Scientology and the Travolta Tragedy
A Scientologist explains the church's views on autism, medical care, and life after death.
BY: Ansley Roan
Yes. There's an important distinction here. You don't have a soul. You don't have a spirit. You are a soul. You are a spirit. You are an immortal spiritual being. You are not your body. You, as an immortal spiritual being, live forever. You are life force. You are the life force that animates that physical shell.
Is there any kind of framework that you are going through in these different lives? Is there a goal? Are you trying to correct past situations?
Not in a karmic sense. Look at it pragmatically. If you're an immortal spiritual being and you know that the world is a world that you're coming back to again in the next lifetime, that would be reason alone to do everything you can to make a better world. You know it's a world that you're going to be living in. You have a stake in its future.
Because Jett Travolta was so young, is there any distinction with what happens to young people after death?
No, not in Scientology, because the being is ageless, immortal, and not bound by time.
Are there Scientology rituals for a funeral?
Really, it's a celebration of the life the person has lived. The person has departed the body, but the person is who he is. A Scientology funeral is an opportunity for family and friends to bid the person goodbye, thank him for everything that he's done in his current lifetime, and wish him well as he moves on to the next lifetime.
While we have the loss of that physical presence with us now--the person's touch, hug, smile, laugh--the individual carries on to another lifetime.
I've heard that John Travolta and Kelly Preston's son was cremated. Is that preferable in Scientology?
No, there's no dogma on that subject. Some Scientologists have been buried and others have been cremated. Cremation is quite common in Scientology, just as a side note, but it's not a requirement and I know Scientologists who've been buried.
Is there a reason that it's common?
There are various things that L. Ron Hubbard has written on the subject, but it's a more involved discussion.
Thinking in terms of funerals versus memorial services, is there any distinction? Would the phrase "Scientology funeral" be accurate?
Yes. The [terms] are interchangeable. I know that the two have different meanings, but both serve the same purpose.
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