Everyone performs certain routine tasks automatically. Driving a car would be awkward indeed if one had to think newly of every tiny
procedure. But what happens when someone puts a whole field of thought and action "on automatic"? His education, for example? Or his work? Or even his entire life? The answers are here and they open a completely new perspective on the mind. To the degree an individual has withdrawn from participation in an area of life, he substitutes an automatic mental mechanism for himself. Here, then, are these
mental mechanisms and exactly how they undermine an individual's power of decision. Toward returning him that power, Ron details how they can be recognized in a person's thoughts, acts and conversation, and thus detected in both oneself and others. And that is a crucial ability. For just as a real machine can spring free of its
operator and start running out of control, so can mental mechanisms. When that happens-beware! For, by controlling entire behavior patterns, the "machines" can actually deprive an individual of the ability to think and act for himself, without his even suspecting it.
Fortunately, there is a remedy and it lies in what Ron calls "the very central pin of existence," which every living being possesses and no mental mechanism can withstand. Thus one can gain control of the machinery of the mind and, by so doing, actually take charge of one's own life.
Author, humanitarian and Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed figures of the modern age. In a writing career spanning more than half a century, he was both a leading light of American fiction and the author of more than 35 million words of nonfiction--the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit, providing the only road to total spiritual freedom. To date, more than 320 million copies of his works are in circulation worldwide, in 71 languages. All told, those works comprise over 3.000 recorded lectures and some 1.084 written publications, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers. Accordingly, and in testament to the magnitude of his literary legacy, there are his four Guinness World Records: most published author, most translated author, the author with the most audiobook titles and the single most translated non-religious work. Yet the essence of L. Ron Hubbard's legacy is perhaps best expressed in his simple declaration: "I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days. "These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when he finds they are shadows and that he can see through them, walk through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted. And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is."