Scientology and The fields's Future
Many people will not know this but there is a massive grass roots scientology movement growing outside the church of scientology. One might ask why this is. Is there some dissatisfaction with the Church perhaps?
The Grass roots movement is called the Field. The Field consists of people who have either been ousted from the church or left of their own accord as well as many people who have never even set foot inside a scientology church.
It is call the Field because it is just that. Since the death of Ron Hubbard, Founder of Scientology, the church has undergone a radical change by the incumbent management. Deep philosophical changes in the religion different to what Hubbard set out have been made. Text has been a altered and some even omitted. Many of the scientologists in the Field have found it more beneficial to subscribe to the original philosophy rather than the 'new wave' now emanating from the church.
Many field practitioners practice their philosophy very successfully and achieve outstanding results with the methods and practices as originally researched and developed by Hubbard. In fact there are groups around the planet, especially in Europe and the Baltic States, which are expanding at a rapid rate.
Unfortunately, despite the high sounding ideals, the church is one of the most litigious in the world and seems, on the face of it, more concerned with copyright protection and acquiring property than in 'spreading the word'. This seems to be having a devastating effect on the 'official church' in terms of numbers and lack of expansion.
That job now appears to have been taken over by the Field, who are going through a rapid expansion, even as the church is shrinking.
The future of Scientology is going to be very interesting. Indeed, we may very well see the growing movement outside the church surpass the church in numbers and expansion as they focus heavily on the philosophy and less on the material aspects.