((Editor's comments in double parenthesis - Homer))


ca 1992

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 dichotomies.

People take their prison very seriously.

Or worse you will find someone saying, 'God doesn't exist!' Raw meat.

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 of life.

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.


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 is Recognition.

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 Church.

Division 1

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 all about.

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 declares.

Division 2

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 6.

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 services.

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.

Division 3

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 auditors.

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.

Division 4

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 and 12.

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 11.

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.

Division 5

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.

Division 6

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 including Russia.

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.

(ACC term)

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 in Dianetics.

Department 17C, Department of Public Services - RECOGNITION (again!)

VFP: - Department 17C Service Completions resulting in active Scientologists.

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.

Division 7

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:

| |
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.

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| E/D
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| ------------------------
| | | |
--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) - CONDITIONS

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 7.

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 Being.

Anyhow, in the old days, there was some correspondence with the Bridge and the Awareness Characteristic Chart.

Grade 0 (Communication) was Recognition, Communication and Perception.

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 CLEARING.

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.


Spiritual Levels

23    Freedom
22    Power
21    Source
20    Existence
19    Conditions
18    Realization
17    Clearing ((CLEAR))
16    Purposes ((Grades 5,6))
15    Ability ((Correction)) (Grade 4))
14    Correction ((Enhancement))
13    Result ((Validity))
12    Production ((Grade 3))
11    Activity
10    Prediction
9     Body ((Grade 2))
8     Adjustment
7     Energy
6     Enlightenment ((Grade 1))
5     Understandings
4     Orientation
3     Perception ((Grade 0))
2    Communication
1     Recognition (I've seen me before, I recognize who I am, what I am doing here, and what's going on.)

Human Levels

-1     Help
-2     Hope
-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.)
-8     Despair
-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)
-14    Delusion
-15    Hysteria
-16    Shock (Zombie)
-17    Catatonia
-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)
-23    Sadism
-24    Masochism
-25    Elation
-26    Glee (Glee of insanity, relief that one is no longer held
-27    Fixidity responsible. Same feeling as going on a vacation.)
-28    Erosion
-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.)
-32    Uncausing
-33    Disconnection
-34    Unexistence

Materiality Levels

-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

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