SCN 8-8008: Time

Reference: Scientology 8-8008

This paper presents Section 5 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color).

The heading below is linked to the original materials.



It is stated in the 1951 axioms that time could be considered to be the single arbitrary, and might thus be the single source of human aberration. A further investigation and inspection of time has demonstrated it to be the action of energy in space, and it has been found that the duration of an object roughly approximates its solidity.

Time is not something arbitrary. It is a dimension on which the duration of a substance may be plotted. Thus time, or duration, may be said to appear as the “solidity” of substance. Time only measures the duration of human aberration. It is not the source of aberration.

Time could be considered to be a manifestation in space which is varied by objects. An object could be considered to be any unit manifestation of energy including matter.

Time and space are two different dimensions that describe the substance. An object is made of substance and it has the dimensions of space and time.

It can be readily established that an individual loses his self-determinism in the ratio that he possesses objects and utilizes force.

Self-determinism has to do with the ability to resolve anomalies (discontinuities, inconsistencies and disharmonies). This ability is reduced by fixation as represented by possession of objects and use of force.

Time could be considered to be an abstract term assigned to the behaviour of objects. It can be found to be regulatable by postulates.

Time is just a dimension. The postulates do not regulate time. They only regulate the substance, and hence its duration.

The desire, enforcement and inhibition in the possession, giving and receiving of objects can be found to establish a time-track.

The duration of objects in one’s possession, and one’s feelings associated with them, are impressed upon one’s senses. Such impressions become part of one’s mental matrix. They may be recalled by their time stamps.

Time in the field of behaviour and experience becomes having. Having and Not Having form between themselves the interchanges which become survival.

Such a sense of possession is called “having.” Losing a possession will then be “not-having.” Interchanges between having and not-having become important to one.

If the auditor processes having, giving and receiving, energy and items, he will discover that he is processing time directly and has processed into a higher level the time sense and reaction of the preclear.

The time sense and reaction of a person improves as he processes his sense of having and not-having.

The primary manifestation of this is found in criminality, where the individual is unable to conceive the investment of energy to attain an object. He will not “work.” The criminal in particular wishes to collapse and render without time, desiring and having; whereas this may be possible in one’s own universe, it is not possible in the MEST universe. The MEST universe is so planned as to make work necessary in order to have, thus establishing a gradient scale of having. The criminal has not made the distinction between his own universe which he possibly once had and where he could attain things instantaneously, and the MEST universe. He thus has no “respect for property”. The identification of his own universe with the MEST universe is so marked as to be in itself a highly aberrated identification, thus rendering his conduct destructive to himself and causing him to fail.

There is always a balance between working and having. A person without a good sense of having has no “respect for property”. Such a person collapses desiring and having. The primary manifestation of this is found in criminality.



Time is a dimension on which the duration of substance, or objects, may be plotted. The duration of objects in one’s possession may be regulated; thus, providing a sense of “having” or “not having.”

Having or not having objects results in a tendency to fix one’s attention and it may even drive one into using force. This affects one’s self-determinism. One may lose any “respect for property” and just take what one desires without working for it. The primary manifestation of this is found in criminality.


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