HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO BULLETIN OF 10 JUNE 1960
Keeping Scientology Working Series 33
WHAT WE EXPECT OF A SCIENTOLOGIST1
We inherited, when we began, a great many hidden errors in the society, so deeply laid they seemed right. “Everybody knows that . . .” is a tombstone of progress for it contains uninspected lies that bring the wittiest of us to grief. “Everybody knows that man is evil” was only one of the many things we found wrong, exposed and dropped from our own knowledge. However, in the field of what is expected of a Scientologist, we have for ten years carried along an inherited error. It is this: “Everybody knows that a specialist in a science hangs out a shingle and, if a professional, becomes a private practitioner.”
Now listen. Psychoanalysis was developed in 1894 by Sigmund Freud. Everybody who studied it was expected to hang out a shingle and start practicing. It took half a century for psychoanalysis to become generally known by the people. Yet how could it miss? Its tenet was that if you were sexually uninhibited you would be happy.
The psychoanalyst took his cue from the medico of his day. If you could heal, you were a healer with a shingle.
Well, I’m afraid a lot of us have bought this too. If we were trained in Scientology as a professional, we should hang out our shingle as a practitioner. With all due respect to the Scientologists in professional practice (where they have every right to be) this is not a true idea. It is a borrowed idea. It’s as old as the witch doctor.
A Scientologist is the being three feet behind society’s head. And society runs on eight dynamics, not in a sick room. Some of us, of course, would become professional practitioners. But a professional Scientologist is one who expertly uses Scientology on any area or level of the society.
A housewife who does not have professional level skill in Scientology could not expect to run a wholly successful family or keep order in her neighborhood and keep her family well. A factory foreman could not possibly handle his crews with full effectiveness without professional Scientology skill. The personal assistant to a corporation executive could not do a fully effective job without being a professional Scientologist. A corporation president without a certificate will someday fail. And the head of a country would go to pieces if he didn’t know
Scientology from a professional angle.
How can these people handle life if they have no expert knowledge of how to handle life?
Now, we don’t expect everyone in the world to become a trained auditor. But we expect the people who are making the world go to have a knowledge of how to make it go.
A trained Scientologist is not a doctor. He is someone with special knowledge in the handling of life.
We have many, many personal success stories in Scientology. They begin with a book acquaintance and bloom when professional skill enters the background. These people, small people, big people, drove a wedge for themselves into companies, societies, with Scientology and then took over control of the area. They succeeded where they never would have dreamed they could. And every time one of us drives in such a wedge, we all win because the world is brought nearer to a sane and decent world.
The factories, the marts of trade, the homes, the neighborhoods, these are the places we want trained Scientologists. In that way alone, we’re on the busy, still healthy communication lines of the world.
Some of us need to run centers and schools just to give the rest of us service when required. Training at a pro level must continue and must be kept good. And service and communication must be given. Hence, we have Central Organizations on every continent and HeDs. But if we avoid the throbbing comm lines of the world and act like doctors, we will not win soon enough as a group.
Any trained Scientologist can win to success in society. Heightened IQ, a knowledge of life, a forthright attitude-with these things it is easy for him or her to improve a social or business position, to get higher pay, to exert wider personal influence. This we know we can do, we have done it so often, so let’s improve the ability.
Process people weekends, run a co-audit some evenings of the week at home, but get on the active lines of the world and make your presence felt. It takes full training to do it. It’s been done from our books alone but not always well. It takes tough Academy training to make a Scientologist, so don’t go at it half armed.
And stop feeling apologetic because you are not a “full-time auditor.” We are the auditors to the world, not to a handful of the sick.
We are not doctors. We are the world’s trouble-shooters. When we make a company win, the whole world wins. When we make a neighborhood win, we all win. A full-time Scientologist makes life better wherever he is. And that is enough pro activity for anyone.
What do we expect of you? To become the best Scientologist that can be and to get on the comm lines of the world and bring a big win where it counts. We don’t expect you to hang up a shingle as a doctor and have a private practice. We’ll respect you if you do. But we’ll respect you just as much and even more if you get trained as a pro and go out and up in the world of action and of life. Hit for the key spots by whatever means-the head of the women’s club, the personnel director of a company, the leader of a good orchestra, the president’s secretary, the advisor of the trade union-any key spot. Make a good sound living at it, drive a good car, but get your job done, handle and better the people you meet and bring about a better Earth.
And stop feeling hangdog because you “aren’t auditing full time.” Nobody expects you to.
We’ll keep centers going to service your needs, some of us; we’ll provide ammunition and books. And the rest of us had better invade every activity there is on a high level of success and make our influence felt on the comm lines of the world.
Scientology is the only game on Earth where everybody wins.
So let’s help the world win.
L. RON HUBBARD
- L. Ron Hubbard, The Organization Executive Course: Public Division Vol. 6 (Bridge Publications, Inc. 1991). ↩