Originally posted to the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology in September 2004
LIFE AFTER THE CoS
By Mike Goldstein
Part 12 of 25
In this series, I will talk about many themes such as unwanted conditions, identities and wins. Even though these subjects must be discussed individually, they also intertwine. Therefore, if one does not understand the relationship between these topics, as well as their singular characteristics, they will fail to grasp the scope of Idenics' mechanics and application.
People tend to cling to solutions that work for them. When the clinging is done unknowingly and automatically, it is said that the person is stuck in or stuck with these solutions. When they are done automatically, a person may unknowingly operate with these solutions in inappropriate circumstances, even though those solutions were workable in the past. This sort of habitual activity creates problems for the individual and is expressed as an unwanted condition.
An identity is a solution that a person generates in a confusion to somehow handle that confusion. Identities, which are composed of such things as beliefs, ideas, and decisions, are additive to the basic person. All of the parts of an identity are also additions taken on by the individual.
Unsuccessfully trying to resolve their unwanted conditions themselves, people have sought help from others. Unfortunately, most assistance is given in the form of answers to explain the individual's issues. For the most part, all these "answers" do for the person is to provide that individual with an opportunity to accumulate more additives. The following example will demonstrate my point:
Jane has a low self-image. She buys a book on "How to Improve Your Self-Esteem". The author says, "The reason you have low self-esteem is because of ideas your parents instilled in you when you were young." Jane thinks to herself, "Well, my father did tell me I was worthless several times. Yeah, that makes sense!" She feels better for the rest of the day, as the book's statement has explained her unwanted condition. The following day, some situation in life occurs and she falls back into the condition of low self-esteem. The explanation only provided temporary relief, but Jane holds on to it because it had worked. She still has the original condition, but also has the explanation, which is an additive because it adds on to the condition.
If you've ever spoken with someone who has spent years in therapy, you may have noticed that they could sit and talk with you for hours, explaining all the reasons why they have the conditions they do, even though they still have the conditions. What you were listening to were additives.
People seem to gravitate towards and even crave additives. What is at the foundation of the problem has become desired in the solution. For this reason, groups like the CoS, selling the most additives (pretended knowingness, pie in the sky, etc.), will continue to prosper. People leaving such groups wonder how the group could get rich while preying on the misery of others. But such groups wouldn't even be in business if they didn't fulfill some demand. In this case, the demand is for answers and solutions.
Auditing is supposed to assist the individual in letting go of their additives. Unfortunately, the subject of Scientology is fraught with explanations. In an atmosphere like the CoS, it is considered a crime to even question these explanations. Members blindly accept LRH's explanations as fact. Opportunities are constantly created where a person can take on more additives than they can let go of in auditing.
Hubbard's explanations are an integral part of the mechanics and application of Scientology auditing. It's true that the auditor doesn't verbally relate these explanations to the pc in session. However, the processes used and the questions asked the pc are based on these explanations. The following are actual examples of clients who came to Idenics for assistance after being mishandled in Scientology auditing. Only the clients' names have been changed.
Case History #1 – Joe came to us with an unwanted condition that he'd been trying to handle throughout his history in Scientology. He'd completed the entire bridge yet the condition still persisted. In his first Idenics session, his attention immediately went to an incident when he was seven years old on a playground. His first response was, "Oh no, not that incident again! That damn thing has come up 500 times in auditing, starting with my first session with Dianetics!" However, he was willing to take one more look at the event. In that occasion, a little girl had looked at him. She didn't do or say anything, just looked. There was no pain, no unconsciousness or loss, but for this person this incident was a tremendous confusion (defined in Idenics as a disruption of one's intention or expectation). His response to this confusion was something that he'd been stuck in ever since. In an hour and a half session, the unwanted condition that he'd been trying to handle for the past 25 years was resolved. Even though it had presented itself throughout his Dianetic and Scientology auditing, the incident had never been properly addressed. In that technology, that incident, without pain, unconsciousness or loss, could only be a lock. Additionally, there is the LRH idea that this lifetime is insignificant compared to dealing with past lives. Auditors adhering to these concepts brushed the incident off as a lock, and asked for earlier similar incidents that would contain loss, pain and unconsciousness. The pc, also being educated in the technology, went along with the auditors. Most of the auditing addressing this issue was spent running past lives. In actual fact, that condition DID start with that initial incident but was overlooked by pc, auditors and case supervisors. Due to Hubbard's explanations of how people are, the incident that needed to be run was always glossed over.
Case History #2 – Betty had done hundreds hours of auditing, with the majority of her hours spent doing review or repair actions. Beginning at a local mission, she'd continued at the local org, and eventually wound up in Clearwater. Her auditing had started bogging when she had insisted that she only had 15 years of time track. Being 35 years old, the Scientology tech people knew she had 20 years of track in this lifetime, as well as trillions of years of other existences. Case supervisors had racked their brains trying to figure out what was wrong with her, coming up with all sorts of auditing and qual cramming actions. When she arrived at Survival Services she had a list of conditions that she wanted to handle, most of which had never even been addressed in CoS auditing. But the first issue she brought up was not having any track before the age of 20. In her Idenics processing, she discovered that she had been firmly stuck in an identity that she had generated in confusion when she was 20 years old. Needless to say, resolving this issue was an enormous relief for this individual. Even though she had been questioned mercilessly during her CoS experience, she'd always been telling the truth. She had been in an identity that only had 15 years of time track!
Case History #3 – Roger contacted me, wanting to schedule some time to come for services. He had me reiterate many times that in Idenics we only go by the client's agenda, handling only what the client wishes to address. Once in the session room, he made sure of this again before allowing the practitioner to begin the session. Only when he was satisfied that John would take up his issue and not try to talk him out of doing that or make him wrong, would he allow the session to start. What he wanted to address was the subject of telekinesis. He wanted to be able to move objects around without touching them. He got into Scientology after having read some success stories in an Advanced Magazine. His only purpose in auditing was telekinesis, but when he questioned when this would be taken up, he was always told, "That will be handled on up the bridge." When he failed to accept that answer, the subject had been addressed, but only as a hidden standard. After he had completed his entire bridge, including his OT levels, he not only couldn't perform telekinesis, but the subject had never even been directly addressed. Extremely upset, he left the CoS. His beginning Idenics session was the first time he had been allowed to directly address this issue, and without being made wrong for what he wished to accomplish. Fifteen minutes into the session he came up with an unwanted condition that had been ruining his life, for which telekinesis had been the solution! Now his attention was on the unwanted condition. Following the client's interest, John worked with him on this issue. After a few sessions, the condition that had been destroying this person's life for decades was resolved. After work on the condition was complete, John asked the man about the subject of telekinesis. Roger's response was, "I don't care about that".
I've only mentioned three dramatic examples, but we have had hundreds of instances where additives from Scientology have gotten in a person's way from their dealing with their case.
In Idenics, we don't provide people with opportunities to take on more additives. Our non-evaluative and nonjudgmental application insures that this does not occur. Furthermore, this application is adhered to not only in session, but also when dealing with clients out of session. For example, the only things that I will do in the selling of Idenics services is to inform people about what we're doing and to answer their questions. Even when a person asks me if I think they should do Idenics processing, my answer is always, "I don't know."
I hope that this discussion about additives has provided a better insight into the application of Idenics.
End of Part 12 of 25