In a diagnosis when you’re going through a case, if you strike a moment of pain you can’t handle right away, immediately bring the patient up to a point when he is all well, and then firmly establish him in that moment. The purpose of this is to digest the track again.
Don’t do what a man did recently. He sent his wife back to the time when she had measles and then said, “Well, that’s very interesting. Now come up to present time.” Two days later she was covered with spots and went to the doctor to find out what was wrong with her. And the doctor said, “Well, this is a strange case of measles, because there’s no respiratory infection, but these are undoubtedly measles spots.”
Of course, in three or four days they were all gone again when the engram destimulated. But if he had used amnesia trance or narcosynthesis on her and gone through this measles incident just once, it would have stayed there and then the person would have been sick with measles. It really would have keyed in.
You don’t do this with reverie. The person is perfectly well aware of you. The worst you will get by yanking a person out of an engram straight on up the line and bringing the engram up to present time is some slight kickback on the person. But by leaving the incident on the track and bringing the person forward to a day or so after he is well, you firmly establish him as being well in present time.
That is a caution that is not much stressed in the Handbook, because here was a man who read the Handbook and gave his wife a case of “measles.” These things are not serious, but they have to do with the comfort of the patient.1
- Hubbard, L. Ron (1950, June 7) Auditing Demonstration with Mrs. White (Lecture Demonstrations) Elizabeth, NJ ↩