I recently watched the HBO documentary Going Clear and I thought that it was thoroughly fantastic. While I’m not really into Scientology myself, I found it amazingly interesting how L. Ron Hubbard borrowed concepts from his own science fiction serial pulp writings to form the basis for his very own religion. Talk about recycling a concept! And while you’ll never see me getting audited or participating in Scientology in any way, the idea of a suppressive person is still fairly interesting. What the Church of Scientology calls a suppressive person or S.P. looks and feels to me on the surface to be just another version of a psychic vampire as laid out by Anton LaVey in his writing from the 1960’s.
Now if you are unfamiliar with Scientology, this is the church that was founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1953. It concerns a body of beliefs and the related religious practices originally set forth by the founder, but Scientology continues to thrive today almost thirty years after Hubbard’s death. This is the church that recently came under fire from the hacker group known as Anonymous. This is the religion that boasts among its membership such famous Hollywood icons as John Travolta and Tom Cruise. In fact, this very video of Cruise was the reason for the season with that particular hacker group and their significant cyber attack on the church that began in 2008. In the video, Cruise explains how passionate he is about Scientology including how he was once asked if he had ever met a suppressive person. If you’ve never seen this infamous viral video, I suggest you take a moment to familiarize yourself.
Now, let me be quite firm. My beliefs in no way follow those espoused by Scientology but the religion itself is not without some merit. While I personally believe that Scientology is in fact simply a rouse, one so powerful that it has continued to thrive for almost three decades since the man who created it died, the religion that is Scientology like all religions before it does still contain large amounts of valuable wisdom and some pretty awesomely powerful stuff. When you separate the truth it contains from the nonsense it involves and really take a moment to understand the concepts that stand as pillars to the church, there is something there. In this case, however, I firmly judge Scientology to be more about the extraction of money from your wallet than it is about actually approaching a higher state of being or any of that.
But back to this suppressive person business. What is a suppressive person and should you avoid them? Watching the documentary, I was dumbstruck by the concept of a suppressive person. Often as people leave the church of Scientology, they are labeled as an S.P. In fact, the church keeps a suppressive person list and decrees that church members no longer hang out with these people once they are put on that very list. But suppressive persons are not just made up of former church members. According to L.R.H., 2.5% of the population are suppressive persons. They exhibit “antisocial personalities” and can stand in the way of a particular Scientologist’s spiritual growth. A suppressive person supposedly is a danger to anyone that surrounds themselves with an S.P. And hanging out with an S.P. can sort of infect you, causing you to become a potential trouble source or a P.T.S. According to the church at least, P.T.S.’s can be a danger to themselves and others and should be avoided.
So isn’t an S.P. just another name for a psychic vampire? Well, I certainly think so. The concept of a psychic vampire emerged around the same time as that of a suppressive person. And LaVey wrote about just this very thing in the well known Satanic Bible. Certainly Anton was familiar with the concept of a suppressive person from Scientology before he wrote that considering the similar time frame of his work with the founding of this particular religion. I would find it difficult to explain how these two concepts emerged simultaneously under such similar settings. Certainly, they are somehow related.
The idea of a psychic vampire works exactly the same way as that of a suppressive person, with both draining their subjects of their own life force and causing them to stumble within their faith. Being exposed to such a person can only bring you harm and should be avoided at all costs. You should remove any suppressive person from your life because they will simply get you in trouble. An S.P. is just another term for a powerful energy vampire. Its really just the same overall concept.
In either case, whether you are exposing yourself voluntarily to a suppressive person or psychic vampire, the answer is disconnection. The official policy of the church of Scientology when a person is declared as an S.P. is to completely disconnect with that individual. This is the same advice I’d deliver to a person being fed upon by a psychic vampire. Remove yourself from the equation and this person can no longer bring you harm. Linger about and you are only allowing yourself to become further infected. L. Ron Hubbard estimated that 17.5% of the population was affected by a suppressive person. So, 20% of the population was either an S.P. or a P.T.S. That leaves the bulk of us unaffected by suppressive behavior but at around a 20% risk of becoming exposed.
Have you ever encountered a suppressive person or a psychic vampire? How has it affected your life? I’d love to hear about that. Leave a comment below and put your very own two cents in to the conversation. What do you think about my conclusion that suppressive persons and psychic vampires are literally the exact same thing? Thanks for stopping by my blog to check things out. It is my wish for you that find true peace and that your journey through this universe is supremely sublime.