SCN 8-8008: Be, Have and Do

This paper presents Section 49 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.


Be, Have and Do

The physicist has long been on a carousel with regard to the component parts of the material universe. He has had to define time in terms of space and energy, space in terms of time and energy, and energy in terms of time and space, and matter as a combination of all three. When three factors exist at such an altitude in a science, there can be no further clarification unless the material can be related to experience of an equal magnitude.

Underlying these three component parts (time, space and energy) is the concept of substance. Time refers to the duration of substance, space refers to the extents of substance, and energy refers to the motion (change) of substance. Matter itself is a particular form of substance. Substance is that which is substantial enough to be sensed. This is physics of the universe.

The current definition in Scientology has this liability: If self-determinism is the location of matter and energy in time and space, and the creation, change and destruction of time and space, then there is no comparable data by which to evaluate this level. The physicist has found the inter-relationship of time, space and energy to be invaluable and has, indeed, produced a civilization from this inter-relationship. Just as, with our definition of self-determinism, it is possible to de-aberrate an individual and increase his potentialities in a way never before suspected possible, and with a speed which exceeds all past estimates even in the science of Scientology.

Self-determinism is the precise establishment of the characteristics of substance (or phenomena), such as, its density, extents, and duration along with start, change and stop of its interactions. The balance and consistency in all aspects of the phenomenon act as the constraints.  

With this definition of self-determinism applied to the mental matrix, it becomes possible to bring rapid improvements to human condition.

Because we are now working from a higher understanding than time, space and energy, it is possible to compare these to experience in such a way as to broaden their use and modify their force or increase it. Control of time, space and energy comes now well within our capabilities. Space, time and energy in experience become Be, Have and Do, the component parts of experience itself.

When we consider mental matrix as a phenomenon, its space (extents) appears as beingness, its time (duration) appears as havingness, and its energy (interactions) appears as doingness in our experience.

Space could be said to be BE. One can be in a space without change and without time; one can also be, without action.

Space defines the extents of the phenomenon. As regards mental matrix, the space shall apply to the sense of beingness.

The essence of time is apparently possession. When possession ceases, the record of time ceases. Without possession change cannot be observed; in the presence of possession change can be observed. Thus, it is deduced that time and possession are inter-dependent.

Time defines the duration of the phenomenon. As regards mental matrix, the time shall apply to the sense of possession or havingness.  This shall include the experience of change in terms of giving and receiving.

The past could be sub-divided into Had, Should Have Had, Did Not Have, and Got, Should Have Gotten, Did Not Get, and Gave, Should Have Given, Did Not Give. The present could be sub-divided into Have, Should Have, Do Not Have, and Giving, Should Be Giving, Not Giving, and Receiving, Should Be Receiving, Not Receiving. The future is sub-divisible into Will Have, Should Have, Will Not Have, and Getting, Will Be Getting, Will Not Be Getting, and Will Receive, Will Not Receive.

Havingness could be in the past, present or future. It is accompanied by the desire to have or not have.

In each of the above, past, present and future, the word would apply for any individual or any part of the dynamics to all the other dynamics.

Havingness means a dynamic or its part possessing another dynamic or its part.

The way one knows there was a past is by knowing the conditions of the past. The most revelatory of these is the facsimile which was taken in the past. However, without any important possession in the present stemming forward from the past, the past becomes unimportant; or, because possession ceased, the past is obliterated. The single matter of the body of a past life not being in the present life invalidates the existence of the past life to the individual who then does not—or does not care to—remember it. Yet the facsimiles can be nevertheless effective upon him.

Past becomes unimportant when possessions of the past do not continue in the present. But facsimiles of the past do continue in the present. Therefore, past becomes important to the degree such facsimiles are activated.

Similarly, the individual does not conceive to any extent time, past the death of his body, since he will have no body.

A person does not usually think about his future past his death.

Energy, whether in the field of thought, emotion or effort. can be summed into DO. It requires beingness and havingness in order to achieve doingness. Here we have the static of space acting against the kinetic of possession to produce action in the field of thought, emotion or effort, the various categories of doingness.

Energy defines the interactions within the phenomenon. As regards mental matrix, the energy shall apply to the sense of doingness in the field of thought, emotion or effort.

Should one care to test this as a process on a preclear. he will find that the missing portions of the preclear’s past have to do with loss of something. Loss itself is the single most aberrative factor in living. It has long been known in this science that the release of a grief charge was an important single improvement in the preclear. Grief is entirely and only concerned with loss or threatened loss. Pain itself can be defined in terms of loss, for pain is the threat which tells one that loss of mobility or a portion of the body or the environment is imminent. Man has pain so thoroughly identified with loss that in some languages the words are synonymous.

The missing portions of a person’s past have to do with loss of something. Loss itself is the single most aberrative factor in living. The release of a grief charge is an important single improvement in the person. Pain is also identified with loss.

Loss is always identified with HAVE, for if one doesn’t have, one cannot lose.

Loss is always identified with losing havingness.

The Hindu sought to depart into his Nirvana by refusing to have anything to do with having. He sought thus to promote himself into Being. He saw that so long as he retained a grasp on a body in any degree he was Having, and thus was pressed into Doing.

Effort to just be without having is not possible. Effort is doingness that always aims at some havingness.

Having and Being are often identified to the degree that many people attempt exclusively to Be only by Having. The capitalist judges his own beingness solely by the degree of possession, not even vaguely by the degree of action he is able to execute.

Many people judge their beingness by what they have. For example, the capitalist judges his own beingness solely by the degree of possession, not even vaguely by the degree of action he is able to execute.

Possessions absorb and enforce time; only without possessions would one be able to regulate time at will. This is a singular attribute of the cleared theta clear, and to him possession of MEST is extremely unimportant.

For a person who would be free to regulate time, the possessions are extremely unimportant.

One can make up for a lack of Having by Doing, and by Doing accomplishes Having and thus regulates time.

Doing accomplishes Having and thus regulates time.

Having enhances either Being or Doing, as is sometimes severely recognized by one who would like to take a vacation or a trip to foreign lands.

Doing can enhance either Being or Having: a balanced Doing slants in both directions, but if one does without Having, his Being increases, as is well-known by anyone who insists on doing favors without recompense, and without gain.

If one does without Having, his Being increases.

There is an optimum speed of Doing. If one travels less than that speed, he has little Being and Having; if one travels greater than that speed, he has to abandon both Being and Having. This is applicable especially to the MEST universe. The case of a race driver is in point. He must assume a contempt for Being and Having in order to achieve the speeds he does.

One can act freely when one does not have any attachments in terms of having.

When change is too rapid both Beingness and Havingness suffer. When change is too slow both Beingness and Havingness suffer. For Change is essentially the redirection of energy.

Optimum doingness (change) is continuous, harmonious and consistent.

In the assessment of a preclear one can easily trace, by use of the triangle, Be, Have and Do, and by placing this over a second triangle with space at the point of Be, time at the point of Have and energy at the point of Do, where the preclear is over-balanced and why the preclear cannot handle time or why he is trying to occupy too much space without being able to fill it, or why his life is complicated with too much havingness and has reduced his beingness to naught.

One can easily assess a person by comparing his beingness-havingness-doingness with space-time-energy to see how balanced he is in terms of handling time, occupying space, or effectively utilizing energy.

In the MEST universe as well as in a constructed universe, these three factors should be balanced for orderly progress.

The universe is naturally well-balanced in terms of space-time-energy. Our understanding must follow in terms of balanced beingness-havingness-doingness.



The human characteristics of beingness-havingness-doingness parallel the universal characteristics of space-time-energy. The natural balance of space-time-energy is a guide in attaining balance in human beingness-havingness-doingness.


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