Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 19 June
Document title: Handling of Cases
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C19A
Description: Hubbard talks about altruism and charity in Dianetics practice.
I would take all the cases which are almost on a charity level, on the 15-minute procedure. See them quickly, and even then charge them a small fee. Make them pay something, even if they only bring a loaf of bread. There is a big difference between a patient who brings $5 or $10 and a patient who brings nothing.
There is no point in giving yourself away with great thoroughness. That is bad. It isn’t that you are being mercenary. Separate those words. People will get confused, they will expect the person working in Dianetics to be entirely altruistic. Altruism is one of these second-rate, jackleg things that came up at the early part of the Christian Era. Altruism means that we knock the first dynamic out of the equation.
You can’t knock altruism out, and you can’t assume that there is such a thing as an altruism where the first and second dynamics1 are not to be considered. You are not going to get an optimum solution to the problem if you just drop two dynamics out of it and say, “We’re not going to consider me or anybody else, I’m sacrificing myself for the whole world.” That would be a fine way to get the patients, yourself and everyone fouled up.
The definition of a release is a patient who has been brought to a point in his case where it will not relapse without the receipt of a new, enormously painful engram or loss. You have stabilized this person so that he can go along with the normal rollycoaster bad luck and good luck of existence without going into a neurotic state.
The way to produce a release is to take from the case all painful emotion engrams that you can contact. They are important in the release of a case. If you have a case where the deaths of two allies are still intact and undischarged, you can count on the fact that you will have a relapse in that case.
Therefore, how long it takes to bring a person up to a point of release is quite variable, because it is often necessary to relieve large numbers of prenatals and so on before you can finally get those last moments of painful emotion. But those moments of painful emotion have to be gotten.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 19 June). Handling of Cases. Professional Course, (5006C19A). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.