The central religious practice of Scientology is auditing (from Latin audire, “to listen”), which is a precise form of spiritual counseling between a Scientology minister and a parishioner.
It is readily apparent that, in many respects, man’s efforts fall short of the ideal of infinite spiritual survival. He has lost sight of the Supreme Being, lost awareness of his own spiritual nature and, in most cases, forgotten that life requires successful participation in all eight dynamics. Rather than playing his part in the conquest of the physical universe, he suffers failures, to a greater or lesser degree, resulting in pain, unconsciousness and unwillingness to face the challenge of existence.
In the course of an average life as man, the thetan is certain to encounter many experiences that can reduce his level of spiritual awareness. Over the course of many lifetimes, he may entirely lose sight of his true nature, and with that fall from spirituality, the level and quality of his participation in all eight dynamics is diminished.
Auditing reverses this decline. It enables the being to cast off the spiritual chains that grow heavier from lifetime to lifetime—the accumulation of his pains and misfortunes, confusions and his own moral transgressions.