Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1954, 31 March
Document title: Simple Processes
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Fifth Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Document ID: 5ACC-02
Description: Hubbard talks about various examples of people inquiring of "nothingness" for direction, such as from guardian angels, priests, and God; talks about how this restimulates people's stimulus-response mechanisms.
Well, let’s take up spiritualism, mysticism, all these various odds and ends – magic. Just because people don’t discuss these things is no reason why they don’t have a lot about them. They do. They do have a tremendous amount.
And this teaches all kinds of interesting things, but one of the main things that it does is to inquire from nothingness for direction. And that is, you might say, a common denominator for all spiritualism and guardian angels and priests and all of this sort of thing. It’s inquire of nothingness for direction – in other nothingness than self.
Well, you know it’ll make a man real happy if you’re standing there solidly in the flesh – even though you’re exteriorized1 Lord knows how far away – giving him orders because he can see the source of the order. And long since this fellow has submerged from any rationality because he just gave up trying to find the source of the order. Stimulus-response mechanisms2 all contain hidden orders. Well, the people go around and they get bug-eyed because they are being told that they’re receiving orders from nothingness, whether it’s spiritualism, magic, mysticism, any one of these off brands of “How do we get to the hidden influence?” This could be the motto of all such practices.
It’s “Tallyho, tallyho, hidden influence here we come.” Somewhere there’s a hidden influence is a basic denominator of these things.
All right. “Out here we’ve got a God. And he gives directions to you personally, John Doe, and he’s going to tell you everything to do, and how to brush your teeth, and so forth. And he looks after you all the time, and he writes it all down in a book. But he doesn’t exist because he is everyplace at the…” You know? In other words, let’s just spin3 quietly where we are.
This restimulates – you get this – this restimulates the hidden-influence characteristic of stimulus-response direction. Every time you ask somebody to take orders from an indefinite nothingness, you are restimulating their stimulus-response mechanisms. So you spin them. You couldn’t figure a neater mechanism, you see, because the keynote of the engram bank is that it gives hidden orders. It tells you to stay off the stove, so on. But where did the order come from? Lord knows, see?
We talk about the racial instincts, and we talk about this and so on. But where did the order come from? Well, Lord knows. We don’t know where the order came from. It just… He just suddenly got the idea he’d better not touch the stove.
Actually, where did the order come from? He’s got a mechanism which presents him with a facsimile of getting burned, which holds the body off from getting burned a second time. Well, where did the order come from?
Now somebody comes along and sells a bunch of pie in the sky. He says, “The orders are up there in the nothingness, or they’re standing on your… just back of your right shoulder. Which is to say your guardian angel or your favourite spirit or your master or somebody is going ‘Hocus pocus’ just back of your right shoulder,” and that is an indefinite nothingness. And of course it restimulates all of the indefinite nothingnesses of the entire engram bank.
The nothingness impulse is the stimulus-response impulse – the nothingness, the hidden influence. Men are frightened of this thing called the hidden influence. Anytime they can get orders from hidden sources, they can be scared. Most of the people who are occluded are simply holding on to that blackness because it is so mysterious. It’s mystery. Something can come out of that blackness and tell them what to do. And so they bird-dog it; they sit right there and they look at that blackness. And there it is, and it gives them orders. Thoughts come out of it. Terrible stuff. So therefore they hold on to it. They’re afraid of it. The great mystery.
Now, this mystery is, basically, the hidden influence. So we get the individual who is haunted by other spirits. He thinks he has fifteen thetans beside himself all giving him orders. We have the individuals who go around and pray to their guardian angels to
give them orders and directions. And each time it’s orders and directions from a hidden and undetermined source. And that is the common denominator of stimulus-response thinking – orders from a hidden and undetermined source. So if you want to throw a guy totally into restimulation, you give him orders from a hidden and undetermined source.
How do you throw Fac One4, the whole evolutionary track, birth, prenatals, all the accidents he’s ever been in, all the operations he’s ever been in, how do you throw all of these things into restimulation almost simultaneously? You tell him he’s taking orders from God. Where’s God? He’s a nothingness which is giving him orders. He can’t be determined as to where he is. The fellow will then start looking around for hidden orders, you see? The second he starts looking around for hidden orders, of course he runs into the entire engram bank, crash.
You can draw a curve of mental health on people up to, and after the time when, they encountered some sort of a hidden-influence activity, and you will find that their mental health might have been quite high, and at the moment they struck the hidden influence they hit a downward curve which was quite steep and which has been on the way south ever since.
Now, they might in the interim have suddenly given up religion, given up spirits, given up God, given up all these things, just skipped the whole thing. They’re being hardheaded and practical. They’re being scientific. They’re being almost anything you can think of. And they’re still hitting the downgrade. Science is just a dramatization of what hidden message does the physical universe have next. You see that? It’s just what hidden message is it going to give us next.
Hubbard, L. R. (1954, 31 March). Simple Processes. Fifth Advanced Clinical Course, (5ACC-02). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.