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DIANETICS: Some Types of Engrams

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Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Some Types of Engrams” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


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Some Types of Engrams

Engrams are unassimilated impressions, which appear as facsimiles of some incident that happened to the person. There are four types of facsimiles: (a) Contra-survival, (b) Pro-survival, (c) Sympathy, and (d) Painful emotion. 

The contra-survival facsimile lies across the dynamics; it has no alignment with purpose, and it is antagonistic in nature. The command of the facsimile is more important than the action people take in it. These commands are hypnotic. In therapy this facsimile is somewhat drained of power just by being touched with the returned awareness.

The pro-survival facsimile pretends to assist survival of the person by its content. It is more difficult to access. It contains allies who defended the person’s existence in moments when the person conceived that his existence was under attack. 

The sympathy facsimile contains the effort of the parent or guardian to be kind to a child who is severely hurt. The aberrative aspect of this facsimile is a “conviction” that if the ally were not around and if one were not on good terms with her, one would starve, die or suffer generally. This facsimile comes forward and stays chronic as a psychosomatic illness.

The painful emotion facsimile is caused by the shock of sudden loss such as the death of a loved one. It contains the death, departure or denial by an ally. It contains an emotional charge which, if it will not display itself, is elsewhere suppressed. A condition of such painful emotion is that it has early physically painful engrams upon which to append.

For examples of these facsimiles please read the chapter.


DIANETICS: Emotion and the Life Force

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Emotion and the Life Force” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


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Emotion and the Life Force

One of the largest roles in therapy is played by Emotion. If we treat emotion as bound up life force and if we follow these general precepts to release it, we shall obtain a very large gain in any person. To free these life force units is the primary task of therapy, to relieve pain from the facsimiles is the secondary task.

We theorize that the release of painful emotion, as the release of life force, is of primary importance.

When the facsimile gets restimulated, it captures certain units of life force. When enthusiasm or impetus aligns the purpose of the individual toward a true survival goal he recaptures some of these units. But as life progresses more and more life force units out of an individual’s supply are captured and held in the “infected” part of the mental matrix.

A person is subject to a spiral of dwindling life force through the course of his life due to his facsimiles.

However, a facsimile can seemingly “assist” a person by gathering up the available life force and channeling it along basic purpose lines, making a high level of concentration of life force. The person then have a high drive and is successful to a point. Such a facsimile is pro-survival; but if the person overextends himself and fails, the facsimile turns against him. In a way he has disobeyed the command of the facsimile and having disobeyed, suffers pain. 

A person may be boosted by a surge of life force due to a pro-survival facsimile, but, ultimately, it makes the person suffer. 

The person is reluctant to let go of the pro-survival facsimile because he feels that it assists him even when it is not always aligned with his basic purpose. Here is an example of the computation based on such a facsimile, “I had some one taking care of me when I was ill. I need some one to take care of me. I must be ill.” Here is the basic pattern of the facsimile which will contain the chronic psycho-somatic illness in any patient.

A pro-survival facsimile containing sympathy insists that the individual be ill in order to survive.

In Dianetics, an ally is a person from whom sympathy came when the person was ill or injured. If the ally came to the person’s defense or his words and/or actions were aligned with the individual’s survival, the facsimile gives that ally the status of always being right. The ally computation is that one must be in the vicinity of such allies and be sick or generally disabled to feel safe.

Discharge of ally computations from a person’s facsimiles restores the most life force to the person.

The loss of the ally may be the trigger which will start chain fission. Hence, discharging these frozen units is a vital and important part of therapy and the condition of the case will improve in direct ratio to the number of these units so discharged. 

  1. Start with scouting the prenatal area for facsimiles. Take whatever is presented and take the charge out of it.
  2. Scout your later life for whomever you may have depended upon (ally). 
  3. Find out when you lost an ally by death, departure or reversal of stand, and discharge the sorrow of loss out of those moments.
  4. Always go as early as possible for the basic-basic. But go to later life to free up painful emotion due to loss of an ally.
  5. If an incident does not reduce then go earlier similar.
  6. Facsimile starts to become emotionless in tone means there is another ally computation. 
  7. Reduce everything you contact as a priority.
  8. Any hold-up, any unwillingness, stems from ally computation.
  9. Address the problem of demon circuits by releasing charges of sorrow.
  10. Consider that loss by death, departure or reversal of stand by an ally is identical with a death of some part of you.

Later painful emotion facsimiles occlude the earlier unconsciousness and pain facsimiles.

The loss of an ally or pseudo-ally need contain no other physical pain or “unconsciousness” than the loss itself occasions. This is serious enough. It makes a facsimile. Any occlusion of a person means that he or she had a vast and unrevealed significance in a patient’s life which should be explained. Start late to get painful emotion and work back early. Start early to get physical pain facsimiles and work toward late

Occlusion is very likely related to allies and ally computation.

One of the various aspects of returning is that it encounters areas where the person is “outside” his body. It is exteriorization (having a detached view) because of emotion or physical pain. Painful emotion puts the compartments and demon-circuits into the mind, and that the physical pain holds the aberration in place. Rationalization about action or conduct or conditions is of no use beyond occasional aid in locating facsimiles. It should be clear that no amount of explanation or hand-patting or evaluation is going to advance the erasure of the facsimiles themselves.

This entire operation is mechanical. It has nothing to do with justified thought or shame or reasons. 


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. 


DIANETICS: Returning, the File Clerk, and the Time Track

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Returning, the File Clerk, and the Time Track” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


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Returning, the File Clerk, and the Time Track

Usually, anyone can be “sent back” wide awake to an experience of the past. If asked to return to your favorite breakfast, you may have to be coaxed a bit, but suddenly you might find yourself sitting at a table eating your favorite breakfast. This is not memory in the way one “remembers something.” It is returning. It provides a very precise, specific bit of information by reproducing a past perception. Regression is an artificial use of the natural process of returning.

Returning reproduces past perceptions in the mental matrix in precise details.

We have the concept of spectrum, which provides gradations of something in wider and wider scope or range. For example, we have the spectrum of dynamics through which the scope of survival is expressed. Similarly, we have a spectrum of memory. First there is remembering; then returning; and then reliving of some period of life. 

Returning is much more precise than ordinary remembering.

Returning is employed through a mechanism of the mind, which we may call the file clerk. It hands out the datum asked for, but it is, often, literal in nature. There appears to be a time track because the file clerk can retrieve data precisely by the index of time. The data is made available  instantaneously, or it may take minutes or days depending on some aberration blocking it.

In the absence of aberrations, the past information may be retrieved instantaneously with precision.

To retrieve information relating to unassimilated impressions, you simply ask the file clerk to go back to it. The file clerk works best when your attention is extroverted and there is no anxiety. As you maintain a contemplative mode, you may suddenly find yourself in possession of the requested information. You then go over the information enough times to take the charge (tension) out of it. 

You take charge out of the information relating to unassimilated impressions by going over it enough times.

Like the hypnotic suggestions, these unassimilated impressions affect your thinking. As you become increasingly aware of these impressions by taking the charge out you get rid of their hypnotic effects. It is expedient to work on areas as early in your life as possible. 

Aberration reduces as you take charge out of the retrieved information.

The effort is to get into the basic area, contact early engrams, erase the basic-basic engram by recounting the information and then progress upwards, erasing engrams. Engrams vanish when they are assimilated with rest of the experience.

Clearing is the assimilation of engrams or facsimiles.

In short, you assume the contemplative mode and return to a period of your life along your time track. The file clerk may hand things out by phrases, by somatics, by time. You recount and re-experience the given incidents. Whatever the file clerk hands out ordinarily will reduce on recounting. This is the entire routine of dianetic therapy.


DIANETICS: Diagnosis

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Diagnosis” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


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The classification of aberrations and illnesses should such that it leads to an understanding of the problem, and to a possible course of treatment. According to Dianetics, the number of aberrations possible is the number of combinations of words possible in a language as contained in engrams. In other words, if a psychotic thinks he is God, he has an engram which says he is God. 

Diagnosis involves relating the aberration of the person to some combination of words present in his engrams.

Most aberrated people talk in a large measure out of their engrams, especially when their words depart from rationality, such as, in anger. These are minor dramatizations of their engrams. The words may contain associations, reasoning, cliches and absurdities that do not make sense. In other words, aberration can be any combination of words contained in an engram.

To classify by aberration is not only utterly impossible but completely unnecessary.

The psychosomatic ills depend also upon accidental or intentional word combinations and all the variety of injury possible. According to Dianetics, asthma comes fairly constantly from birth, as do conjunctivitis and sinusitis, but when these can occur in birth, there is generally prenatal background. For psychosomatic diagnosis, all the auditor needs to know of a chronic illness is that some area of the body hurts the patient, and he uses that to locate the chain of sympathy engrams.

Diagnosis of psychosomatic illness consists of using the area of the body that hurts to locate the chain of sympathy engrams.

When is person is frightened, and afraid to see or hear in present time, there is much in his background to make him afraid. The only fact of importance is the “nervousness” about reception. When a person suffers from imagination which substitutes itself for recall, he basically has difficulty recalling. Some of the engrams in this case demand reduced or no recall.

The aberration is the engram content; the psycho-somatic illness is the former injury. The perceptions of sight and sound, under-optimum recall, over-optimum imagination regulate the length of the case.

When one is auditing oneself with Subject Clearing approach it requires the concentration of attention, and contemplation and meditation on certain thoughts, feelings, emotions or pain to unravel the engrams or facsimiles (unassimilated impressions). The hints given above are useful.

One simply starts with some unexplained oddity, ache or pain, that one is concerned about.