By Lana M.

There is really nothing like auditing another.

I know of nothing that is more satisfying, more rewarding, more fulfilling.

Watching a person regain certainty in what they know. Helping them through dark confusions and back into the sunshine again.  Conquering demons, breaking through fears and compulsions, rising up the tone scale to a point where they realise and know they can control things and improve their life.

There is really nothing like auditing another.

This is not an article promoting a service — it is reflection on the satisfaction of helping someone deal with what is really troubling them – what they have been anxious, fearful, or worried about.

To study about a phenomena or circumstance and then see that to be true in session. To watch the Tone Arm soar and then find the out-list and watch it come crashing back into range, and the smiles and laughter erupt from the person in front of me.

To see a dirty needle and the anxiety associated with a withhold, and then persist to gently get the unspoken communication actually uncovered. With the details seen, I watch the relief of the preclear, the gush of communication that comes with it, and the realisation that there is no need to withhold it longer. It can be dispensed with, forgotten and gone. The needle floats and the grin from across the table tells me that we have helped the person just that little bit more.

There is really nothing like auditing another.

A problem dissolves and no longer troubles.

An upset disappears and relationships are rebuilt and strengthened.

Complexions get clearer – colour returns from a grey pallor – eyes brighten – and faces get younger.

Preclears extrovert and attention units that were earlier fixed in the past, move into the present and then onto the future.

There is really nothing like auditing another.


“Every now and again somebody tries to get me to say what I think of auditors. They want me to become hypercritical, I guess so as to match the asker’s tone. Well, I better make a public utterance after all this time.

“I think of auditors in a rather intense way. As I know more auditors than anybody else and have a better basis for judgment, on this subject I can be for once an authority.

“My opinion of auditors in general is fairly well known to several people.

“I think of an auditor as a person with enough guts to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. This quality is rare and this quality is courageous in the extreme.

“It is my opinion and knowledge that auditors are amongst the upper tenth of the upper twentieth of intelligent human beings. Their will to do, their motives, their ability to grasp and to use are superior to that of any other profession.

“I think of an auditor as having INITIATIVE. He is able to grasp or make a mock-up and put it into action.

“Auditors survive better than other people.

“If this world has any faintest chance of surviving it will be not because I write, but because auditors can and will think and do.

“I think our auditors came from beings lately arrived on Earth who, seeing where it was going, decided to band together to send it elsewhere.

“I consider all auditors my friends. I consider them that even when they squirrel. I believe they have a right to express themselves and their own opinions. I would not for a moment hamper their right to think. I think of auditors and Scientologists as the free people.

“Just as they consider one another their people, so I consider them my people.

“I think their errors of the past, when they existed, came about because we are new and we are finding out and I don’t think any of their errors were intentional any more than mine were.

“I can understand their own reactions because I can understand the counter- effort given them by society, and thus I don’t hold auditors guilty even when they fold up but simply assume we’d better make a better effort into the society to overcome or bypass the counter-effort.

“I don’t expect auditors or Scientologists to instantly agree with or seize upon whatever I say. I would be offended if they did and would feel they weren’t a free people. Since they are intelligent I expect them to think over what’s said, try it, and if it’s good for them, use it. That old auditors sooner or later come back to and use what I have discovered isn’t any testimony to our relationship at all, it’s only a testimony to my being right because I meant to be right in the first place.

“I sorrow when I see somebody accomplishing less than he should because he thinks I wouldn’t approve of it. In organizations and out I count upon initiative and good judgment.

“The most decent people I have ever known have been auditors. The best- hearted people I know are auditors. They are so decent and good hearted I have to work and argue with them to make enough to keep mock-ups rolling well, a thing they are now beginning to do.

“I am very proud of Scientologists. I think they’re bright, shiny, beautiful people and I’m glad every one of them decided to get born again this time.

“I think we’re a fine crew. I know we can make it. And I know that if it’s a better world in the future it will be because Scientologists are what they are, not what I made them.

“Now in case there are any further inquiries or doubts on the matter, I assure you I have spoken on the subject and that I have spoken from the bottom of a very experienced heart.

“Scientologists are the best people on each of the five continents and that’s all there is to it. ” LRH, Professional Auditors Bulletin 79, 10 April 1956

10 thoughts on “Auditing

  1. “Scientologists are what they are, not what I made them.”

    Actually, I think we were Scientologists before LRH came along – he just rustled us out of our slumber and rushed us through kindergarten.

    Now it’s up to us to get a grip and focus, and make every ally we can with our example and good work.

    I urge every one of us Scientologists to make a difference every day just with what we know; and the truth is, it’s more than we ever knew before.

    I can attest that low-level auditing is so explosively powerful – never mind the upper level stuff – that helping another with their troubles is rewarding beyond any other activity I can think of.

    Engram, Secondary and Lock running can change a person’s life forever, and it’s so easy to do.

    • Thank you Richard. I totally agree on the power of the low-level auditing, and its ability to change people lives for the better.

      We do tend to forget the impact and significance of this technology — as things are as-is’ed, we move on — but it truly is second to none. 🙂

  2. Lana, that was poetic and even elegant. I love the LRH quotes, they are so stirring. And I love that you are an auditor, that Chris is an auditor, that Ingrid is an auditor and that all of the rest of the auditors in the field are helping people get better. Every time I think of these auditors my heart swells and I feel proud that I am a member of this order of gallant thetans.

    ML Tom

  3. It also figures that those most prominent in salvaging what’s left of Scientology on this planet would be auditors.

    The above is one of LRH’s best quotes and tells you a lot about the way he thinks and views things.

    My favorite excerpt from the above: “In organizations and out I count upon initiative and good judgment.” It’s unbelievable how rare and precious these two factors are in the world.

    By the way, there’s another quote from LRH I’ve thought about lately, and I can’t for the life of me recall where it comes from: It’s to the effect that Mary Sue asks Ron if it’s all worth it, and Ron envisions trooping in front of him all the people who’ve been audited and helped, and decides in the end that yes, indeed, it is and has been well worth it. If anyone can peg the source for that quote, please let me know. In fact, it might be worth its own post here.


  4. I think I’ve got the Ability Article you mentioned here Paul:

    Issue III Minor [ca. April 1955]

    The Magazine of
    Washington, D.C.


    Many people have questioned me regarding Ron’s research and investigation into the human mind. The funny thing is that the majority of the hundreds of research cases on whom he worked to give us the principles for building a better world were never aware of who he was or what he was doing. They had never heard of Dianetics or Scientology. All they knew or were aware of was that they felt better, their bad eye sight or maybe the limp in a once injured leg, was gone.
    Wherever we have been it has always been the same – in England, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, or here in our United States – rich or poor, young or old, diseased or insane, there has always been the hidden man, woman, and child behind the scenes who were helped and who, but did they know it, were contributing to the furtherance of a science. To me, the most important foundation upon which Dianetics and Scientology is built was stated in the First Book – that is, “Man is basically good.” I know of no one who believes this as strongly as Ron does. It is my feeling that this alone in times of contemptuous press, financial difficulties, the betrayal of friends – times when it seemed that all he had built was crumbling to pieces, kept him going, kept him persisting to his goal of helping MAN.
    In Phoenix after the fall of Wichita, a producer with whom Ron had worked in Hollywood came to see us at our small apartment. He was offering Ron what would seem to the ordinary man like ice cream and cake for eternity. After picturing this dream in the clouds, he said to Ron, “Now, really, do you think this Dianetics, this research of yours, is worth it?” Ron sat for a very long time – silent, his eyes closed. Finally after what had seemed like hours he opened his eyes, and said, “Yes! Yes I do.” After his producer friend left, I asked him why he had taken so long to answer. He replied, “I was watching pass before me a parade of all the people I had helped, their expression one of hope and faith in the goodness of the future. Nothing can be worth more to me than that.”
    And that’s the way he is. His belief in the innate goodness of Man, in being able to bring this and Man’s abilities to the fore continues him in his research. It enables him to communicate to anyone despite their physical disability to do so, or any language barrier.
    His preclears are all over the world. The time he has spent processing is too vast to enumerate. Even he does not know the hours; he works and there is no time to him. This used to be very disconcerting to me. I remember one time in Spain, I had spent the whole morning shopping in the market and the whole afternoon preparing dinner on one oil burner and a charcoal fire. This was a difficult process for one used to super markets and a gas range. Ron had gone to the park. Dinner time passed. The food got soupy from reheating and the charcoal supply got nil. My patience wilted and I went to the park. I found him sitting at a side walk cafe, a middle aged Spaniard with him. He motioned me to sit down and be silent. He was processing. The fellow had been in the Russian army, had fought in the battle of Stalingrad and then had been forced into servitude in Siberia. His legs had been so badly frozen that they would not bend at the joints. This peglegged walk was to carry him through life and to deny him work because of his slowness. After Ron had finished, we invited him home to dinner. He walked naturally again. His realization of what had happened to him did not come until he walked to the door to leave. He suddenly stopped and began shouting “I walk – I walk”.
    There are many such people and many more – you in the field have not been idle either these five years. Maybe someday we can realize Ron’s Project. Very few know about it, but someday he hopes to have every auditor in the field “who is worth his stuff as an auditor” on the H.A.S.I. payroll. They would be given some person – some one in high government position, someone in the arts, someone in religion – people who are in the public eye and who supply thousands morale in the forms of good public works, books, paintings, humor, spiritual aid, to birddog until they submitted to processing. These auditors could then simply process and proceed without depending upon public approval or financial support which is dependent upon public approval. Maybe someday we can accomplish this. It is a goal worth working toward. We too, will have a better world someday.
    It is Ron’s dream and yours and mine.


  5. RV:

    I didn’t even have to reread the article; as soon as I saw the title, I knew you’d found the exact article I was thinking of– “The Way Ron Works”. Thank you, my friend. It is a rare gem.


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