Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1964, 15 July
Document title: Organizational Operation
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Saint Hill Special Briefing Course
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Document ID: SHSBC-393
Description: Hubbard talks about the supreme being as a big thetan; identifies the source of this concept as a "GPM" (Goals-Problem-Mass) in the reactive mind. Explains the "joke" that the "field of religion" is really the "field of GPMs."
Now, we get up into the seventh, as far as man is concerned today, he is so out of communication even with himself on the seventh dynamic that we frankly don’t have to worry about that one at all in our present coverage.
And when we go into the idea of supreme beings or gods or big thetans or something like that, well, we’ve just taken the whole curve all the way around and the only thing we’ve got on this planet today is just pure nuttiness on this subject, see – the theory of the big thetan, see. Actually, the big thetan theory is simply one of the GPMs and it – there’s end words that have to do with gods and things like this, you see.
And there’s one of the root words – several of the root words – have to do with worship and so forth and it’s just goofiness, see? There isn’t anybody – there isn’t anybody, any big thetan around who’s permeating everything, that just because you say, “Now, please give me cake and ice cream for my supper tonight,” is going to suddenly go into a brown study and wonder how to get you cake and ice cream tonight, see. There just is no such being.
And if you’re in trouble, you’d better not go out and think that some big thetan someplace is going to be interested, even if he existed, in some ant who couldn’t bother – if he couldn’t get his antennae out of a crack of a rock. Believe me, he isn’t going to give a second’s thought to this. It would scare you within – to gray hairs if he did; all of a sudden huge hand scoops out of somewhere and … Probably you’d die from shock if it occurred. Plot it yourself on your own attitude toward insects. You sometimes help an insect but mostly it’s sort of amusing and – usually the devil with it.
And you get into this idea of the big thetan and all that sort of thing. You’re not into the field of religion; you’re just into the field of the GPMs again. That doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be big thetans. That doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be godlike beings. But let me assure you, that man’s idea of them is so laughable as to cause you to roll on the floor for a half an hour and hold in your sides.
Hubbard, L. R. (1964, 15 July). Organizational Operation. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (SHSBC-393). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex.