Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon Independent Scientology Community Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:31:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Training in the Independent Field http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2011/02/01/training-in-the-independent-field/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2011/02/01/training-in-the-independent-field/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:09:45 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=164 Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:53

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Dan Koon (aka Joe Howard) today

Jimmy Rebel and I have been working for some time now to make it possible for people to do auditor training outside of the formal Church of Scientology, which many feel has become so weighed down with arbitraries and extraneous demands on their time and bank balances as to make it virtually impossible to learn the subject.

For over 12 years I worked in the LRH Technical Research and Compilations Unit in the Senior C/S International Office in the Sea Org. I was in the unit while LRH was on the lines directing the unit and worked there for an additional 10 years after he passed away.

LRH’s viewpoint on training was that training should be fast and auditing should be more drawn out, both receiving and giving. In other words, people should train in order to learn how to audit and while gaining experience as auditors they would become better while continuing to improve their knowledge of and ability to apply the technology.

The Year of Tech Breakthroughs: 1978

In 1978, LRH undertook a review of Academy training. He found that the Academy Levels had become overly long and had become a mish-mash of all kinds of tech not, strictly speaking, related to Academy Level training, which was supposed to be directed towards teaching students to audit the Expanded Lower Grades, ARC Straightwire through Grade 4.

It is understandable how this occurred. After 1968, which had been the previous time a checksheet evolution was done, there were a ton of tech breakthroughs and developments: Word Clearing, Standard Dianetics, Int Rundowns, the C/S Series, Expanded Grades, PTS/SP tech and on and on. Many of the developments related to all auditing in general and so many bulletins wound up appearing on Academy Levels checksheets.

By 1978, a Class IV auditor was trained to do Int Rundowns, C/S 53s, PTS Rundowns, Expanded Green Form 40s and much else. He or she was the equivalent of  today’s Class V Graduate with all the Tech Specialist Courses to boot. Auditor training had become overlong. LRH’s solution was to shorten checksheets and concentrate them on specific bodies of tech or rundowns. The basic auditor training lineup would still remain Academy Levels 0-IV but if an auditor found he needed to do an Int Rundown, he could do a quick course that taught only that and get right back to auditing.

So, in overseeing the compilation of the 1978 Academy checksheets, LRH mandated that the number of issues on those checksheets could not exceed the number of issues that appeared on the 1968 checksheets, which had been the last set he reviewed. Many issues not specifically relevant to delivery of Expanded Lower Grades were stripped from the checksheets.

RTRC complied with those directions and checksheets were released in the fall of 1978. I didn’t work on these as I was not in the unit at that time. But I did compile the 1987 checksheets when Academy training was once again updated to incorporate the Tech Films. These checksheets adhered to the LRH datum restricting the number of issues that could appear and also included the appropriate Tech Films for each level and improved the demos, drills and practical assignments over the ’78 compilations.

When Jimmy Rebel approached me to assist in his project it became clear that the 1987 checksheets should form the basis of what we have today under the heading of Independent Checksheets. Many auditors trained on these checksheets and copies are all over the internet. Another checksheet evolution was done in 1996 as part of the Golden Age of Tech program but those incorporate all the Standard Tech Drills, which are not currently available in the independent field.

The 1987 checksheets are good, standard training checksheets that made auditors who could get results on pcs. They do not require a separate metering course such as the current Professional Metering Course being delivered in the church but instead include the meter drills necessary to audit the tech taught at each level. The Professional Metering Course is loaded with arbitraries and some students have spent years trying to pass the dating drills and final assessment video. Most Expanded Grades processes require only the metering skills necessary to spot an instant read and an F/N, since the vast majority of processes are repetitive processes.

The goal, then, with these checksheets is to provide an auditor training lineup that anyone can follow to learn the mechanisms of the mind and gain the skills needed to apply LRH’s breakthroughs to help others. We intend to make this lineup broadly available and Jimmy Rebel has plans in place to make quality training affordable at very reasonable costs.

Getting Scientology back on the rails

In an utterly misguided and off-Source effort to attain “perfection,” the church has placed so many obstacles in the way of auditor training that they are choking off the practice of Scientology, which is the entire point of the subject–practice. Application. The runway to application is so long now that many never get off the ground. While other subjects are mainly philosophic studies, Scientology is meant to be an applied philosophy and that is what Jimmy Rebel has set out to provide. It’s personally gratifying for me to be able to contribute to his efforts.

These checksheets don’t replace any other checksheets being offered by any individual, group or organization. If someone sees something they think is wrong with these checksheets or which could be improved they are free to communicate about it. People are free to use these checksheets in any way they wish or not. In the final analysis, each of us has our own direct line to LRH and it is ultimately up to each one of us what we do with that line.

It’s the hope that people who are not able to or who are no longer willing to study in the church will avail themselves of this LRH data, learn to apply what he has left us and use this knowledge to improve the ability to better conditions, which is the entire mission of Scientology. (IAS, Super Power, Idle Org and Library Campaign Registrars take note.)

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LRH and the Beginnings of Cine http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/08/lrh-and-the-beginnings-of-cine/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/08/lrh-and-the-beginnings-of-cine/#comments Thu, 08 Jul 2010 01:51:03 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=148 After the FBI raid, LRH took off and if was radio silence from July until January 1978. However, plans were already in place to begin shooting technical training films. Sometime in 1977, LRH had mentioned to one of the key crew at WHQ, Stuart Moreau, that he had always wanted to make training films to show students how to do TRs and metering correctly. Stu said he would build him a film studio and, as far as I know, that was the genus of today’s tech films.

There was an old date packing plant on the property and Stuie and the Estates guys got onto renovating it into something that would serve as a film studio. It wasn’t large, maybe only 50 or 60 feet on a side with maybe 10 or 12 foot high ceilings and a couple of smaller rooms off against one of the walls, but it would do. Work on this continued throughout the rest of 1977 until LRH’s return.

Meanwhile, the rest of the crew (there were only around 60 or 70 total on the base including Commodore’s Messengers, GO staff and LRH External Comm people) began doing an Actor’s Course under the direction of Fred Hare, the legendary St. Hill and GO personality of “conning Jack Campbell” fame. Fred had been active in the theater before his St. Hill days and he set up an Actor’s Course checksheet using a basic text entitled “An Actor Prepares.”

The crew put in some time on the course over and above their usual study time throughout the fall so at least there would be some rudimentary understanding of acting amongst the crew, who were to be the performers in the films.

Right around New Years 1978 there was a tremendous flurry of activity at the base. Those of us not in the know had no idea what was going on but things got real active for many days. There were lots of fires going in the big fireplace outside near one of the swimming pools. Tons, probably, of sensitive documents were being disposed of. All hands clean up of the entire base went on to make the place presentable. In Qual, we undertook was seemed to me to be the dumbest activity I had ever seen: we went through pc folders and with razor blades cut out from worksheets any mentions of LRH.

Soon after New Year’s the reason for all the activity became obvious: LRH returned. Some messengers had been up for days without sleep and collapsed. But the mood on the base was very high: the Boss had come back home.

LRH wasted no time getting back on the lines. He started calling for session tapes from Qual and when these didn’t show any improvement from the ones he had seen the past July he came down hard on Qual Sec Rick Merwin, who none of us particularly liked and were glad to see leave the base along with the rest of the GO staff and his wife Nikki who was Mary Sue’s right hand assistant. LRH did an analysis of what had gone in Qual since he’d left and concluded that Merwin basically sabotaged his efforts to train the auditors in correct auditor beingness. If Merwin ever returned to the base  he was not to be on an executive post but be posted as a carpenter. He considered the lack of progress of the auditors quite serious.

LRH was not one for mincing words or actions. In mid January when he found out that one of the auditors had mishandled the CO of WHQ, Wayne Marple and that Wayne was laid up with a bad back, he assigned the entirety of Qual 75 hours of amends for allowing this to happen to the CO, stating in the WHQ ED assigning the amends, “There is such a thing as auditor conscience.” We weren’t quite sure that this all meant, but we for sure knew that he meant business. We began getting up early to put in time white gloving a dusty warehouse full of LRH’s gear before post time. Before too long, though, that amends project got buried beneath more pressing matters. In fact, a few months later, we were spending our libs day putting in time on our amends and LRH was next door shooting. He came out during a break and when he found out what we were doing, he said to get out of here and take our libs. He could see that the point had been made and that basically ended cycle for him on his original point. We were happy to comply and headed off the nearby Palm Springs for a movie and dinner. But I digress.

One day in mid-January word came down that were were going to begin working on the tech films. Scheduled first was a sort of shake down cruise called “Get Your Feet Wet.” This was a day of shooting in the newly renovated DPP (Date Packing Plant) where the crew could get used to the mechanics of film shooting and allow us to “get our feet wet.”

Someone had written up a couple of scripts, short scenes really, that were meant to familiarize the crew with how film shooting was done. Believe me, not one of us had a goddam clue. These were auditors, estates carpenters, galley hands, messengers and the like. Not one professional cameraman, sound man, set dresser, makeup artist or actor among the bunch of us. It was strictly, in the best LRH tradition, do it yourself all the way. I don’t mean that sarcastically. LRH didn’t achieve what he did in his lifetime by waiting for others to show him how. He decided what he wanted to do and he started right in.

LRH had a couple 16 mm film cameras and some sound recording equipment from his lecturing days. A unit was set up in LA, MEAM (an acronym for something about equipment acquisition) and they started buying up lights, sets and props materials and everything needed to make a film.

At any rate, I got cast as an actor in one of these beginning skits. I was the clueless husband who comes home from work and finds his wife a little missed withholdy and also finds a man’s cap on his favorite chair. The mystery stemming from my inability to spot out-points soon gives way to a sense of good fortune when I find out that the cap fits. Now that I think of it, these practice scripts could only have been written by LRH.

He, of course, had the post of Director. He was the only one who had the vaguest idea of what was going on. As a crew, we were willing but utterly unhatted, so he exercised great patience on these first shoots. Terri Gamboa had worked with LRH during the Photoshoot Org days in the Caribbean and Don Bateman apparently knew something about cameras, so they became the Camera personnel. DM and Marc Yager became the video team. LRH realized that a great film saving and time saving action was to shoot the scene rehearsals on video and view them back, making any needed corrections and when satisfied everything was okay only then shoot it on film. David Wilson, who was LRH’s sound recordist at the time, along with Marc Ferriera, an electrician, were the sound guys. Different people who had some sort of experience in other areas were assigned to other departments. If you could sew, you went into costumes. If you had used makeup, you went into makeup. Hammer and saws guys went into sets. A tall guy like Robbie Robinson, who was about 6′ 6” became a gaffer (a lighting guy).

I think we did a couple of indoor shoots and then a couple days later an outdoor shoot was scheduled. Outdoor shoots require different lighting techniques and sound recording techniques and different camera settings, all of which is very complex and which I never had much interest in. The night before the outdoor shoot it rained and was stormy the next morning and so the CO, Wayne Marple, cancelled the shoot. Big mistake of his part.

LRH hit the roof when he found out. We were down in Qual going about our usual post actions when word came down that the shoot was going to go ahead as planned and we had better get out onto the location on the double. I’ll never forget the sight as I hustled outside. It was a blustery morning and the sun was peeking in and out of the clouds. Needles from the tamarisk trees and palm fronds were blowing this way and that and up the path in an equally blustery mood came LRH. He wore a black stetson and had on an opera cape that billowed out behind him in the wind and he was pissed. He had intended to begin shooting at 9:00 a.m. and nothing like a little old cross order from the org CO was going to stop him. I watched in amazement, but only for a moment, as the weather matched his mood perfectly. The guy could really thunder when circumstances called for it.

The shoot began, albeit late, and the skit that day had something to do with a girl in a bikini out by a swimming pool. I forget the specifics. I think my job that day was holding sunny boards, the square silver reflective boards that were used to direct the sunlight around the scene. Once shooting began LRH’s mood lightened up considerably as he got down to the actions of shooting outdoor scenes. In my experience LRH was never one to hang onto things. Once something was handled, that was it and all was forgiven. He truly had an ability to observe when a condition had changed and he was the most fluid person in life of any I’ve ever been around. Everybody knows someone who blows up at the drop of a hat or makes a mountain out of a mole hill. LRH could probably do both (I never saw him mess with any mole hills so that’s why I say probably) but he always reacted in present time to the circumstances that existed at the moment. I’m not trying to paint a Pollyanna picture here but my personal experiences with him were that he truly lived in the moment and dealt with what was in front of him always with an eye to getting a product. LRH lived for production and I’ve been told this by messengers who worked very closely with him for years.

That day the clouds gave us problems the whole time as the light levels changed almost continually, but LRH took it all in stride; his only admonishments were for everybody to be in their places when the sun came back out, because we didn’t know how much time we’d have to get the shot in the can.

Early in the afternoon there was a cloudburst and he told us all to take a break and grab some lunch so we secured the gear and went over to Palms where sandwiches were waiting. I went outside after eating and saw another sight I’d never seen before or since. Off to the east as the sky cleared, I saw a perfectly formed double rainbow, large and crystal clear. The entire day had been a metaphor for me personally and I wonder what the rest of the crew took from the experience.

These Get Your Feet Wet shoots seemed to be going well and I felt that in a month or two of drilling and practice we’d be ready to get down to business.

In LRH’s world, however, I soon learned that was added time in the extreme and an outpoint of magnitude.

Written by Joe Howard

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LRH Talks to Qual WHQ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/08/lrh-talks-to-qual-whq/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/08/lrh-talks-to-qual-whq/#comments Thu, 08 Jul 2010 01:48:18 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=145 The central building at WHQ was called Palms. It was a Spanish style two story house, nothing remarkable about it at all. Kitchen, dining area and living room downstairs, two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs and a basement. The living room served as mess hall and course room for the crew. The messengers ate in the dining area and studied there. Qual was in the basement.

A couple days after our chance meeting with LRH, we were alerted that he was coming down to Qual to talk to us. We got word through the messengers that he’d met a couple of the new auditors and they didn’t look too bad so he was coming down to see who had been assembled. None of the other recruits had run into him despite having been there for a few weeks already.

We spent the early part of the morning making the basement look as presentable as a basement can be made to look. It was large enough to hold a desk and three 6 foot folding tables and a few filing cabinets. The furnace room served as the Qual Sec’s office and folder storage. I mean, this was the Qual Division of LRH’s personal org and it was situated in a basement and not a large one at that. I don’t think LRH gave a rat’s ass what a place looked like so long as it was clean. So, we neatened the place up and got rid of the dust. LRH definitely didn’t like dust.

About 10:00 that morning we heard the door at the top of the stairs open and that unmistakable voice commenting to someone about something and down the stairs he came. Assembled were us new recruits and the existing Qual staff: Rick Merwin, Qual Sec; Paulette Cohen, C/S and LRH Tech Expeditor (precursor to the Snr C/S Int post); Rich Cohen, Cram Off; Justin Stratmanm, Medical Liaison Officer; and the newly recruited auditors: Sue Koon, Waldo (Bob Waldmann, but no one ever called him Bob, not even LRH; he was and always will be Waldo); Chuck Holloway; Nancy Rhodes; Dick Stratman, Justin’s father; Blake Huffam, an engineer from the Apollo days; Pam Daugherty; Carol Spurlock (Lyman’s wife-Lyman wouldn’t arrive until later that year), myself and I think that was about it.

LRH came in and we all stood up and applauded. He still had that incredibly cool mock-up with the hair, goatee and cowboy hat. Maybe someday some photos of that period will emerge.

He sat down on a credenza and said he thought he would come down and say welcome to the club. He said hello particularly to Blake who he knew from the ship. He talked about wanting to make some auditors and said that he always had to keep a few sharks around to keep tech standards in line. As I recall, he said we were going to be getting the crew, which contained a bunch of fairly raw recruits as part of the Estates force (we were at least trained auditors; these other guys were newly off the street drug cases some of them), through their Objectives and Drug Rundowns.

That was the gist of that first talk. We were of course thrilled, and a few days later, he came down and talked to us again. This time he talked about research he was doing on the E-Meter. He had found some problems with the old Delta American Mark V meters and mentioned a paper written by Peter Cook on the meter. LRH said that the American Mk Vs didn’t F/N and that work was beginning on the Mark VI which was going to have a built in tone arm counter, clock and all sorts of goodies. He proceeded to talk a bit about TRs and metering and how these relate to a pc’s case gain.

As I mentioned in the first article, LRH’s default tone seemed to be a kind of serene amusement. His voice was deeper than you’d recognize from Briefing Course lectures and, it seemed to me, even richer. I noticed that his voice had changed after his research on OT III in early 1967. He must have been 66 or 67 at WHQ and some of the vitality from earlier days seemed to have been replaced by a less animated, but still very, very large, beingness. He was definitely pushing around an older body and so seemed a little slower in movement but was still as sharp as ever mentally and seemed awfully at ease.

The following week he gave a third and final talk and this was his talk on auditor beingness which we later issued as a bulletin. Over the years, LRH had talked about what makes a good auditor but he’d never approached it from the angle of the auditor’s beingness and how the auditor’s attitude toward the session or the pc would color his TRs. In that talk he gave us the assignment to sort out our beingnesses as auditors and once we had that sorted out to begin recording sessions and sending these along to him so he could give us critiques on our TRs. We were more or less in a constant state of electrification being directly on LRH’s lines and now sending session tapes to him. We began getting critiques back which were enormously helpful, except for my first one, which simply said, “No voice.” I was nervous sending a tape of my session to LRH and the nerves showed in a really messed up renditon of TRs. Naturally I took some crap from other auditors who began calling me No Voice until I got another critique back which was more along the lines of what was expected.

LRH had an incredible knack to cut directly to the most fundamental departure in an auditor’s TRs and session presence. Ordinarily, the assignment consisted of an instruction to review one’s auditor beingness to discover what was still awry that was influencing the TRs one way or another. We all made some really good progress and the session critiques were improving on an almost daily basis (the story of which LRH wrote into a Tech Film, TR 16, Auditor Beingness).

And then in July 1977, the FBI raided the Complex in LA.

–Joe Howard

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Recollections of LRH http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/08/recollections-of-lrh/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/08/recollections-of-lrh/#comments Thu, 08 Jul 2010 01:47:08 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=143 I joined the S.O. in June 1977. The previous year I had finished the St. Hill Special Briefing Course, which, as most know, involves listening to hundreds of LRH lectures given between 1961 and 1966. Every night for 3 hours it is just you and LRH and this goes on for months. When you finish the course it’s a distinct letdown not having that comm line.

At any rate, I knew I was joining the SO to become an auditor under LRH. That was the recruitment pitch we were given.

The picture I had of LRH in my mind was from the photos we’ve all seen. I knew I was going to meet him one day and I figured he would just be LRH like we’ve all come to know him.

My second day at the La Quinta base, or Winter Headquarters as it was known, WHQ, I was going around the base with my wife, Sue, doing an orientation to the base. The previous day we had gotten a security briefing from Brian Roubinek, a GO guy, who made it sound like the most cloak and dagger operation imaginable. No uniforms, no Scn terms used outside or it was a Treason assignment, everyone had an alias, that kind of thing. The second day we were going from building to building getting oriented to the different spaces. WHQ was a conglomeration of buildings that were once part of a “fat farm” where corporate executives could chill out and lose some excess avoirdupois. The base was hard up against some jagged bare mountains and across the street was the La Quinta Country Club. Clusters of buildings were separated by a couple of date palm fields and the place was hotter than the hinges of hell for the first four months we were there.

Anyway, we are doing our orientation and we’re walking up a wide cement road that ran in front of some stables when we spied a small group of people at the far end. As we got closer … hey, could it be … yes, there was LRH in the flesh. Pretty cool, our second day there and, damn, it’s LRH himself.

We approached and he spotted us. We walked up and introduced ourselves and shook his hand, saying we were new Qual auditors. He welcomed us and we made small talk for a couple minutes. Mostly LRH talking because we were kind of in awe.

Like I said, we’ve all seen pictures of LRH, but his mockup during that period was nothing that I’d ever seen in a photograph. Out from under his Stetson flowed golden red hair down onto his shoulders. He had enormous white mutton chop sideburns and a gray and white goatee. The guy looked like freaking Wild Bill Hickock. He wore a bolo tie, a shirt and vest, gray/blue trousers and spiffy cowboy boots. I mean he looked really, really sharp. He was The Dude before the Coen brothers could even spell the word.

LRH made us feel totally at home. As we came to understand, this was his default tone level. He would slide all over the Tone Scale, but his default setting was a kind of serene cheerfulness. Others who worked with him for longer than me probably have other impressions, but that was my observation. At one point my wife was sort of just staring at him and he turned to a messenger and said, “She’s in shock.”

Sue piped up, “No, I’m not!” At which point he turned back to a messenger and said, “Quick, get in the protest button.”

As we left, his parting words were, “If you find something around the place that’s out, handle it. I don’t want to hear about it,” said with a hearty chuckle.

And off we went to continue our drill.

Written by Joe Howard, sitting on a beach in Sweden, 11:30 at night and there is still light in the western sky. Life connected to Source is grand.

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LRH and the First Tech Film http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/03/lrh-and-the-first-tech-film/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/07/03/lrh-and-the-first-tech-film/#comments Sat, 03 Jul 2010 15:36:23 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=134 When he first announced the project to make training films for Academy students, LRH let us know that we would also be the actors in the films. The first shooting script was issued to the crew and we learned that it was called The Professional TR Course. There were about 30 scripts for tech films and he starts with the most fundamental of fundamentals, TRs.

We read the script and the story was, as many know, about a lousy field auditor who gets put through the wringer on a TRs course and is thus able to now get good results on his preclears. Believe it or not, the script did not read as a comedy, which the final product assuredly was. LRH just got the essentials down: the shot, the setting, the action, the characters and their dialogue.

We began discussing who should try out for which part. I was being pushed to try out for the lead character, Joseph Aaronberg Howard, and I wasn’t altogether sure whether this was meant to be a reflection of my past auditing, though I hadn’t really worked as a field auditor, just mission staff. But from some of my early TRs critiques it was pretty evident that I definitely could play the part of the bumbling Joe Howard. LRH set about to make sure I could play Joe Howard at the end of the film as well.

A few of us tried out for the lead role and I got the part. LRH sent me congratulations and began sending me despatches about what was expected, simply that this film was going to be the model of TRs for all Academy students in the world. Gee, is that all, Sir?

The auditors had resumed sending TR tapes back to LRH when he returned to the base at New Years and the responses were pretty good all around as I recall. I was auditing a couple of his messengers and would tape sessions and send them up for critiques. The replies were very helpful. LRH had a knack for zeroing in on the most major departure and commenting on that alone, which made it clear what you had to work on in cramming before your next submission. I was really proud when I received one tape back that was a pass. I think I was one of the first or maybe the first to get a pass.

Auditing a session was one thing and demonstrating TRs on film was another, however.  One evening we assembled in the studio for some rehearsals. I was running through a scene and was playing it a little stiff, which is a kind self-assessment on my part. In reality, LRH must have thought he was trying to direct a pine log. He asked me what was going on and I said, truthfully, that I had a bit of attention on the camera. It wasn’t even a real camera or certainly one that didn’t have film in it. He handled my origination as evidenced by the fact that today I can’t remember exactly what he said and the rest of the rehearsal went fine.

The next morning Rich Cohen, the new Qual Sec came to me saying we were going to go in session. “What for?” I said. “I don’t need a session. I’m doing great.”

“You have an LRH C/S in your folder,” Rich replied, and off to session we went. LRH had C/Sed me to handle any engrams, etc., on the subject of cameras by running them out with Dianetics using good old R3R. Later that year, LRH issued the datum that someone who was Clear or OT should not be run on Dianetics. I feel fortunate that I made it under the wire because that session had the most immediate demonstrable effect on my case of any Dianetics I have received. Before that session I’d had no idea the devious uses a camera lens had. Guns, rays, lasers, all kinds of weapons can masquerade as a harmless camera. And I certainly had had my share of misadventures on all flows in that regard. Rich did a great job and from that day forward I’ve never had even a hint of camera shyness and certainly no attention whatsoever in front of a film camera. My unknowns regarding cameras got thoroughly handled in that single session. Clearly, LRH was going to use all the tools as his disposal to make a good film even if the lead actor can’t sit calmly in front of a firing squad–errrr, film camera.

The film was a do it yourself project all the way. The old date packing plant was the studio. Two large storage sheds served as the costumes and make up areas. The Estates carpenters became the sets and props fabricators and sets began to show up in the studio. The opening scenes show Joe doing his routine TR renditions on a series of his preclears. The sets for these shots were meant to contribute to the mood of the scene and LRH went over the top in pushing that notion. He found resources that talked about mood lines in works of art, architecture and design and he applied them heavily in dressing and lighting these sets. Everything, sets, props, costumes, make up and lighting pushed the mood of the scene being filmed. LRH wanted no mistake made that these were the bad TRs. Of course, as an auditor, these were immensely fun to do. Chewing gum, doping off, hammering the meter when it won’t work–it was fun to dramatize all the things that we as auditors do all the time in real sessions! (Just joking, people.)

I recall one scene where the preclear, Pam Daugherty, goes into a sad effect as a result of Joe’s utter lack of TR 2. At the end of the scene she slumps down in her chair and the meter leads slide off the table, paralleling the depressing mood of the shot. LRH had Waldo lying just out of frame with a string tied to the leads and he pulled them at just the right moment to make them fall off the table. (Well, after the third of fourth take he did.) As I said, LRH crammed everything into every shot to forward the message he was trying to communicate.

One day I was in the make up shed and in walked LRH and a couple of messengers. He was wearing his opera cape and had on his black stetson and looked really sharp and was in a great mood. He wanted to run me through my lines for an upcoming scene where I’m auditing a pc through an engram on her feet.

“Let’s hear your lines,” he said.

I went through my scene including the line, “Scan through to the end of the incident.”

LRH pulled out the script. “That’s not how the line goes in the script. It says here, ‘Move through to the end of the incident.”

“Yes, I know, Sir,” I back flashed, “but an actor has the right to vary his lines and Step C of R3R is ‘Scan through to the end of the incident.’ Every auditor in the world says it that way.”

I was merely being a good soldier and saving the embarrassment of a wrong command going out in one of the tech films. Of course, LRH saw this as not only a red flag but a red skyrocket the size of Titan missile.

“What?” LRH said. “Get me the Dianetics pack,” he said to a messenger who scurried off to Qual to find the pack. In a few minutes she was back and LRH opened it up to the Holy Grail of R3R procedure, BTB (I forget the date now) ROUTINE 3 REVISED, ENGRAM RUNNING BY CHAINS.

“I didn’t write this,” LRH said. “It’s wrong. If the pc just scans through the incident he won’t get enough charge off to unburden the chain.”

And that was the conception of New Era Dianetics, which would be born several months later in July of 1978. Undoubtedly, NED would have eventually made its way into the world, but it was undoubtedly hastened by my fortunately unfortunate remark that morning.

Written by (Joe Howard) Dan Koon

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Coup de Grâce for Auditing? http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/06/01/coup-de-grace-for-auditing/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/06/01/coup-de-grace-for-auditing/#comments Tue, 01 Jun 2010 19:57:18 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=104 For years now, I’ve been hearing about DM’s “interpretation” of LRH’s definition of a floating needle and the trouble it has caused both auditors and preclears.

The LRH definition as written in HCOB 21 July 1978, WHAT IS A FLOATING NEEDLE is elegant simplicity itself:

“A floating needle is a rhythmic sweep of the dial at a slow, even pace of the needle.

“That’s what an F/N is. No other definition is correct.”

That’s the entirety of the bulletin.

I’d heard that DM, via his RTC Reps, had begun enforcing an interpretation based on the word “rhythmic” that an F/N had to sweep back and forth at least 3 times, based on the definition of the word “rhythmic.” I’m guessing that the idea was to give a verifiable minimum physical universe standard for what constituted a release in the pc’s mind. Whatever the reasoning, I’d heard a fair amount about this over the years.

Then, just recently a friend sent me a revision to this is simple LRH bulletin issued on 8 October 2000, which amends the definition to:

“A floating needle is a rhythmic sweep of the dial at a slow, even pace of the needle, back and forth, back and forth, without change in the width of the swing except perhaps to widen as the pc gets off the last small bits of charge. Note that it can get so wide that you have to shift the tone arm back and forth, back and forth, to keep the needle on the dial, in which case you have a floating tone arm.

“That’s what an F/N is. No other definition is correct.”

I’d never seen it before. I read it and thought to myself, “That mother*#!@+%^&#!! He went and changed the bulletin.”

I looked down at the bottom to see who had done the revision and I saw the initials “sk.” Sue Koon. My wife at the time. She was still working in RTRC while I was working in CMU. She never mentioned this revision to me in the 3+ ensuing years before I expedited my route out from the Sea Org. Had I been strong armed into making such a revision, as she no doubt was, I would not have had the courage to tell her had our situations been reversed, so I really can’t blame her. And I can understand her shame.

Her (DM’s) justification for the revision was that LRH had added text to a revision of the book E-Meter Essentials six months later in February 1979.

I suppose that someone who has studied the numerous other references in bulletins, books and lectures where LRH mentions and discusses F/Ns would not be too bothered by this screwball revision. (LRH’s mention of fleeting F/Ns and his famous dictum about “waiting for the meter to play Dixie” immediately spring to mind.) But a brand new auditor trainee unfamiliar with these other references could have this “new” definition hammered into his or her brain with the proverbial atomic branding iron and that would become their stable datum for an F/N.

Let’s now imagine the untold amount of trouble this had made the pcs, auditors, C/Ses, Cramming Officers and the organization since.

The auditor starts the session and asks the pc is he has an ARC Break.

Pc says “Nope” and the needle sweeps back and forth at a slow even pace of the needle. He’s feeling pretty chipper and looking forward to the body of the session.

The auditor stares at the needle to make sure it sweeps back and forth once more. The pc’s attention shifts somewhat to the auditor glancing down at the meter.

The auditor looks up and says, “Thank you. On the question, ‘Do you have an ARC Break, has anything been suppressed?’”

No read.

“Do you have a present time problem?” “On the question, ‘Do you have a present time problem, has anything been suppressed?’”

One Green Form later (because if rudiments won’t fly the auditor knows to assess a Green Form) the auditor and preclear are off to the races and off the pc’s program.

One wonders how many sessions have gone completely off the rails, how many auditors have given up or been removed from auditing and how many pcs and pre-OTs have been driven nuts and driven further into debt by this single revision to this one, simple HCOB.

In fact, if you wanted to kill off Scientology and you could only enter in  ONE arbitrary into ONE LRH writing this would probably be the one. The beating heart of Scientology is the auditing session and if you can wreck every session right at the beginning, on the rudiments, or on any process if it gets that far, you will have wrecked the Scientology movement.

And you wonder why no auditors are being made, why orgs no longer sell auditing but only reg donations for other stuff and why people are leaving the church in droves.

Of course, such a coup de grâce would not have been possible during the 1950s when meters weren’t used but the subject still expanded like mad all over the world. Not saying here to get rid of meters. Just that revised definition of an F/N.

Written by Dan Koon

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Behind the Golden Age of Tech http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/05/behind-the-golden-age-of-tech/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/05/behind-the-golden-age-of-tech/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 00:44:54 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=54 Golden Age of Tech, Background and (Mis)Administration

Since its release in 1996, the Golden Age of Tech has been a high interest, hot button subject for many, inside and outside the formal Church of Scientology. Here are the details of how it all came to pass with some opinions of how it was misimplemented, what could have been done better and what can be done now in the independent movement to take what was useful from that period to improve the quality of auditing, which was the Golden Age of Tech’s original purpose, however defiantly that may be disputed. There’s a fair amount of detail here that hasn’t been available to my knowledge about what went on during the evolution and leading up to its release in May 1996.

The previous year, in the summer of 1995, DM was down at Flag for an extended period of time. It may not be widely known that Flag has cameras in every auditing room hooked to monitor rooms in the HGCs where, on banks of screens, executives can look in remotely on any session at any time. This fact isn’t widely advertised, as you can imagine. Nothing like knowing that 20 execs may be standing around looking at YOUR session. At Flag rates! These “look-in systems,” as they are called exist in all the SO orgs, Celebrity Centre Int at least and likely some of the more modern Class V orgs. In fairness, the purpose of these systems is to improve auditor quality. Hey, every time you call to complain about your cable service the robo-voice says, “This call may be monitored for quality purposes.” I don’t know if that R-Factor is given to pcs before they go in session. Maybe it is. It should be.

At any rate, DM would occasionally go into the monitor room for the FSO HGC and look in on sessions. Various RTC inspectors and Flag executives would be present for his “critiques” of whichever session he happened to be watching.

DM’s technical qualifications to give such critiques are actually zero, other than whatever authority he has given himself. LRH policies caution against Executive C/Sing and Technical Training Film 13  covers how a C/S should use TR critiques to improve auditor training and quality. There’s also an advice that LRH wrote back in the early 1980s when Class XII auditor Merrill Mayo, who was not trained as a C/S, C/Sed an action for a case because of some extenuating circumstance. LRH found out about it and wrote David Mayo, who was Senior C/S Int, that if any auditor C/Sed a folder for a level they were not trained to C/S, they were to lose their auditor certs on the spot. That’s how sacred LRH considered the post of C/S was. DM knows of this advice. (This obviously did not intend to modify the auditor’s C/S as covered in C/S Series 25, THE FANTASTIC NEW HGC LINE.)

Out Tech at Flag

DM began noticing some misauditing by Flag auditors with miscalled F/Ns being the trigger for a nuclear explosion in the HGCs, C/S offices and the exec structure of the FLB. Back at Int, RTRC was busy compiling the now near mythical Scientology Dictionary. Alarming reports (there rarely seemed to be any other kind) began coming into the Int  base about a “horrible out tech scene at Flag.” Then orders started arriving to gather up references on one technical matter or another. Inspections were done by Snr C/S Int Office and the tech guys in RTC of the auditing occurring in Qual Gold. Similar outnesses were observed. Ka-Boom! Flag and Qual Gold became the Twin Towers of  the Scientology Tech version of 9/11.

The primary casualties were auditors who became the most introverted, hunted looking staff imaginable. The FSO stats fared none too well during that summer and fall. Per C/S Series  86, THE RED TAG LINE, the HGCs lost all their stats for weeks at a time due to red tags not being repaired to F/N at exams within 24 hours. How much of this was valid, I don’t know. My guess is that some of it was,  but there are some people whose hearts don’t beat unless there is a five alarm  fire, Hill 10 disaster on a daily basis and, in a rigid hierarchical organization, the one at the top can manufacture these anytime it suits his mood or agenda. There’s some truth to the saying, “Thetans love Hill 10s  (a Hill 10 being Scientology slang for a total screaming emergency).

At the end of 1995, DM returned to the base. The Dictionary Project was turned over to others outside of RTRC and disappeared, apparently forever. (If it ever comes out it will be one hell of a product, no doubt about that.)

The Basis of GAT—LRH References

From January until May 1996 and beyond very, very intensive work was done to fully comply with plans LRH had mentioned way back in 1971 in a lecture given aboard the Apollo. On 5 September of that year he gave a famous (to SO members) lecture called “Talk on a Basic Qual.” During the lecture, he mentioned that there was a project underway to take every auditing action and turn it into a series of drills by which auditors could learn a step by step approach to performing the actions of auditing:

“Now, you say, ‘Drills?’ Well yes. Actually we are just packaging up a Drills Course which has a drill for every auditing action, the wildest thing you ever saw in your life. It hasn’t been piloted out to amount to anything yet, but it’s been done by experts. And that goes right in the direction of your Cramming Section regardless of whether you taught a Drills Course. This fellow can’t seem to do listing and nulling. Well, there are listing and nulling drills, so it is written down and these are the steps. So, the Cramming Officer simply would have to take this, hand it to him, listing and nulling. He just does the steps with the meter sitting there, and he goes through it on a sort of a doll proposition until he only gets the steps down. He says, ‘Oh, I see. Um, yeah, I got it.’ You know? He goes through the motions, because it’s the confusion of sequence of motions is what he is up against. He is unsure of them. So, the second the Cramming Officer can pick out from a great big, long, thick pack of drills he can pick the drills that the fellow has been flunking in his auditing and make him drill those things. And the second that you can set him up with another guy and have him read the bulletins he is supposed to be doing on Method 2 and pick up the misunderstood words. And, if you have got a library there that has the information in it, oh, you’ve got it made, flubless auditing! A piece of cake!”  –LRH

Earlier, in 1969, he had in effect done the same thing with the old HSDC (Hubbard Standard Dianetics Course) when he issued a series of drills for the R3R procedure. These he issued in an HCOB 17 July 69, DIANETIC COMMAND TRAINING DRILLS. The four drills were TR 101, 102, 103 and 104. With the advent of New Era Dianetics in 1978 two more drills were added, TR 100 and TR 100-A in HCOB 17 Jul 69RA (Rev. 11 Jul 78) New Era Dianetics Command Training Drills.

In October 1971 a version of drills for auditing actions up the Class IV were issued in compliance to the original LRH order. Here is the original list of issues that contained the drills:

HCOB 9 Oct 71 IADS # 1 “Drills Course For Auditors, Basic Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 II ADS # 2 “Drills Courses For Auditors, Level 0 Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 III ADS # 3 “Drills Courses For Auditors, Level I Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 IV ADS # 4 “Drills Course For Auditors, Level 2 Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 V ADS # 5 “Drills Course For Auditors, Level III Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 VI ADS # 6 “Drills Course For Auditors, Level IV Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 VII ADS # 7 “Drills Course For Auditors, Dianetic Drills”
HCOB 9 Oct 71 VIII ADS # 8 “Drills Course For Auditors, Interiorization Rundown Drills”
HCOB 26 Nov 71 IV ADS # 9 “Drills Course For Auditors, Expanded GF-40X Drills”

These drills issues weren’t very good, unfortunately, and misdrilled students on such  things as L&N with disastrous consequences. The issues fell out of favor and were later cancelled. Regardless, these two references—the 1971 lecture and the Dianetic Command Training Drills—became the foundation for the Golden Age of  Tech. (The name by the way, came from an LRH mention in one of the Ls lectures.)

Initial Work Out

The first thing RTRC did was to figure out what all the auditing actions were. Charts were drawn up that listed these out by general auditing action such as ruds, various types of processes, prepared lists and so on. From there the pattern LRH developed for the Dianetic Command Training Drills was followed for each individual type of auditing skill needed.

These Dianetic TRs are basically this:

TR 101 was learning the auditing commands themselves by heart. This was accomplished by the student sitting in front of a wall with the BTB that had the R3R commands and saying them over and over until he knew them. LRH called the commands the process patter and so the first level of GAT drills became labeled Patter Drills.

TR 102 was learning to perform the actions of a Dianetics session by sitting at an session set up and going through the procedure.

TR 103 was running a session on a doll with a coach sitting next to the student and answering for the doll, moving the TA (or making it move with a little device that bypassed the Tone Arm on the meter) and presenting situations for the student to handle.

TR 104 was a full Dianetic session with a “pc-bullbaiter” in the pc chair trying his best to make the student’s life miserable to the end of the student being able to run a flawless session under any condition.

In the period before the GAT project began in earnest a valuable reference was found which became the basis for one of the drill types that were incorporated into the GAT handling. During one his lectures to Class XIIs on the Apollo LRH mentioned a drill that was going to be developed wherein the coach presented the student with a situation and then asked “What do you say?” or “What do you do?” One or the other, I forget which. Either way, this became the basis of the Standard Tech Procedure Drills (STPs).

TR 103 became the basis for the Standard Tech Session Drills (STSs) and TR 104 became the model for all the Session Drills that are part of GAT.

Drill Compilation

From there, three Snr C/S Int Office staff, Dan Koon, Ray Mithoff and Tom Ford assembled the basic sequences that would be used for all drills. For instance, they took the common auditing situation of asking an auditing question and followed down the sequence of what action to take depending on the possible situations that could occur. That is, a) the meter could read and the pc had an answer, b) the meter read but the pc had no answer, c) the meter didn’t read and the pc didn’t have an answer or d) the meter didn’t read but the pc had an answer. Then, based on the permutations that could occur off that they put together drills for ruds, sec checking, prepared lists, L&N, repetitive process and you name it.

The way they did this was by scouring the Tech Vols, lectures and Advanced Course bulletins and lectures to determine what auditor action followed which and in which sequence. That took awhile. At long last parsing the LRH references made it clear how the basic auditing actions should roll out.

After this was settled, drills began being assembled starting with the rudiments—ARC Breaks, Present Time Problems and Missed Withholds. Drills were written up for the patter for each rudiment. The Standard Tech Procedure Drills wherein all possible situations that an auditor might encounter were written up and then randomly shuffled to provide three drill versions for each rudiment. Similarly, the Standard Tech Session Drills were developed for drilling the procedure on a meter along with a handy little instrument that was being worked on in the LRH Audio Visual Unit (RAV) called the Drills Simulator.

Concurrent with the work in Snr C/S Int Office, RAV I/C, Gary Lew (“Luigi”) had worked out how to program a device that when hooked up to a meter would produce any and all reads and Tone Arm positions. The coach could sit next to the student and push buttons on the simulator to give meter responses during the drill, thus adding a level of realism that had been missing from auditor training.

The final drills developed were the Session Drills wherein the coach would throw everything he could think of at the student who had to handle it all standardly in order to receive a pass on that particular set of drills.

As the drills starting coming out of Snr C/S Int Office they were sent over to Qual Gold for piloting. Among those piloting some of the drills were Marty Rathbun from RTC and Senior C/S Flag Richard Riess who was at the Int base at the time. Pilot students wrote up any bugs or obvious errors in the drills and sent them back for correction.

Also under development at the time was a new meter, the Mark Super VII Quantum. There was a lot of stuff going forward in certain specific areas of the base. Oddly enough many areas of the rest of the base were entirely oblivious to what was going on. The people working on the GAT project were working between 20 and 24 hours a day and were not out briefing other units. There was an extreme disconnect between the management units, Exec Strata and CMO Int, about what was brewing just down the hall from them. At any rate, drills started getting finalized. More people were recruited as drill writers to take the first wave of drills and adapt them to other actions. For example, the basic drill series for handling an L1C was worked out and then these drills were adapted for other prepared lists.

As drills were written, piloted and finalized, they were sent over to the LRH Book Compilations Unit (R Comps) for production into the drill binders. The binders themselves had to be designed, prototypes worked out and finalized, sturdy enough paper selected, the drills printed and then translated into 14 other languages. A giant evolution started up in LA to get everything produced. A work out was done for each org to determine how many sets of drill binders were needed and in which languages.

Courses, Bulletins and Training

The auditor training lineup didn’t change insofar as the courses. It still went: Student Hat, Pro TR Course, Upper Indoc TR Course, Pro Metering Course, Academy Levels 0 – IV. But the checksheets had to be revised to incorporate the drills and explain how these fit into the course. A few bulletin revisions were required or new bulletins needed issuing. The most significant of these was a compilation of LRH TR critiques from his work on TR training in 1979.

The Student Hat Course was recompiled to include drills dealing with Study Tech. The course was resequenced to fit the chronological presentation of the study materials. This turned out to be a big mistake.

The bulk of Study Tech is contained in the Study Tapes from 1964, which came before all the bulletins on the subject. These bulletins had been issued in the 70s, often drawing from the tapes themselves. This re-sequencing was poorly thought through, since years of successful Student Hat delivery showed that many students needed the essentials of Study Tech contained in the bulletins before they could easily get through the Study Tapes. Consequently, the course now takes longer than is used to. (Thanks, Shelly.)

The Pro TR Course and Upper Indoc TR Course didn’t change much as those drills already existed.

The Pro Metering Course underwent an overhaul including a requirement of doing each drill five times. The books on the E-Meter were revised and reissued.

Academy checksheets naturally had to be revised to incorporate the new drills.

Stages of Making Auditors

In the summer of  1978, LRH formed up RTRC to help him with technical research and compilations. Among the first things he ordered was new Academy Level checksheets. As part of that evolution he made a telling comment about auditor training. He said that an Academy auditor was supposed to be someone who could do a series of mechanical actions well. In other words, an Academy Auditor was essentially a technician. They weren’t supposed to be Saint Hill Special Briefing Course auditors and they certainly weren’t meant to be Class VIIIs. They were meant to be technicians who could do specific actions well.

Another relevant factor is the progression by which someone attains a level of judgment in any subject. LRH said that it goes: 1) Duplication, 2) Understanding, 3) Judgment. That’s sort of a self-evident sequence. You have to duplicate the technical actions before you can audit successfully enough to understand how to handle a case and eventually develop real judgment about cases. This sequence would hold for any profession, from engine repair to brain surgery.

The GAT lineup fit in as a beginning step to the vision that LRH expressed for auditor training. GAT was meant to be the first stage, where the student would learn her drills (Duplication) well enough to perform the basic actions of auditing as a skilled technician. There’s no denying that it is valuable for a student to know the commands of flying ruds or attain a level of skill where he can read off the lines of the L4B without fumbling the lines. Of course, experienced auditors learn this on their internships or from putting in enough hours. But LRH’s idea was to train them well enough in the Academy that that the actions became second nature once the auditor was graduated from course and in session.

But drilling alone won’t necessarily lead one to a real Understanding of auditing, the second step in the progression. So the second stage to a Golden Age of Tech would have to involve the SHSBC where one listens to 447 lectures, reads all the LRH books and reads all LRH’s bulletins. The end result of the course is someone with a full philosophical understanding of the human mind and complete technical mastery of modern auditing. That is a big step up from the level of capable technician learned in the Academy. Nevertheless, this second stage can’t be attained without the first.

With Duplication and Understanding one can graduate up to the level of Judgment and that is gained on Class VIII training. Here an auditor learns an unvarying, uncompromising standard of application, 100% Standard Tech, as LRH called it.

This all sounds fairly reasonable and because it hewed closely to LRH’s intentions for auditor training, it is. So what went wrong?

One Size Does Not Fit All

It’s evident that GAT as it exists today was only the first of three necessary stages. Yet, it was entered into a world of auditors that ran a gamut from Student Hat students, to Academy trainees, to Briefing Course students not to mention thousands of already trained and experienced auditors, some of whom had audited many thousands of hours. This brotherhood of auditors included great auditors and not so great auditors, auditors in the Flag HGCs and auditors working as lone wolves out in the field.

DM ordered that the implementation of the new drills and lineups be issued in a series of Senior C/S Int Bulletins that explained the new releases and contained implementation programs for each aspect of the evolution, i.e., how to set up the course rooms to accommodate the drill binders, how to care for and use the Drills Simulators, how to get already trained auditors through the drills, etc.

Essentially what happened is that every auditor, trained or not, experienced or not, was squashed into this new mold, a mold that was best suited to a student going through an auditor training lineup for the first time, one designed to make a competent technician. Not necessarily the All-Knowing Master of All Tech, but a capable journeyman. Yet, among this wide ranging scope of auditors and auditing skill, everyone was rammed into a single box.

Now, if there’s anything that yanks a Scientologist’s chain it is a blanket, one size fits all approach.

The overriding PR club used to beat people senseless in the GAT evolution was the word “perfection.” It was repeated so often and so loudly that it soon trumped the more calmly stated LRH datum that “absolutes are unobtainable.” This PR club was used often enough to allow arbitraries to enter the scene.

Invalidation and Other Errors

In the instance of the Pro TR Course, LRH established a standard for passing TR demonstrations in the film that he directed for exactly that purpose. That standard is perfectly correct in every regard and is certainly adequate for a student going on to Academy training.  How do we know that? Because LRH directed the film. He sat not 15 feet from the actors while they were doing their drills and okayed the shots when he was satisfied.

But what do we find on courses now? There are Supervisors and Snr C/Ses and even RTC Reps adding in all kinds of arbitrary standards into what a passing TR video is and that has screwed up many a student. (“That first ack wasn’t quite … uh … quite … uh … do another video.”) The person giving the final pass should be able to compare it to the film and if it matches, the student’s TRs are correct and are a pass. End of course. LRH wrote a very important policy called INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION, RAISING THE STANDARD OF, wherein he cautions against hold lower lever students to the same standards as higher level students. By not adhering strictly to the standard in the film, Supervisors, C/Ses and other execs tended to add in their own ideas of what correct TR renditions sounded like.

The Upper Indoc TR Course usually presents no problems, probably because the Supervisor gives the final pass.

Not so the Metering Course. It’s all pretty straightforward until one gets to the Dating Drills (EM Drills 23 and 25) and the final assessment drill. Now obviously the ability to read a meter well is vital and an auditor has to be able to assess a list accurately. But the Dating Drills are completely unnecessary for that. Beyond learning the patter for those drills there is really no point anymore for doing them, especially since LRH laid out the tech of Date/Locates in 1978. These two drills became a nightmare for most students, their Supervisors and org execs who were faced with stuck flows in their course rooms.

Despite attempts by RTRC to delete these drills from the course during compilation of the Pro Metering Course checksheet, DM would not hear of it. And the amount of ensuing BPC in students could light the world for years. The final assessment videos are likewise lumbered up with arbitraries when the end product is: can the student do a proper technician’s job of assessment? Students have taken a year to get through this course.

Once the student makes it through the Metering Course, the rest of the lineup goes relatively rapidly.

(As an aside, another complicating factor was that nearly everybody who worked on the evolution from working out the drills to writing the drills to translating, proofreading, printing the drills, course packs, books, and implementation issues were basically under extreme sleep deprivation for nearly the entire evolution. All nighters were many. A few hours sleep per night was a high normal stat. There were bound to be errors that made it through the line and students out in the orgs sent in reports which necessitated sending out corrections to drill binders.)

Auditors in org HGCs, many of whom were already overburdened with pc lineups, were supposed to keep making their hours and get through their training lineups on Auditor Certainty Courses. Already trained auditors were ordered onto retreads of their existing levels to catch up on their drills, including the Pro TR and Pro Metering Courses.

There was an implied blanket invalidation of every existing or past auditor. All auditors were made to enroll on Auditor Certainty Courses for their Class but that included the Certainty Courses for Student Hat, Pro TRs, Upper Indoc TRs and then Pro Metering. Undoubtedly, some auditors would benefit from these actions. On the other hand, for some it is “cleaning a clean.” If the person has his or her TRs in, why re-drill them? LRH said that once an auditor’s TRs are in they don’t go out. If she can read a meter and get  reads on a list, why retrain on the meter?

Clearly, the implementation should have included far more individual attention to all existing auditors to determine which, if any, drills the auditor would need to do. If the person doesn’t have problems with study, has good TRs and can run the meter, why bother with these other actions? One good answer is  because International Scientology Management (read “DM”) takes a “glass half empty” view of people and the world. Therefore, “the blind have been leading the blind,” and all must do actions X, Y and Z.

Field auditors, some of whom had been getting great results for years, were told they couldn’t audit any more until they did their Certainty Course lineup. Many simply quit in disgust. This  is the exact opposite of what LRH would want to see. Any auditing is better than no auditing.

A much easier and more Scientological approach for already trained auditors would have been to start out from a position of trust and respect and  then let the person demonstrate that he or she doesn’t deserve it. Instead, Management started out with the view that people aren’t to be trusted (or respected) and it was up to the person to earn it (today, that is through donations; in 1996 you had to pay for your retread courses).

In other words, an individual approach should have been worked out. The auditor could have been briefed on the entire evolution and then persuaded to have his TRs, metering and basic actions checked and the appropriate actions laid out in a specialized program for that auditor. Auditors are, after all, the most valuable beings on the planet. They should have been treated as such. Instead the validity of all auditor certs was thrown into question. Certified auditors could have been handled the whole thing as a Cramming action, like LRH specifically referred to in the 1971 lecture. They could have been handled with respect and even had it presented to them as an optional action. An auditor knows if he has weak areas and any dedicated auditor would want to get better. Someone who was mainly PR would eventually be found out anyway from lack of results in her pcs. Market forces could be said to be at work here, even in the monopoly that organized Scientology exercises on auditing.

And then there were the Solo Auditors.

Golden Age of Tech for OT

Shortly after the evolution to compile the drills was going full speed, the pattern was applied to all Solo Auditor Training and Advanced Courses. An analysis was done of Solo NOTs Auditors and the Solo Auditor training lineup was overhauled. Drills were developed for different Advanced Courses. Everything is good. Nothing wrong with making sure Solo Auditors know their stuff. Then came the implementation.

All Solo NOTs auditors were basically dumped back to the beginning of the lineup and made to retrain. At great expense. With every arbitrary about the drills as above. And then brought back every six months for “refreshers” and sec checking. Never mind that LRH wrote C/S Series 73 which warned against interfering with a Solo Auditor’s progress on Advanced Courses or that LRH in an advice to David Mayo explicitly pointed out that too much sec checking can mess up a case. No, every Solo Auditor is dragged to Flag twice a year for sec checking, which can run up a lot of auditing hours.

Those auditing on Solo NOTs were not interviewed and examined to see if they were deficient in any auditing skills. It was just assumed that they were lacking, pursuant to “the blind have been leading the blind.” Never mind that Pre-OTs have having mind-blowing, universe transforming wins on the Advanced Courses since the 1960s, many of them anyway. EVERYONE was put through the wringer.

On both counts, auditors and Solo Auditors, the training as based on LRH and its implementation as directed by DM were two different things entirely.

And Not One But Two Cherries on Top

The finishing touches for many were the arbitraries entered on the subjects of instant reads and F/Ns.

The long and short of instant reads is “that reaction of the needle which occurs at the precise end of any major thought voiced by the auditor.”

The long and short of F/Ns is HCOB 21July 78, WHAT IS A FLOATING NEEDLE? quoted here in full: “A floating needle is a rhythmic sweep of the dial at a slow, even pace of the needle. That’s what an F/N is. No other definition is correct.”

I’ve heard that there is an interpretation that decrees that the needle has to swing three times to be an
F/N. I’ve seen F/Ns that swung a lot more times than three and F/Ns that swung fewer. And so has anyone.

It is folly to try and delve into these to subjects here except to say that they sure have caused auditors a lot of confusions and resulted in a lot of pcs being run on unreading items and being overrun past releases.

So, What’s An Auditor to Do?

The result of bad implementation of a good idea seems to have been to lessen the amount of auditing being delivered. Field auditors quit. HGC auditors got busted. Solo Auditors became buried in debt.
Now everyone’s on The Basics. Academy Course Rooms now deliver Div 6 Courses and Grades pcs are supposed to go to Flag for “Quicker” Grades. (That’s the subject of a whole other article.) That pretty much finishes off Org Academies and HGCs.

Scientology was never supposed to be “perfect.” It was supposed to be workable. Every auditor with a decent number of hours in the chair has delivered some really crappy sessions. And some absolutely miraculous gems. And most that were somewhere in between.

The Golden Age of Tech was meant to help Scientologists interested in auditing attain a level of competence faster and more certainly than in earlier times.  Only this first stage was  ever released and it was meant to make a technician who could do specific actions well.

A similar evolution for the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course and a third for the Class VIII Course would likely appear entirely different. These might not have drills at all. But nobody’s looked at these from the perspective of what each Class obtains.

So, Golden Age of Tech or no, where is auditing supposed to continue? In the independent field! Guaranteed, the arbitraries will be fewer as well as more easily resolved and ownership for one’s skills will be more self-determined. With auditing being done in the open market, so to speak, a good auditor will get all the pcs and other auditors will have to become better trained if they want to keep their practice. The better auditor would expect to receive higher fees. If that sounds like advocating auditing rates to be determined on the open market, realize that in November 1950 LRH gave a lecture where he basically advocated fees based on what the pc could pay or what a pc might donate to the auditor to help someone else. The monopoly on auditing in the church versus auditing in the independent field is an article for another time.

This one was to explain the Golden Age of Tech in the larger context of auditor training and to differentiate LRH’s basic intent from the way the entire evolution was implemented. The floor is now open for questions or comments.

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A New Model for Scientology, Part II http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/05/a-new-model-for-scientology-part-ii/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/05/a-new-model-for-scientology-part-ii/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 00:19:24 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=51 “Scientology: Crazy Ideas, Crazy Wins”

by Joe Howard

There it is, the new PR campaign for Scientology, coming soon to a billboard in your town! We just need a way to siphon off some of the three-quarters of a billion dollars in the IAS war chest to pay for it.

That, by the way, is the totality of the campaign. It acknowledges the general public’s perception of Scientology, which immediately establishes the highest Reality possible, while letting viewers make up their own mind about the wins. They can dispute whether the wins are crazy or not, depending on which definition of “crazy” they choose to read into it.

It’s kind of like the entire subject of  Scientology—in the final analysis, you’re free to make of it what you will. Leaders in the official Church of Scientology would more or less rather  tell you what to make of it. But the tune playing on that drum is beginning to irritate the ears of Scientologists and they are beginning to tune it out. More and more, individual Scientologists are seeing themselves in the position described by LRH in the Tech Film, TR 5, “Why TRs,” and feeling like the kid who finds himself all alone in a strange land with no organization. What’s a person to do? As LRH says in the film, “Of course you would apply Scientology.”

People who have broken from the church, some many years ago, still apply the basics they learned in the subject: ARC, the comm formula, administrative basics, ethics tech, assists, etc. Some do that plus audit others or receive auditing.  Indeed, one hears stories of people who bought DMSMH back in the 50s, have been auditing on and off ever since who had no idea that there was any organization or even the further subject of Scientology.

No matter how rotten the church has become, the message of Scientology still inspires interest and passion among those with whom it once resonated. Some who have left the church think it’s all a fraud and want to get rid of it. I’m not directing my articles at them particularly, aside from providing my tech perspective on what they have come to hate.

Some feel that church policies are at the root of the abuses they have suffered or read  about. What these people aren’t confronting is that everyone who has worked for an org, mission or in the Sea Organization, was bound by those same policies. The greatest percentage of staff have never engaged in the abuses that some small percentage (about 2 or 2 1/2% at a wild guess) felt justified in dramatizing on others. Just as some Christians find a verse in the Bible to inflict all sorts of mischief on others or some Muslims pull a line out of the commentaries on the Koran to justify wearing the dynamite hoodie or a few Jews interpret the Talmud to suit their evil agendas, there have been Scientologists who used one policy or another to act out their evil purposes. In other words, it’s the person, not the policy, who is at fault in the greatest number of instances.

Before this results in endless nitpicking of policy, however, here’s the real point: Scientology outside the umbrella of the church can have any damn policies we want. It can have any structure we give it.

If a guy wants to sit out in Nova Scotia solo auditing on OT III in the morning and pulling salmon from the rivers in the afternoon, that’s just dandy. If a person wants to sit on the train home from work and do Self Analysis lists on herself, more power to her.

The idea here is that Scientology should fit into a person’s life, not the other way around.

There’s a fascinating book out that articulates a lot of what has happened to society in the past 10 or 20 years and it is a great read for those of us who don’t care for organizations. It comes highly recommended to any free Scientologist. It’s called Here Comes Everybody, The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, by Clay Shirky.  (Penguin Books, 2008)

The point of this article is to get a discussion going on what kind of Scientology we want. Do we want it to be free, monetarily or thought wise? Do we want to reestablish the community that existed in the early days of Dianetics? Do we want to enable people to train up as auditors and co-audit outside the auspices of the official C of S? What?

You’ll notice that none of this takes into account the current church or its Dear Leader (the comparison is apt down to a fascination with Hollywood) or its misapplications of ethics, tech and admin. Despite all that, LRH’s work is still there for anyone to use. Much of it is available on the ‘net for free. Even the C of S itself has the complete Scientology Handbook up there for free.

In other words, the Scientology you always envisioned can be created the way you felt it should be. The internet, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and many other digital tools make it possible today to do just that.

Go to the New Business Model section and let’s start commenting!

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Now What? A New Model for Scientology http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/05/now-what-a-new-model-for-scientology/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/05/now-what-a-new-model-for-scientology/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 00:08:48 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=48 by Joe Howard
Sherlock Holmes and Dr, Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes up and gives Watson a nudge.

“Watson,” he says, “look up in the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions of stars, Holmes,” says Watson.

“And what do you conclude from that, Watson?”

Watson thinks for a moment. “Well,” he says, “astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter to three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I see that God is all-powerful, and we are small and insignificant. Uh, what does it tell you, Holmes?”

“Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!”

The recent KR by T. Paine elsewhere on this site (not to mention nearly every other article) should lead anyone to induce that indeed, someone has stolen Scientology as originally developed by LRH.

Moreover, the business model has devolved into the worst perversion of “money for nothin’ “ that one can imagine. Now, maybe Scientology didn’t have the greatest business model in the first place as developed by LRH. LRH himself never claimed perfection. Someone else has touted that. LRH only claimed workability. The system worked to one degree or another. People bought DMSMH. They came into an org or mission. Did the old TRs Course. Then the old HQS Course. At some point they went exterior and that was basically that.

Of course it was flawed, and deeply, in some respects. Especially when you think that if LRH had gotten just ONE person interested in Dianetics in 1950 and then in 1951 he and that other person each got one more person interested and those four in 1952 each got one and so on and so on and scooby-dooby-doo. By 1982, everyone on the planet would have been in Scientology. Do the arithmetic if you don’t believe me. That’s not written to make LRH wrong. Had someone started the same progression in 1970, the same result would have been attained by 2002.

Since LRH dropped his body in 1986, the business model for Scientology was essentially cremated along with his earthly remains. At the very least it was allowed to ossify and become hardened into today’s  flashy MEST buildings courtesy of the Ideal Org program. Nobody likes the way that is going. Not the public, not the staff and certainly not DM despite what you hear at events. It is inevitable that one day the whole mess is going to come crashing in on itself. Where will Scientology be then? Scientology, the subject, not what currently passes as the organization.

The subject is still the subject, an applied religious philosophy. The mechanisms of the mind and the means to change conditions outlined in Scientology will still exist even if every org closes or DM absconds with all the money in the coffers. As an analogy, the periodic table and chemistry still exist  and are workable despite Alfred Nobel’s use of them to invent dynamite and kill millions of people. (At least he had an ethics change and set up a perpetual amends project at the end of his life.)

The point here, of course, is that Scientology has not moved into the Information Age and yet, the technologies available today that were not developed when LRH was alive, have the potential to transform institutional Scientology into something that COULD spread the subject far and wide as well as fast and free.

Imagine, then, being able to read LRH books and bulletins and listen to LRH lectures sitting at home or at Starbucks. Imagine not having to race home after work, wolf down a meal to make it to roll call at 7:00, but doing your course on-line on your own schedule. (Maybe you can only devote a hour tonight because American Idol comes on at 8:00.) Even your TR and metering courses. Web cams, anyone? Cut your video and email it to the Supe in the org. Or send it to me. After you’ve watched the Tech Film that you had downloaded and watched earlier.

Basically all of Scientology could be studied and learned on-line and probably could be made available for free. Even the haters might listen to a lecture or two if they were free.

Okay, where does that leave the orgs? Well, you would still need a brick and mortar location for certain things like Qual. People would have to go in and demonstrate that they really could assess a prepared list in order to be certified by the organization. Co-auditors might need C/Sing or cramming and the Review Auditors would probably be busy as hell from pcs having been chopped up in the field learning to audit in such a half-assed manner as I’m proposing here. These services are valuable services and deserve to be exchanged for. The auditors in the orgs probably would be the best tech terminals in the area and the field would want their help. The brick and mortar org would also be the central meeting place for all the Scientologists in that community. That’s where everyone would congregate for parties and Bingo night, etc.

Now, how many more people would be learning and applying Scientology under an arrangement such as described here? Basically free, or very low cost, progress at your own pace on your own schedule, contact someone in the org when you need help or want to get your cert.

A shadow of this new model for Scientology currently exists in the Freezone but it’s only a shadow. How standard would the tech be under such an arrangement? Probably about as standard as LRH said it would be in the field. And that was good enough for him. There are auditors in the Freezone doing all kinds of riffs on LRH tech. Well, that’s what goes on in the field. The sad truth is that it’s more than is going on at Flag, where auditors and everybody else is regging IAS donos full time.

One huge advantage of this new model for Scientology is that it takes a ton of MEST off  the comm lines and that’s a good thing. As Scientology is currently organized, it is basically all MEST—big buildings, book and lecture packages and money. No real auditing or training going on, which is supposed to be the entire activity of Scientology. Not donos. The huge CD production facility built several years ago at Gold was obsolete even before the first CD came off the line. The iPod already existed and Apple would have been more than happy to custom produce a special Scientology version that could have held all LRH materials. (All the books, green vols and red vols already fit easily on a single CD, by the way.) Or Gold could have made them available for download for 99 cents apiece like iTunes does with songs. The point is that when you take all the MEST off the line, the price of anything drops to near zero!

Another huge advantage is that it lets anyone who downloads a book or lecture be responsible for their own duplication, understanding and judgment with respect to the materials. The fact is that everyone who has ever had an interest in Scientology has had a direct line with LRH. After all, he is the one who cobbled the subject together out of everything that came before plus added his own breakthroughs about the mind and life, not to mention auditing tech. Over the years some individuals have allowed other people to stand between themselves and LRH and cut the line. It might have been a bad Reg or a bad Ethics Officer or a bad COB RTC. If you are sitting in an upset with the org, you’ve let your line with LRH be cut. A new model for Scientology such as being proposed here makes that line to LRH accessible to basically everyone with a computer. From there someone could sort out for themselves whether there is anything of value in the subject. Right now that’s not really possible because of 1) economic reasons and 2) the horrendous PR about the subject. A lot of people don’t know the first thing about the subject and don’t want to because the PR is so God awful.

The purpose for writing this is to let readers know that plans are afoot to bring about such a new model for Scientology, to make it a truly free subject, just as LRH said it was meant to be. With a new, Internet based business model people could do Scientology bit without the hassle of dealing with the red and black caped crusaders in orgs as they currently exist.

The other purpose for writing this is to begin a discussion about the future of the organization. Because the current one is a relic of another age. Comments and suggestions are encouraged.

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Thoughts on the Ideal Org Program http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/04/thoughts-on-the-ideal-org-program/ http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/2010/05/04/thoughts-on-the-ideal-org-program/#comments Tue, 04 May 2010 23:40:52 +0000 Dan Koon http://community.freezone-tech.info/dan-koon/?p=45 Say what you will about David Miscavige, there’s no arguing that the man is very, very clever. As demonstration of this, let’s consider the latest international push to turn every Scientology org in the world into an Ideal Org.

HCOPL 12 March 1975, Data Series 40, THE IDEAL ORG, describes just such an org. To quote the second line of the PL, “It would have enough space in which to train, process and administrate without crowding.”

The rest of the PL talks about the activities that should be going on within that adequate space. DM, one supposes, has taken it upon himself to see that the space requirement is taken care of around the world. Therein lies a stroke of genius. But to fully appreciate this masterstroke a little background is needed.

In past decades Sweden had a fairly buzzing Scientology field. It had orgs in its largest cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, and still does, though these orgs are nowhere near as busy as they once were. The Ideal Org program is meant to change all that.

In Malmö, for example, the org used to be located right on the city’s central square, kitty corner from the city hall. On the other side of the square was the train station and as you can imagine, the foot traffic was thunderous. Central squares are a prime feature of European city planning and you cannot find a busier place in any city. Add one of the country’s major rail hubs and you’ve got a prime dissemination spot for Scientology. And, in decades past, the org staff did just that. It was like shooting fish in a barrel to sell DMSMH. Put a couple of cute Swedish girls in mini skirts down at the train station and the businessmen coming off the trains were putty. Literally tens of thousands of DMSMH’s were sold and the CF went from around 3,000 to 36,000 in a period of a couple years, where it remains today.

And speaking of today, Malmö is now basically a walking-street city. Several years ago a bridge opened that connected Malmö with Copenhagen, about 15 miles across the water in Denmark. The central area is all walking streets and they are flooded with people, many of then Danes who come across for shopping (and better weather). An informal one-minute test recently counted 120 pedestrians passing one random intersection. Suffice it to say that from the viewpoint of LRH in his Ideal Org PL, you would have a hard time finding a better location for an org.

The new Ideal Org Malmö that was showcased at the 2009 LRH Birthday Event in March, unfortunately is no longer located on the central square and, truth be told, it is no longer even located in Malmö. No, this Ideal Org is located in an industrial suburb of Malmö called Arlöv. An old sugar factory has been converted into the new org building.

The street it is located on has zero foot traffic. Zero. In trying to locate it, two people on a street corner were asked if they knew where the street was and they didn’t know. Yet it was literally one street away.

Driving up to the factory complex, of which the new org is now a part, leads one to a booth outside a gate, which has a sign reading “Reception.” No, it’s not the org Reception but the entrance to another factory on the same street. Asking for directions at the booth to the new org is answered by the “Receptionist” along with the crack, “Are you going there to get brainwashed?” (So much for the line in the Ideal Org PL,  “And the PR Area Control would be such that no one would dream of threatening it.” This guy is not 200 meters from the front door of the org and warns every person who asks for directions!)

The building and its decor is impressive, maybe for a marketing agency that caters to the defense industry or high tech cars. It is imposing and somewhat cold, but that may be one visitor’s opinion who sees Scientology as being a human or thetan based activity and not a MEST activity.

At any rate, the new org is definitely THERE. And very posh. And now we get to the genius behind the man who put it there. This building was purchased through donations wrung out of Swedish Scientologists. Millions of Swedish Kroners. Many millions (the exchange rate is currently about 7.5 Kr to the US Dollar). International Scientology so far as is known did not put up any of the money to buy the building. Likewise, the renovations were paid for from donations by Swedish Scientologists. Many probably contributed their company’s materials and others likely offered their labor, donations of a different kind but donations nonetheless, none of which cost Int Management a dime. In other words, local Scientologists got behind the program and put up a very posh building. It probably didn’t cost Int anything beyond some planning CSWs and whatever Sherri James charges for her designs. Yet, the Landlord Office of Int Management owns the building. A multi-million dollar property has been added to the Int Reserves stat for a pittance.

Sure, all you cynics say, but it’s located miles from where the people are and if they try to find the place the only person who knows where the org is spews criticism full time.

Real Situation

Hmmmmmm. Maybe you’ve got a point here. Maybe the idea ISN’T to build an organization dedicated to, again quoting from the PL, “The ideal org would be an activity where people came to achieve freedom and where they had confidence they would attain it.” Maybe the model being followed here isn’t the ideal that many old timers nostalgically recall with crowded org courserooms and people auditing out on the lawn. Maybe the model being imitated by DM is the one used by one of the most successful real estate corporations in the world, McDonald’s. Oh, you though Mickey D’s was a hamburger franchise? No, McDonald’s is a real estate corporation (according to the book McDonald’s: Behind The Arches) and the poison they foist on the public is really a sideline.

And here is where we find DM’s brilliance: if the Malmö staff (with the help of a 4 man garrison mission from CMO Int) actually builds a successful org despite zero foot traffic and a Black PR environment, great. If they fail and the staff leave and the org shrivels down to nothing, DM, in the person of the Int Landlord Office, still has a really nice building that he can sell for millions that didn’t cost him a dime.

This same scenario is playing out elsewhere. The new “Dallas” org is located in a lonely business park way out in Irving, Texas. The Joburg org is out in the sticks, comfortably away from the mass of humanity who desperately need the solutions Scientology could offer. The tiny field in Norway is being hounded to come up with $20 million for its “Ideal Org,” and has a target date by the end of 2010. Let’s hope they find a building somewhere in town and not above the Arctic Circle where there is only snowshoe traffic.

Yet, the promise of OT IX and OT X are mighty big carrots DM is holding out there and the OT VIIIs have deep pockets, the ones who aren’t in debt anyways. (By the way, how come LRH PLs harp about orgs not going into debt to the banks, but the orgs think it is okay for individual Scientologists to drown in debt?) One wonders, though, that the carrots may be getting it bit limp after all this time. One hears rumors of discontent brewing in the ranks, but that is something the OT VIIIs will have to sort out among themselves and decide what to do.

OT VIIIs aside, with his Ideal Org strategy, there’s really no way DM can lose. If the org makes it, he wins. If the org fails, he sells the building and still wins. Smart. Also smart is the impact these posh new buildings have on the main management stat.

Expansion?

The single overriding statistic of International Management is Sea Org Reserves, and the largest part of those reserves consists of the property owned by the church. Now, since the real estate bubble burst in 2007, one can imagine that the SOR stat has taken a big hit. Well, there is a way around that, too: employ a real estate appraiser full time to pin artificially inflated values to the church’s property on a quarterly basis and pro-rate these values on a weekly basis. Presto! one has a continually rising Sea Org Reserves stat.

This is the one statistic running counter to the rest of Int stats, contrary to what is touted at events or by church spokespersons. A detailed study of long term international statistics undertaken in 2000 showed that stats went on a continuous rise throughout the 1980s and peaked in June 1990, when they started an equally stable but reverse downtrend and marched downwards the entire decade to the same levels as they had been in 1980. Presumably, the downtrend has continued since, with the exception of the Gross Booksales stat.

From the perspective of field Scientologists, who would like to see the orgs make it, and from the viewpoint of LRH as written in HCOPL Planetary Dissemination, which says that the greatest part of Scientology’s dissemination efforts should be directed to the raw public, one has to conclude that a dumpster in Malmo’s central square sees more foot traffic in a day than the new Arlöv — er, Malmö — Ideal Org sees in a month. Maybe the same can’t be said of all the other new org buildings, but that’s not the main point here.

So, let’s turn the discussion to a different, less MEST-oriented model for Scientology, which will be the subject of another article. As a hint of how it might go, here’s a quote directly from the LRH lecture, “The Genus of Dianetics and Scientology”

“We own a tremendous amount of property. We own a tremendous amount of material, and so forth. And it keeps growing. But that’s not important. When buildings get important to us, for God’s sake, some of you born revolutionists, will you please blow up central headquarters. If someone had put some HE [high explosives]under the Vatican long ago, Catholicism might still be going. Don’t get interested in real estate. Don’t get interested in the masses of buildings, because that’s not important.

“What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things. These are important things. These are all that are important. A bank account never measured the worth of a man. His ability to help measured his worth and that is all. A bank account can assist one to help but where it ceases to do that it becomes useless.”

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