(Originally published by OldAuditor on January 6, 2010)
A high ARC environment is one in which there is a lot of affinity between the group members, many shared realities, and communication is open and unforced. This kind of environment encourages experimentation, especially in terms of developing psychic skills and handling mental image pictures.
When you can freely discuss your abilities with others, there is a natural tendency to compare observations and discover that you can pick up skills by watching others at work.
These informal discussions would hardly qualify as workshops, but the result was that you quickly got to know who could do what and learned how to pick up the skills you were interested in.
One of the best ways I know to acquire OT abilities is to hang around those who have such abilities and are using them freely.
Miami Org was the first org I attended after I left the mission and in the late Seventies it had a number of people with wild OT talents.
We had people who could sell anything because they had the ability to communicate convincingly and could easily persuade people to invest in their ideas or take their recommendations. Some of these people went on to be dynamite FSMs and others became high rolling con men.
We had many individuals develop interesting abilities on the second dynamic. Sex and the creating of sexual relationships is probably one of the most suppressed areas in a person’s existence. A little auditing can blow the stops on a lifetime of must-nots and should-nots and overnight a seriously shy person becomes a femme fatale or super stud.
Others could heal with a touch and could make your entire day with a right indication.
We had others who could talk to plants and make them thrive. It was here that I first learned that suppressive personalities can make healthy plants sicken and die. It made perfect sense when I heard it because uptone people encourage other living things to live and flourish. Suppressive people put out toxic flows wherever they are.
The main point I want to make is that there were people developing new abilities almost every week and this would change their relationship to their environment. If the person did not get trained to apply ethics to their lives, these new abilities often got them into lots of trouble.
It takes ethics training to realize that just because you can get others to give you money or sex for the asking, that still may be a destructive act and will rebound on you with serious consequences.
Some people regained awesome abilities and feeling like supermen, they refused to accept ethics handlings. It felt so right to be able to do the sex or money magic and they felt denying it would cause them to lose their abilities.
The ones that did not get handled blew off the lines and went their merry ways. Sometimes they could carry on for several years but most crashed and burned or got in trouble with the law in a short time.
It was a tribute to the execs and to the ethics terminals of that org that they were able to keep most of these OTs from harming themselves or others.
At one time there were many places in Scientology where this was the rule, not the exception. OTs were flourishing and growing in ability every week. In the Seventies, missions offered the environments with the highest degree of ARC.
Orgs seemed to be more organized and businesslike, but there was still far more ARC in the orgs than in the outside world.
By the early Eighties, orgs were heavily into enforced and inhibited communication and only a few staff members exhibited the kind of ARC that I had seen everywhere in the Seventies. The missions I visited were not particularly uptone either. They seemed to just be scraping by on the efforts of a few cheerful staff members.
The fun had definitely gone out of Scientology and OT abilities were not something that was talked about openly.
When I first landed in the LA area in the early Eighties, my OT Scientology host listened to me discussing abilities one night and reproached me tactfully, “We don’t like to discuss case here.”
It was a rude wakeup call for me. I had arrived in the dismal world of pretend OTs….
However, I did find a band of adventurous new people who would develop and use OT abilities for all sorts of purposes. I will cover them in part 3.
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