By Tom Martiniano

This is the second article in a series of articles on jump-starting our activity.  This article is about what caused the boom in the 70’s and how we can use this, today.

I had done an eval in the beginning of this year on what actually caused the boom of Scientology in the 70’s, as a lot of orgs were very close, if not already there, to “Saint Hill Size”.   There had been a lot of speculation on what caused this boom such as; “most of the people who attended Scientology back then were Hippies who were seeking spirituality”, or it was because “society was more lenient towards movements” or other Why-is-God type of remarks.   

But if you look at what really kicked the whole thing off was when LRH broke through the big barrier.  What actually happened back then that was so big and so important was that LRH discovered OT III in 1967 and developed the way through of the “Wall of Fire”.  Because of the volatile content of the materials of OT III LRH decided that he needed to make a cadre of strong, dedicated Scientologists.  So the Sea Org was established in 1967.  Management was established aboard the Apollo and in 1968 this management started putting together a plan to boom Scientology and began establishing CLOs, for management purposes, and he also established AO’s to deliver OT III.  

Then they established St Hill Orgs in key safe areas around the planet which were designed to deliver the newly released SHSBC (St Hill Special Briefing Course) in which all of LRH’s technical tapes were studied as well as every bulletin LRH ever wrote were studied – all in chronological order.  The result of this course was the powerful Class VI auditor who not only had his/her basics fully in but was now able to audit pcs on any rundown that there was and was able to repair any pc no matter how bogged down.  The course was a gigantic hit and by 1970 there were more than 500 students on the Briefing  course in Los Angeles alone.

Mind you, during this period of intense expansion there was very little promo coming out of the church. Most of the public on the lines were coming into the orgs from a) FSMing, b) Body Routing and c) word of mouth.

When these SHSBC students graduated their intense internships they were urged by Sea Org management to open up missions and orgs across the planet. And they did. These orgs (Toronto, Boston, New York, Detroit, St Louis, San Francisco, Munich, Paris, London, just to name a few), boomed in just a few years. Most got up to St Hill size and were churning out pc grads and were collectively making auditors and c/ses by the hundreds per month.

But the schools and education n the USA had been long since compromised and the majority of high school grads in the USA were illiterate.  LRH began to notice a high blow rate on academy training and so developed the Study Tech, Word Clearing tech and Supervisor tech.  The Sea Org sent out implementation programs for study tech and word clearing and as soon as the orgs implemented them, the blow rate declined and now the orgs were making auditors and c/ses without much attrition.  The Primary Rundown was released in 1971.  I did this course myself.  It took me a year and a half to do it but I went from super un-literate to super-literate and now I could study.  I set up our academy courseroom and I made all my students do the Primary Rundown before they did academy training.  It worked like a dream and each one of these students went on to be excellent auditors.

The Word Clearing Festival came out in 1971.  My post at the time was “Word Clearer”.  My post duties were set up in two parts: 1. I word cleared staff on their hats until they were sure to not have any confusions on their posts. This alone kicked off an overall affluence in the org. 2.  We word cleared public.  We concentrated on getting in public who had been in the org at least once.  We sent them “Qual Summons’” in which they were given appointments to meet with me.  Public would actually  call in and make an appointment and I would have them come in.  I would explain to them that I wanted to give them “another chance”.  So I put them on the meter and asked them what was their first contact with Scientology and then their next contact and so on until I got either a Long Fall on the Meter or a Blowdown.  Let’s say they had a Blowdown on their first contact being a friend of theirs disseminating to them. I would ask them if there was something in that talk that he didn’t fully get (Method 4 Word Clearing).  I would get the instant read and follow it up.  They would say something like “I didn’t get what he was saying about something called “Engrams”.  “What word was misunderstood just prior to Engrams?” would be the next command I could give. The earlier MU would be “Scientology” (or something like that) and I would then clear that. I swear to you that I got more Dial Wide F/Ns and Floating TAs by doing this action than any other action I ever did.  You see – Mis Us block interest and purpose (Talk to Department 15 by LRH) and when you clear the mu you automatically rehab the original purpose that the person came into Scn for in the first place. We flooded the org with these people who were so happy that we pulled them back in and handled them. They did services and went up the bridge.

So, it appears that the action for us to take is to set up a training space in each continent and let people know they are there.  We must do this now. Then we start word clearing everyone in the field. They will love it, trust me.

We need to find people in each continent who will fund setting up training areas. In FEBC tape 4 LRH says that “Function monitors structure” and where there are auditors there will be paying PCs and the training facilities will start making money off of paying pcs. There are thousands and thousands of pcs in each continent who are stalled Dianetic Clears that need help.  I’ve helped a lot of them and I assure you they are in big trouble.  The Church takes 6 intensive on average to verify a person clear or not.  We verify them in one or two sessions (because of no sec checks).

So study tech, and word clearing, the actions taken on orgs just prior to the boom.

Makes sense, eh?


+2 # Espiritu 2013-05-04 21:41
All of this makes total sense. It is time to get back to the simplicities that work. Thank you for communicating these truths in words, Tom.
calvin b. duffield
+1 # calvin b. duffield 2013-05-05 00:29
Espiritu, ditto what you said to Tom, though just to add that "set up a training
space" means "putting an org there" in ordinary LRH parlance. Indeed,for the sake
of having a future to come back to, we had

ML, Calvin.
Tom M
# Tom M 2013-05-05 17:29
You're totally correct Calvin. Thanks for that add on.

ML Tom
# Espiritu 2013-05-06 04:48
Amen to that, brother.
Tom M
-1 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:30
Thank you Espirtu. Much more to come.

ML Tom
Ronnie Bell
+2 # Ronnie Bell 2013-05-04 23:52
Tom, I get a rehabilitated feeling every time I read one of your articles. I thank God that old timers such as yourself are out here, and are working to get Ron's vital tech into the hands of the next generation.

Thank you for your service and for everything you're doing still.
Tom M
# Tom M 2013-05-05 17:28
Thank you my brother Ronnie!

ML Tom
Bernie Wimbush
+3 # Bernie Wimbush 2013-05-05 00:11
Well shiver my timbers etc, you mean that the tech applied actually worked and people wanted more, and staff were enthusiastic and unsuppressed? And you figure that the the current DM ethod of making applying tech or being on staff part of a dangerous environment would stop that expansion?
Thanks Tom for reminding us. Lets get bak to the good old days.
Tom M
-1 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:27
Bernie - Here, here!
+1 # george 2013-05-05 01:17
Really interesting Tom! I have thought for a while that to start an org off, initially all you need is someone who knows what they are doing and that they have the purpose to do it. A Class VI would definately fill that spot. What you did with wordclearing, especially applying it to new public was brilliant.
Keep these articles coming!!
Tom M
+1 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:26
Thanks George. Wait until you see the next one. OMG.

ML Tom
Regular Dog
+1 # Regular Dog 2013-05-05 03:34
Yes Tom, good call. You're right on the money.
Richard Kaminski
+3 # Richard Kaminski 2013-05-05 06:32
Great article, Tom. Your enthusiasm shines through.

There were lots of factors which contributed to the massive expansion, and not the least of which were that you didn't need to have before you could do. I felt on staff at that time, that my contribution was valuable, and that the org was mine. What I did on post helped. We made do with what we had. Our London Org wasn't made out of sparkly, glittering MEST, yet the buzz around the place was fantastic. It was the wins we were having that made the place seem bright.

As well as the Study Tech, I would also like to point out that here in London, it was the Comm Course that acted as the feeder line to the Academy. The Course was basically just the TR's 0-9 and cost a paltry £5, anyone could afford that. It took about a month full-time. There was a mini Student Hat and everything was starrate checkout. The wins and fun doing TR's 'hard' was incredible, and virtually everyone progressed either to staff, to the HGC or to the Academy via that route. It was a winner strategy for us. I personally don't remember one single instance of ethics ever being needed on that course. There was no pressure from registrars or anyone. You just turned up and had a lot of fun. Lots of us went exterior because we weren't being interfered with.

It was a friendly and easy to do intro course anyone could get their head around as to its purpose, and which produced massive, life-changing gains.
+1 # Vertsurblanc 2013-05-05 16:08
Richard. Good feedback. Don't you think this course, TRs 0 to 4 at least, is even more relevant today than then? The world in is in great electronic comm, but one-on-one maybe not so much.

I think a large push on this, as well as word clearing, will do wonders.

Ronnie Bell
+1 # Ronnie Bell 2013-05-05 20:28
Spot on, Vert. The Comm Course changed my life, and the lives of thousands of others - when it was delivered as LRH intended. Recreate that, and you'll have the same reach for the technology as we saw in the 1970s. Maybe even more-so today.
Richard Kaminski
+1 # Richard Kaminski 2013-05-06 06:30
Vertsurblanc, yes, agreed. Ron did an incredible job with the detail and precision of lower bridge tech, and it's within our means to put it back into place.

Word Clearing tech gave me a life-long love of study, something that was quite unthinkable before I got into Scientology, and with TR0, my life began!

We can pass on these gains to our brothers and sisters at almost no cost.
# Espiritu 2013-05-06 04:59
So true on all of this.
If Ron had given us ONLY the TRs and nothing else, the application of that technology could change the world all by itself if disseminated and applied. Can you imagine people having their OTTRO in 24/7, getting their communications across, listening to each other, acknowledging each other, etc. as a usual way of living?
+2 # KFrancis 2013-05-05 07:23
Tom….what a great article!

I clearly recall when I was new to Scientology clearing the word “even” while on course. What a win! I had no idea the confusion I was in with regard to words. I was essentially at least somewhat functionally illiterate and didn’t know it.

Later on I did the Key to Life course and my understanding of the English language deepened and my appreciation for the written word exploded.

I believe MU’s and illiteracy are the destructive twin culprits behind a lot of the social breakdown (not a new idea) we see.

A world out of communication indeed-I love the word clearing program you have in mind.
Tom M
# Tom M 2013-05-05 17:22
You are correct about the twin culprits.

ML Tom
Tom M
+2 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:25
Richard, right on. People loved our dump. It was simple - just like humble thetans. And the comm course was a great feeder. Everyone wants to be able to communicate more and better. So they will flock to it again.

ML Tom
# KFrancis 2013-05-05 07:48
Words are tools and you can’t build a sentence or a life without an understanding of them.
Richard Kaminski
+2 # Richard Kaminski 2013-05-06 07:00
Good analogy, KFrancis. Isn't it a pleasure to watch how skilled craftspeople use their tools and equipment to turn out an expertly finished job? You're willing to pay for their service and products because they're good ones - they've got understanding in them.
+3 # Flur 2013-05-05 09:08
I think a huge factor was the HSDC. For $500.00 you learned to co-audit R3R. This started massive co-audits. It wasn't always pretty but a lot of people were auditing and making gains.
Tom M
+2 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:21
Flur. You're not wrong about HSDC. Wonderful course and great platform for the co-audit. Thank you.

ML Tom
+4 # SILVIA 2013-05-05 10:44
Correct, totally correct. Lost tech comes because of misunderstoods and WCing is vital vital for training.
Now, the proposal to open trainning centers is also correct and, by the way, Frankfurt just opened (on May 27th) such a Center where students can attend and have LRH Tech.
I back up your idea.
Tom M
+6 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:20
Sylvia, this is great on Frankfurt! We are on a bloody roll here. We just got out first NOTS comp here. So Arizona is up and running. I'm just about ready to open a training facility.

ML Tom
Ingrid Smith
+5 # Ingrid Smith 2013-05-05 12:43
Yes,I remember the fun and expanding Scientology days of the '70s.I was a little hippy girl with very long hair ( hard to avoid when living in San Francisco). The whole subject of the MU was so understood at the time that if anyone said someting negative about the Tech we knew there was a nasty little MU somewhere.

I have a fun story on that very subject. My first post at SFO was as receptionist. Someone came in who didn't look like she wanted to be there.She was brought in by a Scientologist, She stated "I don't like organizations" I asked her what is the definition of organization.This completely stopped her in her tracks.She started service and went on to become a CVlll- The one who brought her there even to this day recalls that pivotal moment.

Tom, thank you for this great article that shows that there is a powerful Tech. Ron went through enormous work so that we can have it-because he wants us to WIN and become OT!
Tom M
+2 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:16
Love the story. And that is exactly how it is applied and how it works. Next time someone is nattering about anything, clear his MU. works every time.

ML Tom
Ronnie Bell
+1 # Ronnie Bell 2013-05-05 20:31
Awesome story, Ingrid. Looks like you were helping to free people from your first day on post! :-)
+3 # Vertsurblanc 2013-05-05 16:05
Thanks Tom.

"set up our academy courseroom and I made all my students do the Primary Rundown before they did academy training. It worked like a dream and each one of these students went on to be excellent auditors."

Which org was your org?

This sounds powerfully simple.

The comm course like Richard notes, was a massive factor in our expansion.

I will keep doing what I am doing and when ready will give you a shout.

Tom M
+2 # Tom M 2013-05-05 17:13
Thanks Vert, My org was Detroit. it was all simple because we simply used LRH the way it was intended. And yes, the comm course is what kicked off the public route into the org.

ML Tom
Ronnie Bell
+2 # Ronnie Bell 2013-05-05 20:38
One of the biggest mistakes the organization ever made, was de-emphasizing the Comm Course, and later, doing away with it all together. It was responsible for changing thousands of people's lives, and for putting massive quantities of bodies in the shop, many of who later went on to become staff, do auditor training, and move up the OT levels. It was one of the most successful actions ever done by the church, yet it was allowed to be shortcut, undercut, and banished altogether. That's suppression with a capital S, boy.
Lana M
+3 # Lana M 2013-05-05 20:46
I was amazed when Bernie Wimbush came to visit me last year and he detailed how the Communication Course used to be run. He told me that they would charge $500 for the course. It was simply TRs, and you could do it as LONG as you wanted. If you wanted to stay on TRs for months, you were welcome to. You just kept cycling through those TRs. But in addition to this, to remain on the course (at least at the Wimbush Mission) you had to attend a lecture once a week -- and these lectures were held nightly and were on all sorts of key subjects relating to communication -- such as ARC, Tone Scale, 3P, and more. Basic lectures on key fundamentals of Scientology. When the person was thrilled to bits with their accomplishments on the TRs and with the weekly lectures they would be sold Life Repair and they would be onto the Bridge and rolling. And they had literally HUNDREDs on the course, doing just that.

So simple. So easy. And a far step from the Communication Course I did in the Church in the mid 80's.

They were just making Scientologists by enlightening them and getting them to use and apply TRs and basic tools.
+2 # Vertsurblanc 2013-05-06 12:38
Lana and Tom and Ronnie and Richard.

I had an opportunity to deliver some comm courses and hunted around for something that resembles the course you are talking about. I did not want STCC or its ilk.

I found one through APS that had "Dear Alice" 0 to 4, straight. What a pleasure.

The people who did the course were blown away.

Nowadays if this occurs again I will have to find something independent.

This course plus the lectures Lana was how my friends and I started.

It is a highly workable formula indeed.

Ralph Hilton
+4 # Ralph Hilton 2013-05-06 05:52
I saw many of the US orgs and missions in the late 70s. The missions were far bigger and uptone than the orgs. Flag had most of it's public from the missions - the mission holders for L's etc and they also sent many of the staff for training. The boom was killed with the mission holders conference - the goose that laid the golden eggs was cooked.
# Bluebonnet 2013-05-06 17:59
Da Truth
# Da Truth 2016-07-05 07:41
The proof will be in the pudding on this one. As of NOW the CoS a-holes are NOT trying to shut down independent Scn.

THUS, the boom will be recreated IF Tom's eval was correct.

I did my own eval of this ~82. I found it to be because of the Boomer generation and their proclivities. The fall off was date coincident with the bulk of the Boomers leaving college and starting a life.

I will bet Tom that MY eval is correct based on Scn NEVER booming again.

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