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I am originally from India. I am settled in United States since 1969. I love mathematics, philosophy and clarity in thinking.

Scientology Processes (Part 3)

PROJECT: Research into Scientology Processes

Reference:
(1) Book: The Phoenix Lectures by L. RON HUBBARD.
(2) HCO BULLETIN OF 20 OCTOBER AD9, An Experimental Process

When following the discipline of mindfulness, you do not interfere with the mind. You simply observe mind’s reaction to the command given. Therefore, there is no effort when you are running a recall process. You simply observe if a recall comes up in reaction to a command.

When there is no reaction, there would be no recall. To make sure that the recall is not suppressed by the noise in the mind, simply meditate on the command for a reasonable length of time. If there is still no recall then simply move to the next command, or to the next step. Do not assume that there must be a recall.  The recall will appear in the mind all by itself without much effort if it is there.

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COMM RECALL PROCESS

“Comm” stands for communication. Communication is the process of exchanging ideas, considerations, information and data. Communication requires that there must be some ability to freely make considerations. For real communication to occur, there must be an honest intention to communicate, duplicate and understand. It is through communication only that emotions are experienced, and reality is perceived.

This comm recall process resolves any fixed attention on past or future communications. There is only one command:

“Recall a Communication”

Before you run this command, briefly meditate on what communication really is. Then meditate over this command over and over again, until it is flat. At this point any fixed attention on communication should have disappeared.

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EXHAUSTION

According to Hubbard, this is a simple, very effective version of a work process. In this process you meditate on exhaustion.

NOTE: Generally, you run a process to handle some fixed attention. By meditating for a few minutes on a process, you’ll quickly know if the process is the right one for you to run.

You run this particular process when you have experienced work-related exhaustion and have attention fixed on it. Repeating the command in meditation may bring up new details. You run the process till it is flat, meaning no more new details are coming up in meditation.

“Recall exhaustion.”

NOTE: Hubbard used the “floating needle” phenomenon on the E-meter to determine the end of a process. However, the “floating needle” is often hard to spot when there are other concerns crowding the mind. It is much easier to notice if the state of fixed attention for a particular item has disappeared or not. When using the mindfulness approach, you use the disappearance of fixed attention to determine the end of a process. Keep in mind that you can always run a process again as needed.

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KNOW TO MYSTERY RECALL PROCESSES

“Know to Mystery” is a scale that parallels the viewpoint scale of “Objectivity to Subjectivity”. One is objective when one knows. One is subjective when one succumbs to speculation upon being confronted with a mystery.

When running this process, you start from the lowest level of “unconsciousness” and work your way up through the levels of waiting, mystery, sex, etc., until you reach the highest level of “knowing”.

At each level you are resolving some sort of fixation. If you meditate at a level for few minutes and find no fixations, simply move to the next level. You go through this whole sequence of processes several times, until all of them are flat.

The first process is,

“Recall an unconsciousness.”

Unconsciousness is a condition wherein the organism is uncoordinated to greater or lesser degree only in its analytical process and motor controls. You meditate on unconsciousness to see if any instances of such condition come up. If so then re-experience those moments, or periods in time. Run the process until it is flat.

The next process is,

“Recall waiting.”

Waiting is inactivity or being in a state of repose, until something expected happens. You meditate on waiting to see if any instances of such condition come up. If so then re-experience those moments, or periods in time. Run the process until it is flat.

The next process is,

“Recall a mystery.”

A mystery is anything that remains unexplained or unknown. The anatomy of Mystery is an inability to predict, followed by terrific confusion and then total blackout. The person just shut it all off and said, “I won’t look at it anymore”. Mystery is the level of always pretending there’s something to know earlier than the Mystery. There really is nothing to know back of a Mystery, except the Mystery itself. In this process you meditate on mystery and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall sex.”

When a person thinks he is not going to survive, he will go into the “sexing-ness band”. If you starve cattle for a while they’ll start to breed, and if you feed them too well, they’ll stop breeding. This shows that the fixation on sex is closely associated with the sense of survival. In this process you meditate on any fixation related to sex for survival and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall eating”

Animals eat animals to stay alive. This is their level of knowledge. Here we have fixation on eating and the knowledge associated with it is very condensed. This is what we understand as the dog eat dog world. One has no appreciation of other people and things other than as means for their own survival. In this process you meditate on any fixation related to eating to survive and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall a symbol.”

A symbol contains mass, meaning and mobility and it is in motion relative to some orientation point. At this level a person figures with symbols. His sense of knowledge is very literal, and it doesn’t go any deeper than the surface. In this process you meditate on any fixation on symbols and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall thinking.”

At this level a person is fixated on thinking.  He is, forever, trying to figure things out. There is no progress because he cannot work or act. This is the “figure-figure” case. In this process you meditate on any fixation on thinking and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall an effort.”

At this level a person got to touch everything and feel everything before he can know anything. He’ll get a mental image picture of a past incident in order to get an idea of what is happening to him in the present. He cannot observe for himself. In this process you meditate on any fixation on effort and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall an emotion.”

At this level we have to have knowledge by emotion. A person has all kinds of emotions about things. He knows things by his emotional reaction to them. In this process you meditate on any fixation on emotion and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall looking.”

At this level we have to look to find out as opposed to simply knowing. In this process you meditate on any fixation on looking and not simply knowing and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall knowing about.”

At this level a person has indirect knowledge of something as opposed to knowing it intimately. In this process you meditate on any fixation on things you only know about indirectly and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall not-knowing.”

There are things that we don’t know anything about and use speculation in their place. Then we start to believe that speculation to be the reality. In this process you meditate on any fixation on knowledge that is speculation only and flatten the process.

The next process is,

“Recall knowing.”

There are things that you are so intimately familiar with that they have become part of your nature. You don’t even notice them. In this process you meditate on things that have become second nature to you and flatten the process.

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Christianity Today

The following is my view on the Christianity of today.

Christianity is a wonderful religion only when it is practiced correctly.

Christianity of Dark Ages was a perversion. It was not real Christianity. Specious arguments were made that it was Christianity, but it was evil under the cloak of “Christianity”. Christianity is not just some mental system. It needs to be practiced in the real world.

It is called Christianity because a Christian is supposed to follow the example of Christ without hesitation.

If he is not following the example of Christ, then he has not really accepted Christ in his heart. He is still as sinful as he was before.

The heart of Christianity is expressed, as closely as Christ would have said it himself, in the Sermon on the Mount. If there is disagreement with it elsewhere in the Bible, then it is an inconsistency that needs to be sorted out.

Those who are trying to force Christianity on others should be judged in their understanding of Christianity by their actual behavior. Those who cannot practice Christianity have no right to preach it to others.

Again, I see true Christianity as a practical religion expressed in one’s practice of it, and not as a mental religion based on quotations from the Bible.

There is no need to deflect what I have said above by talking about other religions. I hold other religions also to the same high standard.

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GRACE

In Theology, grace is defined as the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. It is the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them. It is a virtue or excellence of divine origin, such as, the Christian graces.

Grace is basically a manifestation of favor by God. It is a phenomenon that is beyond human effort. It cannot be brought about by mere human thinking and doing.

If we look at God as the principle that has continually brought order from chaos since the beginning of the universe, we may understand the concept of grace as follows.

Grace is the phenomenon of cosmic evolution.

Grace does not depend on a single human being. It depends on how the whole universe is evolving on a cosmic scale. It is this grace that has evolved energy into matter, matter into animation, animation into life, and life into the beauty of humanity. Now it is grace that is evolving human thinking into a higher level of the universal viewpoint.

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Scientology Processes (Part 2)

PROJECT: Research into Scientology Processes

REFERENCES:
(1) HCO BULLETIN OF 16 FEBRUARY 1959
(2) STAFF AUDITORS’ CONFERENCE OF FEBRUARY 16, 1959

Before starting a session, as you sit down, look around to know exactly where you are. Make sure you have a goal in your mind for that session. You start the session by looking at where your attention has been fixed lately. Then look for a problem in that “area of fixation”. This would be the PT (present time) problem. It should be something that is bothering you the most right now. If there are many things bothering you, then look at the broader situation you are concerned with right now.

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PT PROBLEM

A problem exists because there is some conflict or confusion. There is something that doesn’t make sense. You need to find out about some details that are missing. This process provides an approach to find out what could be missing.

(1) You start with making a list of personnel associated with the problem. Since this is a PT problem these personnel must be existing at this time in your life influencing that problem. Make sure to include yourself on this list. It is always good to make the list on paper so you may refer to it as necessary. Do not make another list until you have first considered all the persons on this list per the following steps.

(2) Take up the persons on the list in the order your attention goes on to them. Meditate on the following two commands alternately:

“Think of something you have done to (selected person).” 

“Think of something you have withheld from (selected person).”

(3) Run the commands alternately to keep the flow balanced. Flatten the first command and then the second command. Then back to the first command, and so on. You run them until the selected person chosen is somewhat flat. (The mind begins to repeat things it has recalled before.) Running these commands broadens your viewpoint so you get a deeper perspective on the problem.

(4) Do this with each person involved in the problem until you get a perspective that makes the resolution of the problem suddenly possible. The fixed attention on the problem disappears. It may happen that you exhaust the list and the fixed attention has not disappeared. In that case you may look for additional persons connected to the problem; but the more honest you are with yourself the more successful you’ll be in making the fixed attention disappear.

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DYNAMIC STRAIGHT WIRE

This process is based on Hubbard’s process, but it is not the same. Its purpose is to straighten out the fixed attention you have on any of your dynamics. The dynamics are (1) Self, (2) Sex act, family, children, (3) Group, society, town, nation, (4) Mankind, (5) Animals, vegetables, all life, (6) The physical universe of matter, energy, space and time, (7) The spiritual universe of spirits, souls and gods, (8) The infinite universe. See OT 1948: The Dynamics.

(1) You start by making a list of things and people on each dynamic that you have fixed attention on. If the attention is fixed on the whole dynamic, then list whatever represents that dynamic to you.

(2) Take up the items on the list in the order your attention goes on to them. Meditate on the following two commands alternately:

“Think of something you have done to (selected item).” 

“Think of something you have withheld from (selected item).”

(3) Run the commands alternately until the selected item is flat. You recover all possible data that is hidden from you because of any shock, apprehension, fear, etc.

(4) Do this with each item on the list until the fixed attention on the dynamics has disappeared.

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PAST AND FUTURE EXPERIENCE

On this process you simply run something about experience. It will be very interesting to see how you get along with this process. The commands of this process are:

“What part of your life would you be willing to re-experience?”

“What part of the future would you be willing to experience?”

You may go deep in meditating alternately over these two questions. This process actually runs out time, even when you get lot of significances. The longer you run it, the more past and future you’re going to cover. All kind of odd phenomena show up.

If something difficult comes up that you tend to stick in, simply do the following:

(1) Spot when that phenomena first occurred in your experience.

(2) Experience whatever phenomenon is coming through. Sometimes it may go on for some time. Do not resist it or suppress it. Just make sure you have spotted the time of the first occurrence of that phenomenon correctly.

(3) Do not try to get any more details on the memory or impression of that phenomenon. Simply move on to the next thing.

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Summary

These three processes should be done in the sequence given above. They are quite powerful processes. They are very effective when done through the mindfulness approach.

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VIEWPOINT & OBJECTIVITY

Most people misunderstand the word VIEWPOINT. They give it a mathematical definition by quibbling about the meaning of “view” and “point”. The fact is that if you are aware at all you have a “view”. Awareness is not limited to visual perception alone, so the “view” in viewpoint refers to perception through all five physical senses, and also through the mental sense.

The “point” in viewpoint refers to a particular value on the scale of awareness. This is similar to a point on the temperature scale, which specifies a particular temperature. Therefore, a viewpoint refers to a particular state or level of awareness. Different viewpoints have different interpretations of what is actually there. The viewpoint goes deep into subjectivity when it is speculating. But it rises up into objectivity when it is viewing things as they are.

In the context of viewpoint, the word OBJECTIVITY is used in the sense of “seeing things as they are,” and not merely in the sense of “external reality.” Whether the reality is external or internal, it is objective if it is “appreciated for what it is” because there are no filters. Objectivity reduces to subjectivity to the degree a person is using filters (fixed ideas, prejudices and beliefs) to look at things.

Whether it is a tree or a forest, you must perceive it objectively first before you can consider or analyze it. In computer lingo, you say, “garbage in = garbage out”. In other words, if your data is faulty, then your conclusions are going to be faulty too. Objectivity means correctness of input, whether it is external or internal, top-down or bottom-up.

In a precise sense, a view is objective to the degree there are no unresolved anomalies (inconsistencies, disharmonies and discontinuities) in it. This depends on the context in which one is viewing, because, as the context broadens, more anomalies may become visible. The most objective view, therefore, has no anomalies in the universal context.

To summarize, a viewpoint is the very expression of our beingness at any moment. It lies on a scale of awareness that varies from deep subjectivity to complete objectivity.

Our viewpoint provides us with perspectives on situations that concern us.

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