SCN 8-8008: Cycle of Action

This paper presents Section 18 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.


Cycle of Action

A cycle of action is dependent for its magnitude upon a cycle of havingness. Because it is a cycle of havingness and beingness and doingness, it is generally viewed as a cycle of time, but, as we have seen, time is an abstract term to describe havingness.

A cycle of action consists of activity that results in havingness. Havingness has duration. The idea of duration is time.

The beginning and ending of a cycle depends upon the state of havingness. A cycle starts with not-havingness, continues through increased havingness, continues then in changed havingness and ends with no-havingness. These conditions of havingness bring about an illusion of time. Where a person does not possess anything, he does not conceive himself to have any time. Thus earlier parts of the track are lost to an individual since he has no time in them, for he has no possession in them.

The cycle of “no-havingness – increased havingness – changed havingness – no-havingness” results in experience. This experience, over time, leads to knowledge of the laws of universe.

The most basic description of this should be in terms of havingness, but the cycle can also be stated more abstractly in terms as follows: creation, growth, conservation, decay and death or destruction. This would be the cycle of any object; it would also be the cycle of action as it pertained to an object in the MEST universe.

The cycle of the outer forms is “creation, growth, conservation, decay and death or destruction”.

A cycle of action is not necessarily fixed for all universes. It is common to the MEST universe. There is no reason why in some universe the cycle should not run from decayed havingness into growth, but in the MEST universe it never does, except through the point of not-havingness, death or destruction.

One cycle may simply lead to another cycle. Therefore, “death or destruction” is relative only.

A cycle of action can also be stated in another way, and this in terms of energy action. Motion is characterized by only three conditions, and all motion is part of the gradient scale of these three conditions. These conditions are: start, change and stop. This compares to creation, alteration and destruction in terms of experience.

The three conditions of motion are: start, change and stop. They form a gradient scale of motion. In experience, these are creation, alteration and destruction.

In the “last 76 trillion years” the preclear has lived through “spirals.” These spirals were at first very long and then shortened each time until the present spiral for most is about 40,000 years as compared with the initial spiral of 100 million years. Thus one can also plot the magnitude of havingness of the individual for each one of these spirals. A spiral is not unlike a life. A life is lived in a cycle of action. A past life is generally obscured because one does not have the body of that life and conceives himself to have now another identity and is not connected to the last life by a havingness. He is, however, definitely connected to his last lives by the facsimiles of those lives which he now ignores.

Hubbard says, “A life is lived in a cycle of action.” A spiral is a larger cycle of action made up of “a series of life times”. The life times are connected through facsimiles. Havingness for each spiral is then is measured in terms of facsimiles.

Scientifically, however, the connection is through evolution of knowledge. This is passed through DNA and its molecular programming. It shows up through the capabilities of the new identity. Evolution is accomplished by the assimilation of facsimiles.

Past havingness, present havingness and future havingness mark past beingness, present beingness and future beingness and also past action, present action and future action. The past, present and future are established by havingness, but havingness, doingness and beingness alike should be processed as intimately connected in this cycle of action.

Each cycle of action starts with beingness, goes through doingness and ends with havingness. This havingness then acts as beingness in the next cycle of action. This is how evolution takes place.  One simply processes unassimilated experience, wherever it is found in a cycle of action.

The condition of the body itself and its position on the cycle of action as applied to the current life establishes to a large degree the preclear’s attitude toward processing. He will react toward processing much in the manner dictated by the condition of the body and its position on the cycle. The body goes through the stages of creation, growth, conservation, decay and death.

In other words, processing shall appeal more to young, energetic people. It will also appeal to those affected the most by unassimilated experience, especially when they affect the body.

A person in his middle years desires no change and may be difficult to process for that reason, since the auditor is seeking to attain change. A person in the later cycle area will run only succumb material and will actually make an effort to succumb through processing. His incidents are commonly those of grief and loss since these are the manifestations of havingness in decay. He has no hopes of having before him and all of his havingness ordinarily no longer with him from the past.

In processing one should run what is important to the person. Many a time this does not work in Scientology because it takes an inflexible pre-programmed approach.

The thetan going on the wider cycle of the spiral is discovered early on the spiral to be in a high state of creativeness, a little later to be intent upon a growth of havingness. a little later attempting to change to avoid conserving, a little later to be conserving, and then to be intent only on decay and dying, and finally upon death itself. The auditor should differentiate very sharply between the cycle of the spiral as applying to the thetan and the cycle of a lifetime. He may find a very young person who is yet on the later part of a spiral. The body of the young person is still in the state of growth and apparently the person’s life should be hopeful of much having. Yet the behaviour of the person in general is directed almost uniformly towards succumbing. When the thetan is exteriorized from the body, he is found to be listless and certain of the approaching end. He believes that he will be finished entirely at the end of this spiral. He is not normally aware of the fact that he will have another spiral after this; or, if he is, he thinks it will be a shorter spiral— which it will be; but this can be remedied by postulate processing.

Here Hubbard is trying to explain why not all young people may respond equally energetically to Scientology processing. This explanation is interesting, but I believe that enthusiasm shall always be there if one is working on the issues that matter the most to the person.



A cycle of action consists of activity that results in experience and evolution. This havingness has duration. The idea of duration is time.

The cycle may appear as “creation, growth, conservation, decay and death or destruction”. But a cycle simply leads to another cycle. Therefore, “death or destruction” is relative only.

The essential condition of motion is continual change. It continually gathers experience and results in evolution. This process takes place through assimilation in the universal matrix. Only unassimilated facsimiles may persist for a while, but even they get assimilated in due course.

To speed up this process of evolution, one focuses on assimilating facsimiles wherever they are found. Some may assimilate their facsimiles faster than others. It is simply a matter of finding the facsimile that can be run.


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