By Lana M.
I have called myself a Scientologist since I was a teenager — and though I spent the better part of my adult working life in and around Scientology, I unfortunately had little opportunity to train as an auditor.
I trained administratively, on all manner of management technologies, which I use daily in my work-a-day life, but it was a blessing that I went to the RPF in 2003 and was able to get my nose into the technical bulletins and then use and apply them to help another.
It is only since I left the SO in 2005 that I have been able to steadily train. And my own understanding and progress up the Bridge has moved commensurately.
I have a personal opinion that most of the problems the C of S has in present time, stem from the church focusing on pushing people to get audited (only) up the Bridge, and the key courses of the SHSBC and Class VIII have been blocked with arbitraries on the lower training routes (TRs and Metering).
I keep finding earlier trained Grad V’s, Class VI’s and VIII’s who have been invalidated technically, and told they can no longer audit if they have not done the Golden Age of Tech courses (retraining essentially).
While demanding that people redo auditing actions over and over — very very few people are actually just training and auditing their way up The Bridge.
Outside the Church, we have all the checksheets and we have all the materials. Studying and learning to be a great auditor is easy. And at little to no cost.
The gains are there to be had — and my own personal lesson has been that gains are entirely linked to my own education in the tech itself.
My New Year’s resolution is to train and audit, train and audit, and then train and audit.
“What I have learned is that cases do not progress beyond their Scientology education level. This has made a great difference. A case hangs right at the point to which it has been educated in Scientology. Processing gains are parallel to education gains and the two balance. Fifty percent of a case gain is from processing, fifty percent from training. DC, back in the days of Dick Steves, one-time Organization Secretary, used to produce graph gains by training alone as Dick used to point out.
“It’s quite impossible to go to OT without a full knowledge of OT processes and an ability to audit them. That was the main point that emerged. But similarly, nobody gets past lower levels as a case without a knowledge of them. This was the main hang up in cases – lack of education in Scientology. And so our whole pattern of forward progress had to change. You have to know to go. And co-audit to OT is the only way it can be made. So vanished is the idea of patients and practitioners.
“A Scientologist is an auditor.” LRH Ron’s Journal, late 63