Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1953, ca. end July
Document title: Case Opening
Document type: Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin
Series: Professional Auditor's Bulletin 6
Book title: The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Church of Scientology of California
Description: Hubbard discusses the mind and body as a gradient scale of creation; says a physically ill person is a mentally ill person; links introversion to neurosis and psychosis; defines "the dwindling spiral to oblivion"; says he can reproduce every kind of restimulation by knocking out B1; gives the only ambition of a "sane body."
Now, to begin, I have often offered a point to you which is nearly always missed–the mind and the body are part of a gradient scale of creation. The mind is at a high point on this scale, the body at a low point. The mind has all the capabilities of the body, but the body has lost many of the capabilities of the mind. Thus the mind can function independently of the body so long as it does not have its attention continually on the body.
When the mind fixates wholly upon the body we have that extreme degree of introversion visible in psychotics or neurotics. No exterior world remains–there is only the body. The dwindling spiral toward oblivion is this road of greater and greater fixation upon the body.
The primary difference between the analytical mind and the body is the ability of the analytical mind to have nothing and the inability of the reactive mind, the body, to have nothing. The body knows things exist and knows there are things it must have and things it must not have. By things we mean things with molecules in them.
Thus in this first session, we are going to ask the preclear, namely you, to put some attention on your body–medically and dietetically.
You won’t find in any of my lectures or writings any discounting of the physical ills of the body. They comprise 30% of the 100% of Man’s ills. On the contrary, you will find me asking time after time to be aware of, to observe, that your preclear may be physically sick. Physical illness is predisposed by, precipitated by and prolonged by mental aspects and difficulties. But you don’t run engrams on a preclear with a curable physical ailment. Cure the ailment or alleviate it and then run engrams.
All right. Now observe the mental curve of a physically ill person. It approximates, in the various stages of the sickness, the various depths of the tone scale. A physically ill person is a mentally ill person. In the sanitariums if they had anybody there to observe it, some percentage of their “insane” are only ill physically, but this chronic physical illness is bad enough to make them act insane. One notable case comes to mind of a psychiatrist electrically shocking an inmate many times to discover finally (without any embarrassment, being professionally beyond shame) that the patient was in continual agony from cancer. An operation arrested the cancer. The electric shock was not so easily repaired.
Very well, not to infer anybody is insane, be aware that a chronic low tone1, anxiety and insecurity can stem from a prolonged but not entirely suspected physical illness which in this day of Aureomycin may be cured.
Now, it is 70% possible that whatever worries you or (if it is) makes your case hard to run, is psychosomatic. Let’s wipe out the 30% chance that any trouble you’re having is a physical stick on the tone scale, not a mental one.
Of course, you may be having no trouble with your own case. Fine. But if you are holding on to your bank and your body like mad, remember that it may be because your body is holding on to you.
In those around you and in preclears, you will find it very sound advice to observe for physical ills as well as mental. It may be true that all ills are mental BUT it may be possible to cure something fast with a simple diet change.
As for food–I can tell you at once, without even looking you over that you are deficient across the boards. I’m no food faddist and I would use Gaylord Hauser for you know what, but I’ve fed men on three expeditions and during an entire war and modem rations are so deficient in vitamins and minerals that it’s a wonder you stagger around at all. Get this–the B1 normal of the average being comes about only through administering in tablet form about 250 mg. per day. By knocking B1 out of the body I can reproduce any and every kind of restimulation. It is a bumper between the restimulable engram and the preclear.
As for the body itself, it was made to be used–worked. Not used, it goes to the devil quickly. The favorite whine of America is “I don’t want to work.” You might as well say “I want to be sick.” The American Banker has sold America and a lot of Great Britain on the glories of getting enough saved so one can retire. Death and retirement, if you care to look at the statistics, are damned close together. Retiring or “going away for a rest” are usually followed by illness. The only ambition of a sane body is to be permitted to work in harness until it drops dead in harness.
Hubbard, L. R. (1953, ca. end July). Case Opening. (Professional Auditor’s Bulletin 6.) The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology (1976 ed., Vol. I, pp. 419-422). Los Angeles: Church of Scientology of California.