“The ability to be is more important than the ability to do. The ability to do is more important than the ability to have.” – LRH Fundamentals of Thought p.32
Tired of following the news, I decided yesterday that I needed to do some writing. And after some rest, I found myself thinking about beingness.
Something was making me feel under the weather. But I finally got myself up to start writing.
In an attempt to supplement my income, I take surveys online. These are mostly marketing surveys, and they always have a section designed to put the survey taker into categories. Besides the obvious factors of race, sex, and age, they often ask you what “industry” you work in. There is a standard list of about 25. This list, however, does not included “the arts.”
This implies that people who consider themselves “artists” are lost to the world of consumerism.
Yet, isn’t everyone an artist to some degree?
Lying in bed thinking about this, I came up with three broad categories of beingness:
These levels build on each other. In other words, unless you have some understanding and appreciation of the levels below you, you will not do well at the level you want to operate at, and will tend to sink to a lower level.
In a biology-based game, the children are always forced to exist as “criminals” for a period of time. That is to say: They demand support without being able to return a service of similar value. So it is in childhood that we all get a taste of criminality. The wise parent pulls the child up out of that level as quickly as possible. Most children, being somewhat resilient and keyed-out in their youth, are quite willing and able to be performers, but may lack technical proficiency unless they remember it from an earlier lifetime. Thus, while “child prodigies” are possible, they tend to be rare. This is a shame; they could be totally commonplace.
Almost any adult beingness demands a certain amount of performance, and requires a definite level of technical proficiency. Those who, for one reason or another, cannot achieve sufficient technical proficiency, or are totally unwilling to be any kind of performer, are likely to fail in some aspect of life, and may find themselves being criminals, as much as they may regret this.
Those who choose to be performers and can excel at this are often the most prized members of a society.
Performance at a high level of art requires a combination of technical proficiency and courage that is recognized and admired by most.
Being a performer in a criminal society
However, criminals envy and fear performers.
Their attitudes to life are so different that they seem almost diametrically opposed.
The performer seems to cast all his physical cares to the wind, and somehow survives simply by telling amazing stories or doing amazing things.
The criminal is so focused on the problems of physical survival that he feels compelled to lie, cheat and steal just to survive in a body.
In a society that has turned criminal, attempts to manipulate the performers and control the things they do and the stories they tell will become a constant problem for the performers, and for the rest of society.
We have seen many very strong performers simply killed because their stories or actions got too close to exposing the false lives of the criminals.
Technologies of defense
We have available today a variety of technologies to help us decriminalize society and make it much safer for performers and technicians alike.
This is a society’s make-or-break technology. Without the ability to correctly detect and expose the criminals, a society will tend to become overwhelmed by their desperation. Ethics also encompasses certain remedial actions that can be taken with the victims of criminals.
The educational system of a society is primarily responsible for successfully enabling its members to become highly proficient in one or more areas of technology, thus helping to assure that they can play the game without being enticed by the criminal element.
An educational system that cannot do this either refuses to because it itself has turned criminal, or has not learned to apply the technologies of study. These are among the most basic technologies that every Scientologist must learn. Central in these technologies is Word Clearing, which helps to prevent students from building up “study crimes” (misunderstood words or symbols) that could cause them to want to blow from the subject they are studying.
The technologies of Auditing are the centerpieces of Scientology. Their purpose is to increase ability. They must be applied ethically, as they are perfectly capable of increasing criminal abilities, too!
The Auditor is an extremely competent technician who must be enough of a performer to maintain excellent communication with his subject (technically, his “preclear”) throughout the auditing session. This is a high ability, not easily attained.
Management (also called Administration or “Admin”)
This group of technologies is also technical in nature, though slightly less cut-and-dried than those of auditing. They include:
- Admin Know-How
- Planning and Writing Project Targets
- Data Evaluation
- Computer Systems
- Being an Executive
- Public Relations
From the viewpoint of a manager, beingness boils down to “hats” (the functions a person does in an organization). This is a fundamental concept in Scientology. It should be possible to preserve and learn the technology and beingness of any hat. The success of a society depends on this.
Beingness and the games of life
What is most noticeable in any game is the beingnesses (or hats) of its players.
To be denied entrance to a game as a player does not negate one’s own choices about one’s beingness; though it can make it more difficult to live with those choices. One can always play a game if one wants to, as one can always invent one’s own.
It is not necessary to allow criminals into your game. Any being is capable of rising to a level where he can at least play as a technician. However, if a game routinely kicks out players for capricious reasons, those former players are likely to become enemies of the whole game.
At the upper levels of ability, we find beings capable of playing exterior to the body, or with no physical body at all. Contrary to popular superstition, playing a game at that level is about as much fun as a person can have playing a game. It is an operating level that many seek and few attain. However, with the above-mentioned technologies, that situation could eventually change.
Without beingness, an individual is gameless. For all except The Creator and rocks, such a situation is intolerable. The game, as a concept in Scientology, is meant to include all aspects of living that make it attractive to spiritual beings. It is one of our most central concepts, and is intimately connected with beingness.