“Now, I must tell you clearly that auditors are divided into two categories, ritualists and fundamentalists. They’re divided into these two categories. There is the auditor who, without any understanding of what he’s doing, actually goes forward with the ritual and carries through to the end. And he’s perfectly happy and he very often gets a result.
“But he runs into more bugs than other auditors. This is the majority of auditors.
“They go down the line and they think that’s just fine. And I appreciate it, you understand, because it demonstrates a very great faith in me. But that’s what it demonstrates and that’s all.
“Now, they would be better off – and any ritualistic auditor who is getting results would get more results and be better off – if he knew the fundamentals on which his ritual was based. If he knew the fundamental. For instance, we say “agreement to begin a session.” Now, if he knows what the fundamentals of agreement are, he realizes at once that he’s got to have a mutual knowingness about what this session is all about.
“And regardless of the ritual, his end product is going to be a mutual knowingness.
“We are going to do so-and-so and such-and-such and then we have an agreement.” And this agreement then precludes the preclear from having an enormous amount of not-know. Do you see this as an example?
“So one auditor could just go ahead and run Model Session and everything is fine and run it off to the end and he comes out, he gets a result. It’s an attestation to Scientology and the way it’s put together that he can get a result under that basis. But how much better, how much better, if he knows he’s trying to get a mutual knowingness about what is going on and make a contract and he’s a fundamentalist, he’s going by definition.
“What is agreement? You see? Well, agreement is a mutual knowingness, a mutual postulatingness towards certain end products and he knows if that’s absent – if a mutual knowingness about what this session is all about is missing, that there’s going to be a not-know throughout the session on the part of the pc. It’s all going to be a little bit of a mystery, so he’s not going to make as fast a result as he would if he were auditing by fundamental.
“Now, you can audit by fundamental and use the ritual, you see. You could actually succeed by just using the ritual and not knowing the fundamental, which is quite interesting, but you could succeed much better if you knew the fundamental which underlay the ritual. And also used the ritual. That way, why, you have many more wins.”
LRH Lecture from the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, IMPORTANCE OF GOALS TERMINALS, 25 Oct 1961