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In 1950, L. Ron Hubbard introduced the idea of the state of clear in the book, “Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health.” Its genus is from the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who postulated the idea of the “Ubermensch” or a superman in 1883. The idea of a transcendent man was picked up by the Nazis to promote a master race. Hubbard took Nietzsche’s idea and framed it in a computer model; the clear was defined as a non-aberrant being whose mind is like a perfect analyzer with eidetic memory (a photographic memory; the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects with extreme precision and in abundant volume). The clear was supposed to be stably happy emotionally with highly enhanced perception and creativity that was free from psychosis, neurosis and psychosomatic illnesses. To date, no clears have been made per this definition.
Over the years the state of clear was diminished and watered down to be cause over mental energy, space and time on the first dynamic, or oneself. Everyone is cause over their mind to a greater or lesser degree. There is a specific “clear cognition” (i.e. realization about the mind) written in Scientology bulletins which can be found on line. It is a realization about responsibility more than anything else.
But there is a later definition of clear in advanced materials which can also be found on line. It states that a being is cleared when he realizes he is himself; i.e. “I’m me!” On a composite case this could be a difficult call to tell whether he really is me or not. Nevertheless, after many hours of skillful sessions and an earnest Dianetic run, a preclear should have a sense of who he/she is to a resounding degree. He/she should be able to make the state of clear by the current Scientology criteria. It is at that point that one can separate out from the composite case and get some distance from what is keeping it restimulated.
One could argue that spiritual icons such as Jesus and Buddha certainly had an exquisite and finite sense of who they were. They could have been considered “clear” at the very least. Before Siddhartha became Buddha, the enlightened one, he went through the entirety of his existences to his basic essence. To say he was not clear would be a definite degradation of whom and what he was. The same goes for Jesus and other spiritual icons; it would be a ridiculous thought to conceive that they didn’t know who they were. When LRH found out that people were saying they became clear in a past life religion, he became very upset and wouldn’t allow that. In an effort to protect clear as his propriety*, LRH specified that a person cannot go clear in anything but Dianetics. *Clear and other common English words are copyrighted and trademarked by Scientology.
Hubbard believed at first that he went clear in Scientology objective processes (processes that have to do with locating and touching material objects). He then officially changed the definition of clear and made it a suppressive act resulting in expulsion to say that anything other than Dianetics or the Clearing Course could make a clear. However, the process used on the advanced levels to make a cleared being is a Scientology process. That voids that assertion.
The primary spiritual pursuit in new age and some ancient religions is recovering self identity; de-voiding yourself of who and what you are not; past identities and incidents, fixed ideas, compulsions, and other connections. It sets the ground work for things to come. The discovery of self is not the exclusive domain of Scientology. Can a person come to know who he/she really is by other means? The answer is simple; of course you can. Can Scientology be used to learn who you really are? The answer is yes.
However, the way Scientology is run today makes it very hard to realize self with any true sense of finiteness and stability. The infected air and uncompassionate greedy culture puts pressure on one’s rightful sense of self. The corporate Church of Scientology not only claims proprietary rights to an ancient and timeless spiritual expression it also inhibits its own true believers who are trying to become themselves because it is not focused on the task at hand; making beings free.