(Originally published on November 25th, 2009)
We had 30 people doing the Comm Course in one little room at the Mission where I started on the Bridge. The Course Supervisor watched the drills like a hawk and made sure that they were being done standardly. There was no pattycake drilling in her course room and the wins were fantastic.
My first win on the Comm Course was realizing that I had never really “been there” in front of another person before. I was so used to confronting with my clothes or with conversational gimmicks that my space started to open up on the very first drills.
TRO bullbait was a mind-blowing experience. I could not believe how much I linecharged during this drill. Our Course Sup monitored bullbaiting very closely to make sure that all buttons were being being done to a win and were flattened properly.
It was on this course that I got a first hand look at how an SP bullbaits: destructively and leaving buttons unflat. He was removed from the course room, his money was returned and he was escorted out of the building, all in a fifteen minute period. The entire Mission brightened up when he left the building.
To give you an idea of the value of this Comm Course, you did not graduate until you got a final pass from the Course Supervisor. When she passed me on TRO bullbait, I was completely exterior and stayed that way for days.
I had undergone many changes on this course, including a major valence shift so I came in to do my final pass in shabby work clothes and paint-spattered shoes to prove to myself that I no longer had to confront with my clothes. I was beginning to separate my professional beingness from my wardrobe.
My future started to open up at this point.
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