HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO BULLETIN OF 18 APRIL 19681
OT Study Materials
NEEDLE REACTIONS ABOVE GRADE IV
In doing Green Forms2 or analysis lists on any Clears (but not in nulling) or doing them on most cases above V3 and some cases below it, there are two different E-Meter needle phenomena which have to be given attention:
1. As a Clear’s postulates read as a surge, usually fairly long (over 1”), “No” can read if the pc says it to himself as an answer to a question asked.
A read, therefore, does not mean invariably “Yes” or that the question is charged.
All it means is that the meter has read.
The auditor must now find out what the read was before determining he should do something about that portion of the Green Form or list. One doesn’t just assume the read was “Yes”.
One asks about the read as a general rule, not assuming at once the thing asked was charged.
Auditor: “Do you have a missed withhold?” Meter surges.
Auditor: “What was that?”
Pre-OT: “I thought No I don’t.”
Auditor: “Okay. Do you have a missed withhold?”
Pre-OT: “No.”—Meter didn’t read.
Auditor: “Anything suppressed—asserted—protested—invalidated. Ok that’s clean.”
Ticks (1/8 inch) often mean something is there. A pre-OT’s postulates have greater length when they surge.
It is not important how you handle this phenomena of postulate or to-oneself comment by a high-level case. It is important that the auditor does not hang the case with a wrong adjudication of what’s wrong by thinking every surge means “yes”, or that the question is charged because it surges. A question is charged only if it won’t clean up with buttons until the action itself is taken.
A pre-OT, unlike pcs below Grades I or II, usually recognizes what is wrong as soon as it is mentioned. He or she is more aware.
2. A response like a brief dirty needle on a pre-OT means “No” always.
So there is a certain and trustworthy negative to be had on a pre-OT.
A real dirty needle is constant and continues.
The same small jerky needle action on a person Grade V or above means “No!” or that the question is negative.
On pcs below V it means a withhold or an ARC break or almost anything and is of course continuous.
L. RON HUBBARD
Hubbard, L. R. (1968, 18 April). Needle Reactions Above Grade IV. Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology (1991 ed., Vol. VIII pp. 149-150). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.