By Mark Shreffler
I am engulfed by responses from my recent post on this blog titled “War and Revolution.” I intended my simple offering would provide for many a stable datum that would allow them to move through whatever difficulties they are having and then re-engage with their lives.
My suggestion that we continue with our enhancement includes not just auditing and training to resolve Case, but the ethics and admin tech as well. Without these one cannot correctly evaluate what has happened and thus remove its harmful effect.
No one argues the fact that our group suffered an engram, and no one (in our group) disagrees with the fact that this needs to be resolved. Resolving this trauma is what LRH addresses in Notes on the Lectures when he says the following:
“The clearing of such a moment of turbulence is done simply by exposing all facets of it to the general view of all the individuals who compose the group. Time itself suppresses the turbulent area—that is, lack of time in which events can be explained and discussed. There is actual pain to the group here, since the ideals and ethics of the group have been infiltrated by MEST. Should such moments of emergency remain unexplained, they are not analytically understood by other members of the group and so, as engrams, distort the ideals and ethics and rationale of the group.”
“This effort at processing will be utterly defeated should the auditor to the group pay any attention whatsoever to the consideration the public or other groups may have for the group, to the reputation of any individual involved in the moment of emergency, or to any idea that members of the group itself may grossly be upset by the discovery of certain facts about its members.
“The characteristic point of this turmoil or turbulence, the engram of the group, is that it contains suppressed or out-of-sight information. If at any moment the auditor to the group suppresses information or colors it in any way, some of that engram is going to remain, and actually a situation is entered here where the engram is left in a state of restimulation where it can do more damage than it could have had it never been run.
“The auditor to the group must be composed of persons fully schooled in the ideals, rationale and ethic of the group, and whose integrities are not questioned by the group. The whole key-note of the group auditor is honesty and truth—uncolored, unvarnished and unsuppressed data.
“In this way a good auditing job can be done. The auditor of the group is discovering what has been done to the group and is running it. There is no need of going over and over one of these engrams beyond exposing the information thoroughly and competently to the view of all, and permitting all members of the group to discuss that information as they wish. The group itself may then decide upon certain actions, but so long as the group itself is doing the deciding and not an individual or a few.
“Action taken by one individual or a few individuals of the group of a punitive character without the understanding or direction and consent of the other members of the group will create a lock or an engram.
“The toughness and resilience of the ideals, ethic and rationale of a group—that is to say, the group itself—is enormous and should not be underestimated in any degree. Any group can embark on the most arduous enterprises which would seem to be fraught with all possibilities of creating moments of pain; but so long as it is understood that whenever an emergency status occurs and a selected member of the group issues arbitrary orders to take care of compressed time emergency situations, and it is understood that this issuance of orders must be scouted down in an effort to find and run the engram, the group can then under no circumstances suffer any enduring harm, save only whatever harm may have been done in the actual conflict itself, and this harm would not be to ideals and ethics but to individuals and MEST in the group.”
It is my view that continuing to put attention on current events in the church distracts us from the task of actually blowing the basic engram, and adds locks on to the chain. Of course there has been a chain of engrams as many of us can attest, but the Basic-Basic holding them in place needs be resolved.
I would be very interested, for example, to know what ACTUALLY transpired in the storied meeting with DM and the IRS that resulted in his “War is Over!” declaration back in the 80’s. From a huge stage well-framed in characteristics of fanfare that became his hallmark, he fanned through all the documents that suggested our liberation from IRS intervention. This talk, and the parade of adoring attorneys collecting their accolades and praising “their leader,” established DM as “The Savior of Scientology.”
In truth, that “victory” marked the time when all church MAAs became IRS enforcers to ensure everyone was paying their individual taxes “to keep our religious status” as a church. You would be sec-checked if you didn’t file.
In fact, the war WAS over, but the hidden information in that incident was that the church lost that war and DM sided with the enemy, long entrenched. All manner of PR was then utilized to cover this fact. People supporting DM both inside and outside of the church turned their attention to maintaining the illusion of victory to an innocent and enthusiastic congregation. This continues to this day.
Was this “War is Over” event the Basic engram on this chain? I believe for our congregation it was a significant moment, but I would suggest that the earlier event announcing LRH’s departure was both emotionally traumatic and puzzling as it left us wondering, “What now?” The arbitraries laid in at that time were certainly impactful, and I’m sure there is more to know about that event and what led to it.
LRH told us for years about those who were intent on taking over the church: The IRS and the CIA to name two. Of course these agencies answer to their own masters, who LRH also mentioned, but in my gut they were the actual “renovators” of this house. My opinion. Do any of you have evidence of this?
DM did not pull this off without a lot of help. The tech and policy arbitraries count in the thousands from the bottom of the bridge to the top. All the basics were altered. How could this massive amount of work be done by a failed case with no tech or admin training to speak of and therefore no senior grasp on exactly which fundamentals would destroy the effectiveness of our technologies? Outpoints abound.
As a working hypothesis, I would suggest an analogy:
One builds a house and then puts on it’s roof a “lightening rod” to attract the anger of storms and funnel it to the ground – allowing the house to remain. DM was allowed by these “renovators” to rise as the “front man” to attract the ire of the storm. He was well suited to the task as he is quite charismatic, blinded by his own avarice and a sociopath. Because he is not himself trained in Scientology he is the perfect “Lee Harvey Oswald” of the renovation, with the obvious difference that Oswald did not shoot Kennedy, where DM pulled the trigger on many for years – and yet remains free to operate.
It’s an old story. Who believes that the President of the United States is chosen “by the people” and does not answer to higher authorities? Even the Pope (the Catholic version) is on somebody’s leash.
One can argue that if DM was hit by a bus the church would return to it’s “default settings.” I believe LRH’s observations were realized: the church is now owned by people who remain out of view and whose intentions are in opposition with our own.
I also believe that it serves these “renovators” very well to hold out-of-view their hand in this takeover as it maintains the grip of this unresolved engram, and keeps our group in a state of electrification. The ONLY objective they have is to see to it that the real OT levels are not delivered. Yes, they KNOW Scientology works and that these levels and the other training in Scientology technologies would prove their undoing. As long as everyone remains stirred up, they are winning. Their creed is “Don’t let them get the OT Levels. Don’t let them train on Standard Scientology”
What better way to deal with this than to flourish and prosper and to continue with our enhancement while we get to the bottom of this?
It is not about “blaming it on the reactive mind.” It is about applying ALL of our technology – ethics, tech and admin – to the end of resolving the problems we face as we move forward.
People should tell their stories and publish their Doubt announcements. This is an essential action to one’s progress up the conditions. They get back in comm and we are here to listen and to understand, but we do ourselves no service by sharing the understandable out-ruds and “piling on”, adding more to the chain. The auditor’s job is not to sympathize with the pc but to be effective. The third dynamic aspect must be resolved through the application of our technologies. Otherwise, many will leave Scientology, thinking that “it doesn’t work” when, in fact, it has not been correctly applied.
LRH comments in HCO POLICY LETTER OF 17 MARCH 1965 Issue III ADMINISTERING JUSTICE: “In a session you would keep a burglar from bursting in the room and disturbing the preclear. In Scientology you keep offenders out so we can get on with our session with society.”
The church is a sinking ship. As people jump off, show those who reach out to us the entire incident and let them blow the charge and join again the game they intended to play in the first place. Welcome them back to Scientology.
Focus on DM has not and does not blow the engram or quell the storm. There is yet hidden information about this, and I’d be very interested in that discovery – and our conversation about it.
Who can shed more light on what actually happened in the beginning?
Let’s BLOW this engram and get on with our lives!