The Evolution of Dianetics

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Dianetics (from Greek dia, “through”, and nous, “mind”) is a subject that addresses psychosomatic causes of illnesses and aberrations afflicting the human self. In Dianetics therapy, impressions from the periods of unconsciousness (facsimiles) were found to exist in the mind. According to Hubbard’s Dianetics theory, these facsimiles are the source of all psychosomatic illnesses and aberrations. The Dianetics theory was published in 1950 in DIANETICS: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

The actual discovery of Dianetics is that the mind is capable of recording the details of events, such as, severe injury, delirium, or surgical anesthesia, while the person appears to be unconscious. Such recordings normally stay below the level of consciousness, but can be retrieved back into consciousness with some effort.

The existence of facsimiles has been known since ancient times. For example, the facsimile were identified as “samskāra” in Buddha’s time (500 BC). Buddha taught “mindfulness meditation” as the method for dissolving samskāras. He presented it as the route to spiritual progress.

The Dianetic method for the recovery of the contents of facsimiles has been the “repeater technique.” It first established the state of “reverie,” which is like daydreaming. It is similar to a meditative state in which one is not avoiding, resisting, denying or suppressing any thoughts, and allowing free association to take place. A person, however, cannot apply this technique to himself because the mind tends to go “unconscious” as it approaches the facsimile in recall. An “auditor” has to be trained to apply this technique to the person. The drawback is that dianetic reverie acts as a mild form of hypnosis. Though a person in reverie retains enough analytical awareness, any untoward comments from the auditor can penetrate deep in his psyche and affect his later thinking.

The “repeater technique” of Dianetics proved to be quite difficult to apply as it requires great observation and skill, and a misapplication could affect the mind adversely when forced on a person. Hubbard subsequently came up with a more gradient auditing approach under the heading of Scientology. This approach was presented as a series of auditing steps called Scientology Grade Chart. It ended up with a person auditing himself on OT Levels, under the discipline of auditing.

These OT Levels have remained open ended since Hubbard passed away in 1986. The results have not been as spectacular and broad as were hoped. A summary and criticism of these OT Levels is presented at Scientology OT Levels.

Even at OT Levels, where a person is auditing himself, the auditing procedure is fraught with errors. The insertion of an “auditor” has presented its own set of new difficulties, which makes a broader application very expensive and practically unfeasible. The development of Subject Clearing based on Mindfulness approach of Buddha eliminates the need for an auditor, while retaining the workable aspects of Dianetics and Scientology methods. The Subject Clearing is currently under development and can be freely and safely applied on oneself by anybody in its current form.


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  • vinaire  On November 5, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Dianetics assumes that the engram is an incident and that incident contains your postulates or assumptions. This is very interesting because all of your current life cycle can be considered an incident, and you need to unearth all the postulates (assumptions) you have made since birth all the way up till now.


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