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) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

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 change. Change in space in the physical dimension is generated by inherent force. With change occurring in space we have energy. In the spiritual dimension, change in awareness is generated by inherent desire. With change occurring in awareness we have consciousness.

An indicator of time is the relative duration of change. This is directly related to inertia (resistance to change). Thus change is rapid if inertia is small. We may relate this to velocity. For example, the velocity of light is very high as its inertia is very small.

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.

In the energy domain, the “object” is quanta of low inertia. But in material domain, the “object” is a solid of high inertia. At the interface from energy to material domain inertia (duration) of “object” increases rapidly. Otherwise, inertia (duration) increases slowly as frequency increases in the energy domain, and mass increases in the material domain.

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

Self-determinism is the ability to determine location in space. Therefore, it is similar to velocity. As velocity decreases with increasing inertia (density), self-determinism decreases with increasing identification with possessions.

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

One may regulate time by regulating inertia. For example you find that you have more time when you work fast.

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

As you regulate your identification with possessions you may establish a time-track.

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

Havingness in Scientology means the ability to have possessions without becoming identified with them. Identification or attachment with objects lessens one’s freedom to be.

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.

When the auditor processes attachment to possessions, he is processing time directly. He is improving flexibility and speed of self-determination and thus improving the time sense.

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.

A criminal grabs what he desires without working for it. He has no respect for ownership. He has high attachment and low havingness. He cannot regulate time.



Time is change. Inertia is resistance to change. As a person reduces his inertia his sense of time improves. Change becomes easy and fast to make. One feels that one has lot of time.

In this universe we must make changes to produce outcomes we desire. By regulating time we produce energy and acquire possessions. We cannot acquire something by simply imagining it, or criminally grabbing it.

It is by regulating time that one acquires self-determinism and does not get weighed down by becoming identified (attached) to objects.


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