Blog: Scientology: Witnessing and Prohibiting - 2014-01-12
The following is an excerpt from chapter one of A Course in Graduating From Scientology.
At its core scientology revolves around the auditing process. The word auditing comes from the Latin root audire which means to listen, or to listen and compute. The entire purpose of a scientology auditor is to provide an environment in which an individual may look at his or her life in such an honest fashion that that which is viewed no longer has a hold on that person. Scientology postulates that 'charge' (mental energy) 'erases' through that process. One could just as easily consider that one's witnessed experience objectifies. That is, one's experience moves from the subjective (part of, and affecting oneself) to the objective. In that construct, matters of the mind that tend to drive one on an automatic basis are no longer hidden and automatic. Objectivized energy of the mind is no more capable of driving you than any other person or idea that you can clearly see as apart from yourself. Given a workable methodology for pursuing such objectifying, your own choice in the matter of what to do, what to choose, what to pursue and what to react to can be restored to you. Each time one honestly witnesses in this wise one recognizes a little more about the true nature of self and its relationship with matter, energy, space, time and life. Witnessing is what led the Buddha – and many other sages - toward recognizing the impermanent nature of matter, energy, space, time, and life forms.
It is my view that any time devoted to honestly viewing the content of your mind, your experience, what arises in consciousness, is progress in moving the external world back out of one's head where it no longer drives you. That is so provided one is permitted to do so on a self-determined basis and to cease once one's attic is cleared to one's own satisfaction. Hubbard once described the mechanics of auditing in this very wise in the book Evolution of a Science.