WHAT IS AUDITING?
Although the purely philosophical aspects of L. Ron Hubbard's works are sufficient in themselves to apply in everyday existence, only auditing provides a precise route by which individuals may travel to higher states of spiritual awareness. The goal of auditing is to restore beingness and ability. This is accomplished by: (1) helping individuals rid themselves of any spiritual disabilities; (2) increasing spiritual abilities.
Obviously, both are necessary for an individual to achieve his full spiritual potential. Auditing, then, deletes life's painful experiences and addresses and improves one's ability to confront and handle the factors in his life.
Through auditing one is able to look at one's own existence and improve one's ability to confront what one is and where one is. There are vast differences between the technology of auditing, a religious practice, and other practices. There is no use of hypnosis, trance techniques or drugs during auditing. The person being audited is completely aware of everything that happens. Auditing is precise, thoroughly codified and has exact procedures.
A person trained and qualified to better individuals through auditing is called an auditor. Auditor is defined as "one who listens," from the Latin audire, meaning "to hear or listen." An auditor is a minister or minister-in-training of the Church of Scientology. A person receiving auditing is called a preclear-meaning "a person not yet Clear." A preclear is someone who, through auditing, is finding out about themselves and life. The period of time during which an auditor audits a preclear is called an auditing session. A session is conducted at an agreed-upon time established by the auditor and preclear. Auditing uses processes-exact sets of questions asked or directions given by an auditor to help a person locate areas of spiritual distress, find out things about themselves and improve their condition. There are many, many different auditing processes and each one improves the individual's ability to confront and handle part of their existence. When the specific objective of any one process is attained, the process is ended and another can then be used to address a different part of the person's life.
An unlimited number of questions could, of course, be asked, which might or might not help a person. The accomplishment of Dianetics and Scientology is that L. Ron Hubbard isolated the exact questions and directions to bring about spiritual freedom. The questions or directions of the process guide the person to inspect a certain part of their existence. What is found will naturally vary from person to person, since everyone's experiences are different.
Regardless of experience or background, however, the individual is assisted in locating not only areas of spiritual upset or difficulty in their life, but the source of the upset. By doing this, a person is able to free themselves of unwanted barriers that inhibit, stop or blunt their natural abilities and increase these abilities so that they become brighter and more spiritually able.
There are no variables in the technology of auditing, no random results of haphazard applications. Auditing is not a period of vague free association. Each process is exact in its design and in its application and attains a definite result when correctly ministered. Scientology auditing can bring anyone from a condition of spiritual blindness to the brilliant joy of knowing.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SCIENTOLOGY PATHS OF AUDITING AND TRAINING?
What best explains the difference between auditing and training is the Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart (also known as the Grade Chart).
On the right side of the chart are various steps or "grades" a person moves through as he participates in auditing. Each grade listed has a column for "Ability Gained" that describes the increasing levels of spiritual awareness and ability rehabilitated at that stage. All is accomplished on a gradient (a gradual approach, taken step by step). In this way, states of being which are seemingly "too high above one" can be achieved with relative ease.
The left-hand side of the chart describes the gradient steps of training through which one gains the knowledge and abilities necessary to minister each level to others. Every training service listed includes a description of the subject matter for that level. In training, one is learning about the various facets of life (the Eight Dynamics) with a view to helping others.
These two different paths parallel each other. Optimally, a person follows both paths. The chart is a guide for the individual from the point they first enter Scientology, and shows the basic sequence in which to proceed with their auditing and training services.
DO ALL CHURCH STAFF PARTICIPATE IN AUDITING AND TRAINING?
Yes, of course.
WHAT DO THE TERMS PRECLEAR AND AUDITOR MEAN?
A preclear is someone who is receiving Scientology or Dianetics auditing on their way to becoming Clear. Through auditing, they are finding out more about themselves and life. An auditor is a person trained and qualified to better individuals through Scientology counseling. Auditor is defined as "one who listens," from the Latin audire, meaning "to hear or listen." An auditor applies standard technology of Dianetics and Scientology to preclears to help them locate areas of spiritual distress, find out things about themselves and improve their condition.
WHAT IS THE E-METER AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
E-Meter is a shortened term for electropsychometer. It is a religious artifact used as a spiritual guide in auditing. It is for use only by a Scientology minister or a Scientology minister-in-training to help the preclear locate and confront areas of spiritual upset. In itself, the E-Meter does nothing. It is an electronic instrument that measures mental state and change of state in individuals and assists the precision and speed of auditing. The E-Meter is not intended or effective for the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of any disease.
In order to understand how the E-Meter works, it is necessary to understand some basic Scientology concepts.
There are three basic parts of Man-mind, body and thetan. The thetan is an immortal spiritual being-the individual himself. The thetan inhabits a body and has a mind, which is a collection of mental image pictures.
The pictures in the mind contain energy and mass. The energy and force in pictures of painful or upsetting experiences can have a harmful effect upon an individual. This harmful energy or force is called charge.
When the E-Meter is operating and a person holds the meter's electrodes, a very tiny flow of electrical energy (about 1.5 volts-less than a flashlight battery) passes down the wires of the E-Meter leads, through the person's body and back into the E-Meter. (The electrical flow is so small, there is no physical sensation when holding the electrodes.) When the person thinks a thought, looks at a picture in their mind, re-experiences an incident or shifts some part of the reactive mind, they are moving and changing actual mental mass and energy. These changes in the mind influence the tiny flow of electrical energy generated by the E-Meter, causing the needle on its dial to move. The needle reactions on the E-Meter tell the auditor where the charge lies, and that it should be addressed through auditing.
WHY DOES ONE HAVE TO WAIT SIX WEEKS TO PARTICIPATE IN AUDITING IF ONE HAS BEEN HABITUALLY USING DRUGS?
Research has shown that it takes at least six weeks for the effect of drugs to wear off. Quite simply, auditing is not as effective while drugs are in the system because a person on drugs is less alert and may even be rendered stupid, blank, forgetful, delusive or irresponsible.
WILL TAKING ANTIBIOTICS PREVENT ME FROM PARTICIPATING IN AUDITING?
No. Antibiotics work differently than drugs. A preclear taking antibiotics pursuant to a doctor's prescription should let their Director of Processing know, but this will not prevent them from receiving auditing. Many people claim that antibiotics work more rapidly and effectively when they receive auditing at the same time.
IS IT OKAY TO TAKE ANY SORT OF DRUGS WHEN YOU ARE IN SCIENTOLOGY?
Except for antibiotics or other medical drugs prescribed by a physician, no. All other drugs including recreational street drugs and psychiatric mind-altering drugs, are forbidden.
If a person has a medical or dental condition requiring treatment that includes taking some medical drug other than antibiotics, they should inform the appropriate staff member and consult their doctor or dentist.
Drugs are usually taken to escape from unwanted emotions, pains or sensations. In Scientology, the real reasons for these unwanted conditions are located and handled so that the individual no longer needs or desires drugs. Drugs dull people and make them less aware. Scientology's aim is to make people brighter and more aware.
Drugs are essentially poisons. The degree they are taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A large amount acts as a poison and can kill one dead. Drugs also dull one's senses and affect the mind and spirit so that the person becomes less in control and more the effect of their environment, a very undesirable state.
Despite the claims of psychiatrists that drugs are a "cure-all," at best drugs only mask what is really wrong; at worst, drugs cause harm. The real answer is to handle the source of one's troubles-and that is done through Scientology.
WHAT IS THE PURIFICATION PROGRAM?
The Purification Rundown is a detoxification program which enables an individual to rid himself of the harmful effects of drugs, toxins and other chemicals that lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being.
We live in a chemical-oriented society. Virtually everyone is regularly subjected to an intake of food preservatives, pesticides, atmospheric poisons and the like. Add to this the panoply of medical and street drugs generally consumed and the gravity of the problem becomes obvious.
These drugs and toxins can put an individual into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health, but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.
In the 1970s, while working with cases that had previously used drugs, Mr. Hubbard's research revealed that LSD stays in the system for years after ingestion, lodging in the fatty tissues of the body. Months or even years later, a person can re-experience a "trip" as LSD residues dislodge from the fatty tissue.
Subsequent research revealed that a long list of other street drugs, chemical poisons, toxic substances and medical drugs can similarly lodge in the body and cause a person to re-experience their effects.
In answer, Mr. Hubbard developed the Purification Rundown to meet a growing threat to spiritual advancement and well-being stemming from the more and more common use of drugs and biochemical substances in the current culture.
The Purification Rundown is a tightly supervised regimen of exercise, sauna and nutrition. It is conducted in a properly ordered schedule to include sufficient rest. In combination, it results in the elimination of drug residues and other toxins from the body's fatty tissues.
The Purification Rundown and its underlying discoveries have enabled hundreds of thousands to free themselves from the harmful effects of drugs and toxins and so achieve spiritual gains.
HOW MANY HOURS A DAY CAN ONE PARTICIPATE IN AUDITING?
This depends upon one's particular auditing program. Some participate in auditing for a longer time than others. An average is around 2 1/2 hours a day for the five weekdays. Auditing is best done intensively, at least 12 1/2 hours a week (2 1/2 hours a day for the five-day week). The more intensively one is audited, the more rapid progress one makes as there is no distraction from day-to-day routines or upsets.
HAS THE TECHNOLOGY OF AUDITING CHANGED SINCE THE EARLY DAYS OF SCIENTOLOGY?
The basics of auditing never changed, but there were considerable advances and refinements as L. Ron Hubbard continued his research and development of Scientology auditing technology. All his technology is now available and presented in the exact sequence of gradient steps in which it should be delivered.
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF AUDITING?
Scientology auditing is ministered in a specific sequence which handles the major barriers people encounter when trying to achieve their goals. After receiving auditing, one will start to recognize for oneself the change, that one's outlook on life is improving and that one is becoming more able. In Scientology, a person will not be told when they have completed an auditing level-they will know for themselves, as only they can know exactly what they are experiencing. This gives them the certainty that they have attained the spiritual advances that they want to attain from each level.
There will also no doubt be some outwardly demonstrable or visible changes that occur: One might look healthier and happier. People may well comment on how calm or cheerful one looks or how they are doing better on their job.
We are not making any claims for Dianetics or Scientology. When you have experienced it, it is you who will make the claims.
DOES AUDITING REALLY WORK IN ALL CASES?
Dianetics and Scientology technologies are very exact and well-tested procedures that work in 100 percent of the cases in which they are applied standardly and as intended. Which is to say, the procedures must be applied in exact accord with L. Ron Hubbard's direction as preserved in the Scientology scripture, which very much includes the moral and ethical standards by which the individual participating in auditing must abide.
A further proviso is that the individual must participate on their own determinism. The Church makes no guarantee of results as auditing is something which requires the active participation of the individual. Auditing is not something done to an individual; it is something done in which the individual is the active participant.
WHAT CAN AUDITING CURE?
Scientology is not in the business of curing ailments in any traditional sense of the word. Auditing is not done to repair the body or heal anything physical, and the E-Meter cures nothing. However, in the process of becoming happier, more able and more aware as a spiritual being through auditing, illnesses that are psychosomatic in origin (meaning illnesses caused by the soul) often disappear.
CAN ONE GO EXTERIOR IN AUDITING?
Exteriorization is the state of the thetan, the individual himself, being outside the body with or without full perception, but still able to control and handle the body. Exteriorization is a personal matter for each individual. Many Scientologists have been known to go exterior, so it would not be at all surprising if one, too, goes exterior at some point during one's auditing.
When a person goes exterior, they achieve a certainty that they are themselves, a spiritual being, and not their body.
ARE AUDITORS GOVERNED BY A CODE OF CONDUCT?
Auditors maintain and practice a code of conduct known as the Auditor's Code. The Auditor's Code consists of exactly followed rules that ensure the person being audited gets the greatest possible gain. The Auditor's Code evolved over many years of observation, and it is the code of ethics which governs an auditor's conduct.
Auditing is most successful when the auditor acts according to the Code. For example, one goal of auditing is to restore the individual's certainty in his own viewpoint. Hence, the Code flatly prohibits the auditor from telling the person they are auditing what they should think about themselves, or offering any opinion about what is being audited. Auditing must be conducted within a framework of complete trust. Thus, as with ministers of other religions, the Auditor's Code requires auditors to treat communications from parishioners with complete confidentiality.
The qualities instilled by the Auditor's Code are essentially those held to be the best in people. An auditor shows kindness, affinity, patience and other virtues while assisting the person being audited to confront areas of upset or difficulty.
IS INFORMATION DIVULGED DURING AUDITING SESSIONS ALWAYS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Absolutely and without exception.
Traditionally, all communications between a minister and parishioner have been privileged and confidential. That is certainly the case in the Scientology religion, and this trust is never violated. In fact, the Church would invoke all legal protections under its clergy-penitent privilege to safeguard this confidentiality.
The Auditor's Code requires a minister to never use the secrets divulged by a parishioner in an auditing session. The information given in trust during an auditing session by a parishioner to a minister is considered sacrosanct by the Church and Church ministers. All such information is kept strictly confidential by a Scientology minister and the Church.
The State of Clear
WHAT IS THE STATE OF CLEAR?
Clear is the name of a state achieved through auditing and describes a being who no longer has his own reactive mind, the hidden source of irrational behavior, unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities. Without a reactive mind, individuals regain their basic personality, self-determinism and, in essence, become much, much more themselves.
The full glory of the state of Clear has no comparable description in any writings existing in our culture. It is a goal Man has dreamed of achieving for more than 2500 years, yet the state of Clear is far above anything anyone even conceived of previously. Indeed, that one could become something far higher and better than a human being, personally and in a single lifetime, is a brand-new concept.
The state of Clear does exist today and is attainable by all. Thousands upon thousands of Scientologists all over the world are Clear and more achieve this state with every passing day.
HOW DOES ONE GO CLEAR?
Simply by taking one's first step in Scientology, or by taking the next step as shown on the Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart, and then continuing up the levels set forth on this chart.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GO CLEAR?
It varies from person to person, but one can travel from the bottom of the Grade Chart to Clear in a matter of months. The speed of progress depends on how much time one participates in auditing and training each week. Statistically, those who participate in intensive auditing and training services and do not stop along the way progress the fastest.
IF ONE GOES CLEAR, WILL HE LOSE HIS EMOTIONS?
No, on the contrary, a Clear is able to use and experience any emotion. Only the painful, reactive, uncontrolled emotions are gone from his or her life. Clears are very responsive beings. When one is Clear, one is more oneself. The only loss is a negative-the reactive mind-which was preventing the individual from being themselves in the first place.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE CLEAR?
A Clear is able to deal causatively with life rather than react to it. A Clear is an unaberrated person. They are rational in that they form the best possible solutions they can with the data they have and from their viewpoint. A Clear gets things done and accomplishes more than they could before they became Clear.
Whatever one's level of ability before one is Clear, it will be greatly increased after one achieves the state of Clear.
ARE CLEARS PERFECT?
No, they are not perfect.
They are called a Clear because their basic personality (the individual himself), their self-determinism, their education and experiences have been cleared of aberration. The basic individual is not a buried, unknown or a different person, but an intensity of all that is best and most able in the person.
To that end, all the abilities of the individual can be brought to bear on the problems they encounter and all the data in their analytical mind is available for solution to those problems.
DO CLEARS GET COLDS AND GET SICK?
A Clear can still get sick, but this occurs far less frequently than before he became Clear. In other words, a Clear still has a body and bodies are susceptible to various illnesses. However, no longer having their reactive mind, they are much more at cause and are not adversely affected by many of the things that would have caused psychosomatic illnesses before they went Clear.
To measure a Clear only by his health, however, would be a mistake because this state has to do with the individual as a spirit, not as a body.
IF CLEARS NO LONGER HAVE A REACTIVE MIND, WHY DO THEY STILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN AUDITING?
There are many more states of awareness and ability that can be achieved above the state of Clear, as one is only Clear on the First Dynamic.
Beyond Clear is a state of existence known as Operating Thetan or OT. By Operating is meant "able to act and handle things" and by Thetan is meant "the spiritual being that is the basic self." The state of OT is attained by proceeding through a series of gradient steps, each one slightly more advanced than the last and each with its own ability gained.
As Mr. Hubbard wrote:
"It is hard for Man to grasp even that these states exist. He has no literature about them really or any vocabulary for them.
"But they do exist.
"Reach for them and you'll see.
"Once one starts going up, there is no wish to stop. The whiff of freedom and the total reality of it after all this time is too strong."
WHAT IS MEANT BY OPERATING THETAN (OT)?
Operating Thetan (OT) is a spiritual state of being above Clear. By Operating is meant "able to act and handle things" and by Thetan is meant "the spiritual being that is the basic self." An Operating Thetan, then, is one who can handle things without having to use a body of physical means.
Basically, one is oneself, can handle things and exist without physical support or assistance. It doesn't mean one becomes God. It means one becomes wholly oneself. Basic levels of Scientology help a person deal with his personal relationships and day-to-day problems, to free his attention to address higher aspects of existence. At the level of Operating Thetan, one deals with his own immortality as a spiritual being.
Like any other spiritual level in Scientology, the state of OT is attained by proceeding through a series of gradient steps, each one slightly more advanced than the last and each with its own ability gained. The precise sequence is firmly established and variations from that sequence are unproductive. Thus, it would be fruitless to try to move somebody onto the OT levels before he is ready for them. One might as well demand that a baby run before learning to crawl and learning to walk. Similarly, in Scientology individuals can only receive the benefits of the counseling that brings one to OT after completion of more basic steps.
At the level of OT, Scientologists study the very advanced materials of L. Ron Hubbard's research. According to those who have achieved OT, the spiritual benefits obtained surpass description.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STATE OF OPERATING THETAN?
The goal of Operating Thetan is to overcome the travails of existence and regain the certainty and abilities of one's native spiritual beingness. At this level one knows that they are separate and apart from such material things as physical form or the physical universe.
OT (Operating Thetan) is a state of spiritual awareness in which an individual is able to control themselves and their environment. An OT is someone who knows that they know and can create positive and pro-survival effects on all of their dynamics. They have been fully refamiliarized with their capabilities as a thetan and can willingly and knowingly be at cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.
As a being becomes more and more OT, they become more stable, powerful and responsible as a spiritual being.
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