|Operational Bulletin: After The Flood|
|The Vulture Minister Program|
Hubbard teaches Scientologists predatorial "dissemination" tactics. Compares one dissemination method as a sort of passive-aggressive action of a spider waiting for flies to get stuck in his web, but rejects this, not because it's passive-aggressive, but that it's not aggressive enough. Teaches Scientologists several ways to falsely represent themselves in order to procure people for their auditing practices.
Scientology's Vulture Ministers obviously take instruction from this operational bulletin. They consistently deny that they are recruiting for Scientology, and justify their treachery exactly according to Hubbard's indoctrination.
HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
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OPERATIONAL BULLETIN NO. 14 24 January 1956
AFTER THE FLOOD
THE ONLY ONES
It is fantastic to have to advertise or sell Scientology. It is the only methodology extant today which alleviates or remedies psychosomatic illness, proofs an individual against a host of casualties, improves reaction time, raises intelligence, and improves ability.
That Scientology has throughout the world today only about 1200 practitioners in full practice could be true only if these people did not understand entirely the capabilities which lay under their hands. The discovery that they were not repairing or remedying havingness1—and of course my omission in pointing out this fact—is about the only thing which has brought about failed cases and which slows down the general progress of cases everywhere. Now that this is spotted and swept out of the way, I don't see any real bar to our forward progress.
Scientologists are the only ones where healing is concerned or where an improved race or culture is concerned. Scientology and Scientologists are the one hope the human race has today.2
Let's not make it a thin one.
THREE METHODS OF DISSEMINATION
With the introduction of two new courses in the London operation—the weekend professional auditor's course at HPA level and the dissemination course weekday evenings—we are stressing the fact that there are methods of dissemination of Scientology and gaining and holding a practice and group which are certain and adequately productive of results.
The three methods are (1) "I will talk to anyone," (2) Illness researches, (3) Casualty contact. These are the major proven methods of dissemination. There are other methods such as street contact, industrial contact, and the old-time psychoanalytic contact, but they are not well proven in use. Auditors seem too shy to accost people on the street; although industrialists show some interest, they seldom show cash; and although the psychoanalytic contact, where one simply sits in an office with a sign outside the door and waits for the flies to walk into the spider web, is very definitely in use in Scientology as it was in psychoanalysis. It still is not successful. It builds a limited and constricted practice without any third dynamic appeal. It does very little good for Scientology.
No. 1, "I will talk to anyone," is in very broad and general usage in the United States. It is not yet in general usage in Great Britain or on other continents, even though it has been tested and found extremely successful in London. The entire plan has been covered in one of my articles in an earlier Ability which was written after an actual test 1 had made in Washington had resulted in success. The gist of this plan is to place in newspapers an ad which says, "Personal counseling. I will talk to anyone for you about anything. Phone Rev. So-and-so between hour and hour." When the people call up, which they do—although the ad sometimes has to run for some days before the first call, since people are waiting to first find out whether it is a code and message or is actually an invitation to phone—they desire the minister to talk to someone for them.
Actually in many cases their problems evaporate in the phone call itself, if the minister simply asks them to repeat the problem several times or asks them what they could do about this. If it is the purpose of the minister simply to solve the problem of the preclear thus phoning, he can of course cancel out his clientele with the greatest of ease. This however is not his purpose. His purpose is to get this individual in to a weekly group processing unit. This person he will find is not one of the lower strata of the society or one of its neurotics; he is one of the few remaining citizens who still has a conscience and who wants to get something done. Thus he will discover himself talking, strange as it may seem to him at first, to the better people, although of course he will get his proportion of pranks and nuts. He should actually undertake, and importantly free of charge, the actual commission of executing the communication. He should not talk to the person in such a way as to case the problem. This may be the last problem this person has and it would be a disservice to simply solve it as easily as that. One makes something of the problem, not makes nothing of it. (If auditors have any fault it is a one-way flow in making nothing out of things instead of occasionally making something out of them.) The minister receiving the call should then credit the fact that this is a pretty big problem and should undertake the commission of completing the communication. He should be interested and alert. He should require a personal interview from the person calling. If he cannot get the name and address of the person calling he can always get the name and address of the person the caller wishes him to communicate with. He should get one or the other of these addresses on the first phone call. The auditor should keep a log of such calls and should write down all their particulars and any addresses that he may find in these, otherwise he will become swamped. Also he will lose a lot of potential preclears. The fact that the caller is calling at all says that the caller believes things can be better. This is in the minority in today's society. It should be cherished and nourished. Thus at the interview the minister places in the hands of the person material relating to the work of the church group which the minister is actually conducting every Sunday morning.
After the individual has been persuaded to come to the church group (his communication in the meanwhile having been executed) he will become aware of the fact that individual auditing is available, he will understand what it is, he will also understand that he can benefit from it. There are many instances of course of people simply turning up, learning about auditing and wanting some at once without going to a group and these of course can be cared for. But the main point is to execute the communication of the individual without charge, fee or donation and to get that individual to come to the Sunday morning church group. There he will of course be given an opportunity to join the church at some small membership fee and will be made a part of the group. Of course it stands to reason that any auditor who has a fairly good-sized group which is undergoing free processing will get from the group many candidates for (1) personal auditing, and (2) a basic course in Scientology for which charge can be made. It is actually a mistake to charge for group intensives. It is much better in the long run to do only free Group Processing, individual auditing for a fee, and to teach basic courses in Scientology, usually on certain evenings in the week. People who do not pay for auditing will pay for the course. Many of the people in the course will demand individual auditing.
This whole plan is working a gradient scale in getting people into Scientology. When regarded otherwise it tends to break down.
Plan No. 2 is rather older and less known. It is still within the confines of ministerial activities but it was originally practiced outside those confines. The original ad which was placed to execute the plan "Illness Researches" was placed in Wichita by Mary Sue and myself at the end of 1951. It was tremendously successful and would have continued successful if anyone else had wanted any success in Wichita. The very first person who applied for this ad, immediately after a test audit, enrolled in a professional course. The second person at once purchased a 75-hour intensive and so it went. If I merely wanted a fortune out of Scientology and did not desire the health of Scientology itself, and the good presence and skill of its auditors, I would long since have abandoned research leaving things just as they were and would have continued to run this ad and run a clinic and school to care for its resultant callers.
The exact wording of the ad was as follows: "Polio victims. A research foundation, investigating polio desires volunteers suffering from the aftereffects of that illness to call for examination at address." When the people arrived, usually with a phone interview first, they were immediately given about three hours of auditing. The techniques in use at that time were Effort Processing and overt acts and motivators. We alleviated the majority of preclears reporting using only those three hours. We did this for polio victims, arthritics and were about to do it for asthmatics when the surging success of the project frightened various individuals who had other plans for Dianetics. However there was no protest whatever from the newspapers, the public or the preclears. The auditing was given free of charge. It was given under the guise of investigation and was in actuality a research project. Any auditor anywhere can constitute himself as a minister or an auditor, a research worker in the field of any illness. In that he is not offering to treat or cure the illness but is strictly investigating it, the laws concerning medicine do not obtain to him. Anybody, even a ditch-digger, can look over polio or arthritis or asthma or anything else. It is best that a minister representing himself as a "charitable organization," which is what he is, do the research so that the ad would then read: "Polio victims—a charitable organization investigating polio desires to examine several victims of the aftereffects of this illness. Phone So-and-so."
The interesting hooker in this ad is that anyone suffering from a lasting illness is suffering from it so as to attract attention and bring about an examination of it. These people will go on being examined endlessly.
Method number 3 has the advantage of requiring little capital and being highly ambulatory. Plans 1 and 2 above require enough money to have a decent consulting room even if it's only one's living room and to place ads which can come to a considerable amount. Plan 3 "Casualty Contact" is a reverse vector. Every day in the daily papers one discovers people who have been victimized one way or the other by life. It does not much matter whether that victimizing is in the manner of mental or physical injury. It does matter that the newspapers have a full parade of oddities in terms of accident, illness and bereavement occurring at a constant parade before the eyes. The essence of "Casualty Contact" is good filing and good personal appearance. One takes every daily paper he can get his hands on and cuts from it every story whereby he might have a preclear. He either has the address in the story itself or he gets the address as a minister from the newspaper. As speedily as possible he makes a personal call on the bereaved or injured person. It is probable that he will find on the first day that they are overly burdened with calls since they have been a subject of the public press, and he may find that in two or three days interest in the person has cooled off to a point where his own appearance will admit of an actual interview. He should represent himself to the person or the person's family as a minister whose compassion was compelled by the newspaper story concerning the person. He should then enter the presence of the person and give a nominal assist, leave his card which states exactly where church services are held every Sunday and, with the statement that a much fuller recovery is possible by coming to these free services, take his departure. A great many miracles will follow in his wake and he is liable to become a subject of the press himself. However, in handling the press he should simply say that it is a mission of the church to assist those who are in need of assistance. He should avoid any lengthy discussions of Scientology and should talk about the work of ministers and how all too few ministers these days get around to places where they are needed. He should use the opportunity to castigate, not to hold classes on Scientology.
Some small percentage of the persons visited or their families will turn up in his group. Thus he will build a group and naturally from that group he will get a great many individual preclears.
One of the side plans to Plan 2 was to have another person good at finance go around to all those who had been helped by the investigation and tell them that their investigation which helped them was paid for by another person and ask the present person whether or not he wouldn't like to pay for somebody else's recovery, but this was never put into effect, although it may be very workable.3
Out of these three plans above can come large and vital practices. Only remember this. They must be carried out within the framework of the dissemination of materials, otherwise the failure of indiscretion of one may bring about a cancellation of the good efforts of others. The thing to do is to take one of these plans and carry it forward. They are all good. They will all work. They have all been tested. They are listed in order of workability as above, 1, 2 and 3. I can tell you the wrong thing to do about a practice—do nothing. These will work and success is ahead of you.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Operational Bulletin No. 14 24 January 1956 After The Flood pdf
1 Repairing or remedying havingness: processes something akin to Jung's active imagination. The auditor has the preclear imagine objects and situations and change their attitudes towards those things, to improve their ability to "have" those things in real life.
Definitions: Havingness , Repair and Remedy of Havingness.
2 Hubbard taught that Scientology advances humans from Homo sapiens to Homo novis or Homo Scientologicus.
3 Shows an aspect of Hubbard's intent to defraud. This scam doesn't claim cure for oneself, but for someone else.
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