Solo 1 consists of 13 steps. It is done outside in crowded places. The solo auditor walks about counting people,
comparing people with each other or himself, comparing individuals with groups, etc., as stated in the 13 instructions.
Each step is done "to a cognition", as the instructions say.
The action is started on the meter with "rudiments to an F/N". As it's a major action you don't want
any distraction, so you have the solo auditor start with an F/N (not just a TA check as the materials state).
Next the solo auditor is handed the sheet containing his instructions. The 13 steps are best kept inside a plastic
wrapper covered by a blank sheet of paper so that one can't read them.
The solo auditor is given the following instruction: "Go to the nearest supermarket or shopping mall or airport,
wherever there are plenty of people, and study these people with respect to certain characteristics until you have
a cognition. Take a note pad along so you can keep worksheets. Once you are there you pull the blank cover sheet
off instruction number 1, study the instruction, and do what it says. It may tell you that you are to count men
with red noses until you have a cognition. So you just do that and no more."
"A cognition" in this particular context does not mean that the solo auditor's case will explode in smithereens. It
doesn't have to be a cog of the mind­ shattering variety at all. "A cognition" simply means:
the first thought that comes to mind whilst doing the action.
It does not have to be a new realization. It may be a realization the solo auditor has already had before. He may
have already noticed years ago that men with red noses more often than not smell of booze, but this may not come
to his mind immediately as he reads his instructions but only after counting 35 men with red noses. Good. So he
writes on his note pad: "Counted 35 men with red noses. Realized they all smell of booze." This way he
goes through his 13 steps.
Should the solo auditor actually have a mindshattering realization he would end off at that point and return
to his auditing room. Doing the remaining instructions might spoil it for him.
So he goes off and does that. When he comes back you tell him this: "Now sit down at your meter and review
what has happened whilst you were outside. Scan over the various experiences and realizations you have had. Rehabilitate
some aspects of it as needed. Handle any out ruds. End off with an F/N. Don't try to make any sense out of this.
Explanations will be given when you are on Solo 3. Just take it easy."
Only that last F/N is truly the end of his session! The session began with him getting an F/N, it continued with
him walking about doing his instructions, it ended with an F/N.
When he is through with all that he hands his folder in. You, as C/S, study it. You will detect sentences like:
"Individuals are nicer than groups", "all people are different", "I'm not like other people"
and such. It invariably happens that way.
What sense does that make? Well, it's the boss thetan giving indications to his congealed mass of entities who
all think they are one. Or it's the boss thetan picking up the originations of his congealed crew and acknowledging
it. In either case a long­forgotten stable datum is put into the system: "You are all individuals!
You are not all one. You may be part of a mass, but you are not the mass!"
This puts fine hairline fissures into the solid concrete block called the R6 bank that the solo auditor (along
with most thetans on this planet) carries around with him. Technically, it works by the basic tool of "indication
of a correct item".
These fine fissures won't appear if the person has his attention riveted on the problems of his immediate life.
Too subtle! But as these fissures are the necessary prerequisite to the next level to come, Solo 2, you must make
sure that the lower bridge of that solo auditor stands on good and strong foundations!