What is the Alphabetical Reference Manual?
In 1975 and 1976, Stanley and Gertrude Gardner attended a series of Reams Biological Theory of Ionization classes so that they could be trained as testers. At that time there were almost no written protocols and Dr. Reams taught from his personal notes. The Gardners taped the classes and later had them transcribed---a procedure common, then and now, for those attending highly technical seminars.
However, the Gardners did not stop there. Rather than simply creating a transcript, they decided to break the material apart and create an alphabetical compilation wherein every part of the material that concerned a specific subject was placed together. In essence, they created a crude and rudimentary "A to Z" of the RBTI.
Following is a short extract that illustrates the ARM concept. Be aware that some subjects, such as "calcium" cover several pages and dozens of entries. Note that three asterisks (***) are used as device to show sentences not connected to each other...
There is no question but that the Gardners 136 page document is a gold mine and can help those who do not have access to the many other RBTI transcripts that exist. There is no question but that the booklet holds many, many answers to the most demanding questions about the RBTI. Further, there is no question but that many testers would feel helpless if denied the work. Some have even gone so far as to consider that the book is a view into the very mind of Reams himself.
However, there is also no question that the material often confuses, misleads, and mystifies. More than one RBTI teacher has commented that the ARM can easily lead an eager student into untenable paths. The biggest fault in the ARM may be that the "answers" laid out so skillfully are answers for which we do not have the original questions. Another fault, as pointed out by teacher Challen Waychoff, is that Reams taught in levels and the ARM is a simple lumping that does not respect those levels. Those who think context is everything will be sorely disappointed in the ARM and its "answers only" format.
Regardless of that fault, the ARM can be a tremendous asset when used properly...
It is entirely possible that the true value of the ARM will become more evident in future years as successive generations of RBTI teachers pass Dr. Reams' theory along to new crops of fresh-faced students. Remember that more than one difficult science has suffered a "lost in translation" effect when students unborn during the early days of teaching were denied access to original work. With all its faults, the ARM must be preserved.
Along with Choose Life or Death, the ARM delivers "what Reams really said." Should you come across a copy, we suggest you read it carefully and use it wisely for it is truly easy to misinterpret the answer if you don't know the question. Below are two sample pages from the ARM. This site is currently unable to contact the copyright holder and does not sell copies.