((Editor's comments in double parenthesis - Homer))
FREE ZONE AWARENESS CHARACTERISTIC CHART
Copyright (C) 1992 A Voice of the Free Zone (Electra)
Redistribution rights granted for non commercial purposes.
The following scale is the second most important scale in Scientology,
the first is the Expanded Emotional Tone Scale.
Both scales are a map of the (at first) willful and then unwillful
descent into the lower ranges of human experience and finally
unawareness and spiritual death.
It is unclear what happens to people who go out the bottom. Some
have said that they revert to the top at the Big Snooze, free
to start the cycle over again when ever they want. Thus there
could be no hell forever as both scales are a circle.
Others have said that spirits just continue going down forever
unless they wise up, something that only a few do. This sounds
like something you would say to a child to scare the hell out
of him. Life is love, not death or hell forever. Life however
is mischievous. Even others have said that spirits just spend
the rest of Eternity bobbing up and down in this scale, no one
ever going out the bottom and no one ever going out the top.
My own view is as follows. Although the spirit is infinite he
is not able to make an infinite amount of something that is finite.
In other words he can make as much space as he wants as long as
it is a finite amount. He can then just as easily make 10 zillion
times as much space but it is still finite. Thus the spirit is
infinite in that there no limit to the amount of space he can
make (dream) but what space he makes is always finite.
The same goes for time. Each universe is a precreated whole, with
a beginning, a middle and an end. Thus any being that enters this
dream stream must perforce be ejected from it at least on the
day that it all ends. Beings can come and go in the meanwhile,
but no one can stay after the closing, unless they want to start
it all again. There are many universes going on concurrently in
the library of Source, and once a being is freed from the constraints
of this one he can go wandering around in any one he wishes. Or
he can create his own and solicit players.
Each universe is a statement of Divine Beauty, a beauty which
has a special mystery and majesty of its own, a beauty that is
not easily understood for it is willing to indulge in some very
nasty detours. Detours which in the end are illusions and born
of self installed ignorance and treason. The soul is a practical
yankster of magnitude (prankster).
Each journey through this or any universe is a journey of self
installed surprises, at first bad and ominous, testing the courage
and tenacity of the soul to its sense of nobility and honor. All
spirits eventually fail their own gauntlet, turning sour about
goodness and anything we might value in a human being. They finally
become what they feared most. If you can't beat them, join them.
During such a period of time, souls engage on a long journey of
evil and horror, trying to survive by being the Meanest Son of
a Bitch in the Valley, a choice they eventually come to regret.
The sad eyes of their victims finally takes its toll. People are,
after all, good underneath, where they wear the hats of both Joker
and King. Finally souls decide they can no longer be evil and
they take to being extremely good, and forgetful. They don't want
to know about it. This eventually decays into being 'mortal',
if only by logic. If I have never existed before, what chance
is there that I will exist again? By denying their past, they
deny their future. This is the price of oblivion. So by the deceit
of their own ways, they find a dark grave waiting for them at
the end of their trail.
Only the good, or those trying to be good once again, whether
or not they succeed, can find their way to a grave.
Life after life. It's a joke of course, the being can not die,
but he sure can feel like he will.
This is the state that you will find most people in, live once,
die once, had nothing to do with being here.
You know, I didn't make me, GOD made me, and if I'm not good,
He will UNMAKE me. You will find this kind of stuff by the car
load while running Parent and Child dichotomies, or God and Soul
People take their prison very seriously.
Or worse you will find someone saying, 'God doesn't exist!' Raw
However the world is a dream, there is no meat to be raw, there
never has been and there never will be. THERE CAN'T BE. Seeing
your own brains in a dream doesn't mean you ARE those brains,
now does it?
Consciousness exists, meat doesn't.
It is time that everyone started waking up from their nightmare.
And what they wake up into, after they are done with their monsters
and their fear, is an undreamed dream come true. The miracle of
salvation, of rebirth.
Thus you will find most people swooning down near the bottom of
this scale. They have to be brought up to -3 Demand for Improvement
before they will start helping you with the process of waking
themselves up. Until then you are just another part of their nightmare
and they will fight you tooth and claw every inch of the way.
However it does not take much to get a person to finally see that
the only way out is through recognition of the Humor and Class
that went into the construction his own demise. For he not only
chose it, he painted it and signed it too.
His damn signature is right there on his ass where everyone can
see it but him.
Thus is reborn the Joker and the King, who it will turn out, much
to his great relief, is one and the same being. Him.
At this point he is out the top and he will have found great humor
and artistry not only in his own suffering but also in yours.
And he will love you for it, for he will know that the suffering
of your life is your offering of the soul in the grand theatre
Just as was his. A Masterpiece of Grand and Excalibur Design.
The problem then becomes understanding why you are suffering,
finding the adorable humor to it, and laughing your way into Heaven.
This scale is the stair case that one takes on that journey.
It's a long journey. It's a hard journey. It's probably the longest,
hardest most miserable journey you will ever take. You will love
every minute of it no matter how bad it gets, as long as you stay
on it and as long as you make it.
A journey from human to reborn God. Only a God could understand
the humor and beauty of it all.
And THAT is what Operating Thetan is really all about. Decency,
Ethics, Aesthetics, Inspiration, Agony and Amusement. The Joker
and the King. The Imp Soul and the Lord. The Creature and the
Creator. The Holy and the Divine. They are all one and the same.
Only you could have done this thing to you.
Confidence is confiding to yourself that you did this thing to
yourself. And THAT is Sovereignty at the top of the Tone Scale.
And will you live forever? Yes of course. Anything else was just
a detour into your own gauntlet.
Again I suggest you squirrel this posting away somewhere safely
as the data in it is important and not fully published in the
works of the Church.
AWARENESS CHARACTERISTIC CHART
Copyright (C) 1982 Geoffrey C. Filbert
Redistribution rights granted for non commercial purposes.
(Editor's comments and alterations in parentheses - Electra)
((This scale was originally presented by Electra upside down
to how I have rearranged it here, where it is now in its usual
order of presentation.)) Like the tone scale, many people
do not understand the followingness of the Awareness Characteristic
Chart (ACC), they don't see why the items are in the order they
are. Although the order is pretty clear to me, I have known this
scale by heart for 20 years and audited it from top to bottom
many times. For people who are new to it, it might seem a bit
arbitrary. The scale essentially relates to the travails of a
being who is losing against his will in the game of life after
having set himself up for such a loss, if you believe in such
things. Even if you don't, the scale still applies to normal humans
below the level of 17 Clearing. The positive part of the scale
from 1 to 23 should probably be learned from bottom to top, which
is maybe why Electra presented the thing in reverse order in the
first place. Probably the most important rung to 'attain' in auditing
After that going up the Bridge should be clear sailing. Which
just goes to show you how far I have to go to get there!
The first 21 items on the ACC from 1 Recognition through 21 Source
are critical to both the Administrative and Technical operation
of Scientology. The entire Org Board is built on these 21 items,
and so is the entire Bridge for delivering auditing.
Ron conceived the Organization of Scientology and the Bridge to
be a colossal machine for clearing the people of this planet.
People would come into the Org at one end as Raw Meat, and leave
it at the other end fully Processed as an Operating Thetan. The
the degree that tech and policy are followed closely without vested
interest, it is my belief that this systems works for many people.
The Org itself is divided into 7 Major Divisions which represent
the 7 major operational units of any producing enterprise, including
your own personal life. In others words, EVERY producing unit
has these 7 divisions whether they know it or not. If one or more
of these divisions are out, the producing unit's product will
be faulty and in the long run the unit will not survive.
Each of the 7 Divisions is broken into 3 departments making 21
departments, and each one has the function that is mentioned on
the ACC. The following discussion is from memory, and may not
be accurate and in no way is meant to reflect the claims of the
is HCO, Hubbard Communications Office. and contains Departments
1, 2 and 3.
Department 1 is Department of Routing and Personnel and
corresponds to RECOGNITION. It is here that people are entered
into Scientology and are gotten into a state of recognition of
where they are and what they are doing and what they are about
to accomplish, namely going clear. Without this you have a lot
of people wandering around in the Org, doing all kinds of posts,
getting paid, without the slightest inkling of what it is really
Department 2 is Department of Communications and corresponds
to COMMUNICATION. Here all incoming and outgoing mail, bulletins
from LRH and all other communications take place between Orgs.
The basics of Communication in Scientology is taught on the Comm
Course. The purpose of the Comm Course is to give preclears the
basics in communication and the auditing comm cycle so that they
are able to give and receive clear communications complete with
acknowledgements and certainty of duplication. Data flow integrity
in other words. What you send, gets there.
Department 3 is the Department of Inspections and Reports
and corresponds to PERCEPTION. It is LOOKING to see what is going
on, and correcting outpoints. It is also here that the Ethics
department resides where all matters of out tech and out policy
are handled, including squirrel reports and suppressive person
is Dissemination and deals with letting the world know about Scientology
services, especially those already in the Church who are in need
of their next service. Division 2 contains Departments 4, 5 and
Department 4 is the Department of Promotion and Marketing
and corresponds to ORIENTATION. It's purpose is to orient
the cognizant Scientologist to the existence of the Org and its
services, the existence and workability of Scientology and to
'drive people down on the Orgs' meaning make them come in for
Department 5 is the Department of Publications and corresponds
to UNDERSTANDINGS. It's purpose is to stock and sell LRH books
and materials to raw public and students moving onto their next
course. It provides the hard bound persistence of LRH Standard
Scientology Technology in books, tapes videos and other material.
Department 6 is the Department of Registration and corresponds
to ENLIGHTENMENT. The registration section of the Org is where
new and old students and preclears are regged for their next service.
This includes letter writing campaigns to people in the field
who perhaps are stopped on their Bridge and need to come into
the Org to sign up for repair or their next service.
is the Treasury and deals with the flow of assets within the Church,
and contains Departments 7, 8 and 9.
Department 7 is the Department of Income, and corresponds
to ENERGY. It deals with all billing and invoicing matters, including
collecting payments for services rendered from preclears and students.
This is where the profit and income of the Church is reaped from
the various expenditure and investment cycles that it engages
on, including auditing and training preclears. Every expense is
an investment of energy with the intent to reap more energy in
return from an exothermic reaction.
Department 8 is the Department of Disbursements, and corresponds
to ADJUSTMENT. It is here that all purchase orders are issued
and bills are verified and payed, including payroll to staff and
Department 9 is the Department of Records, Assets and Materiel
and corresponds to BODY. It is there that the BODY of the
Org is managed and recorded for efficient use in the investment
and production cycle.
is the Technical division, it is here that the actual production
of valuable final products is done. This is the meat of the org
and its Raison D'etre. Division 4 contains Departments 10, 11
Department 10 is the Department of Tech Services and corresponds
to PREDICTION. It is here that pcs and students who have signed
up for a service are scheduled and routed for that service. Simple
things like travel to and from the Org, accommodations and the
like are handled by this department. The point is to make sure
that the pc is where he is supposed to be on time and ready to
go, and that the Auditors, C/Ses and or Course Supervisors are
also where they are supposed to be at the same time and just as
ready to go. This involves a lot of scheduling and PREDICTION
so that the production line can continue to function uninterrupted.
Department 11 is the Department of Training and corresponds
to ACTIVITY. All auditor and course training takes place in the
Academy which is the central place of activity for Department
Department 12 is the Department of Processing and corresponds
to PRODUCTION. It is there that the actual Valuable Final Product
of the org is produced, in this case pc wins, and is the end culmination
of the whole purpose of the org in the first place.
is Qualifications or Qual for Short. This is where you get sent
for cramming and retreads if you screw up as a student, or an
auditor. This entire division is essentially for Quality Control
on the output of the Division 4, both training and auditing. Division
5 contains Departments 13, 14 and 15.
Department 13 is the Department of Examinations and corresponds
to RESULT. It is here that the final result of production produced
in the tech Division 4 is examined and tested for flaws. For example
at the end of every session, every pc must go from the auditing
room to the Examiner's room where he is placed on a meter. The
examiner checks for an F/N which is a sign that the session did
well. If the pc is sour or there is no F/N, then the session is
'red tagged' and it must be repaired within 24 hours. The RESULT
was no good.
Department 14 is the Department of Review and corresponds
to CORRECTION. It is here that bad products are sent for review
to either fix them or redo them. Auditors that flub continuously
are sent to cramming or must do a retrain, which means do the
course all over again. Egregiously bad sessions must sometimes
be fixed by a Qual auditor who works in this department rather
than send the pc back to the C/S or auditor who screwed him up
in the first place. The purpose of this department is to correct
whatever is found to be at fault with the product in Department
13 during examination.
Department 15 is the Department of Certification and Awards
and corresponds to ABILITY. This of course refers to the Ability
Regained columns on the Bridge which are pc wins in session. It
is here that Valuable Final Products that have passed all examinations
and correction come to receive their final stamp of approval,
which is usually signified by a Certificate for Training or Case
Completion. Sometimes Certs are handed out in two phases, there
is a temporary cert that is given when a course is completed,
such as the Dianetic Auditor's Course, and then a Permanent Cert
is given upon completion of the internship. Often a gold seal
is affixed to the Temporary cert to turn it into a Permanent Cert.
The overall theory is that if you want to produce something you
have to have some sort of investment ENERGY to start with, you
have to make expenditures and ADJUSTMENTS to that energy in order
to provide yourself with a BODY of production facilities. Then
you need to schedule the production itself which involves PREDICTION.
After thinking it all through carefully everyone gets busy with
ACTIVITY which leads to PRODUCTION which produces a RESULT, which
must then be CORRECTED to produce a valuable final product, which
in this case is ABILITY.
is Distribution. Division 6 is where most of the Org's contact
with raw public happens. The dividing lines between Div 6 and
Div 2 Dissemination, were not always clear in my mind, although
the general rule was that Div 2 was to disseminate to people already
in Scientology and receiving services, and Div 6 was for raw public
who had never heard of us. In recent years Div 6 has been expanded
greatly, in fact each of its three departments have been split
up into 3 or 4 sub departments giving 11 departments all told
for just Div 6!
This has no doubt come about because of the Org's expanding role
in dealing with the raw public, and a vast explosion of posts
and activities surrounding the world wide expansion of Scientology
My personal familiarity with Div 6 is limited, so I will quickly
mention each sub department in turn and its valuable final product.
The Original Div 6 had three departments as follows.
Department 16, Department of Public Relations - PURPOSES
Department 17, Department of Clearing - CLEARING
Department 18, Department of Success - REALIZATION
Realization here means final outcome of a project, the goal was
realized, in this case the production of an OT. 'Rave' Success
Stories of pcs and OTs were often collected here to show off to
new incoming public what might be attained through Scientology.
It is also in this Division that such people who have had wins
through their Scientology auditing are trained in how to approach
the raw public and get them to come in for services too.
The new Div 6
has the following departments. Their ACC terms however are very
new and in fact are not on the ACC itself! For those of you who
don't want to read this, at least check out Department 18B below,
CLEARING, for a good laugh.
Division 6 is now Divisions 6A, 6B and 6C.
Division 6A contains Departments 16A, 16B, 16C and 16D.
Division 6B contains Departments 17A, 17B, 17C and 17D.
Division 6C contains Departments 18A, 18B, 18C.
VFP = Valuable Final Product.
Department 16A, Department of Public Book Sales - INTEREST
VFP - Sold books delivered into public hands.
Department 16B, Department of Body Routing - CONTROL
VFP: - People contacted and routed into the Department of Introductory
Services (Dept. 16D)
Department 16C, Department of Public Contact - EXPANSION
VFP: - People contacted and made aware of the existence and availability
of Dianetics and Scientology
People contacted and routed into the Department of Introductory
Services (Dept. 16D)
Department 16D, Department of Introductory Services - Awareness
VFP: - Introductory Service Completions interested in continuing
in Dianetics and Scientology
Department 17A, Department of Public Registration - DECISION
VFP: - Fully paid for and started Dept 17B and 17C service sign
ups and re-sign ups.
Department 17B, Department of the Hubbard Dianetics Research
Fnd. - PARTICIPATION
VFP: - Dianetics Service Completions resulting in people active
Department 17C, Department of Public Services - RECOGNITION
VFP: - Department 17C Service Completions resulting in active
This last VFP is too cryptic to be useful. Actually what happened
is that many of the services that used to be handled in the tech
Departments 11 and 12, Training and Processing, have been moved
to Department 17C. These include the Hubbard Dianetics Course,
the Hubbard Qualified Scientologist Course (HQS) and much of the
new Book 1 auditing courses.
These are for people who have not yet embarked on a professional
career in auditing, they seem to be public services and concentrate
on early tech such as Book One Auditing and Dianetics ala Dianetics
Today. In Division 4 one can still get professional training in
New Era Dianetics and the Grades and the rest of the Bridge. The
above is my interpretation of the split and in no way represents
anything the Church has told me.
Department 17D, Department of the Chaplain - REHABILITATION
VFP: - Salvaged Scientologists, public and staff with high morale
who are now on the Org Board or on the Bridge.
Department 18A, Department of Public Relations - ACCEPTABILITY
VFP: - Favorable public recognition by means of PR. Area control
asserted and maintained.
Department 18B, Department of Clearing - CLEARING
VFP: - Active, CONTROLLED ((!)) individuals and groups in the
field getting Scientology to the public.
Department 18C, Department of Success - REALIZATION
VFP: - Members actively applying Scientology towards the Creation
of a New Civilization.
is the Executive Division. There used to be 3 main people in an
Org, LRH himself, the HCO Executive Secretary who was responsible
for Divisions 7, 1 and 2, and the ORG Executive Secretary. who
was responsible for Divisions 3, 4, 5 and 6.
The Org Board is usually drawn out with Division 7 to the left
of Division 1 like so: 7 1 2 3 4 5 6.
The HCO Executive Secretary, or HCO Exec Sec, should not be confused
with the HCO Area Secretary who was head of Division 1 only, also
called HCO or Hubbard Communication Office.
The 3 departments of Division 7 corresponded to LRH, the HCO Exec
Sec, and the Org Exec Sec.
Department 19, Department of the Org Exec Sec. - CONDITIONS
Department 20, Department of the HCO Exec Sec. - EXISTENCE
Department 21, Department of LRH - SOURCE
The GO was headed by Mary Sue Hubbard and was directly under LRH.
The WHOLE ORG was under her and the GO including Division 7.
In other words the GO was not part of the ORG board!
The Org Board went roughly like this:
HCO/ES - ORG/ES
7 1 2 3 4 5 6
When the great purge of 1982 came, the old Org Board was rearranged
somewhat, including the expansion of Div 6 into 3 sub divisions
discussed in detail above. One of the things that was done was
to get rid of the GO permanently and create a new Office of Special
Affairs (OSA), but one that was INSIDE the Org board so that it
could never have too much power.
The new Org Board is laid out as follows.
| HCO/ES - ORG/ES - PUB/ES
| | | |
--7 1 2 3 4 5 6A 6B 6C
At the top is the RTC Inspector General Network under which is
Under the RTC is the Church of Scientology International, under
which is EVERYTHING, except that they have a direct bypass line
to Department 21 in Division 7, the Office of LRH.
Under the CSI is the Executive Director under whom is EVERYTHING.
Under the Executive Director are the HCO Executive Secretary,
who is responsible for Divs 7,1 and 2, the ORG Executive Secretary
who is responsible for Divs 3,4 and 5, and the PUBLIC Executive
Secretary who is responsible for Div 6.
The present structure of Division 7 is as follows,
Department 19, Dept. of the Executive Director (E/D) -
Department 20, Dept. of Special Affairs (OSA) - EXISTENCE
Department 21, Dept. of LRH - SOURCE
Glad to see he is still on the Org Board.
Where the HCO Exec Sec and the ORG Exec Sec used to have their
own offices in their own Departments, namely 19 and 20, they are
now all in Dept 19 along with the PUB Exec Sec under the Executive
Director. The OSA is right there in Department 20 making sure
that it doesn't do anything that it is not told to do.
So that is the Organizational side of the Awareness Characteristic
Chart. But there is an Auditing Bridge side to it too, in fact
the trip up the Bridge was meant in some sense to be a trip through
the Org from raw public coming in at Department 1, Division 1
and leaving out through the top of the Org, Department 21, Division
It used to be that the old grade charts had the Grades and the
Awareness Characteristics grouped in threes.
The Church published a huge map of the Bridge showing people coming
into the Org at -4 Need for Change. Through their ARC Straighwire
and their Dianetics they made it up to -1 Hope. Grade 0 then took
them into the positive part of the ACC for the first time.
Since those days, the entire Bridge has been altered drastically.
Dianetics turned out to be unrunnable before the Grades, which
makes sense, because you can't get someone to run out his engrams
if he is still USING them to survive ala Grade 4. So now New Era
Dianetics is above the Grades.
At the same time Expanded Dianetics was dropped which used to
be above Grade 4. XDN as it was called was specifically designed
to handle Evil Intentions. The E/P of XDN was in part freedom
from cruel impulses and chronic unwanted conditions.
Grade 5 Power Processes were also dropped. The E/P of Power was
Ability to Handle Power and Recovery of Knowledge.
Grade 6, or R6 End Words was also dropped. The E/P of Grade 6
was Freedom from Dramatization.
Apparently the E/P's of XDN, Power and Grade 6 were attained through
New Era Dianetics alone which produced a Well and Happy Human
Anyhow, in the old days, there was some correspondence with the
Bridge and the Awareness Characteristic Chart.
Grade 0 (Communication) was Recognition, Communication and
Grade 1 (Problems) was Orientation, Understandings and Enlightenment.
Grade 2 (Overts and Withhold) was Energy, Adjustment and Body.
Grade 3 (ARC Breaks) was Prediction, Activity and Production.
Grade 4 (Service Facs) was Result, Correction and Ability.
The E/P of each Grade corresponded to the 3 Awareness Characteristics
next to it on the Chart.
The E/P of Grade 4 for example, was moving out of fixed conditions
and able to do new things, or ABILITY in other words.
XDN, Grade 5 Power and Grade 6 R6EW which had to do with purposes
and goals were at PURPOSES on the ACC, and Grade 7 Clear was at
So it all related.
During later years, some of the ACC items were changed on the
new Org Board, and I have shown them in double parenthesis below.
ABILITY was taken off.
Also all of the new items that were added to the expanded Div
6 were never added to the ACC and still are not added to the audited
Bridge side of the ACC.
Complete wall sized version of the Org Board and the Bridge are
available from your local Church of Scientology book store.
FREE ZONE AWARENESS CHARACTERISTIC CHART
17 Clearing ((CLEAR))
16 Purposes ((Grades 5,6))
15 Ability ((Correction)) (Grade 4))
14 Correction ((Enhancement))
13 Result ((Validity))
12 Production ((Grade 3))
9 Body ((Grade 2))
6 Enlightenment ((Grade 1))
3 Perception ((Grade 0))
1 Recognition (I've seen me before, I recognize who I am, what I am doing here, and what's going on.)
-3 Demand for Improvement
-4 Need of Change
-5 Fear of Worsening
-6 Being an Effect (Other Determinism, total no responsibility)
-7 Ruin (Life ruin, rendered unusable or not worthwhile.)
-9 Suffering (Crucifixion)
-10 Numbness (Numbness leads to not knowing how numb you are.)
-11 Introversion (Looking inward to find what's wrong with you.)
-12 Disaster (Unrecoverable permanent damage.)
-13 Inactuality (It didn't happen)
-16 Shock (Zombie)
-18 Oblivion (Forgetfulness, no past lives)
-19 Detachment (I am not involved in this)
-20 Duality (Two kinds of beings in the world)
-21 Secrecy (Withholds, secrets from self, the secret is a secret)
-22 Hallucination (of Evil)
-26 Glee (Glee of insanity, relief that one is no longer held
-27 Fixidity responsible. Same feeling as going on a vacation.)
-29 Dispersal (Mental Dust in the Wind)
-30 Disassociation (Can't associate cause and effect, can't associate
-31 Criminality one's self with one's actions.)
-35 Awareness of Chance
-36 Awareness of Fate or Destiny
-37 Awareness of Luck
-38 Awareness of Fortune
-39 Awareness of Love
-40 Awareness of Self
-41 Awareness of Ideas
-42 Awareness of People
-43 Awareness of Things
-44 Awareness of Groups
-45 Awareness of Money
-46 Awareness of Survival
-47 Awareness of Evil
-48 Awareness of Religion