Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 4 September
Document title: Where We Are At
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Technique 88 Supplementary Lectures
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Document ID: 5209C04
Description: Hubbard defines willpower as self-determinism in this lecture; speaks of it as a "current"; says that someone who has lost the ability to impose time and space on his abilities is psychotic, and if the person could impose time and space on every facsimile in his bank, he'd be cause on all eight dynamics and everyone would be building a church to him.
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There’s more things necessary here, though, to make an AC current than have ever met the eye in any electronics textbook. But this one is the one [tapping on blackboard] that interests us particularly. Because there we are dealing with willpower. There we are dealing with self determinism, at the first time we close the switch and short-circuit those two terms and get the same thing.
What is willpower? And what is self-determinism And we can get it in the same answer. In this MEST universe it consists of the relative ability to impose time and space on energy or matter. The relative ability to impose time and space upon energy or matter. That’s willpower. And that’s self-determinism. And that is controlling people and people controlling you and so forth, and all of a sudden it works out to this very simple basis.
How does it do this? When a person has lost his ability to impose time and space upon his facsimiles, his memories, he’s psychotic–he’s gone. And when he only has a relative ability, a very slight ability, to impose time and space upon his facsimiles, in this society would be considered to be in ravingly good shape. And if he could impose time and space upon every facsimile he has in the bank, he would be cause on all eight dynamics and everybody would be down here building a new church to him.
There is this [marking on blackboard] You have your complete dichotomy of the static and the chaos of motion, and a person’s self-determinism–his determinism–is capable, then, of posting and placing potential sources of energy where he desires. And the more self-deter mined he is, the better he is able to impose on sources or potentials of energy, time and space. You notice if you can get a psychotic to remember something that’s absolutely real, if you can just get him to remember just that–do that all by itself, that one little item–you’ve made him nail something down on the time track. And all of a sudden he says, “My God, I know where a facsimile is. Ptock! It’s right there. (sigh)”
Now, if you just continued this out and you say, “Nail down another ones–ptock! he feels better and he feels better and he feels better. And he comes up the scale–the Tone Scale– and is better and is more effective and is saner in the direct ratio that he can nail down his facsimiles in time and space, because he positions facsimiles spatially with regard to himself and we now know that the mind is not some sort of a filmy, indefinite position in the eighty-ninth Einsteinian dimension: it’s at the corner of 32nd Street and East Indian School Road, or it’s over there 2.4 meters south-southeast from the preclear’s head. And the facsimiles are exactly where they are, in space. And it is not the space of ether or mumbo-jumbo or the
Christian Sciences collection plate.
It’s real space. And it’s real time. And that facsimile exists in time by the ability of the mind to take that, theta wise, to hold that engraving–that recording of thought, emotion and effort–in a particular position in space. And by holding it so, the facsimile is used in the creation of real and actual and measurable energy, which is measurable on ohmmeters and which could undoubtedly be conduited to, for instance, light a small electric light–just like that.
Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 4 September). Where We Are At. Technique 88 Supplementary Lectures, (5209C04). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.