Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy New Year from the Mission!

The Palo Alto Mission wishes you a very happy and lively new year.
Let's celebrate! It's 08!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science

Robert completed Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science Book Course. "I feel that this course is a must for anyone who is fortunate enough to have the world's greatest computer - an optimum brain - and wishes to better appreciate its use in the processes of Man's survival. This course is like falling into a huge vat of workable data and then climbing out with a new outlook on life and its paths of challenges with a determination to WIN!!!"

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Scientology Grade III

Mark completed Grade III!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ability gained from this grade is that one achieves freedom from the upsets of the past and ability to face the future. Here is his success story:
"With this grade I regained the ability to accept change and create change at will. This includes change in myself as well as granting beingness to others. I have also recovered some old (forgotten) postulates that I had made about past upsets in my life as well as other-determined 'purposes' that I had confused as my own. Upson seeing these, I was able to make new postulates and have a better eye for the future. This grade couldn't have happened at a better time in my big changes are coming ahead."

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wins with Beginning Scientology Services

Roni completed two Beginning Scientology Services this week!

Her success from Introductory Dianetics Auditing: "Oh my gosh!!!! I have been able to remember things and people that I have thought were gone. I cannot express just how exciting it feels. The weight on my spirit is so light that I feel almost as though I can float on a cloud, so much unlike how I felt (overloaded and dragged down) when I first began these sessions."

Her success from the Self Analysis Book Course: "I would suggest this course to everyone, both involved in Scientology and others. My mood has been so much more positive. I am alert and aware. The memories that once haunted me are no longs so frightening or painful. I have had the most wonderful experience of remembering my mothers, of whom I have only had one memory for the past 39 years. I am feeling confident in myself and my abilities. I look forward to further Self Analysis."

Dianetics Book and Lecture Course

Mark just completed the Dianetics Book and Lecture Course and has this to say:
"This is the second time I've read Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and I totally love the updated version. Having the questions on the new course really made me apply the data and the lectures made better sense. I have a better understanding of what Dianetics is and what it actually does to change a person."

Personal Values and Integrity Life Improvement Course

Joellen finished the Life Improvement Course, Personal Values and Integrity. Here is her success story: "This course is great. Basically it's how one thing leads to another in the Big Picture! Being honest, ethical and moreal maintains the dynamics. simple, huh?"

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ingredients for Career Success - Avoiding Job Burnout

The Ingredients of Success—Avoiding Job Burnout

Saturday - December 15th - 12:30 pm at Palo Alto Mission

Seminar with Wally Stokes. How would you like to learn the secrets to remaining interested and engaged in your job? Would you like to avoid feeling burned out and exhausted when you go to work or when you go home? Wally will go over some key information from L. Ron Hubbard that can help you handle this common problem. Wally is an experienced business consultant who is an expert at applying the data of Scientology to resolve work-related issues.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Saturday Artists Seminar

Marc Silber Seminar

Get to Know Your Camera

December 8th at 12:30

Marc began taking photographs in the 1960s, starting his career in photography at the legendary Peninsula School where he eagerly learned composition and darkroom skills. He took frequent trips with camera to the mountains and the coast, falling in love with the beauty and the spirit of the Sierra and the California coast. Through his images he has been able to capture the expression of the spirit, each telling a story, whether of the spirit of nature or the spirit of the individual.

Marc studied the works of masters such as Ansel Adams, the Westons and Henri Cartier-Bresson but quickly forged his own unique style and quality.

He honed his skills at the celebrated San Francisco Art Institute. Founded in 1871, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in art and photography in the United States. The Art Institute’s photography department was founded by no less than Ansel Adams and Minor White.

Silber’s work covers a full range from action shots, to candid portraits to landscapes. His series from the Sierra Madre, Mexico gives us a rare glimpse into the remote mountain region above Mazatlan, days by jeep and foot. He tells of the people being so grateful for the medical help that his project brought that he was allowed to photograph and capture their life in a completely intimate manner.

Though Marc moves through his fifth decade as a professional photographer he is still constantly exploring approaches, styles and projects.

Marc is a senior Scientologist as well as an accomplished public speaker and loves to teach photography through his workshops and published works. Often his workshops have accompanied his exhibits, with excellent reviews.

Shown here is a photo of the carousel in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, taken on a recent trip. To see more of Marc's work and find out more about him and his artistic philosophy, visit his website:

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Children's Ethics Book

Hunter completed a study of the Children's Ethics Book.
This is a basic non-religious course teaching ethics for a child to understand. Here's his success:

"I feel happy that I finished this. I know all the good things I am supposed to do and the bad things I'm not supposed to do. Since I have done this course I can use it and not commit overts. I am happy I did my course."

The Fundamentals of Thought Book Course

Robert has completed the Fundamentals of Thought Book Course! Here is his poetic success story:
"I have just completed this course with a new glow of light indicating that I can now go back out into this physical universe and help make man create a better image in this day and time of global disruption."

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Children's Communication Course

Jarod just completed The Children's Communication Course and says, "This course was good. I can use this anywhere - at home or at a park or with my friends. I can use it at school with my buddy."

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Introductory Dianetics Auditing

Dennis has completed some Introductory Dianetics Auditing.

Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health is an advance of such magnitude, that The New York Times compared it to man’s discovery of fire and the wheel.

Dianetics contains a revolutionary easy-to-apply technique by which a person can GET RID of their reactive mind (the “invisible” storehouse of recorded painful experiences which react on you like post-hypnotic commands).

Our experienced Dianetics Auditors can locate and remove mental blocks that stand in the way of your self-confidence and success. This is not psychology or “therapy.” It is an exact process that reveals the hidden sources of pain, nervousness, unwanted behavior patterns, psychosomatic illness, negative emotions, depression and much more. Dianetics addresses the unwanted stops in your life that are holding you back from reaching your fullest potential.

Here is Dennis' success story: "Where did that burden go? And all that stress and worry? I feel more clarity about my sense of people around me. I have more focus. Somehow my world seems so much bigger now - many more choices. I know that I am choosing more things to do of my own choosing. I am finding that there are things that I am re-evaluating as to having or not having to do that I always thought I had to do."

Friday, November 09, 2007

Scientology Expanded Grade II

Mark completed Expanded Grade II! This auditing level has as its end result RELIEF FROM THE HOSTILITIES AND SUFFERINGS OF LIFE. Here is Mark's success story:
"With every Grade so far I've regained more ability to be free - especially with Grade II. It was long and every day was a new 'adventure' but in the end I have a better sense of cause and effect. I'm willin to expand and reach into life without much effort and with more knowingness."

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Problems of Work Book Course

Robert, Professional Artist, just completed the Problems of Work Course. Here's his success story.
"I definitely feel more informed, better prepared to handle problems relative to work aboard my 'ship' (home) and do highly recommend this course to all who work in this society. A Great Course!!"

Problems of Work Book Course

Evan has been studying the Problems of Work book on the Basic Book Course. Here's what he has to say so far:
"I have been having fun with this course. It is really a lot easier to read this book now and I get the information better. I have been clearing up some confusions I have had on control so that's good."
Anyone can do this course - there are no prerequisites. Don't wait!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Success in Business with Scientology Administrative Tools

Rick Petersen, OT VIII and successful chiropractor, spoke at the mission on Saturday. The subject was how to use Scientology Administrative tools to make a business expand and prosper. People loved hearing Rick speak. A few comments:
"I got some data on how to start a business. Going over the non-existence formula helped me to gain certainty and actually do the next step in starting a business." LM
"I felt like I really understand business better - how to get stuff going and keep in moving and what happens if things go down and how to change it." JB

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Problems of Work Book Course

Melissa is on the Basics Book Course on the Problems of Work book. This book contains the senior principles and laws which apply to every endeavor, every problem of work. For they are the discoveries which lay bare the core of these problems and explain the very fabric of life itself. Here is what Melissa has to say about the course so far:
"I am having a lot of realizations on the Problems of Work Course! It is crazy to me how simple the data is, but yet so powerful. I already feel totally different at my job and also in life. It's not really like being on a course; it's more like just reading a super good book. I am having a lot of fun!"

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

The Zylker Boys came by to Trick or Treat. Jackson is a green and purple dinosaur and Chase is a black bat. We hope your Halloween is full of treats like this!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Life Improvement Course Success

Joellen completed the Life Improvement Course, Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life. Here is what she had to say, "I have learned to name and recognize anti-social behavior and know that positive people are social behavior type people. I will apply this knowledge by simply being more aware of those people around me and with whom I associate.
I plan on moving forward with positive results in life. By doing this course I hope to eliminate roller-coastering, which is moving up and down emotionally and physically."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Basics Courses Successes

The Mission is now delivering the Basics Books and Lectures Courses! Here are a few of the wins our students are having on just a few of these courses:

The Problems of Work Course:
"Wow! I cannot express just how enlightening this has been for me. Just during the reading of this book I have begun to apply the basics of good control and have been quite successful. My employees have become more productive and my employer has become more satisfied." RW
Self Analysis Book Course
“I feel a new understanding about life and how I can control it. I really understand survival and how to survive on a prosurvival level. It is so easy to understand and put into use. Thanks Ron.” SA

Fundamentals of Thought Book Course
“I’m reading about Reality – that it is simply agreement which you can reach with anyone with enough communication. And I realized just how powerful that is. We literally get to control and create our reality by simply reaching agreements with others on what it is. That is the joy of creating from yet another viewpoint. Just decide what you want, get agreement, and then, enjoy!” JH

Monday, October 22, 2007

Grade II Auditing Completion

Scientology Expanded Grades consist of a series of auditing processes which restore to the individual specific abilities and lay a strong foundation for more advanced auditing. Expanded Grade II is also called "Relief Release" because the auditing on this level brings relief to a person from the hostilities and sufferings of life. Eric, Mission Executive and Professional Auditor, just completed this Grade and has this to say:
"This was really cool. It really handled a bunch of things for me on the subject of cause: being cause or being an effect. I was able to feel relief from both - things I have caused another and things another has caused me. I also found that I am less afraid to be cause and more willing to be cause. Before I was afraid of what might happen. This was a good grade. I feel lots less withheld to since I cleaned up that area. Thanks to my auditor, my case supervisor and Ron.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Emotional Tone Scale Course

Roni just completed the Scientology Handbook course on the Emotional Tone Scale. Here's what she has to say, "Wow! Simply knowing the tone level of a person can make my personal and business life much easier. Not to mention that being able to spot a tone level and going uptone by just a small amount may just be the way to help another - the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Incredible! It's as simple as that! Thanks, guys and gals."

Monday, October 15, 2007


The Palo Alto Mission held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the New Basics Course Room to celebrate our being fully qualified to deliver the Basics Books and Lectures Courses.
These courses mark a first in the history of Scientology. Each book and companion lecture series has its own individual course checksheet and pack. Studying these Books and Lectures in the Mission means you'll know them as part of you.
The photo shows Cindy Feshbach (Mission Holder), Jan Silber (Executive Director Mountain View Org) and Robin Selmier (our newly trained Basics Course Supervisor) cutting the ribbon.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Basics Courses!

The Mission is now totally authorized to deliver the Basics Books Courses and the Basics Books and Lectures Courses! Don't wait any longer - come start today and bring your friends!

Book Store Enlightenment System

The Mission has a Bookstore Enlightenment System which is very easy to use. There are excerpts from lectures by L. Ron Hubbard accompanied by video footage illustrating what is being discussed. You can stop by any time, select a lecture (Basics, Congresses or Classics), put on the headphones and become enlightened. Here you see Jackson Zylker and Sadie Cox listening to Ron talk about the subject of games.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Emotional Tone Scale Course

Jose just completed a course on the Emotional Tone Scale. He says, "I have had many wins on this course. Being able to use the Emotional Tone Scale to spot different people and where they actually are on the chart is great."

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Success Through Communication Course

Roni just completed the Success Through Communication Course. This is a course which teaches 18 very specific communication skills to improve one's ability to communicate in business and social areas. Here's what Roni has to say, "I have been successful in applying all aspects of this course in my work as well as my personal and social life. I can fully attest that positively communicating has gained my successes already which would lead me to believe that I will only continue to be successful so long as I continue to apply what I have learned in this communication course."

Saturday, September 22, 2007

New Era Dianetics Success

Eric has been receiving some New Era Dianetics auditing. He had a big win today and wrote a success story. Here it is:
"After my session it kept hitting me what had happened in my session. My win just kept on going. What I spotted really is the first time I started thinking, 'there must be something wrong with me.' and let me tell you I have had that thought many times, on a physical and mental aspect. It was really interesting that once I spottedwhat had happened and where I got that from, the whole thing blew! It's really hard to put into words what happened. Words just don't do this kind of win justice. Dianetics really is simple and it works."

Monday, September 17, 2007

Basic Study Manual Course

Romell completed the Basic Study Manual Course. This course provides a more comprehensive education in Study Technology than the other basic study books. It can be studied by middle and high school students and adults to improve their ability to use what they study, and also by professionals to improve their competence in the workplace. Here is Romell's success story, "This course has helped me teach my son how to learn and read better. It is also helping me with all the other work related course I am taking because I study with the intention of applying what I learned in my life. This was the best course because it is the foundation of gaining knowledge."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Robin wins studying the Basics of Scientology!

I’m lucky! I am currently studying the Basics Books and Lectures Course full time and I feel like I’m discovering Dianetics and Scientology all over again. The wins I’ve had span across my dynamics. My viewpoint of life and the world around me gets saner by the day because I’m getting the truth right from Ron. Studying these materials chronologically brings order to this vast body of knowledge. With this alignment, there is so much more understanding to be had.
And while my wins on a personal level are huge and could fill up pages, what I look forward to most is using this new certainty and knowledge at the mission. I feel we now actually have a way to impart this incredible religion of ours to new public straight from Ron like never before. I know my ability to help others has increased ten-fold already and that this increased personal certainty will make me more effective at creating new Scientologists – and that’s what it’s all about!

Scientology Personal Efficiency Course

Jose completed the Personal Efficiency Course. This course teaches the very basics of Scientology and introduces a person to auditing by co-auditing the recall processes from the book Self Analysis. Here is Jose's success story:
"I used all the tools I have learned on this course. The auditing is good and should be done every day for good results. I'm able to communicate better and feel more comfortable in my life. I'm doing good and ready to keep going up the Bridge!"

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Scientology Palo Alto new website!

Please check out our new website:

It totally rocks!!

Just click on the link. Tell your friends.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Happiness Rundown auditing

Jenna just completed the Happiness Rundown! This is an auditing action that L. Ron Hubbard developed based on the booklet The Way to Happiness, a nonreligious moral code based on common sense.
Ron says, "The object of the rundown is to clear up any confusions on the subject of morals, any and all transgressions against these specific morals, to slide the person out of the valence of any immoral person and obtain an EP (end phenomena) of a realization that one really is on the Way to Happiness."
Jenna said in her success story, "Before I did this, I would always tell myself that I was going to do things to help myself. They would never happen. Now I feel like I can do everything in order to be as happy as possible."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Student Hat Completion

Jay has completed the Student Hat Course!
He says," This was a wonderful course! I increased my ability to apply study tech many fold and I now routinely apply it in life. Thanks to all the Palo Alto Mission staff for their patience and help!"

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Success from a Field Staff Member on helping someone with Scientology

I am an FSM (Field Staff Member) for Palo Alto Mission. Recently I was having trouble with a junior at work - I caught him doing some dishonest things that would ordinarily get him fired in any work situation. Instead of firing him, I decided to get him some help by routing him onto the Personal Values and Integrity course at PA Mission. I told him not to come back until he was done with the course and then I'd see if I would hire him back. I chose this particular mission because of the very personal care they were willing to give. Well, two days later he finished the course and came back to me with a BIG change in viewpoint. He had lots of wins and insights - he said his vision went far. I could see he had changed, not only in relation to the job, but I could see the rest of hi life come into order where it had been chaos. So, I let him back on the job, he did TONS better! His sales stats were way up! His tone level was up! He was being honest and straight with me. What a product! This is after only two days! He got it. He is now winning greatly in life. Instead of experiencing a discreditable lose, he is creating great success with his new-found understanding of integrity tech. His life really was saved. He wants to do more services and will be routing onto Success Through Communication Course. This also is a major change. It took me 12 years to get him onto services. Now he WANTS to go. So, I would like to thank PA Mission for delivering excellent service. These people care and they are EFFECTIVE. Their high affinity, reality and communication with their public supporting technical standardness can't be beat. It is so good to be able to depend on this group to come through on their delivery. I see now that I can trust them completely with my selectees! Much much love, Karen

Friday, August 24, 2007


Problem: How do you, without using force, get a child to do things?

Solution: People think that persuasion works with children. It doesn’t. It’s communication that does the trick. You say, “Well, it’s time for you to go to bed now,” and he says, “No.” Don’t stay on the subject. Leave it alone and just talk about something else, “What did you do today?” “Where?” “How?” “Oh, did you? Is that a fact?” “Well, how about going to bed?” and the answer will be “Okay.”

One doesn’t have to use force. Go into communication with the child, and control follows this as an inevitability. Omit control from the beginning when bringing up a child and he who looks to you for a lot of his direction and control is gypped. He thinks you don’t care about him.

For further help on this subject, get the Scientology Handbook Booklet, Children.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Scientology Books - THE BASICS!


A ROCK SOLID BASE The very core of the tech. The foundation upon which all else is build. Now available in its entirety - for the first time ever...
CONCEPT BY CONCEPT You discover answers to the mind, spirit and life. Ron's relentless track of research, breakthrough by breakthrough. all here, all yours...
IT ALL COMES TOGETHER Because this data aligns everything else...
THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE OF SCIENTOLOGY And it's yours to the very core of your being...
Contact the Mission to get your sets of Basics Books and Lectures

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Scientology Auditing completion - Grade III!

Delancey completed GRADE III, Freedom Release. This auditing results in the ability gained of "Freedom from the upsets of the past and ability to face the future." Here is her success story,
"I really love going through this grade. Among my many wins, the greatest one that I had was knowing that I can completely and fully face my future knowing that things might change or not always go rihgt but that still, in the end, I would be cause over it and be able to handle whatever it is and move on!"

Win from Scientology Auditing

A Fantastic Win in Session
Today in session, I realized that for a very long time I have been a victim. I'm not going to be a victim to anything anymore! I'm going to be CAUSE from now on!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Relationships - Scientology Solutions

Problem: My relationships are messed up. Even when I really like someone, we always seem to be fighting.
Solution: Next time you have a fight, each of you should take a walk around the block—going in opposite directions. When you meet, you should be feeling friendlier. Continue the walking till you’ve both calmed down.Then to prevent fights in the future, practice good communication skills—really listen to each other and acknowledge what the other person has to say. And actually, the real reason that relationships get messed up is because of secrets between the two of you. So, don’t do something that you wouldn’t want your partner to find out about. You won’t believe the difference.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Scientology Life Improvement - Personal Values and Integrity

Yassini completed Personal Values and Integrity course and says, “In this entire course I have learned that with anything you do there is cause and effect—or before you do anything always think about it then. In order to keep or maintain all the dynamics it is very important. to do what is right for individuals and others and most comes from clear thinking. Finally, through the dealing with the course supervisor, we were able to discuss more. So my success in this course is I’m going to be true to myself and others. It will help me to better my life.”

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Biggest Cognition of my Life!


Today I realized where all my self-invalidating and "not being able" came from. I spotted where I got this invalidation and now I'm not effect of it! I feel great and able! I'm ME again :)


Friday, August 10, 2007

Scientology Auditing - Objectives

Jenna completed her Objectives Program and said,
"This was so superbly cool! I feel more here in the world and more aware of things going on around me. I notice more things and it's soooo cool to see the difference in them! Everything seems new, in a way."

Wins like these on this page are available to you too.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Way to Happiness

The Palo Alto Mission strives to help people lead happier lives. Part of our efforts are directed at seeing that L. Ron Hubbard's common sense non-religious moral code, The Way to Happiness, is well known and distributed to as many people as possible. You can see one of the Public Service Announcements with a Precept from the Way to Happiness in the video clip on the right side of the blog. In our front windows which face El Camino Real, the busiest street in town, we have posted several of the precepts. Our own Robert (pictured above), Artist Extraordinaire, has painted the Way to Happiness logo on the window. Stop by and check it out and consider making a donation of any size to the mission to assist us with getting these valuable booklets out. If you have never read the booklet, we will give you a free copy.

Expanded Objectives Program and Advance Program

Objectives are processes that bring a person into better control of his body and surroundings, put him into better communication with his surroundings and other people, and increase his ability to have things for himself. They bring him into the present away from his past problems.
Avalon completed an Expanded Objectives Program and said, "I feel able to be in present time and really be aware of everything around me. Even though I thought that I wouldn't get tons out of this program, I did. And I feel great! :)
Avalon also completed a full Advance Program as well (a program that gets a person fully ready for full progress in further auditing) and had this to say, "I feel more aware and exteriorized on a daily basis. I feel good and I feel that everything before this point on my Bridge is now fully completed. I feel ready to continue on with my Bridge and continue on with having wins that help my life."

Personal Efficiency Course

Margot (left) and her sister Colleen (right)

Margot completed the Personal Efficiency Course and said, "I have learned many things in this course. One of my favorite things I learned is ARC (affinity-reality-communication). I learned how they're all connected. For example, if my sister and I disagreed on what TV channel to watch, our reality would go down. We would start to argue and our affinity would go down. But, if we started talking and solving our fight, all the corners of the triangle would go up. By knowing all this, I get along (or at least have the ability to) with my sister a lot better.
"I also learned about cycles of action and reviewed the 8 dynamics. I think the most important thing I learned about was auditing. I learned how it's done, why it's done and how it helps a person become happy and successful. I even got to co-audit which ended up being my favorite part of the course...Co-auditing helped me understand auditing and have a lot of fun. I just thought it was so cool that asking simple questions could make a person's tone level go up so quickly.
"I learned a lot and totally and completely enjoyed this course. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone."

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Staff Course Completion

Delancey completed a vital staff course, Staff Status II, which teaches a staff member the basics of organization and how to get products. Delancey says, This course gave me the knowledge and confidence to be a productive and capable staff member. I really learned a lot and I am very excited to be a competent staff member who makes a difference in the world today."