What of the Book Auditor?

What of the Book Auditor?


"In the beginning," it said, "the book auditor was reckoned to be the key person in Dianetics."

Being a book auditor myself, I plunged into the article, the first in BRISTOL DIANETIC REVIEW for May, 1954.

"Mr. Hubbard said," it continued, "that any two intelligent people could get together, and, with the aid of 'Dianetics, Modern Science of Mental Health', clear up their troubles. Of course there were to be professional auditors, but the spread of Dianetics through Society was to be the work of the amateur, the book auditor."

Well, this is the way I'd understood it, too. I kind of figured that the little group we'd gotten together, multiplied by a large number representing all other book auditors who'd organized groups, might build up to an impressive array of people spread around the globe. And that a lot of them would be able and willing to audit others and actually help them, as our people seemed to be doing.

BDR goes on to mention groups in Great Britain in the early days -- at a time when the British hadn't much choice except to depend on amateurs grouped together. If anything at all was accomplished in the first year in England, amateurs and groups should be credited with it. The article continues: "Nowadays there seems to be a considerable duality in official attitudes towards the amateur, the book auditor. On the one hand, there is the oft repeated statement of Mr. Hubbard that techniques and processes are becoming simpler -- that anyone can use them. And on the other, the implication (not often openly expressed, but there, nevertheless) that no one should undertake auditing until he has taken a course at the H.A.S. Now there seems to be the further inference that only auditors who have taken the clinical course really know what they are about."

To be quite fair, I think the H.A.S. may have done a good deal for the book auditor in the past year. The JOURNAL has published outlines of processing procedures; PABs have gone into further detail in describing methods and discussing theory. In spite of this, a large question looms: Should the book auditor attempt to use this information?

It's my present guess that he should, and that he'll have a lot of success if he follows instructions exactly. But like the BDR editor, I'd like to have a direct statement from the H.A.S.

Good professionals are greatly needed. They offer fastest, surest results to those who want the best and can afford to pay for it. They can handle the psychos, the cardiacs, the senile -- difficult cases the book auditor might avoid. They can bring invaluable assistance and advice to groups.

It's my sincere hope that book auditors also can have their place in the picture, and that the future will bring them fresh encouragement, validations and data.





but you will find help on your own case, whether you want training in the newest techniques or need auditing.

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Ross Lamoreaux, Director
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