By Bernie Wimbush

The static has the ability to postulate. I learnt this long ago, on the old HPA Course in 1961.

Postulate: 1) a self-created truth would be simply the consideration generated by self. Well, we just borrow the word which is in seldom use in the English language, we call that postulate. And we mean by postulate, self created truth. He posts something. He puts something up and that’s what is what a postulate is, 2) to conclude, decide or resolve a problem or to set a pattern for the future or to nullify a pattern of the past. Scientology Tech dictionary

A postulate is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  A decision made, that then occurs.

My great grandfather had one of those.

“I’ll be dead at 54”, he used to say. The family still talks about it as a wonder of the modern age. He died on his 54th birthday of course.

It is, in fact, a very common occurrence. Someone makes a decision, and then it happens. We can learn much from this phenomena.

In auditing we can find a chain of incidents held together by a postulate made just prior to the most basic incident. A whole book was written about this phenomenon — ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. He observed that successful people make a postulate to have something positive happen, and it then it does. Think positive and it will all work out, was what Napoleon learned from his studies.

‘The Secret’ is based on the same principle. Make a decision and then it will happen.

When talking about postulates, there is more than just positive thinking. Those who have tried it know there is more to it than that. Positive thinking sounds great because it is so easy, however, as a solution it is useless.

If you look at the creek and think “I’ll never be able to jump that!” putting a second postulate there that you can, only reinforces the first one — and you will get wet.

There is a simple solution with postulates.

LRH covers it in the 16th Advanced Clinical Course:

“Another manifestation which this person has, many people have. I must comment on that. A person he makes a postulate before he does something. This is not true. He makes the postulate and then drinks the coffee. It is not true. The postulate can be the action.

Give you how bad this can get: we changed Instructors in London and caught this boy before he was very far gone on this, but he had changed 8-C around to where he was running some shadow of Part (C) and had skipped Part (A) of 8-C entirely. Part (A), of course, merely tells somebody to look at the wall and go over to it and touch it and let go of it. That’s all.

And he’d gotten this down into decision levels, some way or another, by saying “Now, intend to touch the wall. Good. Now touch the wall. Now, did you really intend to touch the wall?

What has this got to do with 8-c, part (A), see? Nothing! In other words, he wipes out the most efficacious process on a training level that there is. And he actually was having his students, for a few days, do this. This was a fabulous thing to have happen.

That man had never learned that there is such a thing as an action postulate. You don’t say, “Now, I will drink a cup of coffee” and pick up the cup of coffee and lift it to your lips. Your postulate is taking hold of the cup of coffee and drinking it. See, that is the postulate. It’s just directly.

People don’t say, “Now I intend to drink this cup of coffee. All right, I’ll drink this cup of coffee”.

You can do that if you want to. It’s an interesting way to install a comm lag in action. You make a verbal or symbolical decision.

Now, such a person has substituted for a postulated, a symbolic phrase. And a postulate is not a symbolic phrase! You see this clearly? A postulate is not a symbolic phrase.

Every once in a while you’ll get people and they figure out, “How on earth could you think of something without using words?” Almost everybody alive today would respond in that fashion if you suddenly said, “Now, think a thought without thinking words.” Drzzzzzz.

It’s very easy, very easy. It’s easiest in framework of action. You’ve got your hands on a steering wheel. You want to turn the car to the right. You observe that it’s necessary to turn the car to the right, you turn the car to the right. That’s a postulate. Got it?

You don’t say. “Now I am going to turn the car to the right” and turn the car to the right or you’d be dead in more cases than you could shake a stick at. You haven’t got that many bodies.”  LRH 9 Jan 1957, Obnosis (16th ACC).

One thought on “Action postulate

  1. A great article, and a reminder of what postulates really are.

    Since theta and its postulates are senior to time, it follows that there doesn’t need to be any time lag between postulate and action. We can postulate that something is – or, getting a bit more complicated and inventing that handy gimmick called ‘time’, we can postulate that it will be or was.

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