HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
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HCO BULLETIN OF 21 OCTOBER 1971
REISSUED 21 SEPTEMBER 1974
ASSISTS IN SCIENTOLOGY
DEFINITION: AN ASSIST: AN ACTION UNDERTAKEN BY A MINISTER TO ASSIST THE SPIRIT TO CONFRONT PHYSICAL DIFFICULTIES.
An assist is not normally done in a formal session. The way the term has been used is a very simple activity to relieve an immediate troublesome difficulty.
An assist is much more specifically and definitely anything which is done to alleviate a present-time discomfort.
An assist could happen almost anywhere. At the beginning of a session, no matter how formally this session is constituted, you are running an assist.
You have an auditing room. You have a preclear, and you are the auditor. You know all these things, but the preclear doesn’t. Don’t call it a formal session. Tell the preclear that it is an assist and that you are not intending anything very strenuous. In rendering an assist you should tell the preclear that “this is just an assist” to try and ease the pain in his hand a little, after which you are going to stop.
The handling of an assist as an auditor is different than the handling of a formal session since the factor of control is notably slackened, sometimes almost completely missing.
One of the factors in assists is that an assist has as a large part of its anatomy, “trying to help”. Just remember that you are only trying to help and don’t get your heart broken by the fact that the fellow’s broken spine doesn’t heal instantly.
Another factor is that an assist is differentiated and defined as addressing the game someone knows he is playing.
What techniques would comprise an assist? Anything that would help. And what are these? One of the easiest ones to render is Locational Processing. You tell the person, “Look at that chair. Look at that ceiling. Look at that floor. Look at that hand” (the auditor pointing to the objects), when he has an injured hand and the pain will diminish. This is a very easy assist.
For example, a person has a bad shoulder. You touch his hand of the same arm and say, “Close your eyes and look at my fingers.’’ Make sure that he keeps his eyes closed. You then touch him on the elbow and say, “Look at my fingers.’’ Do this anywhere on his body. Just touch him and say, “Look at my fingers.” This is a communication process which eases his attention over from a concentration upon the injury to something else which is quite near the injury and thus doesn’t result in too much of a shock. It reduces havingness but it is positive and gets positive results. It can be done by an untrained person.
You can teach this assist to anybody. You say, “If somebody has a bruise, injury, a burn, a cut, the way to handle this is to tell the person to close his eyes, and then you touch the area near and distant from the vicinity of the injured area, asking them, with their eyes closed, to look at your fingers. You contact them this way many times. They will experience sudden pains in the area, and you will discover that the ‘psychic trauma’ has been discharged.”
You will find that most people do not have any upset about physical contact. Most people think that this is the thing to do.
Say you wanted to render an assist on somebody who had a very indefinite difficulty. That is the hardest one to render an assist on. The person has a pain but he cannot say where. He doesn’t know what has happened to him. He just feels bad. Use Locational Processing as such. You will find out that this process will work when other processes fail.
An assist carries with it a certain responsibility. If you give an assist casually to somebody out in the public and do not shove a calling card in his pocket, you are making an error. The reason for this is that he will not know from whom and where help came. An auditor goes through life and he casts his shadow upon many people and they have really no cognizance of what has happened at all if he is rendering an assist. He says, “Do this, do that”–maybe he wins, or maybe he loses because this is the type of session least calculated to procure orderly results. But in the main these people have been helped.
They don’t know really by what, except some word that the auditor kept saying. They don’t even know that he is an auditor. They don’t know anything about it at all. Show a person where he can obtain further assistance, and by whom the assistance was given. Be yourself. Be positive. Be professional and definite. Have a calling card and make sure the card is easily enough understood. Don’t ask them for permission. Just do it. No reason to wander around and give them funny notions. If you are going to help some stranger out, help him out. Don’t explain to him or any bystander, otherwise you are likely to stand there explaining, waiting for somebody’s permission. Don’t bother with that. You act as though you are the one in charge and you will be in charge. And this is part and parcel of the knowledge of how to do an assist. You have got to be the person in charge. This has to be so good, as far as you are concerned, that you overcome the informality of the session to a very marked degree. If you do it extremely well, the assist will amount to auditing.
Say, for example, there is a big accident and a crowd of people are pressing around. The police are trying to push the people back. Well, push the people back and then push the policeman back. Say, “Officer, keep these people at a distance.” Then you lean over the victim and snap him back to rights. If you are enough THERE, everybody else will realize that you are the ONE that is THERE. Therefore, such things as panic, worry, wonder, upset, looking dreamily into the far distance, wondering what is wrong or what should be done, are no part of your make-up if you are rendering an assist. Cool, calm and collected should be the keynote of your attitude. Realize that to take control of any given situation it is only necessary to be there more than anybody else. There is no necromancy (magic; conjuration of the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future) involved. Just BE there. The others aren’t. And if you are there enough, then somebody else will pull himself out of it and go on living.
Understand that an auditor when rendering an assist must make up with presence what he lacks in surroundings and agreements. It all comes under the heading of willingness to be there and willingness to control people.
One of the ways of convincing people of beingness and of being there is to exercise control–positive, undeniable Tone 40 exercise of control. Start to control the situation with high enough ARC, enough presence and factuality–there won’t be anybody present that won’t step back and let you control the situation. You are entitled to it in the first place because of senior “know-how”. The control of body attention or thought comprises the majority of your knowledge. The majority in Scientology simply points in this direction. The observable thing is control of attention, objects and thoughts. When you have good confidence of being able to handle these, and when you positively know how to do these, then you can make sure that everybody else knows you can do this, and you make them realize this by doing it. You have all of these things available in rendering an assist.
You might never think of a riot as being a situation which necessitated an assist, or an assist as applicable to a riot, but a riot is simply a psychosomatic momentary injury or traumatic condition on the third dynamic. Could you settle a riot? Well, if you can settle a riot, you can certainly settle one person who is in a riot. The antithesis of any pain, disturbance or tumult is order. The thing which controls tumult is order; and, conversely, the thing which controls order is tumult. You need only bring order into a confused situation and bring confusion into an orderly situation to control everything in the field of motion, action and objects.
This is a fantastic simplicity and one which takes some grasping. Conceive as order, merely a fixed position, idea and attitude. A policeman knows what he is supposed to do. Maybe he will put on a tourniquet or maybe he won’t. Keep the people away and stop everything is his idea of how it should be. Now you can aid or abet the order he is creating, or cancel the order by creating a confusion which he cannot handle. Of the two, the first is the best in that situation. You aid and abet and cap the order he is creating. If you were to accuse him of having a confused accident scene, which is by now not at all confused, and ask him to straighten it out, you would channel his attention in the direction it is already gone, and so you control his attention.
Remember, those people are still moving a little bit; they are still breathing. There is still a tiny bit of motion going on. If you were to ask him something on the order of “Can’t we have it a little quieter and more orderly here?”, he would at once perceive that there was far too much confusion and motion, and he would simply come under your direction because you have simply channeled his attention in the direction it was already going. Therefore, you have taken control.
If you ever want to overset a fixed order, create a confusion. If you want to overset a confusion, create a fixed order. Pick out of the scene those beings in the scene whose attention is channeled in the direction you want attention to go, and you aid and abet that attention which already exists. Or, where you have too many fixed positions and fixed ideas to overcome, you simply take those turbulent individuals in the scene who are creating the confusion against those fixed ideas and channels and you make their confusion much more confused, at the same time yourself imposing another order in another direction.
The mechanics of taking over any confused scene are simply the mechanics of trying to get a preclear to see through the morass of cross purposes, commands, ideas, and environments in which he has lived. And whether that applies to the third dynamic or otherwise, the laws are still there and it tells you then that the imposition of order on a preclear comes foremost in an assist.
In an assist you always count on the fact that the thetan himself would, if he could, do the right thing. If you work on that postulate you will never be wrong. Get the idea that it is something else trying to do the wrong thing. The keynote of a thetan is order.
Where you are giving an assist to one person, you put things in the environment into an orderly state as the first step, unless you are trying to stop a pumping artery–but here you would use first aid. You should understand that first aid always precedes an assist. You should look the situation over from the standpoint of how much first aid is required. Maybe you will find somebody with a temperature of 106 degrees. It may very well be that he needs to lie down and be covered up, and though antibiotics are much overrated, he might be better off with a shot of one of these than with an assist at that time.
Auditing will not shut off a pumping artery, but a tourniquet will. If you are going into the zone of accidents, you are going to be in the vicinity of a great deal of destruction and chaos, and you are very foolish not to have your Red Cross First Aid Certificate. You may often have to find some method of controlling, handling and directing personnel who get in your way before you can render an assist. You might just as well realize that an assist requires that you control the entire environment and personnel associated with the assist if necessary.
An assist is auditing on several dynamics. It is, therefore, much harder to do than auditing in a formal room as it requires presence. You must bring yourself to face the fact that you have to give enough presence and enough control to enough dynamics to bring the environment into a compliance with your postulate. If you postulate that somebody is going to pick up his bed and walk, then you have to be willing to move and be capable of moving around the people who are going to watch him pick up his bed and walk.
A good example of an assist would be when somebody is washing dishes in the kitchen. There is a horrendous crash and the person comes down all over the sink, hits the floor and as she is going down, she grabs the butcher knife as it falls. You go in and say, “Well, let me fix that up.” One of the first things you would have to do is to wind some bandage around the hand to stop the bleeding. Part of the First Aid would be to pick up the dishes and put them back on the sink, sweep the pieces together into a more orderly semblance. This is the first symptom of control. She becomes introverted into the cut to the point that she wouldn’t particularly notice what you were doing. But you relieve the anxiety that all her blood is pouring out; your first attention to the case is attention to the environment.
Next you would make her sit down. To remove her from the scene of the accident is not as desirable as auditing her there. That is directly contrary, perhaps, to what you believe, but it is true. That is why you bring a little order into the environment. You position her and then you are ready for techniques. It is quite remarkable for you have manifested order in a much wider sphere than a cut hand in order to bring about a healing of the cut hand. If you understand that your responsibility always extends much wider than the immediate zone of commotion, you never miss. If you bring order to the wider environment you also bring it to the narrower environment. If you bring it into the narrow environment, you also bring it to the wider environment. It is a gradient scale of how much order you can bring.
In processing, you have to control or direct attention, objects, person, or thoughts of the injured person. If you are really good on the subject of assists, you will direct an additional thing: his knowingness. You can control a man’s knowingness rather easily, but it is hard to see it. About the first thing that you can observe about somebody is his person. You are trying to straighten it out. Don’t think even though you have this person sitting down that you have straightened it out, because it is still messed up. But there is something that you can straighten out easily–and that is his attention. If you could heighten his attention and his knowingness at the same time, you would really be in wonderful circumstances. You always shift and direct his attention, hence Locational Processing.
Because he is injured you are not going to move his person around. You have got his attention. Don’t try to shift his thoughts around at first because they are dispersed and chaotic. This leaves you his attention only.
If someone is in terrible condition and he is really writhing around, and you want to render an assist, you don’t wait until he stops writhing. He is liable to stop writhing dead. What you do with him is to direct his attention. You tell him to “Shut your eyes and look at my fingers.” You press your fingers hard enough so that he can’t help but put his attention on them. In this wise you can always have a successful assist, because assists all come under the heading of control. The beingness of the person and his presence makes the control possible. So part of control is always presence, identity, person, the one who takes charge and has things under control. When you are able to control his attention, his body and thoughts, then he will be in session and you are no longer doing an assist.
Assists dominantly require that you direct the attention of the preclear and dispose his person one way or the other and eventually take over control of his thoughts on the subject. But by the time you have all these three in line, you are no longer doing an assist.
So what you really do is do an assist up to the time the person can handle the incident or pain, put him in a more favorable environment and give him auditing. So the assist is what you do on the street, and auditing is what you do in the auditing room when he comes to you after your assist has been successful.
L. RON HUBBARD
You’ll go into a community, you’ll arrive here on Earth, it’s a new area to you, and you start looking around, and you see this happening and that happening, and the other happening, and it doesn’t make any sense to you at all. Well, you don’t know what the law has been. So therefore, you can’t read the opposites because your games condition is going to bring into existence the reverse. If you run a can’t have on people, they’re going to create it. It’s very interesting.
You take a district, and you utterly prohibit, one hundred percent crime, and everybody goes just a little bit bugs or crime starts to occur around and about the place, or something like that. It is totally police action that creates crime. Everybody knows this sort of instinctively, but they never quite look it over.
I’ve operated down in parts of Los Angeles, South Alvarado and Main and that sort of thing. It’s as much as your life’s worth to go down there on a weekend. Hang around those bars and gin mills and marijuana joints. They just stack up the bodies like cord wood.
It’s nothing. You pick up some guy on the corner, and he’s cut from ear to ear and bleeding gore all over the pavement. Nobody’s paying a bit of attention to him. That is too usual.
Well, it was very odd in operating in that particular area to look what man was actually doing or what he would accept or what he was trying to do. And it was very peculiar that the police were trying in some measure throughout that area to squash all of this kind of activity. And they were particularly hot in those particular activities.
There is more police per square inch on Main and South Alvarado, and so forth, in Los Angeles than any other place on earth. It’s totally populated by police. And it is the seamiest, lousiest, scummiest skid row in the world. Well, isn’t this fascinating?
Look. Well, you see, reasonability throws you astray. You say the place is rough, therefore they have to have police there. No. You have police there to forbid roughness, so you get roughness. Now, I have actually seen police create roughness. It goes this far.
Here’s a guy minding his own business. A cop walks up to him, turns him around and tells him to get out. Well, what is the fellow doing? He’s doing nothing. Well, that was why he was told to get out. It’s all too calm here for the cops, man. And the next thing you know . . I have actually seen a man beaten till every tooth was knocked out of his head and stamped on and everything else. And there wasn’t going to be a single thing going on. I mean, the fellow didn’t do anything or otherwise. The cops just had to have some trouble.
It was very interesting. One of the cops, after that foray was all done, was all beat up. He was just black and blue, and he was in terrible condition and all this. And this other fellow got away, by the way. And I was standing there explaining to this police officer how I had helped him all I could. I did too.
And he was trying to create trouble; I helped him create trouble . . for himself I was helping him beat the guy up, you see. I was operating as a special police officer myself, you know. Just somehow or other, every time he’d raise his hand to strike, you see, his wrist would hit my arm or something like this. He kept getting in my road. That’s what I kept telling him. It was a very confusing brawl.
He explained to me afterwards over a glass of whiskey, and so forth, he’d never been in quite as confusing a brawl. He’d never . . .
But that it was possible to keep law and order in these places was very, very easy to observe. Because in those areas where I was, they didn’t have any trouble. Now, that wasn’t some special monkey business I was pulling off. In fact, I wasn’t looking for any trouble either way. I wasn’t either trying to make people be good or be bad or try to start fights or otherwise.
Actually there was law and order in that immediate area because nobody was running a can’t-have on anybody. There were no can’t-haves being run. I’d talk to all the guys that came in, and so on. People kept trying to hire me, by the way, because it was bad for business to have these brawls, and so forth, occur. And I’ve been offered some very fancy sums to keep on with this job. It was very, very amusing and entertaining to me. They took me as the real McCoy, you know. I must have been the real thing. I thought, that . . boy, that’s the biggest fraudulence I ever pulled in my life.1
- Hubbard, L. R. (1961-07-18) Can’t Have, Create – Fundamentals of All Problems. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course (6107C18). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex. ↩
Is the physical universe an illusion? You can test this one. If a man loses his last dream, you’ve got a corpse on your hand. Don’t kill a man with bullets because you don’t really kill him at all. We can test that and prove that on an E-meter.
No, sir. Kill him by taking his dreams away one by one. Take his goals and dreams. What’s the commonest thing that you hear from people? “I lost my illusions. I haven’t any illusions any more..” They know what’s wrong with them. they’ve lost their illusions. They’re telling you in just that many words. That.. that was.. that was them. They lost themselves when they lost their illusions. And a man is dead when the last of his dreams is dead and that’s about the long and short of it.
You go down here on skid row. Look at the bums. You just take that line of bums and you’ll find out that they don’t have any dream anymore of having anything. There isn’t anything they can be or anything except a bum.
When you go down to the prison we’ll find out that the criminal uniformly has lost his self-respect.
And when we ask him what his self-respect is, and ask him rather closely, he says, “One day I found I couldn’t trust myself.”
“How did you find that out?”
“I struck my mother.”
If you put it on an E-meter, you’ll find that just as answering up along that line.
Or, “I found out that I betrayed a comrade. I did something. And therefore I was no longer worth anything.”
He didn’t measure it in terms of how much MEST he had. The lousiest criminal down here didn’t measure it in the terms of how much MEST he had or was. He measured it in this degree: his.. I have discovered that there was bad experience for which I was cause and it thereafter cannot BE anything because I won’t permit myself to be anything. And there’s your criminal.
You want to start processing criminals anytime, they’re very easy to process. All you have to do is rehabilitate a man’s belief in himself. It’s so simple. He’s lost it.
And what was that belief in self? It was the ability to garb self with an acceptable illusion, an illusion which other people would accept. In the MEST universe that always has to be added on and is an arbitrary limiter; that which other people can accept. That is not true in one’s own universe, it only has to be acceptable to himself. And that’s.. HE KNOWS that, that’s a level of certainty. Does he accept it himself? Yes. Or no. There’s no question mark: is it accepted by somebody else?
One of the big tricks in the MEST universe is, “Prove it or we don’t accept it,” or, “We’ll agree to that if you’ll agree to this.” Trades in terms of illusion. And so you get a new universe going.
All right. The world around a child is a bright, bright world. A child comes in with the idea that he is free. He has a new start, he’s got a new chance. This time he will do something in the universe that is spectacular. He will make a go of it and so on. He’s got that new hope. And that child goes downhill and becomes impossible to the degree that he loses that hope. And the things are very bright to that child at first. He can in other words put a perception there and perceive it with great facility. The world is beautiful to him, he has a certain freedom, and so on.
And then they start working on him and they say, “Johnny, why do you overwork your imagination? You know very well that there’s no battleship out there in the back yard.” He knows there’s no battleship out in the back yard. He’s never made a mistake on it in his life.
But he wants to put a battleship out in the back yard, let him put a battleship out in the back yard, instead of making this..
Why.. why does this MEST universe and people who really get MEST-ified.. Uh.. people that really get MEST-ified why, why are they so insistent that we not imagine anything?
Why? Because if a fellow really started out along this line, they know, basically they know that the only way that they can be smashed to smithereens is to all of a sudden be presented with an illusion which they have to accept. And that’s a terrible danger.
Why Johnny’s liable to come in the house and.. he’s.. he’s dangerous. He keeps imagining he shoots tigers out there in the back yard. Now, what.. what if he.. went out there in the back yard and he thought up this tiger and he brought the tiger in the house? That’s actually a paramount thought.
Actually, you can.. you investigate Momma and you’ll say, “Now what did he used to think up?”
“Oh, he used to think up these terrible things, these bad men and everything else and these.. all.. all this and he used to think this up.”
“What’s.. what’s.. what objection is there to that?”
“Oh, but they’re terrible people!” She’s gone right off along the line. She knows exactly what might happen.
If Johnny were really hot, he could think up Jesse James and Jesse James would come in there and there probably wouldn’t be any silver left in the house. And if the battleship Missouri got placed out in the back yard, by gosh! It’d be in the back yard. And it’s so hard to grow flowers on turrets.
So, is it an illusion? Well, here we’re on a communication level.
An illusion has been defined in the past as something that didn’t exist. Therefore, an illusion has no existence. All right, everybody kind of understands that word illusion to mean something that Doesn’t exist, and when you say something has no existence, you mean something cannot be experienced. And I show you immediately that you can experience an illusion, that illusion exists. So existence can be an illusion, can’t it?
Here it is. It can exist because it can be experienced, if we define illusion to mean something which can be experienced.
You have to have something that can be experienced before somebody can agree upon it.
There has to be an experience there. So when we talk about experience, we’re talking several cuts above the MEST universe. We’re talking way up the line from the MEST universe, we’re talking above the line of energy, space, because an idea does not have to exist in space.
You know that. You don’t have to have space to have an idea.
And when you make an illusion, that’s the first requisite is to have space. Well, space is an experience, so what one makes, one can experience. What is made can be experienced. So you can make anything and it would exist if it could be experienced.
Now, I’m not trying to just shuffle words around; I’m just trying to get a better communication level on this thing. It is not fair to say, “All right, yeah, I haven’t any better word than illusion.” I could call it a whodunit and you’d probably.. well you’d probably come to a better agreement on this.
When I say that wall is an illusion, I don’t say that wall cannot he experienced. That wall can be experienced, it obviously can be experienced. And when I say it doesn’t exist, I am only saying it does not necessarily, arbitrarily, have to exist independent to experience, that’s all.
Now, it’s a very funny thing about space and about things like that. People can make an agreement and that agreement just keeps on rolling. That doesn’t say you don’t have to feed that again. You don’t have to feed more agreement to it in order to perceive it some more.
And if you really want to look something over, you want to go over and get it.. what you say, close. In other word; you want to look it over real good. What’s that mean? I want to experience it better.
So, if we just lay off any confusion about “Is this illusion?” or “What do we mean by illusion?” we merely mean by illusion the technical definition, that which one makes which can be experienced.
And what do we mean by reality? We mean that which is made and which is commonly experienced by agreement. That which is made or one or many make and can be commonly experienced. That we will define as reality just for our purposes.
And what’s delusion? That which somebody else makes and tries to push off on us as an arbitrary necessary experience. Arbitrary, necessary experience.
So.. uh.. what we’re trying to do with processing and with this slight dissertation on illusion here, what we’re trying to do with processing is to give the preclear back a choice. We’re giving him back his power of choice on whether or not he has to experience THIS. And we’re giving him back that by one route only, and that’s rehabilitating his power to create and experience a universe.
If we can get him to create and experience a universe independently, the odd part of it is.. is he has greater choice on his ability to experience this: it isn’t as bright as people tell him it has to be, it’s as bright as he wants to make it.
An awful lot of people have an awful lot of trouble with this stuff you know. People go around, they say, “The light’s too bright, the dust is blowing too hard.. uh.. I’m too warm, it’s too cold, I’m uncomfortable, I’m too fat, I’m too thin, I’m this, I’m that, this, I..” They’re complaining all the time about an arbitrary necessity to experience.
They’re saying, “I don’t like to experience that dust. I don’t like to have to experience, without any consultation with me, this, that, warmth, heat, cold. I.. I.. that’s.. it’s.. it’s just these darn arbitrary experiences uh.. that.. uh.. I just don’t like it that’s all.
Now, how do you get up their level of selection? By letting them run away from them? No, because to run away from something is to agree even further not only that it exists, but that it exists and is dangerous.
So, you see, that’s an extension of agreement.
You know that you can frighten a person suddenly and they go into a hypnotic trance. And if you were to frighten a person suddenly and to say something real fast to them, you’d lay in a beautiful engram? You show them “this is dangerous”; they desert it quickly. You put right in that spot an experience; when they try to move back over and take over that spot they just move right back into that. And that thing commands them thereafter.
That is the TRICK on making an agreement. You could say.. you can.. watch this in experience: people become that of which they are afraid. People create that which they fear.1
- Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 2 December). Gradient Scales of Handling Space, Energies and Objects. Philadelphia Doctorate Course (PDC-05). Lecture conducted from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ↩