|Lecture: What is Auditing?|
|Ron the Confidence Man|
We’re getting into factors of telepathy and transference and rapport and empathy and all kinds of oddball factors. But actually these factors have always existed. No matter whether you call them good witch doctoring or good this or good that. These factors are always present.
Now, if you feel an annoyance, or an anxiety with the pc, basically, that annoyance or anxiety with the pc is going to drop R. and is going to cut C, and it can be very destructive to a session, be very destructive to the pc. The pc would find himself practically running in the dark.1
Why is he running in the dark? Well, the auditor has got a low ARC. Not with him, you see, but the auditor . . who is actually the projecting force of the session . . is projecting a low perceptivity. And the pc can’t see his bank. You got this?2
This is one of the first factors that got in the road of Dianetics. This got in the road of Dianetics. One auditor would be able to get a session going and run engrams, and another auditor couldn’t run engrams, and there was quite a big lot of question marks flying around in all directions. How could all this be taking place?
Actually, it was auditor presence in the session. You could explain it in many ways, and these many ways do not have to be explained by telepathy, or any odd factor at all.
An auditor who is confident, of course, is furnishing an auditing environment in which it is safe to depart into the never-never land of the unknown. It’s as simple as that, don’t you see. So of course, you can say, well, an auditor who’s not confident has a pc then who won’t see the bank. Well, of course, it isn’t safe to look at the bank in an environment which has got a sort of an ‘ostile flavor to it. you got the idea?
So it’s the auditor, in the final analysis, and the emotional tone of the session. And this has a great deal to do with whether or not auditing takes place. I’m talking to you now about the real high-school basics of auditing These are not just the mechanics of auditing. This is where this stuff goes.
Now, when you’re . . . you yourself have been auditing for a long time and you haven’t cleared anybody . . . you’re not auditing in any high level of confidence. Now, you’ve seen somebody cleared, and you start auditing in a higher level of confidence that we would phrase as hope. When you’ve cleared somebody, you start auditing in something that could be characterized as confidence. And when you really have rung up a string of them, nobody will be able to live with you. You’ll be totally insouciant. But that in itself is a reality.
Now, also it goes this way. When you have audited a pc up to results, you feel more confident about pcs. And when you’ve not gotten these results, you feel less confident about pcs and so you’re auditing in an auditing environment which has a low ARC in it. Got the idea?
These things are very easily explained. They are simply observable. You can always detect the false note in somebody’s confidence, always. The auditor is sounding confident but isn’t at all confident. And of course, this is observable. The pc is nervous. The pc’s attention goes off of own case on to auditor, because he feels there is something here he doesn’t know. And we have an unknownness in the session.
—L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 31 August 1961: What is Auditing?
1R and C stand for Reality and Communication in Hubbard's philosophic ARC triangle. [More on the ARC triangle.]
2Auditors project emotional tones that elicit compliance and control in their subjects.
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