SCN 8-8008: Factor # 2

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Factor # 2 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.

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FACTOR # 2. In the beginning and forever is the decision and the decision is TO BE.

“Forever” includes neither beginning nor end. The idea of a beginning is an illusion in the context of the universe.

The universe is what it is. It may be perceived in all different ways because of preconceptions, but its fundamental beingness is what it is. That fundamental beingness may be perceived accurately only from the ultimate reference point of “emptiness” that allows no preconception.

The universe is a single phenomenon as evident from its designation. That means the universe is continuous, harmonious and consistent in all its aspects.

Factor # 2 may be expressed more accurately as follows:

REVISED FACTOR # 2: The universe is evolving but its beingness is always consistent, harmonious and continuous.

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FINAL COMMENTS

If there is a CAUSE or GOD, then the universe is simply a continuation of it. There is no separation between GOD and the UNIVERSE as promoted by Abrahamic religions. There is no separation between THETA and MEST either as promoted by Scientology.

“God – Universe” and “Theta – Mest” are nothing more than dichotomies with a gradient scale in between. Underlying physical substance there is spiritual substance in continuation with it.

The interface between spiritual and physical substances requires a better understanding.

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