Subject: Straight Memory

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Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This key word list is prepared for the subject of STRAIGHT MEMORY. The more realistically a person accesses his memory the better off he is in terms of mental health. 



DISCIPLINE:  Discipline of Subject Clearing
TEXT (by  L. Ron Hubbard): Straight Memory
EXERCISE (by  L. Ron Hubbard): Self Analysis

Run the list of questions from the book Self Analysis under the discipline of Subject Clearing. Do this for as long as it takes. You may go over the self analysis lists again and again. See Visualization Exercise.

When reading the text by L. Ron Hubbard, please use his Technical Dictionary to look up words belonging to Scientology technical vocabulary, such as, engrams, secondaries, locks, etc.



Memory, Mental matrix, Perceptual elements, Perception, Straight memory, Charge, Key-in, Repeater technique, Dominant individual, Circuit, Circuit phrase, Nullifying individual, Nullification phrase, Enforced ARC, Inhibited ARC, Hurdy-gurdy system, Straight Memory (Circuits & ARC), Straight Memory (Process), Straight Memory (Important points)



Please refer to

  1. KHTK Glossary
  2. Technical Dictionary

Additional data specific to this subject is as follows.

The hurdy-gurdy system of straight wire takes into account locks of enforced ARC, inhibited ARC, and circuits. One makes a list of all the persons who ever surrounded him: father, mother, aunts, uncles, guardians, nurses, grandparents, great-grandparents, teachers, brothers, sisters, employers, and subordinates, as well as mates. He then draws up a plan for requesting information about enforced ARC, inhibited ARC, and circuits over and over again. He does that for each person on the list and maintains a tally sheet. It is hoped that the requested memory will come up sooner or later and then locks will blow. For instance, you may draw one ARC triangle with labels “enforced” and “dominating,” and another ARC triangle with labels “inhibited” and “nullifying,” and use them to formulate questions to ask for information for locks in an orderly fashion. You do that first for father, then for mother, and then continue with rest of list down the line.

Straight memory consists of the person staying in present time with his eyes wide open and remembering certain things. He does not return to past incidents. The person simply directs his attention straight to the mental matrix and recognizes the existence of incidents in the past. He is not aided in his efforts to remember. It is a common phenomenon that a fact asked for today and not received may be received tomorrow or the next day. The person, if he does not get the information he wants on Monday, should ask the same questions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and he will find that he will eventually remember. The person remembers things that are said or done to him (not what he has said or done) during his lifetime. He evaluates the past event in terms of the present-time environment. He remembers the most obvious incidents or facts first. He then works towards remembering more and more obscure incidents. This is the common progress of straight memory. 

The primary rule of straight memory is this: Whatever the preclear thinks is wrong with himself, his family, his group, or mankind, life or MEST, has generally been told to the preclear by somebody else at an earlier period of the preclear’s life. This is modified by the fact, of course, that things can be wrong along these various dynamics which are perfectly rational observations. One is looking for irrational beliefs about these things. Once you have isolated the fact that a certain individual in the past complained about something, you will discover a whole chain of such complaints. The rough rule of thumb is that if an aberrated person says something once he will say it hundreds or thousands of times. 

By straight memory one can easily discover the dominant or the nullifying individuals in one’s past. From such individuals, one will have received the circuit and nullifying phrases. By locating these persons and their habitual statements, one becomes more aware and gets rid of such circuits. Straight memory, as a technique, also handle the enforcement and inhibition of affinity, communication, and reality, by command.

His system of questioning then is to find out when papa enforced affinity, when papa enforced reality, when papa commanded higher communication, and when papa sought to dominate. He asks around the triangle and with the domination slot. He will discover that the preclear may or may not have certain immediate memories concerning father’s conduct and favorite phrase. The auditor then proceeds to the inhibition triangle and nullification slot. He asks when father inhibited or refused affinity, when he inhibited or refused reality or agreement, when he inhibited or refused communication, and when and if father attempted to nullify the preclear. In the same session the auditor goes on to mother and to other people, with the same plan.

Because the preclear’s memory can be refreshed by this procedure, the auditor does not abandon father after one session but carries father for three or four sessions on straight memory and asks a similar set of questions in the next session. When did father enforce affinity, demand that he be loved, demand that he have affection shown to him? When did father demand agreement? When did father demand communication? When did father attempt to dominate? When did father attempt to cut off or inhibit affinity? When did father attempt to cut off or inhibit reality? When did father attempt to cut off or inhibit communication? When did father attempt to nullify? The auditor then goes on to coverage of mother or some other person.

Systematized straight wire like this will turn up an enormous amount of material. The hurdy-gurdy system was created so that the auditor would not have to keep long sheets of questions. NOTE: Read the last 3 pages of the chapter on Straight Memory to see what else you can do with straight memory.

It is vital in straight memory to reach the actual context in the actual incident of every memory. The person should not confine himself to the hurdy-gurdy system of straight wire. This is only provided to recover the maximum amount of memory in the minimum amount of time. The principle here is to discover, if possible, the key-in, the first time the underlying engram was restimulated. Straight memory may be combined with lock scanning to blow off circuits.


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  • vinaire  On January 7, 2022 at 6:23 AM

    NOTES: The auditor knows exactly what he wants and he directs the preclear’s attention to it… After he has summed this up he can do a very good job of resolving the case by straight memory… You may use the Hurdy-Gurdy System… Good memory is not encouraged in the society… there is also confusion about the accuracy of memory… very early memory is doubted… earliest memory exists as impressions, which is evaluated later… forgotten incidents when recalled makes one cheerful… memories suffer because of charge on the case… key-ins lie in childhood… when remembered will produce the most marked change in the case… straight memory back to very early periods is possible… repeater technique hangs a person up in an engram which cannot be contacted and run out… remember on a gradient… use straight memory to get the individual back up to present time… Use straight memory to handle circuits… If one discovers the lock by straight memory, one can then find the engram… where the preclear has not been raised by his own parents locks do not, as far as phrases are concerned, match his engrams… parental care has been interrupted… more solid break of affinity, reality, and communication… enforced affinity, reality, and communication… interrupted self-determinism… straight wire on the statements of the people by whom he was surrounded in very early life to get circuits… The inhibition of affinity, communication, and reality is no less serious than their enforcement.


  • vinaire  On January 7, 2022 at 1:40 PM

    The running of pleasure moments is done exactly as one would run an engram or a secondary engram… The best pleasure for an individual is in the attainment of happiness; the overcoming of not unknowable obstacles toward a known goal… The auditor should work continually to select the highest possible pleasure on the tone scale available to his preclear.


  • vinaire  On January 7, 2022 at 1:46 PM

    So long as the individual knows he is imagining when he is imagining, and knows he is dealing in fact when he is dealing in fact, imagination has a high validity… knowingly run imaginary incidents… the imaginary incident which the preclear will recount has some basis in actuality… the recounting of an imaginary incident heightens the affinity between the preclear and the auditor… it increases communication between the preclear and the auditor… it finds the auditor non-insistent upon a high level of fact… The imaginary incident is a mechanism which actually repairs past invalidations…


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