Marty Rathbun Copy & Paste Technology

Marty Rathbun appears to be questioning his own place – and de facto leadership position – in the so-called and much fractured group.

Torn and conflicted in his musings, Rathbun is trying to accomplish one or two things, if not both.

First – put aside all doubts that he does not subscribes to the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard which, supposedly, forms the basis of his “counseling”.  Some, notably anti-Scientologist Tony Ortega, have given short-shrift to the counseling that Rathbun practices at his Bulverde, Texas compound, calling it a “halfway house” for ex-Scientologists who are weaning themselves off Scientology altogether.

Second – position Scientology as an overbearing, rigid organization whose canons must be followed literally. This aligns with Rathbun’s frequent mentions of other practices of the mind-body continuum.

This all leads to the question: What does Rathbun’s counseling actually consist of and how effective is it?  Is it counseling that, although altered, somewhat follows the discoveries of L. Ron Hubbard, or is it a hodge-podge of different systems, something that is more likely to be sought by those who look for solace in “New Age” remedies for the mind and body?

It has been documented that before Rathbun’s 27-year career in the Church, he was seeking answers – in the form of a spiritual quest. And why wouldn’t he – especially after experiencing the heart-rending trauma of learning that his troubled mother had taken her own life by leaping off of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge – after having being subjected to electroshocks while being pregnant with Marty.

But while Rathbun is positing ideas of integration and inclusion in his altered form of Scientology – what is known as squirrel auditing – how valid can it be?

All religions are grounded in orthodoxy. For example, the bedrock of the Catholic Church is found in its immutable beliefs. So, does that mean it’s rigid and controlling? Apparently not to its billions of followers who may question the Church’s stance on social issues (birth control etc.) but still follow its spiritual doctrines, ones that don’t change over the course of time.

Or take the example of a Catholic priest who, for whatever reason, has decided to part ways with the Vatican and is defrocked. Now, he may decide to deliver what he calls Catholic services, say in the confines of his home, but they are not real Catholic services by any stretch of the imagination.

That’s because he has become a heretic who has altered Church teachings for his own reasons, pretty much the way Rathbun chooses to do his squirrel auditing while proclaiming to still be a follower of L. Ron Hubbard.

The best option open to the Catholic priest in the above scenario is to attack not Church doctrines but the ecclesiastical hierarchy of the Church. And that’s precisely Rathbun’s position, taking great pains to cover up his anti-LRH attacks.

Perhaps that tactic is wearing thin with his followers, and they are more interested in what Rathbun has to offer in his “counseling” than what he has to say about Scientology.

And maybe what he has to offer is not quite what it once was cracked up to be, given the lack of repeat clients for Rathbun’s counseling.

It has to be disturbing to the Texas “guru” to be thrust into this self-questioning mode. But when you start lumping in Eastern philosophy, to name just one system of thought, with altered Scientology scriptures, you are left with a lack of coherence, a veritable “anything goes” style of counseling that is little more than that of the copy and paste variety.

This could spell real trouble for the reputation that Marty Rathbun has hoped to build for the last few years.

It seems that Marty Rathbun has embraced his copy and paste technology to his detriment and that of others who once looked up to him.