SCN 8-8008: Behavior of Universes

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.

According to Hubbard, one commands one’s own universe, while agreeing with the MEST universe. In one’s universe there are no other viewpoints. In the MEST universe there are other viewpoints, and one agrees with them in order to continue association.

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.

The behavior and attitude is very different in the two universes. A person is himself in his own universe; but, in the MEST universe, he has to be watchful and cooperate.

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.

According to Hubbard, a person derives confidence from his own universe, which enables him to deal with the universe around him. So, he recommends rehabilitating a person’s ability to create his own universe.

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.

Hubbard basically wants a person to overcome his feeling of being suppressed and to assert himself in his own mind. He can do that my mocking up a universe that he completely commands. This will improve his perception of the universe around him. To Hubbard, the MEST universe is an illusion anyway, so one is better off creating one’s own illusions.



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 reality around one. This is actually true, and the reason for that is—the mockups help one realize the discontinuities, inconsistencies and disharmonies in one’s perception of the reality, and so get rid of such anomalies.

One generally feels overwhelmed and suppressed by the reality of this universe and looks for relief. This overwhelm exists because one is ignorant about the reality. Mocking up that reality is one way of to become familiar with it, and overcome one’s ignorance.

According to the Eastern philosophy reality is impermanent, but it appears to be permanent because one is seeing it through one’s filters. One is better off getting rid of the filters, and experience reality for what it is. This is knowing the physical and spiritual laws of the universe.

According to Hubbard, reality is an illusion that depends on agreement. It is better to turn that reality into an illusion of our liking. But the illusion is there because of our ignorance and the lack of as-isness of reality.

One must discover the causes of suppression and work to create a safer environment where one can carry out one’s goals. It does not necessarily require withdrawing into an imaginary universe, where one is oblivious of the laws of the universe. The real solution requires knowing the physical and spiritual laws of the universe.


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