SCN 8-8008: Matter

This paper presents Section 8 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.



Matter is a condensation of energy. The more energy condenses, the less space it occupies and the greater its endurance becomes. A flow of energy has a brief duration. Flows of energy meeting and causing ridges obtain greater solidity and longer duration.

These observations by Hubbard are insightful. Energy is substance of low inertia that condenses into matter of high inertia. High inertia has high resistance to change. Therefore changes now occur much more slowly. Slow occurrence of changes means greater time endurance in material domain. It also means lower velocities.

Energy condenses when it meets opposing flows of energy. As energy flows occur toward a common center in 3-D, they condense themselves because of geometry.

The solidification of matter is found to be itself duration or time. Energy becomes matter if condensed. Matter becomes energy if dispersed.

Increasing condensation causes solidity, rigidity and longer durations of matter. The opposite shall generate decreasing rigidity, solidity and shorter durations of energy.

The durations may be measured against the infinite duration of the universe.

The manifestations of energy are essentially at long length the manifestations of matter; one cannot consider matter without also considering energy.

In processing, no differentiation is made between matter and energy beyond labelling the freer-flowing and more instantaneous forms “action” and the more solid and enduring forms “having.”

Energy and matter are two different manifestations of substance. Energy is very light and dynamic. It appears as activity. Matter is relatively solid and static. It appears as possession.

In order to have matter, one must have space, must have had energy, and must have.

In order to have possessions (matter), one must, simultaneously, be very active (energy), and have freedom to act (space).

In order to have space, it is necessary to have a viewpoint and the potential in the viewpoint of creating anchor points. Thus, in order to view matter, much less control or create it, it is necessary to have a viewpoint.

There is as much space as the anchor points are inclusive. In other words, there is as much freedom as the viewpoint is broad. When the viewpoint is universal, there is plenty of freedom. This allows a lot of activity and possessions.



Space reflects what it contains in terms of energy and matter. In spiritual terms, one’s beingness reflects one’s activities and possessions.

Energy is dynamic with little inertia. Changes occur fast in quick succession. Nothing stays as is for long. This is so in spiritual terms also. An active beingness gets lot of things done without dwelling on any one thing for long.

Matter is static with lot of inertia. There is high endurance and plenty of time. Things may be molded into proper form with great precision.

Energy condenses into matter. The more precise the energy is the greater precision there is in the structure of matter. Thus, careful activity results in possessions that are worth having.

Careful activity requires freedom of consideration. This freedom comes from the broadness of viewpoint. When the viewpoint is universal, there is plenty of freedom. This allows a lot of careful activity and possessions worth having.


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