Whoops! Aaron Saxton send me this as a post a while back, in response to Marty’s post of September 17th (Ten Gross Technical Errors from the Golden Age of Tech by Glenn Samuels). I, not being a Clear and therefore not possessing perfect recall, forgot to post it. For those who don’t know him, Aaron Saxton, like Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, was a member of Scientology’s upper management. Unlike Marty, Aaron “woke up” and left not just the Church but the entire subject behind, and has been a vocal and remarkably candid critic in the years since.
In the original article, Glenn talked about how David Miscavige’s “Golden Age of Tech” program alters L. Ron Hubbard’s original intentions. Here, Aaron addresses each of Glenn’s points and says it ain’t necessarily so. Glenn is pretty heavy on lingo – this article was written for Scientologists – but it shows yet another effort to blame LRH’s shortcomings on DM. Indented quotes are from Glenn’s article, clarifications in brackets are from me, the rest is Aaron.
10 Errors of the Golden Age of Tech (GAT):
1. Thought stopping and filtering what one says due to fear of punishment from session data. Not being able to talk freely, cutting their own communication [not talking] to the auditor which obliterates the basic reason auditing works.
Most would agree with this. As stipulated by LRH, his crew were to be kept in a constant state of fear – with L. Ron Hubbard even reading his own preclear* [PC]’s folders to ensure no auditor or PC had any evil intentions towards him. Alas, this was established by LRH and not David Miscagive or the Golden Age of Tech. This policy of fear has been around for 50 years and explains the reason why almost any person who was close to LRH ended up declared [a Supressive person] or leaving Scientology, including Hubbard’s own family.
[* Preclear: A Scientologist who has not yet reached the state of clear.]
2. Similar to number one, but in some ways worse; collusion between pc and auditor to not say things or write things down in session for fear of reprisal from CS [Case Supervisor, the one who determines an individual’s program in Scientology], leadership, or ethics.
A nice try, although factually the person who wrote this cannot even give a statistic for how many times this actually occurs. Also there is an insinuation that this is something new, yet this has been around since the 1950’s and has nothing to do with current leadership.
3. Meter abuse; FNs [Floating Needles, an indicator on the E-meter that all is well with the PC] and Floating TAs [Tone Arms] not being called. Ignoring, refuting, and invalidating the pc by making the meter senior to their information.
The e-meter is senior to the PC* as dictated by LRH in many many references. The auditor is to use the PCs indicators but the e-meter is the weapon to guide. This is of course a result of LRHs great creation – sec[urity] checking to screw PCs up and staff and make sure they are in fear.
[* They are talking about a situation in which the auditor ask a question, the PC answers one way, but the E-Meter indicates he is thinking something else. By the way, as far as I know, LRH instructed his auditors to believe the meter rather than what the PC says.]
4. Heavy Overruns. Hand in glove with this, re-running the lower levels again on advanced cases for no reason other than greed.
Again the writer can give no specifics of how many times this has happened and again insinuates that this is something new when actually it is a common error among auditors going back to the 1950s and was never stamped out. This is the problem with auditing fictitious memories and [past] lives that never existed.
5. Political and financial reasons to invalidate the state of clear. No real or true understanding of the state.
Good one. Cause LRH has not freaking idea about the State of Clear either and got it wrong so often that he lost count how many times he was embarrassed by his own failures and of his auditors. To this date, no clears have been produced and if one could, I have no doubt it would be worth EVERY penny.
6. False responsibility run on cases; a pendulum swing away from identifying the source of a problem as advanced course material causing extreme confusion resulting in nearly impossible messes to repair.
Wow. You can make this statement fit just about anything because it is ambiguous as Nostradamus.
7. Sexual discrimination resulting in behavior modification rather than case gain.
Again this statement is so open one could subject this classification to any area, anywhere inside or outside of Scientology.
8. No or faulty meter training for auditors.
BS. The auditors do loads of auditing training. And most of the training is as described by LRH – just ask Marty, he helped implement this junk for 20 years and never blinked. And even if the drills were just as LRH had them, then you would have an auditor of LRH standards – hard to find because most have been declared suppressive or have removed themselves from Scientology.
9. Selling unnecessary rundowns that are not client centered with expectations and promises that have nothing to do with the intent of the rundown.
Ha ha, this is LRH. Sold Clear – no that didn’t work, sold power processing – nope that didn’t work, sold OT levels, no that didn’t work, sold the L Rundowns, no that didn’t work, sold superpower – no that doesn’t work either!
10. Rote and executive programming that is not fashioned to the person’s needs nor addressed to their life; not using a complete and holistic approach for dynamic problems essential to the person, their family, business and goals. (Then auditing over it for no gains.) One obvious example is auditing over crippling debt.
Welcome to Scientology in general. LRH bankrupted God knows how many public in his time.
Aaron Saxton, September 2010