|HCOB: Scientology Marriage Counseling|
Scientology standardly requires Scientologists whose marriages are in trouble to undergo marriage counseling.
A full marriage program typically includes a setup auditing program, PTS handling, Hubbardian reindoctrination courses, Chaplain interviews and interrogations of various kinds.
This issue directs auditors how to conduct marriage counseling sessions with an E-Meter.
The procedure is standardly done after the marriage partners get worked over in Ethics and Review.
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HCO BULLETIN OF 19 DECEMBER 1988R
REVISED 30 JANUARY 1990
All Orgs and
SCIENTOLOGY MARRIAGE COUNSELINGRefs:
Tape: 59I2C10 "Demonstration of New HGC Process"
HCOB 31 Dec.59R Rev. 21.8.87 BLOW-OFFS
Tape: 6001C02 "Marriage "
HCOB 10 July 64 OVERTS-ORDER OF EFFECTIVENESS IN PROCESSING
HCO PL 27 May 65 PROCESSING
Scientology Marriage Counseling is a very powerful technique for restoring ARC1 between marital partners whose relationship has become strained or is headed for divorce.
Use of this technique is depicted in the public film The Married Couple.
The length of time required to complete Scientology Marriage Counseling can vary, but ordinarily it can be done in one or two intensives.2
This processing must be done at an org which is qualified to deliver auditing to the partner with the highest case level. For instance, if one of the partners is OT III and the other is a Grade IV Release, the counseling may be delivered at an Advanced Org, but not in a Class IV Org or mission.3
Unlike most other processes, this procedure is done with three people in the auditing room—the auditor and two preclears (the marital partners).
The procedure is as follows:
1. Set up the auditing room as per HCOB 4 Dec. 77R, CHECKLIST FOR SETTING UP SESSIONS AND AN E-METER. Be sure to provide comfortable chairs for both partners. The chair used by the partner who is not holding the cans is placed to one side of the auditing table, facing the pc's chair and slightly behind the auditor.
g. Clear the commands of the process with both partners, making sure they understand very clearly what is meant by "done to"' and "withheld from" in the questions. Explain that when the first question is answered, you'll give the second question and so on. back and forth between the two questions. The questions are:
1. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO (spouse's name)?3. Put one of the partners on the meter, set the sensitivity for the pc, do a metabolism test and check to be sure the pc is well rested, has eaten and is not hungry.
2. WHAT HAVE YOU WITHHELD FROM (spouse's name)?
4. Start the session by saying "THIS IS THE SESSION." (Tone 40)4
5. Run the process commands alternately (1,2,1,2,1,2, etc.) until the pc has an F/N, cog and VGIs.5 Indicate the F/N and give the pc the R-factor6 that you have finished directing the questions to him/her for now.
6. Have the second partner sit in the auditing chair holding the cans while the first partner sits in the third chair, observing. Start a new worksheet for the second partner.
7. Give the partner on the cans the R-factor that you'll now be directing the same questions to him/her. Ask if he/she has any questions before you begin. Set the sensitivity, etc., as in step 3.
8. Repeat steps 5-7, each time running the process to an F/N, cog and VGIs for the partner on the meter.
9. When the minister ends a session, such as for a meal break or to end off for the day, both pcs are taken to the Examiner. When counseling is ended for the day, the minister should see that the couple is scheduled for their next counseling session.
By continuing the counseling a point should be reached where the TA has flattened out7 on both partners, and both are F/Ning, VGIs and in ARC with each other. That is the EP.8
The aim of Scientology Marriage Counseling is to assist marital partners in restoring affinity, reality and communication with each other.
Many, many marriages at the brink of divorce have been successfully salvaged with the help of this processing. There is, however, no guarantee that a couple wishing to get a divorce will decide to remain married, and no minister or any org staff member should make any such promise or claim to anyone.
If the counseling is completed standardly, the couple will have been unburdened of the overts and withholds affecting their relationship and will be in good communication with each other and better able to make rational decisions concerning their marriage.9
It may take several counseling sessions to reach the EP. A marriage that is in trouble is not something that is put together again in one night, because the number of overts and withholds usually takes a little longer to detail.
Scientology Marriage Counseling procedure is not changed when it is being done on an OT. The procedure is the same regardless of the case level of the pc or pre-OT.
Only in doing repair of Scientology Marriage Counseling on an OT III or above is there any difference in procedure. In such a case an LCRE10 would be done following the technical rules for use of correction lists on OTs.11
Scientology Marriage Counseling procedure is quite simple. Guard against any tendency to complicate the procedure with additional commands or steps.
One point of complexity that has been added to this action by some is in the area of setting up the pc for the action. Scientology Marriage Counseling is done as an assist for a present time difficulty. It is not a major grade or rundown requiring extensive setups before it can be done. Even rudiments are ordinarily unnecessary—if the pc is there for Scientology Marriage Counseling on his own determinism, he'll be found to be in-session already; rudiments would act as a distraction in such a case and could tend to throw the pc out of session. (Ref: Tape 5911C09, *'Demo of an Assist") Unless it is known that a pc has a situation which must be handled before an assist is begun (such as a read on out-Int or out-lists) the counseling is simply begun and carried through to completion much as one would do any assist action.12
Where extensive setups have erroneously been entered into, it has commonly been found that the pc's attention is primarily on his marital situation, and that is exactly what ends up being addressed in the "setup" auditing. This can even include overts and withholds on the pc's spouse coming to light without the benefit of the spouse being present.
If a rud13 needs to be flown on one or both of the partners, it should be done in session with both partners present, unless the partner needing the rud is OT III or above and the other partner is not.
It may happen that partway through Scientology Marriage Counseling one or both of the partners originate that they have decided to get a divorce. Even if they seem to be satisfied with their decision, the counseling must be continued until the full EP is reached: TA flattened out on both partners, both F/Ning and VGIs and in ARC with each other.
When a couple has completed Scientology Marriage Counseling, they must be sold and delivered training to hat them on basic Scientology and tools they can use to build a strong and lasting relationship. The How to improve Your Marriage Course is a Scientology Life Improvement Course designed specifically for this purpose and is part of a standard marriage handling program. Following the How to Improve Your Marriage Course, the couple should also do the Success Through Communication Course.14
HCOB 19 December 1988R Revised 30 January 1990 pdf
1 Restoring ARC means coming to an understanding. Scientology marriage counseling breaks down barriers and boundaries between the marital partners with interrogations and reindoctrination.
Scientology and the organization penetrates and assume authority over the marriage, and causes both partners to adopt Scientologically acceptable thought and behavior patterns.
According to the tabloid rumors, Katie seems to be critical of Tom, nattery and ARC broken. Hubbard emphasized that these manifestations are always due to undisclosed overts and withholds. The cure is interrogation. There are various forms of interrogation in Scientology.
2 Scientology sells auditing in blocks of 12½ hours called intensives.
3 Tom Cruise would get private auditing to address his body thetans, as his case level is above OT III. Katie would not be present for this.
Advanced Scientologists at OT III and above normally get their marriage program at an advanced organzation like Flag in Clearwater. Tom Cruise is of course a special case, with a special relationship with cult head David Miscavige. Consequently, their program could be done at any location.
4 Tone 40 means "intention without reservation." The auditor controls both marital partners.
5 F/N, cog and VGIs: Floating needle , the preclear has a cognition and Very Good Indicators.
The preclear being processed experiences a new reality , while in a regressed trance state under the authority and control of the Scientology auditor.
6 R-factor, or "reality factor.
7 TA flattened out means the process is no longer producing tone arm action on the E-Meter. It signifies a lack of affect on the subject being addressed.
9 In the process, Scientology obtains valuable intelligence on both partners, their families, and past relationships.
10 LCRE: The name of a prepared correction list that interrogators use when they run into difficulty. It is a a canned list of questions that bracket the source of difficulty and get preclears "willingly" back to divulging their secrets. Examples of LCRE questions:
8. Did you misdirect the auditor?
14. Did you withhold saying something for fear of getting into ethics trouble?
18. Worried about reputation?
51. Falsely vilifying someone to cover up an evil purpose?
— L. Ron Hubbard
HCOB 23 July 1980R Confessional Repair List-LCRE
11 If an advanced Scientologists (like Tom Cruise) has difficulty answering the questions, the trouble might be coming from his body thetans, and not him at all. Interrogators must be qualified to address body thetans as they appear.
If the marital partner (in this case Katie) doesn't know about body thetans yet, the interrogator would get her to leave the room and then help Tom with his troublesome body thetans.
12 If the tabloid rumors are true, Katie is planning to educate Suri in Catholicism. This would require extremely delicate programming, especially in light of Tom's blatant and conscious lies that Scientology is compatible with Catholicism.
13 ruds : rudimentary processes done at the beginning of sessions to get preclears interested in their own cases and willing to talk to their auditors. The most commonly used ruds treat ARC Breaks, Present Time Problems, and Missed Withholds. Auditors must always divest their preclears of their current upsets, problems and crimes before delving into the main auditing tasks for the session.
Auditors fly rudiments differently at OT III and above. When asking whether there is an ARC Break, for example, the auditor must establish whether the upset belongs to the person holding the cans or whether it belongs to one or more of his body thetans.
In Tom and Katie's situation, Katie could not be in the room when the auditor flies Tom's ruds, because Katie doesn't know about body thetans yet.
14 If successful, these indoctrination courses will help to make Katie's and Tom's marriage represent the "living embodiment of LRH technology."
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