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AREAS OF MAXIMUM COMPULSION

THE PROCESS OMEGA

CHURCH OF THE FINAL JUDGEMENT Tuesday 3rd November 1970

Brethren, As it is,

1. 1 One: Each of us has a particular 'area' in which he feels

responsible for everything which happens, both success and

failure, positive and negative, not only to him but to everyone

else as well. Each of us feels that HE has complete choice

and control in his area.

2 Two: At the same time each of us is one hundred percent

compulsive in this area, and therefore also feels that he has NO

choice and NO control in it whatever. A characteristic Process

paradox!

3 Three: Because we are still on the negative side of the Game and

living in a death-oriented world, there is a predominance of

failure in all our areas.

4 Four: Because we feel completely responsible for all our failure

in our areas, and at the same time helpless to do anything about

it, which is how the paradox manifests, each of us is a complete

victim in his own area.

5 Five: Because we are so heavily compulsive, feel so responsible

and at the same time so helpless, in our areas, we blame, demand,

justify, defend ourselves, reject everything told to us, are

blind, stupid and illogical, and feel paranoid, whenever the subject

of our personal area, or anything concerning it, arises. We may,

like good children, sometimes do all of these quite silently and

unobtrusively, but we do them nevertheless. They are instinctive.

6 Six: Because of our intensely irresponsible and victimish

attitudes in our areas; we make not only ourselves but everyone

else suffer through them. We inflict our helplessness on those

around us - whoever is vulnerable to it, and that means all of

us to some extent as long as we continue to be victimish in our

own areas.

7 Seven: Individual areas cover a wide territory. They can be

abstract concepts, such as Blame, Contact, Failure, Love, or more

tangible elements such as Money, Health, Sex, Food, Children.

And each has both a positive and negative aspect. Failure

for example is really the area of Success and Failure, and Money

is really the area of Wealth and Poverty or perhaps Solvency and

Insolvency!

8 Eight: The extent of our victimishness and paranoia in our own

ares is chronic. Basically, unconsciously - though sometimes

the awareness of it creeps into the outer consciousness - we

feel completely responsible in our areas. At the same time we

see and feel a predominance of failure. We strive desperately

for success, but we are on the negative side of the Game, so

the counter-intention in favor of failure is stronger. So

failure piles up despite all our efforts. Result; a sense of

complete helplessness.

9 Consequently we are unwilling to acknowledge the responsibility

we feel. We either try to justify the negative aspect of our

areas out of existence, and when that is not possible even as

an illusion and the failure is inescapable, we blame it on

someone or something else - very often, as the desperation grows,

EVERYone and EVERYthing else. Paranoia. We feel that everyone

is out to get us in our personal areas; circumstances are

against us, fate is hostile to us. We feel helpless. We have

done everything possible. It's THEIR fault. And any criticisms,

suggestions, help, even discussion of our areas, whether directed

to us or not, comes across as a personal invalidation.

10 Nine: The effect on those around us is equally chronic. We

draw them into our network of paranoid and victimish agreements.

They BELIEVE us. They BELIEVE that we are helpless and ill-

treated, and that really it's all THEIR fault. THEY feel

guilty about OUR sense of failure in OUR areas! They feel

equally guilty for their own successin those areas. THEY

begin to feel personally responsible for OUR own sense of failure.

(This is not an awareness of communal responsibility; nothing

so high level; it is a distortion of individual responsibility

based on compulsive identification). They feel unable to talk

to us about it; thry feel sorry for us; they help us to

justify and blame, and are afraid of hurting our feelings. Or

else they shy away from their sense of responsibility, which is

no less real to them for being based on identification, and

start piling blame on OUR heads.

11 Ten: The end result is that all of us are either justifying one

another and thereby helping one another to avoid the responsibil-

ities which we feel in our particular areas, or blaming one

another and thereby forcing us to resist those responsibilities.

(When we blame someone; if he is vulnerable, then his automatic

reaction is to resist whatever it is we are trying to push at

him with a force equal and opposite to the force of our blame).

Either way we perpetuate the compulsive failure pattern and the

predominance of the negative sides of all our areas.

12 Eleven: Although, because of our sense of helplessness, we

deny either the failure or responsibility for the failure in

our areas, we are still very much aware, usually unconsciously,

of both the extent of our basic sense of choice and control and

the extent to which we currently use it to maintain failure and

the negative side. Therefore, to offset the guilt we feel for

this activity, we instinctively demand both acknowledgement

of AND credit for all the successes in our areas, all the

manifestations of the positive side. We are usually quite

unconscious of this as well, but it manifests in resentment

or similar reactions when someone else is successful or

receives credit for success in our areas.

13 Twelve: We are particularly subject to negativity, failure

and a sense of failure in our own areas, because in our terms

it is we who have sent the predominance of negativity out -

and therefore, by the Universal Law, we must receive it back.

This means that our projections of failure in our own areas are

so strong that even when success manifests outside ourselves

we are unlikely to be associated with it, far less receive

any credit for it. It is much more likely to be regarded as

happening IN SPITE of us, particularly if those around us

have latched onto the general pattern of our effects in the

area. So ironically we tend to get all the blame when things

go wrong in our areas and none of the credit when things go

right! An effect which, needless to say, we bring about quite

deliberately upon ourselves! So our sense of failure in our

areas simply continues to increase, even on success!

14 Thirteen: Our areas are areas of maximum compulsion, because

they contain a sense of complete choice, control and respons-

ibility on one side of the conflict, opposed by an equally

extreme sense of complete helplessness, choicelessness and

non-responsibility on the other side.

2. 1 Fourteen: On the surface of each area of maximum compulsion,

is the 'key' to the area.

2 Fifteen: The key is no less compulsive than the entire area;

but it is vastly less basic and less far-reaching. Whereas

the area is a huge concept, embracing a great deal of territory,

and either abstract and therefore intangible, like Blame, or

large enough in scope to be way outside our conscious control,

like Money, the key on the other hand is immediate, simple,

tangible, and apparently controllable. It is a straightforward

action or non-action over which, with a certain amount of will

power, we seem to have conscious and immediate control.

3 Sixteen: The key need not have, on the surface, a direct and

obvious relationship to the area. It does relate very

precisely, but it may be necessary to provide some links

in order to appreciate the relationship. For example, the area

could be Health and the key "smoking". The link is the fact

that cigarettes are now a universal symbol of ill health

(the negative aspect of the area) or a danger to good

health, therefore they represent failure in the area.

(In this example you can also see the vast difference in

scope and tangibility between the area and the key.) Some

relationships between areas and keys may be even more subtle

than this.

4 Seventeen: The key is something we feel we should stop doing

rather than start doing, and it is something which in some way

is the key representative of failure in the area. For example

an area of Blame and a key of 'loss of temper'. Loss of temper

is the key surface representative of failure in the area of

Blame, (which is blame itself, no blame or freedom from blame or

some similar concept, being success in the area). Loss of

temper is the outward manifestation which - to the person concerned

- most clearly and intensely stands for blame, signifies blame

and most important, causes and propagates blame. Cigarette

smoking, in the same way, is the outward manifestation which stands

for, signifies, causes and propagates ill health.

5 Eighteen: The key is the tip of the iceberg which repreents the

whole area. The whole iceberg is (say) 'blame and no blame' , the

key is 'loss of temper and no loss of temper'. One is basic,

the other is immediate, but both are part of the same solid mass

of ice. Both are equally compulsive.

6 Nineteen: As long as we do not fully accept the compulsiveness

of the key we shall NOT be able to stop doing it. The nature

of a compulsion is that IT controls US, from below, we do not

control it from above. And the only way to eliminate a compulsion

is to validate it, which means a complete acceptance and acknow-

ledgement of its nature and the extent of its power. Therefore

as long as we feel we can beat it by resisting it, that WE can

control IT, then it will continue in existence and therefore

continue to control us.

7 Twenty: Enactment of the key gives us - or seems to us to give us

failure in our particular area. Loss of temper, if that is our

key, fixes us in a downward spiral of blame and therefore gives

us failure in the area of Blame. Cigarette smoking, if that is

our key, makes us sick and therefore gives us failure in the area

of Health. But it is NOT the action itself that gives us

failure, it's the compulsion behind the action. We use the key

to give us failure in the overall area. And if we lift the com-

pulsion; a) we can enact or not enact the key at will, without

either craving or resistance (we can smoke or not smoke, lose

our temper or control it, with outwardly conscious choice), and

b) if we do enact the key - from chopice rather than compulsion -

it does not give us failure or a sense of failure in our area.

(Smoking does not make us sick, or losing our temper does not

fix us in a pattern of blame.)

8 Twenty one: As long as the compulsion is there, we may have some

limited success in holding the key at bay for a while,

of shunning its temptations, but it will have its by hook or

by crook in a shamingly short time! There comes a moment when

no moral, ethical, survival, logical, expiational, rational; or

any other consideration is able to prevent it. Our so called

'control' is nothing more than resistance, and the outcome is

inevitable.

9 Twenty two: Also, as long as the compulsion is there, we

may have some limited success in straining above the manifest-

ation of failure which comes from enacting the key.

(Medication for example might temporarily tackle a physical

type of failure, like ill health; whilst justification might

temporarily tackle a spiritual type of failure like a

cycle of blame). But again that too will have its way.

Resistance lasts just so long, and is successful up to a

point. But we are just as subject to failure in our area

through the enactment of the key, as we are to the enact-

ment of the key itself.

10 As long as the compulsion is there, we cannot escape either

the key or the failure or sense of failure which it gives us.

And as long as we think we CAN escape one or another of them,

the compulsion continues to be there.

11 Twenty three: The two predominant feelings in relation to

the key, whilst the compulsion continues to be there, are

a) helplessness (in being able to control it) and b) failure

(as a result of not controlling it). These are the two

essential ingredients of victimishness; a sense of helpless-

ness and a sense of failure. A victim is a helpless failure

- in his own terms and in his own view.

12 Twenty four: As long as our keys continue to be compulsive,

our areas also continue to be compulsive. We continue to

be victims in relation to our keys, and we continue to be

victims in realtion to our areas.

13 Twenty five: The secret, as always, is acceptance. A

complete recognition and acknowledgement, without protest,

of the area, the key, and the full extent of the power of

both of them over our outer consciousness. A beginning

would be a recognition and acknowledgement of the fact

that consciously we are unable to avoid either enacting the

key or the failure or the sense of failure which such an

enactment carries with it.

14 Twenty six: This leads to the other side of the coin - or

paradox. Having seen the extent of our non-responsibility we

can now begin to look at the extent of our responsibility. A

complete recognition and acknowledgement, without protest,

of the area, the key, and the full extent of our INNER

consciousness's power over both of them.

15 Twenty seven: The extent of our outward powerlessness is the

measure of our inward power. The body's weakness is the

soul's strength, just as the body's strength is the soul's

weakness.

16 Twenty eight: When we have accepted both our outer weakness,

and our inner strength ( a much harder task than the reverse)

we are ready for the burden of our areas of maximum compulsion

to be lifted from us.

* * *

3. 1 Areas and Keys. The Luciferian equivalent of Compulsions Analysis.

And one major difference is that compulsive areas and keys are

something which we carry and enact for one another, not just for

ourselves, and we are aware of this. For example, both you and I

know that my progress in my area is as important to you as it is to

me, and we also know that your progress in your area is as important

to me as it is to you.

2 Attached to this letter are some notes on finding and investigating

individual areas and keys. When you have read them you will be

ready to begin on your own, together in groups, not in isolation.

Use your feelings, your instincts, your attitudes, your reactions,

your interests, your thoughts, and your responses, both positive

and negative (mainly the latter! ) to indicate the directions of

your own personal areas and keys. Under supervision, use your

levels.

3 But the most important thing of all is: use one another. Express

what you feel in your areas, what you want, what you don't want,

what you like, what you don't like, what you believe, what you

worry about, what you care about, what you hope for. Make contact.

Talk and listen. You will find relief in the talking and

fascination in the listening.

4 And when you find your keys, test them, test yourself with them.

And talk about them as well.

5 Apart from everything else, both areas and keys - particularly keys -

can be the source of endless hilarity. So enjoy yourselves. It's

work because it's another step forward in the Game, but it usually

feels more like play. Anyway, what's the difference?

So be it.

[Signature Robert De Grimston]

OMEGA ROBERT DE GRIMSTON

3 November 1970

NOTES ON FINDING AND INVESTIGATING INDIVIDUAL AREAS AND KEYS

4. 1 One: Each of should find out as much as possible for

HIMSELF around his area. We are dealing with very basic

areas of responsibility here, therefore the more respon-

sibility that can be taken by each individual for invest-

igating his own area the better, and also the greater the

likelihood of real ownership. For this reason, when it

comes to areas and keys we are not being allowed to use

subliminal contact. The signs point to each of us getting

as much as possible around them on his own.

2 Two: Each of us MUST find his own key. This is the outward

tangible manifestation, and therfore the point where personal

ownership and responsibility are most essential.

3 Three: Both the area and the key, when found, are quite

unmistakeably 'right', and fit the individual to his own and

everyone else's satisfaction - a somewhat painful and sometimes

embarassing satisfaction on his part!

4 Four: Areas cover a wide territory. Keys are simple and

immediately tangible, in terms of individuals being apparently

capable - on a physical level - of switching them on or off.

5 Five: Keys usually take the form of something we do to

propogate the negative aspect of our areas, and seemingly

must therefore stop doing in order to promote the positive

aspect. It wont be something to stop feeling, that is too

intangible; but it could be something to stop saying or

expressing, that is at least apparently within the grasp of

the outer consciousness. It could even be something to

which we should stop giving credence, such as an attitude

of blame in a particular area or a particular kind of

justification.

6 Six: Our areas are recognisable by certain symptoms.

7 a) We feel guilty when failure manifests in our area, even

if the failure is not directly connected with us.

8 b) We feel particularly defensive when our area is under

discussion, especially but not exclusively when the discussion

is in terms of failure.

9 c) We feel victimised in our areas; that people and circum-

stances are against us.

10 d) We feel helpless and out of control when things go wrong

in our area, and if anyone suggests that we could or should

do something to put them right, we feel even more helpless,

and victimised as well. ("There's nothing I can do about it."

"I've tried everything.")

11 e) We blame, justify and protest in relation to our area more

than any other.

12 f) Depending on how 'tough' we are, other people tend either

to protect us in our area, going into agreement with our own

self-protection, or to blame us, in agreement with our own

sense of responsibility and self-blame. Either way THEY

become victimised by our performance.

13 Seven: Our keys are also recognisable by certain symptoms.

14 a) The negative 'doing' side manifests as a distinct craving.

15 b) The positive 'not doing' side requires will-power to put

into effect.

16 c) we have a strong need to justify the craving; and, partic-

ularly when we ourselves or anyone else questions the validity

of it, the justifications are trotted out to keep the encroaching

sense of guilt at bay. "I like doing it, so it must be right."

"It's good for me." "I can't help it." "It's logical."

"I'm just channelling." "Nobody understands." "It's not

time to stop doing it yet." (That's when the sense of INvalidity

is getting particularly heavy and close!) "It's good for them."

"I"m testing." "I'm picking it up from them." "They deserve

it." "As it is . . ." "It would be wrong to suppress it."

"I'd go mad if I didn't do it." Etc. Every one of these may

be quite accurate and relevant, but it does not alter the fact

that we are using them as justifications for our craving.

17 Eight: When you think you have found your key, test it. If

you have little or no difficulty in not doing it, then it is

not compulsive and therefore not your key. If doing it does

not give you or lead you into a heavy sense of failure in your

area, then it is not your key. If on the other hand considerable

will-power is required to stop doing it, and eventually it 'gets'

you anyway, and if the outcome of doing it is almost invariably

a heavy sense of failure in your area, then it probably is your

key. Don't feel embarassed because it's so small and appar-

ently insignificant and yet appears to have complete power over

you. Well, feel embarassed if you want to, but remember, that's

the way it is. The tip of the iceberg may be very small and

puny looking, but it's an inseparable part of something very

large.

18 Nine: Another test for the key is if you start trying to come

up with substitutes for it in order to sublimate the craving.

By all means do so, but at the same time recognise another

sign of its compulsiveness. It's desperately looking for a

way around your resistance. For example: "Perhaps it's all

right if I only lose my temper with myself and not with other

people." And: "Perhaps if I smoke health cigarettes I'll be

all right." It's amazing how even the most solid tangible

and unequivocal activity can become completely indefinite when

we are looking for ways around it! But it doesn't work,

because if it IS an effective substitute i.e. it satisfies

the craving, then it will produce the failure or sense of

failure to the EXTENT that it satisfies the craving.

And if it's not an effective substitute, you may avoid the

failure temporarily but you will end up as frustrated as ever.

19 This is part of the nature of compulsion. It's not the

activity which brings the failure or sense of failure. One

person can smoke like a chimney and not get sick, whilst

another cannot smoke at all without succumbing - with varying

degrees of negative consequence between these two extremes.

One person can feel rotten every time he gives way to loss

of temper, collapsing straight into a blame spiral, whilst

another can do it with scarcely any ill effects at all.

(None of us is altogether free of the negative effects of

any key or area, as we are all parts of one another, but we can

be relatively free of those furthest in nature from our own.)

20 So it's not the activity itself which produces the ill effects,

it's the compulsion which we carry BEHIND the activity. And

that compulsion, by its very nature, gives us only two

alternatives; frustration if we resist it, failure if we

do not. If we fight the urge to do whatever it is, if our

intention is to resist it, then the pressure of the deeper

counter-intention nags at our outer consciousness from below

and gives us frustration. If we submit to the urge, then the

even deeper counter-counter-intention, from which the intention

derives its existence, punishes our inner consciousness also

from below and gives us failure or a sense of failure.

21 The craving for drugs is a perfect example of this pattern thrown

into intense relief. Look at the extent of frustration which

results from enacting an intention to drop the habit, and on

the other side the extent of failure which results from sub-

mitting to the power of the counter-intention to indulge it.

22 But although the search for substitutes solves nothing (drugs

again are a good example, where if the substitute does no

harm it gives no satisfaction either) it is nevertheless

an inevitable pattern in relation to the key. It is part

of the compulsion.

THIS MATERIAL IS PROPERTY OF THE PROCESS

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