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This 1951 lecture transcript may warrant inclusion for its background claims, ideas about faith, control, and discussion about how the eighth dynamic was to be addressed or "rehabilitated." [Definitions: Dynamics
L. Ron Hubbard wrote:
Now, as far as dynamic seven is concerned, you can draw yourself a great, big question mark as to just what. But you will find that the seventh is aberrated, badly. As an auditor you should know this, very definitely—how badly the seventh dynamic can be aberrated. Every few preclears, you are going to get hold of one who has monkeyed around with spiritualism, mysticism, yoga, Hinduism and all the rest of it, right down the line. And self-confidence in handling the seventh dynamic depends on not having tampered with it. That is a fact.
Look at the gorgeous louse-up that this dynamic can occasion. Let us take an individual who takes up Rosicrucianism when he is fifteen years of age. He is sent a little folder and it tells him that he should sit in a dark closet, gazing at a lighted candle for fifteen minutes every day, until he finally sees something. And believe me, he will eventually see something. If he can just get relaxed enough, one of these counter-efforts will hit him—bong! Now is he convinced! Of course, it was probably Mama’s broom handle or something of the sort, but it is much easier to assign this to a spirit world, and he says, “Gee, there’s something here—maybe.” And there is where the seventh dynamic starts
falling to pieces: on that confounded maybe.
Now, let’s look at this. This boy is saying, “Do I have any affinity with something that has gone beyond, or with spiritual guidance? Do I? Well, do they have any for me? Well, I can’t nail that down, but I have a feeling like there’s something there. Do I agree with anything that this spiritual guidance is trying to do or not? Or is it there to agree with? Does it exist? Is there any reality to it? Well, I don’t know. Now, can I talk to spirits or can’t I?
And if I talk to them, do they listen?” A-R-C—question mark, question mark, question mark. Is there any A, is there any R. is there any C on it?
And that is how a fellow gets himself into a beautiful state on the seventh dynamic. He just gets himself completely loused up if he keeps this up.
I speak with a great deal of experience. I know lots of people in various parts of the world, men who are very holy—who demonstrate it—an d there is no accounting for the things that these individuals can do. I have seen the poltergeist phenomena. Very interesting—matter moves without being touched. Fascinating. I know people that started in telling fortunes and were excellent at it, just expert, and in about a year or so they were all off the groove on the subject of telling fortunes. I know people that have followed and studied magic, mysticism and so on as philosophies, and I know that every single one of them started out in pretty good shape and wound up in horrible shape.
I studied this off and on, I guess, for about five years in my life, because it is the most beautiful field in which to find phenomena. And can you find some choice and lovely phenomena! But if you can’t get the phenomena and bring it back to MEST and pin it down in its association with MEST, it is just a blur and you get worse and worse and worse on it.
I am telling you all this, not autobiographically, but so you can appreciate some of these people when you run into them.
As far as the eighth dynamic is concerned, you will find that your preclears have an enormous number of aberrations on the eighth dynamic. In various parts of the world you will find that almost any manifestation of the deity has been brought forward as the manifestation. There are terrific arguments amongst cults. Does God exist or doesn’t he exist? And the ARC situation obtains there.
A little child gets into this kind of a state, and almost any child in this society has gotten into this kind of a state: “Does God love me? Do I love God? Is he there? Does he listen to my prayers? Do I receive any messages from him? Where is he? He’s everyplace. Well, that’s not possible—but he is.”
This, fed to a little child, is ARC across the field. A little child has stability enough to stand up to the conclusions he makes. But let him get beaten around by life, and sitting back there are these conclusions, just ready to fix him some day.
This has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with a society which is on a very low band of the tone scale. It is just the fact that a society, when it tries to teach, enforces or inhibits. It doesn’t try to give anybody data and let him make up his own mind; it does it on the basis of “you’ve got to!”
This applies on the third dynamic and the second dynamic and the first dynamic, as well as the eighth, so it isn’t anything peculiar to religion. It is just the fact that this fellow has been given an enforced setup on something which is relatively indefinite, because the eighth dynamic is faith. It is not even knowledge, and it is certainly not ARC or understanding. It is faith; it is a static, and in a complete static there is no understanding. The individual is taught “You have to understand things in life,” so he goes ahead and tries to understand the eighth dynamic. But you can’t understand the eighth— that is faith! You accept it. You don’t try to wonder about it.
You will find some peasant over in the middle of France who is probably very, very happy about God, who has never thought for a moment “Is he there or isn’t he there?” or anything. He is very happy; he has faith on the subject. And you will find some learned scholar, grinding away at his books—like Spinoza: l study, study, suppose, postulate, think, think, think, think; spin, spin, spin, spin; think, spin, spin. No faith!
Faith, however, is an automatic proposition, and the reason a person tries to think on the subject is that people try to use it as a control mechanism. And what this individual is trying to do is understand what is trying to control him in his own race—and he blames it on God.
People are trying to control his actions and cut down his self-determinism by using the threat and potential of God. He gets upset on this subject so he bypasses trying to understand, because he didn’t understand what people were trying to do to him. He turns around and starts “understanding” on the subject of a Supreme Being—but he can’t do it! And the second he does, he will spin [Definition: spinning].
The way you undo it is find out who was trying to control him with the eighth dynamic. What human being was trying to control him with the eighth dynamic? What human beings were associated with him on the subject of the eighth dynamic? Unburden his contest and conclusions with regard to these human beings and all of a sudden the eighth dynamic will go right on up and be in beautiful shape.
There was a very interesting officer who sailed with Columbus. He was a dashing fellow; he did very dangerous things continually. One time Queen Isabella was sitting on the top of a turret and she was bored, so this fellow said, “Oh, you’re bored, Your Highness?” And he stepped over the edge of the parapet onto a beam about six inches wide and about three hundred feet above the ground, that was sticking out about twelve feet. He just walked it, turned around in a circle on the end of it—he was not any kind of a ballet dancer or anything—and walked back. Queen Isabella had fainted!
Anyhow, this officer had a little picture of the Virgin Mary, and he always carried this picture of the Virgin Mary.
One of the caciques [Wikipedia: cacique] in Haiti was raising a lot of hubbub up in the hills and a big revolution was going to take place and so on. The officer heard that this cacique was making trouble and that the people in the garrison were worried about it, so he went up into the hills all by himself one night and walked into the camp of about four thousand natives. He tapped this cacique on the shoulder and said, “You come with me.” “Oh, no. No, no.”
“Well, you’re just going to have to.” So the officer picked him up and carried him out of the camp and took him back down to the stockade! Nobody even shot at him. Two or three years later we find this officer conducting an expedition on his own. He sailed the Atlantic. Knowing nothing about seamanship or anything else, he sailed the Atlantic and explored the coast of Cuba and there he set up a colony. We don’t hear of these wildcat adventures that went on during Columbus’s expedition because he squashed them.
If you had asked this fellow how he stood on the subject of the eighth dynamic—the Supreme Being—he would have looked at you very blankly. He would have said, “Why, the Virgin Mary takes care of me; I get along all right. I don’t have to be afraid of anything. I don’t know what you’re talking about, because nothing can happen to me—nothing!” And he acted that way. And to the end of this man’s career, nothing ever disturbed this. He did the most fantastic things imaginable.
This fellow was running on pure faith. It certainly wasn’t a manic because this man’s accomplishments were very rational.
But there is faith as it can be used. The reason why it keeps coming downhill (this is very simple) is that people try to control others with it.
This is awfully important, because a large percentage of the individuals who are neurotic or insane are neurotic or insane because of this eighth dynamic louse-up. So you can put that down as important.
If you take a look at the Minnesota Multiphasic as an intelligence test, you will find that an enormous number of its questions apply to religious aberration. And you will find out that the people who got that together took it empirically from insane asylums. This was not somebody’s figure-out; this was all the kinds of questions that they assembled and found as the most common points of trouble. You will find that maybe 30, 40 or 50 percent of the insane are insane mainly because of the eighth dynamic. They have been controlled on the subject of the eighth dynamic till you find them in continual attitudes of prayer and so on. How do you rehabilitate this? First, you probably have to reorient an individual with regard to other people—just anybody. Get him in contact with other people, and then finally carve it down to a point where you undo the efforts of other people to control him through a warping of the eighth dynamic.
So you are not throwing the eighth dynamic in question. You are not paying any attention to the eighth dynamic, actually, to do this; you are just picking up the aberration. You don’t try to convince a person about the eighth dynamic any more than on the third dynamic you would sit and convince the fellow that he had to be friendly with groups. You give no sales argument. What you are doing is trying to pick up the control factors: When have groups controlled him? When has he concluded he had to be controlled by groups? And that resolves the eighth dynamic for him.
Hubbard, L. R. (1951, 23 October). Self-Determinism on the Dynamics. The Foundation Auditors Course. Lecture conducted from Wichita, Kansas.
INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE – TR L
Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively.
Commands: Part l “Tell me a lie”.