“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

7 thoughts on “How to win as an auditor

  1. Wow. What a “fundamental” statement. 🙂

    It seems that the application of this principle is pretty much a prerequisite for actually having and maintaining a PC “in session”.
    This idea of establishing and recognizing mutual knowingnesses aligns with so many other principles, including ARC and “paralleling the PC’s mind”. Beautiful!

  2. This is an excellent reference and excerpt, Lana. It says a lot about auditing. I’d appreciate it immensely if you could also post the link on the “Friends of LRH” FB page as you’ve done on the Indie FB page. Thanks. 🙂

  3. And thus we have the difference between a GAT auditor and a “real” auditor. You see this in other fields as well. Robotic execution without full understanding is adequate for a lot, if not most people. I know because I’ve attempted to train them. They don’t know (and often don’t want to know) the fundamental data involved. They just want to go through this ritual and have the correct result appear on the other side. But the truth is, you could damn near throw the ritual away if you thoroughly understand the fundamental data involved. The one usually derives directly from the other. Knowing the fundamentals, one can often, if not usually derive the ritual.

    This area is touched on in the Study Tapes, where Ron talks about how to study. Recommended.

    Great reference, Lana.


  4. “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.”

    Personally I think Ron is making the point that one has to actually understand the fundamentals behind the “rituals” that is various processes and procedures which was the reason for the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course.

    Not giving the auditor the license to “reinvent the wheel”.

    The problem with the Golden Age of Tech and what were called Auditor Expertise Drills is pretty much covered in the following quote from HCO POLICY LETTER OF 16 APRIL AD 15 Issue II

    The only allowed Practical drills on any Scientology Course including PE are:
    1. Modified Comm Course for PE.
    2. Original Comm Course TRs 0-4.
    3. Original Upper Indoc TRs.
    4. E-Meter Drills contained in Book of E-Meter Drills.
    5. Dissemination Drills when I write and release them.
    NO other practical drills of any kind will be permitted.
    Other Practical Drills are abolished. Reasons: They consume time uselessly, suppress actual processes and mess up data and cases. I did not develop or authorize these drills and have now seen that they teach alter-is of easy processes. They are not needed. They make poor auditors. I have just reviewed this matter thoroughly and have traced several training failures to these Wild cat Drills. Further, I traced several failed cases on course to them.
    Somewhere along the line somebody went mad inventing “drills” and “TRs”. If this is permitted to continue, we will no longer turn out good auditors. The standard drills as listed above have proven sufficient for years.

    And also covered in HCO POLICY LETTER OF 17 MAY 1965

    Processes are not drills. Nobody may convert hereafter a process to a drill.
    The Upper Indoc TRs are the drills that teach the CCHs. The CCHs are then run on pcs.
    S-C-S processes may not be drills.
    Processes are done on pcs.
    Drills are done by students to accustom them to the actions that will be necessary in doing processes.
    Upper Indoc contains TRs 5 to 9. These are done as the ONLY practical actions leading to the student being able
    to run the processes called the CCHs.
    To use a PROCESS as a DRILL leaves it unflat on students and is one of the many reasons why auditing has been taken out of Academies,
    During the past few years, unbeknownst to me, a whole sphere of action built up which made students drill processes. I swear, there has been a “practical drill” made out of half the processes we have.
    These were all abolished as DRILLS in HCO Pol Ltr 16 April AD 15.
    Drills are just actions the student has to become familiar with before doing processes. The actual process is NEVER used as a drill. Because it is left unflat. A drill takes the action the auditor will use when doing a process and gets him familiar with it.

    This was modified somewhat by what were known as the Dianetic Command Training Drills developed in the late ’60’s for Dianetic Training.

    But note these were drills developed for *Dianetic Auditors* which was usually the first step most auditors took before doing the *Scientology* levels.

    Later the lecture used to *justify* creating a bunch of squirrelly drills was A Talk on a Basic Qual first known as the “Auditor Expertise Drills” and then later when its stinking corpse was resurrected as the Golden Age of Tech.

    In both cases those who invented such drills failed to note was that the lecture as the title says was directed toward *Qual* **not** Tech.

    Thus in my opinion this gave drilling the actual procedures and processes a bad wrap but the fact is that an auditor especially at lower levels is not going to have the necessary understanding of the fundamentals to ignore the “rituals” involved in auditing until they do the SHSBC and Class VIII.

    So the first step in training auditors is make auditors who can apply the so called “rituals” first and later who will understand why these “rituals” are done:

    LRH ED 81INT
    A VITAL TARGET Trained Auditor Programme
    It is vital that we step up auditor training in all orgs.
    The VITAL target is
    Date 20 January 1969
    My data is that we must have specialized in preclears for quite a while, that staff training as auditors went out and that we began to develop backlogs of pcs.
    Backlogs of pcs must be avoided.
    Trained auditors by far make the better executives. Thus staff auditors get promoted to execs and the staff auditor vacancies aren’t filled.
    We used to allow for this. Many Academy graduates came on staff as staff auditors routinely. HGC auditors then got promoted to executives.
    Staff training programmes permitted staffs to get to be trained auditors on a part time schedule.
    In London we used to hire typists and clerks from employment agencies. A large percentage of them, with no urging at all, saved up and took advantage of their 50% staff discount and got their HPA, then came back on as staff auditors and went on to other staff posts. Either training got too long or too involved or the route got barriered.
    In any event each org should take responsibility for getting the route unplugged. People who came on staff came from the public as just-a-job or from the Scientology field, got trained, became staff auditors, etc.
    I know in orgs where I have worked I usually had to unblock hiring. For some reason I had to do it. All sorts of barriers got put up to people who wanted on staff. I used to hear of people and by pass and get them to be put on.
    Also, I used to order a sign in PE to get PE attendees to join staff and a sign in the Academy to get graduates to join staff. This was SOP.
    When an org is signing up more pcs than students it will go broke or be poor.
    The 50% scholarship offer (50% of fees) mailed out used to work well. It could be mailed to FSMs to hand out to prospective students. If the scholarship only applied from Dianetics to HPA and not to segments, it would boom training.
    Some orgs just plain try to be clinics. The public loves to take no responsibility and be given it all as pes. When they get to Solo and above they wish to hell they had become real auditors.
    You can jam the training line by making an Academy Course long and as heavy as anSHSBC. The REAL design of training (if anybody would really do it this way) is:

    Dianetics: Fast Course on Technique. Slide by on philosophic data.

    Academy: Fast Courses on Technique. Learn all the motions.

    SHSBC: A course taking in ALL the data, philosophic, with polishing of Technique.
    Class VIII: Sharp rapid STANDARDIZATION of auditing and case supervising with 100% gains.

    When you try to standardize Class VIII style the Dianetic course, or SHSBC, the Academy courses, you slow people down to nowhere.
    Now that we have Ethics in and VIlls in every org WE CAN RESTORE ATTESTATION. When we knocked it off we also knocked down our stats. Ron’s Journal 1968 will RESTORE ATTESTATION OF GRADES AND CLASSES. This will speed up training again and raise stats. It works only if you keep Ethics in.
    This is my immediate contribution to MORE AUDITORS.
    After all, early auditors weren’t all that well trained. And training parallels the progress time track of the subject!
    Therefore YOU make a contribution on your end of it by making the lines open. Post staff procurement signs. Get staff trained up. Get the public to get trained.
    Executives who aren’t trained auditors have the highest mortality rate as executives. How can anyone really guide a Scientology org who doesn’t know the subject.
    So let’s keep this Target up there as a big Target:
    Train staffs is part of the Target.
    Sign up more students than pes is part of it.
    Push Training in Promotion is part of it.
    We used to tell people that training as an auditor made one more able to handle life and his fellows. It didn’t mean one became a professional auditor and hung out a shingle. We better hit this campaign again.
    Anyway, it’s a key Target, a big one. It is a Vital Target, what we have to do to make things go at all.


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