Dianetics Axioms 1 – 15

Reference: The Dianetic Axioms


L. Ron Hubbard found that man is obeying very definite laws and rules which could be set forward in axioms. The very first and most fundamental of these is: The dynamic principle of existence is survive. That is the basic axiom of Dianetics.

The original Dianetic axioms are referenced below in black.

In color are my comments and my proposed revisions of these axioms from the viewpoint of mindfulness. From this viewpoint the dynamic principle of this universe is “change”. Nothing survives eternally.



THETA: The symbol for the LIFE STATIC
MEST: (matter, energy, space and time)
LAMBDA: The symbol for living organisms
[Corresponding to THETA is DELTA: The symbol for DISTURBANCE]
[Corresponding to MEST is ICAD: (identity, consciousness, awareness and desire)]



DN AXIOM 1: The source of life is a static of peculiar and particular properties.

The static is actually the reference point for all reality, just like zero is a reference point for all numbers. The static acts as the orientation point for this universe.

The numbers on a number line are continuous. There are no gaps between irrational numbers. Similarly, the reality is ultimately continuous. The discrete values and objects retain continuity among them at a deeper level.

The reality is both physical and metaphysical. There is continuity from physical to metaphysical. The physical and spiritual universes may appear discrete, but they are continuous at a deeper level of reality. 

The static is the reference point for both physical and metaphysical properties. All properties in this universe converge to the static, where they become zero. Static has no properties of its own. Hubbard arbitrarily adds “peculiar and particular properties” to static.

DN AXIOM 1 (revised): All properties in this universe converge to the static of no properties.


DN AXIOM 2: At least a portion of the static called life is impinged upon the physical universe.

Static can have no portions because it a reference point of no properties. Both “life” and “physical universe” are evaluated and understood from the reference point of static.

The universe is all that there is. It is the whole of reality. There is nothing beside it. The categories of “life” and “physical universe” are part of this universe. “Life” is made up of both physical and metaphysical (spiritual) properties. Hubbard arbitrarily forwards the idea that “life” and “physical universe” are discrete with life “impinging” on the physical universe.

DN AXIOM 2 (revised): “Life” and “physical universe” are properties of this universe. 


DN AXIOM 3: That portion of the static of life which is impinged upon the physical universe has for its dynamic goal, survival and only survival.

The active agent is not the reference point of static but a deep disturbance. There is some change occurring continually. The goal appears to be evolution.

New forms appear and survive for a period, and then they disappear making room for newer forms. There is no permanent survival of any particular form.

DN AXIOM 3 (revised): This universe is changing continually and has for its dynamic goal, evolution.


DN AXIOM 4: The physical universe is reducible to motion of energy operating in space through time.

Evolution occurs not only in terms of MEST (matter, energy, space and time), but also in terms of ICAD (identity, consciousness, awareness and desire).

DN AXIOM 4 (revised): This universe is undergoing not only physical, but metaphysical evolution also.


DN AXIOM 5: That portion of the static of life concerned with the life organisms of the physical universe is concerned wholly with motion.

Disturbance is active agent of this universe that produces change. The moment static is disturbed it changes into kinetic. The kinetic condition is measured from the theoretical static. The kinetic condition evolves into life organisms. This is both motion and emotion.

DN AXIOM 5 (revised): The evolution of life organisms is concerned with both motion and emotion.


DN AXIOM 6: The life static has as one of its properties the ability to mobilize and animate matter into living organisms.

Matter is mobilized and animated into living organisms through the evolution of the DNA molecule.

DN AXIOM 6 (revised): The evolution occurs from inanimate minerals into animate living organisms.


DN AXIOM 7: The life static is engaged in a conquest of the physical universe.

It is the natural process of evolution of the universe  rather than the conquest of “physical universe” by some “spiritual agent”.

DN AXIOM 7 (revised): The disturbance is directed toward evolution of the universe.


DN AXIOM 8: The life static conquers the material universe by learning and applying the physical laws of the physical universe.

SYMBOL: The symbol for the LIFE STATIC in use hereafter is the Greek letter THETA.

The static is a theoretical reference point. The active agent is disturbance. When the universe  is disturbed its characteristics come into play as physical and metaphysical laws.

DN AXIOM 8 (revised): The physical and metaphysical laws are a documentation of how the universe is evolving.

SYMBOL: The symbol for DISTURBANCE in use hereafter is the Greek letter DELTA.


DN AXIOM 9: A fundamental operation of THETA in surviving is bringing order into the chaos of the physical universe.

Hubbard’s THETA is a combination of static and disturbance (DELTA). It is DELTA that shakes things up, which then settle down per their inherent nature.

DN AXIOM 9 (revised): A fundamental operation of DELTA is to shake things up and let them settle down per their inherent nature.


DN AXIOM 10: THETA brings order into chaos by conquering whatever in mest may be prosurvival and destroying whatever in mest may be contrasurvival, at least through the medium of life organisms.

SYMBOL: The symbol for the PHYSICAL UNIVERSE in use hereafter is MEST, from the first letters of the words MATTER, ENERGY, SPACE and TIME, or the Greek letter PHI.

DN AXIOM 10 (revised): DELTA brings alignment (continuity, harmony and consistency) to the metaphysical and physical elements of the universe through the medium of life organisms.

SYMBOL: The symbol for METAPHYSICAL ELEMENTS in use hereafter is ICAD, from the first letters of the words IDENTITY, CONSCIOUSNESS, AWARENESS and DESIRE.

SYMBOL: The symbol for PHYSICAL ELEMENTS in use hereafter is MEST, from the first letters of the words MATTER, ENERGY, SPACE and TIME.


DN AXIOM 11: A life organism is composed of matter and energy in space and time, animated by THETA.

SYMBOL: Living organism or organisms will hereafter be represented by the Greek letter LAMBDA.

Life begins in the form of DNA molecule. A DNA molecule has enough electrons to turn it into a molecular level computer. The DNA molecules are able to carry out various functions individually and in combination. Thus, underlying the animation of life organisms is simply a more complex pattern of emotional programming. 

Neither matter generates life, nor does life generate matter. The metaphysical and physical elements simply appear together as patterns of ICAD and MEST. These patterns generate simple to complex emotion and motion.

DN AXIOM 11 (revised): A living organism is a pattern of MEST animated by the programming of ICAD.

SYMBOL: The symbol for ORGANISMS in use hereafter is the Greek letter LAMBDA.


DN AXIOM 12: The MEST part of the organism follows the laws of the physical sciences. All LAMBDA is concerned with motion.

LAMBDA is a very sophisticated system of motion and emotion. LAMBDA follows both physical and metaphysical laws that apply to its configuration.

The physical laws are primarily represented by the Newton’s Laws of motion. The metaphysical laws are essentially made up of mathematics, such as, the binary property used in computing. From physical laws to metaphysical laws there is continuity rather than any sharp division.

The metaphysical laws ultimately lead to self-determinism. Analytical actions, which are well-thought out, are the result of very sophisticated programming based on unlimited feedback variables. 

DN AXIOM 12 (revised): LAMBDA follows the laws of the physical and metaphysical sciences. LAMBDA is concerned with motion and emotion.


DN AXIOM 13: THETA operating through LAMBDA converts the forces of the physical universe into forces to conquer the physical universe.

DN AXIOM 13 (revised): DELTA operating through LAMBDA brings about further evolution of the physical universe.


DN AXIOM 14: THETA working upon physical universe motion must maintain a harmonious rate of motion.

The limits of LAMBDA are narrow, both as to thermal and mechanical motion.

DN AXIOM 14 (revised): A harmonious rate of progression is necessary for evolution.

Each life organism is narrowly designed to accomplish a specific step of evolution.


DN AXIOM 15: LAMBDA is the intermediate step in the conquest of the physical universe.

DN AXIOM 15 (revised): Each LAMBDA is a step of the evolving universe.


The KHTK View

The following is the present (May 2020) KHTK view of the Dianetics Axioms 1 – 15:

DA1—The source of life is a gradual evolution.

DA2—Evolution is from very simple properties to increasingly complex properties.

DA3—Individual units are surviving, but the overall universe is evolving.

DA4—The basic substance is energy, its extent is space, and its duration is time. 

DA5—With evolution, the energy condenses and slows down This gives the impression of relative motion.

DA6—Inanimate matter, with increase in complexity, evolves into living organisms. An organism is mobilized by its own inherent impulse.

DA7—The universe is engaged in maintaining continuity, harmony and consistency during evolution.

DA8—All spiritual and physical laws derive from the initial condition of continuity, harmony and consistency.

DA9—Order comes about as energy evolves and becomes increasingly structured.

DA10—The source of order is the resolution of anomalies in continuity, harmony and consistency.

DA11—A living organism is highly complex, self-motivated structure of energy.

DA12—The structure of a living organism is completely integrated with its inherent impulse.

DA13—The living organisms are accelerating the evolution of the universe.

DA14—The evolution proceeds along a precise course guided by continuity, harmony and consistency.

DA15—Living organisms are merely a step in the eventual evolution of the universe.

As I can see, the universe starts out as a continuous, harmonious and consistent fine energy. This energy is so fine that it appears as “empty space”. This energy evolves by becoming increasingly thicker (viscous), which imparts the electromagnetic spectrum. This energy eventually condenses into matter, which keeps on becoming denser. As energy evolves, many properties come into existence. 

The rule that is maintained throughout the evolution is the maintenance of continuity, harmony and consistency. There is no other rule. Any “new rule” is simply a new form of the basic rules of continuity, harmony and consistency.


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  • vinaire  On September 20, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Here is a simple mathematical reasoning:

    (1) There are integers.

    (2) Integers are discrete.

    (3) Underlying integers are fractions, or rational numbers.

    (4) Rational numbers are discrete.

    (5) Underlying rational numbers are irrational numbers.

    (6) Irrational numbers are continuous rather than discrete.

    (7) Underlying discreteness, there is continuity.

    (8) Any scale of values is basically continuous.

    (9) The scale of Reality is continuous.

    (10) There is a continuity from the zero of Nirvana to the infinity of God.

    (11) Any discontinuity is not real.

    (12) Underlying apparent discontinuity there is a real continuity waiting to be discovered.


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