Meet a Scientologist—Phyllis Hargrow, Passing on the Good News

Having found the answers she was looking for, Scientologist Phyllis Hargrow now helps others sort out their own lives.

Before finding Scientology, Phyllis Hargrow knew exactly what the problem was—it was the other guy. How things have changed.

In 2004 Hargrow, a New York City caseworker, was stewing over a personal problem one day when a casual chat with a woman at work took a very unexpected turn.

Scientologist Phyllis Hargrow

“Just by talking to her, I felt better and I discovered there was something I could do about my unsolvable problem,” she says.

The woman invited Hargrow to stop by her church that night—the Church of Scientology of Harlem—and the rest is history.

For the five previous years, Hargrow had been trying every self-help technique she could lay her hands on to overcome the chronic state of mind she describes as “worried and fearful.” Through Scientology, she realized the cause of these emotions and resolved them.

“Although I never would have admitted it at the time, I was blaming others—not taking responsibility for my own life and the condition it was in,” says Hargrow. “The biggest hurdle was admitting that. I studied technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard on the subject of ethics. This has brought about a significant and dramatic change in my life. I’m not perfect yet—but I am on the road.”

The subject of Scientology ethics includes precise steps to improve any personal or professional situation. These are covered in a free online course on Having learned this technology, whenever she encounters people mired down by problems, Hargrow helps them sort it out.

“The receptionists and my supervisor noticed that clients leaving my desk have pep in their step and look happy,” she says.

Hargrow, 54, met and married husband Phil at the Church of Scientology of Harlem where they both hold staff positions and look forward to the Church and Scientology Community Center’s new 125th Street premises, scheduled to open in 2012.

“With Scientology, I get to craft my future—I don't have to go along with the programming,” says Hargrow. “I can be who I want to be.”

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