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.

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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.

What does it mean for time to be action of energy? Energy acts naturally as can be seen in the velocity of light. As energy condenses into matter its natural velocity slows down to a crawl. Thus, the natural velocity of energy reduces as its consistency increases.

Increasing consistency of energy is what is called increasing solidity in Scientology. As energy becomes more solid its space shrinks, and we feel energy enduring more at a location. In other words, space and time also “solidify” as energy becomes more solid. Hubbard explains it by saying, “duration of energy roughly approximates its solidity.”

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.

Energy condenses as matter. Matter decondenses as energy. Energy and matter are part of the spectrum of substance of this universe. Hubbard uses the word “object” for a unit of substance. Thus, object (substance), space (extents) and time (duration) fluctuate in concert in their solidity. Thus, we have activity in the form of continuous changes. Hubbard explains it as, “a manifestation in space which is varied by objects.”

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

As the object, space and time fluctuate in their solidity, they are manifesting some inherent impulse. In the language of Scientology, this is Theta and MEST acting in concert. An individual is essentially a Theta-MEST configuration. As this configuration becomes more solid it loses its finer movements. This may be viewed as loss of self-determinism. The increasing solidity may be defined as increasing identification of Theta with MEST forms. The desires and postulates associated with Theta also become cruder with solidification. This is reflected in the crudeness of possession (objects) and natural movement (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.

The inherent impulse (theta) itself becomes cruder with solidification. That means the postulates that regulate objects, space and time are also becoming cruder with solidification. This is reflected in the behavior of the objects in space, which we see as time.

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

The desire, enforcement, inhibition is the direction of greater solidification. As postulates solidify, so does objects, space and time. Thus, time-track is the trace of such solidification.

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

Time being “duration” becomes having in the field of behavior and experience.

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 processing brings about a decrease in solidification. It makes objects, space and time lighter. It makes the ability to postulate more flexible and finer. Since the sense of duration decreases, it appears as if one is processing time.

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.

In a criminal, the desires, postulates, energy, space and time have become quite solid. 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 the duration characteristic of objects, while space is the extent characteristics of objects. The object (substance), space (extents) and time (duration) fluctuate in concert in their solidity. This is the manifestation of inherent impulse that also fluctuates in its solidity.

In Scientology, the inherent impulse is referenced as Theta, which expresses itself in desires and postulates; and the objects, space and time are referenced as MEST. An individual is essentially a Theta-MEST configuration.

As the individual becomes less solid, his desires and postulates become more flexible and finer; and his body and possessions become lighter, he has more havingness and less attachment, and his control extends over wider area. Time manifests itself in the sense that the person becomes more flexible with less solidity. He makes changes more easily and much faster. He feels that he has lot of time.


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