SCN 8-8008: Force

This paper presents Section 25 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.



In the axioms, force is defined as random effort. Effort is defined as directed force. Force is essentially measured effort.

Force is the fundamental substance of the universe.  The simplest manifestation of force is THOUGHT. As thought condenses it first becomes a FIELD and then MATTER. The movement of force is recognized as energy.

Condensation occurs when there is too much control. There needs to be a proper balance between freedom and control. At the level of thought, at first there is free association. As thinking is increasingly controlled (directed) we have effort entering into the picture.

Effort is necessary when there is too much disarray and confusion, but when order is established broadly, the effort should relax. It is free association that ultimately establishes natural order among finer details.

It is quite common for individuals to be so protesting at what the MEST universe is doing that they abandon any and all force and, if asked to reassume force or use it, suppose that one is asking them to condone and assume punishment and destruction since these in the MEST universe are done with heavy quantities of force. There is, however, a gradient scale of force, for any energy manifestation may be called force. Even matter contains force.

There is a gradient scale of force. It reflects the gradient scale of consciousness. There are incredible amount of forces manifested in the universe. One simply needs to understand them and establish a gradient with which to handle them. Problem occurs when this gradient scale of force is violated. Use of indiscriminate force is simply a manifestation of psychosis.

One is using force when one is translating one’s thoughts into action. The thoughts exist as visualization in the viewpoint. The viewpoint implements the visualization by directing the body to bring changes in the universe. The body uses the mechanisms of universe itself to bring those changes. Thus force is managed through the understanding of the universe. This understanding includes both physical and spiritual manifestations of the universe.

There is no conflict if one knows how to translate visualizations into forms and actions in the universe out there. This requires detailed knowledge of the spiritual and physical principles. There are no shortcuts. Hubbard was basically thwarted by his ignorance of physical principles, but he blamed it on the “MEST universe”.

For the purposes of processing, in order to avoid upsetting the preclear. who usually has very bad connotations with the word force, the auditor stresses instead the “handling of energy.”

The use of energy would encompass any activity having to do with energy or matter.

People usually associate the idea of “force” with something bad and overwhelming. Such association generally does not exist with the word “energy”.  We use the word “energy” to connote the movement and handling of force.



Force is the fundamental substance of the universe.  It manifests as THOUGHT, FIELD and MATTER. The movement of force is recognized as ENERGY.

Force follows natural laws in both physical and spiritual dimensions. A natural balance exists between freedom and control under these laws. Trouble occurs when these laws are not known, understood and practiced.  

Effort in control is necessary only to the degree that disorder exists. When order is established broadly, the effort reduces to letting free association take place.  Free association establishes natural order among finer details.


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