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ENGLISH DOCS FOR THIS DATE- SOP 8-C - the Rehabilitation of the Human Spirit (JOS 24-G, 2ACC-App) - JOS540131

CONTENTS SOP 8-C: The Rehabilitation Of the Human Spirit THE USE OF SOP 8-C SOP 8-C FORMULAS AND STEPS Step I: Location Step I Step II: Bodies Step II Step III: Space Step III Step IV: Havingness Formula IV: Step IV Step V: Terminals Step V Step VI: Symbolization Step VI Step VII: Barriers Step VII Step VIII: Duplication Step VIII Group C GLOSSARY
Issue 24-G
31 January 1954
Published by
The Hubbard Association of Scientologists, Inc.
Camden, New Jersey

SOP 8-C: The Rehabilitation Of the Human Spirit

Scientology, the science of knowing how to know, has been developed for various applications in the field of human experience.

Where it is utilized by skilled persons to enhance the personal ability and knowledge of others, the recommended process is Standard Operating Procedure 8-C.

SOP 8-C was developed after almost a year of observing SOP 8 in action in other hands than mine, and after observing the frailties and talents of human auditors. SOP 8-C might be called SOP 8 modified for clinical, laboratory and individual human applications.

The goal of this system of operation is to return to the individual his knowledge, skill and knowingness, and to enhance his perception, his reaction time and serenity.

It is entirely incidental that SOP 8-C is effective on "psychosomatic" illness, on human aberration and social difficulties. It is not the intent or purpose of Scientology to repair. The science is a creative science. If the fact that human illness, disability and aberration uniformly cease to be, because of Scientology, the effect is not intended to be primary and the goal of SOP 8-C is not their remedy. Indeed, if SOP 8-C is used to remedy these only, it fails as a system. SOP 8-C succeeds only when it is addressed toward higher knowingness and beingness — ironically, in using it, human ills vanish only when the auditor concentrates on the goals of the system and neglects the obvious physical disabilities of the preclear.

In that one creates that which one concentrates upon, a treatment of illness which validates it in treatment will always tend to be unsuccessful.

SOP 8-C was the subject of the Camden Indoctrination Course B*The Camden Indoctrination Course was the Second American Advanced Clinical Course., from 16 November to 23 December, as well as the subject of the Phoenix International Congress of 28 December 1953.

Specifically, the use of these processes obtains, when correctly used, without further evaluation for, or indoctrination of the preclear, the knowledge that he is not a body, that he is a creative energy production unit, and demonstrates to him his purposes and abilities.

This energy-space production unit we call a "thetan," that being a coined word taken from a mathematical symbol, the Greek letter "theta." This is the preclear. One does not send "one's thetan" anywhere. One goes as a thetan. When a preclear is detected being in one place and finding "his thetan" in another ("I'm over there"), he is not exteriorized. To be "exteriorized" the preclear must be certain that he is outside his body. An uncertain "exteriorization" requires more work before it becomes an exteriorization.

SOP 8-C brings about a condition designated as "Theta Clear." This is a relative, not an absolute term. It means that the person, this thought unit, is clear of his body, his engrams, his facsimiles, but can handle and safely control a body.

The state of Operating Thetan is higher than Theta Clear and means that the person does not need a body to communicate or work. It is accomplished with SOP 8-O.

The highest theory of SOP 8-C is that the being is engaged upon a game called physical universe. This is a game requiring barriers, which is to say, walls, planets, time and vast distances (which last two are also barriers). In engaging upon this game he has at last become so conscious of barriers that he is limited in his actions and thoughts. He thinks, in the case of Homo sapiens, that he is a body (a barrier) hemmed in by vast distances (barriers) and pinned in a time stream (a system of moving barriers) so as to reach only the present. These combined barriers have become so formidable that they are not even well perceived, but from being strong have become unreal to him. The matter is further complicated by "invisible barriers" such as the eyes or glasses.

In actuality, the thetan is a knowingness, total in a cleared state, who yet can create space and time and objects to locate in them. He reduces his knowingness only to have action. Knowingness is reduced by assuming that one cannot know or knows wrongly. Knowingness is reduced by assuming one must be in certain places to perceive and so know, and that one cannot be in certain places.

Space is, but does not have to be, the first barrier of knowingness. With Scientology we have the first definition of space: Space is a viewpoint of dimension. Given a viewpoint and four, eight or more points to view, one has space. Space is a problem of observation, not of physics.

There is no question here of whether space, energy or objects are real. Things are as real as one is certain of their reality. Reality is, here on Earth, agreement as to what is. This does not prevent barriers or time from being formidably real. It doesnot mean either that space, energy or time are illusions. It is as one knows it is. For one makes, by a process of continuous automatic duplication, all that one perceives. So much for theory — in application this theory obtains results of considerable magnitude in changing beingness.

The thetan is continuously engaged upon cycles of action. The basic cycle of action is "Create, resist effects (survive) and destroy." This can be stated in various ways: "Create an object, have it resist effects (survive) and then destroy it." Or, "Create a situation, continue it and change it, and destroy or end it." When a thetan leaves a cycle which is important to him unfinished, he tends to strive to finish it elsewhere or later in disrelated circumstances. Further, he can become overly concentrated upon creating or persistence (surviving) or upon destroying and so form an unbalanced state of beingness.

Time exists in those things a thetan creates. It is a shift of particles, always making new space, always at an agreed-upon rate. A thetan does not change in time, but as he can view particles (objects, spaces, barriers) from many viewpoints, he can consider himself to be in a "time stream," which he is not. A thetan's ideas (postulates, commands, beliefs) change; particles change; the thetan does not change either in space or in time.

Just as he is making an effort to do something he cannot help but do — Survive — he is also fighting against doing the only thing he does: sit fixed in one "position."

The thetan, to produce interest and action, operates as a paradox. He cannot die, so he firmly insists and proves continually that he can die. He never changes location, but only views new locations and constantly lives in horror of being fixed in time and space. Above that, he knows the past and the future and all of the present, and so fights to obscure the past and guess the future.

Less theoretically, the individual who is processed is at first, usually, "in" the body and perceiving with the body's eyes. When exteriorized (placed "three feet back of his head"), he is actually out of the body and still "in" physical universe space. He can, exteriorized, move about and be in places just as though he had a body, seeing without eyes, hearing without ears and feeling without fingers — ordinarily better than with these "aids." This is not like "astral walking" which is done by the individual who "sends a body" or a viewpoint to some other place and perceives with it. A thetan is as much present where he is as if he were there in body. He isn't "somebody else" than the preclear moving dimly about. He is the preclear, he is there. At first he may be uncertain as to what he is seeing. This faculty becomes better as his ability to look, hear and feel while exteriorized improves. SOP 8-C improves this perception. Because the body only perceives what the thetan is perceiving anyway, looking, feeling, hearing of the body is also better with SOP 8-C but this is only incidental.

When a thetan believes too thoroughly he is a body, he is generally unhappy, afraid, doubts his own (and validates the body's) existence and worries about his inabilities. When he is out of the sphere of influence of the body (a very small one) he becomes serene, confident and knowing. He can handle a body better, can act faster, can recall more and do more while exteriorized than he can while in a body.

Society, thirsting for more control of more people substitutes religion for the spirit, the body for the soul, an identity for the individual and science and data for truth. In this direction lies insanity, increasing slavery, less knowingness, greater scarcity and less society.

Scientology has opened the gates to a better world. It is not a psychotherapy. It is a body of knowledge which, when properly used, gives freedom and truth to the individual.

It could be said that man exists in a partially hypnotized state. He believes in other-determinism in many things, to his detriment. He will be as well as he is self-determined. The processes of Scientology could be described as methods of "unhypnotizing" men to their own freer choice and better life.


This process is designed to be administered by one person (the auditor) to another (the preclear).

SOP 8-C is first used step by step from Step I on, until the person to whom it is addressed knows he is back of his head and no longer in the body. If the preclear is very difficult to exteriorize, the person should be referred to an auditor trained at the HAS Clinical Center (for there are special methods of exteriorization for difficult cases which are contained in but are not at once visible in SOP 8-C). The first three steps are exteriorization steps. They should be repeated over and over until certain exteriorization takes place.

The auditor can go through the first steps many times one after the other with the preclear until exteriorization occurs. Doing Steps IV to VII on a person not exteriorized should be minimized. (Earlier SOPs used all seven steps for exteriorization, a practice not followed in SOP 8-C where only the first three steps are used.)

When the preclear has exteriorized one then begins again with Step I and continues to Step VII, in order, with the preclear exteriorized. Here in SOP 8-C the emphasis is upon an exteriorized thetan. When the auditor has taken the exteriorized preclear thoroughly, and correctly, through Steps I to VII at least twice, one has then what may be considered a Theta Clear.

To repeat, one uses SOP 8-C Steps I to III in that order. On one of these, the first time through, the majority of people exteriorize with certainty. As soon as exteriorization takes place, the auditor starts with Step I again, does it thoroughly on the exteriorized preclear, then the auditor applies Step II thoroughly and so on until all seven are done.The auditor knows when the preclear exteriorizes by asking him or by the pre­clear volunteering the information.

CAUTION: Do not ask the preclear to look at his body.

If the preclear fails to exteriorize sometime during the first three steps, the auditor should simply do them again. If the preclear fails the second time, the auditor patiently goes through them a third time, and so on. If the matter then seems too dif­ficult, contact an auditor, trained during late 1953 at Camden, by the HAS itself.

The least possible result in going over these first three steps many times will be a considerably bettered condition of the preclear, superior to all past results. Only a very few preclears fail to exteriorize after Steps I to III have been several times repeated.

CAUTION: Although this process is as foolproof as it can be made, it can be maliciously used in this wise: by giving the preclear constant losses; by giving him no chance to win; by bullying him; by evaluating for him; by insisting he is "out­side" when he is not; by invalidating him; by pretending to see him or his mock-ups or saying that one does if he does.


Opening Procedure: (Ten minutes to two hours — with MEST body)

a. Send preclear to exact places in room, one place at a time.

b. Have preclear select places in the room and move to them one at a time, still under auditor's direction.

c. Have preclear drill in physically holding on to and letting go of objects and spaces on his own decision to hold on, decision to let go.

Step I: Location

Prelogic: ''Theta orients objects in space and time.

Axiom: In life experience space becomes beingness.''

Formula I: Permitting the preclear to discover with certainty where people and things are not in the present, past and future recovers sufficient orientation to establish his knowledge and certainty of where he is and they are; the application of this is accomplished by negative orientation of beingness, havingness and doingness on each of eight dynamics in the present, past and future.

Step I

a. Ask preclear to be three feet back of chair. Ask him for things, peoplewhich are not giving him directions (orders). For things, persons he is notgiving orders to. For things, persons which are not giving directions toother things. Ask preclear for goals he does not have. For goals others donot have for others. For goals another does not have for him. For goals hedoes not have for another. For persons he is not. For animals he is not.For places where he is not. Where bacteria are not. Where objects are not. Forplaces where he is not thinking.

Note: All of the above are done in "brackets" for present, past and future.

b. (If exteriorized) Have him drill while exteriorized into holding on to andletting go of objects on his specific decision. Ask him to be in places whichare safe, dangerous, pleasant, unpleasant, beautiful, ugly.

Step II: Bodies

Axiom: In life experience energy becomes doingness.

Axiom: Compulsive position precedes compulsive thinking.

Axiom: That which changes the preclear in space can evaluate for him.

Formula II: Permit the preclear to discover that he handles bodies and allow him to handle bodies in mock-ups and actuality; and remedy his thirst for attention which he has received by contagion from bodies.

Step II

a. Have preclear mock up bodies and unmock them. Have him get some-thingnesses and nothingnesses of bodies until he feels better about them.Ask him to be three feet back of chair.

b. (If exteriorized) Have him complete IIa many times and then move bodywhile he is outside.

Step III: Space

Prelogic: Theta creates space and time and objects to locate in them. Definition: Space is a viewpoint of dimension.

Axiom: Energy derives from imposition of space between terminals and a reduction and expansion of that space.Formula III: Permit the preclear to regain his ability to create space and impose it upon terminals, to remove it from between terminals and to regain his security concerning the stability of mest space.

Step III

a. Have preclear hold two back corners of room and not think.

b. (If exteriorized) Have preclear complete Spacation.Note: If not exteriorized return to Step I.

Step IV: Havingness

Axiom: In life experience time becomes havingness. Observation: To a thetan, anything is better than nothing.

Observation: Any preclear is suffering from problems of too little havingness and any reduction of his existing energy, if not replaced, will cause him to drop in tone.

Formula IV:

a. The remedy of problems of havingness is accomplished by creating anabundance of all things.

b. As the preclear has rendered automatic his desires and ability to createand destroy, and has thus placed havingness beyond his control, the auditorshould place in the control of the preclear his automaticities of havingnessand unhavingness and permit him, on his own self-determinism, to balancehis havingness.

c. How to make havingness: Have preclear put out eight anchor points ofsize, thus creating a space. Have him pull in these eight to the center andhave him retain the resulting mass. Do this using large and various objectsfor anchor points. Do this until he is willing to release such old energydeposits as engrams and ridges but still continue to make havingness.

Step IV

Have preclear remedy problems of havingness by mocking up and pulling together sets of eight anchor points. Do this many times. Do not have him make anchor points explode in this fashion. Have him save masses thus created. Have preclear adjust anchor points in body.

Step V: Terminals

Axiom: Space exists by reason of anchor points.

Definition: An anchor point is any particle or mass or terminal.

Axiom: Energy is derived from mass by fixing two terminals in proximity in space.

Axiom: Self-determinism is related to the ability to impose space between terminals.

Axiom: Cause is a potential source of flow. Axiom: Effect is a potential receipt of flow.

Axiom: Communication is the duplication of the receipt-point of that which emanated at a cause-point.

Axiom: Wrongness in terms of flow is inflow.

Formula V: The thetan is rehabilitated as to energy and terminals by remedying his postulates about outflow and inflow and drills relating to the outflow and inflow of energy according to the above axioms.

Step V

a. Ask preclear for times he could do something. Times when he couldn't doanything. For things he can do. For things he can't do. For things otherpeople can, can't do. For things other people can do for others. For thingsanother specific person can't do for him. For things he cannot do foranother or others.

b. Ask preclear for objects, actions, persons, ideas he is not destroying. Forobjects, actions, persons, ideas he is not making survive (persist). For objects,actions, persons, ideas he is not creating. Present, past and future in brackets.(Note: Ideas are the most important here, in brackets.)

c. Ask preclear for objects, persons, energies, times which are not touchinghim. Which he is not touching. Which are not reaching for him. For whichhe is not reaching. For objects, persons, times from which he is not with­drawing. Which are not withdrawing from him. In brackets.

d. Ask preclear for sights which will not blind him. For people he will notblind if they see him. For noises which will not deafen him. For people hewill not deafen. For spoken words that will not hurt him. For spoken wordswhich will not hurt others. In brackets.e.Ask preclear for ideas that will not destroy, cause to survive (persist), createor upset others. In brackets.

f. Ask preclear for ideas, sounds, sights that will not fix people or unfix themfrom specific places.

g. Ask preclear for ideas he is not trying to fix in things. For ideas he is nottrying to unfix from things. In brackets.

h. Have him unmock and mock up terminals and move them together and apart until he can make them generate currents.

Step VI: Symbolization

Definition: A symbol is an idea fixed in energy and mobile in space,

Formula VI: The thetan who has been moved about by symbols is strengthened by mocking up and moving about and fixing in space ideas which have for­merly moved him.

Step VI

Have preclear create symbols which mean nothing. Ask pc for ideas he is not trying to destroy. For ideas he is not trying to make survive (persist). For ideas he is not trying to create.

Note: The above are done in brackets. Have him mock up ideas and move them about.

Step VII: Barriers

Axiom: The mest universe is a game consisting of barriers. Definition: A barrier is space, energy, object, obstacles or time.

Formula VII: Problems of barriers or their lack are resolved by contacting and penetrating, creating and destroying, validating and neglecting barriers by changing them or substituting others for them, by fixing and unfixing attention upon their somethingness and nothingness.

Step VII

a. Have preclear reach and withdraw (physically, then as himself) fromspaces, walls, objects, times.

b. Have preclear do Six Ways to Nothing.

c. Have him create and destroy barriers.

Step VIII: Duplication

Fundamental: The basic action of existence is duplication.

Logic: All operating principles of life may be derived from duplication.

Axiom: Communication is as exact as it approaches duplication.

Axiom: Unwillingness to be cause is monitored by unwillingness to be duplicated.

Axiom: Unwillingness to be an effect is monitored by unwillingness to duplicate.

Axiom: An inability to remain in a geographical position brings about an unwillingness to duplicate.

Axiom: An enforced fixation in a geographical position brings about an unwillingness to duplicate.

Axiom: Inability to duplicate on any dynamic is the primary degeneration of the thetan.

Axiom: Perception depends upon duplication. Axiom: Communication depends upon duplication. Axiom: In the mest universe, the single crime is duplication.

Formula VIII: The primary ability and willingness of the thetan to duplicate must be rehabilitated by handling desires, enforcements and inhibitions relating to it on all dynamics.


a. Ask preclear for actions, forms and ideas which do, do not, duplicatespecific other people. For actions, forms, ideas by which specific otherpeople do, do not duplicate specific other people. For actions, forms, ideasof others which do, do not, duplicate him.

b. Have preclear duplicate physical objects and people and possess himselfof duplicates.

c. Have him make "no-duplicates" of objects and people.

d. Have him duplicate somethings and "nothings."

Group C

"Group C" is a process used on large numbers of people. It is composed of the following steps of SOP 8-C: Step Ia, Step IIa, Step IIIa, Step Va to h, Step VI, Step VII, Step VIII.


Pc stands for "preclear," a person being processed. Mock-up: A self-created image the preclear can see.

Bracket is done as follows: For preclear, for another, others for others, others for self, another for preclear, preclear for another. See Step Ia.

Special note: The first three steps of SOP 8-C could be classified as beingness steps. The remaining five steps of SOP 8-C could be classified as havingness steps. SOP, itself, in all eight steps constitutes doingness, thus approximating as described in Scientology 8-8008 the space-be, energy-do, time-have triangle.

Special note: In its entirety, SOP 8-C could be considered as various exercises in Formula H, which involves the most basic action of the thetan, which is reaching and withdrawing.

Special note: It will be noted that the negative orientation techniques are done in such a way as to make the preclear, without his being told to do so, create space. The auditor should pay specific attention when the preclear is discovering where things are not, that the preclear be caused to note specifically each time the exact location and position where the thing does not exist. This calls the preclear's attention to various positions which in themselves, thus located, create space. Thus, throughout SOP 8-C, the rehabilitation of space is also to be found, the definition of space being "space is a viewpoint of dimension."

Special note: In his auditing, if the auditor does not get a communication change on the part of the preclear, whether better or worse, every five or ten minutes, either the auditor is using the wrong step at the time, in which case he should progress on into the steps; or the preclear, even if he says he is, is not complying with the auditor's orders. The auditor, thus, should remain in continuous communication with the preclear so far as possible and should ascertain with great care what the preclear is doing after he indicates that he has complied with the direction and to discover every five or ten minutes if there has been a change in certainties or communication. The commonest source of failure in any step in SOP 8-C is a failure on the part of the preclear to execute the order given as it was intended to be executed, or on the part of the auditor in failing to ascertain whether or not the preclear is executing properly or if there has been a communication change. A careful check of auditors and preclears utilizing SOP 8-C has demonstrated in each case where its use was becoming lengthy that the auditor was failing to ascertain from the preclear whether or not there had been communication changes, and it was also uniformly discovered that the preclear who was failing to get results while being audited with SOP 8-C was not doing the steps as directed but was either avoiding by not doing them at all, although he said he was doing them, or was failing to understand the direction and so was executing the step in some other way.

The first goal which an auditor must achieve is willingness in the preclear to receive directions. The condition of the preclear is such, in nearly all cases, that he has chosen, as a main point of resistance in life, direction of himself other than his own. Because the physical universe is designed to resist and overcome that which resists it, a continuous resistance to other direction than one's own results finally in a loss of ability to greater or lesser degree to direct oneself. In that it is the ability to direct himself which the auditor is seeking to return to the preclear, it must be demonstrated to the preclear solely by the process of good auditing that other direction is not necessarily harmful or in the worst interest of the preclear. Thus, to some degree, he ceases to resist incoming direction, and by ceasing to resist it, no longer validates it as a barrier, and so is not concentrating attention on resisting direction but is able to use it freely in his own self-direction. The self-determinism of a preclear is proportional to the amount of self-direction he is capable of executing and deteriorates markedly when a great deal of his attention is devoted to preventing other direction. Directing himself, the preclear becomes capable of execution; preventing direction of himself (resisting the direction of others) brings about a condition where he is mainly devoted to resisting his environment. The latter results in a diminishing of space of the preclear.

The first step in the rehabilitation of the preclear in self-direction is therefore a limiting of the amount of resistance he is concentrating on "other direction" and demonstrating to him that his following of the steps of SOP 8-C under the direction of an auditor is not harmful but, on the contrary, increases his command and control of himself and brings him at last to the point where he can neglect and ignore the continuous stimulus-response operation of the physical universe.

It can be seen clearly then that the auditor who sets himself up to be resisted will fail, for the preclear is mainly concentrating upon resisting the auditor. This is the primary factor in all auditing.

The preclear is brought to a point of cooperation in terms of direction without the use of hypnosis or drugs and without argument or "convincingness" on the part of the auditor, by which is meant overbearing demeanor. At the same time it should be the sole intention and operation of the auditor that his own directions be carried out explicitly by the preclear, and that these be performed with a minimum of communication break and with a maximum of affinity, communication and reality.

Using the formula that that which changes the individual's position in space can evaluate for the individual, the auditor in using SOP 8-C should use, at the beginning of the first session and in any session where the preclear becomes unreasonably uncooperative in following simple directions, the following procedure. The auditor has the preclear walk to specific points in the room, touch, hold and let go of various specific objects. The auditor should be very exact in his directions. The auditor should do this even on an apparently cooperative case at least twenty minutes before going on to the next step in Opening Procedure.

When the preclear, drilled in this fashion, has at length realized without being told that the auditor's directions are quiet, reliable, exact and to be performed, and not until then, the auditor uses this process:

Preclear is asked to send himself to various parts of the room and do specific things. The auditor is very specific and exact about this, in that he has the preclear decide, on his own determinism and before moving from the spot where he is standing, what part of the room he is going to send himself to. When the preclear has decided this, and only then (but not necessarily telling the auditor), the preclear then takes himself to that part of the room. The auditor must be very exact that the decision to go to a certain part of the room and to reach or withdraw from a certain thing is made before the preclear takes an actual action. And then the auditor should make sure that the preclear has done exactly what he decided he would do before he moved. In such a wise, coached by the auditor, the preclear is led to direct himself to various parts of the room until he is entirely sure that he is directing himself to certain parts of the room and that the orders are coming from nobody but himself. Of course, before each new place is chosen, the auditor tells the preclear to choose a new place and tells him when to go there.

The third stage of this Opening Procedure is then as follows:

The auditor has the preclear be in one spot in the room and then has the preclear decide there to go to another spot in the room. The preclear leaves. The auditor has the preclear change his own mind, and go to yet another spot. This last is done to lessen the preclear's fear of changing his mind, to strengthen his decision and to lessen his reaction to his own mistakes.

The last two steps of Opening Procedure are done at some length. It is profitable by the experience of many auditors to spend as much as an hour on Opening Procedure even in a case which is not in poor condition. When Opening Procedure is omitted or is not carried on far enough, the auditor may discover that it will take him from five to ten hours to "get the case working." This time is saved by the expenditure of much less time in using Opening Procedure. Even when the preclear is complacent, even when the preclear is an obvious "Step I," even when the preclear shows no outward sign of resistance to other direction than his own, the first communication lag lessening which the auditor will perceive on the case will probably occur during the use of Opening Procedure. Further, the certainty of the case is heightened. Further, Opening Procedure is, for any level of case, an excellent process.

The preclear who is familiar with SOP 8 may conceive that he is doing a step which is "reserved for psychotics." The preclear should be disabused of such a concept, since the step is used today on all cases.

In the case of a preclear who is very resistive, Opening Procedure can be used with considerable profit for many hours. For such activity, however, an auditing room of the usual dimensions is usually too constrictive and the drill may be carried on as well out of doors even if only on a street.