SCN 8-8008: The Anatomy of Space

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 47 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.

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The Anatomy of Space

Before energy can exist in this universe, space must exist. His inability to create space is one of the most aberrative characteristics of the thetan whom we find in a MEST body. He has become reduced to a point even in his own concept, and perhaps even less than a point for he has no space of his own but must depend upon bodies and other conditions to believe that he has space.

Space is the extents of substance, and energy is the activity of substance. As the substance evolves, so does space and energy. The substance, ultimately, evolves into body, mind and the viewpoint (thetan). The situation here is that a person’s viewpoint needs to be expanded in terms of awareness. He usually has a difficult time of it.

It is of the utmost importance for the auditor to understand space. Space can be considered to be a viewpoint of dimensions. It does not matter how many dimensions there are or what conditions are set up for these dimensions: the resulting condition is known as “space.” There are only three dimensions in space in the MEST universe. Throughout all of its galaxies it has only length, breadth and depth. Space warps and other things of equal interest can exist in one’s own universe, but they do not exist as such, evidently, in the MEST universe.

Hubbard is basically talking about viewpoint. Viewpoint is the frame of how one views things around him. It consists of one’s interpretation of what is there, but it could reduce to a mindless reaction also. The viewpoint emerges from what is out there.

The assignation of dimension is the essence of space, but even before dimension can be assigned, one must have viewpoint. If one is assigning dimension from his viewpoint, he is cause; if dimension is being assigned to his viewpoint, he is effect. He is cause or effect to the degree that he can assign dimension and call it space.

If one is capable of interpreting what is around him, he is being causative. If he is simply reacting to what is out there, one is being effect.

The preclear has a viewpoint and is the center of that viewpoint. Splitting his attention often finds him occupying several viewpoints. He is capable of assuming many. Where he is aware of being aware is, however, his central viewpoint; and, although this may be communicated with or interlocked to some other viewpoint which he could call his own—even on some other planet or here on earth—he is yet as himself the center of assignation of dimension where he is and as he is.

Actually, viewpoint expresses the immediate configuration of the mental matrix. That configuration provides the frame of reference used to view. Different viewpoints are simply different configurations of the mental matrix. Aware of being aware means that the mental matrix can compute its own configuration.

In many preclears this becomes so blurred that he does not know whether he is in or out of the body. Here even the center of viewpoint has been overridden by MEST assignation of dimension.

“MEST assignation of dimension” simply means that the person is reacting to his environment. The mental matrix is unable to assimilate and compute the environmental input. Even the awareness of the body’s frame of reference is not there.

An essential in agreement with any illusion is the acceptance of the dimensions it assigns or that one may assign to it. Space is no more complicated than this, but when a preclear has been overridden by enforced assignation of dimension to an enormous degree, his own viewpoint may be found to be scattered or dispersed. It is this condition which finds the preclear unable to tell whether he is in or out of his body; when this condition exists, he is in the state of being incapable of confronting the MEST universe, even to the point of asserting the ownership of a center of viewpoint.

With the environmental input controlling the configuration of mental matrix there is “agreement with illusion”. In other words, there is total reaction with no awareness because the mental matrix is out of circuit. The person’s viewpoint is dispersed with the dispersed condition of the mental matrix. He is unable to compute anything.

The solution of this problem is simple, in principle, although it may require many hours of auditing. Where the preclear has a certainty of center of viewpoint he exteriorizes immediately and can become a theta clear in a very few hours; when he has been compressed by counter-efforts and emotions into an acceptance of MEST dimension to the point where he cannot even be certain of a center of viewpoint, it is necessary to recover this center of viewpoint in order to recover a point from which space can be assigned and, even more importantly to the auditor, where the preclear can be exteriorized easily and in a knowing condition.

Having a “center of viewpoint” means that the mental matrix is able to assimilate the input and compute its own configuration. This makes it possible for the person to suddenly realize the limitations of the frame of reference provided by the body. With this realization he moves beyond the body’s frame of reference. This makes him a ‘theta clear’. But he cannot realize that unless he has established a “center of viewpoint”. That is the priority in auditing.

One of the first “tricks” in auditing is to get the preclear to look from the center of his head at his environment and the room. He very often sees it clearly and as it is and does, by this, adjust his vision to see through his ridges. Even an occluded case can sometimes do this and can then be exteriorized rapidly. The next “trick” is to find some segment of the environment which the preclear can see and ask him what is in the areas where he can see nothing or does not wish to see. He will say this or that may be in these areas. The auditor then has him create those things or change those things and shift those things which he is afraid may be in those areas until he is no longer interested, at which time he can envision the actual surroundings. By continuing this “trick” of rehabilitation of potential occupation of space (for a preclear will not occupy space which he considers dangerous), the preclear may be found to exteriorize suddenly and sometimes with violence. In such a case he believes himself to be occupying yet another space, hiding perhaps in the darkness of deep MEST space, as well as in a body. Routine orientation and creative processing remedies this.

If a person can knowingly perceive his environment from inside the body, then he can adjust his considerations to look at the environment from outside the body. The trick is to have the person look at a segment of the environment from an angle from which he cannot see some of the things. Then have him imagine looking from another angle, which makes him see those areas he could not see earlier. The basic solution is to get the person so thoroughly in touch with his environment, that he can visualize it from different angles.

By making the preclear alter the body he is occupying, making mock-ups which he superimposes and changes around in disagreement with the MEST universe—upside down and right side up—he becomes better able to have a viewpoint from which he can create space or from which he can at least handle MEST universe space.

By knowingly visualizing bodies and scenarios in orientations other than the usual ones, a person may become better able to perceive the reality as it is.

The preclear who does not exteriorize readily is not sure he is here at all and, indeed, he may be co-occupying other areas. A study of the preclear with the E-meter, locating him in other spaces and bringing him into the space where he is being audited, can best be done with creative processing, not by running facsimiles, for these only make him disperse even further. This preclear often has difficulties with time and has space confused with time. Time is not handled by moving space; time is handled simply by having and not having. The MEST universe insists that anything that disappears must have gone somewhere; thus, the preclear is saddled with the belief that he must create space to put things in whenever time changes. Having the preclear conceive time change in the space which he occupies by refusing to let him go on looking at it in yesterday or to see it in tomorrow, but simply making him know that it is now in yesterday and the space is the same, does much to rehabilitate his orientation.

Creative processing (visualizing) is very different from facsimile running. When one is attempting to handle a fixed viewpoint, it is best done with creative processing, not by running facsimiles. Space is best understood as extents of something. Time as best understood as duration of something. After a thing has lasted for its duration it simply disappears by converting to something else.

Drills in which space is assigned are highly beneficial to any preclear, and particularly so to those preclears who do not exteriorize readily or who cannot easily find themselves when they are out of their body. Simply have the preclear disagree with dimensions round him and see them with purposeful, creative distortion and he will at length focalize his viewpoint so that he can handle space and know that he is the center. A being can be knowingly in many places but being scattered into many places unknowingly is the worst of conditions.

Drills with space are actually drills that exercise the viewpoint. The purpose of exteriorization is to expand the viewpoint beyond the frame of reference provided by the body. If a person cannot expand his viewpoint beyond the framework of the body then have him question everything that he is taking for granted, and look at them with purposeful, creative distortion, until he understands the essence of these things. Only then he will know that he is the center of his viewpoint.

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FINAL COMMENTS

Drills with space are actually drills that exercise the viewpoint. The purpose of exteriorization is to expand the viewpoint beyond the frame of reference provided by the body. If a person cannot expand his viewpoint beyond the framework of the body then have him question everything that he is taking for granted, and look at them with purposeful, creative distortion, until he understands the essence of these things. Only then he will know that he is the center of his viewpoint.

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