Advice to New Book Auditors

Advice to New Book Auditors

by Patricia Krenik

This is perhaps an oversimplification, but it gives a starting point to new auditors and gives an overview of auditing. Short glossary included at the end with definitions for words with a * next to them.

Elementary, my Dear Watson

Essentially there are two types of cases, easy cases and resistive cases.

Easy cases, needless to say, are easy to handle. If an easy case gets the Grades* first, that will be fine. If he gets Dianetics first, that will also be fine. The easy case makes gains, and they continue up any given bridge* with the greatest of ease. Your only job is to keep them moving on whichever bridge you choose, and to audit with the Auditor’s Code in.

Resistive cases take special handling. Remember it is the case that resists, not the preclear. And it is not that difficult, because there are a limited number of subjects that can bring about a resistive case. Most of those subjects are on a “special cases” list, with instructions on how to handle. You do need to be a Class III* auditor and a NED* auditor to handle the special cases assessment list.

Missing grades can make a resistive case, too. It is difficult to handle a case, for example, who can’t talk to you.

Determining—Easy Case or Resistive Case?

If you are new to auditing others, you certainly want to start with an easy case! You will get wins and your pc will flourish. If you must start with a resistive-type case, then make sure you are a Class III auditor and have a Class VIII case supervisor.

With that advice now stated, an easy case can run engrams.* Assuming the person knows what the word “engram” is you can have the pc close his eyes, and, first book style, tell him that when you snap your fingers the file clerk* will present the engram necessary to resolve the case…SNAP (loud finger snap)…ok, what year is it? SNAP…and move the somatic strip* through the incident many times until the engram erases. Sometimes you may have to ask for an earlier similar engram.

After a few passes through the pc is smiling and happy and tells you what he has discovered, and how that changes his life! Easy case!

Compare this to a pc who has an engram, and you run it through time and again, there is no earlier incident, there is no earlier beginning to the incident, and fifty five times through and the pc hasn’t moved on the tone scale. That is, hasn’t hit low emotional points, then higher emotional points. Preclear is still interested—just nothing happening. Resistive case. Solution: Turn this case over to a Class VIII c/s for repair and he/she will program to handle the resistiveness.

Other Ways to Recognize a Resistive Case

I repeat, it is not the pc’s fault that he has a resistive case. It takes a lot of patience and skilled auditing to handle such a case. Get yourself trained as a Class III and NED auditor.

You can sometimes recognize when you have a case that would resist just by knowing a bit of the pre-clear’s history. Most common, did he take drugs? Drugs make a resistive case, especially street drugs.

So you ask your potential preclear, “Did you take street drugs?” If yes, chances are his case will start resisting as you try to audit it, if you audit it on anything else but drug engrams. As a new auditor, you don’t want to set yourself up for failures and then believe that the tech doesn’t work. The tech always works, but you have to use the correct tech application for the case.

It isn’t that much different from fixing a car—do you need a screwdriver or a hoist to lift the engine out? Use the correct tool for the right problem area. A Case Supervisor gets the data so that he/she can determine the right problem area so the correct process (tool) can be used.

What Can a New Auditor Do?

The safest route for you as a new auditor is to start with a book such as Self Analysis, by L. Ron Hubbard. Both the auditor and the pc read the book, especially the part that describes what you will be doing. It starts with “List One”. Chances are if your preclear runs well on Self Analysis he/she is an easy case.

What is running well? Pc is interested in at least most of the questions, finds incidents easily, likes to share the experience with the auditor, brightens up from time to time. Likes the auditing and wants to do more.

Another book to use when working with a new preclear is Handbook for Preclears, by L. Ron Hubbard. Both the auditor and preclear should read the book before doing any of the questions or commands, so there is an agreement on what they are doing. Handbook for Preclears is a very powerful book and anyone who can do what the book says to do is certainly an “easy case.”

These books take some of the charge off the case, and can make running Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health or any other type of engram running a lot easier to do.

One final piece of advice to any auditor—purchase “The Technical Dictionary of Dianetics and Scientology.” It will help you a great deal in clearing up any word you don’t understand. It is much more complete than my brief definitions below.


Bridge: Short for “Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart.” There are two sides to the chart, one for auditors in training that show the courses the auditor needs to take and the other side for the preclear to see what steps he needs to achieve to reach the changes he desires.

Class III: A Class 0 is a beginning auditor; a Class III has learned how to do many things a Class 0 isn’t trained to do. Class VIII is an auditor who is very highly trained.

Engram: An incident of pain and/or unconsciousness, that contains impact or injury. It often contains command value, such as “stay right here” which keeps the preclear in the incident, or “get out of here” which bounces the preclear out of the engram.

File Clerk: Term used in Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health to help the new auditor handle the traumatic incidents of the preclear.

Grades: Scientology processes applied by gradients to help people with such things as communication or problems.

NED: New Era Dianetics, a method of running engrams.

Somatic Strip: Term used in Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health, to help the new auditor handle the time track* of the preclear.

Time Track: Recording of incidents of the preclear’s life in picture form. It is exactly dated.

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