Aleister Crowley said what he called Magick is a science. He used it to distinguish his practice from parlor tricks and stage illusions. Many say he never succeeded. Crowley spelt Magick with a “k”. He said it was a science based on specific laws and techniques. His book begins with a ‘postulate’ followed by twenty-eight ‘theorems’ presented ‘scientifically’ like chemistry or mathematics. This science is about knowledge of the individual self and its potential. In short, “Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions.” It’s poor expression to use well-known words to mean what you claim is the opposite. It’s more likely to be used by a devious, dominant and haughty type of personality, which indeed Crowley was, he developed ways to gain advantage over others by using out of date language that had not yet expired. In Crowley’s magick, the fundamental concept is Thelema, a person’s inner will, the ability to ‘do what thou wilt.’ Doing the ‘wilting’ process is about magick rituals. the point is for a ‘magus’ to astral project himself so that he can become an all-powerful being who is “capable of being, and using, anything which he perceives, for everything that he perceives is in a certain sense a part of his being. He may thus subjugate the whole Universe of which he is conscious to his individual Will.” In Hubbard’s simplified version he modified Crowley’s stilted ego language by using then current American phrases over out of date British idioms. Knowing and following the public trends made for better reading. With the help of others, Ron used sales terms to sell the ideas. He wrote his mental pitch like a sales letter. Whether he made it simple to grasp or whether it turned out that way after other modifications were made is hard to tell. The world was still adjusting to the way Freud and others used a string of invented terms about the mind. An intellectual trap was set up by overspecialization in hysteria. What is today called a panic attack or freakout could mean being jailed then sent to the madhouse. At least that ended as other ways of treatment began. There was surgery, electro-shock, hypnotism, and pyschotherapy. In the latter two at least you could lie down and talk about it. Then there was opium (in a mixture called laudanum) but can cause a panic attack if overdosed, common enough for they knew nothing of micro-doses in those times. Many doctors accepted Freud’s mental and verbal paradoxes to further their career. A more general approach would have helped public understanding. Why not an industrialized approach, doing therapy step by step to free the human mind? For many years a specialized group of doctors had gained ownership. On one hand Ron was a good talker and writer. On the other hand, he had been heavily influenced by the nonsense of Crowley and suffered from permanent drug and mental problems. Perhaps he became a writer because he couldn’t get along with others. One side of himself couldn’t get along with the other. A Hollywood group was looking for a fall guy to write about the mind in a generalized way. They needed someone with charisma and could write. Hubbard came along with enough skills to be a stalking horse. They financed him to work for them, but they didn’t understand a major flaw in his character, he would go into business with others then grab the company money and run. Yet, this time there was too much money to leave behind and so he set up his own group to fight instead of his usual flight. It seems several groups had competed for his services allowing him to play one against the other. When his book succeeded beyond all expectation, he had plans to be rid of them all with an inner group of his own along US Navy lines. They US Navy had developed their own ways of psychology. The life of sailors on long trips always has been a separate way of thinking, The sexual problems are the most well-known. The volcanic Greek island of Sanitori (Said to be Atlantis) was a pleasure island that catered for sailor’s needs in early times. Ron stole money and ideas from business partners. Crowley really did directly steal the ideas from the Golden Dawn movement without having to write a thing. He made the writings his own through a court case and gained legal rights to use the material. He did write and made being spiritual sound like porn which was hugely popular in that era. He made having love sound like making love. He revealed this carnality in his so-called spiritual writings. Being in the arms of your guardian angel to is feel pure joy – and your mind should be on higher things other than feeling what’s underneath the robe. Disputes about the body of authorship can never disguise the blood of life underneath to make it live. Perhaps, like the works of Shakespeare, the rights of ownership is for those who best express the heart of the message - or those who appreciate the message. (Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?) Ron was given his chance to tell a message that passed through the ages to carry to others. It’s not about the ownership of mind but the partnerships of mind that form to better life for all. He had his chance and failed to deliver or secure the fulfilment of mind we needed. Ron called it a science to discover your true nature. You are a thetan, you learn how to leave your body to become an all-powerful being called a clear and do what you want in life. You are soon led into it by taking their courses with lectures. Are you a spirit or are you a body? You tell me what you think, and I will listen without understanding a thing. People do that and enjoy listening. They make what seems like a string of instant realizations while the speaker talks, but don’t ask them what’s been said at the end of the talk. It’s like having a verbal massage and is relaxing. And has been like that since talking began. Some say the word ‘gospel’ means ‘God’s spell’ which may not be true. Near enough is good enough in how it describes the effect of a good speaker. I would say the best I’ve heard is Alan Watts. His Zen Buddhism has charms but a bit too ethnic for me upon further analysis. Perhaps the Japanese may say the same about Scientology and consider Ron’s words as crude and undisciplined. Ron was a good speaker and put what he had to say in a way that covered up his covert purposes.