A History of Man: Chapter One

Reference: A History of Man

This paper presents CHAPTER ONE from the book SCIENTOLOGY: A HISTORY OF MAN by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book in 1952.

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.



There are two general problems in processing preclears. The first is HOW to audit, the second is WHAT to audit. The present volume presupposes that the skill necessary to the First problem has been mastered: and there is good reason why this should be the case. for the present techniques of Dianetics are far from difficult. SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 to all patents and purposes. putting the finishing touches on the knowledge necessary to handle thought.

A study of HOW to audit embraces thought, emotion and effort. counter-thought, counter-emotion and counter-effort, and three actions of energy, the behaviour of attention units, the anatomy of maybe and a general knowledge of the background of Dianetics. Elementary group courses exist which, coupled with book study and, if possible, study with a college associate, give one all the insight and skill necessary to accomplish results.

WHAT to audit is covered in some degree in other literature such as THE SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL and the first volume of Dianetics: DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, as well as ADVANCED PROCEDURE AND AXIOMS. The current work is, however, the first coverage of all categories. It is written to be used in connection with ELECTROPSYCHOMETRIC AUDITING and the INDIVIDUAL TRACK MAP, companion pieces of this present volume.

In Subject Clearing, HOW to audit is based on The Discipline of Subject Clearing, and WHAT to audit is based on the anomaly that is bothering you the most.

There are four general fields of incidents. four areas of past. embraced in this work. These are:

  1. Present life, from pre-conception to present time;
  2. The genetic line, being the evolutionary chain on Earth;
  3. Large, specialised segments of the whole track;
  4. The theta body line or “whole track”.

Of the four only the last is actually capable of producing the clear with any rapidity. However, the auditor should be familiar with all these lines. They are taken, one by one in the above order in this volume.

The state of clear comes about when all unassimilated impressions from present and the past are broken down into perceptual elements and assimilated in the mental matrix. One simply starts with an anomaly in the present and traces it back to the impression that is causing it. Many impressions are acquired through DNA from previous generations. Some impressions are so basic that they may go through some mechanism of interpretation to produce recognizable content. The content, such as, the “whole track” is not important. What is important is the assimilation of that content in the mental matrix, which makes the anomaly disappear.

All incidents in this volume should be detected and audited with the assistance of an E-meter. If it were not for the E-meter these incidents would have remained undetected except in the haziest state. Without an E-meter, they cannot be audited with security or even safety for the preclear.

E-meter was the craze in 1952. Over the past 70 years, the limitation of the E-meter has become obvious. It is good for detecting first few incidents on the case; but soon, the gut feeling becomes as good or better than the E-meter. The content of the incidents is not important. What is important is the detection, running and assimilation of the incidents.

How to audit and What to audit together deserve considerable study. Certainly, they deserve more study than one would give American history or English or arithmetic, for they deliver a greater dividend to the individual.

Studying these incidents may be discovered to be restimulative to the student. If so, he would find auditing them as restimulative. However, such restimulation is very easily resolved and, unless he feels close to the end of tolerance, he should not be shy of auditing or studying the track.

Hubbard’s later approach moved away from this stance. It is not true that the same incident shall appear on every person’s track. It is better to start with an anomaly in present time that is real to the person and trace it back to whatever unassimilated impression lies in that person’s mental matrix. The purpose of auditing is assimilation of impressions in the mental matrix and not the “discovery” of any content.

In SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008, we have seen that creative processing is far superior to any other type of processing. Creative processing does not address the facsimiles as such, it breaks agreement on the power of the facsimiles. In order to audit a preclear however, one should have a very good acquaintance with what the facsimiles contain. If he has this information, it is relatively simple for him to give the preclear “mockups” which approximate the material in facsimiles without telling the preclear why such mock-ups are being given to him; the facsimiles yet will themselves desensitize. The mock-ups should be parallel to the incidents which are given here but should not be close enough to bring the preclear into the actual incident. For instance, in the matter of “FAC 1,” the preclear should be made to handle black boxes, cameras, things with handles on them and should handle them in any environment he chooses, but not the environment of FAC 1 itself. All the various conditions of FAC 1 can be approximated, preferably very widely until the preclear is no longer interested. In the matter of “FAC 1,” the auditor will find that, as soon as the preclear is given a black box on a tripod to handle, he may have a tendency to set it on a throne and have large numbers of people bow to it or have the contraption he has mocked up chasing him. Do not in any case let him get an actual FAC 1 “coffee-grinder”. This will become clearer as one audits. If the auditor knows of the existence of these incidents, and if he finds them in the preclear with an E-meter assessment, then he should use some solid geometry parallel of the material in the actual incident, such as a light bulb for a thetan, etc.

Mockups, or visualization, may assist, for example, as in this Visualization Exercise, but assimilation takes place only when the actual impression is detected and duplicated. Hubbard assumes that the actual unassimilated impression in a person’s mind may be detected by visualizing the incidents, such as “FAC 1” listed in this book. This may not occur always but may be tried. This is just a trial-and-error approach. A person can soon determine by visualizing a given incident, if that incident is applicable to him or not. He can determine that easily by gut feeling.

The auditor will soon find that he can tell at a glance in many cases what incidents his preclear is sitting in. This requires experience. For instance, people who wear thick horn-rimmed glasses and are thin are generally in the monitor valence of FAC 1 and will flip into the incident with great suddenness if it is even closely approached; as FAC 1 accounts for Tuberculosis in most cases, it will be seen, then, that this creative processing of whole-track incidents is of considerable value. The auditor should not, however, run the actual incident, but should study SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 to discover how to approximate the incident with mock-ups.

With Subject Clearing approach no E-meter is required. A person simply uses his or her gut feeling. This approach is safe in the sense that the mind will never bring up an incident that it is not ready to be handled. When an incident is contacted, simply apply The Discipline of Subject Clearing to assimilate it.


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