By Lana M
There is a vast difference in the way auditing is delivered in the Church of Scientology these days, compared with the 50’s and 60’s. There is a difference in the cost, and a difference in its availability.
Today, to receive auditing with the Church of Scientology, it costs you thousands. It is generally only available through the org, as there are few missions (thanks to the arbitrary, vastly expensive, Mission Holder package) and a lack of field auditors (as they have been driven out of existence through arbitraries, injustices, bypass and denigration of the work they do). Auditing is now done at the org at professional rates, and purchased in blocks of intensives. It is delivered in the HGCs of large buildings, with listen-in video systems, and only using Mark VIII e-meters.
Interestingly, looking back at how auditing used to be delivered, this is not the basic pattern that started at a grass roots level with the release of Dianetics. It is not how delivery occurred in the early days – when thousands and thousands of people were enthusiastically involved and winning (and paying only a few dollars for the needed materials).
Below is an LRH article from Ability magazine #14, that puts the correct emphasis on how auditing is supposed to occur — and this is mirrored on the LRH Grade Chart, showing a person is supposed to train and deliver auditing, as well as receive auditing, to progress up The Bridge.
This article details the release of the Co-Audit Manual, which came out at the same time as the Ability magazine, and cost $1. This manual included:
1) The basics – definitions, Axioms and the rudiments of auditing
2) The codes — the Auditor’s Code, and why it is there
3) The processes, giving them in their correct sequence and in their form at that time (1955), plus a large amount of text on where the processes stem from the basic theory, why they are run, and how they are run, plus more
“Since the Spring of ’50 people have been co-auditing all over the place. As a matter of fact people have been co-auditing one way or another since the first person, where ever that was, who ever said “Listen, I’ve got a problem here”. But in the Spring of ’50 there were a lot of people all over the place listening a lot better than anyone else had been doing it before.
“There has always been co-auditing from Book One, Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health.
“There has been co-auditing on Advanced Procedures and Axioms (1951), the Handbook for Preclears (1951), Self Analysis in Dianetics (1951) – even What to Audit (1952), Scientology 8-80 (1952), and Scientology 8-8008 (1953) have been somehow pressed into service of co-audit teams. Dianetics 55! (1954) has been the most successful to date since Book One, in the hands of co-auditors. That, and The Creation of Human Ability (1954), have been the standard text for about a year (in terms of Dianetics and Scientology Central Time, a very long period!).
“But since Book One we have not at hand a manual, specifically designed and organized to a compactness of information on the hows and whys and whens of modern Scientology technology for the field irrespective of training – a manual for co-auditors.” LRH
I find it fascinating that with all the books, materials and course packs that Miscavige has released, there is no Co-Audit manual. Guess it is up to us, to get one together and being used.
I can certainly say that my Bridge gains, both last life, and since being no longer affiliated with the Church of Scientology this life, are all based around the co-audit.
What is stopping people from simply picking up the books and starting to audit with another? Lack of C/S? Missing materials (ie. a manual)? Uncertainty on what to audit? Just the idea that you should not?
What are your views?