In the early history of Dianetics, only 'engrams' from the present life were supposedly cured by 'auditing'. But as Hubbard grew loopier, or began to realise just how much his deluded followers would put up with, he started auditing events in past lives, eventually going through the 'Wall of Fire' and discovering Incident II 75,000,000 million years ago in which the mad Galactic Dictator Xenu took billions of 'thetans' from all over the Galaxy, blew them up and brainwashed them, some becoming just 'BodyThetans' invisible mad aliens who infest us - the 'real' Thetans. In his crazed 'the History of Man' also entitled 'What to Audit' Hubbard also dreamed up the 'Genetic Entity'. which is inherited. Since a GE and a 'Thetan' can be said to share a body, sometimes they pick up memories from each other, and can then pass them on again in future lives. These 'facsimiles' thus avoiding any embarrassment when two people both claim to have been Napoleon. At one stage Hubbard was denouncing people for crimes committed in earlier existences, but stopped when he realised that this was not as effective a means of discrediting enemies as making fake accusations about the present.

Hubbard himself naturally had heroic past lives, such as being racing drivers called 'The Green Dragon' ,'The Red Devil'.and 'The Blue Streak' in the Marcab civilisation, which had spaceships like 1950's aircraft, buildngs like 1950's America...."MARCAB CONFEDERACY, various planets united into a very vast civilization which has come forward up through the last 200,000 years, is formed out of the fragments of earlier civilizations. In the last 100,000 years they have gone on with a sort of a decadent kicked-in-the-head civilization that contains automobiles, business suits, fedora hats, telephones, spaceships. A civilization which looks almost an exact duplicate but is worse off than the current U.S. civilization."

Having audited past lives on this planet, Hubbard was able to deduce that human beings must have been descended from clams, and making a snapping motion with the fingers will restimulate the "clam engram" caused by spending millennia on the beach opening and closing one's jaws and "throw one into the clam" causing acute toothache. Thus Scientologists are often referred to as "clams".

"The clam had many troubles. The first of these was the double-hing problem. One hinge wishes to stay open, the other tries to close.... The hinge epicenters later became the hinges of the human jaw. Should you desire to confirm this, describe to some uninitiated person the death of a clam without saying what you are describing. 'Can you imagine a clam sitting on the beach, opening and closing its shell very rapidly?' (make a motion with your thumb and forefinger of a rapid opening and closing.) The victim may grasp his jaws with his hand and feel quite upset. He may even have to have a few teeth pulled." - L. Ron Hubbard 'History of Man'

And of course, reincarnation is still supposed to be going on. "At death the theta being leaves the body and goes to the between-lives area. Here he 'reports in', is given a strong forgetter implant and is then shot down to a body just before it is born" (accompanied by the loyal BodyThetans, naturally). "The report area for most has been Mars. Some women report to stations elsewhere in the solar system. There are occasional incidents about earth report stations. The report stations are protected by screens. The last Martian report station on Earth was established in the Pyrenees." - 'History of Man'

"Now we notice that Mars doesn't have any atmosphere either and won't support life. In spite of the fact that it turns green and red and purple with the seasons, it doesn't support life. We understand -- there's lots of things we understand about this system -- heh-heh! Isn't it? But this is a carefully maintained station. And a space-opera, meat-body type society maintains it very carefully. They have a hospital, there's space craft hanging around there, dispatcher stations, landing platforms, this type of thing. It's all highly civilized, but they carefully maintain this one. And it's very interesting, they maintain this one. They've maintained it for thousands of years without any change. Why, it's fascinating. Why are they maintaining this thing? Why? Why is it so important to them? " Lecture 23 July 1963

And just when you thought it couldn't get any loopier comes - the talking horse: "When I was doing my Purification Rundown, I picked up the pictures of a being who was stuck in being a harness horse in earlier years. I located the garage where the being was- actually a converted horse barn. I got in communication with him and convinced him that since I was the only one who 'saw' him (his mock-up), I must know something. I got him to accept the idea of taking a human body and becoming aware. I showed him the Scientology symbol and cross. Then I directed him to a hospital where there was a new body. Later that evening I got communication from the being. He was with his new, loving family - and already forgetting he was a horse." K.H. (Advance! issue 95, p.14)

These beliefs would be merely laughable, if it were not for the fact that Scientology is notorious for causing suicides among its adherents. Often faced with money problems because of the cult's endless demands for money, the doctrine of re-incarnation makes an 'End of Cycle' seem an easy way out for many scientologists, with the added attraction that their expensive courses in this life are supposed to give them a headstart in their next life.

But if you don't fancy a quick death and reincarnation, Scientology has a method of bringing you back from the dead.

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