SCN 8-8008: Patterns of Energy

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 22 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.


Patterns of Energy

Energy forms into many patterns. The geometry of this formation would make an intensely interesting study. The patterns, however, are formed by postulates and have no other existence.

Here, the “energy” refers to “fast moving thought substance”. The patterns in this substance are determined by sensation and perceptions.

The patterns of energy are viewed by the thetan in terms of pressors, tractors, explosions, implosions, pressor ridges, tractor ridges, pressor-tractor ridges, and balls and sheets.

The thought substance is thought to have many different patterns as described above.

The pressor is a beam which can be put out by a thetan which acts as a stick and with which one can thrust oneself away or thrust things away. The pressor beam can be lengthened and, in lengthening, pushes away.

A tractor beam is put out by a thetan in order to pull things toward him. The tractor beam is an energy flow which the thetan shortens. If one placed a flashlight beam upon a wall and then, by manipulating the beam, brought the wall closer to him by it, he would have the action of a tractor beam. Tractor beams are used to extract perceptions from a body by a thetan. Pressor beams are used to direct action. Tractors and pressors commonly exist together, with the tractor as a loop outside the pressor. The two together stabilize one another.

Pressor is a thought pattern that presses outwards as in directing action. Tractor beam is a thought pattern that pulls inwards as in extracting sensations. Tractors and pressors commonly exist together and stabilize each other.

An explosion is an outflow of energy usually violent but not necessarily so, from a more or less common source point.

An implosion could be likened to the collapse of a field of energy such as a sphere toward a common centre point, making an inflow. It can happen with the same violence as an explosion, but does not necessarily do so.

The thought pattern of an explosion is from a common center in all directions. The thought pattern of implosion is from all directions toward a common center.

A pressor ridge would be that ridge formed by two or more pressor beams operating against each other in conflict.

A tractor ridge would be that ridge formed by two tractor beams in conflict operating against each other.

A pressor-tractor ridge would be a combination of pressor-tractor flows in sufficient collisions as to form a solidification of energy.

A ridge is a solid body of energy caused by various flows and dispersals which has a duration longer than the duration of flow. Any piece of matter could be considered to be a ridge in its last stage. Ridges, however, exist in suspension around a person and are the foundation upon which facsimiles are built.

Two explosions operating against each other may form a ridge.

Two implosions operating away from each other may form a ridge. An explosion and an implosion operating together or many explosions and implosions operating together—may form a ridge.

Ridges are thought patterns that have duration. They are formed by conflicts among flowing thought patterns.

These manifestations of energy are used in handling energy, either in processing or in action.

Hubbard is describing all possible thought patterns that may exist. This may help in auditing a person’s thoughts.



Hubbard is categorizing all possible thought patterns that may be useful when auditing a person.


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