I have divided Idenics into two main parts, the mechanics (the questions and processes used and the concepts they are based on) and the application (the way the mechanics are applied to a client). Only by understanding both parts can one hope to comprehend the scope of Idenics. When comparing Idenics to a song, the words of the song would be the mechanics and the music would be the application.
Even though these two parts are discussed separately, their relationship to one another is inseparable. The development of Idenics' mechanics was dependent on its application, and visa versa. The same dependency exists in their use with a client.
The practicing Scientologist or trained technical person will probably have great difficulty trying to understand Idenics. Concentrating on Idenics' mechanics, they will compare these mechanics to those of Scientology's. From this narrow viewpoint, they will make little or nothing of our mechanics, only seeing them as a small part in the great scheme of Scientology technology. Idenics' application will mean even less to the tech person or practicing Scientologist. Coming from a point of view that must defend the evaluative and judgmental aspects of Scientology tech, they will see Idenics' application as invalid and "theetie-weetie".
In an effort to explain our application I have made comments like, "the practitioner must trust the client" and "the answers someone is seeking about themselves is within them". It is not surprising to have a Scientologist take these comments out of context, viewing Idenics' application as "sweetness and light". Making nothing of our application justifies the Scientology approach of dealing with people, as well as the "answers" that Scientology thrust down the throats of its members.
However, the point that I was attempting to make regarding our application is simple and straightforward. The Idenics practitioner doesn't operate from any preconceived or predetermined ideas about a client when working with that individual. The practitioner's full source of information about someone that they are processing is with that person. This is all that I was trying to communicate when I talked about the practitioner trusting the client and the client having the answers about themselves within themselves.
Where else would the answers about you be accept with YOU? Who else lived your life or had your experience? How would anyone else know how you responded in some circumstance? How would someone else know the responses you got stuck with or the kinds of incidents you got stuck in? How would anyone else know the subjects that you should address?
A practitioner of Scientology professes to know these things, where a practitioner of Idenics doesn't. That's the difference, end of story.
Without being submerged in a quagmire of "pretended knowingness", the Idenics practitioner is not involved with all the speculative activities of a Scientology tech person. Without these encumbrances, a practitioner of Idenics can be completely focused on the job at hand.
Even though a practitioner doesn't try to figure out, analyze or evaluate a client, his role is far from passive. Knowing that all the "answers" necessary in an individual's case resolution are with that person, an Idenics practitioner's sole activity is to assist that individual to ACCESS those answers.
Accessing these answers on one's own is extremely difficult. The reason for this difficulty is covered in the mechanics of Idenics, more specifically, in the subjects of viewpoints and identities.
I define a viewpoint, simply, as a point from which one perceives. Two people in a room are viewing that room from different viewpoints. Even if they were crowded together looking out of a tiny window, there would still be some difference in viewpoint. Add to that the difference in tastes and evaluations of what is seen, and we get a great difference between the two individuals.
Even though each is unique, the common denominator between all viewpoints is that every viewpoint is limited. For example, you and I, sitting in chairs facing one another, are looking from different viewpoints. From my viewpoint I can see the wall behind you and you can't. From your viewpoint, you can see the wall behind me and I can't. Why? Because the points from which we perceive are limited as they only see within a certain parameter. This doesn't mean that WE are limited; we could turn around or switch chairs. But as long as we are in those viewpoints, we are limited to that degree.
Now imagine that you are sitting in a chair facing a wall. On the other side of that wall are some "answers", for your eyes only. From the chair, the limitations of that viewpoint prevent you from seeing those answers. All of the wonderful information that others give to you, such as what's on the other side of their walls and what the wall is made up of, is completely irrelevant. The only relevant action is for you to get up out of the chair, walk around to the other side of the wall, thereby shifting to a viewpoint that is appropriate in order to inspect those answers.
But if you were stuck in the chair, and didn't even know that you were stuck there, you could stare at that wall forever and not be able to see what's on the other side. All you would be able to do from the viewpoint, "in the chair", is think about, figure-figure, and speculate regarding what is on the opposite side of that wall. You might be very susceptible to others' explanations and answers, which are, at their best, only additional speculation. However, from the appropriate viewpoint, "standing on the other side of the wall", viewing and inspecting what is there is easy.
The above explanation provides another way of saying what an Idenics practitioner does. The practitioner assists the client in freeing themselves from certain viewpoints and assuming the appropriate one from which they can inspect information relative to an issue's resolution.
Not knowing what the appropriate viewpoint is for any client at any time, the practitioner must be extremely familiar with the Idenics mechanics and skilled in their application. By asking the client the proper questions, a practitioner will get close enough to the mark to where the individual will drop into the appropriate viewpoint. From there, the practitioner needs only facilitate the client's looking at and inspection of what is perceivable from that viewpoint.
Even though there may be more than one viewpoint or identity connected with a condition and needing to be worked with, complete resolution of the unwanted condition is usually very fast. As a bonus, one may resolve conditions not directly addressed that were somehow connected to the viewpoint or identity one was handling.
When someone would ask John what he did, he would usually respond with a simple answer: "I get the client to look, and keep their nose in it until they have fully inspected what is there. That is all I do". In truth, that is a good statement of what an Idenics practitioner does. The practitioner has lots of questions that they can ask. But every question is just another way of saying, "Have a look".