Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 2 August
Document title: The Importance of Getting Engrams
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Lectures and Demonstrations
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5008C02
Description: Hubbard discusses the use of drugs in therapy.
Narcosynthesis can effect a major key-in of an engram. Furthermore, narcosynthesis cuts off somatics. It’s an anesthetic.
All the hypnotics are anesthetics, and the anesthetics are hypnotics. It’s a wonderful demon at work. For instance, the anesthetic nitrous oxide is not an anesthetic, but it works very well as a hypnotic because it doesn’t close down the body’s cells. Take the hypnotic, scopalamine, administer that and you get the reverse effect. You get an anesthetic.
Chloroform is not supposed to be good because it is too critical, there has to be too much of it, and the margin between life and death in chloroform is too narrow. Nevertheless, chloroform engrams are easier to get out than any other in the group. Ether compares with chloroform, nitrous oxide is very bad. Chloroform evidently has a definite anesthetic effect besides the fact that it knocks out the analyzer. Knocking the cells out is one thing, knocking out the analyzer is something else.
In narcosynthesis, the cells are knocked out. But what is needed, if anything, is to knock the analyzer out. So drugs could fall into two rough categories:
1. The drugs which knock out the analyzer.
2. The drugs which knock out the whole cellular structure.
I hope that some biochemist will find a gas that won’t be a bad thing to have around with which one could work psychotics. Try and work a psychotic under sedation sometime, however, and you will find out that you have slowed down the psychotic’s recovery markedly.
Working psychotics without any sedation at all, letting them scream, apparently working them when they are insentient, when they won’t pay any attention to you and are utterly closed as far as you are concerned, you still get further than when you work them under sedation. They look so quiet, and they are apparently so accessible when they are in narcosynthesis that one falls very readily into the error of assuming that the analyzer has been closed down to some degree. The analyzer has not been closed down by the drug; the cells have been rather uniformly drugged throughout the body so that everything is closed down, but that everything includes the reactive mind.
What is needed is a gas, for instance, that does nothing but close down the analyzer.
Patients hallucinate after a few whiffs of nitrous oxide. The reason it is called laughing gas is probably because a person who is caught on the time track starts to go unconscious when he starts into the engram, and his method of rejection is a titter.
Take a patient who is caught on the time track, hypnotize him, push him into nitrous oxide, start to render him unconscious and he goes straight into the engram. He will get into it a short distance, and if given very much more gas, he will simply run into the unconsciousness of the engram and become unconscious. If given a little less, he may be kept at an optimum level instead of unconscious or wide awake; however, when it kicks back in, he giggles uncontrollably.
The person who giggles every time you try to give him an order is going back into an engram. The hebephrenic (after Hebe, the cup bearer of the gods, who evidently giggled a lot) is chronically on the verge of tipping into the engram bank.
You could also work in amnesia trance and accomplish practically nothing. It’s the most astonishing thing in the world to put the patient in amnesia trance. He gets stronger and stronger and tougher and tougher, and he works better every time we put him down the track, but every time we wake him up he says, “I just feel terrible, I’m getting no place. I’m almost going crazy….” Clearing someone using amnesia trance takes about twice as long.
When he gets up the line to where he starts to recount very quickly, aberrated personality hangs out until the last ditch, and as far as “I” is concerned, all these engrams are present.
“Yup, I’m still allergic to soap chips. That’s all there is to it. Obviously in the past I have failed miserably at everything. Therefore I shall continue to fail miserably at everything.”
Of course, whenever he saw anybody go into a tantrum, he used to become very nervous and shaky. Now he watches this person going into a tantrum and he says calmly, “I’m very nervous and shaky,” and he is convinced that he is still nervous and shaky until you get this last layer out, and then “I” starts looking over the track and whole sections start leaping into view simultaneously as big chunks of life start coming out of occlusion.
“I” doesn’t manifest any surprise; of course he knew it all the time.
This is assuming that we don’t want to work with this patient more than 15 minutes; he has come in doubled up, and all we want to do is give him some relief. We can give him relief by giving him phenobarbital, or telling him that he should lead a calmer life, or to take it easy, or we could actually try to figure out what this bizarre pain is. We know it is probably not his liver like he says it is. It probably has nothing to do with gallstones. It’s just a pain. On the authority of the Chief of Medicine of Bethesda Naval Hospital, these pains and psychosomatic illnesses in general are said to comprise about 70 percent of man’s ills, so a doctor with these people coming in is going to get a lot of traffic in this sort of thing.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 2 August). The Importance of Getting Engrams. Monday-Wednesday-Friday Course, (5008C02). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.