In PAB (Professional Auditor’s Bulletin) #80, issued in April 1956, there is a section entitled “Bottom rung of Dianetics found”, in which LRH describes having made a new discovery, isolating the most important part of an engram- “The moment of shock”, which is described as “the moment at which the thetan realizes that he is being overwhelmed”- more important than pain, unconsciousness, word content, etc. You can look up and read the full description in the tech volume covering April 1956. To my knowledge, the closest Ron ever came to issuing a procedure to handle the moment of shock is in Dating/Locating procedure, which is more likely to key out such a moment than actually erase it. That is certainly of value, but that’s as far as it went.
Scientology researcher Alan Walter went one better, in developing a full procedure for shock handling. I’ve learned through my own experience as an auditor of 3 basic situations for which this is the remedy:
(1) When a PC is complaining of an experience that has devastated them;
(2) When the PC, on running a handling an unpleasant sensation, cannot run the process because they are completely unwilling to experience any part of that sensation;
(3) On Power Processing, the PC cannot cycle through their track, but steadfastly only responds with answers relating to a singular experience
(Note; #’s 2 & 3 are actually manifestations of #1)
Just a few hours after a recent session in which I ran the Shock Handling Procedure, my PC emailed the following to me:
“Hi again 🙂 I’m sitting here still under the impression of what I have just faced, and all I can tell you right now is that we handled a very, very major thing- and the amazing part is that it was relatively easy, and had so many aspects that had been bothering me, and and turned out to all be connected, in a way which I was not aware of before.
Thank you so much for this great session-I’m looking forward to the next ones!”
No doubt, many people, upon reading the above, are recognizing that they have something going that needs such a handling. I’m available! 🙂
Thanks for citing this exerpt from LRH. In 1970 we would ask “What shock occurred before the accident/illness?” and having gotten that stated, run it out narrative R3R. It produced remarkable results.
Excellent observation, John, thank you! Interestingly, this apparently became “lost tech”, and I never came across that, having trained on New Era Dianetics in 1981,in which the “shock” application was omitted from the course pack. In retrospect, that application should have been used more broadly. You bring up a point I have made to a few colleagues, basically:
Power Processing and Shock Handling, respectively, are higher grade, more direct and effective tools for addressing the material that has been addressed over past decades with R3R (for the reading audience, “R3R” means “Routine 3 Revised”; Routine 3 was Engram running by chains, and “narrative” refers to running a single engrammic incident, as opposed to a chain of related incidents. “R3RA”, released late 1977/early 1978, was a revision of R3R technique- one that I consider less direct, and less efficient, requiring far more time and work to address things, but that’s a whole other discussion).
Power Processing is basically a substantially more direct and effective way of finding, addressing and resolving CONDITIONS for which the various forms of running chains of engrams (R3R, R3RA, etc), have been the “standard handling” in the CoS. Power Processing is aptly named the CONDITIONS Process. In the CoS, the use of Power Processing is, sadly and incorrectly, so restricted that most people never experience it at all, and those who do may only experience it one time only. Having run hundreds of hours of Power Processing on one condition after another, on dozens of people of every “level” from no previous auditing at all to “OT VII Completion”, I can absolutely verify that, as long as what is being addressed is a CONDITION, and not the effects of a singular incident, Power Processing can and should be applied, and is a superior technique. Just have a look at the success stories on this website.
Shock Handling is basically a substantially more direct and effective way of addressing and resolving SINGULAR INCIDENTS OF SHOCK for which the “standard handling” in the CoS is R3R Narrative.
Having audited thousands of hours as Lead HGC Auditor at the NYC org back in the 1980’s, I can tell you the differences in effectiveness are dramatic, for example:
Just yesterday I took into session a young man who had never read a Scientology book, never entered an organization, never experienced ANY training or processing, and without any formal indoctrination such as a basic Scientology CS-1, I simply asked a few interview questions, and he answered with an incident from earlier in life that had horrifically affected his sense of self-worth, his outlook on life and his general emotional (tone) level. Without stopping to clear terms or commands, I went straight into shock handling procedure with him. About 15 minutes into the procedure, he had a huge release, began laughing, and told me “I don’t care about that anymore!” Wow!”. When asked if he had anything he wanted to say or ask before we ended the session, he said, “I don’t think I’ve felt this light in my whole life!”
But above and beyond the resolving of any painful incidents is the addressing of the creating or adopting of a beingness, or identity in the process of experiencing the painful incident. After resolving the incident itself, that is the next step, and when it is accomplished, an entire package of mannerisms, attitudes, fixed ideas, computations, chronic sensations and automatic mental “safe solutions” vanish with it. I’ve never seen anything so consistently make for so much needed and wanted change in a being.
John, (and anyone else interested), I’d be happy to much of the techniques I describe above; if you’re interested, email me at email@example.com