“The THETAN (spirit) is described in Scientology as having no mass, no wavelength, no energy and no time or location in space, except by consideration or postulate.

“The usual residence of the thetan is in the skull or near the body. A thetan can be in one of four conditions:

“1. The first would be entirely separate from a body or bodies, or even from this universe.

“2. The second would be near a body and knowingly controlling the body.

“3. The third would be in the body (the skull).

“4. And the fourth would be an inverted condition, whereby he is compulsively away from the body and cannot approach it.

“There are degrees (subdivisions) of each one of these four states. The most optimum of these conditions, from the standpoint of Man, is the second.

“A thetan is subject to deterioration. This is at first difficult to understand, since the entirety of his activity consists of considering or postulating. He uses, through his postulates. various methods of controlling a body. That he does deteriorate is manifest. But that he can at any moment return to an entirety of his ability is also factual. In that he associates beingness with mass and action, he does not consider himself as having an individual identity or name unless he is connected with one or more of the games of life.

Β “The processes of Scientology can establish this for the individual with greater or lesser rapidity. And one of the many goals of processing in Scientology is to “exteriorize” the individual and place him in the second condition above (near a body and knowingly controlling the body), since it has been discovered that he is happier and more capable when so situated.”

LRH Book, Fundamentals of Thought

20 thoughts on “Return of ability

  1. Fabulous! Guaranteed to change your life forever. LRH’s invention of auditing makes it possible and safe. There are great things to do in life, and being exterior improves them a million-fold.

    In the back of Fundamentals of Thought were listed Scientology organizations one could go to, but that’s old data, not used now. You won’t go exterior in any so-called Church of Scientology nowadays, they’ll ruin your life. You’re better off with an Indie.

    Or best of all, you could find a friend and co-audit, starting with a HAS Course, then going on to the HQS. These are fuss-free, get on and do it courses you can do in your living room for free, you don’t even need a meter. It doesn’t take long, a few weeks or so. I went exterior on the HQS, and if a dumbo like me can do it, anyone can.

    Exterior is unmistakable, and very well worth the effort you put into achieving it. If you have any kind of inkling that there might be something more to life, then it’s time to let the genii out πŸ™‚

      • Right on, Jonathon!

        Briefly in London Org, 1971, we held public group processing and LRH lectures to people off the street in busy Tottenham Court Road. It was open doors in the early evening and a surprisingly large number of people used to come in. The sessions were stopped after a while on the basis, according to our seniors, that the public could get MUs.

        However, the commands for a group auditor are very simple. We took it in turns to run these sessions, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to do a few. It’s a thrill to face a live, green public. We didn’t have the Group Auditor’s Handbook, only the basic commands and what we knew of ARC. And get this: no heavy regging after, the public could just walk away. That was fantastic, because it was down to us to make an impact, putting ourselves in the shoes of the public.

        As LRH says, 50% of the public can go exterior easily, and if the rest only got into PT, no matter how briefly, well, even that is a triumph.

        Group processing is one of LRHs greatest masterpieces.

        • PS

          I’ve just noticed that the Obnosis Drill is not in the Group Auditor’s Handbook, at least, not the copy I have. This drill is amazing, and the cog I got doing that knocked me out of my head. An absolutely incredible drill.

            • Hi, Jonathon.

              Sorry, I don’t know if the Observation Drill you mention is the same as the Obnosis drill. We did the Obnosis drill in the same way as a student painter might be taught: what do you see? As opposed to what you think it is. For example, looking at a teacup: what do you see? The beginner will say: it’s a teacup. That would be the wrong answer in the Obnosis drill, because it’s an evaluation based on prior experience, not on present time observation. An artist would see an object, light falling on the teacup casting shadows, he’d see colours, a shape, almost as if it were flat art, without any preconceived idea as to its intention or use. What do you actually see?

              Our drill came from HCOB 26 October 1970 Obnosis and the Tone Scale (Red Vol VII, pg 148). We ran that drill together with observation of people’s position on the tone scale (go out in street and spot tone scales), and then each student had to actually demonstrate each position on the tone scale in front of the class. It was to clarify what we saw, as opposed to what we thought was there.

              A wonderfully liberating exercise in the removal of vias, one might say. It became a life-long habit of mine to be apart from what I saw, and not be drawn into ‘reasons why’ or become part of the equation, myself.

              • The training stress on the Observation Drill was observing things that are normally ignored or not seen. The student would name various features of a location. Afterwards, the coach would point out things missed.

                I also did the drill where my fellow student and I mocked up a fake survey and then went outside to ask people the survey questions while observing the difference between their social tone and regular tone.

                As for the Obnosis Drill, it sounds like it would match up very well with clay demos where the distinction is emphasized between what is a significance and what is a mass.

        • P13C:

          Pardon me for a brief rant here. Your public that took part in these group processing sessions probably loved them, right? You probably got some Basic Courses starts off these, and certainly you must have gotten some people who felt positively about Ron or Scientology, even if they didn’t sign on for service, right? And from the LRH tape plays, people certainly learned something, right? And at least to some extent, it gave people some reality on the idea that Scientology and Scientologists weren’t this complete mystery. They got to know you a little better and found out you weren’t what the worst rumors about Scientology said you were.

          And so, of course, your “seniors” had to cancel these actions because someone might get “MUs”. What a crock of sh*t! I think people like this, not connected to any conspiracy, but operating out of ignorance, stupidity, PTSness, or whatever was wrong with them, have been every bit as dangerous to Scientology as folks like Miscavige.

          This kind of thing just drives me nuts! It’s somewhat like the crap that MS2 had to withstand when it was first announced.

          The point is, when you find something that works, and it’s within the scope of what Ron taught, you don’t stop doing it! Okay, so someone might get MUs. What’s the blindingly obvious solution to that problem? You get the damn words cleared up at the time! Find out if they are getting MUs and then make it policy to clear those things up ahead of time. How hard can it be? Can you really imagine Ron stopping something like this because someone got an MU?

          Just like we need to be aware of the truly bad folks who would pervert Scientology the way Miscavige has, we also need to be aware of the “soft-peddlers” and dilettantes who want to slow things down, approach things delicately, not disturb the neighbors, etc. Don’t let these people impede progress! If you find something that works and it’s taken from Ron’s work, do it! Keep doing it, and don’t let anyone, not scaredy cat seniors or cowardly bully executives, know-it-all academics or anyone else who thinks he knows better get in your way! Just do it! If it needs adjustment up the track, then do that. But keep going! Treat those successful actions like solid gold. Write them down, make everyone memorize them, and make sure everyone knows about them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of stories just like P13C’s, where things were going swimmingly and then someone pulled the plug and it all went to hell. Don’t let that happen!

          (P13C, I’m not aiming any of this at you. I’m just tired of hearing stories like this, where what worked was deliberately stopped for vague, specious reasons, and orgs and Scientology thereby suffered. Our “movement” will not survive if we continue to allow this stuff to happen. It’s a new day, and if we want to continue expanding our influence and ability to act, we must build on what’s working, and not stop because of rain, sunspots, or the fact that the cat throws up on the rug.)


          • My turn to give the hear, hears, Scatjappers. Music to my ears. You are right on the button: how many times did Ron say not to drop out the successful actions?

            To his credit, he let us get on with our jobs, he wasn’t a control freak, which may have been one of the reasons he left St Hill, because everything was landing on his plate, bogging him down. On the Apollo he was next to invisible, and even on celebrations he’d appear only briefly, the minimum to avoid being rude.

            To be fair, Ron was forging into unknown waters with Scientology. He was putting order into our lives, and at a hectic pace. Some people can deal with randomity better than others. I was really disappointed when they ceased LRH public tape plays because now, Ron couldn’t access his public, which was the man in the street. Ron got through to me with his books and lectures, and I wasn’t even OTVIII, figure that one out!

            • P13C:

              Unfortunately, people mobbed Ron wherever he went, and it only got worse as time went by. We used to mob him on lecture breaks back in the early 50s. The poor guy barely had time to get a cup of coffee and smoke a cigarette. Plus, he had a family to spend time with, research to do, administration to direct (at St Hill), lectures to give (St Hill and Apollo). The guy had a full schedule, even without people mobbing him. You might imagine that he was like a Beatle back in their heyday. Those guys couldn’t go anywhere without fans tearing them apart, though Scientologists were probably a lot more good-mannered.

              My take on Ron’s exit from SH (and I have no specialized knowledge) is that there were several reasons for it. One was that he didn’t like administering much, and once he could turn it over to folks at WW at SH, he did so. That was a holding action. Second, he had OT research to do, which I suspect he did not want to do in public view at SH. I believe he knew it was going to get bloody, which in fact it did (see RJ67). He also believed that the stewardship of the OT levels and the highest administration levels of Scientology would require a new, tougher class of Scientologists (the Sea Org). His idea of making these people was to do it at sea, which by itself is the harshest “routine” environment on Earth. He also believed that being “Fabian” (elusive) was of great value in what was to come, and being at sea made you far more elusive than otherwise. If he could have done it in space, he probably would have (in which case, it would have been “The Space Org” instead of “The Sea Org”). I also don’t know what the legal situation was at the time, but I’m sure he expected to be attacked or sued at any time in England. Didn’t matter that no one had any reason to sue or arrest him. The authorities would come after him anyway, out of fear (they were, after all, fighting off Martians).

              Ultimately, it simply was too expensive and impractical to fully deliver all the OT levels demanded and administer all the Orgs from shipboard (and ports were becoming increasingly hostile to the Apollo et al, just due to the false intelligence being passed around about “the Scientologists and their leaders”). And management and OT delivery came at last to land at Flag.

              Besides, I think by nature Ron was a vagabond. He’d been one ever since he was a kid, never spending much time at any single place. Look at the number of places he lived before SH. New Jersey, DC, New York, Phoenix, Philadelphia, etc. Not to mention all the lecture trips, for weeks at a time.


  2. OK, one last word on exteriorization and then I’ll shut up.

    Exteriorization should not be confused with mental derangement or neurological disorder or hallucination, or some such explanation. Nor is it a low level of awareness such as disassociation, or the detachment of meditation, or being aloof (the world doesn’t need any more loofs).

    Exteriorization brings one an experience of truth. In a world that resembles a steamy thick stew cooking on the stove, stepping out is a revelation, and can even be shocking to some. But have no fear, it’s not a case of jumping out of the pot and straight into the frying pan.

    Exteriorization is as plain an experience as say, knowing you are outdoors and not in the house.

    If you were sat on the park bench enjoying the fine weather and someone came up to you and said, no, no, you’re just dreaming this, what would you think? If it were me on the bench, I might offer to share my sandwiches because he looks a poor fellow.

  3. P13C:

    Well said.

    There’s a story that’s been going around forever. Heber Jentzsch1 was taking part in some sort of interview thing with a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist, wanting to portray Heber as a faker, told Heber to exteriorize so everyone could see it happen. Heber, being the clever bloke he was, waited a moment or two, and then deadpanned, “Want me to do it again?” The psychiatrist was, needless to say, left speechless.

    1 Heber Jentzsch was, at one time and perhaps still is/was, the President of the Church of Scientology. He was well liked, much admired, and very smart.


    • Another good story, off topic but another funny reply nonetheless, is when a reporter asked Heber as the OT materials became public:

      “Hey Heber, what does Scientology think about aliens?” To which he deadpanned, “Well if they want to get Scientology, they’re going to have to land first.”

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