Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 10 June 1950
Document title: Dianetics: First Lecture Of Saturday Course
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C10
Description: Hubbard describes auditing as a process whereby auditors help their preclears attack traumatic memories in their reactive mind. Discusses what happens when auditors challenge their preclears' memories while regressed. Tells how to drive someone psychotic.
The theory of delusion: Insanity starts by delusion. Childhood delusions become insanity and therefore what one remembers as having done is delusion. We pick up a college textbook on psychiatry and we can look up cases where the patient was informed that what she thought she was experiencing while in her mother’s womb was only a product of her imagination.
Freud overlooked the fact that the mind is well aligned only as long as it can assert its working principle to be right. The mind is right. It has got to think it is right. Even though it is working on engrams it has still got to think it is right. So it will justify engrams.
Take a person who has an overloaded engram bank, and for analogy let’s say that he has 10 monitor units left out of a total of 900 monitor units, yet he is still percolating, he is still sane. These remaining 10 monitor units are able to direct the organism and they are being informed of what the organism is doing. Therefore they can correlate themselves to existence. If anything happens to trip off these units and demonstrate to them absolutely and completely that they were wrong and had placed the organism in danger of death, you would probably have a psychotic on your hands. I haven’t tried it. I don’t intend to.
But it does work out that when a person is trying to recall incidents in the vicinity of people who know those incidents and he is challenged as to his information and somebody says, “Oh, no, that was Joe Ceppos that was there and the doctor’s name was Mule Baxter. Oh, you’re wrong,” the patient is in an undefended state at that moment. He is depending on the auditor as a watchdog between him and life.
The auditor is supposed to get him to attack the engrams. Suddenly the auditor is apparently attacking him, particularly if the person is regressed. There he is with his hands full of doctor and birth, let us say, and suddenly the auditor chips in and says, “Oh, well, look, you weren’t born at home. I know. I asked your mother. You were born in hospital. Now come on, run this in a hospital.”
All of a sudden the patient, who has been struggling with what is left of his analyzer while he is in this regressed state, is faced with a new problem of having to fight the auditor. So, you can count on him coming up out of it yelling, but much more importantly, the auditor’s ability then to audit that patient is very badly injured and the patient’s ability to run the engram has been undermined and is not easily restored.
One could say, “Well, all we’re going to do now is to go back to the moment when the Auditor’s Code was violated and we’ll run that violation as an engram,” but it does not work too well because that violation may have restimulated an engram which might not be ready to pull. It might be one which is halfway up the bank and is very well set. Therefore, you are facing a problem of having to audit the patient into the prenatal area who doesn’t want anything more to do with it.
So there is the Auditor’s Code. Just the plain remark, “I think you’re imagining things, I don’t think your mother would do that to you,” would do it. Hitting him in the head with a brick would be kinder. You will realize this if it ever happens to you, and you have my full permission to get up and slug the auditor who does this. It is very destructive. So the Auditor’s Code is not something that we can take lightly.
If the patient says, “So, there I was in the prenatal areal sitting on this chimney . . .” or as a homosexual said to me one day, “Why, here I am sitting here, and there is Mother,” (this was about two or three months after conception) “and all of a sudden Papa comes in and hits Mother in the stomach with the full force of his fist and I go up out of the womb, hit the ceiling, open a parachute, float down, and go back into the womb again and curl up. That’s an amazing thing! Maybe she called him a homosexual?” Well, you don’t buy it, but you don’t tell him you are not buying it. An auditor knows very, very quickly what is imaginary and what isn’t in a case. It doesn’t have to be a flagrant fact.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 10 June). Dianetics: First Lecture Of Saturday Course. Professional Course, (5006C10). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.