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INTRODUCTION
THE RELIGION OF SCIENTOLOGY
THE GUARANTOR OF SCIENTOLOGY’S FUTURE
MR. DAVID MISCAVIGE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD RELIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY CENTER
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If the Book One sensation proved a surprise to others, from LRH’s view it was like a tidal wave. The figures actually worked out like this: Two thousand letters in May 1950, and two hundred every single day thereafter, through June, July and August — more than 18,000 letters. And finally, here was a book that literally sent readers to LRH’s doorstep in Elizabeth, New Jersey, packed his living room — standing room only — and otherwise redefined his life in these terms: It was never again to be his own. As a matter of fact — and we’re talking weeks — the flood of students required the renting of a second and third house. And then, the forming of the Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation.

Meanwhile, by the end of 1950, over 250,000 more had audited their friends and family, until newspapers were finally reporting this: “It will bring the long-sought ‘rule of reason’ to the problems of local and world politics, communication, law, and almost every other field of human endeavor — the goal of a 3000-year search.” And all that was just the beginning — Book One, 1950.

Now, of course, there’s a parallel story to all I’ve just told you, and that’s the story of LRH research and development. Because, after all, Dianetics was only a beginning, and LRH’s final words couldn’t have been more to that point: “For God’s sake, get busy and build a better bridge!”

Book One had detailed the anatomy of the mind and the mental image pictures comprising the “reactive” mind. But, as LRH said, the key question still to be answered, was this: “Who or what is looking at the pictures?” And the search for that answer became LRH’s immediate target of research.

The first clues surfaced in the summer of 1950, when preclears began recalling past-life incidents. And in that regard, incidents prior to this life were not only appearing with greater and greater regularity, but, more importantly, cases only advanced when those apparently past-life incidents were addressed. Or, as LRH later stated: “Everybody ‘knew’ that you only lived once, and the Battle Royale which ensued on past deaths actually barred any research on them for about 6 months, merely because everyone that I asked to run one, was promptly and immediately invalidated, and it made them ill to be invalidated.

“I didn’t know why it would make a person so ill. You can invalidate an engram. That didn’t make him very ill. But if you invalidated a past death, ohhhh!”