Mountain Path

Rising Superior

“You recognize that everything that has been done in Scientology has been done in spite of the bank, you see. It’s just been done on the basis of—well, hell, it can be done, there’s no reason to be aberrated and there’s no reason to react to it. Somehow or another, with the scruff of the neck, why, you pull yourself out of the—well, you find yourself unreasonably angry about something or other, and you start nipping and snarling around about, one way or the other, grab yourself by the scruff of the neck and say, ‘Well, even though I don’t know what might be biting me, this is certainly aberrated conduct,’ and do otherwise. …

Blow, explode and break up all the furniture, see, that’s all very well, but if in a week or so, at the absolute outside, you haven’t gotten yourself by the scruff of the neck, just realize you’re not rising superior to your bank. And the only thing that got us where we are is just rising superior. Without even any thetan bootstraps to grab hold of, see. It’s quite important to know that.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Finding Goals delivered on 25 April 1963. This can be found in the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course lectures.

Driving at Night

Willingness to Communicate

“An individual who cannot communicate with something will become the victim of that something.

“That which a person withdraws from in this universe becomes, to a marked degree, his master. That which one fears becomes one’s master.

“If an individual were willing to communicate with anything and everything in the entire universe, he would then be free in the entire universe.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the book Dianetics 55! published in December 1954.

Flowers at Sunset

Making Change

“Now, to change the body all you really have to do is to change the considerations that went into the mocking-up of the body. That’s all you really have to do, basically.

“To change a thetan all you have to do is to get him to change his mind. But you don’t get him to change his mind, because he hasn’t got a mind. So you’d have to characterize that as saying you change a thetan by making him alter a postulate. That’s the way you change a thetan.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture The Mind delivered on 29 October 1956. This can be found in the 15th American ACC lectures.

Thoughtful Girl

Power of Observation

“If you put your attention carefully on something, you don’t have to do much about it, all you have to do is watch it and know it and watch it, something of that sort, it’ll straighten out.

“It straightens out all out of proportion to the mechanics of what you do about it. Therefore your power of observation or power of look or power of glance on a situation works way out of proportion to what it should. ”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Presessioning delivered on 7 August 1960. This can be found in the London Congress on Dissemination and Help lectures.

Man Standing at Lake

Making Postulates

“Postulates are the most senior things there are. No set of agreements are senior to postulates. Individual postulates are always senior to any pattern of agreements. Any mechanical pattern is always junior.  So therefore we say all you’d have to do is just get somebody to change his mind and he’d be all right. …

“You can just drill him into making independent postulates, and postulating things, on and on and on and on and on, until he will discover that he can be cause regardless of where he is or what he is. And at that moment he escapes into some freedom.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Universes delivered on 30 March 1954. This can be found in the 5th American ACC lectures.