‘Dissociation’ by Dennis StephensPosted: February 20, 2022 Filed under: Philosophy | Tags: TROM 1 Comment
This is a new transcription as discussed in a previous post, edited from a taped letter that Stephens sent to Greg Pickering in reply to his letter about the upper level Scientology tech.
You can download the 120Kb pdf file from this link.
Dissociation occurs when a person shuts off part of their mind and considers that it is in the class of not-self, in other words that is a separate living entity. It’s a very common phenomenon and may be as trivial as a mental circuit that imposes a command on the person, or as serious as schizophrenia. Perhaps the majority of humankind are dissociatives, who experience alternative personalities, inner voices, ghosts, daemons, ids, superegos, gods, ancestral spirits, entities and what-not. But some of us never find these things in our minds however hard we look. In this essay, Stephens provides an explanation of why dissociation occurs and why some people are prone to it.
Dissociation is remedied by practice in the creation of postulates in the classes of self and not-self, as we do in Level Five of TROM. As always in TROM, it’s a matter of doing deliberately what the mind has been doing automatically and so bringing the automaticity under control.
I can create an apparent entity any time by making a postulate in the class of self, and a conflicting postulate in the class of not-self in another location. Sensation appears at the boundary between these postulates and it might be easy to assume that “someone else” is there – but spot the postulates and the boundary vanishes without trace.
The original audio can be found online at Tromology and TROM World.
[…] The Surprise Game is additional background to Stephens’ previous talk on dissociation. He describes what was, and remains, the simplest game of creating surprises for oneself by not-knowing part of something that you’re creating. It leads into the game of having an imaginary playmate, and Stephens discusses the ramifications of this in Dissociation. […]