From Clearbird Publishing's Solo Auditors Course. Brought with permission:
Alternative Route and
Auditing after Clear
There are a number of Advanced Levels that can be audited after Clear. [It is also possible to attain the state of Clear through Solo-auditing as you will see below. This is part of the Alternative Route. Editor]. Many of them can be done Solo. Some of them are audited in a normal session set-up. The Advanced Levels after Clear is also called Operating Thetan™ band.
Operating Thetan™ has been defined different ways. A real Operating Thetan™ has no Reactive Bank whatsoever and is cause over matter, energy, space, time and thought and is completely free. He does not depend on his body to execute things.
Here is the description given by Scientology.org that is a promotional website:
"Operating Thetan is a spiritual state of beingness above Clear. Thetan refers to the spiritual Being, and operating means here “able to operate without dependency on things.” An Operating Thetan™ is able to control matter, energy, space and time rather than being controlled by these things. As a result, an Operating Thetan™ is able to be at cause over life.
"There are numerous auditing steps called Operating Thetan™ Levels. People on these Levels are progressing to the spiritual state of full Operating Thetan™ and becoming more and more Cause along the way.
How would you describe the state of Operating Thetan™?
"The goal of Operating Thetan™ is to overcome the travails of existence and regain the certainty and abilities of one’s native spiritual beingness. At this Level one knows that he is separate and apart from such material things as physical form or the physical universe.
"Operating Thetan™ is a state of spiritual awareness in which an individual is able to control himself and his environment. An Operating Thetan™ is someone who knows that he knows and can create positive and pro-survival effects on all of his dynamics. He has been fully refamiliarized with his capabilities as a Thetan and can willingly and knowingly be at cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.
"As a Being becomes more and more an Operating Thetan™, he becomes more powerful, stable and responsible as a spiritual Being."
There are eight Advanced Levels available at this time. We will briefly list and describe them here. The description may not satisfy your curiosity completely; the chapter is meant as an orientation only. Also, R. Hubbard designated most of these Levels as "Confidential" and we will respect that. Besides that, it is beyond the scope of "The Road to Clear". Our goal with this section on Solo-auditing is to cover the basic auditing skills a Solo-auditor has to have. Having learned these skills he has done his 'Level Zero of Solo-auditing'. The student can now relatively easily audit Solo when he has found a competent Solo C/S to work with. The Solo C/S will ideally have a Course Supervisor that ensures the student is fully trained and prepared for the task. When the student's understanding and Solo-auditing skills are up to the task the Solo C/S or Course Supervisor will give him the theory and drills for the first Advanced Level. Again, the student has to study and drill that particular Level. First then should he be given the actual processes and commands. The student is in this way given one Advanced Level at the time to study and audit Solo. The basic Solo-auditor's skills are checked and re-drilled as needed before each Level.
Here is the list. Each Level is marked "Solo" if it is an action that is done Solo. It is marked "Audited" if it is done in a normal session set-up, and "Study" if it is study only.
Clear Intensive - Audited
When a person has received some Engram Running or Engram Clearing the person may feel he or she went Clear. The State of Clear has to be verified by a competent Auditor and C/S doing this action. The outcome can be that the person did go Clear and should go onto Preparation auditing for the Advanced Levels (see below). If it is found the person did not go Clear the PC would continue receiving Engram Clearing until the person goes Clear or that Grade is complete. If the person did not go Clear when complete on Engram Clearing he or she would follow 'the alternative route' described later in this chapter. The Clear Intensive may have to be done as a check several times to determine PCs state of case before going on.
Sunshine Rundown™ - Solo
This is a very short Level. It is done right after the Clear Intensive. The PC does not need any Solo-auditor training to do it. Its aim is to reorient the Being to his environment and the physical universe and extrovert him after going Clear. Due to trademark issues it's also called the Sunrise Rundown in some materials.
Advanced Level One - Solo
The Solo-auditor has learned to Solo-audit, using a Meter and all that goes with it. On AL-1 the new Clear gets the first experiences handling his or her own case as a Pre-OT.
Ability gained from AL-1 is: "A fresh, causative Operating Thetan™ viewpoint on the MEST Universe and other Beings".
Advanced Level Two - Solo
Here the student starts to handle GPMs from his Time-track. Ability gained from completing AL-2 is: "Ability to confront the Whole Track".
Advanced Level Three - Solo
Auditing "The wall of fire". It addresses a disastrous incident that happened 75 million years ago and affected all life-forms in this part of the universe. Handling other life-entities than self plays an important role. These entities were briefly described in "The State of Clear".
Ability gained from AL-3 is: "Return to Self-determinism. Freedom from overwhelm."
Advanced Level Four - Audited
This is the so-called Drug RD for Operating Thetans™. It takes a deeper look at the effects of drugs on a case, going way back in time. It handles charge now available to be audited out.
Ability gained from AL-4 is: "Eradication of the last effects of drugs on the Being."
Advanced Level Five - Audited
AL-5 consists of a series of rundowns that mainly address entities effects on the body and thought process of the student. The Level addresses any body problems, somatics, etc. that didn't get completely handled in Engram Clearing due to the individual going Clear or for other reasons outlined in "The State of Clear".
Advanced Level Six - Study
Level 6 is a training Level which teaches the student advanced Solo-auditing that is then done as Level 7.
Advanced Level Seven - Solo
Level 7 is using in Solo-auditing what one learned on Level 6. This is a long Level, usually hundreds of hours of Solo-auditing.
Ability gained from AL-7 is: "Cause over life."
Advanced Level Eight - Solo
This Solo-level is relatively short. Apparently there are several versions in use.
Ron Hubbard's original statement of Ability gained was: "Handles the primary reason for amnesia on the Whole Track."
The stated End Phenomena of Engram Clearing is "A well and happy Being". Going Clear usually happens during Engram Clearing, but the pc can complete the Grade with excellent gains without going Clear. When this is the case the pc is programmed for this Alternative Route. Most of this Alternative Route can be Solo-audited.
Power Processes - Audited
These are audited actions; originally called Grade 5 and 5A.
Ability gained from these Grades is: "Ability to hold power".
Routine R6EW - Solo
This is also called Grade 6. The student starts to handle Locks of GPMs as they affect him in his daily life.
Ability gained from this Solo-level is: "Freedom from dramatization."
This is also called Grade 7. If the student did not go Clear on Engram Clearing Power Processes, Grade 6 and 7 will take him there.
Ability gained from this Solo-level is: "The State of Clear; a Being who no longer has his own Reactive Mind."
Doing AL-1 to AL-3 should be planned and done as one continued action. It is important the PC is fully set up before starting on AL-1. Only auditing the processes for the Levels AL-1, AL-2 and AL-3 and using the appropriate correction lists for these levels are allowed once the Non-interference Zone is entered. To make the PC fully ready for these Levels and capable of good gains routine case problems have to be out of the way. That is what the "Preparation for Advanced Levels" auditing program is for.
Preparation for Advanced Levels
The C/S will pay close attention to that all the Grades 0-5 and all major troubles the PC may have in life are fully handled before starting him or her on the Advanced Levels. A tailor-made program called "Preparation for Advanced Levels" is done before Solo-auditing is undertaken. This is an auditing program based on Repair Program and Advance Program. It is designed by the C/S to handle that PCs case difficulties still persisting. It is to be audited by a qualified Auditor. It may include special rundowns, such as Fixated purpose RD lists, PTS RD, etc., all depending on persistent complaints and case problems that "should have been handled" at the Level of Clear.
When finishing AL-3, and before going onto the next Level, the Solo C/S will make sure the student is set up for that Level. This is no different from going from one of the lower Grades to the next. The basic principles were covered in the C/S Mini Hat under Repair, Set-up and Repair Program.
Ability Gained: The statements of Ability Gained are according to R. Hubbard's original statements when the Levels were first released. That is what is used on the Grade Chart as well. Pre-OTs may have different experiences and subjective realities.
Persistent masses, ridges and problems in the PCs Bank with a certain anatomy.
We find Goals and beingnesses that have engaged the PC on the PCs Time-track. You will find Goals and beingnesses in Pairs of items in direct opposition to each other. This created a super-problem and ridge. A GPM could be described as a series of "eternal conflicts" the PC is prone to dramatize in present time. You will find them further explained in the materials.