Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the Magazine Article That Inspired an International Movement | National
LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 27, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 72 years ago, an article in Astounding Science Fiction hit newsstands in April and set the stage for the explosive launch of “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health,” which launched in May.
“Dianetics” sold out immediately, largely due to the enthusiasm of those who had read the magazine article and purchased copies of the book. It was these men and women who helped propel the book onto the bestseller lists, where it remained week after week as news of its findings spread.
Some 750 Dianetics groups have sprung up across the United States, and others have sprung up in English-speaking countries around the world. And many original adherents of Dianetics learned about the subject from this magazine article and ordered their copies as soon as the book rolled off the press.
In Melbourne, John Roberts was eager to receive his copy of the book. He heard about Dianetics from a colleague he worked with who had read the article. Roberts, a survivor of Japan’s infamous Changi POW camp in Malaysia, returned home at the end of World War II looking like the man he was when he left to serve. And he knew it. Roberts read the article at his friend’s suggestion and mailed two copies of “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.”
Roberts’ daughter, now 90, described how her father read the book cover to cover without putting it down. He and his friend immediately teamed up to deliver this technology to each other. He accomplished everything he had hoped for, and Roberts became an integral part of the movement that brought Dianetics and Scientology to his country.
Some 9,500 miles from Melbourne, in Peoria, Illinois, George Seidler also learned Dianetics from a friend. Seidler had served in the war as a medic and earned a Bronze Star Medal for bravery for crawling out of a bunker under fire to get wounded soldiers to safety.
After the war, Seidler went to college, thanks to the GI Bill, and was introduced to Dianetics by a classmate. But Seidler was not interested.
“I was a scientist and a skeptic to end all skeptics,” Seidler said in a 2012 interview. no need to worry about it.”
Seidler challenged his friend by asking, “How can you believe this stuff?” But he was actually intrigued by the idea of regaining his full potential, let alone coming to terms with what he had been through during the war. He bought “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” and immediately started reading it.
On page 2 of the book, Seidler came across something that completely changed his attitude.
“L. Ron Hubbard wrote that man is fundamentally good,” he said. “I always believed that, but I never found anyone else who shared my views – certainly not in the religions that I knew – but it was L. Ron Hubbard who said so. My wife got interested and started reading it too. Shortly after, we were arguing over whose turn a book got, so I got a second copy.
Seidler was among those trained directly under L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 at the Dianetics Foundation in Los Angeles. And he continued as an ardent Dianetician and Scientologist for the rest of his life, opening a Scientology Mission to make this mind, spirit, and life technology available in his hometown of Illinois.
The ecclesiastical leader of Scientology, Mr. David Miscavige, describes how L. Ron Hubbard later published the article Astounding Science Fiction in book form – “Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science”. And it is in this book that Mr. Hubbard reveals the research methods by which he discovered the reactive mind – the part of a person’s mind which functions entirely on the basis of stimulus-response and which is not under voluntary control.
Today, “Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science” and “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” are available in 50 languages and anyone can study these books. Classes are available at churches, missions, and Scientology groups around the world and can also be delivered by mail or e-mail through extension classes.
Produced by Scientology Media Productionsthe Church’s worldwide media center in Los Angeles, these films are shown on the Scientology Network at DIRECTV 320 and can be streamed on Scientology.tvthanks to satellite television, mobile app and through the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.
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Caption: Scene from the film “What is Dianetics” on the Scientology network
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