By this point you should have mastered quite a few techniques and have a better understanding of how to get through areas of difficulty.

As you work through various areas, some of them will come apart at such a deep level that they cease affecting you and others will simply be "cooled down" so that they are easier to handle but still come up in everyday life.

Let us take the area of problems for example. At basic, one is creating one's own problems. The reasons and mechanics are quite extensive. This stretches back for umpteen lifetimes over the course of many universes. The general subject of problems could be said to extend all the way down into the deeply buried portions of the "subconscious".

If you do a good job in running processes, such as the ones given in an earlier chapter, on the area of problems, you can take them apart and experience considerable relief.

The early problems that one had as a godlike superbeing continue to manifest in mundane ways within one's everyday existence.

Sometimes when you handle one of these or confront a very basic mechanism in this area, you not only take apart something which is currently troubling you but you also relieve deeply buried charge which is hidden below your current band of accessibility. Sometimes these things can go all the way down to "bedrock" so to speak.

This can bring about a major "release point" where the entire topic just falls away and ceases to bother you. For example, one might just stop having problems. This might only be momentary, or it might be extremely stable, lasting for years or even lifetimes.

If you have had a major release in an area, and it unstabilizes, it can be rehabilitated by spotting the moment when the release occurred and what happened there.

If it is very unstable, then the solution is to run more processes in the area and get to a bigger more stable point of release. If it is extremely stable, then your best bet is to leave it alone and work on other areas where you are less advanced.

There are many areas of "charge" and difficulty. As you get these to major points of release, you will find that more and more of the deeply buried things are accessible. Eventually you can reach rock bottom and achieve complete erasure of these sources of trouble, but that is not practical in the early stages.

This means that one must deal with the charge that is stirred up by day to day life. But note that this "charge" is the being's own creation. At basic, the being is himself a creative force and he can only trap himself.

As you achieve significant points of release, you will find that everything may improve briefly. Your forward progress encourages you to stop creating difficulties for yourself. Your faith in yourself and your self confidence will improve and this in and of itself will make life go better.

This holds true as long as you are doing well and making progress.

Unfortunately, gains which come as a side effect of doing well will desert you if things go badly.

The other gains, which come from actually confronting things and developing skills and taking apart the various abberative mechanisms are earned by your own efforts and will remain with you in both good times and bad. These are the stable gains which cannot be shaken.

Think of an undesirable electrical circuit which can be charged up or discharged. When it is discharged, you have greater freedom and power and when it is charged up, it limits you. The stable gains come from removing parts of the circuitry so that they cannot charge up again. The transient gains come from keeping the remaining circuitry discharged.

Scientology refers to the state of being "charged up" as being "restimulated" meaning that the various things buried in the hidden reaches of the mind have been stirred up or stimulated again (re-stimulated). The opposite condition, of having things "cooled down" so that one is doing better is referred to as "destimulated".

In running a subjective processing command, one is intentionally restimulating the specific thing that the command is aimed at. This is like running a bit of current through the specific circuit that one wishes to lay one's hands upon so that one can dissolve it.

But it is desirable to have everything else destimulated so that one can bring maximum horsepower to bear against the specific target that one is aiming at. This allows processes to run much faster and reach deeper.

A professional processor will often work to destimulate things first before attempting to run one on major processes. He will cool down the current upsets and problems and so forth before addressing the mechanisms on a general basis.

For self processing, a different approach was needed, therefore the early chapters concentrated on processes which work even in the presence of heavy charge and which tend to have a destimulative effect. Simply noticing things that you like or recalling pleasure moments will reduce the current level of restimulation.

The further expectation was that everyone would find some chapters that were easy for them and that they could run to significant release points even on a first pass through the book. This would let most people get into a destimulated condition where the confidence and momentum would boost their speed and horsepower to the point where even the areas that they found more difficult could also be handled successfully.

But one can bog down occasionally, and life can get in the way. And it can take significant time and work to build up momentum again if one has gotten stopped.

The easier course is to keep yourself dusted off and flying along by knocking out restimulative things as they get in your way just like a professional would. If you have been working through the book up to this point, you should have enough techniques under your belt to do this successfully.


27.1 The Rudiments

 These are called the rudiments (or Ruds for short) because they are very basic.

These are the 3 key buttons that give the most trouble if they are ignored. You already know how to handle them.


27.1.1 Is there an ARC Break (upset)

Use the process given in 22.3 "Handling an Upset".


27.1.2 Is there a Present Time Problem

Use the process given in 15.8 or any other problem process that you are comfortable with, aiming it at the specific problem that is troubling you.


27.1.3 Has a Withhold Been Missed

Use the missed withhold handling technique given in 19.7.

A professional would generally check these at the beginning of each session.

You can check these over right now and handle any that are present. If you don't do any processing for awhile, begin by checking these over. If you are moving along with your processing you don't have to check these each time you sit down to run something because you will know if one of these occurs in life. If it does, simply handle it the next time you have a chance.

In general, if your attention is stuck on an upset, problem, or missed withhold, subjective techniques will not usually work well unless they address the thing directly.

However, objective techniques will usually work and might even be needed if you are too upset to do the steps involved in handling the rudiment. The very first process in chapter one is especially good for this (which is one of the reasons that it is presented first).

If, for example, you have such a terrible ARC Break that you can't even focus on the steps needed to handle it, then look around and spot things in the environment until you pull yourself together enough to attempt handling the break directly.


27.2 Other Rudiments

Although the above 3 are the most common buttons that interfere with making progress, other rudiments can be used.

You can actually do a "rudiment" to clean up something that just happened in any of the abberative areas that you have learned enough about. That potentially includes a large number of the chapters of this book. Many of them address abberative areas and there is generally some technique which can be adapted to a one shot handling of a specific thing that has gotten in your way.

If an area has been run to a stable release point, you will generally be free of troubles in that area and when something does come up you should generally be able to handle it simply on a basis of confront and your knowledge of the area. But if something does become troublesome and stick your attention, go ahead and use a rudiment on it.

If something starts coming up frequently after you have run a chapter that addresses that area, then you might need to go back and do more on the chapter.

Eventually as you begin handling more and more areas, some of the early release points will unstabilize because you have expanded to a much larger sphere and have made so much of the hidden areas accessible that there is a great deal more available in the area that was previously "released".

One might, for example, have become free from problems, but eventually one grows so much that a more deeply buried realm of problems which had been heavily suppressed (repressed) finally comes into view and one is very interested in handling it.

Once one has reached that stage, the area can be run again with great benefit. At this point, subjective processes which previously went to a major release and would simply overrun if you tried them again shift back into being useful techniques because there is a whole new area of material for them to run on.

Again using the area of problems as an example, one might first run it from a very human one lifetime viewpoint and achieve a considerable release. But eventually so much of your past existence comes into view and your awareness of being an immortal spirit is so much higher that you become very interested in taking another look at problems from that higher viewpoint.

Note that if you do achieve a major stable release point in a particular area (this is more likely on the second time through the book), you would leave that area alone until you had very high interest in doing more.

Some of the chapters may go to a major release point on the first pass. If that happens, you would skip them on the second time through unless you had expanded so much that the area was again highly interesting to you.

And do not invalidate the earlier release point just because you are now ready to go further.


27.3 Some Useful Rudiments

Although these are not as critical as the 3 significant rudiments given above, these can get in your way and cleaning them up occasionally is useful, especially when you are trying to get started again after having been bogged down.


a) Has anything been protested

See Chapter 14.

b) Have you committed an overt

See 19.3

c) Is anything being suppressed (repressed)

See 26.1

d) Has there been a false accusation

See 23.11

e) Has anything been invalidated

See 14A.3

f) Has an evaluation been enforced

See 23.16

g) Are you withholding anything

See 19.6

h) Has something been misunderstood

Find out what and clear it up (see Chapter 5).


27.4 Wrong Indications

 This is an area we haven't covered yet but which is extremely useful, especially in correcting things that are wrong.

People do make mistakes, especially when they are trying to spot the source of something or fix something.

Let's say that you have a car and it starts running poorly. A mechanic examines it and indicates to you that the problem is with the fuel pump. So you have it replaced. But the car continues to run poorly because the real trouble was with the carburetor. This is a wrong indication.

Sometimes you don't know until after the fact. You are feeling poorly and you spot or have it indicated to you that X is the source of this. Then you feel worse. This tells you that it was a wrong indication. So you back up, spot the fact that it was wrong, and try again, this time perhaps spotting that Y was the source. This one works and you feel a bit better.

As you gain more perception and experience in an area, you become more able to spot a wrong indication immediately without needing to try it. If you knew auto mechanics well, you might have known right away that the fuel pump in the earlier example was a wrong indication and was not the source of the difficulty. You might not know what the right indication would be, but you still know enough to spot a wrong one when it is stated.

This is extremely useful in repairing errors in processing. You have some difficulty and you try to spot what went wrong. You take a guess and if it doesn't feel right, you spot that as a wrong indication, back up, and try again.

This is extremely useful as a rudiment. "Has there been a wrong indication?". If so, spot what it was. If necessary, spot earlier similar wrong indications or spot times that you gave the same wrong indication to somebody else.

You can also run a process in this area. Wrong indications are much easier to spot with hindsight and this will help you focus in on the feelings involved.

a) Recall a time that you were given a wrong indication by another.

b) Recall a time that you gave a wrong indication to another.

c) Recall a time that another gave a wrong indication to another or others

d) Recall a time that you gave a wrong indication to yourself.


27.5 Assists

 If you are sick, injured, in pain, or otherwise not doing well physically, there are processes which may help. These are called assists.

Two of the most useful are given in sections 1.3 and 2.3. Another especially good one is to push the pain or sensation into the walls, floor, ceiling, etc. until you can shift it out of the body.

There are a large number of assist processes. See chapter 4 of the Super Scio book and also various books from the CofS such as the Volunteer Minister's Handbook and various editions of the books giving introductory, demonstration, and assist processes.


27.6 Errors in Listing

 Listing processes are those which list for answers to a question while looking for the one specific answer.

The only listing processes in this book are in Chapter 25. There is more information on this in Chapter 4 of the Super Scio book.

In general, listing techniques are faster but you can get the same results with a repetitive process. Since it is much easier to do a repetitive process and there is much less chance of getting into trouble, we have avoided the area of listing because it would introduce unnecessary complexity.

But people who have had poorly done Scientology processing run on them by another may have existing errors in listing.

And some of the advanced areas that you may get into as you work beyond this book may include listing processes.

So you should know how to spot and fix a listing error (known as an out list) as part of your bag of tricks.

A listing process goes to one and only one answer and that answer is indicated as the answer and it feels right when that is done.

If there are multiple answers, or there is uncertainty, or one becomes upset or disturbed, then it is an out list.

These answers are called "items" and the indication of a wrong item as the answer is just like any other wrong indication as discussed earlier. But having a wrong item indicated to you by a professional in a listing process generally has much more impact than the usual wrong indications that happen in life because the question often has a lot of charge on it and because you will generally be putting a lot of trust in the professional's judgment.

The thing to know if you get professional processing in the future is that if an item is indicated and you don't feel really good about it, you say something immediately. The professionals expect you to do this, because your feeling about the item when it is indicated is one of the most significant factors in judging whether or not the list is correct.

Now if you do have an out list, there are two general approaches to handling it.

First is to fix the list itself. This is what a professional would do. There are really only 4 major classes of errors.

a) The list was continued too long (overlisted). One spots the fact that it has been overlisted (usually it makes one feel heavy and tired). The item will already be on the list. One finds it and spots that it is the item.

b) The list is incomplete. There are more answers. One spots that and continues listing.

c) The list is invalid. It does not go to a single item. One spots that and indicates it. If the area is still troublesome, you could find some other way to take some charge off of the area (see below).

a) The wrong item was indicated. Most important is to spot that it was wrong. Then find the right item, using the other points above as needed.

A more detailed discussion is in chapter 4 of Super Scio. Read that if you feel that you might have some out lists left over from professional handling.

The other thing that you can do is to take more charge off of the area that was listed. It is easy to spot a basic answer to something if you can get enough charge out of the way. This can be done with repetitive processes. You can make up a general repetitive command for spotting or recalling things in the area and run that rather than trying to do a listing technique to find the answer.

The orthodox Church of Scientology likes to use listing techniques to find people who might be suppressing you. This often leads to wrong indications. The cure is to run the repetitive processes given in the chapter on suppression to remove charge from the area. Then spot the various wrong indications. This should cause the area to fall apart and allow you to spot whether anybody really is acting suppressively towards you.

Another example is chapter 25, where the area was "softened up" before trying to search for any specific answers.

This can be done in any area where you have previously had listing techniques used and which subsequently gave you trouble.

Self listing rarely gives the same degree of trouble as professional listing because you do not have an outside source jamming the answer down your throat. But it can be confusing if you don't know what you are doing. Eventually you will want to do a thorough study of listing techniques. Until then, stick with repetitive processes and drills or make a point of softening up an area with them first before doing any solo listing processes.


27.7 Other Trouble Spots

 Besides the things listed above and the ones discussed under "If you get into trouble" in the beginning sections of this book, there are a few other things which can also get in your way.


a) Interiorization/Exteriorization Troubles

This does not refer to problems with exterior perception or operation. That is a matter of gradually developing skill and perception and ability and you simply have to put up with the fact that it may take time and effort.

But there is the specific problem of interiorizing with some impact or otherwise messing up the energy fields around the body, which might make you feel a bit sick or give you a headache.

We will do more to proof you up against this in the later chapter on advanced incident running.

But for now, if something like this happens, repeat the first simple drill given in the chapter on exteriorizing. If you take your attention off of the body and simply drill interiorizing and exteriorizing from a nearby mountain (without trying to pull anything out of the body or push anything into it), it can cool down other impacts and energy manifestations that may be occurring and get you feeling better.


b) Looking for something that isn't there

Due to mistakes or misunderstoods or wrong indications, you might decide that something is there when it isn't.

For example, you might feel that there must be an ARC break in some area, but you just can't lay your hands on it, or you try to force something to seem like it was an ARC break but it wasn't.

This can get you really confused and tangled up.

Of course the area might simply be overcharged or you made some gross mistake in the way you tried to handle it. But looking for something that isn't there (or putting something where there is nothing) is a prime suspect when things get confusing and difficult.

You can check these 3 points and see which "feels right".

1 - Are you looking for something that isn't there

2 - Has a mistake been made

3 - Was there simply too much charge in the area

Of course point 1 is a mistake and can lead to pulling in too much charge, so you check it first (because the others may seem right too).

If it was a mistake, figure out what you did wrong, rereading the appropriate material if necessary, and fix it.

If there is too much charge, but you were able to run the process to some degree (in other words, it started running instead of being something too difficult which should be put aside until later), it may be due to one of the other rudiments or errors that we have been discussing, or it might be that it is simply a difficult area and you need to either stick with it and complete the process or use some of the basic techniques (in the early chapters) for building up a bit more horsepower before trying again.


c) Communication

Communication is so significant that a cut or ignored communication can sometimes stick your attention even if there is not a real ARC break.

For this, you can write down the communication, spot who should have received it, and visualize an acknowledgment coming from them. Repeat until you attention comes off of the incomplete communication and you can concentrate on your processing.


d) Fixated Attention

It is always possible that something else is fixating your attention which doesn't quite fit the various categories of things that have been discussed (problems, upsets, and so on).

You can drill putting your attention onto it and taking it off of it. Or you can alternately mock it up and unmock it. Or any other technique which lets you causatively work something back and forth in the area instead of remaining fixated.

Or, if you are simply excited about something that is about to happen, go ahead and take a break.


27.8 Correction Lists

Professionals often use correction lists either when somebody gets in trouble or just as a general cleanup.

These are lists of possible errors that one checks over to see if anything indicates. If some error is spotted, it is fixed, unless the simple fact of spotting it cleans it up.

These generally include the various rudiments and the various kinds of errors that we have been discussing.

Some are specifically tailored to specific types of processing and some are general purpose.

A general correction list adapted to self processing is included in the appendix.

You do it by simply checking over each question and if it seems like there is something to handle, do so. If, for example, it seems like there has been a wrong indication, then use the procedure given earlier in this chapter.

Most of the material on handling the various errors is given in this chapter or in the introductory section on "if you get into trouble".

Of course if a process was left incomplete, you finish running it. And if a process was overrun (continued too long), you spot the moment when it was complete as discussed in chapter 2.

You can look over a correction list in regards to a specific error, or as a general cleanup, or aim it at something earlier that you want to fix up. In some cases you might want to aim the question at the area or time period that is being repaired. For example, if you are trying to straighten out some processing that you were given last year, you would change the question "is there an ARC Break" into "At that time, was there an ARC Break".

If you get some clean up from a professional, they may use the correction list in the appendix or other professional correction lists or a hybrid of both.