Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1957, 14 January
Document title: Control
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Sixteenth American Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Washington, DC
Document ID: 16ACC-09
Description: Hubbard "levels with" his Advanced Clinical Course students about control; suggests that Scientology could set itself up as a black-cowled priesthood; claims that Scientology can brainwash someone in 20 seconds.
As I said, I’m leveling with you. This is an ACC. We can tell you all sorts of interesting ways to produce a tremendous number of effects. I could give you some formulas that would be so complex on the subject of control and how it controlled and to what you appealed and which you did when and where, that you would feel vastly edified. And you would wonder why in the name of common sense your preclears didn’t respond really well: Their habit patterns changed, and you got a little shift on their APAs1. Their IQ had a tendency to shift a little bit. But actually, for some reason or other…
We could set ourselves up as a black-cowled priesthood.2 The only reason we would do that is because we were fresh out of total game; we were in a position where we hated everybody, cared nothing for anything, totally out of communication in all directions. Yes, we could set up as a black-cowled priesthood with a tremendous number of mysteries, and boy, could we deal off the bottom of the mental deck! We can brainwash a man in twenty seconds. What more do you want? That’s enough technique to conquer the world.
I point out to you, the entire Arab world was enslaved by a man whose name, mispronounced, still exists in our language. We call people who kill people “assassins.” And Hashshashin, the Old Man of the Mountain, back there in the thirteenth century, operated a part of Mohammedanism which controlled within an eyelash, by terror, by fear — a very bad example of control (you get the idea); preventive action — India, Asia Minor and most of the Mediterranean Basin.3
The group that did that controlled that great part of the civilized world for about three hundred years. And all they knew how to do was to tell somebody he was in paradise, and convince him that in order to come back he had to go out and kill somebody.
They’d get a young man, give him hashish, bring him in to a garden — beautiful black-eyed houris and rivers of milk and honey — and had him all fixed up. And they’d say, “Now, here you are. You’re in paradise, and we’ve brought you to paradise. In order to get back here you’ll have to get yourself killed, because we’re kicking you out now.” Well, they dragged him in anaten, see? They knock him out again, shove him out into the world, and he reappears, and he knows he’s got to get himself killed in a particular fashion. He’s got to get himself killed by being the assassin of some notable.
The Old Man of the Mountain, meanwhile, has just written notable relatives a letter and said, “In the next reign we want several more camel-loads of gold per month than we’ve been getting. Because at such and such a date, why, the Sultan is going to kick the bucket, folks.”
Well, it’s impossible. They’d surround him with guards in all directions. This young man, wanting to be killed so he could go back to paradise, would walk through the guards and kill the Sultan dead! And of course, they’d chop him to bits and he would go off to some between-lives area. That was beside the point. The Old Man of the Mountain, the Assassins of the Middle East, did control the civilized world.
It doesn’t take very much to control somebody, then, does it? I mean, if this kind of a sorry idea, and this stupidity, and this littleness of knowledge was adequate to control that much of the world, then control itself must be rather easy to engage upon.
Control by fear is only a Tone Scale manifestation, and it’s to make people afraid so they won’t do something. It’s control by restrained action. You got the idea? It’s a species of stop only.
So I ask you this question: Were the Assassins ever really controlling anybody? They had change and start to fool with yet, didn’t they? And they didn’t start and change much of anything. The world might as well have been ruled by some North American Indian for all the difference it made in the shades of history. They did nothing. A very ignoble effort. And yet they did know something about the mind. See, they did know this one thing: That the mind could be prevented from acting by being made afraid of being killed. They became a priesthood.
We know so much more than that, from beginning to end, that there’s just no chalking it up and there’s no comparison between what we’re doing and what they were doing. But it shows you which directions controls can go. If we know this much more than that, then we know enough not to do it. Do you see that?
Therefore, an auditor auditing a preclear, who knows fully the totality of control and can exert it, then never stops with some sort of a subterfuge; some substitute action which is way downscale, which is only in the direction of a partial patch-up, or something of the sort. He carries on through, and he’ll do the whole job. But an auditor who’s unwilling to control, stops somewhere on the time track like the Assassins. See, they just knew a little bit about control, they didn’t do it well, and they could just kill people, and shove them around therefore.
An auditor, therefore, who is not willing to exert a total control, who doesn’t know how to exert a total control of a preclear, does not actually make them well. You want to know why some auditors make preclears well and some auditors don’t. Well, it’s all wrapped up in the field of control. It’s all wrapped up in the field of control.
You have to be willing to make a motion over there; you have to be willing to be the thing which you are ordering about. And it’s just start, change and stop. It’s murderous. It’s murderous because the bank is liable to cave in on you, entering upon this simplicity.
Be alive, really communicate, really control. It’s very simple. All you have to do is do it.
Hubbard, L. R. (1957, 14 January). Control. Sixteenth American Advanced Clinical Course, (16ACC-09). Lecture conducted from Washington, DC.
- American Personality Analysis. ↩
- Hubbard had a well-documented “black-cowled” history. See, for example, Parsons’ diary entry wherein Hubbard obtained Parsons compliance and evidently gained control of Parsons and the Working. Hubbard was then running a covert operation on Parsons and succeeded in making off with Parsons’ money, girlfriend and the highest secrets of the OTO. ↩
- Hubbard encouraged Sea Org members to call him “The Old Man” and referred to himself in this way. A number of basic Scientology books bear the image of “The Old Man” on their covers, including Fundamentals of Thought and Introduction to Scientology Ethics. ↩