(Originally published by OldAuditor on January 26, 2010. Comments to the original post are included)
My use of Scientology Word Clearing provided me with incredible wins and yet it also revealed significant flaws in the technology and policies written by Ron Hubbard.
First of all, word clearing works wonders when properly done. I experienced extended periods of super-literacy after properly clearing my way through new material. The words would spring off the page and become concepts I could use immediately.
Furthermore, I gained a severe reality on past lives while clearing words.
Some of my misunderstood words, especially important military terms involving battle tactics, would drop me into heavily charged incidents and I could only extricate myself by demoing the incident and what I had misunderstood using larger and larger demo pieces.
Sometimes the charge was so great that I would be fighting to keep my eyes open while I reached for another demo piece. It became very real to me that misunderstood words had cost me my life in battle and it happened over and over again as I got stupider each lifetime.
It was not that so many words were misunderstood, it was because the words involved key concepts that were essential for survival in a battle. Although this was not one of the words, it was like having a crashing misunderstood on “ambush”. Duh!
After every round of word clearing, I found that my reading speed and comprehension increased markedly. In this state I would fly through the material and would catch the slightest drag on my attention. Looking up words in this state was a breeze as long as I evaluated the importance of what I was clearing up.
This last is probably the secret to effortless word clearing. One has to decide what is important about a definition and be ruthless about ignoring definitions that do not apply.
If one robotically defines every definition of every word and all the definitions of common articles, one will end up spending valuable time and not become proficient in what one is supposed to study. This is where the student who learns to be self determined will learn that policy is not necessarily correct and that a robotic supervisor is no substitute for a thetan as a word clearer.
Hell is having a word clearer who does not know the material and has a limited vocabulary. For example an early version of the Way to Happiness material used the word “sew” instead of “sow” in the sentence, “to sow discord”. Try to word clear your way out of that with a sup who keeps saying, “find your word”.
This kind of Course Supervisor could not grasp the idea that LRH might have made a mistake or that the transcription of dictated material might have inserted a homonym instead of the correct word. There were not many errors in the materials I studied but it was a struggle to get past missing words or scrambled sentences until I learned to clear the material without involving the sup or word clearers.
I also learned early on not to go down the rat hole of trying to correct errors in the material. Once I figured out that the game was “Ron is infallible and is not to be questioned”, I decided to figure out where the errors came from on my own and let the church believe what it wished.
I could see from the very beginning that word clearing worked and it increased my ability to grasp material by ten-fold.
I also could see that robotic word clearing procedures were an invalidation of my knowingness and I learned to avoid them completely.
Some of the biggest upsets I saw in matters of study were caused by rote word clearing. I think that contributed to more blows by public than anything else I encountered. Ethics handlings are no substitute for enlightened word clearing and access to true data.
I wonder if true data and enlightened word clearing even exist in the Church of Scientology today. Any reform should begin at this level to be effective.
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OldAuditor on January 31st, 2010 Edit comment
You were like the Course Sups I admired and it seemed that there were more of them in the mid-Seventies than later. However, I had a Course Sup on my OT levels who did a wonderful job helping me to get a full understanding of the material.
Every one of the good Sups operated from a viewpoint that increased my knowingness and certainty. Most had a box of “special and hard to find definitions”