Aussie Scientologist Tells How he Used the Scientology Handbook to Train Indian Disaster Specialists
G'day mate! (G'day means Good Day, which means Hello in "Australian.") My name is Mathew Andrews. I'm 24 years old and I come from Victoria, Australia. I wanted to be a part of the team that is doing something about it—making the solutions to life that Scientology offers available to one and all. So, I decided to join the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VM) India Goodwill Tour. I took time off work and on June 15th, 2006 I arrived in India.
We delivered the Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Specialist Course, which focuses on six chapters from the Scientology Handbook. That's me in front left of the photo.
First stop Calcutta!
When I arrived in Calcutta the Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour was about to start training the officers in charge of West Bengal's Civil Defence at the request of the Minister of State West Bengal Civil Defence. This was the first training programme that I was part of. So, I started off with a BANG.
We delivered the VM Disaster Response Specialist Course which focuses on six chapters from the Scientology Handbook: The Technology of Study, Communication, Assists for Injuries and Illness, Basics of Organising, Solutions for a Dangerous Environment and The Cause of Suppression. First, I trained on these courses myself so I could be ready in time.
I was in India for just over eight months so there's so much I could say and so many great stories to tell. The three major cities that I travelled to were Calcutta, Delhi and Bombay. In each city we distributed thousands of booklets, trained hundreds of individuals, gave seminars to hundreds of people and trained government agencies, disaster response agencies, companies, hospitals and schools on VM technology. We helped people with whatever they needed and wanted, since there is Scientology technology to help in any situation.
I helped in the training of the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, National Disaster Response Force, National Fire Service College, Bombay Fire Brigade, Bombay Government Disaster Management Department and the Bombay Education Department.
What an Experience!
It's hard for me to express how much this experience has meant to me, and how wonderful it has been to share the wins of the people I have helped since being here.
One example is a man I met on a train. I knew I had to get off in two more stations so I told him about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers tour, told him about a course I knew would help him and gave him the address of the VM tent and told him to be there the next day. Didn't think anymore of it but the next day there he was on course. He had tremendous wins from the course I recommended and continued to do more. And now he has become a Volunteer Minister himself and is helping others with this technology.
Another example is a store owner who had a sore back from a motorbike accident in which his son had also burnt his hand. I showed him and his son how to do the assists from the chapter on Assists for Illness and Injuries. Scientology assists are techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard that help people recover faster from illnesses and injuries by bringing the spiritual element into the healing process. They gave assists to each other. They were both so excited about this simple yet effective technology that they told all their friends about Scientology and the Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour. The store owner now tells his customers they should learn how to do assists and shares the technology that he has learned with them.
It's very exciting to be able to introduce this powerful, simple and effective Scientology technology to individuals and see the life changing results and their eagerness to pass it on to as many other people as they can. The Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour truly is a grassroots movement and I really feel like a pioneer.
There were a couple of other cool things that really stand out for me.
One was giving a seminar on Scientology at an annual business convention to over 4,000 businessmen at one time. We also helped open a Free School in the slums of Calcutta that is using the study technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, and which is now expanding and is run by local Volunteer Ministers. There are now thousands and thousands of Volunteer Ministers in India because of the Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour.
What I learned
India is definitely different from Australia, that's for sure. India is a very intriguing culture with a long tradition and heritage of religion and knowledge: Buddhism, Hinduism, the Veda scriptures. It is a place of such diversity and you really have to experience the people and the culture to fully understand and appreciate the beauty of India. The people of India really know they need to change the conditions in their lives and their society. And with the effective tools that Scientology offers they are making these changes.
What you can do
It's going to take a lot of Volunteer Ministers to get the job done.
I had such an amazing and life changing experience in India myself. I met leaders in government, education, disaster response and even a few Bollywood actors and models to round it off!
From the experience of being a member of this team I've had a massive increase in personal ability, certainty, and courage and I've seen individuals change their lives for the better. So much so that I am now organising to be back in India and will be by the end of August 2007.
It was an honour to be part of providing this training to the West Bengal's Civil Defence Department.
I invite you to join me. It's a blast.
As Mr. L. Ron Hubbard said "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well."
Contact the Volunteer Ministers Consultant. She can help you get started.
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