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Workable Technology vs the Scientology Religion

I have been engaged in several long discussions recently about what was Scientology and what was not, etc. and it finally dawned on me that any attempt to use the term Scientology for a non-church or field activity was actually an attempt to redefine a religion. This is not only difficult, it is socially unacceptable!

I deliver services using a tested technology based on the works of LRH and many others and do not follow the religious precepts of Scientology as expressed in HCO Policies.

Church policy must be followed by church members. Technologies are tools for changing lives.

Scientology is basically a religious activity and involves belief and reverence for a founder. Its dogma, as expressed in Keeping Scientology Working should not be questioned anymore than the Bible or Koran can be questioned.  The Keeping Scientolog Working HCOPL is a religious document and an article of faith. If one is a devout Scientologist, one believes it and does not question it in any way.

I use the workable technology developed by Ron Hubbard and David Mayo and Bill Robertson, and a hundred other professional auditors over the years. This technology saves lives and brings man to heights he has rarely experienced before.

Technology evolves, where religions do not. Technology must be questioned and tested and retested where religious beliefs should be left alone. People have been confusing the corporate body of Scientology with the technology compiled by Ron Hubbard and others. The technology has been up for grabs for many years and the indies are making better use of it than the church ever has.

If we view what we do as a technology, we can discuss better ways to achieve results and repair bad results when we encounter them. If we treat it as a religion, we are committing heresy if we discuss anything.

Workable technology is that part of the entire spectrum of spiritual technology that has been tested by auditors/spiritual practitioners in the field and has been found to produce reliable results.  So much of this has been lost or obscured in recent years that it is hard to find auditors who are even familiar with the original work or are using it daily.

I have updated the Workable Technology Blog to reflect the separation of workable technology from the religious issues that are covered in this blog.

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Aeolus  on September 20th, 2012


aotc  on September 20th, 2012

This distinction could be vital to the velocity of future expansion. It’s the way forward I think

diogenes  on September 20th, 2012

David, Many Independent Scientology field auditors use only pure LRH Standard Tech — the real thing, not the altered-to-worsen version delivered by the Church. These “pure LRH” auditors report getting consistently excellent results. Why do you think that is?

PlainOldThetan  on September 21st, 2012

The simplest answer is something they can’t get out of a book. They trained without the “enforced assistance” of the black-clad RTC inspectors who make sure that an auditor’s TRs aren’t live, and interested, and natural.

The expanded answer is that the GAT was implemented and set in stone in such a way that an auditor isn’t trained to be in communication with the pc…especially if the pc does something unexpected.

GAT auditors are taught that the technique is what audits the pc, instead of being taught that the auditor audits the pc. Or they are taught that the meter audits the pc.

GAT auditors have hammered into them that they are not responsible for any good results on the pc. They learn only that the GAT, the contents of the drills, the mystical assistance of the e-meter simulator, and the glorious irresponsibility of a non-auditor (David Miscavige) are responsible for results on the pc.

The GAT auditor is taught that he is just an automaton…a stimulus-response mechanism…whose job it is to give the next auditing command, and when continued long enough, eventually misinterpret an F/N.

The pc is already going through life dealing with a stimulus-response mechanism…the reactive mind…and when another stimulus-response mechanism sits down in front of them, it’s not “auditor+pc > bank”, it’s “automaton+bank > pc”. And you don’t get results from that.

Marianne  on September 28th, 2012

I’ve just been reading your companion website, Workable Technology — I’m about halfway through reading all the articles. They are pleasure to read! Thank you for that!

Phil Bruemmer  on October 8th, 2012

POT: Your reply to diogenes is a very well formulated statement of what I found in dealing with auditors trained at Flag on the Golden Age of out-Tech.
Seeing these auditors “auditing”, and encountering what I encountered in trying to correct their out-basics, is right where my eyes began to open wide.

D'Anne  on October 9th, 2012

Thanks for the distinction! Of course… this makes sense. Of course the technology evolves with use. Worship and prayer are a whole other experience.

I spent time with an Enlightened Master and received the Shakti. It was literal bliss just flowing from a vortex of Silence. And it happened over and over again. I never felt that divine at-one-ment at the CoS. I did feel it a couple of times at the end of an auditing session with a field auditor… something opened inside and what might be called the Holy Spirit came flooding through. Peace. Laughing, weeping peace.

My experience is that the tech is really good for cleaning things up on the physical level, putting things in order and releasing old patterns. Taking the charge off case. However, I always wondered where the mystical and spiritual part of all this was. And that’s because it’s a technology and not a Church. It’s self-help and not religion or worship.

Prayer and meditation are like stepping into the mystery of a flower and becoming drunk on the scent. Like making love. Way beyond the thinking process.

Both are valuable. Both are different.

Thanks, David.

D'Anne  on October 10th, 2012

Question: I have heard several people question how DM could do all this damage all by his little ol’ self. That there are other people behind the scenes who have taken over the CoS for financial gain and that DM is just the mad puppet out front. Does anyone know anything about that?

PlainOldThetan  on October 10th, 2012

D’Anne: I’ll offer my opinion, keeping in mind I don’t know all there is to know.

An organization like Scientology Inc is not a democracy, or even a republic.

Simply put, it is a top-down organization where the power at the top is wielded by only a few.

It is the traditional Roman Legion model, without a civilian political branch to keep it in check.

In the U.S. government, the military power ends up with the commander-in-chief, who is an elected official with a limited term, and there are the legislative and judicial branches to monitor and “pull the reins in” on the military arm.

Scientology Inc is not organized this way. It depends on the power at the top being wielded by only a few who are presumed to be sane.

So one of the gaps in the Scientology Inc organization is “presumption of sanity”. And it can go wrong when that presumption turns out to have been a mistake.

When the “juniors” in that kind of structure observe outnesses (atrocities) being committed on others, the conclusion they arrive at is that “that could happen to me if I don’t go along”. So they go along. Or they get atrocitized.

The lucky ones escape or get routed out.

The people who escape or get routed out have no mechanism in the church to go to for recourse. They have nowhere to go which can correct the system.

Like the U.S. military, if the ostracized member can go nowhere for justice, or he uses standard channels for justice and gets none, the only recourse is the media.

And the media can make enough of the story available to get the corrections started.

You’re correct: Miscavige didn’t do it alone.

It was done also by cowed associates who executed bad orders or corrupt plans when they had nowhere else to go.

If you’re familiar with the history of Nazi Germany, you know Hitler didn’t do it alone.

Hitler did it with the agreement…sometimes enthusiastic participation…of corrupt immoral associates who were trying to get their own piece of the power for their own purposes.

In Nazi Germany was something called Blutkitt (Blood Cement), Hitler’s concept of bonding through shared atrocities and horrible experiences.

In order to create Blutkitt, it is necessary to have atrocities and horrible experiences. Blutkitt works when people saw it was possible for the atrocities and horrible experiences to happen to people other than themselves.

It’s the same thing that made the Inquisition possible. Or Pol Pot’s killing fields.

Many people subscribe to the theory that the mechanisms of the Milgram Experiment were in play in Miscavige’s rise to ultimate power. The Milgram Experiment’s results depend on what apparently is some people’s tendency to obey any authority without resorting to commonly held values or common sense.

I think it’s not just the Blutkitt or the Milgram experiment, but it’s the human tendency to assume an attitude of irresponsibility when there’s some other authority in charge, even if not visible.

I had a lengthy discussion recently with someone who complained to me that while he was hiking on a nature trail where a group of young thugs who were openly smoking dope harassed him and took his water bottle. I asked him if he reported it to the cops. And he gave me an endless array of excuses (“The cops couldn’t get there in time”, “They really weren’t doing anything all that bad”, “I didn’t know exactly where I was so I couldn’t tell the cops”, “Who were they really hurting?”) instead of just answering “no”.

In the same way, the Sea Org members who took part in unethical actions, including not escaping or not calling the cops or not going to the FBI, were offloading the burden of responsibility to others without informing those others.

The old adage “silence gives consent” really applies here.

And if you’re in a top-down authoritarian organization another unfortunate human characteristic called laziness (call it apathy) takes hold, too.

As a soldier, you take orders that are questionable, and gripe continuously while executing them. There’s a famous scene in “Saving Private Ryan”:


Private Jackson: Sir… I have an opinion on this matter.

Captain Miller: Well, by all means, share it with the squad.

Private Jackson: Well, from my way of thinking, sir, this entire mission is a serious misallocation of valuable military resources.

Captain Miller: Yeah. Go on.

Private Jackson: Well, it seems to me, sir, that God gave me a special gift, made me a fine instrument of warfare.

Captain Miller: Reiben, pay attention. Now, this is the way to gripe. Continue, Jackson.

Private Jackson: Well, what I mean by that, sir, is… if you was to put me and this here sniper rifle anywhere up to and including one mile of Adolf Hitler with a clear line of sight, sir… pack your bags, fellas, war’s over. Amen.

Private Reiben: Oh, that’s brilliant, bumpkin. Hey, so, Captain, what about you? I mean, you don’t gripe at all?

Captain Miller: I don’t gripe to *you*, Reiben. I’m a captain. There’s a chain of command. Gripes go up, not down. Always up. You gripe to me, I gripe to my superior officer, so on, so on, and so on. I don’t gripe to you. I don’t gripe in front of you. You should know that as a Ranger.

Private Reiben: I’m sorry, sir, but uh… let’s say you weren’t a captain, or maybe I was a major. What would you say then?

Captain Miller: Well, in that case… I’d say, “This is an excellent mission, sir, with an extremely valuable objective, sir, worthy of my best efforts, sir. Moreover… I feel heartfelt sorrow for the mother of Private James Ryan and am willing to lay down my life and the lives of my men – especially you, Reiben – to ease her suffering.”

Mellish: [chuckles] He’s good.


Disobeying the questioned order wasn’t considered, was it?

That same “laziness” occurs when you get an order like “get that boat out of the water now!” Since it’s an order, it doesn’t merit evaluation. And if you question the order, especially in a Miscavige culture, odds are you’ll get declared or throttled or “holed”. You just get that boat out of the water now!

There’s also another aspect to “laziness”, which sounds something like this: “well, this is an order from my senior who has more information and a bigger view of the scene than me, and with regard to that big picture he wouldn’t be telling me to do anything wrong, so I’ll just do what’s been ordered…I can’t go wrong with that.” It’s another Milgram Experiment mechanism.

There’s yet another factor that exists that’s present in huge volumes at the Int Base and other high-echelon Sea Org management locations. It’s commonly called the Stanford Prison Experiment (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment) where a psychologist took a group of college-student volunteers and split them in two groups; one would act as prison guards and the other would play the part of prisoners. The experiment had to be stopped after six days when the “guard group” got so authoritarian and vicious that students’ lives were in danger. Sound familiar?

I suggest you get Marty’s books What Is Wrong With Scientology?: Healing through Understanding and especially
The Scientology Reformation: What Every Scientologist Should Know. You can read chapter 8 of the Scientology Reformation book at this address: http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/the-scientology-inc-gates-of-hell/.
You’ll see most of the mechanisms I’m talking about reflected even in that short excerpt.

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