Lecture: The Conduct of an Auditor (1)
Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 12 June
Document title: The Conduct Of An Auditor
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Research and Discovery Series
Location: Los Angeles, California
Document ID: 5006C12A
Description: Hubbard comments about Freud's error in "Delusion in childhood is the cause of insanity"; talks about the Auditor's code violation of evaluating for preclears about their delusory incidents.
The business of the mind is to be right. The idea implanted in the mind that yesterday was a delusion, for instance, or that five minutes ago was a delusion, is received as something engramic. This occurred with the introduction into the field of mental healing of a cock-eyed Freudian opinion which has been given scientific credence.
The early part of Freud’s work back around 1894 was good and we can use it. His equation “Full recall equals full sanity,” whether he realized it or not, was the key that unlocked the door. But after that his work goes off very rapidly and is very poor, to the point where he stated in 1911, “Delusion in childhood is the cause of insanity.”
When this was introduced into the public scene and the field of mental healing, a strange thing occurred: As that theory spread, so spread mental illness. They are like two parallel curtains rising simultaneously.
“Delusion. The reason why you are insane is because of delusion. It is because your imagination has told you these things. The reason you can’t face reality is because delusion says that delusion exists. If delusion and delusion are there, of course you are all delusion and the thing for you to do is to get rid of your delusion which is reality and ….” I’m not quite sure how this thing figures out but it is bad logic, and it is very bad mechanically. And now we come again to the Auditor’s Code. As long as the monitor units are lined up and have some idea of what is reality; as long as someone isn’t telling them, “This is wrong,” “You were wrong,” “This is imaginary, and what you think is real is imaginary, and what you think is imaginary is real”; as long as this confusion does not exist, those monitor units will stay very well lined up. They can prowl then against almost anything.
In Dianetic therapy, more and more and more of these units line up and start looking back at the past, and self-criticism, for instance, begins to pass away because all of a sudden one has the cause of why something was done. So actually, technically, a few more monitor units swing in: “I’m more right, I’m more right, I’m more right. I don’t have to worry now quite so much about those black cats that I used to dream about all the time. There isn’t any such thing as superstition, this was Mama and her fear of black cats. That’s fine. That’s gone now. Well, I was wrong about that then, but really I wasn’t wrong, Mama was wrong.” And immediately more and more monitor units line up. A person gets more and more right. And the righter he gets, the righter he can be. He becomes more and more able to compute correctly the more units he has which are computing correctly.
The only way one can disturb that situation badly is to upset a person in therapy by labeling what he is doing as delusion, by questioning what he is doing, by suddenly producing a condition whereby he himself all alone regressed down the time track doesn’t have an auditor with him any more, but has an auditor who is combining with the engram to face him in such an instance as, “Well, don’t say those ugly things about your mother, you know your mother is a nice girl.” And all of a sudden the person is blocked and will become furious with the auditor. And the next auditor who lays his hands on him will have to run that thing out.
Or, for instance, the patient goes into an incident and has just run his 25th train wreck. So what? Let him run his 25th train wreck. You don’t have to sit there and listen to the material if you don’t think it’s right and you don’t think it’s engramic. But if you think it is delusion, you don’t want to tell him that it is. Just be artful about the whole thing, and say, “Well, let’s go back and find the somatic now.” And, of course, the train wreck will resolve into somebody hitting him over the head with a model fire engine or something.
This is what I mean by the Auditor’s Code. Don’t evaluate.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 12 June). The Conduct Of An Auditor. Research and Discovery Series, (5006C12A). Lecture conducted from Los Angeles, California.