International Viewpoints (IVy), Issue 35 - January 1998

Another Look at Basics-# 16

by Frank Gordon USA

The following quotations show how Ron related connectedness to havingness:

"Connectedness is the basic process on association with MEST. .. The command is "Get the idea of making (indicated object) connect with you. "Havingness is a complicated Connectedness. Also a permissive one." Tech Vol. III 163. "...Connectedness in any form is a very excellent process to run. But note carefully that we have him get the idea of making the object connect with him. We never command the preclear to get the other idea of connecting with the object. This is a no-games condition. This is what is wrong with the preclear.

"The only thing that ever went wrong with the connectedness processes was the unreality factor. The auditor would tell the preclear to get the idea of making that wall connect with him, when as a matter of fact the preclear couldn't have gotten much of any kind of an idea of making anything connect with him.

"Thus .. "Do you think that there is anything anywhere that you could get to connect with you?" III 189.

Connectedness basic to havingness

"The basic form of any havingness process is Connectedness." III 318.

"There may be some factors kicking around in Havingness which are not entirely understood and which are not entirely conncted with Connectedness. However, it has been found that Connectedness will put a preclear in a condition where he can eventually run Havingness. Therefore, Connectedness undercuts and possibly even overpasses Havingness in general." III 191.

The importance of connectedness:

"It doesn't make sense." "What is this all about?" "What's going on?" "I don't see the connection." "What has this got to do with anything?" These are are all observations about the lack of a connection.

The trouble many have with mathematics, Algebra, e.g.; is that they do not have an opportunity to cognite that equations express connections. Usually, as the price goes up, the number of sales go down. When rabbits are petted while being fed, they have less coronary arteriosclerosis than those who are not petted.

All of science is based on finding valid and useful connections. This is not always easy. A classic example in epidemiology was the decrease in typhoid fever as more telephones were installed. One might conclude that the best way to avoid typhoid fever would be to have a telephone. But it so happens that the key factor is actually a parallel technological advance; the installation of a pure water supply.


Learning is a kind of random exploration. Then one can finally say "This works but that doesn't." To say, "This works this way." means "Now I recognize how this connects up, and so I can control it and get the result I wish." Thus, the resulting cognition is the recognition of a connection. "Aha, so that's why .."

An engram can be a problem if it compells you to connect with it. "Running it" (where run = operate) reverses this. You make it connect with or disconnect from, you; and and thus regain control.

A recognition of the connectedness of something is also an increase in havingness. I can "have" a piece of equipment like a computer, but not know its connections, i.e., how to operate it. Then it's no better than a doorstop.

To really have something and retain a decisive control of it, one must recognize how it connects to and fits into one's life in a desired way.