|Lecture: Case Factors|
|Ron the Researcher|
Hubbard discusses narcosynthesis with nitrous oxide, phenobarbital, soporifics, and hypnotics. He talks about how he came off phenobarbital.
We have to have some quick method of handling inaccessible institutionalized cases which doesn’t hang around the neck of the auditor. One of the reasons I’m cautioning you against the very impractical, strange case of the psychotic as any kind of a steady diet is the fact that the probability is that the problem will eventually be solved. Meanwhile there is no reason to take any beating on the subject.
Narcosynthesis is not a good answer because one is liable to restimulate late moments of unconsciousness and worsen the psychosis, which is not too hard to do. But sometimes an effort to hypnotize the patient, even a neurotic patient, will bird dog right to the engram in which he is. One is trying to press him down toward this engram, not to hypnotize him, and all of a sudden, Bang! the engram is there in full view. You can use a flashing light, a Charcot mirrors or something similar to produce the same effect on a patient.
Nitrous oxide has a restimulative factor whenever there have been nitrous oxide operations. It is very restimulative to people, and it has a slightly sweetish odor which the body recognizes instantly. In using nitrous oxide, if they used a different type of face mask it might be less restimulative, because the odor is the smell of stale rubber, and that odor is more restimulative than the odor of the gas.
The series I ran on nitrous oxide cases and the use of nitrous oxide was only three, and was all on normals, so I don’t call it a series or even a test. But I did find that in each case it was restimulative.
Leave soporifics strictly alone. That includes phenobarbital or any such substance. If you get a headache, Bromo-Seltzer isn’t too bad, it wears off rather rapidly. We do know that it will shut down some of the headache, but just the same the headache is still there. Aspirin would be better, but to turn down the analytical level and then go ahead and audit is a very bad idea, and the soporific has a tendency to do just that.
With a so-called hypnotic its possible action is to disconnect some of the more or less “permanent” actions in the mind so that differentiation is therefore better, and the person can evidently think a little better. But he pays for it heavily in that it permits locks to be received by himself in the form of other people’s engrams. He could get more thoroughly restimulated in trying to come off a soporific. I know because I made myself a guinea pig on one of those experiments, and trying to get off the soporific was a tough job. Completely aside from the physiological reaction, when one suddenly ceases to take phenobarbital one gets the kick-in of the locks. It is like hypnotizing a person, and giving him a positive suggestion, then waking him up. Here he has been listening for ten hours a day to engrams, engrams, engrams, and for a few days he doesn’t know whether he’s going or coming or walking around the block. That’s pretty gruesome.
If you have to grab hold of anything, grab hold of Benzedrine, if you feel the energy skipping. Benzedrine doesn’t shut down the analyzer. Just what it does we are not quite sure, but it seems to have the opposite effect, and if you are a very smart auditor you will not throw away the advantages of the power of suggestion completely.
Suggestion does have its uses when it is controlled and one knows what one is doing. I am not now talking about hypnotic suggestion, I am talking about just the simple matter of cheering somebody up and a good bedside manner and so on.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 15 June 1950: Case Factors
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