At 20:01 11/02/99 -0500, MadTurnip0 wrote:
> greetings and salutations, > I've been doing the self-clearing book for a period of about 5 months now >with several cognitions but no serious steady wins or anything I could call a >permanent win. I find that after a process I feel good for a short while but >it usually wears off the next day when I wake up. I've been doing the >communications processes for about a week now with mild wins. I was wondering >whether anyone could help me with a small problem I have. I find that at times >I think too much, sort-of anxiety attacks, process 1.1 helped me with this >problem for a while but I find that it doesn't help as much as it used to. I >was wondering also wondering whether if anyone knew of a process that could >help me stop being so introverted at times, because I consider myself quite shy >especially infront of strangers. I would appreciate any help anyone could >offer. thanx in advance.
Robert suggested holding corners, which is a good suggestion but you have probably already done that (it is in chapter 3).
Somebody else pointed out that they started getting spectacular results after running an exteriorization process, and that can do it if the process will run, but exteriorization can have side effects unless you begin by running the process in chapter 11, and not everybody is up to running these kinds of processes initially.
Another person suggested running overts/withholds, and that is one of what we call "the rudiments" and it is a possibility too. But my best guess is that it is the area of problems, and that is another of the 3 most important rudiments used in orthodox Scientology processing.
A couple people have indicated that they were getting slow gains and the most likely source is the area of rudiments. So I decided that I'd better do a write-up on this, and here it is. It should probably be fitted into the book at around chapter 7 because that is about the minimum amount of skill that would be needed.
RUDIMENTS AND SELF CLEARING
There are three basic areas that are the most likely to slow down and interfere with processing. It is common in professional sessions to check these areas and handle if one of them is bothering the person before going on with regular processing.
Unfortunately, these are not the easiest areas to run. Even in professional processing, a thorough handling of these things is not generally undertaken until other easier targets have been cleared up. But a professional generally can and will do a light handling just to get them out of the way so that the person will make faster progress.
The three areas (slightly oversimplified) are problems, overt acts (guilt, etc.), and upsets.
In orthodox Scientology, the light handling of these 3 areas at the beginning of any processing session is referred to as the rudiments, meaning basic or rudimentary actions.
The processes in chapters 1 to 3 of self clearing were selected, among other reasons, for the fact that they often run well despite trouble in these 3 areas and they can often cool down problems, upsets, etc. as a side effect.
In a general book such as self clearing, it is not possible to guess what particular area might be blocking somebody because it varies from individual to individual. So the arrangement of chapters is based first of all on the skill and knowledge needed to run the processes and secondly on the sequence which will generally run fastest if there isn't some particular thing in the way.
But if there is a specific thing which is of great interest and which is holding one back, it can be handled out of sequence. In this case, the best action might be to simply do a light handling of the area and then go back to doing the chapters in order, doing a deeper run on the more advanced chapter when one reaches it in its proper place.
Before attempting this, you will need the skills for running subjective processes that is given in chapter 4 and it would be best to have the experience gained in running the recall processes of chapter 6 as well. Note that chapter 5 is aimed at the specific target of difficulties with study and can be temporarily bypassed if one is good at study and has one of these other areas in the way.
The 3 rudiments, in more detail, are:
This is an important area to handle in general, but the specific roadblock that might need handling out of sequence is the case where one has a specific problem in the present which is holding one's attention. The general symptom is that one does not seem to make very many gains while running anything else. This is partially because one doesn't give much importance to gains which do not cure the problem and partially because other things run in a slower and shallower manner while the problem is holding one's attention.
This is covered in chapter 15. If this seems to be the case, read the beginning of chapter 15 and if it makes sense and seems interesting, run some of the processes until the current problem releases. But note that problems in general will run much faster after handling areas like "communication" and "help" which are in earlier chapters.
B. Overts, Withholds, and Guilt
This is a tough area to face up to, and so it is down in chapters 18 and 19. Note that chapter 18 "Cause" is the easier handling and helps one build up for chapter 19.
But if one is plagued with guilt, some handling may be needed immediately. And if one is filled with hostility and continually hurting others, that also tends to slow one down and interfere with making gains from other processes. Sometimes feelings of anxiety or worry can come from this area as well although it is not the only source for these.
If this seems to be the case, jump ahead to chapter 18 (and 19 if needed) and do some processes until there is a feeling of relief.
By this we generally mean upsets with other people. Unlike problems, where one usually feels like things are stuck and unchanging, if there is some big upset one can feel like life is getting worse.
This is the most difficult of the three areas. It is covered in chapters 21 and 22. You will need an understanding of the introductory section of chapter 21 before studying 22. But it is process 22.3 which is specifically aimed at taking apart a current upset, so read forward to that point (the section on the e-meter can be skipped for now). Then use 22.3 on the upset until you feel better.
If you are running processes with some success but don't seem to be making big gains, the above 3 are the most likely reason.
But there is also the matter of skill. If you are just getting tangled up on running things, you would be better off doing a second pass of chapters 1 to 6, especially as chapters 1 to 3 can cool down the above areas even though they don't address them directly. And for some people, chapter 5, which is about studying, might be essential to learning the techniques well enough to have success with them.
Immediately after chapters 1 to 6 comes chapter 7 which is aimed at raising the speed with which the processes will run. If you get though chapter 6 and are unsure whether or not to jump ahead (rather than feeling a real need to), go ahead and do chapter 7 because it will make the others run faster.
There are other areas which might get in the way. As mentioned above, some people may need to handle study (chapter 5).
There is also the special case where somebody in the person's environment is continually cutting him down as is discussed in the chapter on Suppression (chapter 24).
Another tough one is the situation where there has been a recent terrible loss. The first section of chapter 29 can be used to gain some relief (but 29.2 requires skills learned in earlier chapters, so just use 29.1 if you need to jump ahead to this).
A phenomena that is uncommon in normal life but frequently occurs is spiritual practices is something called "exteriorization". This usually means being exterior to the body but it can also mean exteriorizing from games or even from the universe.
On the one hand, this can be an extremely big gain. Among other things, it often takes one right out of the problems, guilt, and upsets mentioned above (and therefore is another way around these barriers).
On the other hand, if one snaps back in with some force it can give one a headache and might be disturbing enough to act as a roadblock. In this case the person's attention might be occupied with trying to get out again and other processes will not run well.
Some people might already be in this situation from earlier practices.
In rare cases it might occur even as soon as the first process of the first chapter of self clearing.
But for many people the whole topic might seem unreal until they are very far along.
Therefore, as a compromise, exteriorization was placed in chapter 11.
If you do get some sort of out of body experience or feel like you have suddenly entered some divine state or see the world completely differently as if you were outside of the ordinary games of existence, then you should go immediately to chapter 11, read the introduction, and do process 11.1.
The special quality of 11.1 is that it proofs one up against the side effects mentioned above. It is also an exteriorization process in its own right, so it is more than just a remedy. There are faster and more spectacular exteriorization processes, but they are much later in the book because this is the safe one.
Hope this helps,