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Deciphering Scientology: Perspective on Auditing

Deciphering Scientology: Perspective on Auditing

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An essay from former scientologist Stacy Brooks that explains the Scientology auditing process and the implications it as on parishioners. See also: http://cofsexit.blogspot.com/2010/11/deciphering-scientology-primer.html
An essay from former scientologist Stacy Brooks that explains the Scientology auditing process and the implications it as on parishioners. See also: http://cofsexit.blogspot.com/2010/11/deciphering-scientology-primer.html

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Deciphering Scientology:Perspective on auditing
 by Stacy Brooks, 12 Jul 2000 We get calls nearly every day here at the LMT from people who are having doubts aboutwhether or not they should continue to be a Scientologist. Without question, the subject they ask me about most often is the tech of auditing. What do I think about the Tech? Do I think it works?When anyone calls me for advice about whether auditing is beneficial or harmful, I always preface my response by saying that there have never been any clinical studies done to determinethe effects of auditing. I have my opinions, but my opinions are based purely on my ownexperience and nothing else. Certainly they are not based on any scientific evidence, becausethere isn't any. Hubbard never did any scientific testing, and no one else ever has either. The onlyavailable information is purely anecdotal. Ten Scientologists could write about their experiencesin auditing and they would all have totally different perspectives, I am sure.What I have to say here is my opinion.Since I left Scientology I have had a chance to learn more about the various schools of therapythat have been developed. Now I understand that Hubbard borrowed from a number of differentschools when he put together the lower levels of auditing. Dianetics and the Grades are basicallya simple form of regression therapy. The theory of regression therapy is that by going back andrevisiting moments of trauma, one can resolve confusions that were created by the trauma andthereby free up more of one's mind for creative endeavors.My view is that not everyone in the world needs therapy, and that of those who feel they do,different kinds of therapy work for different people. Some can benefit from simple regression;others may need medication, and still others may find that transactional analysis, or perhapsJungian analysis, or perhaps something else helps them. I do not believe that any one form of therapy will work on everyone.I think Scientology does many people a great disservice by insisting that "the Tech" works oneveryone in exactly the same way and that if they are not having gains it means there issomething wrong with them. I don't think that's true. Some people say they have made gainsfrom their Dianetics or Grades auditing, and I won't dispute that. But many others have told me itdidn't work for them. I don't dispute that either.Auditing, at the lower levels where it is simple regression therapy such as Life Repair, Self-Analysis Lists or Grades, may be beneficial for some people. Scientology auditors have noformal education to prepare them as therapists - even the highest trained auditor studies nothing but L. Ron Hubbard's writings and is forbidden to study anything else. But even so, perhaps itcan be beneficial, just as Transactional analysis or Jungian psychotherapy can be beneficial for some people. Conversely, if a person gets involved in a form of therapy that is not right for them,it won't help them and may even make them worse.
In the lower levels of auditing, an auditor guides the preclear, using an E-meter, to areas of trauma or difficulty. By talking about these personal difficulties, some people feel some relief from painful memories. The preclear's personal reality is important in this auditing. Whatever istrue for the preclear is what is addressed.This is what attracts many people to Scientology. They hear auditing is a form of therapy that istailor-made for each individual's particular problems, or "case," as they call it in Scientology.This is a very important aspect of the initial attraction. Many people are thrilled at the idea thatsuch a thing exists.As I said, some people say they have made gains from their Dianetics or Grades auditing, and Iwon't dispute that. However, there is at least one major aspect of the lower level auditing thatconcerns me.What happens in an auditing session is that the auditor asks the preclear, or pc, to locate amoment of trauma in his or her life. The pc is indoctrinated to believe that similar traumatic or  painful experiences (such as all the times when you hurt your knee, or all the times when youmissed your mother) are linked in the mind. If the pc tells the auditor about a certain moment of trauma and there is nothing earlier holding it in place, then once the pc has revisited thatmoment, the upset connected with that moment will vanish. But if there are earlier similar moments of trauma, it will be necessary for the pc to revisit those earlier moments before thetrauma connected with that particular "chain" will vanish. The auditor decides whether or notthere are earlier similar experiences by the behavior of the needle on the E-meter. If it is free-floating, the chain is finished. If not, there is something earlier. Now let's see how this plays out in an auditing session.Your auditor asks you to recall a time when you lost a friend. You tell him in as much detail as possible about a time when your best friend moved to another state. The auditor thanks you, andthen asks you for an earlier similar time when you lost a friend. From this you know that theauditor did not see a free-floating needle and therefore knows you still have earlier traumasconnected with this question. Believing that this is the way the mind works, you dutifully searchyour memory for an earlier time when you lost a friend. You remember a time when you weresix and you and your neighbor had to start school at different schools. You remember crying and begging your mother to let you go to the same school as Sally. You hadn't remembered that in along time. You hadn't realized you still had so much trauma connected with Sally.You think you're finished with that chain of traumas. But your auditor asks you again for anearlier similar incident. You can't remember anything earlier than that and you tell your auditor so. Your auditor is very understanding and tells you to let him know whatever comes into your mind. You want to do what your auditor says because you trust him, so you try to remember another similar experience. You close your eyes and let your mind float a little bit.You see a picture in your mind of someone lying on the ground. Your auditor says, "What'sthat?" Then you know that there is some validity to the picture you just saw, because the auditor saw a response on the E-meter. Now you look more closely at this picture. You start to add
details to the picture you saw. The auditor asks you when this experience happened. The year 1864 comes into your mind. You say this to your auditor. He acknowledges you and helps youfill in more details of what is happening.Soon you can describe a full-blown scenario to your auditor. You are on a battlefield with lots of other soldiers. You are looking down at a young man in a blue uniform with blood all over hischest. You kneel down and cradle his head while he dies. "I'll miss you," he says, and you start tocry as he dies in your arms.Oh! You tell your auditor tearfully, now you understand why losing friends has always been sucha terrible thing for you. Your auditor smiles at you approvingly and tells you that your needle isfloating.In Scientology they call this "going whole track." The Whole Track is a reference to the entirehistory of the universe that goes back millions and millions of years.In auditing, the preclear is utterly dependent upon the auditor to confirm that these incidents arereal. It all depends on what the E-meter is doing. If the meter says the incident is real, then it is.Gradually it becomes easier and easier for the preclear to believe that these past life incidentsreally happened. The preclear's boundaries gradually fall away completely, until there is no limitat all on what might have happened. It doesn't matter, after all. No matter what the preclear says,the auditor always smiles and says his needle is floating. Now you have had hundreds of hours of Dianetics and Grade auditing. Your idea of what is realhas completely changed. You know you are different from other people, because now you knowthat you have lived for millions of years. You know it is true because you've relived so manyexperiences in your auditing. You feel set apart from other people who have not yet discoveredthe truth. You want your family to experience the truth too, but you can't tell them. Theywouldn't believe you. They have to experience it for themselves. You're spending your time withother Scientologists now, because it's uncomfortable to be around non-Scientologists. They don'tunderstand. Scientologists are the only ones who know what reality really is. Now when your auditor asks you for an earlier similar incident, you don't have to be coaxed intofinding a picture. You know what to do. Now, as soon as the auditor asks the question, a pictureappears. There is no longer any difference in your mind between something that happenedyesterday, and something that happened 300 years ago, or 25,000 years ago, or a million yearsago.All Scientologists believe that these incidents they find in their auditing really happened to them.They believe that they have memories going back thousands of years, millions of years, even billions of years. This is encouraged by the auditing process, in which the preclear is repeatedlytold, "What is true for you is true for you." In practice, this means that the auditor validates asreal anything the preclear comes up with in session, no matter how far-fetched it may be.Moreover, the preclear is not allowed to discuss all of this with anyone but his auditor. Husbandsand wives are not permitted to talk about what happens in their auditing sessions. Friends are

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