Training is the way to learn the technology of Scientology. Technology implies use. There is a gap between knowledge and the application of that knowledge. By becoming trained, a person becomes able to use the truths found in Scientology to actually improve conditions in life.
The practice of Scientology emphasizes application. What exactly does one do to reunite a father and a son, to ease the suffering of a widow or repair a failing marriage? Other religions and practices espouse how one must maintain faith, work out differences or endure with dignity. But does such advice, however well-meaning, actually make a difference?
When a Scientologist enrolls on a Scientology course aimed at providing him the means to improve any relationship, he will actually acquire an understanding of the subject and, equally important, the skill to apply it.
Let us suppose a Scientologist is faced with the prospect of a friend’s impending divorce. A trained Scientologist has learned why a marriage—any marriage—fails. He understands why good communication ceases between partners and how affinity becomes lowered. Knowing this, he can do something effective to salvage a marriage. He knows methods of re-establishing communication between estranged husbands and bitter wives, and how to rekindle love all but extinguished by marital transgressions.
Training in Scientology gives him what nothing else can: a truly workable means of dealing with real-life situations. Someone who has only participated in auditing as a preclear might understand part of a problem in his own marriage, but he will not have a complete understanding of it, much less the skills necessary to help others understand theirs.
The practice of Scientology, therefore, invariably includes gaining knowledge through training in Scientology principles. By learning the subject, you come to own the philosophy of Scientology for yourself and so are able to improve your own life and the lives of others.