Standard technology is an exact route. It takes a person from human being to the state of Clear. An incredible amount of research and trial-and-error went into finding that route. It was mainly done by R. Hubbard and published between 1950 and 1986. In the general field of the mind, if you take a world view, 99% of the research is unworkable advice and technology, and only about 1% is good technology. You are actually walking in territory that is mainly unexplored.
Fortunately there is this narrow route that does work. It would be irresponsible to just turn people loose without an experienced guide to guide them them to success. This is why it has to be stressed time and again that it has to be done by the book. The student is not supposed to do it as the course supervisor tells him to do it. It has to be done by the book: By the written materials. The student is always referred to the written materials when correction is needed or questions asked. This does not change after graduation. Following the written materials is the path to use, so as not to get lost. It is what keeps the technology consistent and workable over the years.
The "Hidden" Data Line
If a course supervisor or case supervisor were to incorrectly give the student a lot of verbal instructions and "advice", the green student will think, "he really knows his stuff. I better do as he says".
The student may think that the supervisor has some other source of information that he, the student, does not have access to.
The truth is, all data is in written or recorded form. The correct way to teach and instruct a student is to point out the error and then give him the correct materials to study. To do it any other way will at some point cause alterations or misunderstandings and the workable and proven way to do it is at risk.
There is no Hidden Data Line. To introduce 'advice' and verbal explanations would make it seem there is such a line. The written text is not going to fade as memories do. You can't just turn around and say, "I didn't say that". It can be corrected, if in error, but the consistency and the possibility to restudy what was actually said or written is what makes it possible to study and get results in such an opinionated field as that of the mind and spirit.
if it isn't written it isn't true.
Here is how you defeat verbal tech:
A Clearbird Footnote
A textbook, such as this one and Clearbird's 'The Road to Clear', are by some seen as a violation of these issues. We have published the manuals as User's Manuals in the existing technology. The manuals have been scrutinized by experts; any bits that could be misunderstood or twisted have been ironed out. In case of any doubts we still refer the reader to R. Hubbard's works. The rule "If it isn't written it isn't true", then, also applies to students of Clearbird's Manuals. It prevents confusions and conflicting instructions. The student is only given one 'software program'; all the instructions, advice and any modifications are in recorded form. Misunderstoods can be found and handled. There are no attempts to rewrite the technology as technology. But, as with any software program, the practical rendition and the manuals have to be debugged and updated regularly just to be able to be understood by the users. The attempt is to communicate the existing technology to hopefully many new users and practitioners.
There is new research taking place in this field. We support that. The technology presented here is a workable technology, not necessarily perfect. This research is done by true professionals that have practiced the existing technology for years and years. Clearbird's manuals do not contain any of this research as it is outside the scope of a basic textbook. The basics of the technology are sound and solid and that is what a student has to learn first; it's a long and hard study all by itself. We have thus concentrated on the basic technology and have taken great care that no alterations of the technology itself has been accidentally introduced.
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