This article is from the Scientology and Dianetics FAQ, by email@example.com (Scientology Information Server) with numerous contributions by others.
Scientology is a personal journey....trying to see "objective proof"
of spiritual awareness and abilities, is not always easy. As it says
at the beginning of most Scientology books:
"The attainment of the benefits and goals of Scien-
tology philosophy requires each individual's dedi-
cated participation, as only through his own efforts
can he achieve these."
But the journey begins with the questions: Am I spirit or matter?
In the stages of research that followed the publication of _Dianetics_
after 1950, L. Ron Hubbard found that, while auditing individuals, their
former lives were contacted, very often to the individual's benefit.
Ron's ensuing research led him to attempt a description and codification
of the human spirit and life, in terms of the physical universe of
matter, energy, space and time. (See the "Axioms of Scientology" in the
Appendix of _What is Scientology?_, as well as in a number of Scientology
books listed in the Scientology Books FAQ.)
Additionally, scientific research over the last two decades (outside of
Scientology) has been done on the subject of past lives, which helps
bring scientific rigor to the question of whether there is a "human soul"
or not. (See the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson.)