Living!

Having Money

“It’s funny, but you know hardly anybody in this society at this time can own money? You’ll find that out as soon as you start processing lots of preclears. They can’t own money. You process them for a long time on wasting money and they get up to a point where they can accept a nickel. That’s right. I mean, it’s that brutal. That’s not a sarcastic statement. They can’t accept money.

“So this money doesn’t belong to anybody and it doesn’t belong to them, doesn’t belong to somebody else and it just wanders around.

“And if you all of a sudden decide that you’re going to have some money, you can go through the necessary magic to accumulate it. You go through magic to accumulate money—various magics. Some people think the way to accumulate money is get down in a ditch and shovel for eight hours or twelve hours. They’ll accumulate money—they’ll accumulate just as much money as they thought they were going to accumulate. Well, that’s their magic.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture SOP 8-C Patter delivered on 11 December 1953. This can be found in the 2nd American ACC lectures.

Admiration and Aging

Admiration and Aging

“Why is it that the cells, bone structure and so on of an old person are smaller than in a young person? Why is it that people, as they get older, have smaller cells and smaller tissue patterns and so on than they had when they were younger? …

“A little tiny cube: eight force particles. All right. That’s a basic unit of mass: eight force particles. And these eight force particles are less admired and less admired and they’re just tighter together. This person, throughout his life, has run into less admiration than he thought he should encounter and he shrunk. You see, so you get a tightening-together process in the face of nonadmiration. …

“All of this is built on the basis that one has to receive everything from the exterior. And the interior admiration is all that’s going to do it any good in the first place.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Processes delivered on 7 October 1953. This can be found in the 1st American ACC lectures.

Live Beautifully

Live Beautifully

“The biggest and widest canvas that you could paint would be the canvas of a life. A man could actually achieve the level of being a professionally beautiful ‘liver.’ He could. There are some people you are glad to know simply because they seem to lead a beautiful life. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

“So people say we have to go hungering after art through painting, writing and so forth. And what are these people doing? They’re writing about, they’re painting about, composing about life. You’re sitting there with this enormous canvas and all the raw materials to put together into what is actually a piece of art. How would you combine these things to make them interesting? And that would be art, for you. …

“You’re overlooking, then, the primary field of art, which would be to live beautifully.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture SOP Issue 5: Steps I to VII delivered on 24 March 1953. This can be found in The Factors lectures.

Staircase

Gradient Improvement

“Those things over which the individual cannot be cause are those things which the individual himself cannot envision. If he can’t be cause over something, he can’t even see it. He can’t even see it, he can’t even envision there’s anything else than it. This fellow who is unhappily married cannot envision a state which envisions no marriage.

“You say, ‘Why does he keep at it this way?’ And when you jump into the Roman arena and say, ‘Slaves, strike off your chains,’ they generally strike off your head, because they know there’s no such thing as freedom. No such thing as freedom. Slavery has totally overwhelmed them, they have bought it, absolutely and utterly.

“Well, how did they ever buy this! How did they ever buy these beingnesses? Well, they were bought by a gradient scale—a little bit, plus a little bit, plus a little bit, plus a little bit, eventually got them into a condition where they could be overwhelmed. Little by little, by little, by little. And you can walk them back out of it again the same way. …

“Nothing savage and sudden ever happened to a thetan, it was all by gradients. To get into any kind of trouble, he had to walk into it, an inch down at a time. Therefore, he comes out of it the same way.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Clearing: Possibilities Of delivered on 9 June 1959. This can be found in the 6th London ACC lectures.

awareness

Increased Awareness

“Realize the bulk of the human race is walking around with the belief that there is something wrong somewhere, but they don’t quite know what it is and it worries them.

“Now, when you get up to a degree where you have some idea of this worry and you’re aware of the factors which exist, the fact that your awareness has increased is all in your favor.

“And this is one of the great truths of Scientology, is that increased awareness is the only factor which offers any road out. You know, that’s an awfully simple truth, but you’ll find out that people don’t know that.

“They think that less awareness is the road out, see? And that is the road down into the basement.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Opening Lecture, CCHs, Future of Scientology delivered on 25 February 1957. This can be found in the 17th American ACC lectures.