L. Ron Hubbard – Founder, Dianetics and the Scientology Religion

L. Ron Hubbard – Founder, Dianetics and the Scientology Religion

He was born Lafayette Ronald Hubbard on March 13, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska. He spent his formative years
in a rough-and-tumble Helena, Montana, where he rode barely broken range broncs
at the age of 3 1/2. As his mother was that rarity of her time
— a thoroughly educated woman — he was also reading well beyond his years: philosophy, science
and the pillars of Western literature — all in an effort to satisfy
a rare and abiding curiosity. As his father was
a United States naval officer, he was further afforded
a then rare opportunity to travel, crisscrossing America’s diverse communities
in the teens of the 20th century. At the age of 12, he entered the Boy Scouts, first leading his troop to victory
in a regional Scout Advancement Competition, then representing scouting to
United States President Calvin Coolidge. But it was his 21 merit badges
that most distinguished L. Ron Hubbard at this juncture of his life.
For just days beyond his 13th birthday, he became the youngest Eagle Scout
in American history. It was another distinction entirely, however,
that set him on the first leg of his life’s course — specifically, when an American naval officer
who had studied under Sigmund Freud introduced young L. Ron Hubbard
to the theories of psychoanalysis. Although left with many unanswered questions,
here was the moment when his enduring interest in unraveling
the mysteries of the human mind was born. His father’s naval career provided
the next avenue of inquiry. In particular: a far-East assignment allowing the 16-year-old
L. Ron Hubbard a chance to visit Asia. It was land still steeped in mystery
and rarely seen by Westerners. Yet pursuing very fundamental questions on the origins of Man
and the ultimate source of life, he trekked more than a quarter of a million
miles through India, China, Japan and the Philippines – into many
remote cultures and much arcane wisdom, including Vedic hymns
at the root of Mankind’s oldest beliefs. It was also through these travels
he gained entrance to forbidden Buddhist lamaseries
in China’s western hills, and there witnessed wonders
beyond any known scientific explanation. Shortly after his return to
the United States in 1929, he entered George Washington University
as an engineering student. It was a rigorous curriculum
of scientific methodology, the very tools he needed to examine
human thinking with unerring accuracy. Here, too, was one of America’s
earliest classes on nuclear physics, through which he embarked on
yet another investigatory trail — this one to isolate a postulated life source, theoretically detectable
in small energy particles. Yet laboratory experimentation was by no
means all that occupied his university days. Beginning in June of 1932,
he organized the first of several expeditions to remote and primitive lands — initially,
a 5,000-mile voyage into the Caribbean, where he mingled with a people
pre-dating Columbus by at least 10 centuries. Next came Puerto Rico,
where he not only conducted one of the island’s
first complete mineralogical surveys but also studied yet another ancient culture
deep within the hinterland. Then taking his thirst for adventure
to the skies, he became America’s
385th licensed glider pilot, heralded by newspapers of the day as
“Flash Hubbard” for his aerial antics. While as a barnstorming sensation
of powered flight across rural America, he mixed with still another slice of society. Then, leaving university
in the depths of the Great Depression, he began his career as a professional author — turning true-to-life exploits into
high-action tales for magazines of the day. Tales of adventure, tales of intrigue,
science fiction, fantasies, westerns and even the occasional romance. As an undisputed legend of American
pulp fiction, L. Ron Hubbard wrote it all. Indeed, with more than
300 novels and novelettes to his credit, so prodigious was his output, he was eventually
authoring stories under 15 pen names, and so filling whole magazines with his work. He was also scripting matinee blockbusters
for Hollywood, and otherwise leaving an indelible stamp as
an author whose career would span 50 years. Then, just as exploits fueled story ideas,
so his stories funded still more exploration, until he was regularly crisscrossing the country
to live extreme adventures and mix with people as far afield as Native
American tribes along the Alaskan panhandle. In recognition of discoveries in the field, he was further honored with a place in the
prestigious and invitation-only Explorers Club, and so went on to captain expeditions
beneath 3 club flags. But the real point of such adventures was
the fact he was mixing with life to fathom life. The first decisive breakthrough came in 1937, when he isolated the single common
denominator between all living things, a dynamic principle of existence. It was recorded in a manuscript
entitled Excalibur, and presented the basis for all future research
into the mind and source of life. But then came an interruption to
that research — the Second World War. As he had since earned a rare Master Mariner’s
license to captain any vessel in any ocean, he received numerous recommendations
for commission as a naval officer. In particular, he was described
“discreet, loyal, honest” “and without peer
in the art of getting things done.” So it was, Lieutenant L. Ron Hubbard commanded warships
in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He was highly decorated for duties under fire,
and ended his service in a military hospital, where he was
treated for wounds suffered in combat. But that’s also where he embarked on
his final road of discovery. Working with injured servicemen who had failed
to recover despite intensive medical care, he began employing all he had learned
through the previous decades — spiritual principles from the East as well as
scientific methodologies from the West. What he then discovered were
mental factors inhibiting recovery and preventing medicines from taking effect. And when, in fact, those “mental blocks”
were addressed, the medicine began to work
and patients swiftly returned to health. He then continued refining procedures
on people from all walks of life: actors and writers
in Hollywood’s film community, street-gang members whom he treated
as a Special Officer with the LAPD, even deeply troubled patients
at a Georgia institution. And so it was, having developed
a workable technology of the mind, he authored a definitive text on the subject — a work detailing all underlying theory,
discoveries and techniques. That book was Dianetics:
The Modern Science of Mental Health, published on May 9th 1950. It sparked a storm of popular enthusiasm, and immediately hit the New York Times
bestseller list for 26 consecutive weeks. As such, it was the biggest-selling book on
the mind ever written, and remains so today. Contained within was the discovery of
the reactive mind — the hidden source of nightmares,
unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurity. Yet L. Ron Hubbard never considered
Dianetics an end to his research, but rather a stepping stone to the discovery
and isolation of that long-elusive life source. And indeed, the techniques of Dianetics
provided the means by which practitioners
soon began discovering past lives. Pressing application and research
even further, came the accomplishment of
what is known as exteriorization — demonstrating the spirit was indeed
separable from the body and mind: The Scientology religion was born. Thereafter, L. Ron Hubbard delved
ever deeper into the spiritual nature of Man, documenting his discoveries in thousands
of recorded lectures, articles and books. While to present those discoveries,
he literally circumnavigated the globe, and so Churches of Scientology
opened on 4 continents, headquartered at his long-term residence
in southern England. Through ensuing years, L. Ron Hubbard
continued advancing the subject until his passing in 1986. His legacy comprises tens of millions of
published words and 3,000 recorded lectures. While with over 250 million copies
of his books and lectures in circulation, he has inspired a movement
spanning all continents and all cultures. So to those who would ask, “What kind of man could have founded
the only major religion of the 20th century?” the answer is simple enough: A man who lived life
from the top down and the bottom up. A man who had seen much wisdom
and great suffering. A man who spent a quarter of a century bridging the gap between East and West,
science and religion. A man such as L. Ron Hubbard.

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  1. do you have all this videos in Spanish i really want to see them in Spanish so i can understand more about this religion that amaze my .

  2. a quarter of a million miles? i think u must mean 25,000 miles – i.e. once around the globe. not ten times around the globe,surely.

  3. Nice video, nice editing and nice colors!
    I bow down before so much achievements and genius ! I understand better why his incredible searches and discoveries about vital energy and their ethical application may cause some people uncomfortable !

  4. L.Ron Hubbard's life was and is truly inspirational. Though I do not follow Scientology, I respect the man and the accomplishments he made in his life.

  5. so why should i think scientology is a path to anything? its nothing more than psychology. you can learn all of this yourself, through reading, and application.

  6. Wow… Dr Hubbard is more than just a man – he is a legend, a living spirit that will inspire us forever.
    Nuclear Science is very difficult and it takes a really smart person to get a PhD in that area, which proves that Mr Ron is a very smart and intelligent human being.
    I always respect wounded war veterans – they've risked their lives in order to protect our way of life. Thank you, Dr Hubbard!
    And to trek a quarter million miles – that means he visited every location in the world 10 times!

  7. is this the same video they play in the Scientology Church New Time Square NY? Some guy gave me a flyer to watch a Scientology video

  8. Рон, Я люблю тебя!!!!!!!!! Спасибо тебе за всё!!! Ты лучший мой ДРУГ!!!!!!!!!!!! Ура!!!!! Да здравствует Саентология!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. very interesting he was an over achiever. my mom used to read his books I also peeped them them, they were good.

  10. I love all his books, especially his old stuff, i really love how all his works have this clear and very distinct characteristics. All his works are so alike, and i love that i can always recognize something written by him.

  11. He is an amazing man. First, when I found out about his writings I could not believe that just one man could have written on such different subjects. Now I find that he has lived an extraordinary life and everything he has written works fabulously!!!! what a gift to mankind!!!!

  12. Learn about L. Ron Hubbard, the Founder of Dianetics & Scientology –  Here, http://youtu.be/dziK04-9qqQ , here, http://www.Scientology.org/l-ron-hubbard.html and here http://www.LRonHubbard.org

  13. The real way to get an understanding of anything is to study its source. Not other peoples opinions and gossip. Any smart person knows this. This is the source right here. 

  14. What a wonderful man and explorer. I just know he is flying among the stars in his personal DC-8 as we speak. 

  15. Я обожаю Рона! Благодаря дианетике я получила новую жизнь:)
    Спасибо создателю за его бесценные труды:)

  16. It speaks for itself when you read the comment section and you realize that any that came close to being negative got removed. Even if I'm not saying anything negative, this one will probably be removed too.

  17. LRH's ability to develop a working technology of the mind was incredible. His biography is so inspiring to me. I really want to learn how his teachings can help me live a better and more fulfilling life. How can I meet with a Scientology representative in person? I live in Philadelphia. Thanks in advance!

  18. I don't have words to described this man he was amazing he lived the life in all aspects of life. Thanks for you legacy to humankind.

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