HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 2 MARCH 1984R
REVISED 24 APRIL 1990
(Also issued as an HCO Bulletin, of the same date and title)
HCOB 3 Jan. 60 A THIRD DYNAMIC FOR SCIENTOLOGY
HCOPL 1 Nov. 70 III YOU CAN BE RIGHT
HCOB 5 Oct. 61 CLEAN HANDS MAKE A HAPPY LIFE
HCOB 21 Jan. 60 JUSTIFICATION
It has been longstanding knowledge in Scientology that in the presence of overts and withholds no gains occur.
An overt act is an act of omission or commission which does the least good for the least number of dynamics or the most harm to the greatest number of dynamics. Overts are the biggest reason a person restrains and withholds himself from action.
Man is basically good. When people commit overts and then withhold them it is because they conceive that telling them would be another overt act. By withholding overt acts, these are kept afloat in the universe and are themselves, as withholds, entirely the cause of continued evil.
A person who has overts and withholds becomes less able to influence his dynamics and falls out of communication with those people and things he has committed overts against.
Writing up one’s overts and withholds offers a road out. By confronting the truth an individual can experience relief and a return of responsibility.
The theory behind the action of writing up one’s overts and withholds is contained in the Scientology Axioms, published in their entirety in the book Scientology 0-8: The Book of Basics.
Axiom 38 is particularly applicable:
1: Stupidity is the unknownness of consideration.
2: Mechanical definition: Stupidity is the unknownness of time, place, form and event.
1: Truth is the exact consideration.
2: Truth is the exact time, place, form and event.
Thus we see that failure to discover truth brings about stupidity.
Thus we see that the discovery of truth would bring about an as-isness by actual experiment.
Thus we see that an ultimate truth would have no time, place, form or event.
Thus, then, we perceive that we can achieve a persistence only when we mask a truth.
Lying is an alteration of time, place, event or form.
Lying becomes alter-isness, becomes stupidity.
(The blackness of cases is an accumulation of the case’s own or another’s lies.)
Anything which persists must avoid as-isness.
Thus, anything, to persist, must contain a lie.
Writing up one’s overts and withholds can accomplish an as-isness and thereby relieve a person of the burden of his transgressions.
O/W WRITE-UP FORMAT
When people do O/W write-ups, abuses can occur if the specifics of the action are not known and followed.
The first step to be done before one undertakes the action of an O/W write-up is to word clear exactly how such write-ups are done.
Experience has proven that people have run into trouble on O/W write-ups when the format (including the key words and terms) was not word cleared before embarking on the action.
The format for doing an O/W write-up is as follows:
1. Write down the exact overt of commission or omission.
2. Then state explicitly the specifics regarding the action or inaction, including:
a. Time (Definition: A precise instant, second, minute, hour, day, week, month or year, determined by clock or calendar; the point at which something has happened.)
b. Place (Definition: A definite location.)
c. Form (Definition: The arrangement of things; the way in which parts of a whole are organized.)
d. Event (Definition: That which happens; result; any incident or occurrence.)
One has to get the time, place, form and event and one has to get a done or a failure in order to get as-isness.
“1. I hit a friend’s car when backing out of my parking space at work and caused about five hundred dollars worth of damage to his car.
“2. On the 30th of June 1987, when I was leaving work, I was backing out of my parking space and hit the back end of my friend Joe’s car. There was no one else around and the parking lot was almost empty. I drove away without leaving a note or telling Joe, knowing that I caused about five hundred dollars damage to his car which he had to pay for.”
or, when there is a withhold or withholds to be gotten off:
1. Write down the withhold.
2. Then state explicitly the specifics regarding the action or inaction with-
“1. I cheated on my wife (Sally) by seeing another woman and never told her about this.
“2. Three years ago, when I was first married to Sally, I cheated on her by seeing another woman. I have never told Sally about this. One morning (in June 1985) I had told Sally I would take her to the movies that night and on my way home from work, when 1 was at Jones’ Department Store, I saw an old girlfriend of mine (Barbara). 1 asked Barbara to go out to dinner with me that night and she accepted. (She did not know that I was married.) I told her I would pick her up at 8:00 P.M. that night. When 1 got home from the store I told Sally 1 had to go back to work to get some things done and would not be able to go to the movies with her.
“I then went out to dinner in another city with Barbara (at the ‘Country Inn’) so that I would not risk seeing any of my friends.”
ADMINISTERING O/W WRITE-UPS
The action of writing up one’s averts and withholds can be applied to anyone, and the breadth of its application is unlimited.
A person is assigned a Danger condition and is instructed to write up his O/Ws per HCO PL 22 Mar. 85, Esto Series 51, FULL DANGER CONDITION HANDLING.
A person wants to leave a course and the Ethics Officer has him write up his O/Ws.
It could be that a person is nattering or feels critical, in which case the Ethics Officer or MAA could have the person write up his O/Ws.
It is the responsibility of the person administering the O/W write-up, whether this is the Ethics Officer/MAA, an Esto, the person’s senior or a Supervisor, to get the person’s pc folder checked by a qualified C/S to ensure that they are not in the middle of a major case action such as Int repair or List repair or in the middle of an incomplete listing action, any of which would need to be completed before the pc started on an O/W write-up. (Ref: HCOB 10 June 71 I, C/S Series 44R, CIS RULES, PROGRAMING FROM PREPARED LISTS)
This is not to be construed as a rule that someone needs a C/S okay to get handled in Ethics. It simply means that the CIS and Ethics must be coordinated when handling a pc who needs to do an O/W write-up as fully covered in HCOB 13 Oct. 82, CIS Series 116, ETHICS AND THE C/S.
In doing an O/W write-up a person writes up his overts and withholds until he is satisfied that they are complete. The person will feel very good about it and experience relief. One would not engage in carrying on an O/W write-up past this point.
End Ruds Check:
When a person has completed his O/W write-up he must receive an end ruds check. This acts as an acknowledgment of the action completed. End ruds must be done by a qualified auditor (Class II or above, or a Hubbard Senior Security Checker). The original copy of the O/W write-up must go into the person’s pc folder, regardless of whether or not any copy is additionally given to the MAA or Ethics Officer. (Ref: HCOB 28 Oct. 76, C/S Series 98, Auditor Admin Series 26, AUDITING FOLDERS, OMISSIONS IN COMPLETENESS)
When a person doing an O/W write-up bogs on the action at any point or gets sick or falls on his head shortly after doing an O/W write-up, he must be repaired at once by a qualified auditor using a Confessional Repair List. (Ref: HCOB 23 July 80R, CONFESSIONAL REPAIR LIST-LCRE)
O/W WRITE-UP PROCEDURE
The following steps are the full procedure for getting a person to do an O/W write-up:
0. The first action is for the person administering the O/W write-up to: (a) study and word clear this HCOB, (b) clear the words included in step 4 below, (c) word clear the O/W write-up format.
1. Get a qualified C/S to check the person’s pc folder to ensure that the person is not in the middle of a major case action such as lnt repair or List repair or in the middle of an incomplete listing action that would be interrupted by an O/W write-up.
2. Ensure that a space is provided where a person can write up his overts and withholds undistracted.
3. Provide paper and pen.
4. Have the person clear the following words in the Tech Dictionary: overt, withhold, motivator, justification, overt-motivator sequence.
5. Have the person read this HCO PL and word clear the O/W write-up format as covered above, to full understanding.
6. Have the person write up his O/Ws, exactly per the O/W write-up format above. This is done until the person is satisfied that he has written them up completely and he feels very good about it.
7. Get the person an end ruds check once the O/W write-up is complete.
8. See that the original copy of the O/W write-up is filed in the pc’s folder along with the worksheets of his end ruds check.
Writing up one’s overts and withholds is a simple procedure that has unlimited application. O/W write-ups can bring about great relief and enable a person to achieve greater happiness.
L. RON HUBBARD
Revision assisted by LRH Technical Research and Compilations
- Lisa McPherson wrote several O/W writeups in the weeks and months before her untimely death in 1995. See http://www.lisafiles.com/scn/ethics/ow/index.html ↩