DIANETICS: The Laws of Returning

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Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “The Laws of Returning” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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The Laws of Returning

Any and all phrases in a facsimile (unassimilated impression) can be considered similar to hypnotic commands. These phrases react on the mental matrix in a literal and forceful way so as to cause it to function erratically. Hubbard provides many examples of this phenomenon in this chapter. According to Hubbard, these phrases also divert the attention away from the facsimile making it difficult to access it. 

The phrases from the facsimiles force themselves on a person like hypnotic commands.

When you ask the file clerk (your attention) to return to a facsimile, you can do so by subject or by somatic. You investigate an area of your life as early as possible. When a heavy facsimile is first approached in therapy it appears to be absent entirely. It may take several passes over the facsimile in returning for it to “develop.” A cardinal principle is that if you keep asking for it, you will eventually get the facsimile. 

You return to as early as possible on your time track and keep asking for the facsimile.

When returned you react more to those phrases that are earlier, and to which you are nearest, on the time track. Phrases in chronic restimulation give a false color to your personality. You may also hear such phrases in the chatter in your head. They may appear very reasonable in the present context. You guess at the hypnotic phrase that might be affecting you. You go over that phrase repeatedly. Repetition of such a phrase, over and over, sucks you back down the track and into contact with a facsimile which contains it. This is the repeater technique.

You use the repeater technique with a probable hypnotic phrase to contact the facsimile.

When you are having difficulty returning, closely observe if one of the following phenomena are occurring:

(1) The bouncer sends your attention soaring back toward present time. Example: “I’ve got to stay away.”

(2) The holder keeps your attention right where it is. Example: “Stay here.”

(3) The denyer makes you feel that there is no incident present. Example: “This is getting nowhere.”

(4) The grouper, foreshortens your time track so that there is no time track. Example: “Everything comes in on me at once.”

(5) The misdirector reverses the necessary direction of travel. Example: “You’re turned around.”

You guess at the hypnotic phrase that might be operative. You think of that phrase repeatedly. Suddenly the somatic may turn on and the facsimile is contacted. 

The phrases may be picked up in real time and used with repeater technique to help you return and contact the facsimile.

The facsimile is not a sentient, rationalized memory but a collection of unassimilated  impressions. It will develop into contact simply by the process of returning through it, to it, over it or asking for it. You may even shift you attention short or long distances on the track by minutes or hours or days forward or backwards. This may help you find out if you are moving or which direction you are moving on the time track in order to discover the action some facsimile may be having upon you. 

The mechanism of time-shift can be useful in finding out about your movement on the track.

You may ask for the moment of shock or the moment when a somatic was received. You may do so to contact the right facsimile. Once the facsimile is contacted, you go over the incident from the beginning to end. You recount the incident over and over again until every bit of the impressions is recovered. This process of becoming aware is the process of assimilation. If the assimilation does not seem to be complete you look for the facsimile of an earlier similar incident. 

The repeater technique is continued with the facsimile until it is fully assimilated. 

The repeater technique is used from facilitating the returning to contacting the facsimile to assimilating the facsimile. Cleverness is required in picking the right phrases from observing yourself objectively, just what the facsimile contains which will prevent you reaching them, and, finally, in discharging the facsimile. It requires thinking like the facsimile in real-time. 

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