((Editor's comments in double parenthesis - Homer))
The Cognition Tax (continued)
Copyright (C) 1991 A Voice of the Free Zone (Electra)
Redistribution rights granted for non commercial purposes.
You see the problem was that people began entering the Church
in droves, they KNEW that the Technology worked, but this did
not change the fact that it took a long time to complete it. People
wanted to be saved, they didn't want anything to do with looking
at the monsters in their closets. There was however no salvation
until they did.
And the one point that must never be forgotten is that the primary
attack of this disease on the spirit was in the spiritual and
ETHICAL centers of the mind, leaving a person open to every whiff
of corruption, temptation and seduction that came his way.
((Electra refers to corruption, temptation and seduction extensively
in her writings. They are handled on Power, Grave V and VA, and
form sort of a tone scale from perfection and the ability to handle
power, down to total degradation and having no personal power
at all. Corruption stems from the belief that one is not responsible
for the condition one finds oneself in, that is the crack in the
armor so to speak, the person's shield, his integrity is corrupted
at that point by this belief.
Running "What aren't you responsible for?" might
be a way to develop and expose those cracks in people, but I don't
Temptation is the light that shines through these cracks, it
is what always calls you to do wrong in order to enhance your
own survival, maybe by being dishonest, or ripping off your fellow
man, or more importantly, using your power in unscrupulous ways
to benefit from your position of power at the expense of the people.
Seduction is falling for the temptation and actually following
through on committing the overt acts. Once regret sets in, Power
becomes but a memory.))
In the beginning when someone entered the Church, they did so
knowing full well what they were getting into, it was a small
band of highly advanced people. New people were immediately trained
in the Tech and received the Tech themselves, to rid themselves
of the Divine Plague. Thus everyone in the Church was clean or
But when the Church started to catch on, so many people came into
it and took on positions of responsibility, that there were just
was not enough trained people to debug all the new people. Probably
this was due to the increase in administrative posts, people who
did not deliver the Tech, thus they were slow at receiving the
Tech or responding to it. It was easier to stay on post and screw
up than go into session and own up.
Those who wanted to be Techies on the other hand quickly moved
up the stair case to higher states of Divine Clarity because they
spent all day learning the Tech and delivering it to others.
In the end there were probably 10 to 20 administrative posts to
every Techie post, thus the Church was swamped with very ill beings,
who did not get their own cases cleaned up as fast as was needed.
Yet they formed the power base and made all the decisions. This
corruption was all very slow and subtle and still has the historians
scratching their heads. It was just too incredible.
The Church began to look like a bastion of the Fourth Reich.
Near the end of the Good Doctor's life, he had managed to lose
control of his Church and was no longer running it, and was no
longer legally responsible for it. It was in the hands of who
ever had managed to take over control.
There was Tech still taking place, but more often than not, those
with the most money, HOWEVER OBTAINED, where the first to receive
the Tech while the more worthy people, the more spiritually advanced,
waited in the sidelines.
Often people would declare having attained a particular level
of Divine Clarity and they would place their big certificates
on the walls mainly because of the social status that went with
it, and the amount of money they could boast they had paid for
it. Yet a deeper look would have shown that not one confession
had been given up, and nothing of the central trauma had ever
been touched in session.
Men who could have been saved, weren't. People who claimed to
have been saved, hadn't been. This gave salvation a very bad name
to the public at large who were a bit edgy on the subject of salvation
in the first place. They came to feel betrayed, because they were
made to doubt the existence of salvation altogether. It put them
back in their nightmare without hope. This they did not forgive.
The Tech was all going to waste and it was all for show. At about
this time various celebrities became involved in the Church pushing
its various causes, raising enormous amounts of money for its
advertising campaigns and declaring the wonders of the Tech. But
the Tech was nowhere to be found. It was all hype and glitz and
smiling faces. And very slick promo.
Now you might ask what ever happened to the Techies during all
this? Surely they would have put up a stink at the use and abuse
that the proper application of the Tech was undergoing. And you
would be right, a stink they made indeed.
Remember some people where violently opposed to the Tech because
they did not understand it through their illness, or because they
were afraid it would uncage the beast within them. These people
had always been trouble to the Church and every once in a while
one of them would actually get on post and start to do screwy
things to bring the Church into disrepute. Or they would get on
Tech lines and give Tech orders that were totally wrong and upset
everyone, and so of course people's cases would just get mucked
up and everyone would start grumbling about the Good Doctor, the
Church and the Tech, about how bad it all was. These people were
called Bad Guys. They were declared as such when they were discovered
among the ranks, and they were expelled from the Church until
they saw fit to confess and do amends for the harm they had caused.
Near the end people were being declared Bad Guys at an alarming
rate and little mustard yellow slips were handed out to everyone
on post declaring that so and so was a Bad Guy and no one should
talk to him and everyone should report anything they saw him do
especially if it were bad.
Usually Bad Guys were kicked out of the Church FOREVER, but that
was just a dramatization of the hate and evil of the very disease
the Church was trying to cure. And actually if you read the policies
of the Good Doctor, it said clearly in 'Ethics Gradients' that
the door was always open a little, even if just a crack, to let
anyone back in who changed his mind and didn't want to be a Bad
Guy any more.
However the Ethics Gradients Policy letter was repealed soon after
the Good Doctor died. This locked the Church into this universe
forever as they were buried under all the beings they refused
to make friends with.
The Good Doctor knew that no one would be saved unless everyone
COULD be saved. But that seemed to be a new thought on the planet.
One that went right over the head and souls of the management
that took over the Church after the Good Doctor's death.
Anyhow this precedence had been set, permission had been granted
to kick someone out of the Church if it could be proven that he
was a Bad Guy. So they would call Committees of Evidence together
and they would Com Ev the hell out of the guy, and then they kicked
him out and sent his case folder to the DEAD FILE, which meant
that no one was allowed to give a hoot about him until he repented.
And any letters he sent to the Church or the Good Doctor were
sent to the dead file without being read.
This was actually very mild treatment for some very nasty people,
people whose intentions were really evil, and whom the Church
could easily have done without.
But what happened is that the Techies, the TRUE TECHIES, the ones
who had been in it from the beginning, the best ones around, the
ones who had devoted their whole lives to becoming expert in the
subject, the ones who had had the most Tech applied to themselves,
and so were the highest beings on the planet, the ones who had
applied the most Tech to others, actually the only ones who knew
anything at all about the Tech, the only ones who could apply
it correctly and had the courage and honor to do so, started complaining
about the false attests and the people buying their way up to
higher states with out actually attaining them, and THEY WERE
DECLARED BAD GUYS AND KICKED OUT OF THE CHURCH.
The records show that this all came to a head one dark day, when
all the best Techies of the Church from all over the planet, all
the mission holders, all the highest and most devoted people that
the Church had, were all called together for a large meeting which
they thought was going to be to discuss the future of the Church.
Well they were all fired, and while they were sitting there in
shock in this huge meeting hall, back home their missions were
stormed, their materials were taken from them, all their Tech
references and tools, and all their case folders, and all those
private confessional folders of their parishioners. Their staff
members were absorbed back into the Church and those that wouldn't
go were declared Bad Guys too and were hounded and harassed until
little was left of their lives. In the agony of this day was born
the Free Zone.
The Free Zone is where all the Techies went, to practice the Tech
independently on their own. There was no Tech left in the Church,
just mouthings and pretenses. Shams and shambles. Facades and
smiling faces, with knives behind their backs.
Just like the Good Doctor had said in one of his little charts.
A few years later the Good Doctor died as befalls all men no matter
how Immortal, and although history records that he swore to come
back and take over his Church again to do it right, it is unclear
if this ever happened. Personally I think maybe he washed his
hands of the whole thing and came to Earth to start anew. I sure
hope so. In the years after his death, his Church became very
rich and powerful, but it also grew more hated by the population
at large especially by its own members. Not the vapid Churchies
who repeated the mouthings of the Doctor at the beck and call
of installed Puppet Masters, I mean the Free Zoners who still
had all the Tech intact and had been working day and night to
improve the Tech, to add on to the foundation laid down by the
Good Doctor and to make sure that his work would never be in vain.
To make matters worse, the various governments of the world knew
that the Tech worked, but they all had a strong vested interest
in the Tech NOT working so they could keep their war games going.
They made a lot of money with war games. Thus a secret coalition
was eventually formed between the Church and various governments
of the world. On the surface it looked like the Churchies and
the Politicians were always at war with one another, but in truth
the last leaders of the Church were installed by and were in the
payroll of various governmental leaders who used the Church for
their own ends, one of which was to make sure the Tech was never
applied properly. Further they siphoned off millions of dollars
from Church funds to help them in their wars and covert operations
including the trafficking in drugs. The Church was virulently
opposed to the legalization of drugs, including the harmless plant
euphoriants, because along with the government they wanted to
sell them and the harder drugs under the table for the inflated
prices that criminalization produced. Thus thousands of people
were condemned to a life in jail with all of their possessions
confiscated by the government just for worshipping one of the
prettier 11 leaved plants of the time. Plants that often broke
through the Zombie Shock of one's mortal life, and gave a direct
if fleeting glimpse of the Divine Glory that was the destiny of
Inside the Church, the Tech became terribly expensive. Only the
very rich could afford to attain Divine Clarity. The joke is that
they never did. Their attitude was that the Tech was only for
the 'able,' to help them become more able. The rest could go eat
Since only huge amounts of money could buy you an audience with
the remaining Church 'Techies', being 'able' obviously came to
mean being rich, no matter how you got your money. It became a
crime to be poor, and confession consisted mainly of explaining
why you didn't have enough money to pay your voluntary donation
to complete your confession. You see it was just the original
disease gone wild, everyone in the Church was sick, there was
no one left clear enough of the Divine Plague to keep things going.
Eventually the sick 'helped' the sick by KEEPING them sick and
charging them an arm and a leg to do it.
There is humor in this somewhere, although I doubt the Good Doctor
would see it that way.
Anyhow the end came when the Church put out the decree that everyone
practicing the Tech outside of the Church was a Bad Guy, that
the only correct way to receive spiritual counseling was at the
hands of a Church Standard Technician charging the (VERY HIGH)
Church Standard Fees.
Correctness had taken precedence over workability.
The green and gold of money took precedence over the green and
gold of the books the Good Doctor had written.
Further the only processes that were allowed to be run on anyone
during their confession were those determined by their Case Supervisor,
even if he was the dumbest creature alive, and by this time there
were none dumber. They also declared that the highest high crime
of all was to practice any of the Tech on yourself in your own
free time, or to experiment with the Tech in any way to try to
come up with something new or different or faster or cheaper to
Or SAFER. Or more WORKABLE.
This goal 'To find a better route' was the prime postulate of
many of the brighter souls who entered the Church, and when they
were forbidden to follow their true heart, they declared the Church
an enemy for the rest of time and left, never looking back. Thus
the Church lost is most valuable asset, an asset that was never
recognized by the Church and never would be.
And the only thing worse than practicing Tech alone on yourself,
was to practice any sort of Tech of any kind on anyone else, without
explicit orders to do so by the Church and only after that person
paid for it.
Thus was born the Salvation Police, who along with the Finance
Police, made sure that no one got away with salvation for free.
Those who were poor, deserved to stay in their own personal Hells
forever, even if they were bright enough to solve it alone.
The Salvation Police saw to it that they were forbidden to try.
They used direct threats of physical violence against the bodies
of the persons involved and their loved ones, not to mention disinformation
campaigns designed to ruin the person's reputation, and career.
Not to mention murder in the night.
If you weren't willing or able to pay for salvation, then the
Church was going to see to it that you didn't get it.
And THAT became their total goal.
To charge for salvation and to maximize profits.
The following because HIGH CRIMES:
1.) Receiving Tech out side of the Church,
2.) Running Tech not specified by your Case Supervisor,
3.) Running Tech on yourself,
4.) Correcting, Improving or Inventing new Tech,
5.) Running Tech on anyone else except as directed by the Church,
6.) daring to have a cognition or new realization about yourself,
your life or your past, out side of a standard Church session,
7.) daring to confess anything to anyone out side of a standard
By engaging in any of these activities, you were directly undermining
the survival of the Church by taking needed income away from it
and endangering your own life and other's lives by playing around
in dangerous waters that you had no business playing in, your
You see getting better was mainly a matter of confront, confession
and cognition. Basically the person had to cognite, step by step,
his way out of the personal prison of forgetfulness and inability
he had built for himself in his ignorance.
Thus by forbidding a person to have or create or indulge in any
activity that would produce a cognition or a new realization about
life except during an authorized Church session, they made it
impossible for any of its followers to improve their own condition
at their own bidding. Thus spiritual well being, its promise and
its attainment, were totally controlled by the Church and were
handed out as reward only to make people obey and serve them.
If you washed walls well, you might get some counseling.
To make matters worse, since most of spiritual counseling involved
GETTING THE CONFESSION, and since detailed written records were
kept of each session so that the Case Supervisor could keep track
of how the parishioner was doing and cram the hell out of the
therapist when he screwed up, the Church had amassed thousands
upon thousands of folders of people's confessions and withholds.
You know, things from sticking cherries where they don't belong
to murder in the night.
It was ALL THERE. Every word of it. People didn't attain Divine
Clarity with out it. The confession that is. I don't see why it
had to all be written down. But it was.
It had been a sworn promise above and beyond Honor that these
confessional records would never be used against anyone in the
Church, even if they turned against the Church in their own personal
insanity. You see the Church was supposed to be a safe space.
But near the end, the Church wrote a directive stating that all
parishioner's folders should be culled for all of their withholds
and transgressions and confessions and that these should be publicly
disclosed should anyone decide to leave the Church or complain
about the Church or disagree with the Church.
In other words, to hell with the SACRED client/therapist relationship.
So much for the Code of the Sacred Promise and the Foundation
Well that probably took the cake.
With broken promises, sworn in all good faith, do we seal the
graves of our own fate.
The days of the final treason had come to pass. War was openly
declared by the Free Zoners on the Churchies, and any hope of
reconciliation was forever lost.
Now if money had never entered into the game, all this probably
would never have happened, because in a sick world, the people
most able to make money are not always those who are the most
ready for Divine Clarity. They are not always the most able to
be helped and the most able to help others.
Nor are the rich the most worthy of help. They are merely the
most able to make money usually by ripping off or exploiting others.
If they confessed and repented they would be poor again, so there
was a small conflict of interest here.
Many thousands of years later someone was to say that a rich man
was as likely to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as walk a camel through
the eye of the needle. This is probably because most wealth came
from corruption. This is not always true of course, but it is
worth noting, and it sure applied to this bygone age.
The Good Doctor himself said many times that a person is as worthy
of help as he is able to be helped and is able himself to help
others afterwards. There was no mention of bank balances.
But people do have to eat, and have a good home, and raise a few
kids, hopefully sane ones, and I would never have begrudged a
good Techie his 5 to 50 dollars an hour working on me. I can turn
my own stomach just thinking about the things I have done that
I CAN confront, surely someone should be paid well for helping
me slog through all the things I have done that I can NOT confront.
There is always beauty and laugher at the bottom of the manure
pile, but the pile of manure goes mighty high. And there's god
damn THINGS living in it!
It's always wise to take a friend along before you go digging.
Have you ever looked in a mirror during a lucid dream, a dream
where you know you are dreaming? What did you see? Well I know
what I saw, and I went screaming out of the room yelling for my
life at the top of my lungs. Now who you gonna call?
That's why I need help. Anyhow that's just the way I have it figured.
Anyhow back then the Techies that did a good job on their parishioners
couldn't keep the money from flowing in their doors, that was
just the way gratitude worked.
Further once people had thrown off their shackles of shame blame
and regret, and what few demons they kept impacted to their faces,
their ability to make money soared through the roof because they
had recovered their Prime Postulates, their Basic Goals, and so
valuable production in their own personal lives went up again
especially in the field of Art.
It turned out, down deep, everyone was an Artist.
Perhaps it was this fact that money came easy to those who had
a clean slate that led the Church to raise its prices, figuring
that those that had money were higher beings. The fallacy was
that below poverty is criminality, and THOSE people have tons
of money, which is why everyone else is poor. So judging a person
by his bank account is a tricky business, and during the age of
this story it was a very bad bet as there were just no high beings
around at all. Thus the Church with its high prices became a cesspool
for the criminal and the morally filthy beyond belief.
They were all promoted and became Church administrators and Case
In the Good Doctor's opinion, it really only took a few hours
in good hands to crack a case, and there after the person could
do it alone and do it to others, and so in his opinion the money
was not only necessary but worthwhile.
But he was an expert in the Tech, and he routinely overestimated
people and their abilities, and few had attained the level of
accomplishment that he had when it came to cracking hard cases.
People had spent the past million years after all totally bent
on saving them selves by not knowing what they had done, so it
was no small matter that he could 'crack cases' in a few hours.
But he also had another very reasonable idea, one that the Church
never listened to.
Those who had the money could pay more, and those that didn't
could pay less. A person's worth was not measured by his bank
account, but by his ability to be helped, and by his ability to
apply the Tech to others after he had attained the state of Divine
The Church tried to implement this idea by offering training and
free services to those who would come and work for them for 5
years. If you had no money, they would train you in what ever
was needed, and you would get your entire allotment of Tech during
your stay and you would leave with your case fully cleaned up.
But it never happened that way, staff people were the most ignored
and deprived people on the face of the planet when it came to
spiritual progress. Basically the Church saw them as human fodder
to be used, abused and thrown away. Divine Clarity was only for
its PAYING customers like the local hoods or the movie stars.
Stars would come in with some drug problem or another, they would
pay thousands of dollars for a few hours of Tech, suffer a miraculous
cure, and go out and live happily ever afterwards making commercials
So the Church finally decided that everyone must pay the same
amount for services and if you didn't have it, then you didn't
But charging rates of 300 dollars an hour for confession, with
a prospect of needing hundreds of hours of work is insane and
should have been recognized as such. And actually it was, the
people who charged those rates never had any intention of the
Tech working, they just wanted to give people hope so that they
would keep coming back forever at 300 dollars an hour for the
rest of their damn Eternity.
The Church also came up with the idea of ONE SOURCE. In other
words after the Good Doctor died, the Church claimed that no one
else could ever do research on the Tech, or improve on the Tech,
or Lord save us, correct the Tech. They claimed that every failure
of the Tech to help anyone was really a failure of correct application
of the Tech and not a failure of the Tech itself. In other words
the TECH was right, but the people delivering the Tech were wrong.
What I want to know, is how could they know?
Eventually they started blaming not the delivery of the tech,
but the receiver of the tech, the parishioner himself! If the
Tech didn't work, it was the fault of the person looking for help.
Millions of people had left the Church in disgust having lost
all their financial resources with nothing in the way of case
gain to show for it. The Tech had evolved upwards from a clumsy
hard to use confusion to a sleeker and better fit system for curing
people of the Plague. Each day of the Good Doctor's life research
went on and discoveries were made.
He was ALWAYS seeking to crack the cases that kept walking in
his door to the very end. He cracked more and more of them but
I am sure the Good Doctor would be the last to claim that he had
solved the last troublesome case on the last day of his life.
In fact he knew he was damn well far from it.
So for the Church to claim that all the Tech that was needed had
already been discovered, and that any failure of the Church to
deliver satisfaction to its customers was the fault of the CUSTOMER
or the Org's staff, was arrogance, conceit and vanity all wrapped
up into one. They just couldn't be wrong about ANYTHING.
But to then decree that no further work could be done on the Tech,
no improvements, no corrections, no new discoveries, no experimentation
where it was obviously needed, showed that in the end the Church
Management was more interested in a financial monopoly rather
than in the final salvation of its planet.
The petrification that resulted from this was hard to look upon.
At one time it had all been such a beautiful dream.
Imagine some doctor spends his whole life researching AIDS, and
makes many discoveries. Then when he dies, his organization claims
that no one else can do independent research on AIDS, and no one
else can deliver the medicines that cure AIDS, and if anyone does
they are an enemy of the good doctor. Imagine they claim that
anyone who dares to start his own experiments or research on AIDS
is denying who is SOURCE on the subject of AIDS, and isn't admitting
that all the work that will ever need to be done is already done.
Further that by competing with the doctor you were taking funds
away from the doctor's sanctioned organization and thus you were
doing a great disservice to the doctor, the one who started it
all in the first place.
What would you think of that?
This is neither a science nor a religion. Its a cult of the dead.
So when the Church finally decreed that no one should be permitted
to have a cognition or make any case gain except during a paid
session at standard rates with a Church designated Case Supervisor
and Church designated Techie, using only Church designated Tech,
and that anyone who dared to go into session with himself or others
with out permission was a Bad Guy, an enemy of truth, the Good
Doctor and the Church, and was therefore subject to the FAIR GAME
policy of personal and physical violence and harassment, they
cut their own throats.
For no one in their right mind would put up with such a thing.
The Free Zone was not the Zombie Zone.
The difference was this thing that came to be called the COG TAX.
Having to pay someone else for the right to cognite about yourself.
Further since the Church by its own decree was not allowed to
work to improve the Tech, since only the Good Doctor could do
that and he was dead, the Free Zone soon advanced way ahead of
the Church in the Tech department. The superior Tech and their
propensity to use it eventually resulted in the Free Zone prospering
and flourishing, and the Church went down the tubes in self installed
petrification. A classic case of those with the Divine Plague
doing themselves in to protect others from themselves. Even the
Churchies were basically good. You had to dig awfully deep though
to find any of it.
The original Tech still resided in the Church however, if you
opened any door to any closet the volumes of wisdom would fall
on your head or be lying in a corner at your feet, dusty, unadorned
and forlorn. Those beautiful books, the color of green and gold.
What irony. For it was the desire for money and gold that brought
I mean imagine having the Tech to free the soul, and dangling
it in front of people's noses so that they would give you anything
in the world to get out of hell, and then giving them just enough
to keep them hoping and buying more, all the while making very
sure they never got what they really needed. And then when they
were destitute and broke, kicking them out of the Church and forbidding
them to make any efforts to do it alone.
Imagine watering down the Tech, or applying it wrongly on purpose
so that it never quite worked, but always gave promise. What a
way to make a buck.
Its bad enough when the truth you are selling is garbage anyway,
its a High Crime when you have the real thing.
One last comment. Over the years after the Good Doctor's death
the Church declared two General Amnesties towards its disaffected
staff members, its parishioners and the general public. Thousands
of people had left the Church in disgust and the purpose of the
Amnesties was to bring these people back into the fold. The way
an Amnesty worked was the person was supposed to write up all
of his or her withholds and transgressions committed since they
were last in the Church and send them into the central headquarters.
These acts and transgressions would then be forgiven and the person
would be allowed once again to receive training or services from
the Church and become a member in good standing.
The Church could never say 'We were wrong, we want you all back.'
Instead they tried to save face by saying if you admit to all
the bad things you have been doing to us we will forgive you and
take you back in.
It is interesting to note that withhold write ups were always
demanded of the lower level members by the upper level members
of the Church. Never did the upper level members write up their
overts and publicly disseminate them to the lower members. Thus
the upper level management never had their overts or withholds
cleaned up and never was a there confession gleaned.
The first amnesty was a very big success. Many many people wrote
up their withholds and came back into the Church. But nothing
had changed. The second amnesty was a dismal failure. Once bitten,
twice shy. This was the beginning of the end.
The Church was rejected not only by society at large, but by its
own members, members who continued on up the stair case to Divine
Clarity without the Church and formed a formidable opponent to
the Church's dishonesty and money grubbing ways.
The above is a true story, the names have been changed to protect
the innocent. It did not happen on Earth, it happened on my home
planet, Alletrelix, a beautiful planet I lived on many life times
ago, and one that will be beautiful again one day if the fires
ever die down. It is presently acting as a crematorium for those
who were so foolish as to worship money over truth and salvation.
Idols of Stone over Eternal Home.
The Techies from the Free Zone eventually all came to Earth and
are here now. The Churchies are still back on my home planet.
Breathing fumes hopefully.
Someday we will go back for them.
When we're ready and when they're ready.
In the meantime, the price of Divine Clarity has come WAY down.
There is a Free Market in the Free Zone.