I don’t think there is a group or technology more devoted to communication and understanding than Scientology – at least in the early phases of participation.
As with its early emphasis on present time, later phases of participation in Scientology de-emphasize communication and understanding in favor of defending the ideology against scrutiny. But in the early phases of Scientology, the teachings and practice of communication exercises bring about real and lasting value throughout a person’s life, and for those around him.
Psychs have their active listening exercises, but I do not think that these produce a better result than Hubbard’s writings on communication through the use of his Training Routines. It is true that the TRs can be taken to extremes, and they are in Scientology – even the 100% Standard Brand. But if you do not STARE at people, do not REPEAT YOUR QUESTION OVER and OVER like an asshole, but always remember the importance of confronting life and your fellow human beings in it with tolerance, love, and understanding, then you are taking the good out of Scientology and leaving the bad.
The skill of recognizing an “origination”, the skill of seeking to fully understand someone who is talking to you from his own point of view and not just your own, the skill of making sure that the person you are talking to knows they are being heard and understood, and the skill of giving a person a full acknowledgement are all extremely valuable skills, the value of which any human being can appreciate.
These communication skills that Scientology teaches all new people when they first get involved are the initial reasons most people start calling themselves Scientologists. And they are good reasons to do so. There was no way for most new Scientologists to know that these skills would be distracted from and de-emphasized later in their studies of the subject. That was being intentionally withheld from you.
I have never felt so deeply understood by the people around me as when I was a Scientologist. I have never felt so mis-understood by the Scientologists around me as when I became a critic of Scientology.
The communication skills that Scientology teaches can be used to understand even critics of Scientology, and other with whom you disagree. Even your most vicious enemies can be better understood using Scientology communication skills, and I believe should be. I believe that using these Scientology communication skills in this way is their highest and best use, no matter what L Ron Hubbard later taught.
So the early emphasis on communication and understanding is another good thing in Scientology, and any person who can hold on to these skills as they were taught to him in the beginning, and never allow these teachings to become corrupted, even by Hubbard himself, has achieved something great and spiritual.
I do not know any where else this can be achieved but in the early phases of participation in Scientology.