LERMANETICS or How you created your reactive mind.

“The basic principle in performing a trick is to do it so that the secret actions are not
observed. As Alphonse Bertillon said, “One can only see what one observes, and one
observes only things which are already in the mind.” A trick does not fool the eye but
fools the brain. In order to do that, it must be performed so that the secret parts are not
noticed.” CIA Manual about the use of stage magic for deception

LERMANETICS or How you created your reactive mind

In 1995 I got a lot of media after posting scientology’s core secrets to the internet. Here is a link to a front page of The Washington Post’s Outlook Section that was run on Christmas Day 1994, and here a 1995 cover story from The Jurist, of the American University Law School about the story of XENU and the Space Cooties. This same material was illustrated 10 years later in cartoon form, in South Park’s major Scientology episode titled “In The Closet”

Because of that media, people would call me, thank me for what I did, and some would tell what they knew about Hubbard and Dianetics. Journalists at several big name print newspapers even chose to send me their scientology archives when they retrired decades after this.

One of those callers was outstanding. He was an elderly man, with a distinctly cultivated voice, as if he had spoken to a crowd while trying to wake those sleeping for thousands of hours.

I asked him who he was and he declined saying that “he was too old to deal with those nutballs” and did not wish to risk being involved, but he asked me if I would like to know where Hubbard got the ideas for Dianetics..

I said I would love to know, so this distinguished voice continued:

When Hubbard was in the Navy Hospital, a visiting clinician was passing out copies of his paper to the patients and asking for their opinions. It was that paper that was used for Dianetics.

I pressed him for more but he demurred, indicating that he had said enough, thanked me again for my courage and then hung up. ,

At this time I knew little about intelligence methods, and I could kick myself for not noticing the following for almost a decade:

His statement begged the question, How would he have known this? (note1)

It was long time activist, Ms. Ida Camburn who gave me the answer.

A brilliant lady who was a member of the first anti-cult group in America, The Citizens Freedom Foundation, and later The Cult Awareness Network.  Ida gave me her copy of a little book titled “Battle for the Mind” by Dr William Sargant. Dr. Sargant was the head of psychiatry in the UK during WWII. This little book described in succession several topics that I recalled encountering in only one other publication – The book Dianetics by Hubbard.

In the fine print at the beginning of his book Dr. Sargant described himself as “A Clinician”… I don’t recall encountering any other described by this word. The chaptering and index layout even had a similar look and feel as first half of Hubbard’s “Dianetics.” Some research on the internet revealed that Dr Sargant had been a visiting professor at a university not too far from Norfolk Naval Station and the Navy hospitals there.

Now I knew where Hubbard stole at least some of his ideas that he used for Dianetics, That he used the ideas of the head of Psychiatry in the UK during WWII alone would shake up and perhaps wake up true believers. Halleleujia – The ONE SHOT Deprogramming regimen! Well not quite. I have found that in order to break the trance, you have to go to the first big lie that the victim swallowed, and then get the person to begin thinking about the false assumption – to begin thinking again at the point that his thinking has been stopped. Thinking deeply about that first lie that changed life forever – That specific instant in time that  began their believing in the reactive mind..

Hubbard used the ideas of the 1944 head of psychiatry in the UK, but, only after turning them upon their head, inverting the intent and meaning as used by Dr Sargant’s book about mind control to make a compelling, and entrancing storyline, accented by lurid and grisly emotionally filled images that Hubbard, while wearing his “hypnotist hat”,  vividly drew in his victim’s minds!

“The author’s (Hubbard’s) biography for his novel Triton (1949) , says that “his leisure hours are devoted to the study and practice of hypnotism.” (Note2)

Did he do this to you? He certainly did it to me.

By inducing his readers to stop their thinking, he, to some degree, made his readers more suggestible to hypnotic suggestion. He used “shock and awe” to stop thinking. Describing in rapid succession pre-frontal lobotomies, coat hanger abortions, and electro-shock treatments. Then, while the reader had stopped thinking, he told them that they had a terrible thing, called the reactive mind.

When thinking has been stopped by any method, the doorway to your subconscious is left unguarded.

The Confusion Technique

He used several  methods to make his readers more suggestible, to make his readers more open to persuasion. One of those is called the confusion technique. Parts of Dianetics seem confusing, and difficult to understand. Remember,  he was copying the ideas of another man, a man whom he could not reveal because it would have provided evidence not only of whom he stole from but how the trick was being done, so Hubbard had to substutute from the best word that Dr Sargant likely used,  to another, in order to describe these things using different word.

This made Dianetics a bit more confusing. But this served the purpose of Hubbard inin his books, because confusion is just another method used to make a person more persuadable, more suggestible…

Confusion itself is a covert method that makes you more prone to persuasion, that makes what you are told a direct command going into your subconscious.  When you read something that does not make sense, uses uncommon words, or perhaps is just plain gibberish the mind grows desperate to grasp, desperate to understand.. even more so if you had been told beforehand that the man writing the material had authority, that the man you were reading was a smarter, more well informed man than you.  As you read the confusing  sections your mind grows more and more desperate to read something that makes sense, something, even anything that is a complete, simple thought, even a big fat lie, or a whopper. The trouble is, it is during exposure to something that is confusing, that this desperation grows in your mind to understand,  that allows the first simple idea, the first easily understood concept that you can understand, to be accepted, uncritically as true. Even if that simple statement has no basis in reality whatsoever. Even if that simple idea, once accepted into your mind as true, is capable of enslaving you to the whims of a madman for the rest of your life..

And it is that simple statement, that you were tricked out of a desperation to accept anything that made ‘sense’, that your mind seized upon as truth, forever. Out of sheer panic style, in deer in headlights style desperation, the next statement that is understood will be accepted as true!

Even if it is a lie!

This is only one of the tricks he used when he wrote Dianetics, and he used many, and some are individually described on my blog pages here:

Main Index

Hubbard demonized psychiatrists and psychiatry, viciously, because anyone who believed his words would never dare read a book by a psychiatrist. Why would you dare? Had you read Dr William Sargant’s book, Battle for the Mind, you would both notice the plagarism and would find out how the trick was done!. It is with that same motive, that I too, have been demonized by Scientology.

The use of intense emotional content, (coat hanger abortions, pre-frontal lobotomy, electro-convusive shock treatment) – and you thought it was what he was explaining that had value to you!! No, it was just a shore story, to expose you to lurid, shocking. emotionally laden content, so thinking would stop. 

Then, having stopped thinking, Hubbard’s key lie would enter your subconscious without demand for evidence, correlation, thinking or discussion, as a fact. – As a direct suggestion into your subconscious!

The fact is, it was a bald-faced lie.

I have tried above to explain two methods from the bag of tricks described as persuasive writing.  These include  fallacious argument, hard sell methods, implication, authority suggestion, repetition, the confusion technique and then the clincher,  fear.

Like a good salesman he gave you reason to act now! This thing, this supposed reactive mind, was destroying you,  and it was the only thing that stood in your way to becoming the superman you really were!!

Persuasive writing includes covert methods to produce trance. A trance is a more suggestible state. Trance is a natural part of the human life, where it is called daydreaming, and it is what we do when we imagine. The father of weaponized hypnotism, Dr George Estabrooks, in 1943 stated “Anything said to a hypnotised subject is true for them” Does this phrase by a psychologist and hypnotist remind you of anything scientologists say? (note 3)

Dianetics was a story, a shore story invented out of whole cloth to coerce the reader into parting with his money, in order to rid himself of something he imaged was terrible but something he never really had in the first place, before he sat down to read one of Hubbard’s books.

It is something entirely fictitious, and imaginary, a fraud upon mankind that Hubbard called the Reactive Mind! (note4)


Note1: More than a decade later I learned that man to be Dr Mosel, the then retired head of the psychology department at George Washington University in D.C. who was Hubbard’s professor in 1938, after being contacted for assistance by the son of the one time president of George Washington University, Mr. Burgess Carroll.

Note2: Atack, Jon (2014-12-10). Scientology: the Cult of Greed (Kindle Locations 366-367).. Kindle Edition.

Note3: “What is true for you is true for you”  is a phrase scientologists like to say as if it had meaning.

Note4:  That Hubbard also makes an effort to call this thing that you must get rid of at any cost by another phrase is telling… He also called the ‘reactive mind’ by the phrase ‘your bank’.. If your subconscious was operating on the idea that you had to get rid of your bank, this would make the members of  Hubbard’s sales force believe they had almost super human powers of persuasion… when what they actually had was the power of suggestion, whispering to the person from the inside of their mind, to get rid of their bank,  (account) while the scientology salesman was demanding they empty their bank account.

A note on the word “clear”. Think for a few moments why he repeated that one word, a word spelled “c l e a r” many hundreds of times… go ahead, give it a try, try thinking about why he did it.. why he used this word throughout every part, and every day, in his scam that he created to first steal your wallet, and then turn you into one of his mercenary soldiers, in his private army of thieves…to steal other people’s wallets!

The word “clear’ makes everything disappear, and all that is left is Hubbard and scientology! Hubbard in your mind. saying with authority that you must get rid of your reactive mind, that you must get rid of your bank….

And yes,  it takes considerable courage to be honest with yourself, and come to the final conclusion that all of this was just a shore story so that Hubbard could:

– L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384

We know the BIG LIE works, I never knew WHY until I read this: “Reverse Blockade: emphatically insisting upon something which is the opposite of the truth blocks the average person’s mind from perceiving the truth. In accordance with the dictates of healthy common sense, he starts searching for meaning in the “golden mean” between truth and its opposite, winding up with some satisfactory counterfeit. People who think like this do not realize that this effect is precisely the intent of the person who subjects them to this method. ” age 104, Political Ponerology by Andrew M. Lobaczewski

“Man positively needs general ideas and convictions that will give a meaning to his life and enable him to find his place in the universe. He can stand the most incredible hardships when he is convinced that they make sense but he is crushed when, on top of all his misfortunes, he has to admit that he is taking part in a ‘tale told by an idiot.”
Carl Jung

Related reading for recovering members:
The Scientology Matrix
8 Steps out of Scientology
Why you didn’t get that promotion in scientology

The Armed forces slogan “Be all that you can be” is a functional equivalent to Hubbard’s promise  “Go clear and OT” used to induce people to pursue Dianetics and Scientology.

Truth does not pay well
Get notified when THE BOOK is finished, stay in balance,  and allow yourself to feel good because you threw a little something in the tip jar.    THE TIP JAR

7 comments on “LERMANETICS or How you created your reactive mind.

  1. Dice says:

    I think a link is missing “Here is a link to front page of The Washington Post’s Outlook Section”

  2. Arnie Lerma says:

    TR-0 Revealed – The Eye to Eye Technique

    “If the subject is sufficiently impressed with the hypnotist and knows
    of his reputation and knows of his reputation as a capable hypnotist
    it is only necessary to speak briefly to the subject before he feels
    himself influenced..”

    “One of the favorite methods for inducing hypnosis used by the author
    of this book is the “eye to eye” technique. This has the advantage of
    being very simple. It takes a very short time and allows the hypnotist
    to watch the subject and judge how responsive he will be.”

    “The subject is asked to sit in a chair, and given the following
    explanation: (in scientology your also given an explanation.. you
    THINK you are learning to “Confront”…)

    “The subject is asked to sit in a firm chair with his feet flat on the
    floor and his hands resting in his lap”

    “You ask the subject to concentrate on the small reflection of light
    that the subject sees in the pupil of your left eye”

    What did you look at when you did TR 0?

    “You can consider that you have succeeded when the subjects head
    begins to nod”

    See Hypnosis for Salesmen

  3. Arnie Lerma says:

    Don’t give the buyer a choice (remember this from Hubbard?)

    CCH’s http://www.lermanet.com/exit/hypnosisforsalesmen/hfs22.jpeg

  4. Arnie Lerma says:

    The Prince and the Magician

    Once upon a time there was a young prince who believed in all
    things but three. He did not believe in princesses, he did not
    believe in islands, he did not believe in God. His father, the king,
    told him that such things did not exist. As there were no princesses or islands in his father’s domains, and no sign of God, the
    prince believed his father.

    But then, one day, the prince ran away from his palace and
    came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every
    coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling
    creatures whom he dared not name. As he was searching for a
    boat, a man in full evening dress approached him along the shore.
    “Are those real islands?” asked the young prince.

    “Of course they are real islands,” said the man in evening

    “And those strange and troubling creatures?”
    “They are all genuine and authentic princesses.”
    “Then God must also exist!” cried the prince.

    “I am God,” replied the man in evening dress, with a bow.
    The young prince returned home as quickly as he could.
    “So, you are back,” said his father, the king.

    “I have seen islands, I have seen princesses, I have seen God,”
    said the prince reproachfully.

    The king was unmoved.

    “Neither real islands, nor real princesses, nor a real God exist.”
    “I saw them!”

    “Tell me how God was dressed.”
    “God was in full evening dress.”
    “Were the sleeves of his coat rolled back?”

    The prince remembered that they had been. The king smiled.
    “That is the uniform of a magician. You have been deceived.”
    At this, the prince returned to the next land and went to the
    same shore, where once again he came upon the man in full
    evening dress.

    “My father, the king, has told me who you are,” said the
    prince indignantly. “You deceived me last time, but not again.
    Now I know that those are not real islands and real princesses,
    because you are a magician.”

    The man on the shore smiled.

    “It is you who are deceived, my boy. In your father’s king-
    dom, there are many islands and many princesses. But you are
    under your father’s spell, so you cannot see them.”

    The prince pensively returned home. When he saw his father,
    he looked him in the eye.

    “Father, is it true that you are not a real king, but only a

    The king smiled and rolled back his sleeves.
    “Yes, my son, I’m only a magician.”

    “Then the man on the other shore was God.”
    “The man on the other shore was another magician.”
    “I must know the truth, the truth beyond magic.”
    “There is no truth beyond magic,” said the king.

    The prince was full of sadness. He said, “I will kill myself.”
    The king by magic caused death to appear. Death stood in the
    door and beckoned to the prince. The prince shuddered. He
    remembered the beautiful but unreal islands and the unreal but
    beautiful princesses.

    “Very well,” he said, “I can bear it.”

    “You see, my son,” said the king, “you, too, now begin to be
    a magician.”

    Reprinted from The Magus, by John Fowles,
    Dell Publishing Co., Inc.; pp. 499-500.

  5. Brian says:

    Thank you Arnie,

    That was an awesome write up. Your views on Hubbard are my views. He was a Hypnotic Operator…….. straight up, fini, end of story.

    And he knew what he was doing. I do think at some time it turned on him and he started to believe some of the things. In the end his deception destroyed him.

    • Arnie Lerma says:

      Brian, You should document for those who come after you…
      trace a map of what to read, what to think about,
      through the minefield of lies, stage misdirection, and shore stories,
      from true believer to where you are now.

      “For gods sake build a better bridge” out of scientology.

    • I realized something tonight, watching an Armed Forces ad on TV…

      Remember “Be all that you can be”?

      ^^^THIS is what Hubbard used in Dianetics!, THIUS is IDENTICAL conceptually to Hubbard’s promise of “Clear and OT”

      Now they are using “Be a part of something bigger than yourself”

      ^^^^ THIS sounds like the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) was reading Scientology “Success Stories” from kids joining the “Sea Organization”

      I wonder if Dianetics was really D.I.A.netics.

      Ferlingetti’s Coney Island for the mind…. and “as above so below”

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