facesBy Lana Mitchell

It is easy to become very serious about things. Particularly if others are doing the same.

Creating a group – whether it is to knit woolen hats for orphan children, engineer a new environmentally-friendly vehicle,  launch a magazine on women’s fashion, or something else – is just the uniting of people with a common purpose and cause. To get people together who wish to see something achieved. And to work out how they can move forward cooperatively, to see something good happen or produced.

And unquestionably past involvement with earlier groups will always have some influence or impact on individuals and their relation to new groups. So for Scientology – there is an interesting past track, for all of us.

Here is an LRH quote that was sent to me last night that seems so fitting to current circumstances – and shows that auditing can handle the BPC and issues that people have with groups – past, present and future. I remember in my own auditing how stunned I was to find, after leaving the Church, that the withholds I had within the Sea Org that I dare not voice, hung up my own ability to move forward in present time, with a new group and new moral code.  Even though looking at those past withholds now, they would not qualify as a withhold – as I am no longer demanded to hold DM on a pedestal and kiss his feet as he walks by. They were still there, however  –  and having an impact on me.

There is much to look and learn from this, I think – on all flows, and on many dynamics.

“Because a withhold is a no action or a no motion after doingness, it naturally hangs up in time and floats in time due to the actions or the overts which preceded the no action or no motion of the withhold. The reactive mind is, therefore, the combined withholds stocked up which the individual has against groups from which he feels that he is individuated but from which he has not separated due to the fact that he has these withholds in his bank and also all the combined agreements toward survival of all these groups, from which he is not separate, and which he uses reactively to solve problems now without inspection.

 “Example: The individual belonged at some time to the Holy Fighters. One of the mores of this group was that all should be destroyed who do not accept the Word. The Holy Fighters went out on a punitive expedition against a neighboring tribe who would not accept the Word, but accepted some other belief. There was a great battle with much killing; however, during the battle, the individual took pity upon a helpless child and did not kill him, but took the child off the field of battle, gave him food and drink, and left him, returning, himself, to the battle.

“After the battle was successfully won, the Holy Fighters had their usual service during which all spoke of how they had killed all non-believers. Our individual withheld from the group that he had not only failed to kill, but had saved the life of a non-believer. Thus we have the no action of the withhold after the overt or action of saving the child, all of which added up to a transgression against the mores of the Holy Fighters.

“Because of such similar transgressions, the individual finally individuated from the group of Holy Fighters and became a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Kindness to Humans, which itself had its own agreements to survival and with which the individual agreed; however, when difficulties or problems arose, the individual instead of treating all with kindness tended to covertly try to destroy all who would not accept the tenets of kindness. So he reactively was solving the problems of the Society of Kindness with a survival mores of the Holy Fighters. Due to all his transgressions and withholds of his destructive impulses while a member of the Society for Kindness, he finally individuated from this group.

“Now he is a member of Anti-Emotions, Incorporated, but he finds that he can’t rule out all his emotions, but tends to be destructive and kind at the same time. So he is still solving problems not only with the mores of the Holy Fighters, but with those of the Society for Kindness to Humans. And so it goes.

 “Processing this individual we will find that he has all these withholds of overts against the Holy Fighters, the Society for Kindness to Humans, and Anti-Emotions, Incorporated. After we have pulled all these overts, he will truly be separate from these groups and no longer reactively use their survival mechanisms as solutions to problems.”

 From LRH taped briefing on Apollo, HCOB 10 December 1972, FUNDAMENTALS.

5 thoughts on “Anti-Emotions Incorporated

  1. I had to giggle a little here. Great response to the crisis from someone with an auditor’s point of view. Sort of indicating the correct BPC without actually saying, “I’d like to indicate that….” Good reference I hadn’t seen/heard before.

  2. That’s a great one. Someone has to show this reference to Marty in an accidental way, implying nothing more or less. I think the reference describes him now “Anti-Emotions Incorporated”. Hahaha.

    Sorry, I can’t help but see Marty as now being the Ridge in organising the Indies or Scientologists (I don’t have a problem with the names, Indie has become a term to denote some ex-es). From the Holy Fighters to Society of Kindness but actually now belonging to Anti-Emotions Incorporated.

    Lana, you are hitting the right item here.

    I am so in surprise about what Indies, Scientologists etc. are not doing: forming a group. Not a blog or an FB group but a real group.

    I see the matter from the technical viewpoint, given the above reference, and I can see why people can become reactive. But I think or better I thought that the urge to help was a bigger urge than our reactivity. It looks like there is a long way to re-build something up and it’s going to take some show of some power, too, I think. I am so fed up with DMs and Marty’s making a show of power and not really doing what they are supposed to do. Help individuals by applying Standard Scientology.

    There are a lot of good people around that can be mobilised and who have moved forward and achieved things in their own fields and want to contribute. We need to find and address those as they are the least reactive on the subject of forming up a Group.

  3. In this tape, Ron chose for his example, a religious group, “the Holy Fighters” to offer some data of comparable magnitude in help us understand group mores. And he is successful in clarifying the various withhold phenomena in doing so. I don’t think he would have been so successful if he had chosen the woolen-hat-knitters group you mentioned.

    I think that the analogy of “the Holy Fighters” might be particularly apt when considering one’s involvement, particularly as a Sea Org member, in Scientology. It’s also probably apt when considering involving membership in any group that requests complete dedication as part of the mores. Religious orders and military groups come most easily to mind. Groups such as these have far more rigorous mores than ordinary groups that form for purposes such as hat manufacture. For breaking religious or military mores, one may die in front of a firing squad, be shunned by family and friends, or be a solitary burning cinder forever.

    Such groups always require a subjugation of individual freedoms for the imagined benefit of the group. These restrictions can take the form of an unspoken (yet still understood) moral code or they can be made into group laws, or policies. Military groups always have enemies, of course, and quite obvious. So do religious groups. Even though their founders (nearly) always espoused unconditional love, the groups that evolved around them generally manage to find something to fight against: heathens, infidels, psychiatrists, or suppressive people, as examples.

    I don’t recall at the moment Ron discussing in particular this sort of group (religious or military) as being different than other groups. Perhaps this is the “emergency drive” group discussed in “Essay on Management”. But, for me, this sort of group seems to be amongst the most interesting. I have seen a huge amount of pride in many members of such groups. But there is always a disdain amongst the members for those not in the group. And how does that fit in with the “unconditional love” of the religious founders? Not too easily.

    Looking at world history, there are a lot of tales of religious groups and military groups pronouncing themselves “right” and a whole lot of others “wrong”. I think a lot of these groups don’t last too long. When they do last long it’s because there’s still amongst the group enough people who just won’t let go of their founders’ core teaching of unconditional love. Has Christianity expanded more due to the wars fought in its name or due to the millions of charitable acts performed daily by its core believers?

    Those of us who have been in the Sea Org and many who have been in the military have been elated with the esprit de corps as well as deflated with the hypocrisy we have witnessed and been a part of.

    There is an Individual sense of Guidance that we all have access to, I believe, at any case level. And I believe that this guidance is senior to any “guidance” dictated to us by another in order to bring about conformity to any group. When we winced at what we saw in the Sea Org when we saw the injustices and indignities that occurred, I don’t think it really had much to do with any previous group we were part of. It was because we were, at the moment we were in personal discomfort, we were a part of or witnessed something far out of alignment with our own Personal Guidance, or Personal Integrity.

    One of the benefits of Scientology for me was, I think, that it increased my pan determinism. I admit that I was nurtured that way as a child: in high school, I was as happy to sit in the opposing team’s bleachers as I was sit on my own side. But there is much education in Scientology about pan-determinism and a lot of the processes were made in the hopes of enhancing this. The tech of granting beingness fits with this, and the notion that one can straighten out ANY situation in life with communication; the idea that ARC is senior to force.

    Somewhere, I think, Ron mentioned “pan determinism” being a no-game condition: that one needed an opponent in order to have a game. In one of the already published R&D volumes he even mentions that a large part of the rationale in hammering away at psychiatry was to provide Scientology with an opponent.

    But I think that he’s also mentioned words to the effect that the playground of Earth has got many participants involved in unknowing games and unhappy. I think that he presented the notion of pan-determinism as a good influence in all this.

    At any rate, I think that full pan determinism could be defined as “full respect, full respect for the other guy” and I don’t think that bringing that to life in any current, corporate, Indie or ex Scientology would require another minute of auditing for anyone anywhere. (Although, the more auditing, the merrier!)

    Going to push the pause button here. I know that this is incomplete and that I may have wandered. Yet, I feel there is some relevance to the discussion so I won’t erase the whole thing! I just have some things to attend to here and my attention keeps going there.

  4. Lana,
    What an essay! It just explains so much of the current scene, and the kafoofling around the “serfac-bush”, and precisely WHY, too! We all need to pay heed to
    “the guide” ( LRH ) , who mapped a route out of suspicion,arrogance, bigotry, and hatred, which entraps beings into a less than optimum ( read : LOW toned ) attitude, toward their fellows, due simply to the suppressed internal conflict of past transgressions. vs. agreed to codes of conduct.

    Undoubtedly hard for some to confront, although the relief has been at hand, just waiting there, all along;

    ……………………….” Pick up the cans, please. ….Thank you.”
    …………………………………….” This is the session.”

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