With the single factor crucial to auditing successfully codified in Dianetics 55! and fully taught on the 9th American ACC, the subject of communication had apparently surrendered all its unknowns. Yet such was not the case. And in his first lecture to auditors on a new course at the Hubbard Professional College, L. Ron Hubbard revealed an entirely new datum: “Communication disintegrates mass, so communication and postulates can effect change.” It was no less than the discovery of the single Axiom that makes auditing possible—Axiom 51. This series contains not only the first articulation of Mr. Hubbard’s classic definition of communication as “the universal solvent,” but the whys, wherefores and techniques to apply Axiom 51 across the panorama of auditing. Here are entire lectures on Six Basic Processes, Ownership Processing, the Tone Scale and the application of communication to the service facsimile and the “only one” computation. A new chapter had begun. As word of mouth spread, demand for training and auditing multiplied, the HASI Phoenix moved into expanded quarters and L. Ron Hubbard laid plans to carry Scientology into the future with a new office in Washington, DC—an office that would soon become the Founding Church of Scientology.
We have reached another turning of the leaf in the history of Dianetics and Scientology on the very crystal-clear establishment of the fact that the solvent for mest for which we have been searching, which is usable and workable on any and all grades of case with whom any communication can be accomplished at all, is communication. —L. Ron Hubbard
With the release of Dianetics 55! L. Ron Hubbard had codified the single factor crucial to auditing success—communication. Taught in depth at the 9th American Advanced Clinical Course and publicly released at the Unification Congress in December 1954, Dianetics 55! represented a historic breakthrough. For by identifying each of the components of communication and demonstrating their application to raise a being’s ability and awareness, he had done something that the sages and philosophers of past ages had only dreamed of.
It might have been supposed that Mr. Hubbard’s researches had now yielded all there was to know on the subject, yet such was not the case. For, on 14 March 1955, in his very first lecture to auditors enrolled on a new course at the Hubbard Professional College, he disclosed a datum of such scope and power it reached beyond the physical universe and into the very core of living:
“Energy disintegrates with communication.
“And that gives us—and I want to tell you about this—Axiom 51.
“It was necessary for me to talk to you folks. Now, I’m not going to give you a statement of Axiom 51 the way it is in the current edition of The Creation of Human Ability. I sneaked it in just before it went into the press. So it will be in the American edition. But it has to do with this—just has to do with this—communication disintegrates mass, so communication and postulates can effect change.”
In a mere ten words, L. Ron Hubbard had announced an auditing breakthrough whose ramifications would embrace all that was to follow in Dianetics and Scientology. For it was on this course, delivered to trained auditors and the staff of the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International, Phoenix, that Mr. Hubbard first articulated his classic definition of communication as “the universal solvent.”
Yet, continuing to leave no stone unturned to ensure that auditors fully understood how to apply Axiom 51 in a session, he instructed them on a range of techniques, including:
- Two-way Communication—its vital role in the creative arts;
- Meaningfulness—how to have the preclear put meaning into life, things, objects, spaces, people and thoughts;
- Thinkingness—processing is really the simple business of teaching somebody’s thoughts to stay put or to get out;
- The “Only One” Computation—what it is, how it creates aberration and its resolution;
- Ownership—misownership brings about a persistence of facsimiles, thus establishing the ownership of pictures can make a mest Clear;
- Pictures—how a thetan could not possibly get into trouble in this universe until he started making pictures.
With the subject of communication and its crucial role in session now fully developed and in use, auditing was truly never the same again.
Hence, and parallel with L. Ron Hubbard’s announcement of his recent discoveries, word of mouth was leaping like wildfire across the United States. Thus, not only was the HASI Phoenix soon established in new and expanded headquarters at 1017 North 3rd Street—with Mr. Hubbard lecturing Professional Course students in its impressive auditorium—but as demand for Scientology quickened on the East Coast, he was laying plans to carry Scientology far into the future with a new office established in Washington, DC. That office would soon become the Founding Church of Scientology.
Scientology simply means “wisdom, study of.” But it could also be said to mean this: the application of the methodologies of science to the problems of the mind. And that is what it is and that, very truthfully, is what has happened. —L. Ron Hubbard
When still a young man attending university, L. Ron Hubbard observed that those working in the humanities had no training in the exact sciences. Believing that the precision of the scientific method might furnish a solution to the problems of life and livingness, he urged faculty members of the psychology department to apply the principles of physics to the field of the mind.
It was an entirely novel approach. And when no one took up the challenge—either then or in later years—Mr. Hubbard undertook the task himself. Unlocking a wealth of answers about human beings and their potentials, he did indeed resolve the long-standing riddle of the mind. With the discovery of its exact nature then came breakthrough after breakthrough, culminating in the first technology providing the means to greatly increased ability.
Here, then, is the remarkable account of how L. Ron Hubbard bridged the gulf between two disciplines that occupied entirely separate worlds. In consequence, millions today are more happy, successful and able. For this is the adventure of Scientology.
You can make any marriage stick or you can recover any facet of any marriage or plaster one back together again any way you want to. It takes a little doing and it takes a little guts.
And that’s an understatement if I ever made one. —L. Ron Hubbard
At the time of this lecture, L. Ron Hubbard had recently achieved a major breakthrough concerning Responsibility, one that removed the barriers to case gain at all levels of the Bridge. Immediately following his announcement of the new technology, he detailed its application to marriage and, indeed, to the basic building block of a culture, the family.
Here, for the first time, is a definition of the marriage relationship, not in the language of “till death do us part,” but in terms of “beings” and “postulates.” From that viewpoint arises not only the exact causes of a failing marriage but a precise technology to reunite estranged partners. Indeed, so embracive are these discoveries they can be applied with equal success even to a thriving marriage.
When it comes to children, the benefits are just as life-changing. Whereas society considers it inevitable that youth reaching their teens will make life difficult for their parents and eventually depart the family, Mr. Hubbard not only reveals the cause of this so-called “natural phenomenon,” he provides an effective remedy.
No marriage need be irreconcilably broken, no family permanently divided, for here is technology that has salvaged countless marriages and reunited families.
“What can a thetan do? Now, we’ll say a Cleared Theta Clear. You couldn’t put down such a goal, because that’s the postulated, outer-line, unattainable absolute. Probably anything we understand it to be is probably attainable already, but what is the outermost limit of it? Lord knows. Haven’t got any idea and you haven’t either.” —L. Ron Hubbard
Throughout history, mysticism, philosophy and religion have postulated the existence of the human soul or spirit. In Eastern thought, an individual worked to attain a state of personal enlightenment, free from the material world. Christianity itself was based on the hope that the spirit of Man could transcend death.
Yet despite Man’s theories and hope, he had no proof. And in our modern era, where the rationality of science became preeminent, the very existence of the soul came into question. After all, no one had seen it, measured its dimensions or monitored its energy output.
And so Man doubted. And the human spirit became a thing of superstition, of mysticism, of faith. And the new priests of materialism could dictate that Man’s hopes, dreams, creativity and ethics were simply the product of chemical interactions in the brain.
It was into this world that L. Ron Hubbard stepped—and not lightly.
Trained both in the spiritualism of the East and the uncompromising practicality of the West, he dedicated himself at an early age to finding out the truth of exactly what Man was—whatever that truth might be.
His relentless research in Dianetics had at last unlocked the secrets of the human mind. The phenomena of mental image pictures and their hidden impact on Man had been tested and documented in case after case. Yet still questions remained, pieces of the puzzle that did not fit into the overall picture.
For one thing, in the search for aberrative incidents, preclears sometimes slipped into past lives. And, perhaps even more surprising, the aberrations then resolved with fast and dramatic results.
In his landmark 1951 book Science of Survival, L. Ron Hubbard postulated a life force, which he designated by the Greek letter theta, as a type of energy different from the physical universe of matter, energy, space and time, or MEST. Following this, he began intensive research into the exact nature and potentials of this life force, not through belief or faith, but through strict scientific induction. Mr. Hubbard said of this search:
“We are studying the soul or spirit. We are studying it as itself. We are not trying to use this study to enhance some other study or belief.”
Key to his research was finding a way to quantitatively measure mental and spiritual phenomena, which only became possible with his development of the first electropsychometer, or E-Meter, an instrument sensitive enough to detect minute fluctuations in resistance caused by mental image pictures. Armed with this research tool, he began to track that most elusive of entities, the spirit of Man. He later noted:
“As soon as this instrument was turned loose on the problem, the problem ceased to exist. By adding up and checking probabilities on scores of persons, the character, extent and content of the whole track were mapped.”
This research revealed that both the age and the potentials of the spirit had been vastly underestimated—as had the complexity and viciousness of the incidents which had aberrated and trapped the being in a body. With whole track recall stretching back into trillions of years, the number of aberrative incidents to be run stretched into the multibillions. Attempting to address these with Dianetics engram running would be a daunting task. So Ron began looking at the problem from a different angle: why do such facsimiles stick to a spiritual being in the first place? Could the isolated parts of Man—spirit, mind, body—be pried apart from each other?
Testing revealed that the separation of the spirit from the body was a surprisingly simple process. It could be accomplished, in about 50 percent of the cases, with the precise command to “Be three feet back of your head.”
With this, in one pivotal moment, L. Ron Hubbard isolated the human spirit, not as an entity or force separate from the individual, not as a “soul” that one “sent to heaven,” but as the personality and beingness which actually is the individual and is aware of being aware. This theta being, or thetan, he found, is immortal and is possessed of capabilities well in excess of those hitherto predicted for Man.
By exteriorizing the thetan from the body, the long-sought goal of religion—spiritual existence independent of the body—had been accomplished, rationally and systematically.
This exterior state, however, proved to be unstable, as the factors that aberrated the being were still there to trap him. At the London Lectures (Source of Life Energy) in November 1952, L. Ron Hubbard told students,
“You’ve been in that state many times and you didn’t know enough to go on in that state. You didn’t think it was possible to. You thought you had to have a body. You thought you had to have this. In other words, this whole thing was booby-trapped.”
What was needed was a thetan who knew enough to handle the problems of the MEST universe, knew enough about universes to handle and protect his own and who knew enough of the track and what happens in the MEST universe so that it could not happen to him again.
In sum, an Operating Thetan.
Bridging from Homo sapiens to the state of Operating Thetan, or OT, required a firm foundation of knowledge—both of one’s own spiritual abilities and the anatomy of entrapment.
Accordingly, in late 1952, Mr. Hubbard began preparations for a comprehensive course, commencing in Philadelphia on 1 December 1952.
In his letter to the Hubbard Foundation of Philadelphia, he committed himself to an extensive lecturing schedule to cover the breadth and scope of this material, up to 5 lectures a day for a total of 45 lecture and demonstration hours. In fact, he would well exceed even this, giving a total of 62 lectures over an 18-day period, with 14 supplemental lectures given the following January in London.
As the textbook for the course, L. Ron Hubbard wrote Scientology 8-8008. The numbers in the title encapsulated his goal:
“The original definition of Scientology 8-8008 was the attainment of infinity (8) by the reduction of the apparent infinity (8) and power of the MEST universe to a zero (0) for himself, and the increase of the apparent zero (0) of one’s own universe to an infinity (8) for oneself. …It can be seen that infinity stood upright makes the number eight. Thus, Scientology 8-8008 is not just another number, but serves to fix into the mind of the individual a route by which he can rehabilitate himself, his abilities, his ethics and his goals.”
Knowing that the information he was about to deliver would need to be disseminated from Philadelphia to the rest of the world, rapidly and without abridgement or alteration, he also arranged for the lectures to be professionally recorded. One of the Philadelphia Foundation students was also a recording engineer for RCA and provided then-state-of-the-art recorders and microphones to make what would be the first-ever high-fidelity tapes of his lectures.
It all culminated on December 1, 1952, when Mr. Hubbard arrived in Philadelphia, the first manuscript copy of Scientology 8-8008 in hand. The thirty-eight selected students eagerly crowded into the course room at the Foundation offices at 237 North 16th Street in downtown Philadelphia. As one student recalls, “None of us, even those who’d heard him lecture many times in Wichita and Phoenix, were prepared for the fantastic pyrotechnics of the evenings.”
In his opening address, L. Ron Hubbard told them:
“I don’t think this subject has ever been taught here on Earth before. There have been some wild subjects taught here…but no subject as wild as this.”
And so Mr. Hubbard proceeded to lay out, in detail, the results of his research into the nature, abilities, potentials and capacities of the thetan.
The scope of the material was vast, encompassing the entire range of human and spiritual activity. He described in detail the relationship of a thetan to a body and exactly how a body is controlled and run by a thetan using energy flows and motor controls. But even more fundamental, he explained why a thetan has a body in the first place and how, step by step, the spirit got attracted to, interested in and finally dependent on a body.
In lecture after lecture, he detailed the thetan’s relationship to the material universe of matter, energy, space and time while further revealing a gradient scale of beingness, from the lowest state of being completely in agreement with and controlled by the MEST universe, to the highest states where a being creates his own universe.
By the end of the course, Mr. Hubbard had delivered a total of 62 lectures, each lecture an hour in duration, with a total of 54 accompanying charts, hand drawn during the course of these lectures. The following month, another 14 supplementary lectures were delivered in London, making 76 lectures and comprising a monumental body of knowledge on the full potentials of a thetan.
The Philadelphia Doctorate Course and its text, Scientology 8-8008, stand today as the largest single body of work on the identity, character and potentials of the spirit of Man ever assembled. L. Ron Hubbard was to devote the next thirty-four years to the full development of The Bridge to Total Freedom, providing the step-by-step route anyone could travel to achieve their full spiritual potentials described in this course—Operating Thetan.
Attendees were greeted with a handwritten note, “Hello Congress! Neither you nor the field will ever be the same again after this one.” And neither they nor the rest of the Scientology world ever were. Capping a year of breakthroughs, with processes to reach every case, and training drills that revolutionized auditing, L. Ron Hubbard was about to present the means for a new civilization—a world based on you. It all stemmed from the discovery that, “The aberrated Third Dynamic is the summed irresponsibilities of the First Dynamic. An insane group is one formed by the weak to protect them against the strong. A sane group is an expression of communication by those who could each one stand alone.” And so came Mr. Hubbard’s watershed technology on both the importance of groups and the means to create real Third Dynamics. Whereupon he provided program after program, with the step-by-step actions expressly aimed at galvanizing others around a survival cause. As for that world based on you—here is the dramatic discovery of the true nature of mental image pictures—a breakthrough of such importance he said it should be written on a piece of golden paper. After all, it opened the gates to discovering the ability you’ve always had for billions of years. Here then is the Congress where L. Ron Hubbard moved Scientology, as a whole, three feet behind society’s head.
If you want to know your role in a new atomic age, be there!
This is the most important Congress we have ever held. You'll date your future from this Congress. —L. Ron Hubbard
And while nobody really doubted the truth of that announcement in the winter of 1957, hardly anyone could have predicted what history has since proven. Because for all Scientology stands for today as a powerful force for planetary survival, it all began at the Ability Congress.
None of which is to say L. Ron Hubbard didn’t know precisely what he was launching for the future. Indeed, his announcement was only the latest in a series that had been running for months, most particularly including an article entitled “Why You Should Come to a Congress.” For while they had long since served as an opportunity for Scientologists to hear and meet Mr. Hubbard, his recent discoveries had shed a whole new light on the importance of Third Dynamics as a whole, as he wrote in that Congress article:
“The aberrated Third Dynamic is the summed irresponsibilities of the First Dynamic. An insane group is one formed by the weak to protect them against the strong. A sane group is an expression of communication by those who could each one stand alone.”
And that was just a glimpse of what he was about to unveil. For as he further described, these breakthroughs had dissected the failures of governments and politics, as a whole, providing the means to create a new civilization:
“It’s an idea for a world based on you, not a political structure.”
And as timeless as those breakthroughs were, to appreciate their full scope one must consider the events of the day and that phrase, “your role in a new atomic age.” The nations of Earth had entered a new age of technological advance. Case in point: on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite to successfully orbit the Earth.
Earth had officially entered the Space Age, whereupon Mr. Hubbard gave the whole track view:
“Space Opera has again come to a planet on which we live. Always before, it meant destruction.
“Perhaps, this time, due to our efforts, a humanitarian world can exist.”
And while only Scientologists could have appreciated the matter in terms of the epic drama of the whole track, the underlying concern of “destruction” was missed by no one. It was, after all, the midst of the Cold War—a war of ideology that said on the one hand “the individual is nothing” (communism) and the other proclaiming nothing greater than “individual freedom” (democracy). All of which explains why that first communist satellite rattled an entire nation, America, escalating world tensions even more.
Yet, directly in response to destructive planetary forces, a far greater technological advance had been occurring on the Scientology front. Mr. Hubbard’s radiation research had resulted in new processes (CCH) to crack any case, which in turn had resulted in new training drills (TRs) that revolutionized auditing.
Following his announcement at the Freedom Congress, he set to work training auditors in the 18th American Advanced Clinical Course to take it everywhere. More to the point, it marked the end of an era searching for answers that would undercut the current state of Man:
“I told the 18th ACC, ‘I am through researching south. All further HGC researches will consist of going north.’ I went north faster than I had thought I would. I have now taught the auditors in Washington and the Academy Instructors how to go all the way north.”
Combine it all and that’s what Mr. Hubbard brought to this Congress. A breakthrough concerning mental image pictures, so important he said it should be written on golden paper. Which, in turn, opened the door to Clear Procedure. And all of it encompassed by that word, Ability, and the means to Third Dynamic Survival. From the watchwords of purpose and responsibility, to program after program expressly aimed at galvanizing others around a cause, and from the legendary announcement of the anatomy of Control, Start, Change and Stop, to the very definition of Operating Thetan—it’s all contained here.
And as for that Sputnik? When he opened the Ability Congress on 29 December before a record turnout at the famed Shoreham Hotel, he did so by launching his own “Ffftnik” which, sputtering to the top of the stage, exploded on cue with a shower of ping-pong balls. The amusement was warranted. After all, that was the view from where L. Ron Hubbard had now moved Scientology: Three feet back of society’s head.
What is Knowledge? What is Truth? And what is the Secret? If you knew the answers you’d understand all. Fortunately for you, they’re right in your hands. For having codified the axioms and the route to exteriorization and Operating Thetan, Ron provided it all in the Scientology Auditor’s Handbook—The Creation of Human Ability. Amongst those breakthroughs, the importance of one factor stood above all—Communication. Contained in that word is no less than the “magical formula” which leads all the way out and which set a new direction for auditing at every level. In just that regard, Ron returned to Book One and in the framework of the problems addressed therein, applied the most advanced discoveries to their resolution. Here, then, is both the Second Book of Dianetics and the milestone Unification of Dianetics and Scientology as a combined whole—with the Complete Manual of Communication:
- The complete description of the Awareness of Awareness Unit—first revealed in Book One and now from the vantage of exterior ability
- The new approach to all auditing and living—the accent on increasing ability, rather than deleting inability
- The most complete description of the A-R-C Triangle—unveiled as no less than a mathematical formula to resolve any question, any problem and life itself
- The “Secret” and its answer—revealing the source of all Entrapment and, in turn, providing the key that unlocks every barrier
- The Communication Formula—containing the anatomy and component parts of a cycle of communication and which, in use, is no less than a universal solvent
- The Two-way Cycle of Communication—crucial to all auditing success and…even more important in living
- All that and so much more—from the “foreverness” of the physical universe to the insidious role of “silence” that sticks one on the track, and from the anatomy of the “communication lag” to the singular process that creates a “One-shot Clear”
In summary, here’s the one book that stands as the linchpin not only to auditing, but to virtually all of freedom itself.
With requests for L. Ron Hubbard’s books now arriving from locations as distant as Cairo and Tel Aviv, Mr. Hubbard determined that a more central location was needed to monitor the growth of international Scientology. Thus was established the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC. Moreover, with that new Church came something else: the first Scientology Academy—the Academy of Religious Arts and Sciences. While these organizational developments marked a first, the story of technical advance likewise presented a monumental picture. Specifically, with the discovery of one of the most far-reaching principles in Scientology, Axiom 53 (the Axiom of the Stable Datum), L. Ron Hubbard had found an answer to all aberration and the basic theory of sanity or ability. And making its entrance in step with Axiom 53 came another milestone—the four postulates that let the thetan to his fall from native state and the processes for their resolution. Mr. Hubbard concurrently hatted auditors on how to disseminate, providing them with The Scientologist: A Manual on Dissemination of Material, and an article, “Start That Practice!” in which he detailed how to carry the torch for success.
So we have postulate one, Not-Know (this is on an analytical level); postulate two, Know; postulate three, Forget; and postulate four, Remember. —L. Ron Hubbard
By the summer of 1955, the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International in Phoenix had grown to eight buildings and a sizeable full-time staff. As for why, with ACC graduates now spearheading expansion across their geographic zones, the combined force of Scientologists was making their influence felt across the planet. British Scientology, with five hundred auditors, stretched from Liverpool in the north of England to Croydon in the south. Auditors by the dozen were training in South Africa. Scientology had taken root in Australia and New Zealand was booming. Nor was that all. News of L. Ron Hubbard’s breakthroughs had circulated so broadly that requests for books came in from locations as distant as Tel Aviv and Cairo. All the while, coast to coast in the United States, expansion continued to drive forward.
Realizing that a more central location was needed to monitor the growth of international Scientology, Mr. Hubbard decided to move to Washington, DC. Thus, in July 1955, with a Distribution Center established in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, to publish and disseminate the materials, the Founding Church of Scientology was established at 1845 “R” Street NW. More to the point, that new Church also saw the establishment of the first Scientology Academy—The Academy of Religious Arts and Sciences.
If the era was marked by a series of organizational “firsts,” the story of technical advance was the same. For with an entire arsenal of processes now in use—from both The Creation of Human Ability and Dianetics 55!—Ron had made a new discovery not only applicable to all auditing, but to the entire concept of Knowingness that had driven Man’s quest for some thousands of years. Hence, on 11 July 1955, he began delivery of the Washington Academy Lectures. Opening with a detailed description of modern auditing procedures, he continued with the application in auditing of four key postulates made by the thetan. And for those students, a single lecture title left none in doubt about the magnitude of these discoveries: “The Unknown Datum—A mest Shaking Lecture.”
“With the arrival of the concept that the highest knowingness that you can reach is not to know about anything, we have crossroaded with all of the philosophies of the East and have gone beyond. We just left the human race.
“This idiotic secret was the secret that held this universe together.”
For, making its bow in tandem with the four postulates was what would become one of the most far-reaching principles of Scientology: Axiom 53, or as Mr. Hubbard described it, “the Axiom of the Stable Datum.” As to the role Axiom 53 and the four postulates played in auditing, it was truly fundamental. As he explained:
“They’re the two basic decisions of this universe: Survive, Succumb. And those are the two stable data.
“He’s lying in a hospital bed, he’s living in misery and pain and he reads Dianetics: Evolution of a Science or something like that and he all of a sudden says, ‘Hey! Wait! This—bang!’ and he gets up and he’s not sick anymore. Magic! Pure magic! It really is one of the two stable data.
“Now, the other stable datum, tiny bit less magnitude, is Succumb, see? Just those two. Now, those are the two data on which life aligns itself and any misalignment with those two data will result in aberration.”
Hence, central to Axiom 53 was how to audit preclears to the point of being able to alter, change or shift stable data:
- Rugged Individualism—if one did not have to consistently protect one individuality, he would recover free choice in life;
- Unconsciousness—as a lower harmonic of not-knowingness;
- Rememberingness—as a harmonic of knowingness;
- Insanity—its mechanics, and why it is a chaos in which no stable data exists;
- Chaos—how it supports and gives power to the stable datum on a reactive level;
- Ideal State for a Thetan—to forget and remember selectively—and how Scientology is a method by which an individual can Know or Not-Know at will.
As to what these advances meant in terms of disseminating, Mr. Hubbard declared he wanted every Scientologist three feet behind society’s head in his own community. Or, as he wrote in a letter to accompany an early September 1955 edition of Ability magazine:
“With this issue and material under development, the goals, the rosiest ones, of Dianetics and Scientology are becoming an actuality.
“We can win by commanding the environment against a school of thought—Miceology—which only conforms to it.”
Toward that end, L. Ron Hubbard instructed auditors on how to disseminate—specifically providing them with The Scientologist: A Manual on the Dissemination of Material, on how to conduct a field activity, and “Start That Practice!”—urging auditors to carry the torch and telling them how to be a success. Thus, as fall 1955 arrived, with a centrally located Founding Church of Scientology, a fully functioning Academy and the resources for dissemination at hand, Scientology stood poised for its next, entirely new phase of expansion.
What we’re talking about very abruptly, very bluntly is this: The efficiency of an individual can be varied and efficiency of an individual can be increased. It can be bettered or it can be worsened. —L. Ron Hubbard
It is upon the individual that the success of an organization and, indeed, the civilization depends. Those who accomplish more with less effort are more willing, more capable and, in fact, more efficient. They suffer less emotional stress and strain. They are better suited to make key decisions. And as efficiency increases across whole industries, so the whole of society benefits.
Such is the subject of Increasing Efficiency, wherein Mr. Hubbard reveals discoveries that provide a wholly new perspective on efficiency—not in a mechanical sense, but in terms of thought, emotion and effort. Moreover, here is the explanation of why an address to thought is of paramount importance, in that thought alone can change emotion and effort. In full, then, contained within this lecture is the “secret” of efficiency and the very means of overcoming the vagaries of emotion and the effort of work.
Now, here’s why the study of children has been such a booby trap to all of our thinkingnesses. This is very important because it changes the whole basic concept, if you can see this, it’ll change your whole basic concept of values as to what behavior is. —L. Ron Hubbard
In this classic statement on the application of Scientology basics to children, L. Ron Hubbard orients all Scientologists—both as parents and auditors—to the universe of a child. Contrary to some theories, children are not a “special category” of human being nor do they represent the “native state” of Man. Children are thetans occupying small bodies, a crucial datum that provides the only perspective from which they can be understood.
Having established the true data about what childhood is, Mr. Hubbard provides a complete technology both for living with and auditing children. Given they may not be able to verbalize their subjective experiences, he specifies the type of processes to use and how they are to be applied. Moreover, he reveals the crucial breakthrough that underlies the successful auditing of children and which is vital to the conduct of every session.
And beyond all of that, the conclusion of this lecture is in itself historic: the famous naming ceremony in which newborns are properly and appropriately introduced to their new life—a ceremony conducted personally by Mr. Hubbard.