By Lana Mitchell

I think one of the biggest lessons I have learnt in this life is that there is one person, who without question, I should listen to.

There is one person, who should never be ignored, and should not be shunned.

This person, if not acknowledged, if not listened to, if not consulted — can impact on your life in ways that were not conceived of. There will always be repercussions if this person is not given the final decision on matters — or at least granted audience. 

In fact, if you do not grant this person beingness and a chance to communicate, you will find yourself on a dwindling spiral that is very hard to reverse. To do so, will inevitably — and without question — bring about misfortune.

Who could be that important?

Who should have such influence?

The answer is very simple.

One’s self.

When trying to resolve a problem, there is always an inner-voice that knows the answer. The only reason why problems don’t get resolved is a failure to listen to that voice and give it’s opinion worth.

When observing another, and trying to decide if that person is working for your best interests or not — go with your inner knowing — go with that intuition or gut feeling.

And when you listen to yourself, and take your own advice, there is a sense of calmness that ensues. You are under your own guidance. You have your own counsel. And there is enormous strength in that.

When in doubt — listen to your own inner voice, and let that lead the way.

You are. without question, the most important person to listen to.


“WHAT IS TRUE FOR YOU is what you have observed yourself.

“And when you lose that you have lost everything.


“What is personal integrity?

“Personal integrity is knowing what you know –

“What you know is what you know –

“And to have the courage to know and say what you have observed

“And that is integrity.

“And there is no other integrity.


“Of course we can talk about honor, truth, all these things.

“These esoteric terms,

“But I think they’d all be covered very well

“If what we really observed was what we observed,

“That we took care to observe what we are observing,

“That we aways observed to observe.


“And not necessarily maintaining a sceptical attitude,

“A critical attitude, or an open mind.

“But certainly maintaining sufficient personal integrity

“And sufficient personal belief and confidence in self

“And courage that we can observe what we observe

“And say what we have observed.


“Nothing in Dianetics and Scientology is true for you

“Unless you have observed it

“And it is true according to your observation.

“That is all.

LRH, Personal Integrity, from the magazine of Dianetics & Scientology, Issue 125 (1961, ca. Feb)

7 thoughts on “Who to listen to

  1. The only exception that I have seen is when one substitutes the the official party line of the C of S (or some other “everybody knows”) for ones own stable datum – then you are truly screwed, because it is the wrong why, and difficult to spot, because it is assumed to be correct.

  2. So true, Lana! Thanks for posting these important LRH quotes.
    It made me think of something along these lines of that Socrates once said. It went something like this:

    “To thine own self be true.
    Then it must follow as the night, the day…..thou canst not be false to any man.”

  3. Nice quote Lana.

    I always liked The Way To Happiness and here comes one of my favorites quotes from the book:

    False data can cause one to make stupid mistakes. It can even block one from absorbing true data.
    One can solve the problems of existence only when he has true data. If those around one lie to him or her, one is led into making errors and his survival potential is reduced.
    False data can come from many sources: academic, social, professional.
    Many want you to believe things just to suit their own ends.
    What is true is what is true for you.
    No one has any right to force data off on you and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn’t true.
    Think your own way through things, accept what is true for you, discard the rest.
    There is nothing unhappier than one who tries to live in a chaos of lies.

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