The Scientology Volunteer Ministers provided a seminar to hospital workers at the Siriraj Hospital in Thailand. The seminars enabled health care providers to better help their patients.
The seminar focused on a chapter of the Scientology Handbook which describes the administration of Scientology assists.
Assists are procedures developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, that greatly increase the speed of healing by addressing the emotional and spiritual factors in illness and injuries.
According to the Scientology Handbook, “An assist… can be described as a Scientology process
which is done to alleviate a present time discomfort. A process is an exact series of directions or sequence of actions taken to accomplish a desired result. There are many processes contained in the materials of Scientology, but assists make up a class of processes in themselves.
“All Scientology processes address and handle a wide range of conditions affecting the spirit, the being himself.”
In spite of the pseudoscientific language often used to promote these techniques, Scientology “assists” are the cult’s answer to faith healing. Hubbard taught that much physical illness was the result of problems of the mind – indeed, in Dianetics he claimed that an individual who had reached the state of “Clear” would be immune to the common cold, among a host of other illnesses. As stated in the Scientology handbook (http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/SH6_4.HTM – note, Church of Scientology website):
The application of Touch Assists is not limited to injuries. They are not just for the banged hand or the burned wrist. They can be done on a dull pain in the back, a constant earache, an infected boil, an upset stomach. In fact, the number of things this simple but powerful process can be applied to is unlimited!
The purpose of a Touch Assist is to reestablish communication with injured or ill body parts. It brings the person’s attention to the injured or affected body areas. This is done by repetitively touching the ill or injured person’s body and putting him into communication with the injury. His communication with it brings about recovery. The technique is based on the principle that the way to heal anything or remedy anything is to put somebody into communication with it.
Every single physical illness stems from a failure of the being to communicate with the thing or area that is ill. Prolongation of a chronic injury occurs in the absence of physical communication with the affected area or with the location of the spot of injury in the physical universe.
I can’t help but feel some form of actual medicine might be more useful than poking people until they feel better. The press release also failed to report as to which assists were being taught – hopefully that old favourite, the Bring Back to Life Assist, got a look in.