By Jim Logan
In 1957 research and discovery had determined the definition of Operating Thetan that gave clarity to continued R&D to attainment of this state in Scientology. This is published in HCOB, Clear Procedure, Definitions, Goals, 3 December 1957:
“An Operating Thetan can be at cause knowingly and at will over Life, Matter, Energy, Space and Time, subjectively and objectively.
“This action definition of Operating Thetan is the true goal of the auditor and if followed with complete understanding will achieve the best possible results.”
This term “cause” comes up in the definition of “responsibility”. So, OT/cause/will-ingness/know-ingness/responsibility are all of a piece.
In 1959 research and discovery leading to recovering the state of OT went searchingly into the area of Overts – that is, actions caused that were somehow harmful to one or more Dynamics. One of the methods of handling these at that time was the simple question “What have you done?”
The idea extends to causing a “withhold” too, in that one is doing the action of withholding. The simple question here was “What have you withheld?” So, cause is embracive of both overts and the subsequent withholding of having done the act.
In order for an overt to hang up on the person, they must in some way avoid responsibility for having caused some effect. Denial of self causing some action when self did the action is a denial of one’s state of operating/causing – that is denial of responsibility. These terms all relate and are describing the same thing – the ability to be Cause over knowledge, action, MEST, life, the Dynamics.
A thetan will restrain themselves if they consider and do something they aren’t willing to do or have done and deny responsibility for having done – a “discreditable act”, in their own estimation. Something they couldn’t or wouldn’t experience easily is a way to evaluate this type of act.
A thetan will allow themselves power to act when they trust themselves to act.
As a being lives life, they do things. If that doing is denied, as in overt acts against one or more Dynamics, the being lessens their responsibility for their own acting and a dwindling of ability occurs as they seek to restrain themselves more and more.
Along with doing something discreditable goes the effort on the part of the being to “not-know” they did it. They try to get the target of the act to “not-know” about it also.
For example; a person steals another person’s I-pad. They don’t want the target of the overt to know they did it. They don’t want that person to know where the I-pad got to. This effort to “not-know” recoils on themselves and they try to bury the fact they stole the object from themselves along with the other person.
All this “not-knowing” lessens knowledge along with a lessened responsibility for doing and the being ends up less able to control their own actions, objects and life as they are restraining themselves from knowing what life is. They get dumber and less able. Their memories of living aren’t easily recoverable. They “forget” their own tracks of existence. They get less and less aware of things, objects, people and they themselves are the one’s lessening the awareness.
In 1961 research and discovery led to the fact that as one gets gains in auditing one’s responsibility for having done things rises. The buried knowledge comes back as one takes off the “not-knowns” of their living and along with that recovery of knowledge, the overts one has done and withheld come back up to awareness. Enter the art and therapy of the “sec check”, the “confessional”.
A fundamental rationale behind a confessional is to enable the being to again “know” and help them take the “not-know” off of their own track of life.
You are helping the being find out what it is they don’t know since they’ve “not-known” whatever it is. It isn’t to “get the goods” on a person and hold it over them for control or punishment, but is a means of recovering the “not-know” off the case and return to a state of knowledge, able to control action and responsibility for life and living. (Ref. SHSBC tape of 15 June 1961, Not-Know.)
All aberration has an unknowness to it – and it’s a maxim that if the guy knew all about it then that isn’t the thing that’s troubling him.
Willingness to know goes with willing to have caused goes with willing to have acted and recognition that one is Cause. It goes along with any OT ability that exists and is there to be recovered and for which one is willing to assume responsibility.
What happens to a being that has made gains in auditing, even gone Clear, for them to sink back, relapse, lose gains? What makes a case stable in its gains?
The same thing that paves the way to the state of OT. Willingness to assume the status of Cause. The honesty with oneself about what one did and does. The as-isness of things, the knowing of what’s going on.
As one progresses on the Bridge one’s cause level rises and with that one’s awareness of what they’ve done begins to come back. At various points it is a good idea to review one’s track and either by assuming responsibility with honest inspection, get your “rudiments” in or even a good confessional at appropriate times, one relieves the “not-know” and recovers the ability to assume Cause over acting. As one approaches higher states of existence then one is more and more able to own their acts and the responsibility for having done something can be taken and the shutting down of ability ceases. One is responsible, can know, and is able to reach and be cause, effect and truly attain the recovery of the ability to operate as a thetan.
The road to OT is paved with truth. The whole idea of OT is the recovery of the ability to be Cause and if one isn’t or denies themselves causing and not-knows on various flows then one will either not attain or will slump back from approach to this state – Operating Thetan.
Please note: none of this involves blame, shame or regret. Responsibility is a whole other deal. If you crossed the road, you crossed the road. If you made supper, you made supper. If you smacked the dog, you smacked the dog. It’s a fact that you end up on the other side of the road, have something to eat, and Rover is now growling.