Wright follows with the claim: “In records of Hubbard’s many physical examinations and X-rays, the doctors make no note of scars.”
>> True Information: L. Ron Hubbard utilized his Dianetics discoveries to work his way back to health at the end of World War II. A 1945 government medical examination of L. Ron Hubbard noted: “Eyesight noted to be failing… lame in right hip from service connected injury.” By 1949, Mr. Hubbard was re-examined and his service record noted he had no physical conditions that would “incapacitate him for duty on the active list.”
While Mr. Hubbard’s cure was indeed miraculous, the important point is not how he sustained those injuries, but how he cured himself of them as a result of skills he had acquired through his research into the mind. Mr. Hubbard had already been researching and refining the principals of Dianetics for many years prior to the War.
In a January 1951 Dianetics Auditor’s Bulletin (entitled “The Evolution of Dianetics Processing”), Mr. Hubbard describes the evolution of the subject and how by 1932 he had it clearly delineated and by 1937 he had isolated the key discoveries of Dianetics. From 1938 until 1945 he himself worked to challenge the subject or to find variables. He stated:
“In December of 1937 a common denominator of existence and a possible goal of Life within the physical universe was isolated and, with it, the basic fundamentals of Dianetics itself. These, oddly enough, have changed only in emphasis and all new discoveries in the field of application codify and become workable solely to the degree that they agree with the 1938 treatise, a matter of curiosity more than anything else.
“From 1938 until 1945 (spring) chief concern was with the invalidations of the postulates laid down in early 1938. In the hope of finding variabilities or exceptions in the behavior of life organisms and Life itself, none were found.
“By the spring of 1945 it was known with certainty how to alleviate neurosis, psychosis, compulsions, repressions and insanity itself. Technique of application, however, had not yet been derived very fully.”
Mr. Hubbard goes on to explain what he then did in Oak Knoll naval hospital and the extensive studies he did there of the endocrine system on many volunteer subjects (mainly patients who were released from Japanese prison camps who were not eating).
This very same information on the roots of Dianetics is laid out in the introduction to the book “Dianetics: The Original Thesis” written in 1948, which was the culmination of sixteen years of Mr. Hubbard’s investigation of the human condition (and which is available in virtually every lending library in America).
Here Mr. Hubbard explains:
“In 1932 an investigation was undertaken to determine the Dynamic Principle of Existence in a workable form which might lead to the resolution of some of the problems of Mankind. A long research in ancient and modern philosophy culminated, in 1938, in the heuristically discovered Primary Law. A work was written at that time which embraced Man and his activities. In the following years, further research was undertaken in order to prove or disprove the axioms so established.
“Certain experiences during the war made it necessary for the writer to resolve the work into applicable equations and an intensive program was begun in 1945 toward this end.
“A year later many techniques had been discovered or evolved and a nebulous form of the present refined work was formulated. Financed chiefly by a lump sum disability compensation, that form of Dianetics was intensively applied to volunteer subjects and the work gradually developed to its present form.”
Mr. Hubbard also explains this same information in the book Evolution of a Science, Chapter Two (also available in nearly every lending library in America):
“The basic command data on which the body and brain operated was SURVIVE! That was all. Nothing fell outside this. It was postulated to see if it worked. That was in 1938 after several years of study.
“The axioms began with SURVIVE!
“SURVIVE! was the lowest common denominator of all existence. They proceeded through axioms as to what Man was doing and how he was doing it. Nice definitions for intelligence, drive, happiness, good, evil and so forth fell into line. Suicide, laughter, drunkenness and folly all fell inside this, too, as it computed out.
“These computations stood the tests of several years. And then, as you may have heard, came a war. But even wars end. Research was resumed, but now with the added necessity of applying the knowledge gained to the problems of friends who had not survived the war too well.”
Lastly, after writing the above two books in 1948 and 1949, and in response to the huge demand for a workable technology of the mind that anyone could use to help himself and others, Mr. Hubbard wrote the handbook for the public, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in January through February 1950 (and yet again, that book is available in nearly every lending library in America).
In summary, the testing and development of Dianetics was not confined to a single incident in a naval hospital at the end of World War II. There are numerous accounts and records of Mr. Hubbard’s testing and developing Dianetics procedures, which he further covers in many public writings and lectures during the early 1950s.
Dianetics (from Greek dia “through,” and nous “soul”) delineates fundamental principles of the mind and spirit. Through the application of these discoveries, it became apparent that Dianetics dealt with a beingness that defied time—the human spirit—originally denominated the “I” and subsequently the “thetan.”
From there, Mr. Hubbard continued his research, eventually mapping the path to full spiritual freedom for the individual.
Dianetics is a forerunner and substudy of Scientology which, as practiced by the Church, addresses only the “thetan: (spirit), which is senior to the body, and its relationship to and effects on the body.
L. Ron Hubbard’s books and lectures are part of his religious literature and works, none contain statements of claims made by the author, publisher or any Church of Scientology. They are a record of Mr. Hubbard’s observations and research into life and the nature of man.
Neither Dianetics nor Scientology professes to be physical healing, and no claim has ever been made to that effect.