Assist Chapter of Scientology Handbook Used to Train Kolkata Nurses
The seminar was based on the Assists chapter of the Scientology Handbook.
For 41 nurses at a Kolkata nursing college, the Scientology Handbook has changed their entire attitude toward nursing.
Lack of skill in handling the spiritual aspects of illness and injury had led them to feel that nothing could be done about the suffering they encountered on a daily basis.
The nurses who attended the seminar realized that their basic attitude toward patient care had been colored by their lack of skill in handling the spiritual aspects of illness and injury. They simply didn't know how to address these factors. And without this skill, and surrounded by so much suffering, they had resigned themselves to the idea that in many cases, nothing could be done about it.
But thanks to a seminar provided by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) of West Bengal, in conjunction with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour, they realized that the VM motto—Something CAN be done about it—applies to their profession too.
The reason they are so optimistic now is because they have learned "Assist" technology developed by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Assists are simple procedures that address the emotional and spiritual side of trauma, illness or injury.
The Touch Assist is the most widely used and probably best-known assist. It was first developed in the early 1950s and has been in use ever since. As described in the Scientology Handbook, "The purpose of a Touch Assist is to reestablish communication with injured or ill body parts....The technique is based on the principle that the way to heal anything or remedy anything is to put somebody into communication with it."
The nursing students were also taught to use the Locational Processing Assist. A Locational is done by directing a person's attention off the painful area of his body or difficulties and out onto the environment. When someone's attention is fixated, whether on a physical problem, an upset, a loss, or any number of emotional difficulties, a Locational Assist can help unstick attention, leaving him or her extroverted, in good spirits and more able to solve the problem.
L. Ron Hubbard described the qualities of a Volunteer Minister in an essay titled Religious Influence in Society: "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well."
The nursing students were delighted with their seminar. They understand now why Mr. Hubbard described VMs in these terms, because in the three short hours it had taken, they gained tools they can use immediately to really make a difference to the patients in their care.
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