Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1966, 8 September
Document title: States of Identity
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Saint Hill Special Briefing Course
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Document ID: SHSBC-443
Description: Hubbard links bodhi with Thetan Exterior and compares it with a "Dianetic Release"; discusses Scientologists' problems in relating to "wogs"; makes claims about Clear; discusses Scientology's "gift" and goal of "miraculous intervention."
So we have–we have actually been advancing above the most extravagant goal of psychotherapy, mental treatment, religious increase of beingness and so on. We’ve been– we’ve been way above this for a very long time. We could still make today, in a very short space of time, the original goal of betterment which was bodhi. And we could make a bodhi today and he probably is below a Dianetic Release1, undoubtedly is below a Dianetic Release.
Now, his duration of stability might run anything from two seconds to two minutes to two weeks to two months, it might even be a year or two, do you see? You name it. Now, this would be quite–quite startling and the ability to produce one of those after a great many years of work and contemplation and meditation and concentration and a whole bunch of other things was sufficient to civilize three–quarters of Asia, just the ability to do that.
Occasionally, very occasionally, make a bodhi, or a thetan exterior2 as we call them. Unaberrated–nothing done to make them less aberrated, nothing done to this, nothing done to that, see. Now, that civilized three–quarters of Asia. Now, that’s below Dianetic Release.
And you’re worried about a newspaper story in the Daily Mail. You see now, the Scientologist has in actual fact risen far out of his own understanding of the wog and rather tends to compare his state of beingness with other Scientologists and sort of doesn’t pay much attention at all to the wog, until all of a sudden he’s totally surrounded by wogs and I’ve noticed that makes him usually rather unhappy. But you get up to a point, you can get up to a point where it does not make you unhappy at all. As you begin to approach Clear you would find out that the phenomena of which I was speaking of human beings becoming twitchy and itchy and rraaoundd jumpy and wandering about–or going dopey or something like this would occur. Friends I had in Rhodesia, all of them wogs, complained about it, they used to complain about it, you know. They had various ways to describing all this. They knew something happened to them in their–in my vicinity only they couldn’t quite figure out what it was. Of course, Smith, the sweat ran off of his palms, literally dripping. He was so nervous he couldn’t sit. Naah–ahhaah! And he knew what he was doing when he didn’t want me in Rhodesia. It was making him uncomfortable. I wasn’t Clear at that time. Of course, I’m me. I’m just giving you an idea, see.
Now, you go out amongst the wogs3–you go out amongst the wogs as a grade Release, you’re going to produce certain phenomena. Now, they can still tolerate it, and consider it very beneficial and that sort of thing. You start moving up toward Clear and that vicinity you’re above their level of reactive tolerance, only they tend really kind of not to spot you very closely as to what’s causing this. They say, “I have to concentrate so, when you’re talking. You have so many big thoughts to tell me.” What they sound like, I would have been sitting there for half an hour listening to them. “You’ve got such a terrific command of the situation, I don’t see why people don’t do what you say.” I haven’t told anybody to do anything, see. You run into phenomena of this particular character The use of it, one doesn’t bother to use it. One just bothers to be himself. And life becomes easier mainly, the main thing that happens, life becomes easier But you excite certain upsets and antagonisms which you don’t quite understand and so forth. Well, perhaps from what I’ve told you today it might help you understand these to some degree. If your landlady or the bus driver starts going–why, maybe you realize you should not stare at their back, you know.
Now, the pity of all of these states of beingness, is there is a limit on the amount one being can do for another. One cannot live another’s life for him without being the other. One can provide a safe environment. One can show a way. One can blaze a trail and demonstrate and hold in place a methodology. One can provide for the ethical application or administration of methodologies. One can give advice. One can sit around and pervade the environment with calmness. One might even be able to mock up a new leg for a crippled boy. These are all great. Man in the past considered these things absolutely miraculous, so that what I’m giving you right now is the understatement of the age, you see. Because this, this is–his religious textbooks are full of just this. This is in all of his tests. But that is the limit. The rest is up to the guy. And unless you’ve led the individual to increasing his own beingness he in actual fact will never arrive. He will never become any thetan.
You can show him the way, you can provide the environment, you can make it easy for him, you can be yourself expert, you can do various things. Even as I say, exude calm. You can audit, you can get your drills in, you can do this and that. But basically, basically, the final net result depends on the individual himself And that is the point which has been missed in all past endeavors in self–betterment or the improvement of man or civilization. That is what it boils down to. They have always contained an element that if a state became socialistic enough, if the priests said enough prayers, if there were enough joss burned on the altar, some miraculous intervention would take place that would make this sow’s ear into a silk purse. The miraculous intervention has to come from the person himself. That is the miraculous intervention that will get him out of the mud. And the miraculous intervention will actually hand into his hands today with Scientology technology, immortality, a goal which has been man’s goal for a very long time. Not a slight gift.
Happiness, power, continuation, continuity, be impossible to say these things. In the final analysis a being has to be led up to a point by a fairly unenturbulated environment, by various approaches has to be led up to a point where he could destimulate enough to somehow or another reach that next rung and to overcome terrors of becoming the effect and therefore himself put his own feet on the road to his own destiny. And in the absence of that he won’t make it.
The only thing you can do is to help him somehow or another make those first steps so that he can walk in that direction. But there are limits to the amount of help which he can be given.
And that gives you a very forecast–very great forecast on really how many Clears there will be or how successful clearing will be. How successful the whole thing comes off; how many OTs will there be. A Clear of course is immortal and knowingly so, but how–how–how many–how all? Well, it’ll actually be how all to the degree that all of us provide a secure environment in which people can destimulate to a point where they can find there is a way to walk. You couldn’t–you ordinarily think that maybe trying to make a family or your house calmer or better or make somebody’s life a little easier to live, maybe–maybe it’s hardly even–was not worth doing hardly, it’s such a tiny amount. But it actually, just to reverse the whole scale back again, that is the final effort that will let the bulk of humanity out. It’s how calm and how decent you can make the environment in which they live. Thank you.
Hubbard, L. R. (1966, 8 September). States of Identity. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (SHSBC-443). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex.