SCN 8-8008: Behavior of Universes

Reference: Scientology 8-8008

This paper presents Section 14 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.


Behavior of Universes

It could be said, then, that the difference between the microcosm (one’s own universe) and the macrocosm (the MEST universe) is the difference between commanding it and agreeing about it. One’s own universe is what he would construct for a universe without the opposition or the confusion of other viewpoints. The MEST universe is that upon which one agrees in order to continue in association with other viewpoints. This may very well be the sole difference between these two universes.

The system of postulates that is consistent may be referred to as “one’s own universe.” The altered and inconsistent postulates that are superimposed over one’s own universe constitute the “MEST universe.” When one says that the “MEST universe” is based on agreement, the word “agreement” has the connotation of unnatural postulates that are  forced in place, as in conditioning.

This is exemplified by one’s behaviour-attitude in his own universe as compared with his behaviour-attitude in the MEST universe. In one’s own universe, the individual expansively plans and devises (once he is fairly confident of it) along the lines of beauty and happiness. In the MEST universe, even when one has been rehabilitated to some degree, one’s attitude still must consist of a certain amount of watchfulness and co-operation.

One’s own universe is synonymous with one’s beingness. This beingness is compromised because its postulates have been altered through agreements. One must continue to locate anomalies among one’s postulates and resolve them.

One’s universe is an unthwarted sway, the MEST universe is a compromise. When one has compromised too long and too often, when he has been betrayed and ridiculed and is no longer able to create what he believes to be desirable, he descends down to lower levels and in those levels, he is still more compelled to face the MEST universe, and as such, loses much more of his ability to handle the MEST universe. When an individual’s ability to create his own universe is rehabilitated it will be found, strangely enough, that his ability to handle the MEST universe has been rehabilitated. In fact, this is the most secure route as represented in 8-8008 as a road.

The rehabilitation of beingness means bringing continuity, consistency and harmony among all viewpoints. As one does that, one’s beingness expands and the MEST universe shrinks.

By actual experiment it can be demonstrated that one’s ability to mock-up a universe of his own and the resulting improvement of his perceptions to that universe bring about an ability to perceive the MEST universe. Indeed, it might be inferred as something like a proof that the MEST universe in itself is an illusion based upon agreement in view of the fact that the rehabilitation of the ability to view illusion rehabilitates the ability to view the MEST universe.

As one mocks up one’s own universe one becomes aware of the postulates that have been altered. These altered postulates are the illusions that make up the MEST universe. One can now see through these illusions. Therefore, one’s perceptions improve.



Here we are looking at the core of Hubbard’s philosophy. Hubbard insists that creation of one’s personal universe improves one’s perception of the MEST universe. This happens because the mockups help one realize the inconsistencies among one’s postulates. As these anomalies are resolved, the MEST universe shrinks and the beingness expands.


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