MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST: Paul Benson Thrives as a Real Estate Agent by Reappraising Himself

Meet Paul Benson, a top seller of luxury real estate in Park City, Utah, and a Scientologist since 2009. In his "Meet a Scientologist" video, published November 12, 2015 on the Scientology website, Benson describes how his professional growth paralleled his progress in Scientology.

Nov 13, 2015, 13:15 ET from Church of the Scientology International

PARK CITY, Utah, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Benson finds magnificent homes for some of the world's most influential people as a top-ranked real estate agent in Park City, Utah, a town Forbes Magazine listed in 2008 as one of the 20 prettiest in America. Thirty-two miles from Salt Lake City, it is also one of the country's great ski resorts.

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"I have the opportunity to sell some of the finest homes in the world," says Benson, who credits what he has gained and learned in Scientology for his being the top selling real estate agent in Utah for four consecutive years. He comes in contact with "the powerhouses of Hollywood, the CEOs of New York, the tech giants of the Silicon Valley, these are my clients."

But life hasn't been a steady stream of escrows and roses for Benson. When the recession hit in 2007, it proved a devastating blow, as it was for so many when the bubble burst on the inflated housing industry.

Benson found himself deeply in debt by 2009. Financial pressure was taking a toll on his marriage. He was, in a word, flailing, struggling to catch a life preserver in a suddenly stormy sea. "I wasn't the best person that I could possibly be," he admits.

That's when a friend introduced Benson to Scientology.

"I was very intrigued," he says. "I decided to open the door and take a look."

What he found changed the course of his life. Scientology training helped him with "the everyday lifestyle of coping with family and coping with the stress at work and coping with finance and the problems in the world... I now have the tools to communicate better, to stay better organized, most importantly to not be reactive to the everyday challenges of life."

Scientology spiritual counseling (auditing) helped Benson "learn how to focus better, how to see more, how to feel more, how to be more aware," he says. "This immediately helped me focus on my job, my tasks, with less distraction. And right then I knew that Scientology had something that would change my life forever."

Scientology also made a marked difference in how he dealt with people. "When I took that to work, I was able to accomplish more, faster, to communicate better with my employees, to be more aware, to communicate better with my clients, to be more effective," Benson says. And the changes at home were no less dramatic as he greatly improved his skills as a husband and father.

"My wife immediately wanted to become involved in Scientology," says Benson. She joined staff at the Church of Scientology of Salt Lake City to help people by training as an auditor (Scientology spiritual counselor).

"I grew up not really knowing which direction I wanted to go in life, and I think that's true for many of us," Benson says. He finds he is "very comfortable with who I am, which direction I want to go." 

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

SOURCE Church of the Scientology International