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Keeping the Technology Working

 

 

With standard technology and the Study Technology we have a workable technology. We can teach students to study with the Study Technology and we can get people to the state of Clear with the standard technology. 

What is important, then, is to get the technology applied and applied correctly. If we can't get the technology applied then we can't achieve the promised results. It's as simple as that. 

The only thing your students and clients get real upset about are "no results".  Trouble spots occur only where there are "no results". Attacks from individuals, organizations and government occur only where there are "no results" or "bad results". 

Therefore, the road is clear and the ultimate success of the technology is assured if the technology is applied. It is the task of all staff members, supervisors and executives to get the correct technology applied. There is a right way and a wrong way. The way described in Ron Hubbard's works and in the Clearbird manuals are based on years of research and more than 30 years of testing and practical use. When applied by the book it works. If not, there is no guarantees of such good fortune.

Getting the correct technology applied consists of:

  1.  Having the correct technology.
  2.  Knowing the technology.
  3.  Knowing it is correct.
  4.  Teaching correctly the correct technology.
  5.  Applying the technology.
  6.  Seeing that the technology is correctly applied.
  7.  Hammering out of existence incorrect technology.
  8.  Knocking out incorrect applications.
  9.  Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect technology.
  10.  Closing the door on incorrect application.

Let's take a closer look at this, point by point:

1. Having the correct technology
In developing standard technology a great many different things were tried and tested. There is no claim that standard technology is the only possible technology to achieve the state of Clear. It is however a fact it is the only one in existence. It was largely developed between 1950 and 1982. It has been in wide use for all those years and up to present time. It has produced Clears since 1950 and in great numbers since 1978. It has thus proved its workability over great many years.

2. Knowing the technology
This is achieved through training. Unless the technology is taught on well attended courses and relayed to many, many students the technology will not be part of a society. A practitioner of the technology is of course the central person here. He has to know the technology, and know it very well, in order to practice in this field.

3. Knowing it is correct
This is achieved by the individual applying the correct technology in a proper manner and observing that it works that way. Again, the claim is not that it is the only possible technology in the field of study and Clearing. The claim is the technology is correct in the sense it does what it says; it produces and achieves the results it says it does. The way to get to know it is correct is to apply it as described in technical materials and taught on courses run by the book. To know it is correct is ultimately a personal experience. Results can be tested and documented. There exist great many test results that clearly support and prove that. But it is ultimately achieved as a certainty one person at the time. Direct observation is what is required. Since we are operating in the field of the mind, awareness, personal freedom and spiritual ability no one is expected to ultimately be won over and convinced by anything less.

Ron Hubbard says, the technology is comparable in difficulty to learning to play a musical instrument. But as a musical instrument it has to be treated with great affinity and with great precision to work right. But any student with good heart will soon be able to produce almost miraculous results on a gradient scale and will realize the technology is workable and correct.

4. Teaching correctly the correct technology
Here the Study Technology plays a central role. Part of teaching the standard technology correctly is to do it with Study Technology. There exists in the study manual extensive instructions on how to teach the technology correctly. 

When it comes to training standard technology practitioners there are additional technology applied. A practitioner keeps a report of the sessions he delivers. These reports are closely inspected by a case supervisor (C/S). The C/S' responsibility is to see, that the technology is being correctly applied and that the client (preclear) gets the expected results and gains from it. If the case supervisor sees something in the report that isn't optimum or is incorrect, he writes out a study order or cramming order for the practitioner to do. The practitioner has to go back and study and drill the exact point he didn't do correctly so he gets a new certainty on how to do it exactly by the book.

After graduating,  a practitioner will still be supervised closely by a case supervisor. Should he run into problems the case supervisor will direct him to the exact materials the practitioner missed or did wrong. He will usually be sent to cramming. He needs to be Word Cleared on the exact materials and will usually have to drill the practical procedures in question again.

In a lager office or organization there always exist a cramming section. This department is run by people, who specialize in correcting such errors and get the practitioner to step-by-step become a real professional. They use additional technology to achieve that. This is especially covered in Ron Hubbard's Word Clearing Series and Cramming Series. But the basic technology they use is the Study Technology as presented in the study manual.

5. Applying the technology
No technology will work unless it is applied. This is one of these simple basic truths that shouldn't be overlooked. It is important to ensure that students and graduates actually use the technology. Thus every effort should be made on the part of leaders, supervisors, and case supervisors to make it possible and attractive to do just that: applying the technology. Sometimes it has been overstressed that no errors were allowed. The truth is, any application of the technology is better than no application at all. The way to learn it and achieve perfection is to do it boldly and take and give any study orders, trips to cramming and other correctional actions, with good spirits and get them done. By keeping doing that and keep studying the quality as well as the quantity will go up steadily. The technology is being applied. 

6. Seeing that the technology is correctly applied
This is done by course supervisors, case supervisors, and the cramming section. There has to be a continuous quality control in place to ensure the technology is only practiced in the workable and beneficial way. The technology is a precision activity, that's why it is called a technology, so this point should never be slacked.

7. Hammering out of existence incorrect technology
Part of seeing that the technology is correctly applied is to hammer out of existence incorrect technology. Students (and sometimes practitioners) may try to mix it up with other technologies. Sometimes they do it all wrong due to false ideas or misunderstood words. There exist many tools for sorting these things out. From Word Clearing to ways to find, inspect and discard false data (False Data Stripping), to handling students' personal problems in order for them to be able to leave incorrect technology alone. The mind and spirit are fields full of opinions, philosophies, and so-called schools of thought. Standard technology and Study Technology are their own and should never be mixed up with other schools of thought. In case of illness the client should consult a doctor first, however. This is part of the technology. It has to be applied by the book to keep working.

8. Knocking out incorrect applications
First we knock out incorrect technology. Obviously things are improving. Now we have to look more closely and catch any small errors in procedure and performance that would prevent optimum results. The tools are the same as described above: course supervision, case supervision, study orders and cramming actions, including lots of additional practical drilling. 

9. Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect technology
In (7) we hammered out any incorrect technology that had crept in. We also have to take action to plug the holes and close the door so it doesn't happen again. This may take organizational actions. It may take disciplinary actions by the ethics department. It may take screening of the students and make sure they agree to the terms before they are enrolled and to specific ethical and technical terms before they are graduated. 

10. Closing the door on incorrect application
In (8) we knocked out incorrect applications. How do we plug the holes and close the door after that? On the level of teaching courses it is done by setting high standards and run the courses efficiently with good discipline and correct application of Study Technology. This include lots of drilling before a student is turned loose to practice what he has learned. It may also take organizational actions. It may take disciplinary actions such as ethics actions. Things has to be run as a tight ship to come to bloom. It is better to keep students at it for an extended period of time than allow incompetent students to graduate. Students are given a certain latitude as long as they audit for the pc and get positive results. When they graduate all uncertainties should be behind them; the door is closed for incorrect applications through rigorous training and repeated pink sheets, crammings,  and possibly ethics actions.

Technology and group-agreement
Groups and exact technology seem to be like oil and water. They don't really mix. This is especially true for new technology. Even more so when the technology is about thought, mental and spiritual phenomena. A group will eventually accept a better way to build a house or other things tangible. When it comes to mental phenomena and thought matters are more difficult. It can take a long time as history shows.

Groups tend to agree upon principles that are a low average of its members. This may be out of superstition, out of convenience, out of single individual's struggle for power and control. It can be to get enough agreement from group members, or out of a desire to "please the customers", or authorities. It can  be to get funds from some rich and influential person or organization.

In standard technology we handle a person's reactive mind. The reactive mind is the 'unconscious' and irrational part of a person's mind. Since all humans, not yet cleared, have a reactive mind they tend to agree upon principles dictated by this irrational mind. Anything new and different is perceived to be dangerous, hard to understand and impossible to apply - no matter how clear the evidence is to the contrary. The reactive mind, for one thing, prevents clear and unbiased observation. It depends upon superstition, fear, and false ideas in its 'judgment'.

This has to be overcome in the individual student and in the group as a whole. Ways to overcome this is study, study, study. The student has to be willing and able to observe at all times. He has to be taught long and hard to do procedures by the book and observe that it works.

In absence of an ability to observe the right way to do it has to be enforced with discipline and lots of drilling. Eventually the student will realize there is a right way and a wrong way to do it because he has seen the difference with his own eyes. Some students may choose to leave, but the overall concern is that the technology is kept working - or nobody will benefit.

As anything else worthwhile it takes discipline, hardships, overcoming fears and superstitions to really succeed. At times it takes a bit of faith to keep going. The student and practitioner has to develop determination and toughness and a willingness to do it by the book. Eventually (and this may only take a few weeks or months to become obvious to him) he will be able to reap the benefits of his hard work. To become a true professional may take years. But this is only achieved through accepting the discipline necessary to perform. This is true for any worthwhile profession, be it in medicine, engineering, science, arts, writing, or acting. It is especially true to standard technology that is handling the mind and spirit where in the past only confusion ruled and all were entitled to their personal opinions and strange ideas.

What has to be understood is, that standard technology is a technology. It is based on exact axioms and natural laws. When you do it by the book you get results; if you don't, you may end up with a disaster on your hands. Keeping the technology working thus means to observe the ten points above, do it by the book and eventually realize that it works as described.

 

 

 

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How Technology Gets Altered

Standard technology is an exact route. It takes a person from human to the state of Clear. An awful lot of research and trial-and-error went into finding that route. It was mainly done by Ron Hubbard and published between 1950 and 1986. In the field of the mind, if you take a broad view, there are 99% of unworkable advice and technology and only 1% of good technology. You are actually walking in territory that is mainly unexplored. 

But there is this narrow route that does work. It would be irresponsible to just turn people loose. They are not likely to succeed without an experienced guide. This is why it has to be stressed again and again that it has to be done by the book. You are not supposed to do it as the course supervisor tells you to do it. It has to be done by the book. By the written materials. The student is always referred to the written materials when he needs to be corrected. This does not change after he graduates. The written materials is the path to use; the way to follow as not to get lost. It is what keeps the technology consistent and workable over the years.

The "Hidden" Data Line
There is a phenomenon called the "Hidden" Data Line. It is an apparency and a bad thing. The way the technology is taught and passed on is through the recorded form. To use the recorded form prevents (or reduces to a minimum) alterations, misunderstandings and students having to depend on their memories.

If a course supervisor or case supervisor gives the student a lot of verbal instructions and "advice", the green student will think, "he really knows his stuff. I better do as he says".

The student may think that the supervisor has some other source of information that he, the student, does not have access to.

The truth is, it is all in written or recorded form. The correct way to teach and instruct a student is to point out the error and then give him the correct materials to study.  To do it any other way will at some point cause alterations or misunderstandings and the workable and proven way to do it is at risk.

There is no Hidden Data Line. To introduce 'advice' and verbal explanations is what sometimes can make it seem there is. The written text is not going to fade as memories do. You can't just turn around and say, "I didn't say that". It can be corrected, if in error, but the consistency and the possibility to restudy what was actually said or written is what makes it possible to study and get results in an opinionated field as the mind and spirit.

Verbal Tech
Verbal tech means relaying the technology without using written or recorded materials; whether it is discussing it or getting advice from apparently well informed sources. All the information and data needed to produce Clears are in written and recorded form. The way to teach it and keep it in this workable form is to use only recorded materials. Questions to supervisors, instructors, and case supervisors deserve an answer, of course. The way to answer such questions is for the person in charge to give the student a written reference. As we have seen in the study manual, trying to overcome the student's non-comprehension with new and unusual explanations does little good. The original misunderstoods and skipped gradient actions are still unhandled. The thing to do is to find these and handle with Study Technology. Thus there is an important maxim:

if it isn't written it isn't true.

Here is how you defeat verbal tech:

  1. If it isn't written it isnít true.
  2. If it's written, read it.
  3. If you can't understand it, clarify it.
  4. If you can't clarify it, clear the Misunderstood words.
  5. If clearing the Misunderstoods won't handle it, query it.
  6. Get it validated as a written order.
  7. Force others to read it.
  8. IF IT CANíT BE RUN THROUGH AS ABOVE IT'S FALSE!

 

 

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Footnote to KTW

The written materials of the technology can be compared with software code. Small errors can cause the program not to run or do mysterious things. Misunderstoods can cause similar phenomena in the student's mind. You may not agree with the apparently authoritative attitude in "Keeping Technology Working" and "How Technology Gets Altered" but the rules certainly apply to students and general practitioners. Since the field of the mind and the human spirit are so opinionated, and many constitutions guarantee your right to hold any opinion, it has to be stressed that a technology in this field is something new. It's a technology and as such there is little room for opinion. It is as a technology based on natural law and axioms, and doing it wrongly will punish the practitioner in the form of 'no results' or 'bad results'. The technology is under attack from many quarters, individuals, and schools of thought. It has to hold its ground and defend itself against being mixed up and made unworkable.

A textbook, such as 'The Road to Clear', are by some seen as a violation of these issues.  We have published the manuals as User's Manuals in the existing technology. The manuals have been scrutinized by experts; any bits that could be misunderstood or twisted have been ironed out. In case of any doubts we still refer the reader to Ron Hubbard's works. The rule "If it isn't written it isn't true", then, also applies to students of Clearbird's Manuals. It prevents confusions and conflicting instructions. The student is only given one 'software program'; all the instructions, advice and any modifications are in recorded form. Misunderstoods can be found and handled. There are no attempts to rewrite the technology as technology. But, as any software program, the practical rendition and the manuals have to be debugged and updated regularly just to be able to be understood by the users. The attempt is to communicate the existing technology to hopefully many new users and practitioners. 

There is new research taking place in this field. We support that. The technology presented here is a workable technology, not necessarily perfect. This research is done by true professionals that have practiced the existing technology for years and years. Clearbird's manuals do not contain any of this research as it is outside the scope of a basic textbook. The basics of the technology are sound and solid and that is what a student has to learn first; it's a long and hard study all by itself. We have thus concentrated on the basic technology and have taken great care that no alterations of the technology itself has been accidentally introduced.

 

 

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