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Religion Library: Scientology

Worship and Devotion in Daily Life

Written by: J. Gordon Melton

During the auditing session, the auditor will give instructions to the member that facilitates the member reviewing his or her time track and locating engrams that have been activated and hence are interfering with present life.By following the prescribed script and by interpreting the E-meter as the session proceeds, the auditor becomes the catalyst that leads the individual to resolve his or her own situation.The auditor then keeps a record of what has occurred so the work may proceed smoothly from session to session. Over time, the auditing will assume a more sophisticated format as more obvious engrams are resolved and one scans the time track for more hidden aberrations.Finally the time track will be cleaned entirely, thus completely erasing the effects of the reactive mind (the source of the engrams).

As one progresses toward the state of Clear, each member is encouraged to learn the basics of auditing and begin to assist those just beginning their work up the Bridge. Auditing others gives members a greater appreciation of the effort that auditors make on behalf of church members and provides members new insights into their own situations.

Having members audit those below them on the Bridge also alleviates the pressure on full-time auditors, who are always in great demand.One can only audit a person who is at or below the level of the auditor.That means that as members go further up the Bridge, fewer individuals are available to audit them.The number drops radically as one begins the OT Levels.The idea of solo auditing is considered logical:a person reaching such an advanced level should be able to do more work alone, and self-auditing takes the pressure off of the ever-decreasing number of auditors with whom the Operating Thetan can work.

Ideally, the movement toward Clear reveals the basic goodness of the essential self, the thetan. Thus, as one rises on the Bridge, ethics and morals become an increasing concern.The church's founder laid out a basic moral code, termed the Way to Happiness, and also wrote a book on ethics that is included among the basic writing designated for young members to read. While this moral code is not imposed legalistically upon church members, it is assumed that they will become participants in a moral community as they move toward and beyond the state of Clear.

Members of the Sea Organization and other employees of the church are expected govern themselves by the ethical code laid out in Hubbard's writings.As Sea Org members who manifested behavior at odds with the church's moral expectations (from stealing money to illicit sexual activity to lying) appeared on the scene, Hubbard developed a structure by which reparation and rehabilitation could occur, now institutionalized within the Sea Organization as the Rehabilitation Project Force.

Study Questions:
     1.    How is Scientology a religion? How does it differ from traditional religions?
     2.    What is the most important activity of a Scientologist's life? Describe how it is performed.
     3.    What can be said about the relationship between auditing and individualism?
     4.    How do Scientologists govern themselves?


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