By Tony DePhillips
Someone called me “emotional” today and it got me thinking.
Is there anything really wrong with being emotional?
I thought about it for awhile and then thought nothing is really wrong with it so long as your actions aren’t irrational.
In fact being emotional is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. It shows that there is life residing there.
Then I thought, is it really even possible to be “emotionless”? I don’t think so. I think everyone has some emotion that they are in.
This sort of TR0 thing that some Scientologists get into is still an emotion, but one which I have trouble determining. To me it’s close to a “no sympathy”.
And what is this “blinkless” TR0 thing about? Why is that good?
I think getting into this TR0 state and operating from there is detrimental if it has no affinity contained in it.
I think that using affinity is very important to communication and in Scientology it was surgically removed at some point. It became that affinity was weakness. Actually affinity shows strength and those that can’t use affinity are the truly weak people.
I think that the TR’s could be used to train in compassionate confront and have been used this way in the past.
At a certain point I feel the TR’s were being used as a method of training people into a no sympathy beingness.
I think TR0 (actually all of the TR’s) would be better if it was coached with an eye towards increasing the affinity one addresses another with.
I think TR2, where you drill acknowledging a person, could be improved in another way. I think one major reason that auditing helps people is because of the auditor listening and caring with affinity and then duplicating what was said and then acknowledging it properly. I think that TR2 would be much better if the emphasis was improving the ability to LISTEN to the other person. I mean REALLY LISTEN while caring and then acknowledging from there. I would suggest having a person make up a story that took them about five to ten minutes to explain and drill having the auditor listen and not acknowledge until the person was totally done talking about it.
This done with high affinity and patience would create great results.
I think this would be very beneficial to people in life as many people are intolerant and don’t have the ability to really listen and be patient and HEAR what the other person is trying to say.
Which got me onto another train of thought….the Tone Scale.
I can see some definite workability with the tone scale of Thetan plus body range. This range goes from enthusiasm at the top to body death at the bottom. I find a lot of the attributes that LRH gives for these tone levels very helpful. Not perfect, but helpful.
The tone scale of Thetan without a body range is less real to me.
My reason for writing this is to point out some of the things that I found helpful to me that I got from the Scientology philosophy.
LRH said in his Logics : “ A datum is as valuable as it has been evaluated.” This is real to me and I find it interesting to evaluate some of these ideas without fear of censor or punishment. I was unable to discuss/evaluate some of these things while involved with corporate Scientology because the minute I would want to discuss something I would be checked for misunderstood words or false data. For me having to review and look for misunderstood words was a kind of punishment. There also were ethics punishments for “verbal data” and not using references to back up one’s ideas. I found this very restricting and diminished my own self determinism and ability to think with what I was learning.
As an example, LRH describes homosexuality as being at 1.1 or covert hostility on the tone scale. This used to be real to me. However, looking further into it and thinking about it since leaving the suppressive environment of corporate Scientology, I have found that homosexuals almost had to be “covert” about themselves back in the day when a person could be destroyed if found out he was a homosexual. So now I don’t see homosexuals as inherently covert and hostile.
This is just an example of how being free to evaluate and disagree with things or agree with things that LRH wrote about is therapeutic.
Have a nice day.