The moment of blankness or unconsciousness
December 13, 2011
From post to DianeticR3X Yahoo group
After running the special attention buttons regarding the hidden elements of the incident, I have found that asking for a moment of blankness or unconsciousness is very productive. It's not just a matter of giving a routine or general command, it's a matter of giving a specific command while paying attention to instance reads and following it up with steering. The reason this needs to be done is because the blank period is so charged that it doesn't answer up to the general command.
Here are two excerpts from the book Dianetics Today that talk about steering:
"Steering the pc:
The only use of latent or random reads. You see a read the same as the instant read occuring again when you are not speaking but after you have found a whole thought reacting. You say "there" or "that" and the pc, seeing what he or she is looking at as you say it recovers the knowledge from the reactive bank."
"Steering a pc with "that, that, that" on something reading is allowable. But that isn't putting attention on the meter but on his bank."
Once the PC has found a blank or unconscious moment in the incident, then the auditor should run the before/after process on the blank moment. The process goes like this:
"Spot a moment before that blank period." "Good" "Spot a moment after that blank period." "Spot a moment before that blank period." Etc. This is done until a blowdown is seen, after which the auditor asks the PC what's happening. The before/after process is done in order to open up the blank period. Blank.
This is followed by running the blank period. One can do that with the standard R3 R commands. The way I do it is:
"Move to point just before the blank period." "Good" "Move through to the end of that blank period." (or "move through that blank period from beginning to end.")
The whole idea here is to open up the blank period so that it's no longer blank and contains a story. If necessary, it's okay to have the PC invent a story to fill in the blank period. Eventually the real story will come out anyway and will make sense to them.
After the PC has scanned the incident, the auditor then has him run six directions on the blank period. The obvious command is "get that blank period and put it above you " Etc.
Simply put, the blank period is treated like any engram. One would run the "hidden" part of the special attention commands on the blank period, inserting "blank period" (or "unconscious period") instead of "incident".
After running the blank period with the "hidden" buttons, the auditor then resumes running the incident as a whole the regular way. It's probably advisable to remind the PC that the word "incident" includes the formerly blank period and its contents.
The engram is a moment of pain and unconsciousness. Both conditions can be brief and subtle, but they do need to be addressed if one wants to erase the engram thoroughly and permanently.
Sometimes handling the blank period, will result in erasure of the whole engram. In that case, I still believe the incident should be run with regards to the shock moment, and the shock moment run from each viewpoint.
And while I'm on the subject, I might as well add that when running the shock moment from any viewpoint, unless I see that followed by a blowdown, F/N, I will automatically run six directions on that shock moment without bothering to ask the PC how it was as he was scanning. The reason is that all too often the PC will often say that it's flat when there is still some charge left as can be seen after the six direction processes run.