(Originally published by old Auditor on Decenber 5, 2009)
There was a time, almost unimaginable now, when someone would have a certain cognition during auditing and would ask for a DofP Interview and would subsequently attest to having gone Clear.
There would be a lot of congratulations, a Clear Cert would be presented at the Friday night graduation and the new Clear would start looking at his next auditing or training cycle.
Sometimes the PC would have a cognition out of session or while studying and would request a DofP interview and attest to Clear.
In the rare event that someone falsely attested in order to gain “status” or because of misunderstoods, the error would be picked up in later auditing and the person would get an appropriate repair.
In the mid 1970s when it became apparent that PCs were going clear on Dianetics, this was about as complicated as it got. Thousands of PCs attested and went happily up the Grade Chart to OT.
Then in the late 1970s it somehow became more important to stop people from attesting falsely than to properly acknowledged an ability gained. The Clear Certainty RunDown (CCRD) appeared and attesting to Clear was no longer enough. Some of you had to argue with people who were determined to invalidate your knowingness.
First there was a DCSI (Dianetic Clear Special Intensive) which was supposed to remove any UNCERTAINTY about attaining the state of Clear. This was replaced by the CCRD which was mandatory in order for you to be ADJUDICATED Clear.
This meant that you had to complete this CCRD Rundown successfully before you could be certain you were Clear enough to attest. Your personal certainty was no longer enough. You had to have the stamp of approval from someone in a Class IV org or above.
It doen’t make much sense that your certainty has to be approved. That’s as bad as questioning a PC origination.
Perhaps someone figured that putting stops on the line made the State of Clear more valuable and could justify charging more to attain the state.
Or possibly staff who were not getting case gain because they were perpetually unsessionable felt that some proper checks and balances should be put in on the attest line so public could not simply attest to gaining a higher state. It has been reported elsewhere that staff who are not getting gains will act to deny gains for those who are winning.
What ever the reason, the flow of attests dwindled to a trickle and far too many PCs came back from their CCRD cycle having been told they were not Clear. Funny how the orgs never followed up to see how many of these people stopped their progress up the Bridge. From my observation it was true of every “failed” CCRD I followed up. Wrong indications will do that.
I have audited a number of people to Clear. In some cases it was simply a rehab of a state attained in the last lifetime. In any event it is hard to miss FN/TA sessions where the PC comes out with the realization of his own causation .
By the 80s, I saw more CCRD “failures” than successes when sending PCs to LA area orgs. These were PCs who easily ran track incidents including overts and had frequent FN/TA sessions. The clear cogs were clearly marked in the PC folders but CCRD success was evidently based on passing a more difficult test.
I noticed also that many of the CCRD “failures” were PCs with past life exposure to Scientology.
Whatever the cause, it became apparent that attesting to Clear had become a difficult and not very rewarding experience for too many people. Those that got through the CCRD “wall of inval” were often still angry at the invalidation of their knowingness years later.
Tales of roteness on part of CCRD auditors lend credence to the idea that the true significance of the State of Clear has been lost and arbitraries have been substituted.
I feel that the independent scientologists in the field should look at all of the failed CCRD cycles as a golden opportunity to rehabilitate people who once had a reality on the Bridge only to see it denied.
I see the CCRD as a solution to a problem that didn’t exist. It is a tool used by Church Management to make a readily available state scarce.
It has no place in the field of Independent Scientology.