AH HAH! I knew I had read this somewhere!:
"In Crowley's Organization are several grade levels. To reach the Grade of Adeptus Exemptus "The Adept must prepare and publish a thesis setting forth His knowledge of the Universe, and his proposals for its welfare and progress. He will thus be known as the leader of a school of thought." (15) It is apparent that Hubbard has fulfilled this requirement."
Thus began the book of Dianetics and the school of thought of Scientology. Ron was fulfilling his upper levels.
What I wonder is, Exemptus from what? :confused2:
Gee~~~ Do ya think either of those two gentlemen and scholars might have been reading along with us here? OR at Arnie's site? OR read Bent's Messiah or Madman? Hmmm?
In 1984, a former close colleague of Hubbard's told me that thirty years before when asked how he had managed to write Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health in just three weeks, Hubbard had replied that it had been automatic writing. He said that the book had been dictated by "the Empress". At the time, I had no idea who or what "the Empress" might be. Later, I noticed that in an article printed immediately prior to the book Dianetics, Hubbard had openly admitted to his use of "automatic writing, speaking and clairvoyance" (015). However, it took several years to understand this tantalising reference to the Empress.
In the 1930s, Hubbard became friendly with fellow adventure writer Arthur J. Burks. Burks described an encounter with "the Redhead" in his book Monitors. The text makes it clear that "the Redhead" is none other than Ron Hubbard. Burks said that when the Redhead had been flying gliders he would be saved from trouble by a "smiling woman" who would appear on the aircraft's wing (016). Burks put forward the view that this was the Redhead's "monitor" or guardian angel.
In 1945, Hubbard became involved with Crowley's acolyte, Jack Parsons. Parsons wrote to Crowley that Hubbard had "described his angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair, whom he calls the Empress, and who has guided him through his life and saved him many times." In the Crowleyite system, adherents seek contact with their "Holy Guardian Angel".
According to this, BOOK ONE was "channelled" via a Spirit guide, a standard Spiritualist practice utilizing "automatic writing", namely by Ron's "Monitor" whom he called "the Empress", ...this would seem to confirm my thesis, that Scientology has it's origins in and is heavily influenced by the occult...
Thank you very much!!!!
Anyone have the original (circa late 70s anyway) L Ron written preface to Dianetics?
Something witchery/hypnotic about it and I don't have it to hand.