With all the excitement over Tom Cruise for the past several months, I've had more and more friends, and people at work, who know I'm a Scientologist, ask me "What is Scientology?"
Because Scientology is an applied religious philosophy, and it deals with the very substance of life and thought, it is awfully hard to explain "what it is" in ten words or less (or even in a couple of hours).
The best way I know to explain what Scientology is, is by showing what it is.
Life being the way it is, on planet Earth, most everyone (and you can eliminate the "most") has something that is holding them back from acheiving their true potential. Even people who are terrifically successful in life know that they could be more able. And if nothing else, they probably have friends or family members who are not doing as well as they are and whom they would really like to help if they only knew how.
So the best first step I know, in Scientology book by L. Ron Hubbard, the Founder of the Scientology counseling. It is called auditing because the person delivering it, the "auditor" listens. (Audire = listen in Latin). Have you ever told someone what your problem is only to have them take it over and tell you all the ways you can solve it (none of which are feasible and what do they think you're crazy and never thought of that yourself?!!) Well a Scientology auditor never does that. He or she just listens and helps directy you to look at the situation so thoroughly that you come to your own understanding. Just by doing that people suddenly spot how to resolve the problem. And if it doesn't just vanish, at least they know enough now to be able to deal with it.