Posted by: Edward | July 19, 2006

Stanislav Grof’s COEX systems and Scientology’s Engrams

Stanislav Grof also worked with the patterns that Hubbard labeled engrams, or more accurately what Hubbard called engram chains. Grof calls these knots of emotion physical sensations, memories and bioenergy COEX systems, which stands for condensed experiences. An important distinction that Grof makes is that his COEX systems are not necessarily negative experiences. They are bundles of associated experiences with an emotional and energetic charge. A difference that this makes is that COEX systems can be treated non-linearly whereas Scientology works backwards along a person’s timeline to eliminate engrams. Grof’s COEXs seem akin to the association blocks Burroughs suggests we use to think with instead of words.

Magical use of your Engrams or COEX systems

The bundles of associated experiences carry significant charge and could be manipulated as the personal and primal symbol system, the alphabet of desire or your own tarot set. While scientologists attempt to defuse the energy built up on an engram to close it off, releasing it suddenly or popping it could release a flood of pent up energy that can be redirected at will.

Works Cited

Grof, Stanislav and Bennet, Hal Zina. (1993). The Holotropic Mind. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Hubbard, L. Ron. (1951). Science of Survival. Los Angeles: American St. Hill Organization.


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