Posts Tagged ‘Dianetics’

Processing

21 January 2014

Note: Life Force Learning Center will be a new series of articles meant for general readers on technical subjects. This is the first in that series.

Indo-European ke this one, here and sed sit -> Latin cedere, to go, with Latin pro forward gives procedere, to go forward, thus: proceed and process…”4. a particular method of doing something, generally involving a number of steps or operations” and the transitive verb “to prepare by or subject to a special process or method.” (Webster’s New World, Second College Edition, 1982)

“Processing, the principle of making an individual look at his own existence, and improve his ability to confront what he is and where he is.” (Modern Management Technology Defined, Bridge Publications, 1976)

“1. called “auditing” by which the auditor (practitioner) ‘listens and commands.’ … The purpose of the auditor is to give the preclear certain exact commands which the preclear can follow and perform. The purpose of the auditor is to increase the ability of the preclear…The verbal exercising of a patient (preclear) in exact Scientology processes.” (Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary, Bridge Publications, 1978)

— A way to create computer programs —

It is with the above background that I discovered a few years ago that someone had invented a very simple program for writing computer programs and called it “Processing.”

It seemed to me a bit too general of a name to give to an IDE (Integrated Development Environment – a computer application giving a software developer everything he needs to write programs using just one integrated system of windows and menus). But there I was, trying to help a guy about my age (50’s) to figure out how to use this IDE. A zealous young community college instructor had thrust it upon him as his first introduction to computer programming. I had never used it before, either. But I had already learned to program, as that was something taught to anyone on an IT (Information Technology) track at Seattle Central.

It IS a very simple IDE, stylistically, and it’s an open source project (the code used to make it is not proprietary) so it’s a free download – perfect for a student on a tight budget.

But, as it was originally developed to make animations on a computer screen, it was not THAT simple. You pretty much have to know how to write a loop (a piece of software code that repeats over and over) to make it do anything useful. And it is based on the C language (a programming language written by a computer scientist at Bell Labs after he decided that the language he wrote called “B” wasn’t useful enough; written in 1972 when most computer geeks looked like hippies or beat poets).

Here is a screen shot of how it looks:
Processing Version 2

The C language is “deep” enough that you can write an operating system (the program that makes a computer work) using it. And modern versions are object-oriented (the program is thought of as creating “objects” when it runs. These program “objects” have certain characteristics and do certain things). Object-oriented languages have a special syntax (Greek word for how sentences are put together) that you have to learn that is a little unusual compared to plain English, or algebra.

Processing multiplies itself

These days, electronic devices are made using “smart” hardware. These are parts that act like little computers, and they have to be programmed. I finally decided I wanted to try one of these parts, so I got an Arduino Uno. Arduino is an Italian company that makes and sells these parts mounted on a little board with a USB connection on it so you can plug it right into your computer and program it. There are many such companies, but Arduino is popular and was available at my local electronics store. I looked over the literature for this product (on the web, of course) and lo and behold, what should I find but – Processing!
Arduino version of Processing
Yes, Arduino was using the Processing IDE for its products! Very interesting.

But, there is another company that makes such products that are sold at my local electronics store. It is called Digilent and is a local Pullman-based company. The guy at the store talked about using Digilent and Arduino products together, so I looked it up, and found out Digilent refers Arduino users to an IDE called Multi-Platform IDE (MPIDE) that allows this.

And what should MPIDE be based on? Processing, of course.

multi platform IDE

So there you are. Three IDEs all following the same pattern.

That’s all for now…

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Messages from my teacher

22 December 2012

Today I started a home study course put together by my church with the very long title of: “Advanced Procedure and Axioms & Thought, Emotion and Effort Extension Course.”

The first step of the course is to read a set of issues contained in the course pack that were written by L. Ron Hubbard in September, October and November of 1951. I don’t recall studying these issues before. They are germane to our current situation, thus this article. They were originally issued as Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletins.

Danger: Black Dianetics! (September 1951)

Here LRH discusses how the discoveries of Dianetics have been misused by the unscrupulous to create robotic, crazy or deranged personalities. This includes suicidal or homicidal personalities.

He estimates that only a few people, as of 1951, have died as a result of such practices and compares this to the loss of innocent life from the use of the atom bomb over Hiroshima. There is no comparison.

And yet these abuses should be reversible in the hands of a skilled auditor, in cases where the victim survives them.

He then states:

“Efforts to influence and prevail over the minds of individuals, groups and nations have been exerted since the dawn of time. These efforts have utilized every known means of psychic and physical phenomena.”

He goes on to present a short survey of these efforts, including the reported practices of the Assassins. Though the histories recounting these practices have since fallen into question, the practices themselves are plausible and have probably been used somewhere by someone. Mind control efforts definitely include hypnotism, which is briefly discussed.

The Loophole in Guarded Rights (September 1951)

LRH begins this bulletin thus:

“Whenever phenomena become known only to a small number of unscrupulous men, these, by secrecy, can employ it to the enslavement of many. This, in a thimble, is a history of the race.”

He then discusses popular efforts to prevent this by asserting certain basic rights which an individual may lawfully defend. But there is a giant loophole in these efforts, and that has to do with mental competence (“sanity”).

If an individual can be deemed insane, all his legal protections fall away, including his right to life. This loophole can only be closed by demystifying the mind, thus preventing a small group from claiming special expertise in the subject. This is what Dianetics seeks to do.

Records of Mind Are Permanent (September 1951)

Here LRH goes over his primary discovery, which he has called the “first law” of Dianetics.

“The human organism receives and records all perceptions while under duress and in a reduced state of consciousness.”

This is why hypnotism “works” (when it does) and why trained auditors can reverse its effects.

He ends by reminding us that:

“Black Dianetics uses this mechanism to implant new compulsion.”

Effort Processing (September 1951)

In this bulletin LRH discusses why you can limit processing to addressing self-determined efforts. Effort normally results in motion, and motion is the core phenomenon of the physical universe. Thus, the most confusing and troublesome incidents for an individual involve those times when he decided to make some effort and it did not have the positive (or pro-survival) result that he expected.

A Brief Statement on Survival Processing (October 1951)

This is a technical bulletin going over the theory of Self-determinism Effort Processing.

He points out that all his experience with cases has shown that the choices made by the person himself (or herself) are the only important choices on the case. And these choices inevitably involve effort. A “bad” choice is simply one that results in destruction when a constructive result was desired. If you can get a being to recognize this and let go of that effort, its destructive results will also cease.

The Evolution of Dianetic Processing (October 1951)

Here LRH briefly recounts the history of his research, starting in 1932.

He emphasizes his discovery that even psychotherapy proved to be a false science (or practice) as were all mental practices that went before. Thus, modern researchers were not really getting any better results than the witch doctors and shamans of the past.

“…one understood for the first time that he lived in one of the darkest ages for the field of humanities and that the field of humanities had suffered markedly because of the advances in the physical sciences, which caused any scientist to tend toward a mechanistic view of humanity.”

He then describes how his own research broke out of this trap and thus began to discover phenomena that had been previously missed or overlooked. These phenomena are the main subject of his 1950 book. But that book, used alone, was somewhat ineffective at producing good auditors. He eventually realized that it had left some important points unsaid.

“The only really important thing I did, I now discover, was enormously increase, by my own attitude toward Life, the self-determinism of the preclear.”

He expressed hope that he could find a way to train others to have this attitude, and thus to become more successful in helping others.

A Brief History of Psychotherapy (November 1951)

This two-page bulletin goes over the fact that all previous efforts to improve or repair the mind have not been successful, as they have never exceeded the success rate of an individual left to his own devices (roughly 22% get better or recover with no treatment).

He ends by stating his firm belief that Dianetics can do better than this, and that for the first time in history, mankind possesses a truly workable mental technology.

Only an introduction

I hope that this discussion and these quotes may serve as a useful introduction to this subject for those who are interested. There is no substitute for careful study, and I will never try to teach this subject in my articles, but only to interest you in the subject and refer you to resources.

Story for Amedar

23 September 2012

Amedar has asked me several times for a longer article, “for novices.”

I demurred (hesitated). What would such an article consist of?

I thought of many stories my teacher had told me (in recorded lectures and books) and wondered if any of these could be a starting place.

I got out one such book and began to look through it. But even the simpler parts, I thought, were too extensive to be presented out of context, in an article.

I continued to look through the book, and I found a few bits which I thought might stand on their own.

I present those few parts here, mostly unedited.

New Page: Story for Amedar

I have left the first section as it is, with no introduction.

The other sections are briefly introduced.

Amedar, I hope you see this and let me know what you think of it.

Let’s Step Back for a Moment

15 September 2012

I started this blog a couple of years ago because my web design teacher asked me to.

Less than a year ago, I began to pay attention to “tags” and add them to my posts. And after that, people started finding my posts, following my blog, and leaving comments.

This is a very new blog, and writing for the internet is new for me.

Very recently “Amedar” requested that I expand on some of the themes I write about. Amedar, if you see this, send another comment to me and tell me what you are most interested in.

Meanwhile, I will go over some basics for new readers.

I am currently unemployed, so have the time to read and write and “step back” a little. I hope that my readers are all doing well, but I also hope that you can afford to “step back” from your lives now and again and look at things from a broader perspective.

I don’t particularly want these posts to be about me. Nor do they need to be about you. But I think that you, the reader, have a right to know a bit about the person who is sending out these messages.

I was born in 1954, in Berkeley, California. I grew up in California, and between 1964 and 1976, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My parents were both first-generation college graduates. They expected all their children to be second-generation college graduates. But, while my sister and brother went down this path quite willingly, I did not.

My sister and brother don’t particularly remember the day in 1963 that Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas. But I do. And I will never forget the line of questioning that originated in my mind as a result of those events: Why did this happen? Why would anyone want to kill the President?

There were many other questions. Many digressions. Many stops along the way to learn a skill, learn to cook, learn to play guitar, to read what others were thinking about.

But finally I ran into a person, through a book he wrote, who seemed genuinely interested in the exact same question that I had started with. And so I decided to devote some time to learning more about what he had to say. And I also decided, for better or for worse, to move to Los Angeles and work for the organization that was making it possible for people like me to find this man’s books and read them.

My time in Los Angeles was interesting for me. After all, it was where both my parents had been born and grew up. But I didn’t want that to be my story. I wanted to do something to connect more people with Hubbard’s story. It had helped me to understand some things. And his suggestions, when I was brave enough to follow them, had helped me personally to survive at a higher level. So after 26 years in Los Angeles, I decided it was time for me to go back out into the “real world” and see what I could do about this.

I used my interests in computers, science fiction, UFOs, psychology, Scientology and the arts as stepping stones back into the bigger world of ideas and actions. And I began to write about these topics from the perspective of what I had learned from “my teacher” L. Ron Hubbard while I was in Los Angeles.

The Clash of Opposing Intentions

What I found as I listened and read and wrote was that opposing intentions existed on this planet that were largely hidden and, therefore, almost impossible for anyone to understand. We see the results of these struggles. Wars, famine, terrorist attacks, crime. But we are not privy to the machinations behind these events, and are lead to believe that, since they always have happened, they will always continue to happen. But how are we to survive? How is our planet to survive? If the apparent destructiveness of Mankind cannot somehow be resolved?

According to Hubbard, it is somewhat workable to simplify this clash of intentions along one common theme: The urge to survive.

What this implies is that beings exist who, for some reason, no longer wish to survive. At first look, this seems like an absurd proposition. But every day people die of “natural causes,” “accidents,” “suicide.” Does not this fact betray an urge to succumb in Mankind? In fact, if people never died, how would we make room for all the people who seem to want to be born?

When Hubbard wrote Dianetics in 1950, he posed this problem in terms of traditional psychology, with one important twist: The mind, somehow, can make the body do things that aren’t good for it, or simply make no sense. He interpreted this, at that time, as a kind of accidental post-hypnotic suggestion. Hypnotists are noted for getting people to act in bizarre ways simply by installing a suggestion during hypnosis, then triggering it after the person is brought out of trance. This was an observable, working mechanism, and Hubbard proposed that people were being affected by it, willy-nilly, in the process of going through life. Dianetics was devoted to explaining all this, and teaching a method for ridding a person of unwanted hypnotic commands.

Dianetics was a great stride forward. Because it enabled us to assume that the individual always wants to survive, and that he only succumbs because he picks up hypnotic commands during the process of living that tell him he should succumb. This made us the “good guys” and the commands the “bad guys.”

That, however, was only the beginning of the story. What Hubbard did not have time to verify before he published Dianetics was that some people, in therapy, were remembering past lives (and deaths).

This was a real problem. Addressing those incidents as if they were real, and not just imagined, helped patients get better. So Hubbard was not willing to write this off. It’s just that this took him beyond the limits of traditional psychology and back into the philosophies that he had studied in Asia, and that Carl Jung had toyed with in his later years. It took him, frankly, into the realm of religion.

By 1954, Hubbard was getting so much flak from various academic, political and media groups that he finally went along with the suggestion of one of his students and established a church, thinking this would help protect his work from undue interference.

This actually worked out okay. But it’s not a very important part of the story. To this day, enemies of spiritual freedom try to harass Hubbard and the church for all their real and imagined faults. But that’s all a bit beside the point, isn’t it?

What did Hubbard go on to discover? That’s the real question.

The work of the church has helped to answer that question for those who are interested. The church has preserved all of his recorded lectures – which number about 3,000 – and has restored most of them and released them on CDs. Virtually all of his written materials are available. Besides roughly 20 books, there are about 13 large volumes of Technical Bulletins and a similar number of similar-sized volumes of Policy Letters.

It’s a lot of material. I have not studied nearly all of it yet, and actually very few people get the opportunity to do so. But it is a worthy goal, in my opinion. Because, the work, for the most part, seems actually workable.

I emphasize in my posts the material that I think is most pertinent to current events on earth. Ethics, the Suppressive personality, and the Third Party Law are key basics that all of us should be aware of. Do they apply well in every situation you will run into? Well, I don’t really know. I hope some people will try applying some of this data and let me know how it goes for them. It’s a learning process for all of us.

A Resource I highly recommend

I really like the site that I link to below. I would like to know what others think about this site, and if it seems like something useful to you.

I have been trained on all the courses listed on this site. So feel free to ask me about them in your comments. But if you want the benefits of these technologies for yourself, you will have to go ahead and get trained in them yourself. That’s just how that works.

Volunteer Minsters Solutions Page.

Tone

21 June 2012

Yesterday Randy Maugans interviewed an intuitive named Brad Johnson for his Summer Solstice show.

Brad is on the net here : altimatrix.com

Brad calls himself a “Tone 3 Jaguar” and told Randy that he uses an arbitrary scale of minus to plus 20 to rank the “frequency” of beings he runs into.

This is the fist time I have seen the use of a “tone scale” outside of Scientology, so I thought it was about time to go over the basics of this concept.

Tone

Here I paraphrase my Webster’s New World Dictionary:

1. A musical sound or its quality.
2. Voice quality meant to convey feeling or attitude.
3. A similar quality conveyed by the choice of words.
4. Resilience or elasticity.
5. Distinctive quality attributed to a place, period or design.
6. A quality of color.

The rest of the definitions in my dictionary are specialized uses of the word.

Particular mention should be made of its musical definitions which relate to the concept of a musical scale containing a specific collection of tones (frequencies) related to each other in some way.

It should be mentioned that frequency in this context refers to rate of vibration.

These terms are used in the various occult communities without the scientific rigor I am used to from my engineering background.

Johnson’s Tones

Brad threw out several bits of theory and technology in his interview. I had no idea what the source of these was until I began to read his site.

On his “What is a Tone 3 Jaguar?” page, he mentions the 13 tones of the Mayan ceremonial (Tzolkin) calendar. He credits a guy name Ian Lungold (here: www.mayanmajix.com) with disseminating this information, so I guess that’s where Brad got it.

Ian says in his biography:

By June of 1974, I had run across and read Dianetics: The Science of the Mind, by L. Ron Hubbard. I took communication classes and joined staff at the Scientology center in Fresno. I worked on staff to pay my way through training and the processing called “auditing.” I worked in the Public Division of the center. That is, I introduced Scientology to people from off the street, taught communication classes and went door-to-door selling Dianetics books. I once sold 248 books in a week. I got an award. And I could eat. This is how I was making a living. I went “clear” in 1978.

Ian went on to MANY other things. In the end, it was a man named Dr. Carl J. Calleman (www.calleman.com) who he came to respect the most. Ian died in 2005.

The Mayans, apparently, had a system of assigning a different number (tone) and name (glyph) to each day. There are 13 tones and 20 names and both lists are cycled through. The pattern repeats every 260 days.

The Mayan system, as currently taught and practiced, is used as a kind of astrological or prophecy system. This attitude towards life somewhat implies that one is not ultimately in control of one’s own destiny, an attitude I do not subscribe to. In that spirit, let me introduce the Tone Scale.

Hubbard’s Tone Scale

The Tone Scale can also be used for prediction, but not of the same epic scope that the occult practitioners hoped their technologies would have. It can be used to predict short-term human behavior, and thus guide a Scientologist in the practice of auditing (helping another navigate through his own mind) or in navigating through life himself.

Hubbard first used this concept in Dianetics as a way to illustrate the result of the combined efforts to survive and succumb that exist in a person’s life. The result could be given an arbitrary scale of measurement. Hubbard initially chose zero to four. At zero the efforts to succumb have won, and the person has died. At 2.0 the person is struggling, the opposed efforts being roughly equal. At 4.0 the person is surviving well, his own efforts to survive consistently winning over efforts to defeat him.

In a few years, Hubbard had expanded the scale to encompass the “spiritual” tones, which can range below body death – as the spirit survives this – and above ordinary body life – as the spirit is also capable of operating out of body.

His first Tone Scale to include the minus tones was introduced in his book Scientology 8-80 (page 91 of the newest edition). This scale went from plus 40.0 (Serenity of Beingness) through 20.0 (Action) to 8.0 (Exhilaration) to the top of the “Thetan-Plus-Body” scale at 4.0 (Enthusiasm) through 0.0 (Being a body) down to -4.0 (Needing bodies) with -8.0 (Hiding) at the bottom.

The “final” scale is published in Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin of 25 September 1971, revised 1 April 1978 (revision B) as “Tone Scale in Full.”

It starts at plus 40 and goes down to minus 40 and contains 59 named levels. Professional Scientolgists are expected to know it by heart. Minus 40 is “Total Failure.”

Tones and New Age

Marcia Montenegro, a Christian interpreter of New Age ideas, sums up New Age concepts, as laid out in one book, as follows:

The New Age is a mixture of Eastern (especially Hindu), occult, pagan and humanist principles. It is more a patchwork of ideas than a well-integrated consistent belief system. Yet there are basic beliefs foundational to most New Age thinking presented in The Celestine Prophecy:
1) we should be guided by our experiences and intuitions;
2) there is one energy, a life force, uniting all matter and humanity, and this energy is God;
3) nature has consciousness; and,
4) we are in a process of spiritual evolvement which will eventually lead to vibrating at a higher level until we transcend our bodies.

Many New Agers believe in “ascension” which is accomplished through techniques that “raise your vibrational level.”

While this is all very interesting and esoteric, what it comes down to for most people is tone level.

Accessibility

New Age knowledge and practice has an accessibility problem. You have to “find” it by being “guided” to it. And unless you are a master teacher yourself, you have to have the source materials interpreted to you by someone who has studied them, as they are written in ancient forgotten languages, or not found in actual written form.

This is just another control system. It is based on Sirian concepts and is pushed by most Sirian-connected groups. The Pleiadians, though of Sirian descent, have a different approach based more on self-determinism.

The basics of Scientology are open, freely available, and written (or spoken) in plain English (and carefully translated into many more). You can train all the way to Class 6 auditor and co-audit to Clear or at least NED Case Completion using materials that are all publicly available and standard for every licensed practitioner.

Workability

If Meditation and other New Age practices are so workable, why aren’t they more the buzz?

I’m not here to tell you that these practices are not workable. But I am here to tell you that the Sirian origins of these technologies have served to limit their workability. They are not very easy to apply, they are certainly not for everyone, and the range of conditions they address is somewhat limited.

On the other hand, Scientology offers a wide range of technologies from simple to very difficult. And the simplest ones can be picked up and used by almost anyone.

Scientology technologies are available to handle many diverse situations. These range from personal problems with health, ethics, morality, study, alertness, mental capabilities and spiritual advancement through relationships, family problems, raising children, working in a group, and on up to how to organize, finance and lead groups, work with tools and materials, and solve national, global, spiritual and universal problems.

I strongly recommend the Volunteer Ministers website as a starting place. It offers free courses that introduce you to many of these technologies, if you are willing to register with them. www.volunteerministers.org

Larry Discovers Courtney Brown

4 May 2012

Courtney Brown website page

It’s Late

2AM. Or is that early? The point is, Mr. Brown seems to think that it’s getting a bit late, too.

So he’s taking his message to the masses via, most recently, Project Camelot. And that is how I ran across him.

Courtney Brown is a math PhD who studies remote viewing through a non-profit institute that he created for this purpose. He has also done some of his studies privately.

“Remote viewing” is one of several forms of semi-causative super-perception techniques. Remote viewing (RV) was originally developed by the military specifically for investigative purposes.

According to Dr. Brown’s theory of remote viewing, the trained viewer will pick the correct target even though he is not given any overt hint of what that target is. This is because of the actual connectedness of existence. In other words, the ability includes the ability to discover the target without being told what it is, as long as someone will eventually decide what it is. If we were totally “connected” we would be able to perceive everything that “is.” Disconnection is an illusion that we have enforced upon ourselves for some purpose, but greater levels of connectedness are always possible, though it is a strain for humans to do this.

In this way, all existence, which is really just a collection of considerations, is ultimately available to be perceived. That includes all perceptions of what has happened (or patterns we have experienced in the past) and all perception of what might happen (patterns we expect to experience in the future). To see any of these non-local experiences is simply a problem of extending perception.

Findings, briefly stated

  • The asteroid belt formed after a planet exploded.
  • Mars is inhabited and has been for a long time.
  • Jesus arranged things so that he was not the person who got crucified, though most observers thought it was.
  • It is likely that a major “disruptive” event will happen on earth this year.
  • Advanced ET civilizations are a reality.

Dr. Brown – rightly, I think – believes that these findings are significant.

They, in fact, add up to a whole new take on how life works.

Scientology

In Dr. Brown’s video about Jesus, he mentions the Seth material – recommended to him by a friend – as an inspiration for that project. This material was dictated by “Seth” via Jane Roberts, mostly to her husband, from 1963 to 1983.

I have mentioned the “Hubbard material” as an inspiration for my work. The books he wrote were all penned in the 1950s, except for the Way to Happiness, and his fiction, of course.

In the 1960s through 1980s most of his written work was presented as either Bulletins or Policy Letters, and have since been published as books. The Bulletins are contained in 13 volumes comprising, I believe, over 6,500 pages. The Policy Letters are contained in 11 volumes, consisting of roughly 5,500 pages. And if all of his lectures were transcribed (most of them are), this would amount to an additional 100 volumes, approximately.

None of Hubbard’s work was channeled. It is all either research findings, attempts to explain those findings, descriptions of how to do things correctly, or musings that serve – usually – to illustrate his major points.

It is obvious that both of these individuals devoted many years to their work, believed in it, and thought it was important enough to record and publish.

Seth, for all intents and purposes, founded the New Age.

And Hubbard, in addition to founding Dianetics and Scientology, hoped that his work would help usher in a New Civilization.

If there is any time left to heed these teachers, it starts now.

Take your pick, or study both of them.

Here are some parallels between what Brown believes his research is demonstrating and what Hubbard believed his research was demonstrating:

Parallels

  • Experience in the physical universe is based on a perception of solidity.
  • When we look deeply into matter – or the mind – we find no real solidity there; we only find a perception of it.
  • Our feelings of being trapped or restrained all stem from this perception of solidity; it is, ultimately, a false perception.
  • The discipline of remote viewing (Brown) or auditing (Hubbard) lead to the realization of the above truths. That realization takes time to occur; years.
  • What Hubbard found that Brown has not yet mentioned is the sense of personal freedom and restored ability that following this discipline can provide to a being.
  • In these “new” truths, or realizations, lie the key to a new level of existence that is lighter, but no less challenging, that what we currently experience. It could enable us to end the sense of being in a “downward spiral.”