The Concept Of Dianetics And Scientology

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Scientology, defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life, its aim, according to Hubbard is to create a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war; where the world can prosper and honest being can have rights, and where free man is free to rise to greater heights (Wiki 2016). Sounds nice, but then again so does finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The originator of the concept of dianetics and scientology is named L. Ron Hubbard, born 1911 in small town Tilden, Nebraska. Said to be a prolific writer of pulp magazine, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction, in 1948 Hubbard wrote a book titled “The Original Thesis” outlining his ideas for a new form of…show more content…
A form of abreaction therapy first utilized to treat neuroses in evacuated soldiers, Hubbard’s adaptation was aimed to gain access to and locate engrams in the human mind and erase them. A construction of Hubbard’s theories, an engram is a recorded moment of physical or emotional pain that the mind has recorded consciously and unconsciously. For instance let’s say that Mary, age 4, had a little lamb, this lamb figured it did not like Mary anymore and gave her a nice head butt. Mary grows into a women, has no recollection of being head butt by a lamb, but now whenever she drives by a sheep farm or a petting zoo she gets a headache. Erasing these engrams is the path to what seems to be the ultimate goal of scientology which is becoming clear, becoming clear would be Buddhism’s equivalent to achieving a state of nirvana. While Hubbard’s theory that aspects of human behaviour might be explained as responses traumatic events and past experiences makes perfect sense and that addressing these experiences may lead to a clear mind, in the literal meaning of the word of course, as does the Buddha’s version, do go things and good things will happen, Hubbard’s leap from addressing past conflict to the benefits of
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