um, yeah, is there any other way? If you don't understand the words you're reading, you won't understand the words you're reading... this is so basic it makes my head hurt to think about it... Personally, I learned THAT in public school, and if they hadn't said it, I would have used good old common sense.
Entheta & Mog,
IMO, Study Tech is dangerous…
Even though most of us recognize that the ST is more of a compilation of things already known (looking up words one doesn’t understand, get one thing conceptualized before moving on to another thing, etc.), the tech itself erases judgment in a matter of minutes and eventually, seconds.
It is said that <symptoms> of going past a word, or not having a balance of theory w/ application, is to FEEL LIKE SHIT. Scientologists are trained to monitor how they FEEL, while studying. At the exact moment one feels like shit, one immediately looks inward and asks oneself, what is my problem? What have I done? Well, here’s the real problem: reading endlessly droning, pure drivel, can make one feel like shit! Instead of recognizing it as shit, though, and not worthy of wasting time on, one, feeling like shit instead inherently questions one self’s ability to comprehend. It can take as few as one grueling page in one book to seal the deal.
Read this, every word, and see how you feel: (Taken from one of the many valuable ‘Hubbard’s Mushroom’ Scripture posts)
What do you do when all the space around you is full
of these shapes? You made space, and you think, and
you think, and you come up with a brand new original
invention TIME. Now, what is time? Time is a method of
erasing an illusion without giving myself the pain of
destroying it. So, what I do is, “Here is my illusion then,
(I put it back in then) here is the illusion..then, that’s in
then, which now gives you more space. This is a very
workable thing. Take a person stuck on the time track,
and just get him to practice this exercise. It is still inherent
with him that he can make his own time, and so you just
get him to go on this basis: Now....then, now....then, now
....then, now....then, and you will find he can more on
the time track.
It sounds incredible, but that is all time is. It’s now, and
it’s then. Here is Now, and now, Now is then. It doesn’t
go out in space, it just evaporates. He created it once,
you have just taught him to create it again. It is a
simple mechanism. Space and time are based on thought.
When thought didn’t make any illusions, it was zero, and
when it started making illusions, it went zip and extended
to become infinity.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 23 June 1952: Technique 88: Anatomy Of Maybe
LRon says that there is something wrong with you for not getting that. Now, imagine for a second that all of the “miracle” of ST were to come down on you… and by God you’d understand it!
If you get up and say, “I just read a bunch of crap”, every resource in the Org will focus on YOU, and what YOUR problem is.
ST applied in the real world, on real-world subjects, however, becomes more of an application of the commons sense things we were taught in school or by our parents. Also, in the real world, we actually come across much less droning drivel. And of course we look up words in the dictionary!