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Technical Essay # 80 - FAF 24 April 1992

.ce Solo Processing

A solo process is a simple, clearly defined activity that a person does to reach higher levels of
awareness or ability. To qualify as a process if would need to bring up some barriers or
difficulties that the person works through by continuing the process.

The old equation of "auditor plus PC is greater than PC's bank" still holds true. I would go as
far as claiming that it applies on any level, at least as regards to humans. The average
human being doesn't seem to be able to keep conscious attention on more than 5-7 pieces of
information at the same time. I haven't seen this change much, from doing any amount of OT

If we assume that the practitioner is the person who observes the client, analyzes the
situation, picks techniques from his repertoire, and communicates them to the client; and the
client is the person who receives questions and instructions and then executes, perceives or
recalls appropriate responses -- well, then that is altogether too much to keep track of
consciously for one person.

This necessitates that solo processes are typically pre-planned, simple procedures. The solo-
practitioner doesn't have to think with the procedure, he just has to keep doing the next step.
The process has been put on automatic.

As long as a solo-practitioner is able to put the thinking about the procedure on automatic,
turning it into a circuit, then he doesn't need to have another person there.

Typically that means that it will be some sort of repetitive process, where one just needs to
repeat the command, or pick the next question. Potentially, it could be done with any
procedure, if the person was trained thoroughly enough so that the procedure became a sub-
conscious circuit, but that would usually take quite some work.

On some flavours of advanced levels, the same principle is being used the other way around:
we put the PC on automatic and we pretend that the person in the chair is only the auditor. All
the case is regarded as "somebody else", i.e. entities, creations, viewpoints, etc. That means
that the person doesn't have to take direct responsibility for them, but can "audit" them. That
works perfectly fine, except for when the preOT forgets to take back the responsibility, and
actually starts believing that it is somebody else doing him in.

So, in short, either there has to be both a practitioner (the person who decides what to do)
and a client (the person who does it), OR, if there is only one person, then one of the two
functions must be made automatic somehow.

Repetitive processes could in general be done well solo. If the mechanics of a session could
otherwise be drilled into the PC, then a repetitive process should work almost as well solo as
if somebody else is sitting there saying the questions. That means that potentially most of the
grades could be done solo. I wouldn't recommend it, though. I rather think the practitioner
should be taught to do a bigger job than he is used to with rote style.

I think the interactive style can be much more effective than what is possible with solo. An
observant, analyzing other person there can help the client get around the hurdles he can't
see himself. If he is by himself, or if there is only a robot auditor with him, he will have to push
through case the hard way: by wearing it down slowly.

However, a solo-pracitioner can work in his own time, without paying anybody by the hour,
and he can maybe concentrate better and go deeper into the subject matter, because he
doesn't need to keep another person up-to-date.

There are a great many more activities one can do solo than what has traditionally been
called solo-auditing. People have done solo-processing for millenia, and just called it
"meditation" or "contemplation" or whatever.

OT TR0 and TR0 is meditation and can be considered processing, albeit not entirely solo as it
works best with another person there.

Meditation has a very process-like cycle of action. One would sit relaxed and just be there, or
one would focus on some concept, some sound, or picture, or on some location in one's body
or elsewhere. Thoughts and feelings would then bubble up from the sub-conscious
(restimulated charge), one would allow them to do so, but one would gently move back to the
primary action. Repeating this action one would gradually dig deeper into the mind, or get
higher in awareness, and eventually the change would be flat. At that point one could start
another meditative process.

This is what one does when one sits down to get one's TR0 flat. One sits down in a relaxed
manner and concentrates on just being there. Thoughts will come up, one's perceptions will
change, one's body gets uncomfortable, etc., one continuously moves back to the purpose: to
be there, and eventually it stabilizes and one can comfortably be there. The TR is in!

There is no good reason for passing up all the many possible solo processes as a source of
case gain, just because they aren't called auditing.

The idea that it is dangerous to do solo processing, and that it can only be done under tight
supervision with a fixed list of commands, can hardly be valid. I have only seen it be
dangerous when involving authoritative, evaluative materials and when the person has been
convinced he isn't cause. Someone who regards himself as cause is much more difficult to
screw up.

However, there are ways of going off the track with solo processing, and getting undesirable
results. That is not much different from interactive processing, that has similar risks. If
anything, the risk might be less for solo processing, because one's own protective mind
mechanisms can determine when it is time to stop. When there is another practitioner there
he might succeed in overriding one's protective mechanisms while one is vulnerable.

The things to watch out for are:

 Indoctrination - 	if you are told in advance what you will find, you might easily get out on
deep water. However, if the indoctrination was workable for you, you
might also find out something you wouldn't have otherwise.

 Introversion - 	Solo processes can be used to escape physical reality. Excessive
introspection can make one withdraw from the outside world and be less
interested in it. That is a quite common sight in people who have done a
lot of meditation, without otherwise handling their case.

 Irresponsibility - 	Some people don't get around to realizing that they are cause over the
contents of their mind. Instead they project it onto the rest of the world,
thinking it is physical fact.

No matter which path we lay out for people, they will eventually have to walk it by themselves.
They will also have to find out HOW by themselves. All we can do is to patch them up so that
they can see which way is forward, give them some guidelines and techniques, and maybe
give them a push. The worst favour we can do is to omit telling people that they are their own