Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 27 June
Document title: Sense of Reality
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C27B
Description: Hubbard discusses sanity and reality and the running of prenatal engrams.
Something that has to be rehabilitated in a patient is his feeling of reality. Never neglect the rehabilitation of that very fact.
An auditor must keep in mind that he is going to run across people who don’t know five minutes ago was real, who are floating about eight feet off the ground as far as reality is concerned. One isn’t asking them to face crude, sordid reality, merely trying to put them in contact with the living world a little more solidly.
It is very much worth an auditor’s while to spend a lot of time trying to find out who knocked out reality for this person. That can be done on a straight memory basis sometimes. The straight memory circuits are set up to validate reality and what they get is real. As far as the bank is concerned that is real too. However, the person knows it is real when he knows it is real.
There is no sense in going back into a prenatal and running a lot of material out and chomping around on it if you haven’t made a person’s sense of reality come to the fore. We are not asking a person to go back and play with delusions. The incidents are there. The worst enemy of a man’s stability is a sense that everything is false and unreal. It compounds the felony. In short, the aberration is now not only furiously active but also pronounced utterly unreal, and between these two things he gets pretty well cornered.
Sanity is reality. Therefore one has to be able to contact a reality, but in order to do that you have to contact the things that make reality unreal.
The chief factor in this society today that makes a reality unreal is a small group in the world devoted to mental healing, with their pronunciamento that all insanity is childhood delusion. So some poor person tries to go back and contact a reality. If he does so with some of these past schools of mental healing, where very often people have gotten into birth and the prenatal period and all up and down the line somewhere, he is immediately challenged by the healer to the effect that what he is remembering is delusion. And one of two things happens: his case gets worse or he gets angry.
One has the remarkable situation of the psychiatrist who told two people who were remembering back into birth and prenatals that there was no validity to their memories about any of this. So the people started in just remembering with each other and at the end of a year had practically every psychosomatic illness that was on file in the reactive mind in furious restimulation. Then one of our students on the night course showed them Book Three of the Handbook and told them, You start in here and read, and don’t do it any other way but this or you will keep on getting in trouble. He worked on their cases to a point where they were fairly straightened out and comfortable.
So the practice of knocking out reality has more than one repercussive result. If a patient has an impeded sense of reality, that sense of reality is impeded in pleasure as well as in pain. You should rehabilitate it for the later moments of his life until he can be sure about these later moments, and they are more easily validated.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 27 June). Sense of Reality. Professional Course, (5006C27B). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.