“You’re not really upset by becoming things unless you are unwillingly forced into becoming something. And then you became something without your own determinism. And so you are being something you do not like to be, you do not want to be, and so you won’t communicate with it. Although you’re being it, you’re not in communication with it.
“When you become willing to be it, you simply communicate with it. The moment you communicate with it, it goes pshoo!”
—L. Ron Hubbard
Excerpted from the lecture Theta-MEST Theory: Being a Problem Aspect delivered on 7 June 1954. This can be found in the Universe Processes Congress lectures.
“The only joy in work is work. The only reason you would ever have to handle any particle of effort would be because it is fun to handle effort particles. That’s all. It’s not that you would get a reward or get paid for work done or handling particles. If it isn’t fun to handle the particle, then there’s no pay possible.
“For instance, your father and mother wanted you to be, maybe, very ‘gratitudinous’ for having been raised and caused all that trouble and all that work and slavery and so forth. And if they’re telling you, at that late state, that you should have a great deal of gratitude on the thing, you should immediately assume the only truth there is on the situation. And that is, that if it isn’t fun to have done it, there’s no pay possible. So your gratitude is completely aside from the point. If it wasn’t fun to raise you and change your diapers, that’s their hard luck, not yours. …
“No matter what pay you got, if you didn’t enjoy doing it, skip it! And you will always be in a very healthy state of mind with regard to effort. When you start doing things just because you’re going to be paid for them or rewarded, you find out that your ability to handle effort starts to cave in.”
— L. Ron Hubbard
Excerpted from the lecture Remedy of Havingness delivered on 14 May 1954. This can be found in the 6th American ACC lectures.
“An individual, then, can handle and create time, actually. Handle it, make it disappear and so forth, as long as he’s capable of making a free postulate. If he’s incapable of making a free postulate, he of course cannot handle time. You’ll find out that there’s a direct index to the ability of an individual to handle, experience and use time and his ability to make a postulate. Individual can make a free postulate which is not modified in any way, then, he has no trouble with time.
“An individual who’s gotten down to a stimulus-response basis whereby everything is handling him—he is not able any longer to make a free postulate—you’ll find out the main barrier he’s suffering from is time.
“Time, time, time. He’ll talk all the time about time. He’ll spend all of his time telling you that he doesn’t have any time. …
“This sounds a little scrambled to you, but that’s what’s wrong: it’s scrambled. The individual can’t make a free postulate. And believe me, the rules and regulations of the physical universe are not adequate to provide enough for the thetan to do. They are just not adequate. They are not even vaguely adequate. They inhibit motion to a tremendous degree. They force him into various types of agreements without any consent. And it’s just gone on too long, and it’s gotten too thick and heavy, you might say. Just too many things have entered into the game.”
— L. Ron Hubbard
Excerpted from the lecture Universes delivered on 30 March 1954. This can be found in the 5th American ACC lectures.
“Fellow is going to say, ‘Well, I think I’ll sit here and read this book.’ But then he knows he can’t sit there and read that book. What’s stopping him? … It’s the barrier of time. He hasn’t got time to read the book. He knows that. Why hasn’t he time? It’s because he is sort of being driven on and on and on and on and on. In other words, some other cause is operating upon him to make him concentrate entirely upon the quest, let us say, for food. The effort to try to be something, to be alive in this case.
“So he hasn’t any time to spare. … Now, if you ask these individuals just exactly where they’re going when they’re very hectic about it, ‘What are you going to do?’ why, they’ll get rather upset with you. You’ll just tangle them all up in their lines because they’re really not going anyplace. The fellow who hasn’t got an hour to read a book is in terrible condition.
“Now, these people who just ‘haven’t got the time,’ ‘haven’t got the time,’ they will get to a point—they start in on that of pressing. Pressure, pressure, pressure, got to, got to, got… got to… got to… and then they sit around and talk about ‘got to.’ …
“And the individual after a while will be so barriered, so knocked into immobility, that he won’t move in any direction. He will just sit and have no time.”
— L. Ron Hubbard
Excerpted from the lecture Beingness and Communication delivered on 9 March 1954. This can be found in the 4th American ACC lectures.
“You see, there is no finite quantity of imagination. When an individual begins to believe that he doesn’t enjoy doing this anymore… he stops imagining things, so he runs out of his own imagination, you see, just by stopping imagining. …
“Creative writing, creative living, all that sort of thing and that labyrinth is entered by this: the individual is dependent upon the environment to give him enjoyment. He has demanded of the sunset that he enjoy it, because it says to. The particle of enjoyment, he believes, is in the sunset. It is not, it is in himself. And when he ceases to put it there, he runs fresh out.”
— L. Ron Hubbard
Excerpted from the lecture Exteriorization, Taking Direction delivered on 1 February 1954. This can be found in the 3rd American ACC lectures.