LRH has always intended the subject of Scientology to be accessible on a broad scale. He wanted people to apply it! That’s pretty obvious but worth stating. On that note, I have the story of how I got into Scientology and my first auditing.
Way back in 1969 I received a simple ticket on the street, heard an intro lecture and purchased the Dianetics book from the org. It didn’t take much reading before I knew I had my hands on something. I read it twice through and immediately upon finishing the book I laid down a friend of mine and began to run a secondary. Some success but I felt I needed more skill and perhaps should get to Clear first myself.
A short time later another friend who had been traveling coincidentally enough also read Dianetics. We decided we would find out more about it.
Checking the local library we found a book and read it. Then another and another. We’re talking about Science of Survival, Phoenix Lectures, Dianetics 55, History of Man, and on and on. I don’t have to tell you we were completely blown out and knew we had discovered something very exciting. We learned the basics, such as the axioms, the conditions of existence etc. And we would co-audit the processes we found in the books.
And then we hit upon the Creation of Human Ability. What a treasure! It contains tons of processes, well explained. That’s when our intensive auditing began. We did scores of hours of SOP 8-C, Op Pro by Dup as LRH says to do and process after process after that.
Many hours were spent in local libraries, in each other’s homes, parks, you name it – auditing. Full days were taken off from work and spent auditing.
Imagine doing Op Pro by Dup (Book and Bottle) between two library shelves for hours! At one point, the Librarian came along asking “Can I help you find anything?” “No thanks, we’re doing fine”. We were exterior and our confront was out the roof. Look through the processes in COHA and you’ll see why. The book contains objective processes, communication and problems processes and much more.
We never pictured the org as more than a bookstore and so never thought to go there. So, before we found out the org even really existed, we had read a dozen basic books, once or twice through and audited for many, many hours out of several of them and had no question that the subject worked – and that there was nothing more exciting to do. It’s hard to describe the excitement and enthusiasm we had and the gains.
How did we come to arrive in the org? After a year of this, we went into the org, after receiving an org mag, to buy an e-meter. We were auditing black and white processing out of 8-80 at the time and in that book LRH recommends it. The Bookstore Officer’s jaw surely hit the floor though we didn’t notice. We were steered onto our first courses, so we could learn how to use a meter.
We were 19 – 20 years old, had no idea what TRs were, no idea what a misunderstood word was and ran processes in the sequence they happened to hit our hands. We knew no one else who had heard of the subject.
This may sound difficult – not in the slightest. We were walking on air, had gone exterior on several processes, felt we had discovered the secrets of the universe and would tell anyone who would stand still long enough about it. And if you stood still long enough, you were liable to have a process run on you – several friends, acquaintances and some total strangers did.
How badly did we mess up each others’ cases? Not at all! With some professional auditing it took a few hours to rehab the processes that were overrun and flatten any that were unflat.
With such a firm grounding even before hitting the org, you couldn’t have blown us off with a shotgun.
There is a moral to all of this. The tech works and it was meant to be applied. And books are a very secure route onto the Bridge.
Another point worth mentioning is that there is a whole generation of young people, say between the ages of 18 – 35 who are severely unemployed, more questioning of authority and not so sure those running the show know what the heck is going on. Some similarities to the cultural scene back in ’69 – a generation much more open to Scientology than in the recent past.
The org at the time was a vibrant and happy place with lots of new people finding out about the subject and using it.
Don’t underestimate books and book auditing!