Body Communication Process

Taken from "Assists Processing Handbook" by L. Ron Hubbard.
Copyright © 1992 L. Ron Hubbard Library.


Reference: HCOB 23 Aug. 70R,
THE BODY COMMUNICATION PROCESS Use of Process: The Body Communication Process is used when a person has been chronically out of communication with his body, such as after an illness or injury, or when the person has been dormant for a long period of time.

Information: The Body Communication Process does not in any way replace or alter Touch Assists or Contact Assists. Where a person has been injured or has specific areas of the body where an assist is needed, the Touch Assist or the Contact Assist should be used.

This process may be done only after any necessary medical attention or other necessary assists have been done. It is not done in place of these.

The purpose of the process is to enable the being to reestablish communication with his body.


The individual lies on his back on a couch, bed or cot. Doing this assist on the clothed body with shoes removed gives satisfactory results. Any constricting articles such as neckties or tight belts should be removed or loosened. It is not necessary to remove any clothing except for heavy or bulky garments.

Where more than one session of this process is given, the body position may be varied to advantage by having the person lie face downward during alternate sessions.

Use the command:

"Feel my hands." ("Feel my hand" on the occasion where only one hand is applied.)

The auditor begins by saying he is now going to do a Body Communication Process as an assist to help the person. He puts in a reality factor by telling the person briefly what the command is and what they will do. The command is then cleared. This should be done briefly and no Q and A should develop. A dictionary should be at hand for the person's use in looking up the meaning of words in the command or in the name of the process.

To start the assist the auditor tells the person,

"Close your eyes,"
and acknowledges him by saying, "Thank you" when he does so.

The auditor places his hands on the individual's shoulders with a firm but gentle grip, using an agreed-upon firmness. That is a firmness which the auditor knows is agreeable to the individual. It must be done with ARC.

The auditor must be there with intention and attention. He must have good TRs throughout the session. This is to achieve optimum ARC and the best results.

The auditor gives the command:

"Feel my hands" (or "hand").
The individual's reply is acknowledged with "Thank you" (or "Good," "Fine," "All right" or "Okay," etc.).

The auditor continues to complete similar cycles down the body, over the chest, front of chest, sides of chest, hands on both sides of the abdomen at the waist, then one hand going around the abdomen in a clockwise direction. (Clockwise because this is the direction of flow of the large bowel.) The auditor then continues with both hands on the small of the back, one on each side and lifting firmly; a hand placed over each hip with firmer pressure on these bony parts, then down one leg to the knee with both hands and down the other leg to the knee with both hands, then back to the other leg and down over the calf, the lower calf, the ankle, the foot and the toes and down the other leg from the knee to the toes similarly.

He then works upward in a flow towards the shoulders, down each arm and out to the fingers, both hands behind the neck, one on each side, sides of the face, forehead and back of the head, sides of the head, then away toward the extremities of the body.

An infinite variety of placing of the hands is available avoiding, of course, the genital areas or buttocks in both sexes and a woman's breasts. The process proceeds up and down the body, toward the extremities.

As ARC builds up (even as early, sometimes, as after the first command) the auditor will notice that something is happening with the individual. It may be a comm lag, a slight suffusion of the face, a somatic or twitch of the body. With such an indication, the auditor will know that a communication is available to him. He should then ask: "What happened?"

The individual describes what just happened or what is happening. The auditor leaves his hands in position with exactly the same pressure sustained while the individual is talking. The communication is acknowledged and the auditor continues with the process.

The process is continued until the person has a good change, a cognition and very good indicators. At this point the auditor says, "Thank you" and ends off by saying, "End of assist."

He does not, however, interrupt the person's communication or cognition to do so.

Notes on Running: The process should not be continued past the cognition and very good indicators

Dave Touretzky
Last modified: Sun Jan 11 20:02:09 EST 2004