Dianetics Axioms 91 – 105

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 comments and proposed revisions of these axioms from the viewpoint of mindfulness. From this viewpoint the dynamic principle of this universe is to evolve. Nothing survives eternally.



DN AXIOM 91: Past randomity can impose itself upon the present organism as THETA FACSIMILES.

Past randomity exists in the form of unassimilated perceptions that are waiting in a holding area to be sorted out. The organism is not aware of these perceptions because they are not assimilated in the mental matrix. These unassimilated perceptions can insert themselves in the circuits of the mental matrix causing aberrations.

DN AXIOM 91 (proposed): Past randomity can impose itself upon the present organism as misalignments embedded in the mental matrix. 


DN AXIOM 92: The engram is a severe area of plus or minus randomity of sufficient volume to cause unconsciousness.

These unassimilated perceptions are called ENGRAMS. When a mental circuit, in which they are inserted, gets activated, it causes unconsciousness. 

DN AXIOM 92 (proposed): The engram is the embedded misalignment that has sufficient severity to cause unconsciousness.


DN AXIOM 93: Unconsciousness is an excess of randomity imposed by a counter-effort of sufficient force to cloud the awareness and direct function of the organism through the mind’s control center.

The mental matrix acts as mind’s control center. Unconsciousness arises because the circuit of the engram is not assimilated into the awareness of the matrix.

DN AXIOM 93 (proposed): Unconsciousness appears because the engramic circuit, when carrying the force of counter-efforts, is isolated from the awareness of the mental matrix.


DN AXIOM 94: Any counter-effort which misaligns the organism’s command of itself or its environment establishes plus or minus randomity or, if of sufficient magnitude, is an engram.

The organism commands itself through the assimilated mental matrix. Any counter-effort exists as a fixed pattern of misalignment that is not assimilated in this mental matrix. When this misalignment is of sufficient magnitude it is an engram.

DN AXIOM 94 (proposed): Any counter-effort creates a fixed pattern of misalignment in the mental matrix, which, if of sufficient magnitude, is an engram.


DN AXIOM 95: Past engrams are restimulated by the control center’s perception of circumstances similar to that engram in the present environment.

When normal perception arrive at the mental matrix that are similar to the contents of the engram in the holding area, they get associated with the engram while also assimilated into the matrix. This way the engram, while still not assimilated, gets hooked into the matrix. 

DN AXIOM 95 (proposed): Past engrams are restimulated by the mental matrix’s attempt to assimilate perceptions similar to that of the engram.


DN AXIOM 96: An engram is a THETA FACSIMILE of atoms and molecules in misalignment.

“Theta facsimile” is the term used by Hubbard for perceptions made up of perceptual elements. In an engram, these perceptual elements are so misaligned that that they cannot be assimilated in the mental matrix without special effort.

DN AXIOM 96 (proposed): An engram is a perception with its perceptual elements in misalignment.


DN AXIOM 97: Engrams fix emotional response as that emotional response of the organism during the receipt of the counter-effort.

The organism’s response to the counter-effort becomes part of the engram that is formed.  The engram, when restimulated, plays back that fixed emotional response because they are not yet assimilated in the mental matrix.


DN AXIOM 98: Free emotional response depends on optimum randomity. It depends upon absence of or non-restimulation of engrams.

All perceptions during optimum randomity are processed with full awareness by an assimilated mental matrix. Such response are emotionally free. This is also the case when engramic circuits are not activated.


DN AXIOM 99: THETA FACSIMILES can recombine into new symbols.

“Theta facsimiles” are perceptions made up of perceptual elements. These perceptual elements may recombine forming new symbols.

DN AXIOM 99 (proposed): Perceptions break down into perceptual elements that may recombine into new symbols.


DN AXIOM 100: Language is the symbolization of effort.

DN AXIOM 100 (proposed): Language is the expression of effort in symbolic form.


DN AXIOM 101: Language depends for its force upon the force which accompanied its definition. (Note: Counter-effort, not language, is aberrative.)

DN AXIOM 101 (revised): Language depends for its force upon theta facsimiles that are being approximated by symbols.


DN AXIOM 102: The environment can occlude the central control of any organism and assume control of the motor controls of that organism. (Engram, restimulation, locks, hypnotism.)

The environment only needs to re-stimulate an engram, or activate a confusion, to make the organism go unconscious. The organism can then be controlled by commands given from the environment. This is what happens on a small but dramatic scale with a hypnotized person.

This axiom is not revised.


DN AXIOM 103: Intelligence depends on the ability to select aligned or misaligned data from an area of randomity and so discover a solution to reduce all randomity in that area.

Something that appears to be aligned within a local context could be part of misalignment within a larger context.

This axiom is not revised.


DN AXIOM 104: Persistence obtains in the ability of the mind to put solutions into physical action toward the realization of goals.

The goal, of course, is evolution towards greater potential. This becomes possible when a person is increasingly able to resolve discontinuities, disharmonies and inconsistencies in still larger contexts.

This axiom is not revised.


DN AXIOM 105: An unknown datum can produce data of plus or minus randomity.

Omitted datum is the hardest one to spot in a situation because most people fill any gaps with arbitrary assumptions without being aware of such an action. This may bring about some alignment in a narrow context, but still be a misalignment in a larger context.

This axiom is not revised.


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  • David Cooke  On September 24, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Hubbard also called MEST by the letter Phi, so in his system lambda could be seen as a level between theta and phi, or as phi impinged upon by theta..

  • vinaire  On September 24, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    THETA and MEST (PHI) are not opposites. Here is my analysis that I shall be publishing on this blog later.

    The following are the anchors of Hubbard’s THETA – MEST Theory.
    SURVIVAL: The dynamic principle of existence
    STATIC: Zero physically but infinite metaphysically
    THETA: The symbol for the LIFE STATIC
    MEST: Matter, Energy, Space and Time
    LAMBDA: The symbol for living organisms


    Mindfulness updates these anchors as follows.
    EVOLUTION: The dynamic principle of existence
    >>> The dynamic principle of existence is evolution, not survival.
    STATIC: Absolute zero
    >>> Static is zero both physically and metaphysically.
    DELTA: The symbol for DISTURBANCE
    >>> DELTA is a measure away from static (Change).
    ICAD: Identity, Consciousness, Awareness and Desire
    >>> ICAD is metaphysical equivalent of MEST, where
    >>> Identity is metaphysical equivalent of Matter
    >>> Consciousness is metaphysical equivalent of Energy
    >>> Awareness is metaphysical equivalent of Space
    >>> Desire is metaphysical equivalent of Time


    Vocabulary equivalence:
    THETA = Static + DELTA + ICAD
    >>> DELTA is elemental which settles down as ICAD
    >>> ICAD has the outer form of MEST (PHI)
    MIND: The experiential data matrix made of ICAD.
    THETA FACSIMILE: A representation of MEST perception as an ICAD vector within the mind.
    ENGRAM: An extremely distorted theta facsimile that exists within the mind as an unassimilated insert.


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