|Book: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health|
I bought my original copy of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health on January 1, 1975, my first day in Scientology. After they got my body in the shop with their "have the profession of your choice" hook, Hubbard's religion anglers reeled me in and stuffed me with their claims and guarantees for Scientology and Dianetics, some of which are spelled out in this first book they sold me. Known universally by Scientologists as "DMSMH," and also known as "Book One, " its publication date, May 9, 1950, is the second most important Scientology holy day, just slightly less holy than Hubbard's birthday. Of course there was nothing religious or holy about the Dianetics book or its promises. From every Scientologist, and all of the cult's "literature," I got the clear message that this was modern science from Hubbard, the very modern scientist, indeed an ahead-of-his-time nuclear physicist.
Simple though it is, Dianetics does and is these things:
1. It is an organized 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 inorganic mental ills and all organic psychosomatic ills, with assurance of complete cure in unselected cases.
— page 14
Hubbard's "optimum individual" as described in DMSMH, is the "Clear." A clear is the stated and guaranteed product of "auditing," the application by an "auditor" of Hubbard's proprietary Dianetics "psychotherapy." Within days of my first contact with Scientology, I had been convinced that I must become an auditor, and I "knew" that my future and the whole agonized future of this planet, every man, woman and child on it, and my own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depended on getting audited to clear.
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. Observation of his activity demonstrates that he pursues existence with vigor and satisfaction.
Further, these results can be obtained on a comparative basis. A neurotic individual, possessed also of psychosomatic ills, can be tested for those aberrations and illnesses, demonstrating that they exist. He can then be given Dianetic therapy to the end of clearing these neuroses and ills. Finally, he can be examined, with the above results. This, in passing, is an experiment which has been performed many times with invariable results. It is a matter of laboratory test that all individuals who have organically complete nervous systems respond in this fashion to Dianetic clearing."
— page 16
One of the incidental things which happen to a Clear is that his eyesight, if it had been bad as an aberree, generally improves markedly, and with some slight attention will recover optimum perception in time.
— page 19
The Clear, then is not an " adjusted" person, driven to activity by his repressions now thoroughly encysted. He is an unrepressed person, operating on self-determinism.
Any person can be cleared unless he has been so unfortunate as to have had a large portion of his brain removed or to have been born with a grossly malformed nervous structure.
— page 28
Intelligence is inhibited by engrams which feed false or improperly graded data into the analyzer.
— page 56
Here is optimum rationality and therefore optimum sanity. And here also are all the things man likes to think man should be like or, for that matter, what he has represented his better gods to be like. This is the Clear.
— page 67
Discharge the contents of this mind's bank and the arthritus vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalog of ills goes away and stays away.
Discharge the reactive engram bank and the schizophrenic faces reality at last, the manic-depressive sets forth to accomplish things, the neurotic stops clinging to books which tell him how much he needs his neuroses and begins to live, the woman stops snapping at her children, and the dipsomaniac can drink when he likes and stop.
These are scientific facts. They compare invariably with observed experience.
— page 71
Engrams can, if environment is uniform, be held in chronic restimulation! This means a chronic, partial shutdown of analytical power. The recovery of intelligence by a Clear and the rise of that intelligence to such fantastic heights results in part from the relief of word commands in engrams that he is stupid and in a larger part from the relief of this chronic shut-down condition.
This is not theory. This is scientific fact. It is strictly test tube.
— page 99
Arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma, some coronary difficulties, eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, sinusitis, etc., form a very small section of the psychosomatic catalog. Bizarre aches and pains in various portions of the body are generally psychosomatic. Migraine headaches are psychosomatic and, with the others, are uniformly cured by Dianetic therapy. (And the word cured is used in its fullest sense.)
Just how many physical errors are psychosomatic depends upon how many conditions the body can generate out of the factors in the engrams. For example, the common cold has been found to be psychosomatic. Clears do not get colds. Just what, if any, part the virus plays in the common cold is not known, but it is known that when engrams about colds are lifted, no further colds appear—which is a laboratory fact not so far contradicted by 270 cases. The common cold comes about, usually, from an engram which suggests it and which is confirmed by actual mucus present in another engram. A number of germ diseases are predisposed and perpetuated by engrams. Tuberculosis is one.
— page 121
The Clear is an unaberrated person. He is rational in that he forms the best possible solutions he can on the data he has and from his viewpoint. [...] The Clear has no engrams which can be restimulated to throw out the correctness of computation by entering hidden and false data into it. No aberration.
— page 144
A Clear (noun) is an individual who, as a result of Dianetic therapy, has neither active nor potential psychosomatic illness or aberration.
— page 213
The experience of his entire life is available to the Clear and he has all his inherent mental ability and imagination free to use it. His physical vitality and health are markedly improved and all psychosomatic illnesses have vanished and will not return.
— page 213
As a standard of comparison, a Clear is to the contemporary norm as the contemporary norm is to a contemporary institutional case. The margin is wide and it would be difficult to exaggerate it. A Clear, for instance, has complete recall of everything which has ever happened to him or anything he has ever studied. He does mental computations, such as those of chess, for example, which a normal would do in half an hour, in ten or fifteen seconds.
— page 214
[T]he IQ of any patient goes up like a skyrocket with clearing and rises all the while during the work.
— page 242
We are here at a bridge between one state of man and a next. We are above the chasm which divides a lower from a higher plateau and this chasm marks an artificial evolutionary step in the progress of man.
The auditor is at that bridge; when cleared he will be at its higher end.
— page 492
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