I remember back in 1960 realizing that we had so many principles in Scientology that it was difficult to put them all to use.
Here is a simple one.
I am a traveller. Guess it comes from living a country the size of the USA, and in a state three size times the size of Texas and weeks away from Saint Hill by boat in 1964 when I did the Briefing Course.
And I love boats. Raced along the coast in Western Australia out of Fremantle where the sea breeze comes in at 35 knots (40 MPH or 65 kph) and the waves are 9 meters high. Exciting to say the least.
Well, the current lady in my life, Joan loves travel. Surprise, surprise! But boats and water is a whole different ball game. She was scared stiff.
So after driving around Australia, flying to New Zealand and driving around there I was ready for an ocean cruise. I had cruised to Antarctica some years before I met Joan, but the salt water in my veins was beginning to play up.
One could try bribery, but that doesn’t work.
The plan was to use gradient scales.
It started firstly with a suggestion (rejected of course), printing off of brochures left on the breakfast table, a visit to Fremantle port when a big ship was in.
Then came: “Wouldn’t it cost a lot of money?”
“Well let’s find out.”
As a second action, I suggested a 3 day cruise out of Fremantle. Cost about $600. I never mentioned the rough weather because I figured on a 90,000 ton cruise ship equipped with modern stabilizers we wouldn’t feel it, and we didn’t (luckily).
The food, the entertainment, the bingo and the on-board shopping sold it. It went well with no disasters of any kind.
As a new, and bigger gradient, I encouraged her to come with me on 10 day cruise, which even included an excursion on a small boat seeing all sorts of wild life. There was a 3 meter swell which we did feel, but the fear had gone and it was all go for her. A huge change from the original attitude of never getting on the water in any capacity!
Gradients – such a simple tech, but so powerful and effective.
We have a 12 day cruise booked for October and Joan has suggested a 26 day cruise through Asia for next year.
Should be fun!