Belief Systems Similar to the Helix: Background information when reading Woke Up Lonely

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Woke Up Lonely

by Fiona Maazel

Woke Up Lonely
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2013, 336 pages
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    Apr 2014, 352 pages

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Belief Systems Similar to the Helix

In book reviews for Woke Up Lonely, Scientology is often invoked as a cultural reference for the Helix. The reasons for this are clear enough: both are worldwide organizations committed to individual and social change, both are led by one man who claims to have the secret to happiness, and both are largely suspected, by outsiders, to be cults (the Church of Scientology has been riddled with controversy with former members claiming to have been incarcerated extensively).

The primary "truth" upon which Scientology is constructed is this:

"Man is a spiritual being endowed with abilities well beyond those which he normally envisions. He is not only able to solve his own problems, accomplish his goals and gain lasting happiness, but he can achieve new states of awareness he may never have dreamed possible."

In other words, much like the Helix and other belief systems and religions, the focus is on betterment of the individual (although the methods of reaching this goal vary).

The Church of Scientology ...

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