Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1957, 30 January
Document title: Auditing Techniques: Workable and Unworkable
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Sixteenth American Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Washington, D. C.
Document ID: 5701C30
Description: Hubbard discusses what's wrong with thetans . Comments that law enforcement agencies are a factor in deteriorating societies because they oppose thetan's games and try to get thetans to stop them. Discusses why brainwashing works. Discusses games and what happens when thetans think thoughts outside of their heads. Talks about the training routine of putting thoughts into ashtrays.
What’s wrong with a thetan is being a thetan, and he gets as right as you let him be something else. You increase his ability to be other things, to do, to have, to move, to compete, to participate, you’ve got it.
Now, if you have a law-enforcement agency around which is always telling people they’re not supposed to do, not supposed to act, not supposed to look, not supposed to do this, not supposed to do that, must go out of communication with this, mustn’t touch that — what’s the difference between “mustn’t touch” and “go out of communication with”? — and you go on with this, you know, you got this element in the society. And they say — if they just said that, everybody would ignore them. But if they put you in jail and beat you up and did all sorts of things to you if you touched certain things, they would inevitably react as a deteriorating factor in the society, because they are saying “Get out of the game. Get out of the game. Get out of the game.” And that is the common denominator of anything that’s wrong with a preclear.
Therefore, the best techniques are those techniques which improve his ability to enter the game. As simple as that. What’s wrong with him basically is not having entered the game, but having been kicked out. Oddly enough, if you run his entering the game, “being kicked out,” being a second postulate, runs off without too much further attention from you. But you’d better not audit it. “Give me a game you’re not part of.” That’s a lousy technique; see, that’s a terrible technique. “Tell me a game you’re not playing at this moment,” see — drr-rr-rrt.
Several things wrong with it: One, it’s the second postulate. Depends for its strength upon the first postulate, which is a game he was playing. Get the idea?
If you sat and asked a preclear, “Tell me a game you could play right now,” you might run down his bank, decrease his havingness, because you’re making him figure-figure in his head.
You know, making a preclear figure-figure in his head has a tendency to pull the bank in on him. You know, thinkingness processes are not very therapeutic. He thinks holes in his head. That’s for sure. The electronic phenomena which surrounds him has a tendency to eat up and change and collapse, the more he figure- figures.
You get somebody who’s figure-figuring, if he keeps figure- figuring and goes to a figure-figure-figure-figure and harder and harder and harder figure-figure, and he’s thinking harder and harder and harder and harder and harder, you’re going to spin him in.
The only reason brainwashing works the way the commies do it is because they make people do self-criticism. Well, we don’t care whether they’re criticizing themselves or anything else — that could be a game too, I suppose — but they make them think-think- think-think-think in their heads, see? Figure-figure harder, figure-figure harder, and they just keep reducing their havingness, reducing their havingness, reducing their havingness.
And then the degree of security that they utilize is “You mustn’t touch. You mustn’t get out. You mustn’t walk. You mustn’t do this. And you can’t play the game.” All of these things combine to make a person worse off, with the physical brutality that accompanies it, and so we have (quote) “the workability of brainwashing” (unquote).
All right. Figure-figure, then, has a tendency to collapse the bank on somebody. You got that?
Now, if you want somebody to think, have him put thoughts in the ashtray, if you please. In other words, don’t have him put thoughts in his head, have him put thoughts in the ashtray, have him put it in a desk, have him put it in walls. Got the idea? And then it doesn’t chop up his havingness too much.
But if he suddenly exteriorizes into the ashtray through having put a thought in the ashtray, don’t be surprised, because he’s very likely to consider that he is a thought — which he is not, either.
He isn’t even a thought, you know. A thetan is not a thought. A lot of people think he is. A thetan is something which thinks; a thetan is not a thought. That’s just total identification. Somebody who’s got this total identification in putting thoughts in the walls or the ashtray is all of a sudden likely to go kerwhump! and go into the ashtray or the walls, much to his surprise — and let’s hope not yours.
All right. So he thinks thoughts exterior to his own head, thinks thoughts exterior to his own being, and he thinks thoughts in a direction that lets him get into more games.