Monday, February 07, 2011


Drugs robbed her of her creativity. Scientology gave it back to her.

The exuberant canvases of abstract expressionist Pamela Holl Hunt are a key to her personality.

Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in 1945, Pam received classical training in the 1960s and 70s in Paris, London and Brussels. But, swept up in the drug culture of the era, she nearly lost the very thing she thought drugs would provide.

“Drugs completely destroyed my creativity,” she says. “It is very ironic, because in the beginning they seemed to give me a surge. But in the end I lost the attitude of ‘What can I create?’ I kept taking more because I hoped that surge would come back. It never did. They took the love of life and painting out of me. It was just a trap.”

Pam met future husband Philip when she was studying painting in Brussels. In 1975, to distance themselves from the drug scene, they moved to Canada.

“We drove cross-country from Ontario to British Columbia. In Vancouver we saw a sign offering a personality test at the Scientology Mission,” she says. “I remember it was raining, and we were drenched. We walked up to the door and I saw something so welcoming in the eyes of the man who opened it, I instantly felt like I had come home. I was always very spiritual. I had been looking for something without really knowing what I was looking for. I was so glad I was able to recognize it when I found it.”

With Scientology, she not only strengthened her decision to stay away from drugs, she also rehabilitated her interest in the world around her.

“I got back all the reasons for living that I lost along the way,” she says.

Pam and Philip married in 1976 and continued their studies in Scientology. They raised two sons, now 33 and 34, and have three grandchildren—two girls and a boy.

“We never shoved our beliefs down our boys’ throats, but we lived by the principles of Scientology,” says Pam. “When one of my sons was six he came home from a friend’s house and asked me why we were so different from his friend’s family. I asked him ‘In what way?’ He said at his friend’s they were always arguing. I told him we used what we learned in Scientology—that’s why it’s calm and peaceful in our home.”

Hunt talks, paints and lives her life with a youthful energy and enthusiasm. She loves her family, her friends, animals (especially her two cats), meeting new people, and being an artist.

“Artists create out of love,” says Hunt, “and I’m so glad I got my love of life and creativity back.”

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Sunday, February 06, 2011


Nearly dying of alcohol and drug abuse when he was 21, Thai boxing champion Pete Dwan today helps kids lead drug-free lives. His profile is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at

Twenty-five years ago Pete Dwan nearly died of alcohol and drug abuse. Now he is dedicated to helping kids decide to live drug-free.

In his video on, filmed in his boxing studio, the tattooed Manchester native tells how Scientology changed his life.

“Since I started doing Scientology I’ve got lots of interests I didn’t have before,” he says. “I’ve actually started up my own club, I’ve started up my own business, bought my own house—life got better.”

Part of this change is a program he runs called “The Kombat Kids.” Dwan, who won the British Thai Boxing title 13 years ago and has represented England in international competitions, teaches kick boxing to kids of the ages of seven to twelve in inner city youth centers and housing associations to help them gain self-confidence and a sense of discipline.

To provide them with a guideline for making positive choices in their lives, Dwan uses The Way to Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard, a modern, non-religious, commonsense moral code. He has also delivered drug awareness workshops to more than 30,000 young people in schools and colleges.

“I know what it means to have a problem with drugs,” says Dwan. “I was only 21 when my liver stopped working and I almost died. I tell them my story. They can see I know what I’m talking about.”

Dwan says that since he became a Scientologist eight years ago, the training and spiritual counseling has made an enormous difference in his life.

Dwan, 46, credits Scientology for the energetic enthusiasm he feels about the future.

“It’s fun, man,” he says. “You know, 99 percent of the time I’m smiling. And it’s only because of Scientology.”

View the Pete Dwan video on

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