By Jim Logan
One of the difficulties in communicating Dianetics and Scientology, either to someone new or to someone training in the subject, is getting across the concepts that are meant to be expressed by the vocabulary of the subjects.
A word is a “package of thought”. It has a concept or idea, the sort of “out there” manifestation of the thing – how it is, its appearance, the action of it, the parts and how they exist and operate as one would view it. All of this is meant to be gotten across using the words of a language.
The trouble comes in that a person has to get the concept – this idea, manifestation, outward appearance is-ness – right along with the word, or the word is not understood or mis-understood. When you grasp a word you are grasping what it is supposed to represent and if you don’t get that, you don’t get the word nor the package of thought it is supposed to symbolize.
In the early 1970s, Ron Hubbard developed “Word Clearing”. These are various methods of helping a person gain the conceptual understanding of a word and then they have the concept and the package of thought meant to be communicated in that single symbol – the word itself. In order to get the word, they have to get the package of thought or the concept/idea itself. When they do the word is “cleared” of any mis-understanding or non-understanding.
Many words have to be used to get the idea of the one word. Other means exist as well, such as drawings, demonstration with little bits of things moving them about, placing them, cogitating on what is this and how does it relate to that, comparing it to one’s experience, looking around one to see the things and actions associated with the term, gaining new understanding of things not experienced and so on.
In the end, when a person does fully grasp a concept expressed by a word they can then use the word or do what the word is communicating.
For those of us who have been at this for a while, studying and using Dianetics and Scientology, what we have accomplished are conceptual understandings – a mentally visualized grasp of how things are, how they work, what they are – such that we can do what it is that is being described in the materials.
In training an auditor one of the first things they will do in an auditing session is “fly rudiments”.
In that phrase are two words that are packages of thought that if not fully grasped conceptually may lead to a person being audited over “out-rudiments” in which case auditing doesn’t actually occur. Processes don’t bite, gains are not made and it appears that Scientology doesn’t work subjectively and all manner of manifestations.
In order to get the auditor up to being able to fly ruds he’d have to know that “fly” means to “float a needle” and “float” a needle means to get it to move easily back and forth with no patterns or reactions, just lazily drifting around on the dial which indicates the area is clean of whatever “charge” was there. They would have to understand “charge”.
He’d have to grasp what Affinity, Reality and Communication actually are, with a clear mental view of these things in his own life and out there in living. Then he’d have to understand (grasp conceptually) what a “break” in one or more of these looked like, how it felt, what a person with a break in one or more would feel like, how they would appear and what their state of mind would be.
With the above grasped conceptually, then the auditor would observe in the person he was auditing whether or not they had an ARC Break and his observation, the person’s actual state and the E-meter would all show up this out-rudiment and it could be addressed and resolved.
If ruds are out, then auditing doesn’t occur. If a person seeking to be an auditor doesn’t grasp fully and conceptually what an out-rud is then he won’t get any auditing done. Even the person receiving the auditing must be “word-cleared” in preparation for auditing and has as a very early action the first Case Supervisor instruction a “CS-1” where the terms and CONCEPTS used in auditing are gone over thoroughly, so that auditing will be done and gains made.
In the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology there are words that are the main concepts that are being communicated and with these words are some of the most fundamental truths of life. Clearing them fully on a person, itself, is a direct method of case gain as they begin to grasp their own life and the interactions of their living with other beings and the Dynamics. They begin to become aware that they even have Dynamics when the word itself and the package of thought it is meant to express are grasped and envisioned by the person.
On the other hand, one can see those who haven’t grasped these terms conceptually as they “don’t get it” and have all manner of weird ideas associated with the terms, A=A=Aing, mis-construing and having odd-ball constructions (images in their minds about what they think something in Scientology is about) and the gamut of departures from the actual ideals that are embraced by the actual subjects.
If we are to be more effective and get better results with our practice of the principles and techniques of recovery that are real in Dianetics and Scientology, then we have to take the time to help people grasp conceptually the words and vocabulary of the subjects.
And we ourselves need to make sure WE get these terms fully and can communicate them to others until they do.
Conceptual understanding of the words of our subjects and bringing about a grasp of what Dianetics and Scientology actually are and then getting real results on people they know they’ve gotten are what this whole darn thing is about.
It begins in a very large part with clearing words to conceptual understanding on new people … and even veterans. Like me, having finally grasped conceptually what “conceptual understanding” actually is while studying the Briefing Course and a tape from 7 June 61, Points in Assessing.