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In Dianetics and Scientology, Clear is stated to be a condition in which a person is free of the unwanted influence of engrams, unwanted emotions or painful traumas which are not readily available to the awareness of present time. A person in this condition, then referred to as a "Clear", would be a person cleared of those negative influences. Such a person is said to be "at cause over" (in control of) their "mental energy" (their thoughts), and able to think clearly even when faced with the very situation which in earlier times caused them grave difficulty.

Dianetics states that a person's awareness is influenced by the stimulus-response of the reactive mind. Achieving the state of Clear means a person has overcome the reactive mind and is in complete control of his analytical mind. According to Hubbard:

A Clear is a being who no longer has his own reactive mind, and therefore suffers none of the ill effects the reactive mind can cause. The Clear has no engrams which, when restimulated, throw out the correctness of his computations by entering hidden and false data.[1]

Hubbard suggested that the thetan (a person's soul) unwittingly creates its own reactive mind, and is not Clear until it realizes what it has been doing for aeons.

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The state of Clear

In Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, states that becoming Clear strengthens a person's native individuality and creativity and a Clear is free with his emotions.

In The State Of Clear a Clear is defined as "a being who no longer has his own reactive mind, and therefore suffers none of the ill effects the reactive mind can cause."[2]

Hubbard states that merely knowing what the cognition is does not have a effect of realising it for oneself:

Now, we've known for a long time that a thetan made up his own bank (reactive mind), but telling him so didn't get him over it. And we've just found out again that telling him so didn't get him over it, too. Even when he's almost Clear. We say, "Hey, you're mocking it up," and he'd say, "Hey, am I mocking it up? Yeah, I am mocking it up." And he'll go Clear — pshew! — and he goes off that bottom step that isn't there, you know? And he's got to go back on and finish it up the way he should. It's got to be his cognition.[3]

Steps after Clear

After attaining the state of Clear, a person may go on to study the Operating Thetan levels, in which Scientology materials assert the ability to operate outside the body via "exteriorization" becomes commonplace.

Beyond that comes "Cleared Theta Clear", which Hubbard describes this way:

"A thetan who is completely rehabilitated and can do everything a thetan should do, such as move MEST and control others from a distance, or create his own universe; a person who is able to create his own universe or, living in the MEST universe is able to create illusions perceivable by others at will, to handle MEST universe objects without mechanical means and to have and feel no need of bodies or even the MEST universe to keep himself and his friends interested in existence". [4]

Early Clears

There are several conflicting accounts of who (if anyone) first attained the state of Clear, and under what circumstances.

In August 1950, amidst the success of Dianetics, Hubbard held a demonstration in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium where he presented a young woman called Sonya Bianca (a pseudonym) to a large audience including many reporters and photographers as 'the world's first Clear.' However, despite Hubbard's claim that she had "full and perfect recall of every moment of her life", Bianca proved unable to answer questions from the audience testing her memory and analytical abilities, including the question of the color of Hubbard's tie. Hubbard explained Bianca's failure to display her promised powers of recall to the audience by saying that he had used the word "now" in calling her to the stage, and thus inadvertently froze her in "present time," which blocked her abilities.[5][6]

Later, in the late 1950s, Hubbard would claim that several people had reached the state of Clear by the time he presented Bianca as the world's first; these others, Hubbard said, he had successfully cleared in the late 1940s while working incognito in Hollywood posing as a swami.[7]

In 1966, Hubbard declared South African Scientologist John McMaster to be the first true Clear.[8][9] McMaster had joined Scientology around 1962, having experienced relief of chronic stomach pain after his first auditing session. He became a leading public spokesman for Scientology and later a member of the Sea Org. He left in November 1969, expressing continuing belief in the Scientology Tech, but disapproval of the way Scientology was managed.[6]

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Notes

  1. ^ What is Scientology web site
  2. ^ The State Of Clear: Catechism of Scientology official web site
  3. ^ Saint Hill Special Briefing Course lecture # 434, 26 July 1966
  4. ^ Hubbard, Scientology 8-8008, pg 114 (1st ed), pg. 151 (1990 ed.)
  5. ^ Miller, Russell (1987). Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard.  
  6. ^ a b Atack, Jon (1990). A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed.  
  7. ^ Hubbard, L. Ron. "The Story of Dianetics and Scientology" (October 18 1958).
  8. ^ Levy, Alan (1968-11-15). "Scientology". Life.  
  9. ^ Michener, Wendy (1966-08-22). "Is This the Happiest Man in the World?". Maclean's.  

Additional sources

  • L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health, 1950
  • L. Ron Hubbard, The Classification Chart and Auditing, Saint Hill Special Briefing Course lecture 434, 26 July 1966
  • L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetic Clear, HCO Bulletin 24 SeptemberRC 78 Issue III, Revised 18 Dec 88
  • The Murky State of Clear (a critical essay by Jeff Jacobsen)

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