8-C AND CIRCUITS1
Don’t go being an effect of the public. Every once in a while you see some auditor half starved to death. He gets hold of a pc whose fee he needs, so starts doing anything he can to get that fee and makes himself an effect. It’s quite remarkable, but he generally winds up not getting it. That’s because he is too much the effect of the fee. He then has to be the effect of the pc to such a degree that he has to put up with anything, and he then finally abandons 8-C and really doesn’t handle the problems of the pc. All these things go together in a package.
You would be amazed how many restaurants you could walk into, find people sitting by themselves, sit down across from them and start a session. You would be just amazed how many people you could do that to without a preliminary or anything. I’ve seldom been successful in getting Scientologists (except those doing professional auditor training levels) to go out and just grab people off the street. It’s quite remarkable how often this works, if you, yourself, have a totally brave attitude toward it.
People respond to 8-C. All the social machinery people have actually breaks down in the face of direct intention. But the thing that causes difficulty in moving people along this line of methodology has a great deal to do with the notion of privacy—that a reactive mind has a right to “privacy.” You very definitely have to be willing to invade its “privacy.” When you
 8-C: the abbreviation of the name of a Scientology process called Routine 8 Control. It is also used to mean good control. Thus if one is “8-Cing” a person he is said to be exerting good control over him.
 circuit(s): a part of an individual’s bank that behaves as though it were someone or something separate from him and that either talks to him or goes into action of its own accord, and may even, if severe enough, take control of him while it operates. A tune that keeps going around in someone’s head is an example of a circuit.
 methodology: a system of methods and procedures.
 reactive mind: a portion of a person’s mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. The reactive mind is where engrams are stored. Also called reactive bank or engramic bank or bank.
 invade: break into; intrude upon.
realize that the highest point of aberration on the third dynamic was the first time you decided not to invade somebody’s privacy and that nearly everything you’ve suffered from since was a determination not to invade somebody’s privacy, you will see at once where this connects on 8-Cing somebody into a service zone.
If you have a hard time invading people’s “privacy,” you’ll have a hard time 8-Cing them into a Book One co-audit or any other Div 6 course, because you think the reactive mind has rights. No! It does not have any rights. What has rights? That machinery? Those dramatizations? Those computing circuits? Those things have rights? The next thing you know we’ll have laws out saying reactive minds have a perfect right to kill everybody.
It began when you first decided that somebody was entitled to privacy— another thetan. There he was, over there, and you decided he was entitled to the privacy of his own thoughts. It was perfectly all right to grant him beingness. But to get on this kick that he was the only one who could invade that particular sphere and spatial area and that you mustn’t, of course wound you up in the mechanics of mechanical communication and started you straight into the overt act-motivator mechanism. It’s just as fast and as simple as that.
You said, “Well, there’s Joe. I mustn’t invade Joe’s privacy and find out what he has over there. I’ll stay over here and I will talk to him and when I say something to him then he says something to me, and then he says something to me and then I say something to him. Then if he does something to me then I do something to him.” This is where it got to and what happened.
So I would thoroughly recommend that anybody having anything to do with the Public Divisions should have a clean conscience and be cured of guilt. Because otherwise the person will walk in and say, “What is this? I’ve heard something about this.” And the person with a guilty conscience will say, “Well, we’re not doing very much, you know. I mean, we’re not
 third dynamic: the urge or effort of an individual to survive as a member of a group, or through a group, whether civil, political, racial or just a number of individuals who compose a group, such as a community, a state, a nation, a social lodge, friends, companies, or, in short, any group. Any group or part of an entire class could be considered to be part of the third dynamic.
 Div 6 (Division 6): Division 6 of a Scientology organization has public contact work, public advertising, Field Staff Members, public book sales, contacts with missions, basic public courses, etc., all of which are actions meant to reach the broad public. Div 6 looks outward into society. The organization’s main thrust into the world outside itself is Division 6.
 dramatization(s): the duplication or acting out of an engramic content, entire or in part, by an aberree in his present time environment. A person in an irrational rage would be an example of a dramatization.
 spatial: adj: existing in space. (Also spelled spacial.)
 overt act-motivator mechanism: a system used by a person to lessen the effects of his having committed an overt act and to make it all right for him to commit more. It works like this: The person commits an overt act. He then believes he has got to have a motivator (an aggressive or destructive act against himself, done by another) or he believes he has had a motivator. Motivators are then likely to be used by the person to justify his committing further overt acts. Motivators are called motivators for this reason—they motivate (push or prompt into action) a new overt act.
trying to do very much. You can come in if you want to. But it’s all right. We’ll be happy to … do you want to know something about it? Well, all right.”
There’s a symptom amongst pcs: when they no longer care whether the auditor talks about their case or not, they’ve kind of made it. This is a little index I use and I use it quite frequently. When I find somebody getting desperate and caring desperately whether or not his case is mentioned, I know the boy hasn’t made it yet. I don’t know anything cruel about him; I just know he hasn’t made it yet, that’s all. Because he still has a withhold-reach mechanism which is all frozen up into a thing called secrecy. And when he continues on with auditing and has that undone, he’ll then find out that the facts he has always considered so sordid aren’t very sordid, now that he doesn’t consider them sordid. It’s quite remarkable. In the general add-up of a case, that is about its make-break point.
We now can move people in faster than we used to be able to, so it doesn’t take so long to establish. But the basic thing is that an individual today, as he walks in off the street, is not in communication. He is more or less being a total effect; he is trying not to be affected by anything. He is very, very hopeful there will be no kind of an effect; he wants some sort of a thing that will do something, but he doesn’t want to do anything.
If you’re going to have trouble 8-Cing this person, then you had better go do some Upper Indoc. There’s no difficulty in 8-Cing this person: circuits never talk back until you talk to them; that’s something to remember in handling people. If you were to ignore the person and talk to the circuit, with the being sort of sitting there as a spectator, more or less relaying what the circuit said, that validated circuit would get stronger and bigger and more powerful. The circuit would say more and more “won’t” and “can’t,” until finally you’d hardly have anybody there at all. So when somebody walked in, if you were to validate their circuits and objections and get into it, you would be talking to circuits, not people. And the more you talked to those circuits, the more trouble you would get into.
Instead, politely and courteously 8-C the situation straight through. Never validate circuits.
As soon as you move a person a short distance into Scientology, only very bad mistakes could boost him out of it. But you would have to make a lot of bad mistakes. The main thing to do is not make those mistakes. Go ahead, render excellent service, just do it straight, directly and move him on up the line. Now, it’s just as important to have individual service that he can get some place in the world—like HGC auditing in Div 4— as it was to get him onto a Div 6 course in the first place. You don’t want
 sordid: base, low, dishonorable, etc.
 Upper Indoc: a shortened version of Upper Indoctrination Training Routines. Indoctrinate means to instruct or teach. The Upper Indocs are Training Routines 6 to 9 which teach the student to maintain a high level of control in any circumstance. They are taught on the Hubbard Qualified Scientologist (HQS) Course.
him stopping halfway up the line. Therefore, that problem would have to be solved.
But all of these problems are solved only with the cooperation of all Scientologists, by going in a particular desirable direction, resolving the difficulties with good communication, and resolving those difficulties on an optimum solution basis. Doing that sort of thing we can make it.
Exactly how do you get the chance to sit down and give enough auditing commands to a pc, or get somebody to give enough auditing commands to a pc, to make Clears? How do you do that? Well, you do that by 8-Cing people through various precise steps, with good administration, straight on up to the goal. If you neglect this methodology of how you get them in and get them graduated up along the line, you will never get the chance to supervise them being given commands nor the chance to give them commands yourself, enough to make them Clear. And the whole project of clearing the planet would break down at once, not because of technology, not because of your desires, not because of the pc’s desires, but simply because the methodology did not exist to permit him to arrive at the goal he desired to arrive at.
I hope we won’t make that mistake.
 Clear: noun: a thetan cleared of enforced and unwanted behavior patterns and discomforts. A Clear is a being who no longer has his own reactive mind.
- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Dissemination Course (Bridge Publications, Inc. 1986). ↩