The Basics books and lectures form the foundation upon which The Bridge to Freedom is built. They are presented in the sequence Ron wrote or delivered them. In many instances, Ron gave a series of lectures immediately following the release of a new book to provide further explanation and insight of these milestones. Through monumental restoration efforts, those lectures are now available.
While Ron’s books contain the summaries of breakthroughs and conclusions as they appeared in the developmental research track, his lectures provide the running day-to-day record of research and explain the thoughts, conclusions, tests and demonstrations that lay along that route. In that regard, they are the complete record of the entire research track, providing not only the most important breakthroughs in Man’s history, but the why and how Ron arrived at them.
Not the least advantage of a chronological study of these books and lectures is the inclusion of words and terms which, when originally used, were defined by LRH with considerable exactitude.
Far beyond a mere “definition,” entire lectures are devoted to a full description of each new Dianetics or Scientology term—what made the breakthrough possible, its application in auditing as well as its application to life itself. As a result, one leaves behind no misunderstoods, obtains a full conceptual understanding of Dianetics and Scientology and grasps the subjects at a level not otherwise possible.
Through a sequential study, you can see how the subject progressed and recognize the highest levels of development. You will then be able to fill in missing gaps, not only gaining knowledge of each breakthrough, but greater understanding of what you’ve already studied.
This is the path to knowing how to know, unlocking the gates to your future eternity. Follow it.
When it comes to “being there with Ron,” there is nothing closer than hearing his Congress Lectures—and that is precisely what LRH intended when he first presented them. For well in excess of his training lectures to auditors, in the course of daily instruction, Congresses were a much rarer affair—every one an event in itself!
Typically held twice a year, most often in London and Washington, DC—yet also in such diverse locales as Phoenix, Melbourne and Johannesburg—Congresses were attended by those from all over the world: auditors and preclears, Scientologists new and old, and even their non-Scientologist friends—everyone was welcome.
And what they heard were Ron’s announcements of the latest breakthroughs and developments—each one opening a new gate to personal freedom and ability, placing the next major block in building The Bridge we have today.
Each series contains a complete body of Dianetics or Scientology technology, detailing both its use in auditing and its application across all parts of life—to the creation of a new civilization. In that regard, Congress Lectures contain the LRH programs to be applied by every Scientologist in their own zone of activity and which, as a combined whole, form the vital elements to clear the planet.
But most of all, these lectures are for your personal gain and progress. For here are the traps unlocked, one by one, and the knowledge to stay free of them forever. That’s why Congresses are the lectures to be heard by every Scientologist.
Every Congress lecture series is listed on pages 20 to 28, in the sequence it was delivered. While each encompasses its own subject, and can be heard by itself without prior study, a chronological study has the benefit of allowing you to see how the subject progressed and which are the highest levels of development.
But no matter which Congress you listen to next, you will want them all. For the Congress Lectures contain far more than the watershed advances that built The Bridge to Total Freedom. There’s also that special air of something more. It’s what Scientologists speak of when trying to describe the unique feeling one gets just from listening to Ron. Where the complete experience far transcends even the magnificent data itself. All of which is to say, the very essence of what millions have come to know and love as “Ron’s lectures”—those are the Congresses.