Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1963, 23 October
Document title: Auditing the GPM
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Saint Hill Special Briefing Course
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Document ID: SHSBC-348
Description: Hubbard discusses "self-enlightenment" for Scientologists in terms of their ability to self-inspect.
Can one look further than one is looking? That is the question I am asking you. Can you look further than the horizon you are now looking at in the field of the human mind? Can you extend your vision sufficiently as to escape your own aberration? That is the mark of genius and yet you can do it.
You can recognize–and oddly enough, I know how well you can do this, because it’s almost a hallmark of Scientologists. No matter how hard you are dramatizing, some tiny portion of your beingness, you, is still saying, “Boy, am I dramatizing!” Screaming like mad at somebody or other, and yet while screaming, still say, “You know, I must have overts1 and withholds2 from this bit, or I wouldn’t have that–this much of an opinion,” you see?
That actually is the mark, not of self–criticism, but of self–enlightenment. And an individual who is capable of this self–inspection and so on, there’s a great deal of hope for that individual. But the individual who is always convinced completely of his own sincerity of his own dramatizations, I’m afraid there’s not much hope for him. And if you wanted to describe somebody who was totally sunk in humanism, who was totally–gone totally wog, and so forth, you would describe that person as incapable of realizing his own aberrations or realizing that he had any aberrations. You know, the man who asserts that he’s totally sane is always the insane man. The rest of us–the rest of us always have a little glance over our own shoulders and wonder if sooner or later we’re not going to act a little potty at some time or another, you know?
But this divine doubt never enters at all into the scope of thinkingness of the very insane. What characterizes them is their fantastic rightness. They are completely certain of their own sanity and in some brands of insanity completely certain of everyone else’s insanity. These are total certainties with regard to these fellows.
The Scientologist to a marked degree–not because I have told him to–but just by the process of knowing greater truths–has rather uniformly attained this particular aspect. And it’s odd to think of the fact that some of the greater schools of philosophy and some of the greater schools of wisdom have taught that one thing as the highest possible peak of attainable wisdom on the part of a being. The highest possible peak. They call it in various ways, you’ll find it described in various ways, but it always amounts to the fact that they are capable of the divine doubt. They are capable of a slight view of themselves. They are capable of a self–inspection. They are capable of a realization about themselves as imperfect.
These various things have, of course, sawed through and become operations at various times. So that there have also been schools which said, “When you know you’re absolutely insane, why, then of course you are totally sane; and when you’ve realized that you’re completely bats, why, then we know that you are all right.” You know? They’ve exaggerated this thing to a degree, but any piece of wisdom can be exaggerated into a lower–scale mockery.
But it’s interesting that we have attained something which, in the field of the Stoics or other schools of Greek philosophy, would have been considered to be a very, very high point of wisdom. And any of you walking through the states of Greece of twenty–three hundred years ago or something like that, would have been looked on as a very, very, very wise being indeed. See? Saying no more than you say, doing no more than you do, you see? Not even auditing anybody. This would be very self–evident.
So you perhaps have not looked at Scientology from the viewpoint of philosophic attainment. And yet you have attained a philosophic level which is superior to and described as one of the great high levels of philosophy, while still scrambling around and thinking that you actually don’t know much and you’ve got a long ways to go. Do you see that?3
Hubbard, L. R. (1963, 23 October). Auditing the GPM. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (SHSBC-348). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex.