By Tom Martiniano
In 1970 I was a dope-smoking, bar-hopping, Vietnam Veteran hippie who had nothing better to do than try to make as many people as I could, feel sorry for me; I was a real mess.
I had just gotten fired from my first after-the-Army job when I found an ad in the newspaper asking for sellers to sell books for $4.50 an hour. Back then it was pretty good money. I called the number and the receptionist said “Scientology”. I was taken aback and I said “Serious?” He said “Serious”. I had never heard of Scientology before but the name hit me.
I went down to the org and volunteered for the intro lecture and I learned all about the ARC Triangle and was pretty amazed. But then I asked the lecturer for a “No shitter” lecture and he gave it to me. So I learned all about past lives and thetans and the whole thing. I was in right then and there for the duration.
I did the Communication Course (HAS Course) and was totally amazed how tough it was and being fresh out of the Army, I welcomed a good challenge. At the time it was “Two Hour No Blink” TR-0 and I was on that drill for 2 weeks, ten hours per day. It was a trip, literally.
LRH never intended for TRs to be therapeutic, but TR-0 literally popped me and most other people who did the course, out of their bodies, resulting in life-changing major and very stable wins. It was a good route in for raw public. My entire life changed from that $25 course. I was in present time and confronting everything I needed to confront. My income soared, I got rid of my dope-smoking fiancé and I started to make something out of my life.
It turned out that it was the perfect gradient for me and others to go Clear. After doing TRs I was in the present and could confront my bank. Then I did the original HQS Course and that really got me on the bridge. I found an auditor to do my Self Analysis Lists and then I did the Class 8 Drug Rundown which was basically recalling locks, and once I could do that easily, I was auditing secondaries. Then, finally, I ran an engram. The engram surprised the hell out of me because I saw and heard the whole conversation between my dentist and his assistant while I was unconscious and it blew the force out of that engram and I sat there in the chair musing to myself how the bank was structured and then had my Clear cog.
I was Clear, but I didn’t know it for eight more years.
But I noticed that not a lot of people were completing the Communication Course, and the ones who had finished it were special: They were very, very able. LRH had said that Scientology was for the able and, believe me, to finish two straight hours of “No-Blink TR0” was nearly impossible, but if you did it, the rewards were stunning. That course weeded out the weak from the strong and what was left was a bunch of powerful thetans who wanted to boom Scientology and Clear this wretched planet. Nearly all of these grads went on to tech training, becoming auditors, C/Ses and Supervisors and then later became dedicated administrators.
Additionally the course was only $25, which was probably the best $25 I ever spent. It was easy to get people onto this course if you promoted it in introductory lectures and Division 6 promotional items per the HCO PL “FOUNDATION” in which LRH says; “The Distribution Division, in advertising, the Foundation services and in coaching field staff members, is to bring about the following general effect on the broad public and lower course applications:
“1. That Scientology is successful and expanding.
“2. That Scientology betters one’s ability to communicate.
“These two points in a great many varied ways should result in:
“1. The pubic accepting Scientology, in that it is expanding and is therefore directed at them;
“2. That Scientology is an activity connected with handling the environment through better communication.”
This HCO PL worked like a bomb. Everyone was willing to be on the side of a winner, and everyone was more than willing to learn how to communicate better. We applied this PL in promotion and in introductory lectures, and we had sign-ups like never before.
And following up this interest with the TRs course (Hard Way) guaranteed us signups on the Academy levels. Finally we got to the point where we had 18 full time Interns in the Internship with another 40 students on Academy levels who would go onto the internship. With 18 interns auditing, we pulled close to 1,000 chair auditing hours per week.
In 1978 LRH was told by advisors that the blow rate of HAS (Communication Course) students was 70%. It was pretty high. But what he wasn’t told is that the 30% that do complete the HAS course are solid products. The consensus was to water down hard TRs and the Communication Course was replaced with the STCC (Success Through Communications Course). It was a flop, and the blow rate was even higher than the Standard Communications Course. Resign statistics fell off the face of the earth.
In 1980 LRH ordered a full evaluation and review be done for the “Routes into Scientology”. Sea Org executives under the guidance of the then-Distribution Aide (not Diana Hubbard who had just routed out of the Sea Org to raise a family). The result were small and abbreviated courses such as STCC, “Personal Integrity”, “Ups and Downs in Life Course” which was a watered down version of the PTS Course and other weak, watered-down courses. The wildly popular Student Hat was replaced by the anemic Basic Study Manual which was a flop. And public were having trouble duplicating these new courses which had too much significance and not enough doingness like the ORIGINAL courses did. The public dropped off of these courses like flies and most refused to sign up for further services.
LRH described this phenomenon 30 May 1970 in HCO PL CUTATIVES what was going on.
“In 1970 a survey I have just completed has shown that this effort was so complete that the following had been broadly accomplished:
- Training no longer included enough Scientology materials to make as effective Scientology auditor in many places.
- Grades had been shortened from 50 hours 0 to IV, to 2 ½ minutes.
- The end phenomenon of grades and processes were discarded.
The end result has been:
- Few skilled auditors.
- Shrunken and struggling Scientology Orgs.
- A Field that is disappointed in results – for they think they have had grades and haven’t.
- People coming into Advanced Orgs to be cleared who have NO lower grades actually run and so they can’t make any upper grades.”
What was missed in those evaluations done by the Div 6 gang was that people wanted Scientology. They wanted to get the real courses Scientology had to offer such as the Primary Rundown, the PTS/SP Course to name a few. The Basic Communication Course was the start of the Bridge. It was not patty-cake; it was super-tough and only the able made it through them. Next step was where the public learned how to make another person better by auditing that person. This was the HQS course. This weeded out the people who could not and would not make others better. What was next was rough and tough academy training where one learned the secrets of the mind and how to get rid of unwanted disabilities and aberration. This training is not for the feeble. It was for the fairly-well educated.
Nowadays Division 6 Staffs aren’t even allowed to talk to the public. They are only allowed to refer the public to the Information Center and let them watch and listen to videos. That is the in-vogue entrance to the Bridge and as a result Davie boy has the Bridge shut down – all lanes of it.
Look, it takes a lot of accreditation and many (6) years of medical school to get to learn how to patch a person’s body. Psychiatrists study for 6 years to learn their trade. We are learning to become experts in the mind and we study how to unwind the reactive mind in a year average. And while it is made relatively simple by LRH, the training was and is still for the able and the higher IQ people of this world. To water down this technology is a sin and as a result the orgs don’t deliver real honest-to-gosh Scientology.
So when you wonder why the orgs are empty, look no further than the routes into the orgs: They severely lack Scientology.
Idiots and low-confront people, who can’t even fix a broken shoe lace, tend to dabble in Scientology, get tons of Mis-U’s, leave and then sit in judgment of LRH, his tech and declare it unworkable. If one were able to evaluate or even confront what makes an organization work one would actually do something to make it work. Not the naysayers; they love to prattle on about how bad it all is. This is the low-confront method of handling something.
The reactive mind is tough and formidable, but if you learn the tech, all of the tech, it is a piece of cake to get rid of. It is better to confront the tough courses than to live the rest of your life struggling along, or being unhappy.
The route was there all of the time.
Resurrect the TRs course and put in two hour confront. Then HQS and watch the numbers rise.