientology, RTC and the CST do not appear to be following these aims fully. Therefore it behooves us to take some responsibility and set out our aims, based upon the aims that Ron first envisaged, as something which we can honestly strive to attain.
We therefore state below:
The Aims of APIS
To contribute towards having a sane society by the promotion, expansion and application of the technology to the point where people can live their lives in peace and security and without war or insanity and where they can honestly flourish and prosper and attain higher levels of spiritual being.
APIS is non political in nature and welcomes any individual of any creed, race or nation.
APIS does not seek revolution. APIS seeks only to assist in paving the way for evolution to higher states of being for the individual and for society. After endless millennia of ignorance about himself, his mind and the universe, a breakthrough has been made for man by Lafayette Ron Hubbard with the philosophy and the technology he developed to free man from the shackles of his mind.
According to Lafayette Ron Hubbard, "The combined truths of fifty thousand years of thinking men, distilled and amplified by new discoveries about man, have made for this success."
We welcome you to APIS. We would like your help in achieving our aims and helping others and we hope to be able to help you in return.
The original working technology of Lafayette Ron Hubbard is the most vital movement on Earth today. In a troubled world, the job of promoting and applying this technology is not easy. But then, if it were, we wouldn't have to be doing it.
APIS does not owe its help not having done anything to caused it to propitiate. We are here because we want to be here and we want to assist Ron in his aims.
As Ron says:
"Man suspects all offers of help. He has often been betrayed, his confidence shattered. Too frequently he has given his trust and been betrayed. We may err, for we build a world with broken straws. But we will never betray your faith in us so long as you are one of us.
The sun never sets on Scientology.
And may a new day dawn for you, for those you love and for man.
Our aims are simple, if great.
And we will succeed, and are succeeding at each new revolution of the Earth.
Your help is acceptable to us.
Our help is yours."
'The Aims of Scientology' -- Lafayette Ron Hubbard
APIS is a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion and expansion of the original workable philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard. It is independently operated and is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with the Church of Scientology, it's affiliates, corporations, management organizations, groups, CST or the RTC.
The purposes of APIS are to:
Preserve the exact technology and original workable philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard for future use so it is available for all mankind.
Protect the exact technology and original workable philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard so it is not altered, diluted or changed in anyway but remains exactly as Lafayette Ron Hubbard issued it.
Promote the exact technology and original workable philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard so it may be known by all mankind.
Foster, promote and develop fellowship and mutual aid among APIS members within the framework of the constitution.
Establish communication and understanding among the members of APIS and members of other communities.
Promote and sponsor educational activities that alert and teach the general public about the exact technology and original workable philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard.
Defend APIS from any attempt to inhibit it's existence and expansion from any quarter.
Assist in the defense of any of it's members in the event of any unwarranted legal process to the detriment of the member on the basis of the member(s) exercising their legal religious right to practice the technology and original workable philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard.
Mediate in any disputes between members when requested but such mediation subject to standard ethics and justice policies as were originally issued by Lafayette Ron Hubbard.
Ron said once:
"We're in the happy circumstance of having a job that is too big for me and too big for the staff and really too big for you. And how the hell did we ever get into this? It's because an awful lot of people must have been laying on their oars and not doing their jobs. And the optimum solution is, of course, the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics. Isn't it?...
Well, if that's the case, we might as well go ahead and do the job whether it's boring or interesting or something that we do with enthusiasm or something we sort of drag ourselves through anyhow. Somebody's got to do this job and I can tell you, we'd better not turn our backs on it....
No, holding the fort for a civilization is never easy and building a new one when the old one is shattered is impossible! It's never been done before but it's got to be done now, if anything is going forward along this line. And I'm not being dramatic. I'm actually making the most fantastic understatements I think I have ever made on a platform. I'm not noted for understatements, and yet that is an understatement.
If you don't, who is? And when you've satisfactorily answered that question, let me hear from you again on the subject, will you?"
-LRH, from "The Future of Scientology and the Western Civilization"
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