In L. Ron Hubbard’s book Scientology:The Fundamentals of Thought, he begins
with a discussion about the vital statistics of scientology. One major idea to keep in mind
is that scientology is an applied religious philosophy. The word scientology is taken from the Latin word scio (knowing in the fullest of the word) and the Greek word logos (study of). In itself the word means literally knowing how to know. Another definition for scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.
In reading this book, I think that scientology can be defined not as a “religion” but
as a “science for the soul”. I found it hard to think of scientology as a “religion”. On one
page Hubbard wrote, “It (Scientology) is a precise and exact science, designed for an age
of exact sciences”. On another page he writes, “No other subject on Earth except physics
and chemistry have had such grueling testing.” According to my believes, a religion can
not be put on the studying block like a test problem. I don’t think that science and religion
can be compared to each other. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.
From reading this book, I think of scientology as something that you can use to
help you through your problems. But not in the way that conventional religions do.
Scientology is more a route, a way, rather than something that you believe it is more
something to do. Through drills and studies one may find the truth for oneself. The end
result of scientology studies and drills is a renewed awareness of self as a spiritual and
immortal being. Hubbard says ” Scientology does things for people where nothing has
been done before. It restores people’s ability to handle conditions that were once
considered hopeless. It increases their intelligence. It changes their competence and
betters their behavior. In addition to these it brings them a better understanding of life.
These last few sentences describe what a religion should do for a person.
The second chapter dealt with the basic principles of Scientology. The most
fundamental idea in Scientology is called the cycle of action. The cycle of action is an
apparency as follows: create, then survive, then destroy; or creation, survival, destruction.
According to Scientology though, this cycle is only an apparency. It is what we see, what
we believe. We consider that it is this way so we see it this way. For example Hubbard
writes, “A child is born, he grows, he reaches manhood, he grows old, he dies. In
scientology it can be seen that none of these steps are necessary. One considers them so,
and they are “true”. A man can grow old quickly or slowly. He grows old to the degree
that he believes he is growing old. Because everyone agrees that this is the way things are,
they go that way. The cycle is not true. It is only apparent. It is apparent because we
believe we see it. It is apparent because we agree that it should be so.”
The next section of the book dealt with The Conditions of Existence. There are three conditions of existence. “They are be, do and have. The condition of being is defined as the assumption of a category of identity. The second condition of existence is doing. By doing they mean action, function, accomplishment, the attainment of goals, the fulfilling of purpose or any change of position in space. The third condition is havingness. By havingmess they mean owning, possessing, being capable of commanding positioning,
taking charge of objects, energies or spaces. The essential definition of having is to be able to touch or permeate or to direct the disposition of.”
“These three conditions are given in an order of seniority where life is concerned. The ability to be is more important than the ability to do. The ability to do is more important than the ability to have. In most people all three conditions are sufficiently confused that they are best understood in reverse order. When one has clarified the idea of possession or havingness, one can then proceed to clarify doingness for general activity and when this is done one understands beingness or identity.”
To me, these three ideas are just telling me what the possibilities are for me to be doing. I mean that, I can be something. I can do something. Or, I can have something.
In scientology, to me, it is all about physical things, unlike other religions where most of the thought of the religion is about non-physical things, just ideas.
The next chapter was about The Eight Dynamics. “There could be said to be eight urges (drives, impulses) in life. Scientology calls them dynamics.” The first of these dynamics is the urge toward existence as one’s self. Here we have individuality expressed fully. This can be called the self dynamic.
The second dynamic is the urge toward existence as a sexual activity. This dynamic actually has two divisions. Second dynamic (a) is the sexual act itself and the second dynamic (b) is the family unit, including the rearing of children. This can be called the sex dynamic.
The third dynamic is the urge toward existence in groups of individuals. Any group or part of an entire class could be considered to be a part of the third dynamic. The school, the society, the town, the nation are each part of the third dynamic, and each one is a third dynamic. This can be called the group dynamic.
The fourth dynamic is the urge toward existence as mankind. Whereas the white race would be considered a third dynamic, all the races would be considered the fourth dynamic. This can be called the mankind dynamic.
The fifth dynamic is the urge toward existence of the animal kingdom. This includes all living things whether vegetable or animal. The fish of the sea, the beasts of the field or of the forest, grass, trees, flowers or anything directly and intimately motivated by life. This can be called the animal dynamic.
The sixth dynamic is the urge toward existence as the physical universe. The physical universe is composed of matter, energy, space and time. In scientology we take the first letter of each word and coin a word, MEST. This can be called the universe dynamic.
The seventh dynamic is the urge toward existence as or of spirits. Anything spiritual, with or without identity, would come under the heading of the seventh dynamic. The seventh dynamic is called the spiritual dynamic.
The eighth dynamic is the urge toward existence as infinity. This is also identified as the Supreme Being. It is carefully observed here that the science of scientology does not intrude into the dynamic of the Supreme Being. This is called the eighth dynamic
because the symbol of infinity stood upright makes the numeral 8. This can be called the infinity or God dynamic.
The eight dynamics are used in scientology communication and should be perfectly learned as part of the language of scientology. The abilities and shortcomings of individuals can be understood by viewing their participation in the various dynamics.
The next chapter was about the parts of the man. The parts of the man are a vital part of scientology. The individual man is divisible into three parts. The first of these is the spirit, called in scientology the thetan. The second of these parts is the mind. The third is the body.
The thetan is described in scientology as having no mass, no wavelength, and no time or location in space except by consideration or postulate. The spirit, then, is not a thing. It is the creator of things.
The usual residence of the thetan is in the skull or near the body. A thetan can be in one of four conditions. “The first would be entirely separate from a body or bodies, or even from this universe. The second would be near a body and knowingly controlling the body. The third would be in an inverted condition whereby he is compulsively away from the body and cannot approach it.” There are degrees of each one of these four states. The most optimum of these conditions, from the standpoint of man, is the second.
The mind is a communication and control system between the thetan and his environment. “The mind is a network of communications and pictures, energies and masses, which are brought into being by the activities of the thetan versus the physical
universe or other thetans. A thetan establishes various systems of control so that he can continue to operate a body and through the body operate things in the physical universe as well as other bodies. The most obvious portion of the mind is recognizable by anyone not in serious condition. This is the mental image picture. In scientology we call this mental image picture a facsimile when it is a photograph of the physical universe sometime in the past. We call this mental image picture a mock-up when it is created by the thetan or for the thetan and does not consist of a photograph of the physical universe. We call a mental image picture a hallucination or, more properly, an automaticity when it is created by another and seen by self.”
“Various phenomena connect themselves with this entity called the mind. Some people closing their eyes see only blackness, some people see pictures. Some people see pictures made by body reactions. Some people see only black screens. Others see golden lines. Others see spaces, but the keynote of the entirely of the system called the mind is postulate and perception. Easily ten thousand new, separate mental phenomena, not hitherto seen by earlier observers, have been classified in scientology and dianetics.”
The third part on man is the physical body. This can best be studied in such books as Gray’s Anatomy and other anatomical texts. “This is the province of the medical doctor and, usually, the old-time psychiatrists or psychologist, who were involved, in the main, in body worship. The body is a purely structural study, and the actions and reactions among its various structures are complex and intensely interesting.”
“When scientology established biophysics, it did so because of the various discoveries which had accumulated concerning mental energy in its reaction against physical energy, and the activities which took place in the body because of these interactions. Biophysics only became feasible when it was discovered in scientology that a fixed electrical field existed surrounding a body entirely independent of, but influenced by, the human mind. The body exists in its own space. That space is created by anchor points. The complexity of these anchor points can cause an independent series of electronic flows which can occasion much discomfort to the individual. The balance structure of the body and even its joint action and physical characteristics can be changed by changing this electrical field which exists at a distance from, or within, the body.”
“The end object of scientology is not the making into nothing of all of existence or the feeling of the individual of any and all traps everywhere.” The goal of scientology is making the individual capable of living a better life in his own estimation and with his fellows, and the playing of a better game.
The next chapter was about the code of a scientologist. The code is as follows. “As a scientologist, I pledge myself to the code of scientology for the good of all:”
1. To keep scientologists, the public and the press accurately informed concerning scientology, the world of mental health and society.
2. To use the best I know of scientology to the best of my ability to help my family, friends, groups and the world.
3. To refuse to accept for processing and to refuse to accept money from any prelcear to group I feel I cannot honestly help.
4. To decry and do all I can to abolish and all abuses against like and mankind.
5. To expose and help abolish any and all physically damaging practices in the field of mental health.
6. To help clean up and keep clean the field of mental health.
7. To bring about an atmosphere of safety and security in the field of mental health by eradicating its abuses and brutality.
8. To support true humanitarian endeavors in the fields of human rights.
9. To embrace the policy of equal justice for all.
10. To work for freedom of speech in the world.
11. To actively decry the suppression of knowledge, wisdom, philosophy or data which would help mankind.
12. To support the freedom of religion.
13. To help scientology organizations and groups ally themselves with public groups.
14. To teach scientology at a level it can be understood and used by the recipients.
15. To stress the freedom to use scientology as a philosophy in all its applications and variations in the humanities.
16. To insist upon standard and unvaried scientology as an applied activity in ethics, processing and administration in scientology organizations.
17. To take my share of responsibility for the impact of scientology upon the world.
18. To increase the numbers and strength of scientology over the world.
19. To set an example of the effectiveness and wisdom of scientology.
20. To make this world a saner, better place.
In scientology there is a triangle of considerable importance, and understanding it gives a much greater understanding of life an ability to use it.
The arc triangle is the keystone of living associations. This triangle is the common denominator to all of life’s activities. “The first corner of the triangle is called affinity. The basic definition of affinity is the consideration of distance, whether good or bad. The most basic function of complete affinity would be the ability to occupy the same space as something else.”
“The second corner of the triangle is reality. Reality could be defined as that which appears to be. Reality is fundamentally agreement. What we agree to be real is real.”
“The third corner of the triangle is communication. In human relationships this is more important than the other two corners of the triangle in understanding the
Composition of human relations in this universe. Communication is the solvent for all things. It dissolves things.”
Each corner of the triangle is as important as any other corner. You cannot have one corner without one of the other corners. Further more, unless there are two corners of a triangle, there cannot be a third corner. Desiring any corner of the triangle, one must include the other two.
In L. Ron Hubbard’s book Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought, he discusses many points dealing with scientology. He talks about the major points and fundamentals of scientology. After finishing this book, I feel that scientology should be considered not a religion but a way of life. It is something that can be used to deal with problems that a person will come across throughout their lifetime. The book gave many good points and allowed the reader to find out just about everything about scientology.
L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology