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ENGLISH DOCS FOR THIS DATE- Confessional Procedure - B781130
- Confessional Procedure - B781130R87

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Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
Revised 10 November 1987
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C/Ses Tech/Qual Auditors HCOs Level II Checksheets Confessional Courses (This bulletin does not include everything there is to know about Confessionals. The full subject is covered on the Hubbard Senior Sec Checker Course and on the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course. This HCOB does, however, give the modern procedure and all basic steps for delivering a Confessional. It is how to audit any Confessional.)





"Sec Checking," "Integrity Processing" and "Confessionals" are all the exact same procedure and any materials on these subjects are interchangeable under these titles. (HCOB 24 Jan. 77, Tech Correction Roundup)

Withholds don't just add up to withholds. They add up to overts; they add up to secrecies; they add up to individuations; they add up to games conditions; they add up to a lot more things than O/W.

You are straightening out somebody on a moral code, the "Now-I'm-supposed-to's. " They've transgressed on a series of "Now-I'm-supposed-to's. " Having so transgressed, they are now individuated. If their individuation is too obsessive, they snap in and become the terminal. All of these cycles exist around the idea of the transgression against the "Now-I'm'-supposed-to's. " That is what a Confessional clears up and that is all it clears up. It's a great deal more than a withhold. (HCOB 1 Mar. 77 III, Formulating Confessional Questions)


A Confessional must be done by someone who is a well-trained auditor, skilled in TRs, basic auditing and metering, who can make a prepared list read and who has been fully checked out and drilled on these techniques.

Every question of a Confessional is F/Ned. The original question must be taken to F/N, not some other question.

Here is the basic procedure for a Confessional:

1. Set up the room with the auditor seated closer to the door than the pc, so that he can gently put the pc back in his chair if he tries to blow the session. Ensure all the necessary materials are to hand, per HCOB 4 Dec. 77R, Rev. 19.8. 87, Checklist for Setting Up Sessions and an E-Meter.

2. Make sure the person is well fed and well rested, that his hands are not too dry or moist, that the cans are the correct size and that the person knows how to hold them. Include all the steps of HCOB 4 Dec. 77R, Rev. 19.8. 87, Checklist For Setting Up Sessions And An E-Meter. (Also ref: False TA HCOBs)

3. Start the Confessional. Model Session and rudiments are used. (Ref: HCOB 11 Aug. 78 II, Model Session) If the TA is high or low, do a C/S Series 53RM, assess and handle. If you are not trained in doing a C/S Series 53, end off for C/S instruction. If the pc's last session was a Confessional and his TA is high or low, do an LCRE (HCOB 23 July 80R, Rev. 26.7. 86, Confessional Repair List-LCRE).

4. Put in any needed R-factor on doing the Confessional. Briefly explain the meter and the procedure to the person if they are not already known to him or her.

The statement "I am not auditing you" only occurs when a Confessional is done for justice reasons. Otherwise the procedure is the same. (By "justice reasons" is meant when a person is refusing to come clean on a Comm Ev, B of I, etc., or as part of a specific HCO investigation when the person is withholding data or evidence from such HCO personnel.)

A Confessional done for justice reasons, called an HCO Confessional, is not auditing and the data uncovered is not withheld from the proper authorities. Any other Confessional is auditing and is kept confidential.

There is no difference in the actual auditing procedure of an HCO Confessional. Ruds are flown, the questions are standardly cleared, each session is C/Sed and so on.

There should not be any observers in the room; just the auditor and pc. The only exception allowed is when one is straightening out a marriage and has both partners present in the session. (Ref: Tape 6001C02, Marriage)

By F/Ning each question… , and by the use of Examiner and Review, there is a great deal of case gain in a Confessional. It permits the person to again feel a part of his group.

5. Clear the procedure and the use of the buttons "Suppress" and "False," etc. If necessary as an example, run a nonsignificant question to demonstrate the procedure (e.g. , "Have you ever eaten an apple?").

6. Take up the first question and clear it backwards, by first clearing in turn each word in the question in backwards sequence. Then clear the full command, noting any instant read that occurs on the command while clearing it, as this is a valid read. (See HCOB 9 Aug. 78 II, Clearing Commands; HCOB 28 Feb. 71, C/S Series 24, Metering Reading Items; and HCOB 5 Aug. 78, Instant Reads)

Ensure the pc fully understands the question and what it encompasses.

If you get an instant read on clearing the question, you do not need to do the following step (No. 7). Simply go straight to No. 8.

7. With good TR 1 give the person the first question, keeping an eye on the meter and noting any instant read, i.e. , sF, F, LF, LFBD, or a slowed or checked F/N. (Ref: HCOB 5 Aug. 78, Instant Reads, and HCOB 4 Dec. 78, How To Read Through An F/N) A tick is always noted and in some cases becomes a wide read. (Ref: HCOB 28 Feb. 71, C/S Series 24, Metering Reading Items) But don't assume you have a read because you get a tick. Put in Suppress (or if needed, other buttons: Invalidate, Careful Of, Nearly Found Out, Failed to Reveal, Not-Ised, Anxious About and Protest) and it will either read or the tick will vanish. In a Confessional, even the smallest change of needle characteristic, if it is instant, is checked into before you go on. But note: You don't take a Rise as a Change of Characteristic in Sec Checking.

8. a. Take up each reading question, getting the what, when, where, all of every overt. . . . Get specifics, not general or vague answers. . . . Do not leave the pc to wander all about without answering the question asked.

b. If the question reads and the pc can't find the answer, steer the pc when you see the exact same read as the instant read occur again with a "there" or "that" to help him find it.

c. If necessary, vary the original question. You only vary a Sec Check question when by repeating it you would create an impasse. (In such a situation you vary the Sec Check question, find the overt or withhold and F/N the question that found it. Once this has been done, recheck the original question and handle as per No. 20 below.)

9. After getting all the specifics of the overt from the pc, ask:

"Is that all of that?" or

"Is that all of that answer?" or

"Is that all there is to that answer?"

This is not a metered question — one does not check this question on the meter, it is simply asked. (Ref: Tape 6202C13, Prep Clearing)

10. Get the justifications off by asking:

"Have you justified that overt?" or

"Why wasn't that an overt?"

These questions aren't metered. Get the question answered and ask for any more justifications until all are gotten. Quite often they will come off in a torrent, to the great relief of the pc.

11. Get each person that missed it and what each of them did that made the pc wonder whether he or she knew (not metered). Ask:

a. "Who missed it?" or "Who nearly found out?" then

b. "What did (he/she) do to make you wonder whether or not (he/she) knew?" then

c. "Who else missed it?" and repeat (b) above.

d. Get another and another person who missed it, each time repeating (b) above.

This step is done even if the withhold F/Ns before the step is reached. If it does, indicate the F/N and go ahead with the "missed" step.

If no F/N, take the overt E/S to F/N. And ensure that the original question that read is taken to F/N before you leave it.

12. For security investigation purposes, get all the exact names, dates, addresses, phone numbers and any other information that might be helpful in investigating the case further, should this be needed.

13. If the pc gives you three or four overts at once in reply to a reading question, you note them and ensure you take each separate reading overt or withhold to an F/N, or E/S to F/N.

14. Some people you have to ask the exact question. If your question is even faintly off, they F/N. Low responsibility of the pc does this.

15. If the person gives off another's overt, ask if he ever did something like that. You want what the person himself has done.

16. Do not take up unreading questions.

a. If a question does not read and does not F/N, you can put in the buttons Suppress and Invalidate, asking:

"On the question _____ has anything been suppressed?"

"On the question _____ has anything been invalidated?"

Other buttons can be checked as well (Careful Of, Nearly Found Out, Failed to Reveal, Not-Ised, Anxious About and Protest) to get a Confessional question reading.

But don't require it to be answered and don't look up at the pc expectantly either. If it's not reading, handle as per No. 20.

b. If Suppress or Invalidate or one of the other buttons reads, it means the read has transferred exactly from the Confessional question to the button. (Ref: HCOB 1 Aug. 68, The Laws Of Listing And Nulling.) Put in the button (simply get what the pc has to say and acknowledge), then take up the question. Fully clean the question, as in numbers 8-11 above. . . .

c. Or, if the question reads and the pc is trying to answer it and is groping, puzzling, baffled and doesn't have any answer, then check False. Ask: "Has anyone said you had a _____ when you didn't?" in which case it will read and on indication that it was a false read will now F/N. If no F/N, E/S to F/N.

Also check Protest, Invalidate and Suppress to clean up a false read.

17. Follow up fully on any Dirty Needle. A dirty needle will either clean or turn into an R/S. It is your hottest string to pull in finding and turning on an R/S. Thus it is not to be overlooked. The area that is producing a dirty needle when questioned for full data will either clean or go into an R/S. The area that gave the dirty needle is considered clean when you can go over it and it no longer produces a dirty needle. If a dirty needle still persists, then there is more to the withhold itself or something the pc isn't voicing about the withhold or how he feels about the withhold. But, pushed, with auditor's TRs in, this dirty needle will turn into an R/S or it will fully clean. (Ref: HCOB 6 Sept. 78, Following Up On Dirty Needles, and HCOB 17 May 69, TRs and Dirty Needles)

The auditor must know cold the difference between an R/S and a dirty needle. The difference is in the character of the read, not the size. (Ref: HCOB 3 Sept. 78, Definition of a Rock Slam)

18. A Confessional is not a rote procedure. Your job is to get the data and help the pc. Sometimes you will be thrown curves or may encounter attempts to be led off in the wrong direction. This is simply a sure indicator the subject is withholding and that the withhold is in restimulation. One has to ignore the volunteer misdirections of the pc, as the pc is of course misdirecting, and simply get the read E/Sed or the W/H F/Ned. You must use your tools as given in HCOBs, Sec Checking tapes and tape demonstrations since 1961.

19. Take the original reading question to F/N. Not some other question. This all comes under the heading of completing cycles of action and getting one auditing question answered before you ask a second question.

In going earlier-similar to take the question to F/N, always repeat the Confessional question as part of the earlier-similar command to keep the person on that question.

Example: "Is there an earlier-similar time you ate an apple?"

20. a. On each question be sure you get all the overts. When you have taken a specific chain of overts earlier-similar to F/N, then re-check the original question for any read. If it F/Ns, fine. It's clean.

If it reads, you have another overt or overt chain to clear to F/N on that question. Use False and Protest buttons as needed.

Example: Question A: "Have you committed any overts against apples?" Meter reads. Auditor gets an overt, takes it E/S to F/N. Auditor then re-checks Question A. Meter reads. Pc finds another overt against apples. Auditor takes it E/S to F/N.

You clean it, getting all, until the original question F/Ns. (Refs: HCOB 14 Mar. 71R, rev. 25.7. 73, F/N Everything; HCOB 19 Oct. 61, Security Questions Must Be Nulled; HCOB 10 May 62, Prepchecking and Sec Checking)

Do not recheck the question on a persistent F/N. End off and recheck later.

b. If you had to vary a question to uncover an overt, recheck your original question and handle it to F/N.

c. If you can't F/N a Confessional question, there is something on it. A Confessional list should F/N all the way down. If it doesn't, it is not clean. On a question that is not reading but not F/Ning, you must find out why and get it handled and thereby get it F/Ned on recheck.

You can put in the ruds, Suppress, Invalidate, Evaluate, Protest, Unnecessary, Assert, Careful Of, Failed to Reveal, Not-Ised and the False button ("Has anyone said you had a _____ when you didn't?"); any of these could be preventing an F/N.

But if after putting in these buttons you do not get an F/N on the question, there's a withhold on it. All the tools of Confessional tech are at your disposal to find the withhold.

You can repeat the question in various ways and you may get a read that way.

If you have encountered a still needle that does not react, apply HCOB 11 Apr. 82, Sec Checking Implants, and HCOB 13 Apr. 82, Still Needle and Confessionals.

21. If the person gets critical, realize you have missed a withhold and pull it. It is no light thing to miss withholds and mess up a pc when doing a Confessional. So be alert for any of the 15 manifestations of a missed withhold and handle fully should any of these crop up. (Refs: HCOB 8 Feb. 62, Missed Withholds; HCOB 12 Feb. 62, How to Clear Withholds and Missed Withholds; HCOB 3 May 62R, rev. 5.9. 78, ARC Breaks, Missed Withholds; HCOB 11 Aug. 78 I, Rudiments, Definitions and Patter)

It is wise, particularly when doing a Confessional of any length, to periodically check the question, "In this session has a withhold been missed?" or "Have I missed a withhold on you?"

22. At the first sign of any trouble in doing a Confessional check for missed withholds, false reads and ARC breaks, in that order, and fully handle what you get. In the majority of cases the above questions should resolve the difficulty.

If not, handle with an LCRE.. . . Use of the above three questions first, however, before resorting to the LCRE, avoids the possibility of getting into an "overrepair" situation.

23. If the pc consistently immediately dives whole track on Confessional questions, use the preface "In this lifetime… " with good R-factor. This should not be used to prevent him going whole track on the earlier-similar command to F/N the question.

24. One must always report a Rock Slam in the Auditing Report, note it with session date and page in the Folder Summary and on the topmost program sheet in the pc's folder, and report it to ethics including the question or subject which rock slammed, phrased exactly. (HCOB 10 Aug. 76R, Rev. 5.9. 78, R/Ses, What They Mean)

As the R/S is probably the single most important and dangerous read on the meter, it is important that they are carefully noted when doing a Confessional.

For a pc to be branded as an R/Ser is a very serious thing. Also for a real R/Ser to be overlooked by an auditor is a catastrophe both to the pc and to those around that particular person. (Ref: HCOB 24 Jan. 77, Tech Correction Roundup)

Valid R/Ses are not always instant reads. An R/S can read prior or latently. (HCOB 3 Sept. 78, Definition of a Rock Slam)

25. If you want a pc to stop fiddling with the cans, you make them put their hands on the table and keep them there.

26. HCO or executives may request a Confessional be done but neither Tech nor Qual are bound by such requests, as an FES could reveal that the trouble stems from "out-lists" or other matters needing correction. They should, however, take cognizance of such requests and do all possible to get the person handled.

27. If a reading question does not go to F/N and bogs or the TA goes high, take up an LCRE,. . . assess and handle per instructions.

28. End off any Confessional session and the entire Confessional itself, when complete, with the rudiments which would pick up anything which might have been missed: Half-Truth, Untruth, Missed Withhold, Told All, etc. Use the prefix "In this session… " or "In this Confessional… " Take any reading rudiment E/S as needed to F/N.

29. When the Confessional is fully completed, the auditor who has administered the Confessional informs the person he is forgiven for the overts and withholds he has just confessed, using the following statement:

"By the power invested in me, any overts and withholds you have fully and truthfully told me are forgiven by Scientologists. "

The usual response of the pc is instant relief and VGIs. On any adverse reaction to the Proclamation of Forgiveness, get the rest of the withhold or repair the Confessional session at once. (Ref: HCOB 10 Nov. 78RA I, rev. 26.7. 86, Proclamation: Power to Forgive. . .)

This proclamation is not done on an HCO Confessional.

30. All Confessional and HCO Confessional worksheets must be included in the person's pc folder, regardless of who or what is doing the Confessional. (Ref: HCOB 28 Oct. 76, C/S Series 98, Auditing Folders, Omissions in Completeness)

31. Examiner. All Confessionals must be followed immediately by a standard pc examination. The folder is then routed to the C/S.

The C/S looks for any nonsequitur F/N on some other subject. It's the primary thing he inspects.

If a person falls on his head after a Confessional session, an LCRE is given. However, an FES must be done which should include finding any Confessional questions that F/Ned on something other than what was asked. Standard C/S rules apply to Confessionals. (Ref: HCOB 20 Nov. 73 II, C/S Series 89, F/N What You Ask or Program)

32. On any bad Exam Report (non-F/N, BIs or nonoptimum statement) after a Confessional, or on any person who gets sick or upset or does not do well or has a high or low TA, give an LCRE as the very next action.

The 24-hour red tag rule must be strictly enforced.


Withholds restimulate. They are actually not in view and have to be keyed in.

The art of Sec Checking is restimulating the material to be picked up and then picking it up. It is auditing done hammer and tongs, steering the pc's attention, restimulating the subject to find out if there is anything that can be picked up and then going ahead and picking it up.

In a Confessional you are pressing home the question to the pc. You are making sure that the pc understands the question and knows that the question applies to his life.

A good auditor gets something done and audits the pc in front of him. As the auditor you are not there to "get through the Confessional. " You are there to get through to the pc and restimulate whatever withholds exist on that subject.


The pc's attention must be very strictly controlled.

You have to direct the pc's attention to get him to look at what you want him to look at.

He must not be allowed to wander off the question or to "itsa" on and on about something not pertinent to the question asked.

If the pc is unable to find the answer to a question, then help him by guiding his attention against the needle.

This is quite simple. As the pc is thinking, you will see the same reaction on the needle that the meter gave when you first asked the question. Softly say "That" or "There" or "What's that you're looking at?" The pc can then say what he or she is looking at that moment.

If the pc can't get the rest of an overt, you should get him to look and your communication to the pc would be along the line of directing the pc's attention so that he can find out more.

In both of these cases you are directing the pc's attention to find out.


Auditor asks Confessional question. Pc answers "I just don't know. "

A wrong response by the auditor would be "Tell me about it. "

A correct response would be "Well, let's look at it. Come on, let's dig it up a little bit more. There must be some pieces showing someplace. "

You must keep in mind that a pc who is in-session is always willing to reveal. He just doesn't know what to reveal. A pc will be driven out of session when told to reveal something, when he doesn't yet know what to reveal.


If the pc is not in-session, you won't get the withholds. TRs play a large part in the pc being willing to talk to the auditor. A wrong or challenging auditor attitude can throw the scene off as there is a destroyed comm cycle. If TRs are rough or choppy, the pc feels he's being accused.

A poor or comm lag TR 2, hidden from the view of the C/S, can also mess up a person in a Confessional. It invalidates his answers and makes him feel he hasn't gotten it off. If suspected, this could be checked by D of P interview or person to the Examiner for: "What did the auditor do?" (Also see HCOB 16 Aug. 71R II, rev. 5.7. 78, Training Drills Remodernized)

So TRs must be polished and the auditor, while maintaining good ethics presence, takes the role of confessor when handling the pc's answers and makes it safe for the pc to get off his overts and withholds. Similarly, an auditor who is certain of his tech and does not miss withholds will build the pc's confidence in him.

Anyone doing a Confessional should be fully trained and interned by doing a course and internship in the handling of Confessionals.

You had better determine to become an expert in it, since an auditor's inability to handle this is a fast route to "how to win enemies and wrongly influence people. " (HCOB 24 Jan. 77, Tech Correction Roundup)

But even more important is the fact that, in knowing and applying Confessional tech correctly, you are helping the individual to face up to his responsibilities in his group and die society and putting him back into communication with his fellow man, his family and the world at large.


Revision assisted by LRH Technical Research and Compilations