Category Archives: Subject Clearing

Introduction to Subject Clearing

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Subject Clearing is the natural system that helps evolve consciousness. The focus of Subject Clearing is on resolving anomalies so one has a very clear view of what is there. 



We all have studied mathematics. We should have a clear view of the fundamentals of this subject. We should clearly understand the difference between a digit and a number. If we don’t, then we have an anomaly. Let’s check out the following:

If you now have a better understanding of a digit and a number, then you just resolved an anomaly. Some of you may not even have been aware of this anomaly. The fact is: if you have a doubt, a perplexity, or a nagging feeling that there is something missing, then you are definitely confronted with an anomaly.

An ANOMALY is a violation of the sense of oneness, such as, a discontinuity (missing data), an inconsistency (contradictory data), or a disharmony (arbitrary data).

Here is another example: A question that each one of us has probably asked ourselves, is: “Who am I?” It is a discontinuity that disturbs the sense of oneness with nature. This is a very fundamental anomaly. It is a mystery about the human self.

There is a lot of material out there that tries to deal with this anomaly. There are religions, and books on spirituality, yoga, psychology, etc., that try to answer this question. But as long as a confusion exists in your mind, the anomaly is not resolved for you. Take a look at the Glossary of the SELF, especially at the words: self, identity, consciousness, “I” and mental matrix.



The resolution of an anomaly occurs when you spot your postulate, or the assumption, which is keeping the anomaly in place. Once you recognize your postulate or assumption, the anomaly disappears for you.

The mind naturally generates projections when gaps exist in understanding. They stay as assumptions until they are replaced by reality or narrowed into better assumptions. 

Many assumptions in astronomy got clarified with progress in mathematics and after the invention of the telescope. Similarly, assumed causes of illnesses were corrected after the invention of microscope. 



Dr. Winter states in his introduction to DIANETICS, “We should feel free to examine the basic assumptions of any body of knowledge we wish, without fear of committing lese majeste. If any system of thought is going to wither in the light of investigation, it does not deserve the title of Authority.”

The rule in Subject Clearing is:

No past idea or learning in the area of doubt and perplexity is sacrosanct—meaning so “sacred” that you cannot question it.


Subject: Human Condition

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This special glossary is being developed for the subject of HUMAN CONDITION. It is made up of a Key Word List, and a Glossary.



This Key Word List provides a logical arrangement of the key words by their concepts. You may look up the keys words of the glossary in this sequence. Not all the words of the glossary are listed here.

  1. HUMAN (Self, Identity, Consciousness)
  2. CONDITION (Aberration, Psychosomatic Illness, Dianetics, Subject Clearing)
  3. SELF (“I”, Ego, Egotism, Beingness)
  4. IDENTITY (body, mind, Individuality, Life cycle)
  5. CONSCIOUSNESS (Spirit, Soul, Thetan, Ātman, Immortality)
  6. EVOLUTION (Survival, Static Viewpoint, Paramātman, God)
  7. MIND (Senses, Mental Matrix, Assimilation, Perception, Memory, Thought)
  8. MENTAL MATRIX (Analytical Mind, Reactive Mind, Trauma, Facsimile)
  9. FACSIMILE (Anomaly, Arbitrary)

Conclusion: The human condition results from unresolved anomalies. The anomalies are there because of missing knowledge. As knowledge becomes available in the area of doubt and perplexity, one should make every effort to resolve those doubts.



The glossary lists the key words and their meaning in an alphabetical order.

Broad concept: “to wander, deviate.” Definition: “mental irregularity or disorder, especially of a minor or temporary nature; lapse from a sound mental state.” “When an individual is acting contrary to survival of himself, his group, progeny, race, mankind, or life he can be considered to be unintelligent, uninformed or aberrated.” (~ Hubbard). All aberrations arise from unassimilated impressions (See FACSIMILE). Aberration manifests itself as fixation that prevents one from seeing things as they are.

Broad concept (analytical): “undoing, loosening.” Definition: “The conscious aware mind which thinks, observes data, remembers it, and resolves problems. The analytical mind is the one which is alert and aware.” The analytical mind refers to the assimilated parts of the mental matrix. This is the natural state of the mind.

Broad concept: “irregular.” Definition: “an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.; an incongruity or inconsistency.” An anomaly is any violation of the oneness of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data).

Broad concept: “uncertain, capricious.” Definition: “subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion.” Example: “an arbitrary decision.” An arbitrary consists of the assumption or projection made during the assimilation of perceptual elements to maintain continuity, consistency and harmony. The mental matrix is full of arbitrariness because not all data is known. Such arbitrariness then leads to anomalies when more data comes to be known. These anomalies lead to doubts and perplexities. To have doubts and perplexities is normal as they encourage one to get more precise data.

Broad concept: “made similar.” Definition: “taken in and incorporated as one’s own.” As sensations keep coming in the mind keeps breaking them down into elements and relating them to existing elements throughout itself such that there is continuity, consistency and harmony among all data. This is assimilation. When the incoming sensations cannot be broken down into elements (as is the case of trauma) they are left as unassimilated impressions in the matrix.

Broad concept: “to breathe.” Definition: “essence, nature, character, peculiarity, self.” Atman refers to human consciousness. Jivatman refers to consciousness of a person. Paramatman refers to ultimate consciousness.

Broad concept: “(I) am.” Definition: “the quality, state, or condition of having existence.” Example: “It has a crystalline, heartbreaking purity, that ontological beauty… of each object resonating in its beingness…” The beingness follows the laws of nature.

Broad concept: “person in general.” Definition: “the physical structure and material substance of a person, animal or plant, living or dead.” The human body is material structure of the identity. It is composed of many different types of cells that together create tissues and subsequently organ systems. It comprises a head, neck, trunk (which includes the thorax and abdomen), arms and hands, legs and feet.

Broad concept: “talk together, discussion, agreement, stipulation, provision, situation, mode of being.” Definition: “a particular mode of being of a person or thing; existing state; situation with respect to circumstances.”

Broad concept: “to know together.” Definition: “the state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.” Consciousness may be plotted on a scale of consciousness (C-scale) that extends from mystery to knowingness. The lowest point on this scale is the mystery of unconsciousness and waiting. The highest point of this scale is the knowingness of the laws of nature. A level of consciousness may be plotted on this scale as a point (C-point). Consciousness depends on the degree of fineness of the matrix elements (see MENTAL MATRIX). Human consciousness is higher than the consciousness in animals because the human matrix elements are much finer.

Broad concept: “through mind.” Definition: “a subject that addresses psychosomatic causes of illnesses and aberrations afflicting the human self.” Hubbard: “Dianetics consists of discovering the aberration in the individual, finding the physically painful experience which corresponds to it and placing the data therein contained at the disposal of the analytical mind.” In Dianetics therapy, impressions from the periods of unconsciousness (facsimiles) were found to exist in the mind. Hubbard’s Dianetics theory offers these facsimiles as the source of all psychosomatic illnesses and aberrations. This theory was published in 1950 in the book: DIANETICS: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The actual discovery of Dianetics is that the mind is capable of recording the details of events, such as, severe injury, delirium, or surgical anesthesia, while the person appears to be unconscious. Such recordings are called “facsimiles.” They normally stay below the level of consciousness, but can be retrieved back into consciousness with some effort. The existence of facsimiles has been known as “samskāra” since Buddha’s time (500 BC). Buddha’s approach to handle samskāra is “mindfulness meditation.” Dianetics, however, handles facsimiles through a “repeater technique.” A person, however, can’t apply this technique to himself because the mind tends to go “unconscious” as it approaches the facsimile. An “auditor” had to be trained to apply this technique to the person. The “repeater technique” is quite difficult to apply as it requires great observation and skill. Misapplication  of “repeater technique” affects the mind adversely. Hubbard subsequently came up with a more gradient auditing approach under the subject of Scientology. This approach was presented as a series of auditing steps called Scientology Grade Chart. At the final stages of OT Levels the person audits himself, much like in meditation. These OT Levels have remained open ended since Hubbard passed away in 1986. The results have not been as spectacular and broad as were hoped. A summary and criticism of these OT Levels is presented at Scientology OT Levels. Even at OT Levels, where a person is auditing himself, the auditing procedure is fraught with errors. The insertion of an auditing approach with E-meter has presented its own set of new difficulties. It makes a broader application very expensive and practically unfeasible. 

Broad concept: “I, conscious self.” Definition: “the ‘I’ or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.” The ego is the awareness of oneself.

Broad concept: “I, self-centered.” Definition: “excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness.” Egotism arises when “I” identifies itself with the identity and gets fixated on it.

Broad concept: “rolling out, unfolding.” Definition: “any process of formation or growth; development.” Example: “the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane.” Evolution is not limited to Charles Darwin’s theory. The universe has been evolving since the so-called Big Bang. Evolution means improvement of form, and that means death of the existing form and birth of a better form. Fixation on survival has led to the desire for the permanence of the existing form. This is an anomaly. By no means, has consciousness evolved to its full potential. The ultimate consciousness is visualized as Paramātman or God. 

Broad concept: “make similar” Definition: “The physical universe impression on thought with a time tag on it.” A facsimile is a recording of sensations as received by the sense organs. The facsimiles of physical and mental traumas are difficult to break down and they continue as unassimilated impressions in the mental matrix. Since the facsimile is not assimilated the mind is not aware of it. When the facsimile gets activated as part of a mental circuit, it inserts literal data regardless of the context. This causes irrationality which influences a person’s behavior and generates unwanted condition. The solution lies in somehow finding and assimilating the facsimile.

Broad concept: “call, that which is invoked.” Definition: “the Supreme Being according to some particular religion or conception.” Example: “the God of Islam.” God is essentially the beingness of supreme consciousness.

Broad concept: “earthly beings.” Definition: “of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people.” Example: “human frailty.”

Broad concept: “one.” Definition: “the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.” ”I” is the viewpoint of self, which is the same as C-point as explained under CONSCIOUSNESS. The “I” believes itself to be the identity but it is not the same because the “I” evolves, while the identity remains the same during the life cycle.

Broad concept: “same, always being itself, individuality.” Definition: “condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.” Example: “a case of mistaken identity; a male gender identity; immigrants with strong ethnic identities.” The identity remains the same throughout its life cycle and terminates at the end. It functions according to the laws of nature and contributes to consciousness.

Broad concept: “not die.” Definition: “undying condition; unending life.” It is natural for individual identities to go through the cycle of life and death in order to evolve. Therefore, the concept of immortality does not apply to individual identities, such as, spirit, soul, thetan, etc.  Immortality applies only to the state of consciousness that continues to evolve over life cycles. Hinduism defines immortality as freedom from identification with perishable mental impressions of sense-objects.

Broad concept: “not divisible.” Definition: “the particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature.” Example: “a person of marked individuality.” The individuality is part of a person’s identity as it differentiates him from others of his kind. But consciousness is a more general characteristic that may differentiate humans from animals but not necessarily from one another.

Broad concept (life): “body (aliveness),” and (cycle): “circle, wheel.”  A life cycle is the cycle of life from birth to death. The identity and individuality remain the same during the life cycle, and change from one life cycle to another. The consciousness, however, evolves during the life cycle and continues with the next life cycle.

Broad concept: “mindful, remembering.” Definition: “the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.” Memory is generated when the perceptual elements are related according to their original pattern in which they were first received. Note that the merging of multiple occurrences of the same element in the mental matrix makes the “storage of memories” efficient.

Broad concept (matrix): “womb.” Definition (matrix): “something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates, takes form, or develops.” In a normal functioning mind, the sensations of touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell from the environment are received through the sense organs. These sensations break down into fine elements and are related through their time stamp, similarities and differences. As more sensations come in they are broken down and related in the same way among themselves and to all existing elements. Duplicate elements are merged and an efficient matrix of relationships is built up. This is the mental matrix. It forms the core of the mind.

Broad concept: “think, remember.” Definition: “the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.” Example: “the processes of the human mind.” The human mind is the operating system of the identity. It perceives the environment, and outputs directions to the body for its internal maintenance and external activity. Its main function is to resolve anomalies. The mind-body system operates on electro-chemical-mechanical laws.

Broad concept: “supreme atman or consciousness.” Definition: “the Supreme Spirit.” Paramātman is the ultimate consciousness to which all jivātmans converge upon expansion. Selflessness is the attribute of Paramatman, because all personality/individuality vanishes at this level. 

Broad concept: “a taking in.” Definition: “the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.” Assimilation of sensations by the mental matrix gives them meaning. Before they are assimilated sensations may appear merely as pain or discomfort. Only after assimilation do the sensations appear as perceptions. 

The sensations of touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell from the environment are, at first, broken down into fine elements by the mind. These are perceptual elements as they generate perceptions when related to each other in the context of the mental matrix. 

Broad concept (psyche): “breath, spirit”; (soma): “body.” Definition: “of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.” “[Psychosomatic illness is] the physical manifestations of mental aberration.” (~ Hubbard)

Broad concept (reactive): “Act back.” Definition: “A portion of a person’s mindwhich works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. The reactive mind simply reacts without analysis.” The reactive mind refers to the unassimilated parts of the mental matrix. At the core of reactive mind are facsimiles of shocks and traumas that could not be broken down and assimilated.

Broad concept: “oneself.” Definition: “a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality.” Example: “one’s own self.” The human self is made up of an identity and a state of consciousness. The identity is remains constant throughout the life cycle, while the consciousness evolves. Identity terminates at the end of the life cycle but the consciousness continues. A new life cycle has a new identity but a continuation of consciousness. The individual self is not eternal because the individuality is determined by the identity and the identity terminates at the end of the life cycle.

Broad concept: “feel.” Definition: “any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.” Example: “My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready.” Senses result in sensations, which then reach the mental matrix.

Broad concept: “quick-moving” Definition: “the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come.” Example: “arguing the immortality of the soul.“ The soul identifies the person apart from the body. It is part of the person’s identity (the body-mind system), and subject to the life cycle. See LIFE CYCLE.

Broad concept: “breath.” Definition: “the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.” The spirit animates the body-mind system just like electricity animates a computer and machinery. The spirit is part of the body-mind system.

Broad concept (static): “stand;” (view): “see” (point): “prick” Definition: “a viewpoint that itself does not have any motion but has the potential to view all possible motion.” (See The Static Viewpoint). It is the point of knowingness on the scale of consciousness (see CONSCIOUSNESS).

Broad concept (subject): “throw it under, open to inspection.” (clear): “call out.” Definition: “Subject Clearing is an extension of Buddha’s mindfulness approach to handle unassimilated impressions in the mind.” Subject clearing focuses on the resolution of anomalies. An anomaly is any violation of the oneness of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data). The obvious anomaly is the human self trying to gain consciousness of itself. This consciousness is coming out of a fog of mystery and evolving toward knowingness. The “I” of the human self is its state of consciousness. The “I” evolves by becoming increasingly conscious of the laws of nature. It senses the environment, breaks down the sensations into perceptual elements and makes them part of a mental matrix. The perceptual elements are freely associated with each other within the matrix. The matrix is assimilated to the degree that the associations are free of anomalies. The perception of the environment depends on the degree of assimilation of perceptual elements in the mental matrix. The natural function of the mental matrix is to keep itself free of anomalies. The resolution of anomalies refines the perceptual elements, which raises the level of consciousness. Therefore, with the resolution of anomalies, the the state of consciousness continually evolves toward the state of knowingness. The development of the Subject Clearing makes it possible to apply the advances made in Dianetics and Scientology without the need for an auditor and E-meter. It can be applied in its current form, freely and safely, by anybody.

Broad concept: “full of life, lively.” Definition: “to continue to live or exist.” Example: “Few survived after the holocaust.” A person is surviving through a life cycle with the natural goal to evolve in consciousness. The survival may cease at the end of the life cycle, but the consciousness continues. The universe has been evolving and not just surviving.

Broad concept: “thought being.” Definition: “the personality and beingness which actually is the individual and is aware of being aware and is ordinarily and normally the “person” and who the individual thinks he is.” This is a concept in the subject of Scientology. Thetan is the identity of the person apart from the body, same as soul. See SOUL.

Definition: “the product of mental activity; that which one thinks.” Example: “a body of thought.” Thought is generated when when the perceptual elements are related in a pattern within the mental matrix. To be logical, the pattern of perceptual elements must be continuous, consistent and harmonious.

Broad concept: “wound.” Definition: “A body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or accident. An experience that produces psychological injury or pain.” The sensations of trauma come in so fast that they are difficult to break down and assimilate in real time. Therefore, the real time perception of a trauma is very poor. It is perceived primarily as pain, and its impression is retained as a literal recording. They just have superficial connections with rest of the matrix. Injuries of the body may heal, but the mental trauma is not healed until its impression can be broken down and assimilated with later contemplation.


Subject: Human Condition (old)

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This step looks at the human condition through Scientology, which calls itself a science of mind. The bulk of the problems with the human condition are addressed on Grade 4 of Scientology. This grade is called “Ability Release,” and it helps a person move out of fixed conditions and gain abilities to do new things. 

NOTE: The material provided below may remind one of Scientology, but it differs in most respects from standard Scientology. This material is used by a person to subject clear his or her human condition by oneself. The person is not being audited as in Scientology.

The three most important tasks for any science of mind are:

  1. Get the person to be there extroverted in present time.
  2. Get the person to think beyond black and white in shades of gray.
  3. Get the person to assimilate all his sensations and operate with an assimilated mental matrix.

The unassimilated impressions may be called facsimiles because they are literal copies of the sensations received during a trauma. The facsimiles are unknown to the person since they are not assimilated in the mental matrix. These facsimiles insert themselves into the activity of the mental matrix adding their literal interpretations to its computations. Downstream, the corrupted mental computations generate aberrated behavior and psychosomatic illnesses. The handling of aberrations and psychosomatic illnesses requires the assimilation of the facsimiles into the mental matrix. Once their content is assimilated, the facsimiles disappear.

The above is a succinct summary of the mind that further improves upon the Hubbard’s theory of the Reactive mind.

There are heavy, medium and light facsimiles. The heavy facsimiles require the running of sharp efforts, such as those involved in shocks and impacts. These efforts are run only to the point that the emotions are reached. The heavy facsimiles are referred to as engrams in Scientology.

In the medium facsimiles, the emotions are accessible directly. These emotions reflect the degree of conflicted effort in the trauma.  Emotions of apathy, grief, fear, anger, antagonism and boredom, represent the declining degree of conflicted effort. Emotions are run until the underlying thoughts are reached. The medium facsimiles are referred to as secondaries in Scientology. 

In the light facsimiles, thoughts are accessible directly. These thoughts are in confusion and full of anomalies. A person contemplates and meditates on the anomalies to resolve them. When one discovers the arbitrary postulate underlying an anomaly, the conflicts resolve and the facsimile assimilates. One feels relieved and happy. The light facsimiles are referred to as locks in Scientology.

In dealing with facsimiles, one is dealing with heavily compressed thoughts, emotions and sensations that need to be decompressed.

These facsimiles seem to reside in the electromagnetic field within and around the body. This field primarily contains the mental matrix whose characteristics are continuity, consistency and harmony. The facsimiles exist in this field as discontinuities, inconsistencies and disharmonies.

As these old facsimiles are assimilated in the mental matrix the tasks listed above for the science of mind become easier to accomplish.



Facsimile, Service Facsimile, Computation, Justification, Overt Act, Withhold, Motivator, Rightness & Wrongness, Certainty, Fixed Solution, Certainty Processing, Cause Level, Responsibility.



  1. Running a Process Command
  2. “SOURCE” – A Scientology Power Process
  3. “EXISTENCE” – A Scientology Power Process
  4. “CONDITIONS” – A Scientology Power Process



Facsimile is a mental impression that is too jumbled up to be assimilated in the mental matrix. Therefore, it is not available as perception and/or experience. But it exerts a hidden “literal” influence on the functioning of mental matrix. Upon assimilation, the impression reduces to thoughts, emotions and efforts that can be managed. 

This facsimile provides a hidden influence that the person finds useful.  It helps the person use his weakness and disability to his advantage. It provides him with justifications that he can use to escape responsibility. He may use the facsimile to invite sympathy or cooperation from others, for example, by playing as a victim. It makes him right and others wrong. But he is using a fixed method to do so, and that provides the clue to the service facsimile. 

The assimilated data of the mental matrix provides natural thinking that is harmonious, continuous and consistent. But the data from the facsimile, when inserted, generates thinking that has become corrupted. The mental matrix has the awareness of something being wrong but it cannot resolve it because it does not have the content of the facsimile available. The corrupted thinking expresses itself in aberrated behaviors and illnesses. The computations of such corrupted thinking appear as fixations.

When the mental matrix cannot resolve the corruption of thinking that is inserted by the hidden facsimiles, it does its best to come up with the most plausible explanation for the resulting aberrated behaviors and illnesses. Such explanation seems perfectly right to the person making it, but to others it may appear as a justification for the most flagrant wrongness. The person using justification comes across as making himself right and others wrong.

The overt act is part of the aberrated behavior resulting from aberrated thinking. Being irrational an overt act is injurious or harmful in nature, but it appears totally justified to the person committing it.  The person may not know the actual reason why he acted that way. The circumstances may make him feel that he should not have acted that way, at least openly. And so, he may try to restrain himself. This builds up a pressure in him. When a person can clearly see the outpoints in his overt act and confesses to them then he may feel some relief.

A withhold is a lack of confession. Confession is a limited effort to relieve a person of the pressure of his overt acts. It is limited because full acceptance of responsibility can come only from uncovering the hidden facsimile. 

A motivator is what justifies to the person the “rightness” of his overt act. It makes him feel that he was justified to have acted the way he did. The motivator could be something that unknowingly triggered his hidden facsimile to influence his computation.

The over act appears right to the person committing it because it is the best option per his “thinking”. He doesn’t know that his thinking is influenced by the facsimile. Others are under no such influence so they see his overt act as being harmful and injurious.

A person can only be as certain of his solution as the data available to him. So, he can be certain that his “aberrated action” is the right solution. However, certainty improves as more data becomes available. So, the person can be given data that makes him realize that his “aberrated behavior” is injurious to others. But this may not always work. So, he may have to be assisted in processing his facsimiles.

Since it is the same facsimile that is injecting itself into the computations of the mental matrix, it may lead to the same “aberrated solution” time and time again. This may provide a clue to the nature of the facsimile and to the incident that may have caused it.

A person who is uncertain is oscillating between two opposite certainties. He is thinking in black and white terms. We resolve this uncertainty by having him consider the opposite certainties one at a time, until he can see that there can be shades of gray.

Cause level is a person’s ability to see outpoints, even in his own actions. He can then understand better the influence of the unknown facsimile.

Responsibility comes about when one really understands the actual situation, and the plus points and outpoints in it. This allows him to responsibly assume control over it.


Some Grade 4 Processes

The following are some Grade 4 processes of Scientology.

As you work through these processes, you shall uncover anomalies in your past and present, and also in your thinking. Make sure you continue the process until all anomalies brought to your notice during that process are resolved.

  1. Follow the reference Running a Process Command.
  2. You may also use “another” and “others” in place of “you” in the following commands.


“Tell me some things you wouldn’t want to have happen again.” 
“Tell me some things you would like to have happen again.” 

“In this lifetime what have you done?” 
“What haven’t you done?” 

“In this lifetime what overt have you committed?“
“How have you justified it? “

More processes are provided under the Reading Materials section above.


Running a Process Command

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

In Scientology, an auditor runs a process on a preclear. (NOTE: A preclear is a person who is clearing himself of psychosomatic illnesses and aberrations.) There are thousands of processes in Scientology. Here is an example of a process “MUST & MUST NOT HAPPEN”:

“Tell me some things you wouldn’t want to have happen again.”
“Tell me some things you would like to have happen again.”

The auditor asks such commands alternately and repeatedly. The preclear executes these commands. The auditor is trained in how to deliver the commands, in the auditing style to use, how to observe and monitor the preclear’s execution of command, and how to note preclear’s tone level and responses. The preclear is also trained in how to execute the command through drills called TRs.

Hubbard had lot of trouble training auditors because the mind cannot be treated in a mechanical fashion. The best approach is to teach a person to audit himself or herself with the simplest approach possible. We shall now see how the Scientology processes can be applied by the preclear using the simple approach of Subject Clearing. 

Let’s take the process above. Right away one can see that the purpose of this, or any process, is to “audit” traumatic impressions until they are assimilated in the mental matrix. These traumatic impressions have been collecting in the mind since ages.

Such traumatic impressions are unknown to the preclear because they are not assimilated and, therefore, they have not been converted into perceptions.

Most of the traumas that produced these impressions are also submerged since long ago. So, this “auditing” is basically a blind and random search.

The first rule of executing the process command is to be very gentle about it. Here the process is about “what must or must not happen.” So, you just lightly keep your attention on the command, and let the mind do its work. The moment you become anxious about coming up with the requested information it won’t work.

The first rule is to just lightly keep your attention on the command, and let the mind do its work.

There are certain unassimilated impressions that are currently active and causing your illness and aberration. You do not know anything about these impressions. There is an amazing mental matrix that exists with infinite possibilities of perceptions. You cannot search this matrix by memory. By lightly keeping your attention on the process command, you let a current flow through your matrix. If this particular current interacts with the unassimilated impressions in some way, it would let you know right away. So, you just sit back and wait for some interaction. Just be very alert.

If there is no interaction resulting from the present process within a reasonable amount of time then you need to move to a different process. The important thing is not to get anxious about the process.

There are scores of processes on each grade of Scientology. The purpose of all these processes is to find clues to the unknown assimilated impressions. Sometimes it may take just a few clues, and at other times dozens of clues to resolve an unassimilated impression.

In Scientology auditing, overrun and further complications occur because the auditor and the preclear get anxious about the process. It is better to leave a process without getting anxious if no interaction occurs. You can always come back to that process in the future.

Sometimes these processes work in a certain sequence depending on how the unassimilated impressions are stacked up in the mind. You cannot always predict the sequence in which to apply the processes. So, you have to live with some amount of trial and error.

If no interactions result from the present process then move to the next process.

The second rule is that when there is an interaction you let it play itself out without you reacting to it. If there is a reaction than treat it as if it is part of the interaction. The whole idea is to “be there and confront.”

Suppose you have light attention on “what must or must not happen” and you are relaxed and fully alert to possible interactions. The first interaction may not be in terms of some memory coming up. It could be a feeling about what you are doing. You might think that you are wasting your time with this process, that this process is not going to work, that you may never get better, that everybody else is happy, but you are miserable, etc. You just watch these feelings and thoughts play themselves out. There may be sensations, such as, feeling scratchy all over the body, feeling exhausted, body perspiring, dread in the pit of the stomach, etc. You do not resist or suppress any of these sensations and emotions. You just let them play out.

The second rule is to just let the feelings and sensations play themselves out. All you have to do is, “be there and confront.” 

You may be watching the influence of the unassimilated impression leaking into the mental matrix. It is a fascinating experience even when it makes you uncomfortable. The less you avoid or deny it, the better it is. You never know what may come up. You may even go to sleep. Just do not interfere with whatever is happening. You may ultimately be rewarded with sudden emergence of perceptions as the impression assimilates into the mental matrix.

Once you get the perceptions, that were hidden, the major struggle is over. Now you can start looking around for anomalies, and start to clean them up one by one. At other times, memories my come up by themselves in response to the process command. When that happens you don’t have to do anything like before. Just be alert for anomalies. When an anomaly shows up as something puzzling, simply subject clear whatever does not make sense. It is possible that such subject clearing may cross path with an unassimilated impression.

Once you get the perceptions start resolving the anomalies.


Subject: Enlightenment

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Looking at Buddha and other spiritual masters we wonder, “What is enlightenment?”

Enlightenment is a deep personal realization of the laws underlying our spiritual nature. It seems that subject clearing (especially steps 7 and 8) may speed up the path to enlightenment.

The key to subject clearing is contemplating over the fundamental concepts in any subject and mediating over personal anomalies (doubts and perplexities) until they resolve. The anomalies are discovered when one places different interpretations of the same concept side by side. This is very apparent when one looks at concepts like God and self from different cultures, religions and philosophies.

One may have certainties in a subject when considering broad concepts; but, as one starts to look deeper, doubts and perplexities may arise. As one resolves these anomalies greater certainties are established; but there are always doubts that carry one’s quest forward. Each time a certainty is established it is a point of enlightenment because one simply lights up. Many such points are minor, but some are major, and finally, there may be a point of enlightenment that simply blows one’s mind. Thus, one may accomplish a lot, and still the quest may continue. It is doubtful if the quest for certainty will ever end.


Key Words

Enlightenment, Contemplate, Concepts, Meditate, Anomaly, Interpretation, Emptiness, Certainty, Light up, …


Reading Materials

  1. The Quest for Certainty
  2. Meditation
  3. The Meaning of Enlightenment
  4. Emptiness



To enlighten is to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to. There may be a major point of enlightenment, such as, the realization of the laws underlying our spiritual nature, but further enlightenment is always a possibility.

To contemplate is to think studiously, or consider deliberately.

Concept has the basic sense something “taken together,” or conceived through thought or imagination. It is an idea or mental picture of a group or class of objects formed by combining all their aspects.

To meditate is to engage in deep thought or contemplation; reflect. See SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 4—The Discipline of Meditation.

An anomaly is something that is perplexing and leads to some doubt. The anomaly fundamentally consists of

  1. A disharmony,
  2. An inconsistency,
  3. A discontinuity.

To interpret is to explain or translate. Interpretation is the action of explaining the meaning of something.

Emptiness is the ultimate reference point from which all phenomena can be understood objectively without any preconceived notion.

Certainty is a firm conviction that something is the case. It is achieved by resolving all known anomalies. There is no such thing as absolute certainty.

Light up
To brighten with animation or joy, as the face or eyes. One lights up as certainties are established.