Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document title: Scientology: Clear Procedure Issue One
Document date: 1957, December
Document type: manual
Book title: The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.
Description: Scientology recognizes and defines seizures associated with epilepsy, schizophrenia and catatonic schizophrenia.
Hubbard associated schizophrenic seizures with "flip-flopping" and made claims for his "Objective processing" to bring schizophrenic patients' bodies under control. Objectives are required early on The Bridge. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of processes in this class. Objectives often result in an extremely dissociated, but sought-after, condition that gets interpreted as, and called, "exterior."
There are a great many factors surrounding the control of the pc’s body by a pc. Most pcs feel their body if tampered with in any way would fly out of control and flip-flop all over the floor, would suddenly freeze or would get ill, and they have anxieties about their bodies and the control of their bodies which must be solved, otherwise we don’t get very far. Control of bodies can actually be assisted by old-time flip-flopping.
Flip-flopping was a process by which the preclear’s excess motion was taken off. The creative processes of earlier times did not require of the preclear any great cognition of what was going on. Thus flip-flopping could be used at a very early stage of case. We would say, “Mock up a man and make him flip-flop” and then make him insist that the body flip-flop even further and even more wildly until he himself knew that he was making the body flip-flop. We would do this with a woman’s body and would eventually take the motion off the case that was inhibiting the preclear from controlling the body. This is actually a motionectomy. It is really a case of the auditor controlling the bank and body of the preclear. When we did not do this we found that in running 8-C1 and in doing some other processes the preclear all of a sudden would convulse and start to fly apart. These fly-aparts were simply the flip-flop manifestation of bodies.
It is extremely interesting that a preclear exteriorizing from his own body which is out of control, flip-flopping, writhing, convulsing and going into epileptiform seizures2 was at a distance from a flip-flopping body. One day while in his own body he causes some other body to go out of control, he shoots somebody or hits somebody, and has this person go into a flip-flop. He himself gets restimulated and he feels that his body in the future is liable to go out of control at any time. If you draw a little picture of this you will see that a thetan exteriorized from his own body and a thetan in his body knocking about some other body is, to the thetan, the same point of view. In other words, if you make somebody’s body flip-flop, your own body may flip-flop. It looks the same to a thetan.3
Some guarantee or security of body control is therefore necessary. There is a very fine set of processes which have been used for more than a year at this writing and which produced excellent results. These we call the S-C-S processes4, 5.
Hubbard, L. R. (1957, December). Scientology: Clear Procedure Issue One. [Manual]. The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology (1991 ed., Vol. IV, pp. 198-229). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.