What is Suppression?


We have been asked to do an article on how SP’s (Suppressive Persons) operate and how to spot one.

Society today is awash with laws, but without effective enforcement of these laws. Because of the lack of will in enforcing the law, gross lack of control or discipline is bred amongst citizens which often results in tragedy.

Lawlessness becomes the normal mode of operation which is not confined to only one sector of our society. It is on the streets, in our communities and urban areas and unfortunately our homes and schools, where it is perpetrated by ordinary citizens, as well as corrupt practices among the elites and our leaders.

How often do we hear about government officials being sent to prison when they breach the public’s trust? Murder and mayhem which are perpetrated by the heartless criminals is the most frightening of all the atrocities that overwhelms us. Add to this rioting and war and we have a less than optimum world to live in and bring up our children!

As stated by LRH back in 1965 (and it is not improving)…

“The enturbulence of the society around us is fantastic.  There is no civil law left, really.  It is that lawless and disorderly condition in the society about us which makes it hard for us to work….

LRH, HCOPL 27 March 1965, “The Justice of Scientology, Its Use and Purpose, Being a Scientologist”, OEC volume 1, page 939-940

These conditions come about because of suppression. But what is suppression? What is a suppressive person?

Per the Technical Dictionary …

SUPPRESSION, suppression is “a harmful intention or action against which one cannot fight back.” Thus when one can do anything about it, it is less suppressive. (HCO PL 26 Dec 66)

Also LRH writes in “Stable Data for Handling the PTS”, from “Introduction to Scientology Ethics”, page 189 …

“A person under stress is actually under a suppression on one or more dynamics.

“If that suppression is located and the person handles or disconnects, the condition diminishes.  If he also has all the engrams and ARC breaks, problems, overts and withholds audited out Triple Flow and if ALL such areas of suppression are thus handled, the person would recover from anything caused by ‘stress.’

“Usually, the person has insufficient understanding of life or any dynamic to grasp his own situation.  He is confused.  He believes all his illnesses are true because they occur in such heavy books!”

And …

The suppressive person (whom we’ve called a Merchant of Fear or Chaos Merchant and which we can now technically call the suppressive person) can’t stand the idea of Scientology. If people became better, the suppressive person would have lost. The suppressive person answers this by attacking covertly or overtly Scientology. This thing is, he thinks, his mortal enemy since it undoes his (or her) “good work” in putting people down where they should be. There are three “operations” such a case seeks to engage upon regarding Scientology: (a) to disperse it, (b) to try to crush it and (c) to pretend it didn’t exist.

Dispersal would consist of several things such as attributing its source to others and altering its processes or structure. If you feel a bit dispersed reading this Policy Letter, then realize it is about a being whose whole “protective coloration” is to disperse others and so remain invisible. Such people generalize all entheta and create ARC Breaks madly. The second (b) is done by covert or overt means. Covertly a suppressive person leaves the org door unlocked, loses the E-Meters, runs up fantastic bills, and energetically and unseen seeks to pull out the plug and get Scientology poured down the drain. We, poor fools, consider all this just “human error” or “stupidity”. We rarely realize that such actions, far from being accidents: are carefully thought out. The proof that this is so is simple. If we run down the source of these errors we wind up with only one or two people in the whole group. Now isn’t it odd that the majority of errors that kept the group enturbulated were attributable to a minority of persons present? Even a very “reasonable” person could not make anything else out of that except that it was very odd and indicated that the minority mentioned were interested in smashing the group and that the behaviour was not common to the whole group-meaning it isn’t “normal” behaviour.

These people aren’t Communists or Fascists or any other ‘ists’. They are just very sick people. They easily become parts of suppressive groups such as Communists or Fascists because these groups, like criminals, are suppressive.

The Suppressive Person is hard to spot because of the dispersal factor mentioned above. One looks at them and has his attention dispersed by their “everybody is bad”.

The Suppressive Person who is visibly seeking to knock out people or Scientology is easy to see. He or she is making such a fuss about it. The attacks are quite vicious and full of lies. But even here when the Suppressive Person exists on the “other side” of a potential trouble source, visibility is not good. One sees a case going up and down.

On the other side of that case, out of the auditor’s view, is the Suppressive Person.

The whole trick they use is to generalize entheta. “Everybody is bad.” “The Russians are all bad;” “Everybody hates you,” “The People versus John Doe” on warrants, “The masses,” “The Secret Police will get you.” Suppressive groups use the ARC Break mechanisms of generalizing entheta so it seems “everywhere”.

The Suppressive Person is a specialist in making others ARC Break with generalized entheta that is mostly lies.

How do you feel after reading the newspaper, watching TV news … CNN, BBC? What is actual fact? What is fake news? How much generalized bad news is put out?

If you feel unsettled by any of the above just realise that you are in the presence of suppression.

Those of you who have been around Scientology for a long time and worked in and out of Organizations, have, for sure been given wrong indications of being suppressive and never had the situation handled correctly or resolved for yourself; correct?

Now all of this can make one feel rather “down tone”, well there is GOOD NEWS!

The full list of the 12 Attributes of a Suppressive or Anti-Social Personality are given in HCO PL 27th September 1966 – THE ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY.

This consists of things which such a personality cannot detect in himself or herself.

LRH clearly states …

However, the list given above consists of things which such a personality cannot detect in himself or herself. This is so true that if you thought you found yourself in one of the above, you most certainly are not antisocial. Self-criticism is a luxury the antisocial cannot afford.

They must be RIGHT because they are in continual danger in their own estimation. If you proved one WRONG, you might even send him or her into a severe illness.

Only the sane, well-balanced person tries to correct his conduct.”

NOTE: This data is an essential part of your “How to survive on Planet Earth” Toolkit! So if you have not already done so we would urge you to go to your nearest Ron’s Org or Group and do the PTS SP Course. A thorough understanding of these materials is needed to survive in today’s world!

(Just to be picky; the definition of “thorough” is … complete with regard to every detail; not superficial or partial).

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4 thoughts on “What is Suppression?”

  1. Extremely useful in today’s society what with the conflicts and enturbulation around the world with Syria and the continuous actions of pockets of terrorists trying to disrupt civilization the middle east in conflict with the alliance, and the conflicts within the leader ship and runnings of the operations of one of the most powerful nation that being within United states of America.
    Its a whole different world out there in this century and stable datums by LRH have been useful in ever day life along with the techniques of Capt Bill developments. Useful data being the reference of the Sector Ops Bulletins his Admin briefings, His tech briefings many are useful to refer to such as logic and life and the dynamics The ethics tech works and has proven to be aiding and conditions by dynamics are essentially to refer to where some times instability is within. Great respect for LRH and CBR and I am happy I have worked close with both Hadley UK

  2. This data rings very true in the face of the current situation in South Africa as well as across the world. It’s good to review the LRH references on SPs and suppression. He was definitely ahead of his time!

  3. A communication for Hadley UK.

    Hello Hadley, I too am from the UK and did much of my early training at St Hill UK in the early 70’s
    Later I trained as an Ethics specialist and practiced in that area for many years.
    After leaving the Church I started reading CBRs briefings, all of which I found to be very on source and true to the early research data of LRH.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the far greater understanding that I have achieved through this further study of all Ron’s so valuable basic data and this has enabled me to achieve enormous gains as I have since travelled further up the OT levels within Rons Org.
    Since my interest has been, for many years, mainly in the area of assisting people out of various forms of suppression I found CBR’s lectures on Improving Conditions in Life and ‘Dynamic in the 90’s” of particular benefit.
    I would recommend that anyone running into difficulty in this area should read both these lectures.
    If you feel that you would like to get into better comm with me, please do so via the blog.
    John Dale has my contact details.
    With best wishes to you, Hadley.
    Anna K.

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