“SOURCE” – A Scientology Power Process

Source of River Ganges

The source of River Ganges

The word SOURCE comes from Latin surgere to spring up or forth. It has the following definitions.

  1. Anything or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?
  2. The beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
  3. A book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.
  4. The person or business making interest or dividend payments.
  5. A manufacturer or supplier.


In Scientology, SOURCE is defined as,

  1. “That from which something comes or develops; place of origin; cause.”
  2. “The point of origin, or it would be the originator, or where something was begun or dreamed up or mocked up.”


Scientology stresses heavily on source as a cause-point. Thus, the source of a river is not just the point where it bubbles out of the ground, but it would be traced back to the melting snow, to the cause of that snow, and so on.

By associating ‘source’ to ’cause’ one can always ask, “What is the source of this source?” To overcome an endless chain one has to come up with some authoritative conclusion. Religion concludes the ultimate cause-point to be “God.” The problem is that different religions define “God” differently and the question never resolves.

Scientology defines the ultimate cause-point to be THETAN (individuality). The thetan is said to have none of the characteristics of matter, energy, space and time. This is a concept similar to the concept of God, only difference is that there are as many thetans as there are individuals.

The following may be said about the source as cause-point:

  1. It is the consequence of a logical association.
  2. It can be taken back to ridiculous lengths.
  3. Ultimately, it is a consideration of some causative agent.


Hubbard is looking at two types of cases here:

  1. A person who believes that nothing ever causes anything
  2. A person who admits to being cause of everything

According to Hubbard, the person is denying the existence of cause in the first case; and denying all other causes by claiming himself to be the cause in the second case. Hubbard assumes that such a person is basically in denial of cause because he is associating it with something malevolent.

So, Hubbard designed this Power Process to overcome that denial. The process asks a person repeatedly to answer the following questions:

  1. Tell me a source.
  2. Tell me about it.
  3. Tell me a no-source.
  4. Tell me about it.

The person is prompted with the aid of an e-meter to answer these questions. Hubbard believed that by able to recognize oneself as the source, or ‘cause-point’, a person would become able to resolve his problems.


In reality, problems resolve quickly when all relevant data is available. A person who is unable to resolve his problems may very well have data missing. In a simple case, a visit to a library or a search on Internet may resolve the problem. When one doesn’t know what data is missing, then one can follow the trail of inconsistencies to unearth that data.

The bottom line to resolving problems seems to be the ability to see logical associations, rather than searching for, or assuming, a single source.


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