It’s Saturday, so our old friend Terra Cognita has something for us.
I will likely not be doing a post tomorrow — attending the TV Critics Awards tonight. The Aftermath is nominated for an award. Fingers crossed.
Scientology End Phenomena
At the end of a process in Scientology, it isn’t enough for a PC (Pre-Clear; basically anyone receiving auditing) to say “Thanks, I feel a little better,” and walk away. Likewise, “I feel like I’m done,” or “You know…I think I’ve gone as far I can go with this,” doesn’t signal the end of a session. “I’m already in PT (present time),” or “Nah, I really don’t believe in past lives,” will not be accepted as an “end phenomenon”—EP for short—in the Church of Scientology.
Unlike other therapies, L. Ron Hubbard thought it necessary to append specific EPs to every auditing process, rundown, course, or level of his Bridge to Total Freedom. Rarely, have other practices in the field of mental health made such conceits. Nor guaranteed unqualified cures or promised patients they wouldn’t relapse. LRH never had such reservations.
Why couldn’t he have left well enough alone? Why did he feel he had to make such fantastic claims? Why did he have to append specific EPs to the end of everything? Did he really believe his processes produced these phenomenal “gains” on everyone, uniformly, without exception? Was the man so sure of his genius that he couldn’t conceive his processes wouldn’t work unvaryingly, one hundred percent of the time? Or did he devise these EPs as simply another carrot to lure people up the Bridge?
Ya Just Gotta Have Faith
If people are to believe in LRH’s EPs, they must presuppose:
L. Ron Hubbard was a genius and everything he wrote is the truth. And workable.
The Bridge is real and achievable.
The e-meter actually works as he said it did.
There is a reactive mind as described in Dianetics.
Man is a spiritual being who has lived for quadrillions of years—millions of them on planet Earth.
Every last second and detail of these years have been recorded unerringly in people’s minds—all of which can be recalled.
Millions of years ago, people were flown here in DC8-looking space ships, dropped in volcanoes, implanted with memory-blocking commands, and covered in spiritual beings who apparently couldn’t scrounge-up human bodies of their own.
The only reason one wouldn’t achieve an EP is due to all his overts and withholds.
All EPs are predicated that the above is true. (I’m sure I missed a few.)
You Can Really Do That Now?
Many—if not all—Scientologists attest to EPs that they haven’t achieved. The Grade 0, EP is a classic example. Few who’ve completed this level have “the ability to communicate freely with anyone on any subject.” The overwhelming majority would rather jump off a high bridge than have to talk with any of the people who comment on this site.
Many Scientologists perform mental gymnastics in order to rationalize they’ve actually achieved a particular EP. For instance, the EP of Method One Word Clearing is the complete recovery of one’s education. Considering we’ve lived for quadrillions of years (according to LRH), think of the incredible devices, contraptions, and gadgets we must have been exposed to—or invented. Like warp-drive engines!
As someone who “completed” Method One, I can’t remember half of what I learned in this lifetime’s high school chemistry. But did I attest to this process? You bet!
There may not be a Grade Chart EP that has ever been permanently achieved. To a point where a PC hasn’t backslid or lost his ability at some point. Often, EPs disappear after only a few days of living in the real world.
The EP of Grade 4 is, “Moving out of fixed conditions into ability to do new things.” All the Scientologists in my town completed this level thirty or forty years ago, and yet, their local org has been insolvent and “fixed” in failure for over three decades.
Remedial Scientology 101 or If an EP isn’t Achievable…We’ll Just Change It
Over the years, EPs have changed. Or been dumbed-down. The 1970’s Grade Chart not only included the “abilities gained” for each of three flows, it listed “inabilities lost.”
(Flow 1 is “something happening to self;” flow 2 is “doing something to another;” and flow 3 is “others doing things to others.” Typically in auditing, all these flows are addressed for every question or incident taken up.)
Per the current Grade Chart, the EP for Grade 1 is simply, “Ability to recognize the source of problems and make them vanish.”
In 1970 these were the EPs:
Abilities gained: F1: Ability to recognize the source of problems and make them vanish.
F2: Feels free about any problems others have with him and can recognize source of them.
F3: Free about others’ problems with or about others and can recognize source of them.
Inabilities lost: F1: Has no problems
F2: No longer worried about the problems he has been to others.
F3: Loss of inability to have others having problems with others.
“No problems?” Apparently, David Miscavige hasn’t completed his Grade 1. Nor has anyone else in the organization. Or…they thought they had and… Obviously, the EP had to be changed.
The current EP for Grade 0 is, “Ability to communicate freely with anyone on any subject.” Here’s how it looked in 1970:
Abilities gained: F1: Ability to communicate freely with anyone on any subject.
F2: Willing for others to communicate to him freely on any subject.
F3: Will permit others to communicate about anything to others.
Inabilities lost: F1: Freedom from, or no longer bothered by communication difficulties. No longer withdrawn and reticent.
F2: Lost any resistance to others communicating to him on unpleasant and unwanted subjects.
F3: Loss of reaction to others communicating to others.
Oops. I guess DM flubbed Grade 0, as well. As for other Scientologists, I’ve yet to meet one who’d ever demonstrated he’d fully achieved this EP. If there’s one thing Scientologist’s are hung up on, it’s communicating freely—much less on “unpleasant and unwanted subjects.”
FN, Cog, VGI’s: The Holy Trinity
Most all auditing sessions in Scientology must end with an FN, cog, and VGIs. FN is short for Floating Needle: an e-meter phenomenon said to indicate everything is good. Cog is short for cognition: a realization, an awareness, an insight, an “Ah-Ha” moment. VGIs is short for Very Good Indicators: PC smiling, happy, positive, having wins, in a good humor.
Major auditing completions require specific attestations, as well. Course completions entail similar testimonies.
At the least, EPs are another layer of control in Scientology. Unless a PC achieves the specific EP for the level he’s on, he did something wrong. And must be corrected at his expense at a qualified Scientology organization. Because the Case Supervisor knows exactly what’s wrong. At every step of the way, he’s controlled and molded, and pushed and shoved, until he “cogs.” Until he finally rationalizes he’s achieved his EP.
As an added step to this whole process, LRH created an Examiner where Scientologists are required to prove they actually attained what they said they did.
After every course completion they must answer in the affirmative to the question, “Would you want someone to achieve the knowledge you now have?” After every auditing level completion, the question is, “Would you want someone else to have similar gains to yours?” (I’ve never heard of anyone ever answering “no” to these questions.)
And of course, their needle must float while holding the cans. If it doesn’t, they’re “Red Tagged,” indicating something is wrong and must be corrected within twenty-four hours. Nine times out of ten, “something wrong,” means the PC is withholding something. It’s never the auditor’s fault. It’s never the tech. Inevitably, the PC didn’t tell all.
But Wait! There’s More!
All students and PCs must write “success stories” before they’re allowed to finish. They must gush over how great everything was. If they don’t, something was “missed.” They did something wrong. They falsely attested. Because as every red blooded Scientologist has been taught, the tech works one hundred percent of the time with perfect accuracy.
Often times, students and PCs feel ambivalent about writing success stories but know if they don’t, they’ll never make it home that evening. In the end, they thank Ron and David and their auditor and say they feel better. The stress—and cost—of being routed to Qual and/or Ethics is not worth the time and energy of fighting the system.
LRH promised the world. Rarely did he deliver.
Still not Declared,