What is Dianetics?
Simple though it is, Dianetics does and is these things:
1. It is an organised science of thought built on definite axioms (statements of natural laws on the order of those of the physical sciences).
2. It contains a therapeutic technique with which can be treated all in organic mental ills and all organic psychosomatic ills, with assurance of complete cure in unselected cases.
3. It produces a condition of ability of rationality for man well in advance of the current norm, enhancing rather than destroying his vigour and personality.
4. Dianetics gives a complete insight into the full potentialities of the mind, discovering them to be well in excess of past supposition.
5. The basic nature of man is discovered in Dianetics rather than hazarded or postulated, since that basic nature can be brought into action in any individual completely. And that basic nature is discovered to be good.
6. The single source of mental derangement is discovered and demonstrated, on a clinical or laboratory basis, by Dianetics.
7. The extent, storage capacity and recallibility of the human memory is finally established by Dianetics.
8. The full recording abilities of the mind are discovered by Dianetics with the conclusion that they are quite dissimilar to former suppositions.
9. Dianetics brings forth the non-germ theory of disease, complementing biochemistry (the chemistry of living organisms) and Pasteur's (Pasteur, Louis: (1822-95) French chemist and bacteriologist. Proved that decay and putrefaction are caused by bacteria; developed serums and vaccines for such diseases as cholera and rabies.) work on the germ theory to embrace the field.
10. With Dianetics ends the "necessity" of destroying the brain by shock or surgery to effect "tractability" (tractable: easy to manage or deal with; docile) in mental patients and "adjust" them.
11. A workable explanation of the physiological effects of drugs and endocrine (endocrine: designating or of any gland producing one or more internal secretions that are introduced directly into the bloodstream and carried to other parts of the body whose functions they regulate or control.) substances exists in Dianetics, and many problems posed by endocrinology are answered.
12. Various educational, sociological, political, military and other human studies are enhanced by Dianetics.
13. The field of cytology (cytology: he scientific study of cells) is aided by Dianetics, as well as other fields of research.
This then, is a skeletal sketch of what would be the scope of a science of mind and of what is the scope of Dianetics.
Suppressives is a term used to describe a personality type intent on domination and control. The typical example is the nazis who were fanatical about controlling of every facet of life. Since Scientology was originally set up it has been infiltrated by suppressives, meaning those working for the enslavement of humanity. Along with the infiltration has come modifications to the original teachings and high fees to discourage people from becoming part of the organisation.
This type of suppression is easy to understand for those who understand the Illuminati plan for world domination. The techniques used include infiltration of organisations, inserting their agenda, subverting and suppressing knowledge that would help society advance, suppression of inventions and suppression of cures for diseases.
Engrams are psychological blockages that reduce a person's ability to operate in a fully functional manner. To break free of the engram in Scientology terms is to "run it out".
According to Scientology, engrams are contained in the reactive mind bank, as opposed to the standard mind bank which is used by the conscious mind. The standard mind bank is accessible to the conscious mind, the reactive mind bank isn't - therefore knowledge of engrams can't be consciously realised or acknowledged.
Scientology uses the term "tone" to measure a person's progress - tone increases as engrams are eliminated. The higher the tone the more a person is able to participate in life in a fully functioning manner. Overall tone is rated from 1 to whatever, 1 being the lowest and at the high end of the scale a person has almost psychic insight and ability to deal with life.
Hubbard goes a bit further in that he claims engrams can be locked into place
by toxins and drugs in the body. He cites the case of drug takers who have drug
residues in their bodies perhaps years after they were taken, but which can
restimulate and bring back the memories of the initial experience. Hence the Purification
Rundown, or the Purif as it is often referred to, an intense elimination
or detoxification program designed to rid the body of drugs, and other
harmful chemicals or substances. It is a supervised program involving exercise,
sauna and nutritional supplements and usually held over a few weeks.
How do you know if engrams really exist?
A suppressive person would be one who supports suppressive means to restrict or control rather than enlighten and improve society.
The ultimate suppressors are the illuminati who have a pathological need to
control the world and would rather see it destroyed than free. They and their
minions are responsible for keeping the world in a constant state of upheaval
with rolling wars, dissentions, strife, illness, poverty and ignorance.
Dynamics of Survival
Survival, considered as the single and sole purpose of existence, subdivides into four dynamics, the forces that drive each one are:
Dynamic 1. The urge toward ultimate survival on the part of the individual and for himself. It includes his immediate symbiotes [those he is in symbiosis with, ie family and friends], the extension of culture for his own benefit and name immortality.
2. The urge of the individual toward ultimate survival via the sex act, the creation of and the rearing of children. It includes their symbiotes, the extension of culture for them and their future provision.
3. The urge of the individual toward ultimate survival for the group. It includes the symbiotes of the group and the extension of its culture.
4. Includes the urge of the individual toward ultimate survival for all mankind. It includes the symbiotes of mankind and the extension of its culture.
The first, second, third and fourth dynamic engrams, are engrams relating to the above dynamics.
Suppression of dynamics
Suppression is the lessoning and constricting of one or more of your dynamics. Your dynamics are actually what you are. If you could devote an hour to each of your dynamics everyday, then you would be a very happy individual! They are:
One in Five people are suppressive and anyone around them will suffer from just being around them. They will be sick and tend to cause trouble (that is the person being suppressed) because they know that they are being secretly thwarted yet do not know where the 'trouble' is emanating from. Suppressive people exist to lesson the potential of other's because they are afraid that they will be found out and possibly destroyed.
Dianetically, the optimum individual is called the clear. The clear is the goal of Dianetic therapy.
A clear can be tested for any and all psychoses, neuroses, compulsions and repressions (all aberrations) and can be examined for any autogenetic (self-generated) diseases referred to as psychosomatic ills. These tests confirm the clear to be entirely without such ills or aberrations. Additional tests of his intelligence indicate it to be high above the current norm.
The dynamic [as in dynamo, meaning life force] is the tenacity to life and vigor and persistence in survival. The dynamics are inhibited by engrams, which lie across them and disperse life force.
The analytical mind is that portion of the mind which perceives and retains experience data to compose and resolve problems and direct the organism along the four dynamics. It thinks in differences and similarities.
The reactive mind is that portion of the mind which files and retains physical pain and painful emotion and seeks to direct the organism solely on a stimulus-response basis. It thinks only in identities.
The somatic mind is that mind which, directed by the analytical or reactive mind, places solutions into effect on the physical level.
Aberrations, under which is included all deranged or irrational behaviour, are caused by engrams. They are stimulus-response, pro- and contra-survival.
Psychosomatic ills are caused by engrams. The engram is the single source of aberrations and psychosomatic ills.
The engram is a moment of "unconsciousness" containing physical pain or painful emotion and all perceptions, and is not available to the analytical mind as experience. Moments of "unconsciousness", when the analytical mind is attentuated in greater or lesser degree, are the only moments when engrams can be received.
Thetan, scientology word for soul or spirit.
Overts - there is the commission of an act which is overtly harmful to another or others. We are not now talking about the rightness or wrongness of the act or the intentions behind it, but simply the doing of it. These are often called Overts in Scientology.
Scientology teaches that this universe we live in is the MEST (matter, energy, space, time) universe that exists solely because the non-MEST beings known as thetans decided to agree to bind themselves to the rules and laws that we see operating here, such as gravity and the speed of light: "A Thetan may postulate a material or mental condition and subsequently consider that he cannot escape that condition, and succumb to the resulting illusion of entrapment within it."
Zone 0 is the zone of apathy, or just above death. would be the lowest mental apathy or lowest level of physical life, 0.1.
A tone 1, where the body is fighting physical pain or illness or where the being is fighting in anger, could be graded from 1.0, which would be resentment or hostility, through tone 1.5, which would be a screaming rage, to a 1.9, which would be merely a quarrelsome inclination. From tone 2.0 to tone 3.0 there would be an increasing interest in existence, and so forth.
It so happens that the state of physical being or mental being does not long remain static. Therefore, there are various fluctuations. In the course of a single day, an aberree may run from 0.5 to 3.5, up and down, as a mental being. An accident or illness could cause a similar fluctuation in a day.
These are, then figures which can be assigned to four things: the mental state on an acute basis and the mental state on a general basis. In Dianetics, we do not much employ the physical tone scale. The mental tone scale, however, is of vast and vital importance!
These values of happiness, bearable existence, anger and apathy are not arbitrary values. They are deduced from observation of the behaviour of emotional states. A clear is usually found varying around tone 4, plus or minus, in an average day. He is a general tone 4, which is one of the inherent conditions of being clear. A norm in current society, at a wild guess, is probably around a general tone 2.8.
Contagion of aberration
In the larger sphere of society, contagion of aberration is extremely dangerous and cannot but be considered as a vital factor in undermining the health of that society.
The social body behaves similarly to an organism in that there are social aberrations which exist within the society. The society grows and may fade like an organism which has people, not cells for its parts. Where pain is levelled by the head of the society at any member in that society, a source of aberration is begun which will be contagious.
The reasons against corporal punishment are not "humanitarian", they are practical. A society which practices punishment of any kind against any of its members is carrying on a contagion of aberration. The society has a social engram, society size, which says punishment is necessary. Punishment is meted. The jails and institutions fill. And then one day some portion of the society, depressed into zone 1 by a government's freedom with government engrams, jumps up and wipes the government out. And a new set of aberrations is formed from the violence attending the destruction. Violent revolutions never win because they begin this cycle of aberration.
A society filled with aberrees may feel it necessary to punish. There has been no remedy other than punishment. The provision of a remedy for unsocial conduct by members of the group is of more than passing interest to a government for a continuance of its own corporal practices; adding these to the continuing aberrations of the past seriously depresses the survival potential of that government and will someday cause that government to fall. After many government so fall, its people too, perish from this earth.
Contagion of aberration is never more apparent than in that social insanity called war. Wars never solve the need of wars. Fight to save the world for democracy or save it from Confucianism and the fight is inevitably lost by all. War has become associated in the past with competition, and it has been believed, therefore, by shifty logic, that wars were necessary. A society which advances into a war as a solution of its problems cannot but depress its own survival potential. No government was ever permitted to enter a war without costing its people some of their liberties. The end product is the apathy of a ruling priesthood, where mystery and superstition alone can band the insane remnants of a people together. This is too easily observed in past histories to need much amplification. A democracy engaging in war has always lost some of its democratic rights. As it engages in more and more wars, it eventually comes under the command of a dictator (rule by a single engram). The dictator, forcing his rule, increases the aberrations by his activity against minorities. Revolt begins to follow revolt. Priesthoods flourish. Apathy awaits. And after apathy comes death. So went Greece, so went Rome. So goes England. So goes Russia. And so goes the United States and with it it goes mankind.
Rule by force
Rule by force is a violation of the law of affinity, for force begets force. Rule by force reduces the self-determinism of the individuals in a society and therefore the self-determination of the society itself. Contagion of aberration sweeps along like a forest fire. Engrams beget engrams. And unless the dwindling spiral is interrupted by new lands and mongrel races which escape their aberrative environments, or by the arrival of a means to break the contagion of aberration by clearing individuals, a race will reach downward to the end of the cycle - zone 0.
A race is as great as its individual members are self-determined.
In the smaller sphere of the family, as in the national scenes, contagion of aberration produces an interruption of optimum survival.
Self-determinism is the only possible way a computer can be built to give rational answers. Holding down seven in an adding machine causes it to give wrong answers. Entering fixed and not-to-be-rationalised answers into any human being will cause him to compute wrong answers. Survival depends on right answers. Engrams enter from the exterior world into the hidden recesses below rational thinking and prevent rational answers being reached. This is exterior-determinism. Any interference with self-determinism cannot but lead to wrong computations.
In that a clear is cooperative, a society of clears would cooperate. This may be an idyllic, utopian dream and it may not be. In a family of clears there is observable harmony and cooperation. A clear can recognise a superior computation when he sees one. He does not have to be slugged and held down and made to obey to make him put a shoulder to the wheel. If he is made to obey, independent of his thinking, his self-determinism is interrupted to a point where he cannot get right answers; the society which holds him has penalised, itself, his ability to think and act rationally. The only way a clear could so be forced would be to give him engrams or turn a neurosurgeon loose upon his brain. But a clear does not need to be forced for, if the job is important enough to do in terms of general need, he will most certainly do it according to his intelligence and do it as well as possible. One never observes the forced individual doing a job well, just as one never observes a forced society winning against an equally prosperous free society.
A family which runs on the godhead plan, where somebody must be obeyed without question, is never a happy family. Its prosperity may be present in some material aspects but its apparent survival as a unit, is superficial.
Forced groups are invariably less efficient than free groups working for the common good. But any group which contains aberrated members is likely to become entirely aberrated as a group through contagion. The effort to restrain aberrated members of a group inevitably restrains the group as a while and leads to further and further restraint.
Clearing one member of a family of aberrees is seldom enough to resolve the problems of that family. If the husband has been aberrated, he will have aberrated or restimulated his wife and children in one way or another, even when he used no physical violence upon them. The parents implant their mutual aberrations in the children and the children, being potentially self-determined units, revolt back to stir up the aberrations of the parents. In that so many of these aberrations, by contagion , have become mutual and held in common with the whole family, the happiness of the family is severely undermined.
The corporal punishment of children is just another facet of the problem of the forced group. If anyone cares to argue over the necessity of punishing children, let him examine the source of the misbehaviour of the children. ... The spoiled child is the child whose decisions have been interrupted continuously and who is robbed of his independence. Affection could no more spoil a child then the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.
The beginning and end of child psychology is that a child is a human being, that he is entitled to his dignity and self-determinism. The child of aberrated parents is a problem because of the contagion of aberration, and because he is denied any right to dramatise or counter. The wonder is not that children are a problem but that they are sane in any action, for - by contagion, punishment and denial of self-determinism - the children of today have been denied all the things required to make a rational ife. And these are the future family and the future race.
This is not a dissertation on children or politics, however, but a chapter on contagion or aberration.
Dianetics covers human thought, and human thought is wide ground. When one gazes at the potentialities inherent in the mechanism of contagion, respect for the inherent stability of man cannot but arise. No wild animal reacting with inherent asocial tendencies could have built Nineveh (capital of the ancient empire of Assyria, situated on the east bank of the Tigris River, opposite modern Mosul, Iraq) or Boulder Dam. Carrying the contagion mechanism like some Old Man of the Sea (character in the story of 'Sindbad the Sailor' in the 'Arabian Nights'. A seemingly harmless old man, he climbs onto the shoulders of the obliging Sindbad and refuses to get off. He clings there for many days and nights until Sindbad escapes by getting him drunk), We have yet come far. Now that we know it, perhaps we shall truly reach the stars.
Dianetics and War
The social organisms which we call states and nations behave and react in every respect as though they were individual organisms. The culture has its analytical mind, the combined sentience of its citizens in general and its artists, scientists and statesmen in particular. The social standard memory bank is the data accumulated along the generations. And the social organism has as well its reactive mind as represented by the prejudices and irrationalities of the entire group. The reactive mind is served by an engram bank wherein lie past painful experiences and which dictates reactive action on certain subjects whenever those subjects are restimulated in the society. This, all too briefly, is an analogy used in Political Dianetics.
The social organism behaves in a manner which can be graphed on the tone scale; it has its survival dynamic and its suppressors, its internal suppression due to engrams and its urge toward an infinity of optimum duration. Criminals, traitors and zealots constitute, for instance, internal engrams which suppress the survival potential on the tone scale.
There is a precision definition for each social level as related to the tone scale. A free society working in complete cooperation toward common goals would be a tone 4 society. A society hindered by arbitrary restrictions and oppressive laws woiuld be a tone 2 society. A society managed and dictated to by the whims of one man or a few men would be a tone 1 society. A society governed by the mystery and superstition of some mystic body would be a tone 0 society. The potential of survival in each case can be seen anywhere in history. Any golden age is a tone 4. Oppressive practices, individual greeds and miscalculation in general reduce the society by introducing into it dissatisfied elements. To cope with these, in the past, further oppression has been used. The survival of the society reduced further. With more oppression came new engrams and so down the tone scale slipped the chances of long survival. And with this reduction of potential came pain as the lower zones were entered.
Societies rise and fall on the tone scale. But there is a danger point below which a society cannot go without reacting as would an individual so suppressed: the society reaches a break point and goes mad. The point is around 2.0.
The quarrel of society with society, nation with nation, has many causes, all of them more or less irrational. There have been many times when one society was forced to crush another less sentient than itself. But with each clash, new engrams were born both in the international scene and within the societies themselves.
War is an international tone 1. It is no more rational than any individual who, reaching a general and chronic tone 1, is placed in an institution or, temporarily tone 1, commits some crime and is thereafter imprisoned. But there is no gaoler to societies; there is at this time only death and so they die and so they have died.
Before this time no tool could be employed by a national but force when faced with another nation gone made. By contagion of aberration, both nations then went made. No nation ever fully won a war. No nation every finally triumphed by force of arms. No nation ever averted war by positing threat or exhibiting defence.
Man is now faced by these pyramiding hatreds, with weapons so powerful that man himself may vanish from the earth. There is no problem in the control of these weapons. They explode when and where man tells them to explode. The problem is in the control of man.
There is no national problem in the world today which cannot be resolved by reason alone. All factors inhibiting a solution of the problem of war and weapons are arbitrary factors and have no more validity than the justified explanations of a thief or murderer.
The farmer of Iowa has no quarrel with the storekeeper of Stalingrad. Those who say such quarrels exist lie.
There are no international concerns which cannot be resolved by peaceable means, not in the terms of supranational government, but in the terms of reason.
Jockeying with indefinable ideologies, playing with mass ignorance, non-existent entities like nightmares march the world in the form of the Gods of Ism.
No self-interest can be so great as to demand the slaughter of mankind. He
who would demand it, he who would not by every rational means avert it, is
insane. There is no justification for war.