Invitations said it all—“We did it!” Here, then, is the state of Clear: its dimensions, freedoms and characteristics. Nowhere is it so thoroughly laid out. Defining a Clear in terms of “freedoms from, ” L. Ron Hubbard shows the progressive steps to move anyone toward this state, including the handling of present time problems and ARC breaks. It all culminates in a “magic button” with the power to open up any case, and summed up in one word: Help. As he describes, it handles “something like TNT”—that splits valences, exteriorizes preclears and puts people into session who were formerly not even vaguely auditable. Directly on the heels of Help as the “heart and soul of the upper dynamics,” comes the yardstick of judgment: how many dynamics does a person compute on instantly? While on the other side of the coin are the negative dynamics —the realm of psychiatrists and makers of the A-bomb. At which point Mr. Hubbard reveals how to bring a being to a state where he can remain at cause, no matter the level of violence in a world gone mad. Today, Clears exist by the tens of thousands in virtually every country of Earth. Here is the moment, immortalized forever, when the first was announced.Read More
“WE DID IT!
“A Clear: a person at willing and knowing cause over his own life, his body and his surroundings and without a reactive or subconscious mind.” —L. Ron Hubbard
It was the spring of 1958 and there was one word spreading like a tidal wave across the Scientology world: CLEAR.
Yet the accomplishment they were talking about was far more profound than the first individual attainment of that state. Factually, L. Ron Hubbard had been making Clears beginning in 1947 and right through 1949, prior to the release of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Indeed, the entire purpose of Book One was to make the breakthroughs and technology broadly available so that others could do the same.
Yet while Mr. Hubbard continued to make Clears through his own personal auditing of others, the same could not be said for others. That is why, for eight solid years, he continually refined processes. Yes, he did so to provide greater workability with processes that reached deeper with faster gains for preclears. But he also was working to develop processes which other auditors could apply with success. In consequence, fully half of his research had been devoted to training.
While that research story was one of steady advance, the breakthrough came in 1957 with the development of auditor Training Drills (TRs) which, quite literally, revolutionized auditor training (Freedom Congress).
In full evidence of that fact came an achievement extending far beyond Mr. Hubbard’s eight years of research since the publication of Book One. Indeed, it was the watershed accomplishment of a 2,500-year-old goal:
“In December of 1957 the first Clear was made by another than myself.
“This was the gain. This was the fruit of the years.
“Now we can have many Clears. We can have thousands of Clears. And if we can have that, we can have a civilization.
“So this was the bottleneck—other auditors couldn’t really clear people. And this bottleneck is splintered to diamond bits.
“Other people can clear others. And so we’re on our way.” —L. Ron Hubbard
It was a period of mounting anticipation through the first six months of 1958, with Scientologists reading articles entitled “The Attainment of Clears,” “How to Test for ‘CLEAR’” and “Learning How to Clear.” But contained therein lies an even more dramatic story. For while every Scientologist can look back with reverence to that first historic moment of accomplishment, the more epic tale is contained in all else 1958 brought that is Scientology today.
Then again, as for the permanence of that accomplishment, there was something else every Scientologist recognizes today: L. Ron Hubbard’s personal design and manufacture of the first Clear bracelet.
While even more embracive, here was the very answer for every Scientologist in responding to the question, “What does Scientology do?” And it’s all summed up in a single sentence, “Well, it clears people.”
Which also explains why that very definition of Clear was emblazoned on the placard outside the Shoreham Hotel’s West Ballroom…and why, by the time it started, more than a few lucky hotel guests, attracted by that placard, had signed up and were in attendance for a Congress unlike any other.
And so it was, in July of 1958—lights flooding the room, cameras rolling with color—that L. Ron Hubbard stepped to the stage with The Fact of Clearing.
For while Mr. Hubbard would continue to work for more than a quarter century to make it easier and faster for every being to reach that long-sought goal, here is the legendary Congress where Clear became a first reality, the moment of achievement immortalized.