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Wisdom, Freedom and Exteriorization

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Introduction: To have the unshakeable certainty of being a spiritual being is a great freedom, perhaps even the greatest there is.

Read Max Hauri's introduction letter to this article below.

There have been three principal points in Man's spiritual history:

1. the idea that wisdom leads to freedom;

2. the development of exteriorization; and

3. the culmination of Man's search for spiritual truth and freedom: Scientology.

These points are brilliantly explained in the following article by Ron, perhaps the most basic revelation of Man's spiritual past ever made.


Exteriorization: The state in which the thetan, the individual himself, is outside his body. When this state is reached, the person acquires the certainty that he is himself and not his body.


Ten thousand years ago along the line of philosophic research there was a chap called Dharma, a now legendary monk.

It's from Dharma that you get the tradition which most philosophers follow which is that if you became wise you would become free. Anybody around is grooved in to that basic philosophy. That is part of the woof and warp of the entire culture. That's been going on for 10,000 years on this planet. Started by Dharma. Now that work has been totally assimilated.

That one can exteriorize and that exteriorization brings about freedom, is the premise of Gautama Siddhartha Buddha, and that's only 2,500 years ago. They've got 7,500 years yet to go before they assimilate that into the culture the way the philosophy of Dharma has been. People still don't know about exteriorization 2,500 years after the most popular and most numerous religion on the planet, Buddhism.

These were new thoughts particularly for this very backward and barbaric planet. If you don't think things were barbarous you should have had something to do (and maybe you did) with India of 10,000 years ago. There was no slightest vestige of civilization. To get a point across that if you became wise you somehow became a bit superior, that was a hard one to do. That was a terrific advance. It's almost like trying to teach animals or something, if you can't even talk their language. So that was a big jump. And eventually, practically everybody on the planet agreed with that. We have now some fantastic percentage of the taxation of this planet (that's what's left over from military appropriations) devoted to education.

Thus there's this terrific demand for education or self-improvement. You might not look at it first because it seems so banal, so commonplace to you. But the fact that Man at this time is actually willing to invest time, effort and money in the subject of making people wiser so as to make them freer is a great testimony to this fellow Dharma. Took him 10,000 years to get one point across.

That was almost the totality of it. He knew that you could become a free individual. In other words, there was a freedom which was attainable. But no technology at all.

Now 7,500 years after that Gautama Siddhartha Buddha discovered exteriorization.

Following the pattern of Dharma, he thought you exteriorized by becoming wise. Now that religion has gone into the majority of the areas of Asia and did itself really civilize three-quarters of Asia.

There wasn't much information but he introduced several ideas along with it. And one was, that you should be civilized, be polite etc. That was a shocker; nobody ever heard of that before. Very novel ideas.

Man has not yet accepted the idea that he should be polite but he's getting there. In some areas of the world they have overdone it a bit. So as they cut each other's livers out they say. "I withhold my foul breath from your face!"

So this action of exteriorization was not in actual fact doable to any great degree. The Lamaists came along afterwards and tried to develop some sort of a technology and an explanation for all this. What Buddha didn't cook up they thought they could. Of course they were moving into a zone where there was plenty to be found out. But the big strike had been made by Buddha which is that somebody can exteriorize.

Now of course we are then gainers to the degree that there is some longevity to the idea of the soul. A lot of people accept this. Where it goes, what it does, what it consists of, they haven't a clue. But that there is something called a soul which goes someplace has actually dominated Greek, Roman thought for a very long period of time now. It's about 2,000 years or something like that. It also dominates various portions of Africa and the Middle East under another prophet's name and so on. But it is the same channel of thought that there is such a thing called a soul.

Socrates is the primary forwarder of the idea in our present philosophic history. He was holding forth for the existence of a personal being, or as we would say, thetan. The religious bigots of his time disagreed with this so that they slipped him the hemlock. He went ahead and drank the hemlock just to make them good and guilty.

Now I'm just giving you a scouted background history. The most that was ever achieved by any of these subjects was a type of release. And since the beginning of the universe, so far as we know, there has never been anything but a release. There has never been a Clear. There has never been a Cleared anything. Therefore these were all forms of release. Dharma is release by wisdom, and Buddhism is release by exteriorization.

You have in actual fact, then, the total background history. It's those things which are there to understand in the light of what we're doing today. There are no more complexities then left to understand about these. I would be accused by any scholar of these works of considerable oversimplification but I could answer from the very interesting height of saying, "Yes, it took twenty years to make a bodhi (thetan exterior) but we can make one in about twenty seconds – and at a far higher percentage."

It is so easy to do it is totally neglected. We don't even do it as a special action. We, in actual sober fact, let it happen. That it almost immediately unhappens does not, then, qualify it as a stable release. It isn't a good lasting state. As a matter of fact, after you've popped somebody out of his head two or three times he becomes very anxious, thinks you're going to cost him his body and begins to tell you he isn't.

The psychiatrist looks on exteriorization with the greatest of askance because he occasionally in institutions finds, as an inverse or an inverted exteriorization, a fellow who cannot get into his body and is going frantic. Therefore he thinks anything in connection with exteriorization is insanity. But then, of course, he's branding three-quarters of Asia insane.

This state of thetan exterior can occur at almost any time. Anybody processing anybody sooner or later is going to get a thetan exterior on his hands.

After you've made one of these fellows, you will find out that within the hour, three days, a week he will have tangled up with more reality than he is prepared to confront in his somewhat tremulous uncleared state. He's just a release and he's been asked to walk in this big broad world barefooted and he's still got the anxiety and problem of holding onto his body. He doesn't know quite what to do about this. He's afraid he'll forget his body. On the past track it's happened to him before many times. In fact, it happens to him every time he dies and is associated in his mind with death. He's also had unfortunate experiences when he could do it at will somewhere way back on the track: leaving his body in the inn to pop off and do something and then coming back and finding out they'd buried the body.

So it has very sour connotations with it because he is not competent to cope with the state at all. He's way in advance of himself, he's in actual fact on a harmonic of OT. An OT could care for it but he can't care for it when he is, for example, a Dianetic release.

I'm not making nothing out of Buddha. This was a remarkable advance. It must have been remarkable indeed if Socrates copied it – after which it became traditional in Western culture.

By the way, there are, here and there, some primitive races who believe Man has a soul; it's a piece of truth that isn't easily camouflaged. But for it to actually be worked on or admitted something could be done about it was quite new.

Buddha, when he exteriorized people and brought about exteriorization, brought it about through wisdom so the fellow had some kind of philosophy at least to back him up.

Now the road of philosophy has been very very difficult and it has taken a long time for a basic philosophic idea to manifest itself in the society in which it has been expressed. What's particularly notable about Buddhism is that it was such clear-cut truth that Buddha advanced, that it spread like wildfire within his lifetime. And in the few succeeding lifetimes, a very short period of time, he had almost about three-quarters of Asia right there.

Buddhists had moved from a state of "man is meat" through to "he is a spiritual being" and they had manifestations of this and a rather powerful leader.

Now this is and can be considered only a sort of a state of release through wisdom, because they didn't have any command to tell anybody to back out of his head. The fellow would simply become wise and when he became wise enough he would exteriorize, they hoped.

They had a lot of failures along this line. It's very difficult to do this because it's booby-trapped by the bank. Now in one fell swoop with no pause for breath, we have capitalized upon the idea that a man who is improved becomes free. We have brought about a twenty-year effort to exteriorize down to a point where it can be done in about twenty seconds. We have found what prevented the efforts of Dharma from being perfect, we have found the totality of what barriered Buddhism. Here we are in a society which in actual fact is only bolstered in its culture by Dharma and Buddha with the problem wrapped up. L. Ron Hubbard


Dear friends,

Having the unshakeable certainty of being a spiritual being is a great freedom, perhaps even the greatest there is.

For some, it is an escape, a state we often try to reach with drugs and also medication; for others, it is a modus operandi, i.e. the way we live – in Scientology, we have the means to achieve it step by step.

Much love,


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