Volume 9, Issue 2, page 7

Freeing Oneself of Forgotten Commands
Illness, Bad Habits, and Delusions Blamed
On Distorted Logic Hidden in Subconscious
CCASIONALLY we read or hear a true
story of someone's miraculous recovery from a supposedly incurable
affliction. He regains lost eyesight.
Or stops being afraid. Or he is freed
from some disagreeable compulsion.
Or perhaps he is suddenly and mysteriously cured of an inoperable and
supposedly fatal cancer.

The fact that such miracles occur
proves them possible. They did not occur
only in ancient days. They still occur.
Medical men have sometimes referred to
them as remissions, a term which does
little to explain them.

Study of the stories of many miracles discloses a common detail. It is that at the moment of a cure, the afflicted person tends to
recall the words of a long-forgotten idea which
he formed or heard, usually at about the time
when his affliction began.

Truly there is a common denominator of every
miraculous cure. The common denominator is that
the exact words of the thinking which caused
the affliction are given brief conscious attention of a sort which releases the individual from all compulsion to live by them.

Humanetics demonstrates that a person gets
into trouble by forming an emotional thought
which thereafter controls him, and gets out of
trouble by unforming that same emotional
thought, something he can do by direct intent
when he understands the procedure. What could
more obviously be correct than a statement
that by finding and reversing the decisions by
which a person got himself into trouble, the
same person can get himself out of trouble?
Every distortion of logic is a fixed inflexible tool of thought which exists on the subconscious level. It is an untruth that was accepted as true in some moment of emotion. It
forces its victim to live as tho it were not
untrue but true. He corrects it by raising it
to the level of consciousness, and recognizing
it for what it is. Instantly he gains release
from necessity to obey.

The idea that we need a multiplicity of
techniques for solving our multiplicity of
problems is a delusion. The same technique
that stops bad habits also stops criminality.
And dangerous driving. And compulsive smoking.
And alcoholism. And inability to hold a steady
job. And cancer. And the same technique will
presently stop our hitherto almost endless
misunderstandings, conflicts, and wars.

A logical first step toward learning to
correct distortions is to learn exactly how
they are installed. A person who really learns
that, stops installing new distortions. The
reason is that nobody could or would install a
distortion when he understands what he is doing, any more than he would knowingly flout
the law of gravity.

Before he can begin, he must learn to find
command phrases. That is easy, because people
talk to themselves and each other thru their
distortions of logic most of the time without
realizing it.

A command phrase consists of the exact
words of the emotional thinking which causes
the trouble. Those words may have been originated by the person who has the trouble, or they
may have been picked up from someone else in a
period of emotion many years earlier. But in
effect, they constitute a subconscious command
from the individual to himself.

When using the command phrase technique,
you start by noticing some human problem. Perhaps an illness, or a bad habit. In your mind,
you ask what emotional thinking may have caused
the problem. At once, the words start running
thru your conscious mind. You let them pass in
review without emotion. That is the entire
technique. By applying the technique, you solve
the human problem -- permanently -- without giving
it any further effort or attention. Every correction comes at once. If you are dealing with
an ache or pain, for example, the ache or pain
shuts off. If you are dealing with a physical
sickness, the sickness starts moving toward a
cure. If you are dealing with an unpleasant
emotion, the emotion stops.

Every person who properly tries to use the
technique soon succeeds. An effective procedure
is to select some problem at random, say a
problem of trying to get ahead of everyone
else without regard for possible consequences.
You should be able to list on paper a long
series of possible command phrases, as fast as
you can write:
"I have to be first." "If I don't take care
of myself, nobody else will." "I can't afford
any delay." "Nobody is ever going to get ahead
of me if I can prevent it." "I never miss an
opportunity." Every phrase you write has to
come out of the subconscious mind.

Whether you realize it or not, your subconscious mind can more easily present valid
command phrases than invalid ones. The reason
is that the valid command phrases are always
the ones lodged in your subconscious mind, because you earlier put them there. If you give
each of them unemotional attention, you get
corrections as you write the command phrases,
without even trying to get them.

Some persons tend to regard Humanetics as a
new version of autosuggestion -- which it isn't.
The various techniques of autosuggestion have
been so widely taught and so widely learned
that they have become conversational topics
wherever people gather. As a result, these
techniques have gained an insidious hold on
people's minds that is quite difficult to break.

Breaking that hold is important; it releases us from slavery.

By autosuggestion, a person might suppress
the symptoms of disease. For example, arthritis
might result from the command phrase, "I'll
have something wrong so people will have to
care for me." If the victim tries to cure the
arthritis by telling himself he does not have
it, he might stop the arthritis, but he does
it by installing another distortion which pulls
in the opposite direction.

MAY, 1962 The ABERREE 7