Dianetics (Book & DVD)
by L. Ron Hubbard
Dianetics means “through the soul” (from the Greek dia, through and nous, soul.) It is further defined as “what the soul is doing to the body.” The theory of Dianetics is that each of us stores sets of physically or mentally painful events from previous experiences when in an unconscious or semi-conscious state. These moments are called engrams and are stored in our reactive (as opposed to analytical) mind. When something of a similar nature triggers the reactive mind to remember the engram, a negative and frequently irrational behaviour pattern occurs. Does this sound familiar? Can you remember times when you seem to be acting totally out of character and have no idea why? The author says that with Dianetics you can learn to control your reactive mind and no longer have to live with insecurity, negative thoughts, depressions and irrational behaviour.
This is subtitled “A Visual Guidebook to the Mind”. The forty minute DVD explains what Dianetics is, provides many examples, and shows how two people can work together to begin to unlock the secrets of the reactive mind.
This 636 page tome, subtitled “The Modern Science of Mental Health” is in three parts: Book 1-The Goal of Man: Book 2 – The Single Source of all Inorganic Mental and Organic Psychosomatic Ills: Book 3 – Therapy. The last section is by far the largest.
The author says the application of a science is an art. He further explains that Dianetics is extremely simple, and yet each individual case can be extremely complex as each person and his inherent personality is different.
This in-depth book makes fascinating reading amid claims that Dianetics brings dramatic and permanent improvement to people all over the world. Do also look at the web site. If you purchase the book and register there are also free online courses and professional help available.
ISBN 1-903820-14-6 www.dianetics.org
(Healthy Life – Mind, Body & Soul Magazine issue 7.Summer 2007)