HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 14 FEBRUARY 1965 1
Keeping Scientology Working Series 4
For some years we have had a word “squirreling.” It means altering Scientology, offbeat practices. It is a bad thing. I have found a way to explain why.
Scientology is a workable system. This does not mean it is the best possible system or a perfect system. Remember and use that definition. Scientology is a workable system.
In fifty thousand years of history on this planet alone, man never evolved a workable system. It is doubtful if, in foreseeable history, he will ever evolve another.
Man is caught in a huge and complex labyrinth. To get out of it requires that he follow the closely-taped path of Scientology.
Scientology will take him out of the labyrinth. But only if he follows the exact markings in the tunnels.
It has taken me a third of a century in this lifetime to tape this route out.
It has been proven that efforts by man to find different routes came to nothing. It is also a clear fact that the route called Scientology does lead out of the labyrinth. Therefore it is a workable system, a route that can be traveled.
What would you think of a guide who, because his party said it was dark and the road rough and who said another tunnel looked better, abandoned the route he knew would lead out and led his party to a lost nowhere in the dark. You’d think he was a pretty wishy-washy guide.
What would you think of a Supervisor who let a student depart from procedure the Supervisor knew worked? You’d think he was a pretty wishy-washy Supervisor.
What would happen in a labyrinth if the guide let some girl stop in a pretty canyon and left her there forever to contemplate the rocks? You’d think he was a pretty heartless guide. You’d expect him to say at least, “Miss, those rocks may be pretty, but the road out doesn’t go that way.”
All right, how about an auditor who abandons the procedure which will make his preclear eventually Clear just because the preclear had a cognition?
People have following the route mixed up with “the right to have their own ideas.” Anyone is certainly entitled to have opinions and ideas and cognitions so long as these do not bar the route out for self and others.
Scientology is a workable system. It white-tapes the road out of the labyrinth. If there were no white tapes marking the right tunnels, man would just go on wandering around and around the way he has for eons, darting off on wrong roads, going in circles, ending up in the sticky dark, alone.
Scientology, exactly and correctly followed, takes the person up and out of the mess.
So when you see somebody having a ball getting everyone to take peyote because it restimulates prenatals, know he is pulling people off the route. Realize he is squirreling. He isn’t following the route.
Scientology is a new thing—it is a road out. There has not been one. Not all the salesmanship in the world can make a bad route a proper route. And an awful lot of bad routes are being sold. Their end product is further slavery, more darkness, more misery.
Scientology is the only workable system man has. It has already taken people toward higher IQ, better lives and all that. No other system has. So realize that it has no competitor.
Scientology is a workable system. It has the route taped. The search is done. Now the route only needs to be walked.
So put the feet of students and preclears on that route. Don’t let them off of it no matter how fascinating the side roads seem to them. And move them on up and out.
Squirreling is today destructive of a workable system.
Don’t let your party down. By whatever means, keep them on the route. And they’ll be free. If you don’t, they won’t.
L. RON HUBBARD
Hubbard, L. R. (1965, 14 February). Safeguarding Technology. (Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter.) The Organization Executive Course (1991 ed., Vol. 0, pp. 21-22). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.