See earlier Terra Cognita: Getting Emotional, Intention, Clear Schmear, Do Not Evaluate for the Preclear, The E-Meter, The Is-Ness of Is-Ness, Cause Over Life — Really?, BT’s in the Belfry, Two New Conditions!, The Condition of Liabilitiness, Condition of Doubtfulness The Mind, The Way To Happiness: Really? A Story, Auditing: a PC’s Quest for the Holy Grail, The Knowledge Report, Integrity, The Almighty Stat, The Reg, The Horrors of Wordclearing, Why Scientologists Don’t FSM, Respect, The Survival Rundown – The Latest Scam, Communication in Scientology… Or Not, Am I Still A Thetan?, To Be Or Not To Be, An Evaluation of Scientology, Fear: That Which Drives Scientology and Justification and Rationalization.
We Deliver What We Promise (well…sometimes)
Scientology promises that its technology, if not perfect, is a workable system. LRH went so far as to say that it’s the first workable system in the whole history of mankind—not just on Earth, but throughout the universe. Nothing like it has ever been invented.
EP’s, Abilities Gained, and Overts
Unlike other forms of therapy and study, LRH was so certain of the efficacy of his methods that he stamped all his course and auditing levels with guaranteed end phenomena (EPs) and exact abilities gained. Before a person can finish a service in Scientology they must attest to a very specific EP. (And wish for others to gain the same ability). When a person completes Grade 0, he attests that he’s attained “the ability to communicate with anyone on any subject.” At the end of Grade 1, he declares that he’s attained “the ability to recognize the source of problems and make them vanish.”
Not only does one attest to these abilities, the veracity of his word must be verified on an e-meter by an examiner and by a CS in an ivory tower. To falsely attest is an overt—“a harmful act” and “a transgression against a moral code.” An overt “is an act by the person or individual leading to the injury, reduction or degradation of another, others or their beingness, persons, possessions, associations or dynamics. In can be intentional or unintentional.” LRH. Overts are a very big deal in Scientology. “Clean hands make a happy life.”
Sorry. You Only Thought You Weren’t the Effect of Your Bank
What happens when a course or auditing action is “updated” and people are told they need to redo the action? When they find out they didn’t receive their full battery of processes and thus, didn’t get the promised EP? Crucial commands were left out. Critical technology was lost. HCOB’s were omitted by suppressives back in the seventies. Sorry, you’re not really Clear. You just thought you were.
What happens with that original EP? Is Tom once again at the mercy of engrams on the first Dynamic? Suddenly, he’s no longer able to communicate with anyone on any subject? And can’t make all problems vanish after all?
If this were true, Tom must have attested to some kind of release, gain, or ability that he hadn’t achieved. Which is an overt. Because, remember, overts can be intentional or unintentional. “Sorry, Tom. Even if you didn’t mean to commit an overt, you did. You falsely attested. But don’t worry. We’ll get you a little sec-checking and have you back in the chair holding the cans in no time.”
Not Our Fault
Despite delivering invalidated and voided products, Scientology will never admit to wrongdoing. The old checksheet wasn’t LRH but was compiled by suppressives beyond the church’s control. The mistake was “unintentional.” Scientology is not to blame. Thousands of parishioners haven’t left because the church didn’t deliver what was promised, but because of all their overts.
Never mind that by LRH’s own words, not delivering what was promised is an overt—intentional or unintentional.
LRH subsequently wrote, “When a person has committed an overt act and then withholds it, he or she usually employs the social mechanism of justification.”
We’re the most ethical organization on the planet. We are the only ones capable of saving the world. No one else can. No one else has the tech. We don’t have a lot of time, either. Earth is going to hell in a handbasket and if we don’t do our jobs, all will be lost for another eternity. Staff work for little pay and get scant time off while slaving tirelessly for your salvation. And for every other man, woman, and child on this planet.
We’re up against the wall, fighting suppression on multiple fronts: the government, an increasingly illiterate society, drugs, psychology, and of course, ex-Scientologists who refused to get off their O/Ws and blew. No organization and its staff are more responsible.
These are some of the justifications Scientology employs for their “goofs” when asking that its followers pay for the next version of the same service. That the church didn’t deliver what was promised—by their own admission—is no excuse for an individual not paying to redo a course or auditing action for a second or third time.
LRH wrote more on justification. “…when a man or woman has done an overt act, there usually follows an effort to reduce the goodness or importance of the target of the overt. This works on all dynamics.”
In light of the huge amount of heavy ethics and sec-checking that goes on inside the church today, it would seem that the Scientology public has become the target of the church’s justifications.
I’ve never heard of anyone insisting they not have to pay for a service that had to be redone—though I imagine it’s happened. I can imagine Regraded Being depicting such a scenario.
What goes through a Scientologist’s mind when he learns he really didn’t achieve the action to which he’d attested? That suddenly, they’re no longer Clear? Or that they aren’t at cause over matter, energy, space, and time, anymore? Do they hear voices in the back of their minds reminding them of those very doubts they had at the Examiner?
I am sure, many are relieved to finally learn why they aren’t operating at the level to which they’d attested. Some “not-is” the conundrum, simply hoping that next time around, they’ll achieve what was promised. Many drift away from the church rather than confront having to redo their entire Bridge. Others, feel they’ve been scammed and for the first time, Google “Scientology.” Staunch disciples down another shot of Kool-Aid and pull out their check books.
I’m afraid the policy “we deliver what we promise” has become just another platitude.
Still Not Declared,
Leah will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File tonite — the show starts at 9pm EST, she will be on around 6:35