By Nicholas Davis
Some the LRH books that have been sitting on our shelves, covered in dust, contain some wonderful gems and tools to make life easier. Let’s take problems.
I had a problem. I had a senior at work who was constantly critical and despite good work done by myself, he was always finding some fault with it and with me. I enjoyed my job, and yet here was someone I had to work with regularly who was making it unpleasant and a challenge.
After getting very upset one day, I spotted that the problem I had was being made worse by the fact that I was not handling his originations well. He would ask for specific reports, and I was not simply providing the information, but instead taking offence to his tone, and the way he was asking for the information. I had it in my head that he was out to get me – but a good friend of mine (also an auditor), had me describe the problem fully, and when I was unable to solve the problem by looking at it in detail, he asked the logical question – “Is there an earlier similar problem?”
The penny dropped and I realized that I did have an earlier similar problem with an old school teacher who had a drinking problem, and had made my science class completely miserable. We covered that earlier problem – and I spotted the exact point of the problem at that time.
And interestingly enough, the current problem with my boss just dissolved. It was not a problem any more. Just gone. That is not to say that he and I are now meeting at the pub every Friday for beer – but I found that I stopped reacting adversely to his requests for information, and simply provided them, and the criticism from him stopped, and he became just another work colleague.
Talking to my auditor about the wonders of this technology, he pointed my nose to the below reference from LRH in Handbook for Preclears. So simple, and so easy to use, by anyone!
“Attention is a remarkable thing in that it must be at optimum sweep for a person to be happy. When attention is too fixed on one thing, if that thing is a survival threat, it tends to remain fixed. If a threat to survival is understood to be present and yet cannot be located, attention swings endlessly without fixing. This is “fear of the unknown.” Fixed and unfixed attention, when given to dangerous problems, tend to remain that way unless the problem is solved.
“The human mind’s basic purpose in operation is the posing and resolving of problems it observes as related to survival along any of the dynamics. A problem is resolved when it is answered YES or NO. A problem such as SHOULD I GO? must be answered YES or NO if the mind is to file it as a conclusion. If it continues as MAYBE, the problem stays in the computer and influences the next solutions. Did you ever know a person who had a lot of trouble reaching decisions ? Recall a specific time ? Well, somewhere in that person’s past was a problem which was not answered YES or NO but only maybe. A very “serious” sort of a problem comes up with WAS IT MY FAULT? When that one lands on MAYBE the computer tends to jam. (The answer by the way is that nothing is anybody’s fault.)
“Problems do not solve for two reasons: The first is lack of data; the second is an earlier unsolved problem on the same subject.
“One has to evaluate data in order to resolve problems. When one fixes his attention on something dangerous he is probably over evaluating the data. When one is unable to fix his attention it is because he cannot find data to evaluate.
“This will become clearer to you when you have completed the following exercise. Do it with your pencil.
“LIST FIVE PROBLEMS, WITH PEOPLE OR OBJECTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH YOU ARE NOT SOLVING IN THE PRESENT.
“NOW LIST WHAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT EACH ONE OF THE PROBLEMS ABOVE. (THE MISSING DATA YOU WISH YOU HAD.)
“NOW LIST HOW IMPORTANT YOU NOW FEEL THESE PROBLEMS ACTUALLY ARE OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE NOW SOLVED.
“IF ANY OF THE FIVE PROBLEMS REMAIN UNSOLVED, LIST WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO TO SOLVE THEM.
“Now let us take a glance at the past. There are several problems, undoubtedly, which you feel you did not solve.
“LIST FIVE PROBLEMS, WITH PEOPLE OR OBJECTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH YOU FEEL YOU DID NOT SOLVE IN THE PAST.
“NOW LIST WHAT YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN ABOUT EACH ONE OF THE PROBLEMS ABOVE.
“NOW LIST HOW IMPORTANT THESE PROBLEMS ACTUALLY ARE TO YOUR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES.
“IF ANY OF THE ABOVE PROBLEMS STILL BOTHER YOU, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE TO DO OR KNOW IN ORDER TO RESOLVE THEM?
“Let us now take a look at the problems of the future.
“LIST FIVE PROBLEMS, WITH PEOPLE OR OBJECTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH YOU THINK YOU WILL HAVE TO SOLVE IN THE FUTURE.
“NOW LIST WHAT YOU WILL HAVE TO DO NOW TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE.
“NOW LIST HOW VITAL THESE PROBLEMS MAY BECOME TO YOUR EXISTENCE.
“IF ANY OF THE ABOVE PROBLEMS WORRY YOU, IT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT DECIDED UPON YOUR COURSE OF ACTION. TRY TO LIST YOUR COURSE AS IT WILL PROBABLY BE TAKEN.” LRH