The Eight Dynamics


Reference: The Human-Centric Fixation

The concept of DYNAMICS by Hubbard is a perfect human-centric view of life and existence. It is built on the idea of human self.

Centered on the human self is the family, then human groups of increasing sizes, and then the whole mankind. These are the first four dynamics.

At fifth dynamic we have life other than mankind. It provides us with a human-centric view of life.

At sixth and seventh dynamics we find a sharp division between spirit and matter. This again is a human-centric view that elevates spirit over matter. They are looked upon as separate existences that interact to produce life.

At eighth dynamic we have the concept of Supreme Being. It is the concept of pure Cause that produces the universe. It projects itself outwards as spirit which impinges on dead and inert matter to produce life.

The human-centric view projects humanlike “beingness” as Cause of this universe.


If we look with mindfulness, we find that the dichotomy “Cause-effect” is an integral aspect of the Universe. Cause does not lie outside of the Universe since the boundary of universe is not marked by effect.

“Cause-effect” may be represented by a scale made up of infinite gradients. The two ends shall stretch into infinity in opposite directions. Neither cause  nor effect are absolute. It would be nice to think of Eighth Dynamic as “absolute cause” but that appears to be inconsistent.

The postulate of Eighth Dynamic as “absolute cause” indicates human-centric fixation.

Beingness is existing-ness. If there is any beingness at Eighth Dynamic, it is the whole Universe with nothing excluded. This is the superset of all existence real or imagined, rational or irrational. This beingness extends beyond the human dynamics of self, family, groups and mankind to all other life and substances and the underlying spiritual and material aspects.

The Eighth Dynamic is the complete spectrum of awareness and motion.

The boundary of the universe is, thus, marked by no awareness and no motion. The major aspects of the Universe are awareness (spirit) and motion (matter), which are expressed as seventh and sixth dynamics. These two aspects go hand-in-hand. Even inanimate matter is composed of motion and awareness at atomic level. “Spirit” or awareness cannot be isolated as some absolute condition existing by itself. It would be nice to think of spirit as “superior” but that appears to be a human-centric fixation.

The Seventh and Sixth Dynamics describe the two key aspects of the Eighth Dynamic.

Awareness (spirit) and motion (matter) evolve together from simplicity toward complexity. Thus we have electromagnetic radiation, fundamental particles, atoms, molecules, material combinations, cells, organisms, plants, animals and finally humans. This evolution is covered by the Fifth and Fourth Dynamics.

The Fifth and Fourth Dynamics describe the evolution of awareness and motion as life.

Humans as the Fourth Dynamic seems to be where life has evolved up till now. It is a very complex combination of motion and awareness. Human species operated at first on instincts alone. Interaction with different geographies and climates produced different races over time. As human awareness evolved under different conditions, different cultures and political subdivisions came about.

The Third Dynamic came about as human awareness evolved into races, cultures and political groups.

Families have been the product of cultural evolution. It provided an environment in which children could be raised to become productive members of the society. The sex act was always there, but the family structure now provided a better organization of the need to reproduce, protect and rear children.

The Second Dynamic came about as a better organization of the need to reproduce, protect and rear children.

Human ability to solve problems also evolved with awareness. With this ability arose differences among people and thus the sense of individual self. The earliest focus was on areas of basic sustenance, such as, food, shelter and security. This was followed by barter. Communities evolved around these needs and the knowledge to meet them. Travel required the study of stars in heavens as guides. Birth and death lead to speculations. Religion became a repository of knowledge and a guide to social organization. Increasingly, problems were solved by individuals. Self was perceived as the source of action.

The First Dynamic came about with the recognition of problem-solving abilities.


As the individual problem-solving abilities have grown, so have the knowledge and awareness of the Universe. Science has focused on improving physical comforts of life because it is easier to look at physical phenomena objectively. It has been more difficult to look at the spiritual phenomena objectively. But this is the direction to take to further improve the problem-solving abilities.

To improve problem-solving abilities we need to start looking at the spiritual phenomena more objectively.

The Eighth Dynamic has essentially evolved into the seven dynamics below it. It is the evolution of motion and awareness toward increasing complex configurations. Trouble spots occur when inconsistencies are introduced and harmony is disturbed. But that is part of evolution.

Any harmony and disharmony is part of evolution.

The Universe is a spectrum of motion and awareness. It seems to come about as a transition from no motion and non-awareness. It may transition back into no motion and non-awareness. The expanded Eighth Dynamic shall include motion and awareness as well as no-motion and non-awareness.

The expanded Eighth Dynamic consists of the Universe cycling between awareness and non-awareness.


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  • vinaire  On October 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Let’s say human beingness is the most dominating reality at the moment. How has awareness-motion progressed to appear as the human beingness?

    How does a Human being come about? The body? The self?
    How does a life form come about? Its animated functions?
    How does a macromolecule come about? Its life giving functions
    How does a molecule and its complex forms come about? Its inanimate properties?
    How does a single atom and its condensing shells come about? And the properties per the periodic table?
    How does an electron come about?
    How do fundamental particles come about?
    Why certain fundamental particles don’t exist alone?
    How does a photon come about? What is structure of a photon?

    Maybe a filter starts with what it assumes to be there in the absence of true knowledge.

    How does a thought come about from the motion of awareness? Is it like a photon forming from the motion of an electromagnetic wave?

    Is thought formed because awareness is looking at itself? That would be like wave motion interacting with itself and producing a standing wave.

  • vinaire  On December 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I have updated the OP to clarify it further.

  • vinaire  On January 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    The way I see it, each one of us is this universe.

    The attention of the universe gets fragmented and fixed on smaller parts. So, one thinks that one is just a body. One looks at other bodies and their attention, and thinks that all of them are separate entities. Thus, we, by identifying only with a part of this universe, feel alienated from all other parts.

    Scientology denies the fixed attention on the body, and fixes the attention on an abstract concept of a thetan. It tries to make one feel that one is not the body and that one can be outside the body. It exploits the feeling that comes with “out-of-the-body” experiences.

    The truth is that one is the awareness of this universe. The physical universe is the outward expression of that awareness. One is truly the universal THETA-MEST in complete harmony. THETA is subjective aspect of the universe. MEST is the objective aspect of the universe.

    But Hubbard injects his human-centric bias into THETA-MEST theory. He divides them into two absolutes, puts them in a senior-junior relationship, Introduces a conflict between them, and then presents Scientology as a solution to resolve that conflict.

    People have conflicts because of their fixed attentions on many many levels. The situation is not as simplistic as Hubbard makes it. You don’t get enlightened by ignoring all your fixed attentions and simply focusing on operating outside the body on a permanent basis.

    MEST is not the enemy. The body has not trapped you as a thetan. There is simply the attention that has become centered on the body, but it can be broadened to not only to include other bodies in the vicinity but also to include the whole society, mankind, all life, and the whole universe. All along the way you are both THETA and MEST in harmony. You are the complete universe made of both physical and spiritual aspects. You are not just the physical universe. You are all the eight dynamics.

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