We covered, in Scientology Thought Control – Part 1, how simple definitions can change the way that people think. In that example, the Hubbardisms entheta and theta cause Scientologists to reject “negative” information (“entheta”) about the church even when true, and accept “positive” information (“theta”) about the church even if false.
However, I don’t want to give the impression that these are the only words and the only concept that inculcates the thought control ability in Scientologists. There are many, many Scientology words, phrases and concepts that work in that direction.
One of the most pervasive and powerful concepts for thought control is Hubbard’s ideas about the “Overt-Motivator Sequence”. This is, really, Hubbard’s reworking of the idea of karma. The short version is: One first does something bad (an “overt“) and subsequently, one “pulls in” (causes something to happen to oneself) something bad (a “motivator“) as an after-the-fact excuse for the previous overt.
Get it? If anything bad happens to you, it’s because you “pulled it in” — because of your overts!
Understand that, in Scientology, this is an absolute. Anything bad that happens to you is your fault!
The engine falls off a jetliner and lands on you, it’s totally your fault. How can that be? Well, it’s probably because sometime, in some past life, you dropped a jet engine on someone else — or something.
See? It’s all your fault.
And one of the manifestations of having an overt is that you start complaining about what was done to you. The Scientological response to someone complaining about what was done to them is, “What did you do?”
This is one very important component in Scientology thought control.
Now, it must be noted here that this concept does not include David Miscavige or the Church of Scientology, nor did it ever include L. Ron Hubbard. If anything bad happens to Miscavige or Scientology, it is because they only do good — and Evil People are attacking them. When Miscavige complains about all that has been done to him, it’s because he is the only good person around. No overts there!
So, to get back to the rest of us, this means that you can never complain. If you’re in deep debt from paying Scientology so much money — it’s completely your fault. If you didn’t get the expected gains from Scientology — it’s your fault. If you ran your business strictly according to Hubbard and it failed — it’s totally your fault.
And here is a key point: Anything the Church of Scientology does to you is your fault! And you can never complain.
If the church, or Miscavige, does something harmful to you — you “pulled it in”.
Woe betide you if you dare complain or even hint that it’s not right. Oh boy! If you did that, you’d be in serious trouble! “What did you do? It’s your overts! It’s all the bad things you’ve done!”
So Scientologists never complain. Further, to stay out of trouble, they will actually lie and say “I’m happy, everything is fine!”
Scientology thought control: It’s all your fault, you are the criminal, so shut up and “be happy!”
So, for Scientologists, here is a little thought exercise: Why don’t you apply the same criteria to Miscavige and the Church of Scientology that they impose on you.
- Miscavige constantly complains about everyone else, what they’ve “done to him”, what “crimes” they’re committing against him, how bad everyone else is. His rants are famous. So ask: What are his crimes?
- The Church of Scientology is collapsing. Governments are investigating and taking Scientology organizations to court. There are protests — and they are not stopping. Lawsuits are being filed against the church. People are leaving and very few new people are coming in. Bad things are happening to the church all over the world. So ask: What did the church do to “pull it in”?
I’m not saying this whole “Overt-Motivator” theory is absolutely correct, but if you believe it, then apply it to Miscavige and Scientology as well. What did they do?
Then find the answers. You will learn a lot.