By Joe van Staden
Saying that there are “truths” beyond the “truths” of scientology, as I have done on more than one occasion, is what I truly believe – the bridge is not set in concrete and answers to the mysteries of the universe and existence are not all to be found in the works of LRH. As far as the official organization – the C of S – is concerned, in terms of thetan, mind, body product; the thetan has left, the mind is dysfunctional, the body is diseased and currently the product is; what? By thetan in this context I don’t only refer to LRH, I mean the soul – the spirit with which the organization was originally endowed by LRH and Scientologists is no longer there.
To interpret my comment as an attempt to malign Scientology and LRH would be wrong and not even close to what I am getting at. The point I wish to make – and yes it is only my opinion – is that in some respects “the game” has entered a new phase. It should be self-evident that much has changed in the world of Scientology (particularly in the last 15 years or so) and will continue to change. If I may dare make a prediction as to where the official Church is headed, this is a possible scenario. As the cash flow from its elite “donors” begin to dry up the C of S will be forced to transform into more of a populist movement – catering more and more to the “masses” instead of a moneyed elite. This will become increasingly evident in a growing reliance on programs like “Way to Happiness” and similar socially driven initiatives to sustain survival. Gradually the traditional idea of taking people “up the bridge to total freedom” will become unsustainable and eventually abandoned.
Ironically the latter might have some positives in it for the C of S, particularly when the general state of human affairs is taken into consideration. Quite frankly, the C of S seems to be well “positioned” in a world which will only become more desperate. The C of S may find ways of appealing to the growing numbers of people disillusioned by governments and society in general around the planet – ways which are likely to be far removed from what is considered to be traditional Scientology.
Nonetheless, apart from my speculation about these things I recognize one important constant in all this uncertainty, at least for the foreseeable future. It comes in the shape of that most amazing “individual” bequeathed to humanity by LRH – the auditor. The basic skills with which a well trained auditor is endowed is beyond compare in any comparable activity. There just isn’t anything like an auditor; not in the fields of personal coaching, psychology, psychiatry or any other form of inter-personal intervention.
As far as I am concerned auditors are the real OT’s. They are the ones who can truly change conditions. On average I bet well trained auditors have contributed far more – hugely more – to all that is, or was, positive about Scientology than, for instance, OT 8’s who have never faced a pc other than themselves.
Here is the thing, a well trained auditor – really good com cycle, TR’s really in, conducting him or herself in the spirit of the auditors code, can bring about changes for the better regardless of the procedure.
Since I am not familiar with auditors of today I can’t really comment on the quality of their training. Nonetheless, my respect and admiration for auditors go way back. I have certainly trained a substantial number of them, from the lower levels up to class 12. Not always easy. At times aggressive overt or devious covert means had to be employed to get auditors trained. Why am I not concerned about evoking skepticism from many readers re the latter statement? Because I know many who read this will, in some way or another, have come across the inexplicable tendency to put obstacles in the way of simply getting down to the business of training plenty of auditors.
At one stage, soon after the establishment of the AO in Denmark, one of my priorities was to train an abundance of auditors. Even though I needed people for my team to open up Europe, if the one’s I recruited were eligible for auditor training that’s where they were routed before taking on any other duties. For instance, the day Owen Starkey arrived from SA after I phoned him and told him to come over and have some fun with me opening up Europe, he had hardly unpacked and I stuck him on the class 8 course. And this I did with anyone who, within my sphere of influence, qualified for the SHSBC or the class 8 course – they got put onto their next level of training.
Now the same wasn’t happening at AOLA or even St Hill at that time. So when we at AODK realized this we knew we had better hide the fact that we were turning out class 8’s by the “bucket” load. For awhile we managed to get away with it but inevitably our “hidden treasure” was discovered and we were ordered to transfer several class 8’s to LA.
And my point is?
I am for auditors. It may not make a great deal of sense right now, but with regard to the bigger picture – socio-political and economic developments worldwide – I would say it won’t be a bad Idea for the independent field to invest in auditors – auditors trained outside the politics of an organization and politically manipulated tech.