Successful Postulates

“A person who is failing, failing, failing, failing, failing, failing, usually sets himself up to fail. He tries the impossible—‘Let’s see if I can postulate. Well, here I am looking at the Empire State Building. Fall over! Didn’t fall. Can’t postulate. Proved it.’ So, what you set yourself up to do is to succeed in this life, but there isn’t any worry about it. You see, if you were worrying about whether you were going to—going to succeed or going to fail, there would already be doubt in the postulate and it wouldn’t work anyway.

“So, just don’t bother to worry about it one way or the other. Don’t worry about success or failure, but it’s a terrific—terrifically strong weapon. It’s big. It’s much bigger than you think.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Handling Personnel Part II delivered on 3 March 1972. This can be found in the Establishment Officer lectures.

Increasing Ability

“The direction of processing is successful so long as the auditor is knowingly aware that he is increasing the ability of a spiritual being—as long as he’s aware of this—increasing the ability of a thetan to handle existence.

“Might lie in the field of education: you give a thetan some data, he says, ‘Hey, what do you know? Gee! Oh, so that’s how you handle women.’ You know, bang! Might lie in the field of exercising—you know, getting him to practice having a body ride a motorcycle or a bicycle or a horse. You know? That’s just exercise, that’s physical culture. Might lie in a great many fields, but mostly it lies in the field of being able to think and handle one’s thoughts. Because thought is senior to everything else there is. All other things stem from thought.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Six Steps Steps—Some Fundamentals of Auditing delivered on 6 June 1955. This can be found in the Anatomy of the Spirit of Man Congress lectures.

The Only Havingness There Is

“Now, you can just run this as an experiment with an individual. You can get him determined not to have a pain in the back of his neck. Just get him determined about this and get him more and more determined about it and he mustn’t have this pain in the back of his neck and, all of a sudden, boom. He’ll get the pain in the back of his neck. Every time. Why?

“The moment he validates something, he has it, because the only havingness there is, is what he says there is. And if he says there is evil, there will be evil. You can count on it. Doesn’t occur to anybody anymore really to say there must be good.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture The Use of SOP 8-C delivered on 29 December 1953. This can be found in the Western Congress lectures.

This Backward Universe

“You have to want to live, you have to be willing to use your beingness and so forth in all the living there is to do. That doesn’t mean in evil things or all this sort of thing. You just have to want this universe, that’s all. And then know at the same time that you don’t want it too much.

“You have to be able to want and experience the sensations of this universe. You have to take, as a high level of tolerance, its speed. In other words, you’ve got to be able to live in order to back out of the universe. You’ve got to reverse the cycle. You never got out of the universe and nobody ever got out of here by wanting to get out, because of the reversal factors. It’s quite important. And that’s the most important thing there is to learn about a flow, I think, is that this universe goes backwards.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Flows: Basic Agreement and Prove It! delivered on 10 December 1952. This can be found in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course lectures.

Hopes and Dreams

“When you were very young you had lots of hopes, dreams, aspirations, ambitions and you wanted to go through life and do this and do that. Those were ideas. And you had lots of ideas and people came along and said ‘You shouldn’t get this idea. You shouldn’t get that idea. You shouldn’t be so wild about this. You should think more soberly about this whole thing, and you should dedicate yourself to just one line of attack. What you should become is maybe a good cook or something like that you know. Hold yourself down to one thing and you won’t get these wild notions,’ and so forth. And so you foolishly bought this philosophy. Wasn’t any reason to buy it except that it just seemed like a philosophy that seemed to be fairly true. You wanted to get ahead in life, and you know you didn’t feel as alive.

“And when you ran totally out of goals and ideas and ambitions and—all of this covered under the heading of ideas, concepts—when you totally ran out of them you didn’t have any future at all. You actually would dwell more in the past than you would in the future. Why? There were ideas in the past. You had ideas once upon a time.

“In short an individual is as alive as he has ideas. He’s as aware as he has ideas. Doesn’t mean he has to hectically go on getting ideas, ideas, ideas, but it also doesn’t mean that every idea has to be put into action. That’s the way the mest universe operates as a big trap. It says, ‘Look-a-here you better not get an idea without putting it into action.’ Who said so?”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Elements Handled in Processing delivered on 21 April 1954. This can be found in the 5th American ACC lectures.