Most people know very little about creative processing. What is known comes mainly from the Philadelphia Doctorate Course and a couple of books. Creative processing has never appeared on the bridge, as the formation of the bridge was a response to the bogs people had developed in undergoing this type of auditing. The closest it ever came to being on the bridge was the watered-down format of the old OT levels, 4 through 7. After OT 3s had been stalling on these levels for a decade, LRH discontinued their usage after his introduction of NOTs auditing in the late 1970s. His reasoning for their removal was the same as it had been for putting creative processing on a back burner in the 1950s and constructing a bridge of gradient auditing services. Hubbard determined that creative processing was too high-level, and that lower gradients of auditing must first be accomplished before one could succeed with a positive-gains form of auditing.
In 1985, many people were completing the new OT or Advanced levels and looking for their next step. Survival Services' answer was to see if these people could now successfully run creative processing. Fortunately, we had John Galusha, the one person who probably knew more about creative processing than anyone in the world.
Not only had John supervised the first Philadelphia Doctorate Course in Phoenix in 1953, but he was also the research auditor for LRH over the next many years trying to resolve the bogging difficulties with creative processing. Since the data on this research was never written up, John might have been the only person other than Hubbard who had full access to this information.
We started promoting creative processing to people in independent field who had completed their bridge through OT 7 or Advanced Level 7. We had a fairly good response from people at this case level. Many came and received creative processing from John. At first these clients did very well and had excellent results. However, as the clients continued with the processing, they would hit a point where they bogged. This was the same phenomenon that had occurred with OT 3s on the old OT levels and with people in the 1950s with creative processing. And this was now occurring with people who had completed the entire existing bridge of services!
One of two things could have been happening: either there were more gradients to be done, according to LRH's original evaluation, or Hubbard had come up with an incorrect reason for the cases having stalled. The second of these two possibilities turned out to be correct; LRH's original "why" for people bogging on creative processing proved to be wrong.
LRH's initial premise regarding creative processing was valid. It stated that what a being is doing is mocking up. If you get him to mock-up on purpose what he's mocking up compulsively, that should handle any aberration. Done properly, creative processing can produce incredible gains. But past a certain point, the person bogs. John discovered that the bogging had nothing to do with gradients. He found that the effectiveness of the process depended on what identity the person was in when he was being audited! John defined an identity as a way of being in order to accomplish something. When the client was run past the limitations of the identity that he was auditing FROM, no matter how good the process, the person bogged.
From this discovery, missing pieces started to quickly fall into place for John. Questions that had arisen during the 1950s research suddenly cleared up. Case difficulties that had baffled technical people for decades suddenly appeared solvable. With a few more rudimentary discoveries, John's auditing of the bogged clients began producing astonishing results.
Within just a couple of sessions, the bogs were resolved and clients began experiencing significant gains. Conditions that had not been resolved throughout their entire passage on the bridge were handled in a matter of hours. In short order, a whole new form of processing began to emerge. This was the beginning of what we would eventually call IDENICS.