Locational Assists – Good for Babies, Good for Haiti Grief Counselling


Laughing Locational, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Any Scientology parent will tell you that one of most useful pieces of Scientology technology to have around a baby is the locational assist. This is an incredibly simple procedure in which one can take a person (or little person) who has their attention too fixated on something and make them able to unfix their attention and proceed on with life.

It works great on babies – we do it with ours any time she even gets a little fussy, with the result that our baby basically never gets to a state where she’s crying. She always has her mental facilities about her.

But this is just as important for the relief workers who are in Haiti, as when you have life problems cranked up to a massive order of magnitude (lost loved ones, collapsed houses, etc) it becomes of primary importance (after first aid of course) to get people back to square zero with all of their mental faculties about them and ready to move on.


Listening to the Dianetics Audiobook with the little one

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I’ve got the baby for the night tonight, as Kat is in DC on study at the Church of Scientology in DC. So, I decided to do some study tonight as well, on the Dianetics Audiobook. She’s just been sitting there, interestedly listening ever since I fired it up. Great! She’s going to be more conversant with Dianetics than any other 4 month old!

Day 141 | Do Scientologists think too much can love spoil a child?

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Day 141 | She’s Become Part of Me, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard once wrote,

“Affection could no more spoil a child than the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.”
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

I’m only seeing that be more and more true, the more affectionate this girl gets. She is just fantastic.

And the photo credit here goes to my wife, who’s just getting better & better at capturing the moment.  Both of us are taking up a study of photography now.   L. Ron Hubbard was a consummate photographer, who loved the subject, and wrote quite a bit on not only how to succeed at photography or cinematography, but why you go about doing it in the first place.   He wrote once,

“This is the attitude you must have…’I’m the person who’s going to shoot this picture.  This picture’s going to do you a lot of good.  When I shoot them, they’re good.'”  — LRH

Well, the photo above will definitely be doing Mackenzie some good – I already have people telling me to save it to give back to her on her wedding day!

What’s the Recipe for Healthy Babies? (Day 131)


On the day of this photo, Mackenzie celebrated the turn of the decade, and her very first 1 January. Many more to come, I’m sure.

But one thing I wanted to bring to light with this post is that, at over 4 months old, Mackenzie has yet to be sick at all. We’ve been told over and over by various jealous parents that our first doozie was going to be “right around the corner”, but she remains totally healthy, with her absolute worst spat being a little runny nose about a month ago.

Now, you could say, “we’ve been blessed”, or perhaps, “we’ve just been lucky” or any number of things which would put us as the silly, unwitting recipients of a wunderbaby. Well. we do indeed have a wunderbaby. However, being an effect and not cause is not the position anyone (much less a Scientologist) wants to be in, so my wife & I looked for what we were causatively doing as parents which precipitated this excellent state of affairs.

One of the most major causes of this which we’ve been able to isolate is a sane, calm and helpful environment for the baby to grow up in.

Many parents worry themselves sick about contagion with respect to their babies, but we’ve been ultra-sensitive to contagion not of the bacterial sort, but of another kind entirely.  Here, I quote from L. Ron Hubbard’s masterpiece, Science of Survival:

“Insanity apparently comes about wholly by contagion.  An enturbulated culture or environment can keep an individual in a continuous state of turbulence.” — LRH

In other words, if you know anything of Dianetics, and what insanity due to engrams can do to an individual, simply having an enturbulated space around the baby could massively increase chances of the baby becoming enturbulated, and then getting sick.

L. Ron Hubbard goes on to say:

“There is an apparent family line of aberration.  It was previously thought to be carried genetically, but this is evidently not the case.  It is carried on the thought channel of the family.  The confusions of domestic life get into the moments of physical injury of the child.  And the child, as a consequence, becomes liable for the family aberrations and will manifest them.”  — LRH

So, plain and clear, if you keep the domestic situation calm, in control, and with everyone using crisp, sane communication with a lot of love, you’ll sidestep the pitfall outlined above.

There are a lot of other Scientology principles that we’ve used successfully to help achieve that calm household detailed above – it’s not just thinking happy thoughts and glossing over problems in life.   But much of it boils down to two main simplicities, covered in the Scientology handbook:

  • Communication: One has to communicate a lot, and communicate effectively, in order to have a happy & calm household.  A marriage is based on communication, and ours is no exception.  Both my wife and I have had a significant amount of Scientology training on this matter, and as a result we generally go a few years at a time between arguments.  When was our last one?  I think about 2 years ago, actually – and that only lasted about 2 minutes.  Knowing how to communicate is easily the most under-evaluated skill that there is.
  • Scientology: Assists for Illnesses & Injuries

    Scientology: Assists for Illnesses & Injuries

    Assists: The other technique in Scientology which we use extremely often is that of Scientology assists.  These are easy techniques developed by Mr. Hubbard to allow people to recover from injuries and upsets and to get them back into communication with their surroundings and their body.  You can learn the key assists in a matter of minutes, and the entire booklet on how to do them is available free from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers website.    The one we use most often is called the Locational Assist, and we find it invaluable in keeping Mackenzie totally in touch with her environment and not in a state of upset or confusion.

Mackenzie the Landmark Lifetime Member

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Mackenzie got her first commendation from the IAS, for becoming a Lifetime Member of the International Association of Scientologists at the 25th Anniversary of the IAS. She was a bit overwhelmed at all of the people clapping for her so wasn’t at her tippety top bubbliest, but certainly liked the idea of playing with & drooling on the fancy pin she got!

Thanks to @eringravitt for taking the photo. I unkindly just flung my camera into her hands as we went up to get the award, and unfortunately the settings were all messed up so the photo was taken with bizzarre flash & exposure settings making it look like we were getting an award in the Bat Cave. However, Adobe Camera Raw came to the rescue and luckily it came out looking just dandy.

Mackenzie flaunting her new IAS Pin

Mackenzie flaunting her new IAS Pin

However, what I failed to get a picture of was the lovely way that the banquet hall was set up at the Founding Church.   The new building of the DC Church of Scientology has a great chapel which was designed as a multifunction room, so that it could be set up for church services, and then reconfigured to host a swanky banquet like was held at this occasion.  It was really quite nice, and just highlighted for me the outstanding attention to detail of this building.

Day 92 | Peeking out at Passers-by at the Scientology VM Tent

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Dressed up in her fuzziest outfit & hat, Mackenzie accompanied me on the Metro down to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent at the National Mall. She was nice & warm, but also developed some of the cutest rosy cheeks from peeking out at passers-by on the Mall.

This tent was put up by my folks at the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent at the National Mall

Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent at the National Mall

Day 85 | Mackenzie at the Scientology VM Tent

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Today I went down to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Tent to volunteer for a while helping people with their day-to-day problems. Mackenzie was on full-time duty cheering everybody up, and was all smiles & chuckles to anyone who came near us. It wasn’t until the end of the day when they started breaking up the tent that I got the idea to take a photo, and at that point she finally decided to pass out.

Mackenzie at the Scientology VM Tent

It was a great day though.   Totally awesome weather for a 15th of November (something like 68°F all day & sunny) and we got to help a whole bunch of people with solutions to day-to-day problems in their lives.   While I was there we helped several people relieve stress in their day with some Scientology Assists, and some other couples improve their relationships with each other with some on-the-spot training in communication techniques.

Of course, Mackenzie was a big help, as sometimes all people need is a friendly face to help brighten their day up, and that’s something Mackenzie can provide in spades!  🙂


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