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With standard technology and the Study Technology we have a workable technology. We can teach students to study with the Study Technology and we can get people to the state of Clear with the standard technology. 

What is important, then, is to get the technology applied and applied correctly. If we can't get the technology applied then we can't achieve the promised results. It's as simple as that. 

The only thing your students and clients get really upset about are "no results".  Trouble spots occur only when there are "no results". Attacks from individuals, organizations and government occur only when there are "no results" or "bad results". 

Therefore, the road is wide open and the ultimate success of the technology is assured if the technology is applied. It is the task of all staff members, supervisors and executives to get the correct technology applied. There is a right way and a wrong way. The way described in R. Hubbard's works and in the Clearbird manuals are based on years of research and more than 30 years of testing and practical use. When applied correctly the technology works. If not, there is no guarantees of such good fortune.

Getting the correct technology applied consists of:

  1.  Having the correct technology.
  2.  Knowing the technology.
  3.  Knowing it is correct.
  4.  Teaching correctly the correct technology.
  5.  Applying the technology.
  6.  Seeing that the technology is correctly applied.
  7.  Hammering out of existence incorrect technology.
  8.  Knocking out incorrect applications.
  9.  Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect technology.
  10.  Closing the door on incorrect application.

Let's take a closer look at this, point by point:

1. Having the correct technology
In developing standard technology a great many different things were tried and tested. There is no claim that standard technology is the only possible technology to achieve the state of Clear. It is however a fact it is the only one in existence. It was largely developed between 1950 and 1982. It has been in wide use for all those years and up to present time. It has produced Clears since 1950 and in great numbers since 1978. It has thus proved its workability over a great many years.

2. Knowing the technology
This is achieved through training. Unless the technology is taught at well attended courses and relayed to many, many students the technology will not be part of a society. A practitioner of the technology is of course the central person here. He has to know the technology, and know it very well, in order to practice in the field.

3. Knowing it is correct
This is achieved by the individual applying the correct technology in a proper manner and observing that it works that way. Again, the claim is not that it is the only possible technology in the field of study and Clearing. The claim is the technology is correct in the sense it does what it says; it produces and achieves the results it says it does. The way to get to know it is correct is to apply it as described in technical materials and taught on courses using Study Technology. To know it is correct is ultimately a personal experience. Results can be tested and documented. There exists great many test results that clearly support and prove that. But it is ultimately achieved as a certainty one person at a time. Direct observation is what is required. Since we are operating in the field of the mind, awareness, personal freedom and spiritual ability, no one is expected to ultimately be won over and convinced by anything less than on a personal basis.

R. Hubbard says the technology is comparable in difficulty to learning to play a musical instrument. But as a musical instrument it has to be treated with great affinity and with great precision to work right. But any student with good heart will soon be able to produce almost miraculous results on a gradient scale and will realize the technology is workable and correct.

4. Teaching correctly the correct technology
Here the Study Technology plays a central role. Part of teaching the standard technology correctly is to do it with Study Technology. There exists in the study manual extensive instructions on how to teach the technology correctly. 

When it comes to training standard technology practitioners, there is additional training applied. A practitioner keeps a report of the sessions he delivers. These reports are closely inspected by a case supervisor (C/S). The C/S' responsibility is to see that the technology is being correctly applied and that the client (preclear) gets the expected results. If the case supervisor sees something in the report that isn't optimum or is incorrect, he writes out a study order or cramming order for the practitioner to do. The practitioner would then go back and study and drill the exact point he hadn't done correctly, hence he gets a new certainty on how to do it exactly right so it produces the desired results.

After graduating,  a practitioner will still be supervised closely by a case supervisor. Should he run into problems the case supervisor will direct him to the exact materials the practitioner missed or did incorrectly. He will usually be sent to cramming. He needs to be Word Cleared on the exact materials and will usually have to drill the practical procedures in question again.

In a larger office or organization there always exist a cramming section. This department is run by people, who specialize in correcting such errors and getting the practitioner to step-by-step become a real professional. They use additional training technology to achieve that. This is especially covered in R. Hubbard's Word Clearing Series and Cramming Series. But the basic technology they use is the Study Technology as presented in the Study Manual.

5. Applying the technology
No technology will work unless it is applied. This is one of those simple self-evident basics that shouldn't be overlooked. It is important to ensure that students and graduates actually use the technology. Thus every effort should be made on the part of leaders, supervisors, and case supervisors to make it possible and attractive to do just that: applying the technology. Sometimes it has been overstressed that no errors were allowed. The truth is, any application of the technology is better than no application at all. The way to learn it and achieve perfection is to do it boldly and take and give any study orders, trips to cramming and other correctional actions, with good spirits and get them done. By keeping on doing that and keeping on studying, the quality as well as the quantity will go up steadily. The technology thus will be applied. 

6. Seeing that the technology is correctly applied
This is done by course supervisors, case supervisors, and the cramming section. There has to be a continuous quality control in place to ensure the technology is only practiced in a workable and beneficial way. The application of the technology is a precision activity, that's why it is called a technology, which point should never be forgotten.

7. Hammering out of existence incorrect technology
Part of seeing that the technology is correctly applied is to hammer out of existence incorrect technology. Students (and sometimes practitioners) may try to mix it up with other technologies. Sometimes they do it incorrectly due to false ideas or misunderstood words. There exist many tools for sorting these things out, from Word Clearing to ways to find, inspect and discard false data (False Data Stripping), to handling students' personal problems. The mind and spirit are in fields full of opinions, philosophies, and so-called schools of thought. Standard technology and Study Technology are their own and should never be mixed up with other schools of thought. In case of illness the client should consult a doctor first, however. This is part of the technology. It has to be applied correctly to keep working.

8. Knocking out incorrect applications
First we knock out incorrect technology. Obviously things are improving. Now we have to look more closely and catch any small errors in procedure and performance that would prevent optimum results. The tools are the same as described above: course supervision, case supervision, study orders and cramming actions, including lots of additional practical drilling. 

9. Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect technology
In (7) we hammered out any incorrect technology that had crept in. We also have to take action to plug the holes and close the door so it doesn't happen again. This may take organizational actions. It may take disciplinary actions by the ethics department. It may take screening of the students and make sure they agree to the terms before they are enrolled and to specific ethical and technical terms before they are graduated. 

10. Closing the door on incorrect application
In (8) we knocked out incorrect applications. How do we plug the holes and close the door after that? On the level of teaching courses it is done by setting high standards and running the courses efficiently with good discipline and correct application of Study Technology. This include lots of drilling before a student is turned loose to practice what he has learned. It may also take organizational actions. It may take disciplinary actions such as ethics actions. Things has to be run as in a tight ship. It is better to keep students at it for an extended period of time than allow incompetent students to graduate. Students are given a certain latitude as long as they audit for the benefit of the pc and get positive results. When they graduate all uncertainties should be behind them; the door is closed to incorrect applications through rigorous training and repeated pink sheets, crammings,  and possibly ethics actions.

Technology and group-agreement
Groups and exact technology seem to be like oil and water. They  seem not to mix. This is especially true in a new technology. Even more so when the technology is about thought, mental and spiritual phenomena. A group could eventually accept a better way to build a house or other things tangible. When it comes to mental phenomena and thought though, the matter is quite different. Gaining acceptance and agreement on a technology can take a long time as history shows.

Groups tend to agree upon principles that are a low average of its members. This may be out of superstition, out of convenience, out of a single individual's struggle for power and control. It can be to get enough agreement from group members, or out of a desire to "please the customers", or authorities. It can  be to get funds from some rich and influential person or organization.

In standard technology we handle a person's reactive mind. The reactive mind is the 'unconscious' and irrational part of a person's mind. Since all humans, not yet cleared, have a reactive mind they tend to agree upon principles dictated by this irrational mind. Anything new and different is perceived to be dangerous, hard to understand and impossible to apply - no matter how clear the evidence is to the contrary. The reactive mind, for one thing, prevents clear and unbiased observation. It depends upon superstition, fear, and and false ideas in its 'judgment'.

This has to be overcome in the individual student and in the group as a whole. The way  to overcome this is study, study, study. The student has to be willing and able to observe at all times. He has to be taught long and hard to do procedures by the book and observe that it works.

In the absence of an ability to observe the right way to do it, it has to be enforced with discipline and lots of drilling. Eventually the student will realize there is a right way and a wrong way to do it because he has seen the difference in results with his own eyes. Some students may choose to leave, but the overall concern is that the technology is kept working - or no one will benefit.

As in anything worthwhile it takes discipline, hardships, overcoming fears and superstitions to really succeed. At times it takes a bit of faith to keep going. The student and practitioner has to develop determination and toughness and a willingness to do it as described in the materials. Eventually (and this may only take a few weeks or months to become obvious to him) he will be able to reap the benefits of his hard work. To become a true professional may take years. But this is only achieved through accepting the discipline necessary to perform. This is true for any worthwhile profession, be it in medicine, engineering, science, arts, music, writing, or acting. It is especially true to standard technology that is handling the mind and spirit where in the past only confusion ruled and all were entitled to their personal opinions and strange ideas.

What has to be understood is, that standard technology is a technology. It is based on exact axioms and natural laws. When you do it correctly you get results; if you don't, you may end up with a disaster on your hands. Keeping the technology working thus means to observe the ten points above and do it by the book; eventually it will be realized that it works as described.



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