(Originally published by OldAuditor on August 22, 2011)
Brainwashing and outpoints
When we are brainwashed, we calmly accept things that any person off the street would instantly spot as a screaming outpoint, They would not use the highly technical term outpoint, which means illogical or insane, they would probably say, “Are you f**king crazy:?
Many of these outpoints deal with alteration of tech and policy and the church’s efforts to get you to accept these perversions as truth. They quote nonexistent references and usually overwhelm you with their Tone 40 BS until you cave in and go with the flow.
There are other outpoints that are soo pervasive that you stop noticing them after awhile and you dumb yourself down
These outpoints that are soo pervasive that you stop noticing them after awhile and it seems like everything is normal. And no, I am not talking about the perennial lack of toilet paper and paper towels in the restrooms or the smell of unwashed uniforms. I am talking about staff tone levels and auditor tone levels.
I am talking about the low tone level of the delivery team when there is one. We are looking at staff who rarely have enough sleep or food, who suffer continuous invalidation and evaluation from their seniors, and are subject to frequent cross orders and wrong indications.
It is a rare staff member who is able to rise above the suppression and experience unforced cheerfulness. Some do on a momentary basis, but their chronic tone level is somewhere between suppressed resentment and fear.
Most of us went blithely on our way getting auditing or training and never really observed what was going on with staff members. It was an early version of don’t ask and don’t tell even though the misery was plain to see for anyone who wanted to look.
It came to a head for me when I was getting auditing at FLAG, the “Mecca of Tech Perfection”. I was so blown out most of the time that I barely noticed people in lower tone levels. I didn’t avoid them, I really just did not have any attention on low-toned people except when they tried to reg me for things I did not want.
I was so oblivious that I did not realized UNTIL VERY RECENTLY that some of my past auditors were barely holding it together. I did notice that their TRs would go out when I got off some overts and I started to be careful what I said to them so they would not freeze up on me in session.
As time went on, it became clear that the C/Ses were not duplicating me either. I thought at the time that they were just being grumpy, but I did not see that they were so beaten down that they could no longer duplicate the tech and deliver it standardly.
The Problem with Low Toned Auditors
I have spent the last year and a half repairing pcs who have been uniformly mistreated by church auditors and C/Ses, I realize that it is not a plot to destroy preclears, it is the natural result of management abusing staff members, depriving them of a future and driving them down tone. Low toned auditors provide low-toned services.
How can a pc share a life changing win with an auditor who is stuck in hopelessness? How can such an auditor detect when a process is complete? His very attitude will kill any F/N.
I suggest that every pc take a good look at their auditor and do not go in with anyone whose tone level is markedly lower than yours. You will live to regret it.
Your auditor may have been told that as long as his breath could fog a mirror, he could audit.He was probably told a lot of things that did not produce a superior product. You are responsible for the quality of your auditing. Look for an auditor who will bring you up tone.
– David St Lawrence
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