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TROM for Non-Scientologists Part Three
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Basics of auditing
While in Dianetics and Scientology the processes used are typically called “auditing or “processing”, in TROM Dennis refers to his processes as “exercises”, although he does from time to time use the terms “auditing” and “processing” along with other Scientology terms to describe his techniques.
It’s nearly impossible to separate these two subjects.  But just keep in mind that Scientology is the subject that came first.  The easiest way to look at this is that you can’t have TROM without Scientology, though you can have Scientology without TROM (as, to the best of my knowledge, L Ron Hubbard knew nothing about the subject of TROM).
Just to keep things simple, let’s just consider “auditing” and “exercises” to be interchangeable terms, as many of the concepts and practices of TROM and Scientology are similar in nature.
We consider that the preclear, engaging in auditing has a “case”.  This “case” is the sum of his aberrations (irrational behavior, computations, or to put in simple terms, an aberration is a departure from rational thought).  The environment, problems, and other things can restimulate this “case” and make the preclear behave irrationally and/or fail in life. Things like engrams, past problems, failures and losses are said to contain “charge” (you could also say “upset”).  You want to discharge as much of a person’s case as you can through auditing.

 All auditing is addressed to either getting rid of the preclear’s case, or at least moving his attention out of his case and into present time— the term present time being basically just what it sounds like.  Present time as opposed to the past.  We say one is in present time when he is in communication with his environment as it exists now, without his attention stuck in some past moment.
While we spoke in the previous section about engrams being restimulated by the environment, there is more to a preclear’s case than just his engrams.  Other aspects of his case like past failed postulates, losses, etc can be restimulated as well.  Therefore, there are many more types of auditing than just Dianetics.
Let’s focus on three types of them for now, and I’ll give some examples as well.
There is creative processing which involves the preclear (or the TROM practitioner working on himself, but from here on out I am just going to say “preclear” so as not to be so wordy) “creating” mockups (called mockups because you “mock them up” usually in a space around you).
Level One of TROM is an example of creative processing.  You “create” things in space around you.  You use a command, “create something” (or a variation like “bring something into existence) and then you create things in front of, behind you, to the left, right, above, and below you.  There are other variations on this command, but this one is used for the sake of example.
Creative processing on level one does not take you into incidents in your past.  It does not work with postulates.  It simply helps restore the mental mass the preclear loses due to the fact that during a session he loses so much of it.
Level one creative commands are still beneficial in themselves, but their main use after level one is completed is a way of “patching him up” after incidents are timebroken, or if a process produces too much discomfort.
Scientology does use creative processes as well, often with the same motive of replacing the mental mass lost in session, and these commands to “create things” are given by an auditor to the preclear.  I’m not going to go into specifics on this as it’s not necessary to know them in order to understand TROM.  But if you’d like to learn more about their use, a simple introductory book, Scientology The Fundamentals of Thought is one I would recommend for the beginner, and Dianetics 55! for someone who is a little more familiar with the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology.  I have nothing against L Ron Hubbard’s technologies, and as long as you know what the differences are between Scientology and TROM are, you can greatly benefit from both subjects.  As Dennis said in one of his more advance books on TROM, you can fit the subject of Scientology into TROM, but not TROM into Scientology, as TROM is the more advanced of the two.
The next type of processing is called objective processing. Scientology is chock full of this type of processing.  One very well-known lower-level type of objective processing is called “CCH” which stands for control, communication, and havingness. They are a set formula for improving the preclear's degree of control of his mind and body; his free communication with his environment unaffected by reactive stimuli (things that would restimulate his case) and his tolerance and ability to reach his environment (“Havingness” being that last- the ability to reach his environment).
Some examples of CCH commands are:
“Give me that hand”
“Put your hands against mine. Follow them and contribute to their motion”
“Look at that wall", walk over to that wall, touch that wall, turn around” (each given as a separate command in that command set).
Objective processes in Scientology are most certainly never done solo, and do not exist in TROM (though Dennis does mention them in his work, as a small percentage of the population will need objective processing before they can do TROM).  The reason being is that objective processing is the process of the auditor guiding the preclear in his actions in the present time (PT) physical universe.  The idea is that this will not only orient the preclear to the present time physical universe, but also, the auditor taking control of the preclear’s action will have the resulting benefit of the preclear being able to take better control of his own body and mind. These are the actions and goals of objective processing, and exist at the lower levels of Scientology.
The next type of auditing I want to tell you about is subjective processing.  Dianetics auditing (also known as Book One auditing, as Dianetics was the first book in the subject) as described before is a type of subjective processing.
In this class of auditing you are running engrams (as in Dianetics aka Book One), or timebreaking incidents (as in TROM) or working with the preclear’s postulates (both Scientology and TROM work with postulates, however, they are handled in two very different ways, which I will go into in a later section). 
So there you have it—creating things, obeying auditing commands to get you in touch with your environment, and looking inside your mind.  Creative, objective, and subjective processes respectively.  That pretty well covers both the Scientology and TROM universe of processing and exercises, as far as resolving an individual’s spiritual condition.
HOWEVER, I do want to make one side-note here about Scientology.  There are training drills in Scientology used to train auditors, administrators, and instructors in basic communication and control skills.  These are NOT auditing, though some of the drills do appear similar to objective processing.  They are an entirely separate universe of activity.
While Scientology auditing is available to its parishioners from professional auditors, it is also possible for two people to train as auditors and then run the processes on each other, only having to pay the fee for the training.  This is called “co-audit” where two “co-auditors” alternately run the processes on each other.  It is a highly recommended way to go about Scientology auditing, as it costs much less money, and also afterwards both having been trained in the skill of auditing can either be a staff auditor at an organization or become a lone practitioner with their own clientele, known as a “field auditor”.
The auditing process
In auditing, the auditor asks questions or gives auditing commands to the preclear.  It’s a process the auditor is trained into, giving the command or question, making sure the preclear performs the command and then acknowledges such.
An auditor will continue running a command or set of commands as long as it produces change and no longer.  If the auditor runs a command for too long, then over-run is said to occur.  This will cause discomfort for the preclear.
But what is far worse is to leave a process before it is “flat” (flat meaning no longer producing change).
“Charge” or upset may dissipate until a process has gone flat.  When a significant amount of charge has gone away and the process is “flat” yet there still may be some charge remaining, we say the item run is “null”.
When all the charge has been removed we say that the item being processed is “erased”.  The difference between nulling and erasing is just a matter of degree.  Nulled items may come back in later processing.  Erased items are just plain gone.
When running level two, when one selects an incident and then an object from that incident, for example, the TROM procedure is to note differences and similarities between the past object and the present-time object.  So let’s imagine that someone remembers a time that they saw a soccer player kick a ball, and they select from that scene the ball.  They look at a desk and “see” the ball next to that desk.
The first command they would do would be to ask themselves, “What makes it different?”  Answering that, they can ask themselves again the same question with the same or different object. 
Maybe during this the preclear yawns a few times.  Maybe they twitch.  All sorts of things can happen while running level two, but these are just examples.
Once he has gone through this one command of, “What makes it different?” without yawning or twitching or experiencing any other changes, he then goes to the next command of “What makes it similar?” until there is no change.
He goes back and forth between these two commands until each command produces no change and at that point it is said that the command is flat, and the item is null.
On level three incidents are run by simultaneously viewing them with the present time environment.  When an incident starts fading back into the past again, that’s when it becomes null.
On level four, each command of the eight classes of overwhelm is run until it is null.  For example, He does the first command of “Get the idea of being forced to know”.  Some incidents may come up that he timebreaks, and then he continues that same command until null (produces no change).  Once the command produces no more incidents, the next command is used.
A note about level four- in “The Resolution of the Mind A Games Manual” Dennis Stephens says:
“Level Four is really just an introduction to Five, sort of cleaning the charge off the major goals in this lifetime. A kind of lock scanning, you might say, to take off some of the surface charge before getting down to the nitty gritty.”
Unfortunately, in the book Dennis does not explain what a “lock” or “lock scanning” is and neither word is in the glossary, so I’ll explain it now.
Remember how in Dianetics we have what are called “engrams” and “restimulation”?  Well moments of restimulation are called “locks” and they are filed in the analytical mind. 
In the book Handbook for Preclears by L Ron Hubbard there is a technique of “lock scanning” where the person working by himself (because locks are in the analytical mind, they can be handled by one’s self, according to Scientology) scans rapidly through incidents, decisions, etc to relieve the charge contained in these moments of restimulation.  In the book Self Analysis by L Ron Hubbard locks are dissipated by recalling pleasure moments, the theory is that intensifying pleasure moments reduces the effects of “locks”.  That technique is called “straightwire”.
You cannot achieve “clear” (erasure of the reactive mind) with Handbook for Preclears or Self Analysis.  They handle locks mostly.  Both books are the two main self-processing books offered by Scientology. In my honest opinion, having used those two books as well as TROM, that TROM is much more effective self-processing than either.
I think the analogy Dennis is trying to make is that level four is mild compared to level five, as if comparing lock scanning to going clear in Scientology.  You do get a lot of charge handled in level four, but erasure mostly occurs in level five.

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