SCN 8-8008: Energy

This paper presents Section 7 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.



The basic unit of energy is the dimension point. A specialized kind of dimension point is the anchor point which demarks space, but this is again the basic unit of energy. Dimension points are created, controlled or uncreated by the thetan.

Energy, such as, light is actually a substance wave of certain density. It has wave characteristics because of the extreme motion of substance. Einstein’s “energy quanta”, most likely refers to the density of the energy wave. Hubbard’s “dimension point” is a more general reference to “energy quanta”. These dimension points are the content of space. Anchor points are similar but their special function is to constrain the dimension points of that space. These dimension points are very dynamic and their frequencies may be plotted on a gradient of spectrum. The “thetan” is equivalent to the inherent force underlying the energy waves.

The qualities of energy are three in number: the first is its existing characteristics; the second is its wavelength; the third is its direction of flow or absence of direction of flow.

The energy, such as light, has mathematical characteristics similar to waves on the surface of water, but its actual geometry is probably different. An energy wave forms its own medium. Energy quanta or density is directed related to its so-called “frequency”. As frequency increases, the density and inertia of the energy wave also increase.

The energy has a wavelength, which is traditionally represented as the distance from crest to crest from an analogy to the wave on the surface of water. The wavelength could mean how much the substance of energy is stretched because of its motion. The larger is the wavelength, the greater would be its “velocity”. But this wavelength is not represented in material units, such as, centimeter.

The energy has a direction of flow. It may flow from a point outwards in all three dimensions. But it may appear to have no direction when it is suspended in space similar to a standing wave. When light passes through two pin holes, it forms standing wave patterns, which appear as if they are suspended in space.

The characteristics can be divided into three classes in their turn. These are flows, dispersals and ridges. The flow is a transfer of energy from one point to another, and the energy in a flow can have any type of wave from the simplest sine-wave to the most complex noise-wave.

Flowingness is simply the characteristic of transferringness. A dispersal is a series of outflows from a common point. A dispersal is, primarily, a number of flows extending from a common centre. The best example of a dispersal is an explosion. There is such a thing as an in-dispersal. This would be where the flows are all travelling toward a common centre. One might call this an implosion. Outflow and inflow from a common centre are classified alike under the word “dispersal” for handy classification. The third type of energy characteristic is the ridge. A ridge is essentially suspended energy in space. It comes about by flows, dispersals or ridges impinging against one another with a sufficient solidity to cause an enduring state of energy. A dispersal from the right and a dispersal from the left colliding in space with sufficient volume create a ridge which then exists after the flow itself has ceased. The duration of ridges is quite long.

When energy waves are flowing smoothly in a direction they are transferring energetic substance. The flow characteristics can be simple or complex. We may call this phenomenon “energy transfer”.

When energy is flowing outwards into the three-dimensions of space from a point source then the intensity (the number of energy quanta) decreases with distance. We may call this phenomenon “energy dispersal”. An example of this would be an explosion like the Big Bang. This phenomenon may reverse in the sense that dispersed energy may flow toward a “sink”, such as, in the formation of an atom or star.

When energy flows collide the frequency may condense toward solidity and “energy ridges” may appear suspended in space. A ridge could remain even after the flow has ceased. An example of this would be a material object, or a fixed idea, or an identity that a person has assumed.

Wavelength is the relative distance from node to node in any flow of energy. In the MEST universe, wavelength is commonly measured by centimeters or meters. The higher the frequency the shorter the wavelength is considered to be on the gradient scale of wavelengths. The lower the frequency the longer the wavelength is considered to be on a gradient scale. Radio, sound, light and other manifestations, each has its place on the gradient scale of wavelengths. Wavelength has no bearing upon wave characteristic, but applies to the flow or potential flow. A ridge has potential flow which, when released, may be supposed to have a wavelength. The various perceptions of the body and the thetan, each one is established by a position on the gradient scale of wavelengths. They are each one an energy flow.

We have gradients of frequency, or spectrum of wavelengths, in the field domain. The wavelength varies inversely with frequency because the velocity is nearly constant. In an implosion the wavelength may decrease as the energy wave approaches the “sink”. The energy may then condense into mass, but even mass has an infinitesimal wavelength. There are wavelengths associated with our body, thoughts and perceptions.

Direction of flow, relative to the thetan, is of primary interest in energy study. There would be outflow and inflow. There could be outflow and inflow for a source point exterior to the thetan and caused by that source point, and there could be outflow and inflow by the thetan himself.

The thetan is the “person” that underlies the identity. Energy waves flow away from and toward the thetan as in communication. This may be called outflow and inflow respectively. The body of the person may also serve as the reference point for inflow and outflow of physical energy.



Energy, such as light, is substance in extreme motion. It exhibits wave characteristics and acts as is own medium. It has its own unique geometry. As its wavelength decreases, its frequency increases. With increase in frequency its density as a pure substance (inertia) also increases. With increase in inertia its velocity decreases.

When energy is flowing there is transfer of substance in a direction. Flowing energy may generate patterns that appear suspended in space. But as inertia increases, the flow of energy decreases until the energy wave condenses into a matter particle.

As energy spreads out into space its intensity decreases but its characteristic frequency remains the same. But when energy is imploding toward a center then beside the intensity increasing, its frequency too may increase beyond a certain point, and collapse into solidity as in an atom.

When energy flows collide, the frequency may condense toward solidity and “energy ridges” may appear. A ridge could remain suspended in space even after the flow has ceased. An example of this would be mental impressions, fixed ideas, identities and objects.


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