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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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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