Ability No. 6 September 1955
PAB No. 25 "Basic Procedures"
PAB No. 34 "Opening Procedure, 8C"
PAB No. 47 "Opening Procedure, 8-C"
Journal of Scientology 31 January 1954 "SOP 8-C, The Rehabilitation of the Human Spirit"
Tape: 5608CXX "8-C Opening Procedure"
Tape: 5506C06B "The Six Basic Steps"
Tape: 5405C14 "Opening Procedure of 8-C"
Tape: 5406C23 "Opening Procedure 8C"
Tape: 5406C25 "Opening Procedure of 8D Demo"
Tape: 5407C06 "ARC, Time, Life, and Space"
Tape: 5407C26 "Opening Procedure of 8C"
Tape: 5410C22 8ACC-17 "Two-way Communication"
Tape: 5410C05 "Two-Way Comm, Straightwire, 8C"
Tape: 5312C08 "Opening Procedure 8C"
Tape: 4312C17 "SOP 8-C Formulas 1953"
Creation of Human Ability R2-16
The entire modus operandi of Opening Procedure of 8-C consists of having the person move his body around the room under the processor's direction until a) he finds he is in actual communication with many spots on the surface of things in the room, b) until he can select spots in the room and know that he is selecting them and can communicate with them, and c) select spots and move to them, decide when to touch them and when to let go. Each of these steps is done until the processor is well assured that the person has no communication lag.
A processor while running this should occasionally ask the person, "Who is doing this?" Psychotics will tell the processor that their finger is doing it, and then advance on up to where the hand is doing it, the arm is doing it, and finally the body is doing it, and at last that the person himself is doing it. This is the acceptance of responsibility for an action.
I have yet to see a person who is having physical difficulty of a major sort or mental difficulty fail to improve under a long and careful meticulous administration of Opening Procedure of 8C.
There are two errors that can be made in running the Opening Procedure of 8-C. The first is not to know and do the process, and the second is not to run it long enough. How long is long enough? In many cases, twenty-five hours is not long enough.
"Do you see that chair?" "Go over to it and put your hand on it", "Now look at that lamp", "Now walk over to it and put your hand on it."
This is done with various objects without specifically designating spots of a more precise nature than an object until the person is very certain that he is in communication with the objects and the walls and other parts of the room. The processor can say anything she pleases, or seemingly introduce any significance she wishes to so long as she hews very loosely to the actual thing in this method which makes it work -- which is to say, perceiving the physical universe and making contact with it. Part A has been enlarged by the processor selecting exact spots. "Do you see that black mark on the left arm of that chair?" "All right, go over to it and put your finger on it," "Now take your finger off it," "Do you see the lower bolt on that light switch?" "All right, go over to it and put your finger on it," "Take your finger off it". And so forth until the person has a uniform perception of any and all objects in the room including the walls, the floor, and the ceiling. This step can be kept up for a long time. It has an infinity of variations. But it is not the variations that work, it is the making and breaking of communication with the actual designated spots.
If at any time there is any doubt about the person's case, do this step, Part A, until satisfied that communication is good. A case which will not obey Opening Procedure 8-C (A) orders will always pervert or alter commands to be performed with less supervision than perception of his body.
Part B has these processing commands. "Find a spot in this room." No further designation is necessary for this spot. Spotting procedure gives the person determinism of selection. When the person has selected a spot, the processor says, "Go over to it and put your finger on it." When the person has done this, the processor says, "Now let go of it." It must be emphasized that the person is not to act upon a command until the command is given and must not let go until told to let go. The person is permitted to select spots until such as all communication lag is flat, until he is freely selecting spots on the walls, objects, chairs, etc. with no specialization whatsoever -- which means that his perception of the room has become uniform. Many things turn up in running this procedure such as the fact that the person cannot look at walls, etc.
Part C of this procedure is run with these commands: "Find a spot in the room", "Make up your mind when you are going to touch it and then touch it," "Make up your mind when you are going to let go of it, and let go". A variation of this process is to have the person make up his mind about a spot and them have him change his mind and select another spot.
The trouble with most cases and the trouble with any case that is hung up and is not progressing is that an insufficient quantity of Opening Procedure 8-C has been used by the processor.
Run the process until a realization occurs, or an ability is regained.
The only caution on the part of the processor is that she must be very precise about giving her orders and must insist on the person being very certain that he is actually seeing spots and touching them, and about inhibiting the person from executing the commands before they are given.