We have postulates one and three which are not-know and forget, and postulates two and four derive, in totality, their power from one and three and two and four are the two things people have the most trouble with: know and remember. And they’re dead things; they have no dynamic potential in them whatsoever – no dynamic potential in postulates two and four. They are dead. Their life is only apparent life, There’s something kicking around the corpses of two and four and the something which kicks around the corpse of two, knowingness, is not-knowingness, and the something which kicks around the corpse of four is forget. 1
Hypnotism is exclusively dependent for its action and operation on the sequence of postulates one, two, three and four.
By hypnotism, we have a somebody there who not-knows. We get him fixated on a piece of knowingness. We make him forget it and then he remembers it in terms of action. And we have there the entire explanation, mechanics and modus operandi of hypnotism and hypnotism at last is completely explained.
Another way to hypnotize somebody would be to put him in the middle of chaos, everything going in all directions, everybody shooting at him and suddenly throw him a stable datum, and make it a successful stable datum so that it’s all called off once – the moment he grabs this. And this gives you the entire formula of brainwashing: interrogate, question, lights, pain, upset, accusation, duress, fear, privation and we throw him the stable datum.
We say, “If you’ll just adopt ‘Ughism’ which is the most wonderful thing in the world, all this will cease,” and finally the fellow says, “All right, I’m an ‘Ugh.’ ” Immediately you stop torturing him and pat him on the head and he’s all set.
Ever after he would believe that the moment he deserted “Ughism,” he would be drowned in chaos and that “Ughism” alone was the thing which kept the world stable; and he would sell his life or his grandmother to keep “Ughism” going. And there we have to do with the whole subject of loyalty, except – except that we haven’t dealt with loyalty at all on an analytical level but the whole subject of loyalty is a reactive subject we have dealt with.
So postulates one, two, three and four actually descend from the analytical into the reactive and are the bridge between the analytical and the reactive; and the action of remembering that which you have forgotten is to some tiny shadow a reactive action, and we carry it several more, one, two, three, four harmonics down the line – it becomes obsessive.
How does the individual remember if he goes way down scale into the reactive bank? He remembers by dramatization and dramatization belongs with the lower harmonic of postulate four, remember. Instead of analytically recalling it, he goes into motion. He waves a pink flag or something.
- Hubbard, L. R. (1955-09-14). Postulates 1, 2, 3, 4 In Processing – New Understanding of AXIOM 36. The Conquest of Chaos. Washington, DC. ↩