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by Ian C

On a prior post, someone had mentioned in the comments about a third rail of The Bridge. Though he was incorrect about the content – he was referring to administration & management which is nowhere on the actual Bridge, just under additional services under training and also relates separately to the admin scale & 3D tech – he WAS correct about there being a third part to the bridge.

In my view, that often overlooked third rail found in the center is called the awareness scale.

My auditor recently me more aware of this area (yes, I am aware of the irony that I was unaware of the awareness scale) prior to a recent session. The scale can also be found in the book Scientology 8-0.

When I asked him how to test or measure where one’s awareness level falls, the answer that I got was that one’s emotional tone roughly parallels their awareness levels. Yet there does not seem to be a direct test of awareness levels, unlike the emotional tone scale as covered in detail in both Science of Survival and Self-Analysis.

The best that one can see where they are in terms of awareness is according to their level on The Bridge – and even this is not entirely clear; does one attain that level of awareness from their training? With auditing? Or only once they have done both? According to LRH in the SHSBC, it seems to relate to auditing but also training in regards to mimicry.

According to The Bridge, presumably one does not seek any auditing nor training at least until they are at awareness level -4 aptly known as “need of change”. Like the tone scale, one is aware of lower levels of reality, but can barely picture more than 1 or 2 above their current state. Actually, LRH says that one cannot experience anything above their level.

A key phrase in SHSBC lecture 422 is “Awareness is always a matter of an increasing perimeter.” Considering that Source is at the top of the Bridge, one’s perimeter might extend across the entire universe.

If I am completely being honest with myself, I would probably have to state that my attention is generally at -3 demand for improvement, not simply because of my training and auditing level, but also because I know I am working to improve my body/health, finances, career, country and the state of mental health. I could be doing better but I am at least working on it and I expect others to be doing the same.

But I am curious how one can actually test their awareness level as objectively as possible? Or for that level test others? Does what grab and hold one’s attention count? Or what they speak about? I am curious to know any references and clarification on the subject that is frequently overlooked.

7 thoughts on “Unaware or aware

  1. I don’t have a Bridge handy, but if the awareness levels on the Bridge are what I recall, they correspond to the departments of an Org. Source, department 21, is at the top (7 division org board) and recognition at the bottom (with sub-awareness levels below that). (We used to Chinese school these every day at muster.) I don’t know of a direct way to determine general awareness level, but presumably, if one could test where a person had most of his attention units (what function or department on an org board) there you might find his general awareness level. The first (or at least, most familiar) mention of this scale is on the lecture “Org Board and Livingness”, where Ron details the awareness scale as it was at the time, and parallels the levels with their matching departments. Ron didn’t have much to say about this scale beyond that lecture, so it probably wasn’t of much interest beyond being the philosophical underpinning of the Org Board. I suspect there isn’t really a “chronic” scale level, except as it relates to a given subject. For example, the condition of one’s car and whether one intends to obtain a new one, and whatever urgency is felt for that. “Need for change”, “demand for improvement” and the like. Those “sub” awareness levels occur up to the point where the person arrives at an Org, and then the main levels (greater than 0) happen once one actually arrives at an Org and the awareness levels/departments actually move him along until he comes out the other end as a product.

    Point being, I’m not sure you can use this scale in the same way you do the Tone Scale. If you look in the most current version of 0 – 8, you will find a ton of scales which relate directly to the Tone Scale, but only the one “Awareness Characteristics” scale. In fact, I can see no direct correspondence between the Tone Scale and Awareness Characteristics (I don’t believe such an association was made in the original lecture). So I rather suspect your auditor was expressing an opinion rather than a fact about this scale and its relation to the Tone Scale.

    As a business consultant, I used to deal with this scale a lot in constructing org boards for businesses. It is priceless in that regard, and its sub-levels are priceless in dissemination. But otherwise I’d consider it only of use as it relates to organization and dissemination. Otherwise (as with PCs), look to the Tone Scale and all the myriad scales which correspond to it.

    Paul

  2. Personally, I would look at the Awareness Levels as something to indicate state of case and case change as a result of moving up the Classification and Gradation Chart (the “Bridge”) rather than a third rail or leg of the Bridge: “By “Level of Awareness” is meant “that of which a being is aware.””. Processes – and training – are what give the gains and increases ability and awareness. This is covered well in HCOPL 5 May 1965 I, Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart (using admin and management policy here) from which the above quote derives. This policy also answers your questions above regarding how one attains increased awareness.

    Awareness is also proportional to charge off the case. As Ron elucidates in LRH ED 258-1 INT, section Successful Training Arguments, both training AND processing give case gain and thus awareness change. This then answers your questions about how to test or determine awareness level. Not only is it seen in one’s relationship to his/her Dynamics and what one stresses, but as Ron points out in this same policy, “It is not only general ability that increases, but IQ, renewed livingness and the skill and ability to better self and conditions.”

    This is further covered in SHSBC-356, 28 Nov 63, “Seven Classifications” where Ron talks about the Bridge being a responsibility scale:

    “All a classification scale is, is willingness to accept cause over one’s destiny and that of others. That’s all a classification scale is. It’s a scale of willingness to take cause over one’s own destiny and that of others. Be at Cause, in other words; degree of being at Cause.”

    There’s also the Chart of Human Evaluation. Ron clarifies how this is used in C/S Series 8:

    “IF A PC IS STAYING AT A LEVEL OF THE CHART OR FALLS ON IT you know he is running above his level.

    Processing Changes Conditions.

    If it doesn’t improve them (or the pc’s behavior) then the pc’s Reality is not being reached. …

    Behavior, mannerisms are the index. DO THESE CHANGE? If they do the pc is improving.”

    Regarding 3rd Dynamic tech (policy; green-on-white), I see lack of training as a disconnect from Life in that one cannot truly understand Life without studying Life (including in whatever field that study occurs). While HCOPL 5 May 65 mentions that one won’t make it all the way without being trained in what he/she has been processed on, I also see it as naturally including LRH’s 3rd Dynamic tech, which is much more than just “administration and management”.

    Looking at Ron’s policies as merely admin or management tech is a very limited and short-sighted view of things. While it may not be physically on the Bridge, it does form a part of one’s awareness – willingness to be aware; willingness to be Cause – and is a wider sphere of responsibility and understanding of Life than just being a pc or pre-OT. It is data necessary to living life and surviving on dynamics above the 1st and 2nd.

    “If we are doctors (by which might be meant ‘repairers’), then we are doctors on the third and fourth dynamics, the dynamics of groups and mankind as a whole, and we handle the first (self) and the second (sex and family) only to achieve better function on the third and fourth.” LRH (From Scientology 0-8, Book of Basics)

    Bottom line, as one progresses up the Bridge one should see increased abilities and responsibility in that person and bettered conditions in life along their dynamics. This and the other above references, as well as many more pertaining to your questions (including relating each scale to each other), will help determine and indicate one’s “awareness level”.

    P.S. “Source” is not at the top of the Bridge; it is around OT III, which makes sense. “Total Freedom” is at the top of the Bridge (replacing “Total Cause” on an earlier iteration of the Bridge).

  3. Per the 6th ACC the tone scale is part of the know to mystery scale, earlier called the know to sex scale. It’s a scale of attention. Knowingness is above awareness. You are aware of created or co-created things. You can also know about anything without any mechanics. The real ‘top’ of any scale is the ability to comfortably be at any point on that scale knowingly and at will.

    From 1951 Notes on the lectures – “Awareness is communication. ”

    From 8-8008 “Thought is subdivisible into data. A datum would be anything of which one could become aware, whether the thing existed or whether he created it.”

    Creation of Human ability – “When interest becomes fixed we have attention. When attention becomes fixed we have an unawareness of other things than the object of fixation, and a decrease of Pan-
    Determinism down to ‘Self- Determinism’. When this fixity of attention goes to an extreme we have a lessening of Self- Determinism to a point of Other- Determinism. As Self- Determinism lessens, we find an hypnotic state of ‘total’ other determinism which becomes
    then Self- Determinism (dramatization).”

    Fundamentals of thought “There is CREATING AND KNOWING ONE IS CREATING. There is CREATING AND NOT KNOWING ONE IS CREATING. When one drives a car or a cart he does many
    things (performs many acts) which he is not AWARE OF (conscious of, knows about), and these we call AUTOMATIC ACTIONS. One is doing something and is not aware that he is doing it. One starts to create something, then places this thought still active beyond his own reach and the creation continues to occur.
    KNOWINGLY CREATING SOMETHING is always the first condition. One can then purposefully CONTINUE THE CREATION UNKNOWINGLY. Everything one is doing knowingly or unknowingly one is doing here and now, in the present instant, in present time.
    ONE KNOWINGLY STARTED ANY CREATION in some PAST moment. But the Creation is being done in the present moment.”

    Master Glossary – “Awareness Level:*** a level of awareness (that of which one is aware), as represented on a scale. This scale consists of about 52 levels of awareness from Unexistence (lowest level) up to the state of Clear. A being who is at a level on this scale is aware only of that level and the others below it. See also Clear in
    this glossary. See the book Scientology 0-8: The Book of Basics by L. Ron Hubbard for the full awareness scale. —OEC – The Lowest Levels App Mar 91”

    SHSBC 6504C27 422 “AWARENESS LEVELS A lecture given on
    27 April 1965”

    This whole lecture is about the awareness levels.

    Awareness is certainty of observation. There are drills on the OT Doc course to show you how awareness can be increased, and decreased.

  4. The tape Doc mentions, from the BC and on 27 Apr 65 is the one I thought of off hand. I think if you search in the tapes just before and after this one you may find a few more mentions of the Awareness Levels.

    (Also, Doc mentions the Know to Mystery scale materials. There is a wonderful tape on this scale from the 9th ACC, 7 Jan 55, Elementary Material: Know to Mystery Scale that covers the “cyclic” aspect of this scale described in the tape and similar to the material on the DEI scale as described in the PDC tapes.)

  5. But then, to keep it simple, these awareness levels can apply to anything, if one decides to.

    21: Source, existence, conditions.

    I need some new shirts. I look over my finances, I decide the condition is correct and new shirts are indeed needed. I am of sound mind and have real finance and am legally empowered to head out buying stuff from stores.

    1: Recognition, communication, perception

    I head down the street. Looking for shirt shops. I recognize one. Ah! I go in and look around. Talk to the assistant, become more aware of what they stock. Not my style. I leave.

    Back to recognition, communication, perception. Find the next one, talk, look around. This looks better.

    2: Orientation, understandings, enlightenment

    I compare what they have to what I need. I look at prices, I hunt through the stock. I get to know more about their brands and ranges and styles. Ah! I found one I like.

    3: energy, adjustment, body

    I find the price. I am happy with it. I ask for a fresh packed version and pay, get my change and am the owner of the asset.

    4: prediction, activity, production

    The staff go to the back, look for my sealed shirt in pristine packaging, bring it to me, place it in a nice bag and I start leaving. They update their computer records, adjust their stock levels.

    5: Validity, enhancement, correction

    This is quick. I’ve got the right shirt, no enhancements necessary and I have their details and a neat brochure of all their goods, in case I need to return or if I find something wrong with my new shirt. Maybe the give some spare buttons, in case.

    6: awareness, interest, acceptability

    My partner and his friends say where did you get that from. I promote the store to them, their PR enhances. Their awareness of the store is now in place, possible interest, and in their minds it’s an acceptable place.

    In the meantime, the salesman went through all these awareness levels just with me, from his viewpoint and production cycle.

    He works in a department with one overriding awareness level, enlightenment. The Sales Department.

    The cleaner walked past, recognized some dirt, had a closer look, got better understandings, realized what caused it , started to clean it up, just as I left the store……………

  6. Thank you for the correction, Chris. Source is not at the top of the Bridge; it is around OT III, which makes sense. Total Freedom is at the top of the current Bridge (replacing “Total Cause” on an earlier iteration of the Bridge).

    Also thank you to the others for references. Can any of you provide links to the above?

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