SCN 8-8008: SOP Creative Processing

This paper presents Section 44 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.


Creative Processing

Standard Operating Procedure for theta clearing is the backbone of processing in Scientology. It is easily followed but the auditor should have an excellent command of all types of processing in order to use it more successfully.

The purpose of theta clearing is to stably exteriorize the thetan. In ordinary language, this means stably extroverting the attention of the person. This is done through Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) described later.

NOTE: SOP focuses on improving the viewpoint of the person. It does not directly address the physical health of the body.

SOP is most easily done and most successfully by an auditor who is a theta clear. Auditors, who are not theta clear, seldom understand it, and a low-toned uncleared auditor who cannot himself leave his body very often acts to pin a preclear inside his body. It is noteworthy that many auditors have been unable to obtain successes with theta clearing before they themselves have been cleared, but immediately after the auditor was cleared, he was successful with each successive case without exception. The fear of some thetans from various causes of leaving the body causes the auditor—who is the thetan—to make other thetans stay in bodies, and it is actually quite dangerous to be audited by auditors who are not theta clears. The process is not dangerous; uncleared auditors are.

A theta clear is a person who is stably extroverted in his attention. To Hubbard this was literally “a thetan existing stably outside the body.” But that is a subjective belief only. Hubbard is essentially observing that an introverted auditor cannot help another person extrovert. This problem is avoided by the person auditing himself through the medium of mindfulness meditation.



Hubbard’s auditing uses the model set up by psychoanalysis. In this model a practitioner audits a person.  Buddha’s model of mindfulness meditation, however, does not require a practitioner.  It bypasses the problem of practitioners who are not up to the task.

Auditing, however, is a valuable contribution by Hubbard, which is likely to improve the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation.


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