By Lana

Moving up The Bridge gives one certainty, stability, expansion across the dynamics, and a wisdom second to none.

Over the last 5 years, through Milestone Two, I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of Scientologists around the world – each with their own story, own experiences and own resolutions. With each, I have worked to listen, understand and acknowledge. For those that wanted assistance or guidance, I do my best to help. Many we have audited or trained. For some we just listen.

I have tried to stay as neutral as possible when it comes to Independent Scientology field infighting. I have no interest in factions or rumours. And I have kept out of the anti-Scientology debates and have tried to prevent it from being the focus of this blog.  I have instead worked to keep a steady eye on the goal — moving up both the auditing and training sides of LRH’s Bridge.

There are unfortunately not vast numbers of people I know who have made significant progress on The Bridge in the last several years. There are a myriad of reasons why – lack of time, lack of money, can’t take time off work, can’t travel to see an auditor, elderly parents being cared for, or other problems or issues.  A significant portion of those persons who fall into this category have spent lots of time on anti-Scn blogs, FB groups and websites and have moved away from Scientology entirely (publicly) or have quietly gone mutual out-ruds and simply withdrawn communication after buying into lies and black PR.

There is an inertia that many experience when it comes to moving up The Bridge. They say they want to, they talk the talk and say all the right things, but they just don’t move. They don’t pick up a book or a checksheet and start. They don’t find an auditor and make it happen to get auditing. They put it in the “too hard basket” and say they will get to it in the future… but as the months and years go by, nothing happens.

The truth is, the one thing that we thetans have in common is the reactive mind – the bank.

It is the one thing that gets agreement and for which there is great reality.

Within the field there are no fully functioning “orgs” where a person can be 8Ced into the courseroom and into session – so the only way a person will move up is if they take themselves by the scruff of the neck and make themselves do it.

Problems, middle class values and expectancies, economic and governmental duress, and day-to-day survival in a cut-throat and dangerous environment, are real. They are agreed upon and surround us. They take attention units, time, money and energy. They are repeated and parroted through all possible channels. And this is so very real and pressing for many, that they become all encompassing.

Low-toned, critical commentary on Scientology or LRH gets agreement.

Suspicion, rumour and false reports are tantalising, sensational and grab attention – no matter how false.  It is just the bank at work.

Hope for freedom fades as they find themselves in failed purposes and back into the trap of the bank.

People even back-peddle on wins and gains they have personally experienced through Scientology, to be in agreement with others who are doing the same. It is nuts. But it is bank, and the bank is illogical.

It is a tough pill to swallow at times – but unless we personally take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and pull ourselves out of the muck, we will forever wallow in it, or sink below it.

My personal resolution is continue on my SHSBC checksheet and continue on my SOLO NOTs, every day – no matter what. As I have done this, my own reality has changed vastly and the problems fall away.

Just don’t agree with bank.

Don’t follow lemmings off the cliff.

You can stand alone on that cliff and change the course of your life forever, without going down with the crowd. Instead get off the dwindling spiral and open an LRH book, complete a checksheet, complete an auditing level.

“The common denominator of a group is the reactive bank. Thetans without banks have different responses. They only have their banks in common. They agree then only on bank principles. Person to person the bank is identical. So constructive ideas are individual and seldom get broad agreement in a human group. An individual must rise above an avid craving for agreement from a humanoid group to get anything decent done.”  LRH, KSW1




22 thoughts on “Bank in common

  1. Well said, Lana.

    Thank you for this blog, for giving us a comm line.

    And thank you to the many Indies who have provided LRH materials so that us isolated ones can at least continue with our studies and training in the absence of an org.

    We all have our own favourite LRH pep talks; here is one of mine, from LRH ED 307 Int, 1 December 1979:

    “Decide to flourish and prosper! And then Flourish and Prosper!

    “There is no more deadly way to get even with a suppressive or an antagonistic person or a downgrading society than by flourishing and prospering.

    “All a suppressive person or society is trying to do is prevent one from flourishing and prospering.

    “Of course, one has to handle threats or attacks. But don’t get stuck in on them. One handles them but puts his main attention on doing things that will make one and the group flourish and prosper.

    “One cannot simply vanish in life, one cannot just become a nothingness. And the wrong way to handle suppression is to be low key and hope one isn’t noticed. That is simply agreement with the suppressive person or society.

    “Attempts at suppression are totally defeated in the long run simply by Flourishing and Prospering!”


  2. Lana, Great post and very relevant as I’ve been getting caught up in drama & FB lately so thanks.

    Your cartoon as always is pretty spot on. Reminds me of a joke that I came up with regarding people who swore off the tech:
    “If a bunch of ex-Scientologists jumped off The Bridge, would you?”

  3. Too true.

    And it reminds me of an incident in the org back in the 70s. It was the first 5X game.

    A public person was being regged for some auditing and they felt a bit of a push, but it was before the day when the public knew of the game. She was also off lines at the time and the the PL/HCOB on Blown Students and PCs had also recently come out.

    Someone had the good sense to get her in session and have a CS 53 assessed and the largest read indicated.The best read was “Is someone withholding something from you?” Indicated. Her itsa, “Yes, I feel the Reges are not telling me something”. Of course it was the 5X push. She came out of session, promptly paid and didn’t even care what it was they were withholding!

    The power of BPC. You never know exactly what it is, it can effectively block your progress, and very often it is not even that complex. So even a simple session can do wonders.

    • Great example Tom!

      The C/S 53 – which is a wonderful tool to handle bypassed charge, resolve high or low TA, and to get a case humming — has unfortunately become a real problem for many.

      I have had many people write to me with confusions about their auditing. Things went awry or they were off-lines or something was confusing, and they were taken in to have a C/S 53 assessed by their local org. Out-Int, or PTSness, or Dianetic Clear or something reads, and then the org or mission drops the list as they don’t have a Grad V to do the needed action. It seems that in this “Golden Age of Tech” there are very few actual trained auditors (strange!).

      In some instances I have had preclears write to me who have repeatedly been taken in for C/S 53’s, with the BPC indicated, but then no follow up action to get the needed auditing action — and they end up confused and uncertain about the reads, about auditing, about themselves. Some have been spinny. Some introverted on what read and why nothing was done. Classic case of mis-use or no-use of a great tool to get cases humming – resulting in the person restimulated and feeling even worse.

      If we could get trained Grad Vs in the field, who can read a meter and get a meter to read (both vital skills from any auditor), we could accomplish a lot in cleaning up the BPC that exists for many – and get them moving on The Bridge a the same time.

      As a shout out – if you are a Grad V auditor who can assist people that need C/S 53 messes cleaned up, please write to me. We have a big planet and I get requests from people – particularly in the US and Canada. A simple session with a 53, in the hands of a competent auditor, will change a person’s life and give much relief.

      • Lana,

        The miracle in my case was that I continued to study and appreciate Scientology after the Church of Scientology’s C/S 53s.

        In my four years in the church, I received five C/S 53s.

        #1 (1991): I was the Director of Routing and Personnel (Department 1) at the Phoenix Org. In my first auditing session (final process from Grade IV), the student auditor ended the session in the middle of the process. C/S 53 indicated out-int. The only Grad V available was the Case Supervisor herself. She took me into session and immediately invalidated the out-int indicator.

        #2 (1991): After the C/S invalidated the first C/S 53, a second was ordered. Again, out-int was indicated but this time nothing was done about it. The Phoenix Org off-loaded me as a staff member.

        #3 (1992): After blowing from Flag Bureaux, I visited the Phoenix Org with a friend who I had introduced to Scientology. An AOLA tour was visiting with a Class VIII, New OT VIII. She delivered my free C/S 53 and gave me the indicator of out-int. The AOLA tour I/C escorted me to the front door of the org and told me never to come back.

        #4 (1993): While I was crew at ASHO Fdn, I student auditor on the SHSBC was found to deliver int repair. The C/S 53 indicated “gone past Dianetic Clear.” No int repair or other handling. More confusion.

        #5 (1993): A follow up C/S 53 still indicated “gone past Dianetic Clear.” It was obvious to me then that I wasn’t going to be allowed onto the Bridge in the church. I blew from the Sea Org and was declared a SP.

        I read DMSMH in 1990 and wanted to erase some engrams. My first TRs course was ended halfway because the HAS SMI Int had me go to Los Angeles for my first Sea Org recruitment interview after only three months in the church. Four years later I was being told that I was already Clear without having done anything in Scientology yet. Then I was declared a SP.

        I don’t like C/S 53s. 😦

        — Jonathon

          • If I am exclusively responsible for the out-tech that I experienced in the church, then it was logical for me to blow from the Sea Org and remove myself from the scene. Maybe that’s not how LRH intended KSW to be applied, but I did ~something~ about it.

            During my four years in the church, I completed over twenty courses including OEC Volume 0 (1991 edition). Yet, during that same time, I wasn’t able to address a single ARCX, PTP or M/W/H. During my first auditing session (on the final process from Grade IV), I told the auditor that I did have a ARCX during the rudiments. (I still felt ARC broken over my first SO recruitment interview with the HAS SMI Int who said off-policy stuff to me.) The auditor refused to take the ARCX offered and claimed it wasn’t recent enough!

            I didn’t require “unusual solutions.” I showed up at the church looking for Standard Tech. Let a staff member or crew member fly his ruds at least once in four years.

              • LM asked: “Do you want to get auditing in present time to try and resolve the out-rudiments and out-tech?”

                Of course! And there’s a lot more Scientology can help me to resolve.

                Scientology works.

                • While I worked for the Church of Scientology, no qualified auditors were available to help me. I had to leave the church to seek out a Standard Tech solution called the End of Endless Int Repair Rundown.

                  If can’t receive auditing through Standard Tech, then “unusual solutions” result.

                  Must reach (for auditing and training) — Can’t reach (for auditing and training).

                  Splinter “squirrel” groups will continue to appear wherever Standard Tech isn’t available — or where individuals are banned or disqualified from Standard Tech.

            • JB:

              I didn’t mean to imply the “fault” for your experiences in the Church was yours. Only that the bad things you experienced were examples of outnesses of KSW (not necessarily your outnesses). And I’m not qualified to judge whether your exit from the SO was the right/correct thing to do. Though I can certainly sympathize with your viewpoint on the whole thing.


      • “If we could get trained Grad Vs in the field, who can read a meter and get a meter to read (both vital skills from any auditor), we could accomplish a lot in cleaning up the BPC that exists for many – and get them moving on The Bridge a the same time.
        As a shout out – if you are a Grad V auditor who can assist people that need C/S 53 messes cleaned up, please write to me. We have a big planet and I get requests from people – particularly in the US and Canada” – are you saying that there’s that much of a demand in the field to warrant training to this level if one isn’t there?

  4. Dear Lana, thank you for your post and and keeping this blog here as the only constant pro Scientology blog around. I understand, applaud and agree with your purpose and direction of this blog. I realize at times I probably cross the blogs line and I appreciate the patience shown.

    I have a slightly different focus that I would say leads me into a more entheta realm. I am way past worrying about someone else’s Q&A with the Tech, I feel for them in that there is obviously much bpc in the field regarding their own cases, but there is no doubt in my mind the Bridge works as described. My interest is for the orgs to back to what they should be.

    The first point of The Code of a Scientologist from HCO POLICY LETTER OF 5 FEBRUARY 1969R

    To keep Scientologists, the Public and the Press accurately informed concerning Scientology, the world of Mental Health and Society.”

    The only people who are exposing Scientology organizationally are basically Mr Rinder and Ortega and to a lesser degree Mr Rathburn. The fact that 2 of these people were once a part of the leadership that they have and are complaining about is something one should keep in mind with the stances they now take, but nevertheless they are the people who many Scientologist (ex or otherwise) go to with information regarding the current state of Scientology. In the case of Ortega, his sources seem to be truly unique, if not suspicious! But it does seem ironic to me that the major people keeping us informed about Scientology organizationally should be exes and antis. It is up to the individual to figure out what information can be believed, what cant, what needs further investigation and what can just be dropped as inconsequential and if this sort of thing is upsetting to you then don’t read it.

    As an example of this point 1 of The Code of a Scientologist. I bring your attention to Steve Cannanes recent book “Fair Game”. This is a book written from the viewpoint that the whole thing is a con, so it is fundamentally flawed. I had some interest in it as I have known some of the people mentioned in it.

    I was particularly interested in the current views of Terri Gamboa. Terri had been appointed as a lifetime trustee to the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) by L Ron Hubbard, as part of the corporate restructure of Scientology in 1982, thereby putting her in a position higher than Dave. She did not find out that she was a trustee for 20 years after she left. Two other trustees are Greg Wilhere and Marion Pouw, still under Daves control.

    Now I know some of us had hopes that she would be part of a movement to take back the control of the Church and lead it down a saner path.

    According to this book, Terri feels that “With the mess that Miscavige has created and the number of people he has ripped off there might be nothing left. It could bankrupt the church and take years to clean up this mess and figure it all out.” She also mentioned she is 60 years old and does not want to take it on. Personally, I can understand how she feels.

    So unless she changes her mind, unfortunately, that path is blocked.

    But another path will open up, there are always opportunities with patience and persistence, and to keep plugging away, and meanwhile, as you say Lana, we should all keep moving ourselves up the Bridge and helping others where we can and pounce when that opportunity does arise.

    • Thanks 4A.

      Understood on your desire to apply the Code of Scientologist, I have attached it below – in full. It is a press policy that was issued on 5 Feb 1969 as an HCOPL.

      If you are using Ortega and Rinder as sources to “accurately inform” you on Scientology, I would suggest that those same sources are actively suppressing knowledge, wisdom, philosophy or data which would help Mankind (point 11 of the Code). They are actively campaigning against Scientology as a religion (point 12 of the Code), and are working to cause friction in the field and to move people from or prevent people from learning about Scientology (point 13 of the Code).

      There is no question that Scientology organisations, today in 2016, are running on “DM tech and policy” and have diverted more and more from Source (LRH). But getting the scoop on that will never come from Ortega (who has never been a Scnst) or from Rinder (who has denounced Scn and now works to actively bring it down). Marty Rathbun may or may not give you insight into his experiences in the C of S – in recent posts he works to expose some of the ASC (as he calls them) networks and operations. All three have the right to express their views, opinions and attitudes about Scientology and LRH, just as they are welcome to express their views on politics, celebrity news, religion, science and any other subject. They have freedom of speech just as you and I do.

      There are documented “stories” from Scientologists who have gone public – promoted through Youtube, Facebook and various anti-Scn websites. Heck, I spent a good 2 years trying to itsa my own story – until I sorted it out with training and auditing. I no longer have attention on the past, have no regrets, worries or concerns about my experiences in the Sea Org (at middle management and at the Int base).

      Individual stories can be sensational, they can be filled with out-tech, injustice and so forth. Each and every person is (or was) a Scientologist and by communicating they are trying to solve their out-rudiments. They wanted to go up The Bridge and they did not get the results they were after. They were declared, or offloaded, or blew, or routed out, or quietly left, or are still in, but they are communicating as they are trying to get relief. They are trying to resolve their out-rudiments. But trying to resolve them in this way does not work — as there is no assessment to find the charge of an ARC, there are not earlier similars for a problem, and there is no handling of missed withholds. So the individual accounts and “itsa” may or may not be accurate — but you can be sure that it is not a complete duplication of what occurred or was experienced, as otherwise it would as-is and the person would not be feeling compelled to try and solve it. It would be gone.

      So yes, there are many channels that can deliver all manner of opinions, views, commentary, stories, accounts and realities on Scientology. You are welcome to read and believe what you wish — but remember that if you are going to apply Step 1 of the Code below, you should be at the same time work to apply the other steps of the Code that follow, as well.



      The Code of a Scientologist as per “The Creation of Human Ability” is withdrawn. It is reissued as follows:
      As a Scientologist I pledge myself to the Code of Scientology for the good of all.
      1. To keep Scientologists, the Public and the Press accurately informed concerning Scientology, the world of Mental Health and Society.
      2. To use the best I know of Scientology to the best of my ability to help my family, friends, groups and the world.
      3. To refuse to accept for processing and to refuse to accept money from any preclear or group I feel I cannot honestly help.
      4. To decry and do all I can to abolish any and all abuses against life and Mankind.
      5. To expose and help abolish any and all physically damaging practices in the field of Mental Health.
      6. To help clean up and keep clean the field of Mental Health.
      7. To bring about an atmosphere of safety and security in the field of Mental Health by eradicating its abuses and brutality.
      8. To support true Humanitarian endeavors in the fields of Human Rights.
      9. To embrace the policy of equal justice for all.
      10. To work for freedom of speech in the world.
      11. To actively decry the suppression of knowledge, wisdom, philosophy or data which would help Mankind.
      12. To support the freedom of religion.
      13. To help Scientology orgs and groups ally themselves with public groups.
      14. To teach Scientology at a level it can be understood and used by the recipients.
      15. To stress the freedom to use Scientology as a philosophy in all its applications and variations in the humanities.
      16. To insist upon standard and unvaried Scientology as an applied activity in ethics, processing and administration in Scientology organizations.
      17. To take my share of responsibility for the impact of Scientology upon the world.
      18. To increase the numbers and strength of Scientology over the world.
      19. To set an example of the effectiveness and wisdom of Scientology.
      20. To make this world a saner, better Place.


    • 4a:

      Ortega is a member of the press. As such, whatever he says cannot be trusted. His agenda is not pro-Scientology, never has been and never will be. What he publishes is selective, and his purpose is more or less to destroy Scientology.

      Rinder is a “useful idiot” (a term used by the communists to describe one form of life on this planet, from their perspective). He was a significant part of DM’s cabal which ultimately destroyed the Church, and he has not let up. He continues down this road. He currently acts as a clearinghouse for entheta stories about C of S. (The fact that his stories may be true does not alter the fact that his stories are entheta.) His public purpose is to inform everyone about what’s going on. I sincerely doubt that this is his actual purpose. Having attempted to destroy Scientology in the first place, he must now justify why he did so. The stories he tells now add to that narrative.

      Rathbun was an even more involved member of DM’s senior cabal. As a blogger, he went from a relatively harmless whistleblower, to someone who has and is actively attempting to take apart the Tech and the philosophy of Scientology. He advocates for mixing Scientology with psychology. His activities rise to the level of making him fully suppressive. I consider it sort of priceless that, despite the fact that he’s attempting to do the same thing DM has all these years, DM still surveils him and harrasses him. His motivations (other than whatever Martians he’s fighting) are more or less identical to Rinder’s– having attempted to destroy Scientology while in the Church, he now must justify his actions.

      You’re welcome to gather information from these people about the current status of the Church, but I fear the picture you receive won’t be any worse or better than it is right now. The Church is a dead hulk, a shadow of what it once was (despite all the shiny new buildings and Italian marble). You’re likely better off simply ignoring what’s happening with C of S and continuing on with your life and your Bridge. There are those attempting to right that ship, but their activities are above my pay grade and yours. I wish them luck and will support them all I can.


  5. Thank you Lana for your theta comm!

    The small group of indepedant Scientologist is groing these day in Québec province! We going up our Bridge!! 🙂

    ARC, Phil

  6. That last paragraph in this post, quoted from KSW, is another example of what makes KSW such a rich policy letter. It’s not just the ten points. It’s text like this as well.


  7. Again, we should be grateful to Lana, our favorite Internet barkeep, for keeping this place open. It is one of the very few islands of sanity in the Field.

    Incidentally, it amuses me and always has when people in the Field have tried to and still try to attack what we are doing here, from the very beginning of MS2. It says vastly more about them than it ever will about us.


  8. Lana: Very keen observation and wise advice for anyone who ever had the purpose TO BE FREE.

    LRH never, ever said he could or would achieve that purpose for anyone. All he ever did was offer his insights, so you and I would not have to spend 50 years researching. He never said you have to believe it, only look and see if it helps you achieve YOUR AIM. For it is, after all, each of our own responsibility to achieve what we want our life and future to be.

    Thanks for the refreshing viewpoint and reminder. If one wants entheta there’s planty of it to be had on this planet. If one wants greater freedoms from suffering, pain, ignorance and a smoother ride to one’s own dreams and freedom, then Ron has a few tips for those who are honestly intent on moving toward more worthy ideal scenes.

    Lots of luv to you, Jim amd the crew…


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