The initial development of Idenics dealt with the subject of identities. Interest in this area is not new. Identities have been discussed and worked with for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Nine hundred years ago they were called "elementals".
Hubbard also touched on this subject from different angles. His work with this subject can first been seen in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, where he talked about a valence, which he defined as somebody else's identity assumed by a person unknowingly. He also viewed identities as the opposing "items" in his theory of GPMs (Goals Problems Mass). One of the most radical ideas that he gave the most credence to was that identities were not even generated by the person, but were separate "beings" that affect the individual adversely.
Yet no one had viewed the subject of identities with the clarity of John Galusha. John's insights into the make-up and generation of identities, as well as their importance in the arena of therapy, were groundbreaking. Phenomena observed and addressed by previous complex theories and methods were not only explained, but also easily resolved with John's innovations and techniques.
John defined an identity as simply a way of being in order to accomplish something. An identity is composed of beliefs, ideas, decisions, intentions, etc. In other words, an identity is a whole package of rules and laws of how to be in particular circumstances.
A person moves in and out of these identities every day, without any thought. These identities, professional, social, familial etc., are mostly easily assumed and set aside. Additionally, identities that a person has ALL belong to that person, even if they were modeled after an identity of someone else. However, an identity can be generated without the input of any outside party.
They may have similarities, but identities are different from person to person. Still, the common denominator between all identities is that every one of them is limited. The most obvious limitation is the identity's purpose, or what it is supposed to accomplish. While operating from an identity, the individual is also limited by the scope of that way of being.
As mentioned above, most identities that a person assumes are easily set aside. The only liability is when a person gets stuck in some identity. By "stuck", I simply mean being without noticing. The liability is that the individual can continue to operate from the stuck identity in circumstances that are not appropriate. This observation led John to a very valuable discovery: any unwanted condition that a person has is simply the property of some identity. I can use an analogy here to demonstrate some of these concepts I've mentioned.
One can liken an identity to a suit of armor. When one is inside the armor, it's cumbersome and it limits the person's motion, but it's useful in certain circumstances. Now, imagine that once this person put on the armor they forgot that it wasn't them. In other words, in the person's mind, there was no separation between themselves and the armor. Let's say that they now think it is part of their skin. They walk down the road and come to a battle where swords and lances are being deflected by this heavy, metal covering. All is well, the armor is working. Later, this person comes to a lake where people are swimming. Hot and uncomfortable, the individual decides to swim too. They jump into the water and sink. Someone pulls them out, and as they lie on the bank they think to themselves, "Other people can swim but I can't". Here is the unwanted condition. The person then originates all kinds of unusual solutions of how to stay afloat, when all they'd have to do is take off the armor. Unfortunately, the person doesn't know that the armor is not part of them.
Numerous discoveries and processing techniques came about due to this initial understanding about identities. Case difficulties that had previously plagued auditors and case supervisors were now being resolved easily. For example, the "no case gain" who spent thousands of hours auditing with no results, was found in session to be sitting in an identity that resisted any form of case gain. Once the identity was handled in an hour-long session, the person thereafter had no difficulty making progress.
The kind of discoveries and processing techniques that I have been discussing I now refer to as the mechanics of Idenics. The mechanics that we now have are much more far-reaching than what John had developed during the initial years of Idenics. Still, in the beginning, he was able to get results with a speed that hadn't been imagined with previous techniques. As I described in Part 8 of this series, John wrote up these initial mechanics for the other practitioners at Survival Services, yet these other practitioners were unable to get the same quality of results.
After some inspection, John's secret of success was finally revealed. This secret turned out to be the most valuable contribution that John ever made to the subject of therapy or auditing. In my humble opinion, it is the greatest contribution that anyone has ever made to these subjects. The secret was beyond the area of mechanics. It had to do with the application of those mechanics.