I probably may have a different take on auditing than others but I can be corrected. The short version is that auditing is where you and an auditor (one who listens) sit together, opposite each other, and you use a device called an e-meter which picks up “mental mass.” It’s not too complicated so let me explain.
Upon going through life, we have all had experiences that have left a mark on our understanding of life, people, and ourselves. Some of these experiences have been good for us, and some haven’t. When these experiences were bad, we may not have been able to confront something, thus it kind of gets stuck and leads us to have all kinds of considerations, they kind of act like trigger buttons or as we know it “restimulation.” When we’re not restimulated, we might be prone to think and say “I’m actually pretty alright in life” but trust me, I said that too but when I get in that chair, often times I cry because the auditor is trained at bringing that stuff to the surface.
So if it brings such emotions out, wouldn’t it be better to just not think about it? Well thinking about it is one thing. You’re only communicating with yourself, so usually it never gets resolved. It’s not the same as talk therapy either, because even though you may get it “out of your universe” at that time, it isn’t lasting.
Auditing is different in that in all those painful moments we once experienced, we felt like victims. We felt like we had no other choices, we felt we had no control over those situations. So what actually happens is, an auditor guides you through those times, you gain control of YOUR own past, and like magic, those things no longer stand in your way of true happiness.
Regression therapy is similar, except, there is no measurable way to see change. That’s why we use the e-meter. Mental mass is basically barriers to fully understanding something. The e-meter picks this up, and as you yourself clear it with your auditor, the e-meter shows this. It’s really cool.
A common misconception is that because the psychiatric industry only treats people who are really down in the dumps, that Scientology is the same way - that people only need auditing if they’ve had very traumatic experiences in life. That is completely untrue. The tone scale demonstrates how EVERYONE could improve their tones, and this is important when you consider ability. How able is a person in the fear tone to have a fulfilling relationship, or good ethics, or ability to pull in an income, or chase his dreams? How able is an anger tone? Those are obviously tones at the bottom, but even in Boredom tone, much can be improved.
Scientology auditing makes you more of your natural self before all your considerations. Think of a child before they get taught who to be, what to think, how to act, etc. Mostly, they are happy, active, curious about life, enjoy learning new things, and they really enjoy helping.
We lose that somewhere along the way, some of us become cold, hard, numb, or bored with everything, and of course if surrounded by suppression, we can go down to anxiety and fear, and over a long period of time, even when the suppressives are no longer around us, we still have considerations on ourselves and the world that we “bought into” at some point.
See, life is entirely comprised of agreements to ourselves. The analytical mind and the reactive mind work together to make us survive better, but the reactive mind is flawed because those agreements are not logical. The reactive mind works in an A=A=A way, and the analytical mind always wants to be right. So the reactive mind says that because Jennie with red hair was rude to me when I was 7, all redheads must just be rude people. The analytical mind says “I am right” and so you have flawed logic. This is where prejudice is born, hatred, and especially, damage to us as spiritual beings.
The key to auditing is basically as simple as back when xyz happened, we made ourselves right, and tried to exercise as much control as we could, and if we couldn’t we said “there was nothing I could have done differently,” but deep deep down inside, beyond our immediate awareness without auditing, we know we could have handled something differently.
Auditing is NOT meant to make anyone wrong. It’s actually a really fun, therapeutic experience with lasting results. The training side of the Bridge is important, but auditing is where the REAL good stuff is. Remember, what’s true for you is true, so what’s true for you now with the training side, would be even more beneficial with auditing. For example, on the 12 traits of an SP, a person chronically in covert hostility tone would read the traits and think “these traits are actually very smart, I can use them to change my environment” whereas a person who makes things go right for himself instead of needing to change his environment would say “these traits are very stupid, I’d rather work on myself.”
And that’s the basic reason why SPs don’t change. They don’t consider they need help, it’s everyone else who is the problem.
But that’s quite far down the spectrum, we all have things we could improve upon. There is a reason you and everyone else are here. You want to learn more about the world and that’s definitely what you’ll get when doing training. But if you want to learn about yourself, as LRH says, “if you don’t know yourself, you know nothing,” then I’d strongly recommend you get auditing. Get as much as you can. The first two sessions are free by the way, so try it out! You might be blown away!