SCN 8-8008: Theta-Mest Theory

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 4 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.


Theta-Mest Theory

Scientology is essentially a study of statics and kinetics. If anything, it is more exact than what are called the physical sciences, for it is dealing with a theoretical static and a theoretical kinetic which are at the opposite ends of a spectrum of all motion… [In Scientology, the static is represented by the mathematical symbol theta; the kinetic is called MEST.]

We have a spectrum of energy from space to mass. Space is energy of extremely low vibrations, and mass is energy of very high vibrations. As vibration increases, energy gradually condenses from space to mass. This condensation may be seen within the structure of the atom. Electrons and other quantum particles exist at the upper end of the electromagnetic spectrum that finally condenses into the mass of the nucleus at the center of the atom. Atom is thought to be made up of the central nucleus and the surrounding electrons only, but beyond the electrons is rest of the energy spectrum all the way to space.

Scientology generalizes this physical energy spectrum to a much wider spectrum that includes life energy as well. Therefore, the spectrum of space-energy-mass is expanded to the spectrum of theta-energy-MEST. Just like the physical spectrum of space-energy-mass is demonstrated in the atom, the universal spectrum of theta-energy-MEST is demonstrated in a living organism.

Therefore, the overall spectrum of energy consists of Theta at one end and MEST at the other. The whole spectrum exists together as a balanced configuration in a living organism. This is a great generalization from inert atom to living organism. The only error that Hubbard makes is to confuse “theta” with static, and “Mest” with kinetic.

Static to kinetic we have changes from potential energy to actual (manifested) energy as can be seen in the swing of a pendulum. The pendulum is static at either end of the swing where the energy is potential. The energy becomes actual during the rest of the swing. In more general case, the theta-energy-MEST spectrum becomes potential in the static state. It then becomes actual in the kinetic state.

A living organism is a configuration of the theta-energy-MEST spectrum. It is static just before conception and also right after death.

One of the most valuable contributions of Scientology to knowledge is the definition of a true static. A static has no motion; it has no width, length, breadth, depth; it is not held in suspension by an equilibrium of forces; it does not have mass; it does not contain wavelengths; it has no situation in time or space. Formerly a static was defined only as a motionless object which definition is not adequate, since an object—or a state of rest for an object—is attained only by an equilibrium of forces and all objects have in themselves, if only on a molecular level, motion, and exist in space which is itself an integral portion of motion. Hence, we see we are dealing with a higher-level static.

A static is state where kinetic energy has become potential. As an example, a pendulum has kinetic energy when it is swinging. A static state exists at either end of the swing when the pendulum has momentarily become motionless. Scientology generalizes this concept to a higher-level static where theta-energy-MEST have become potential.

The capabilities of the static are not limited. The static interacts with the kinetic which is considered to be the ultimate of motion. In Scientology, the static is represented by the mathematical symbol theta; the kinetic is called MEST.

The only capability of the static is that it is a potential, where all abilities are held in abeyance. The static does not act. It only converts into kinetic where all abilities become manifested.

Hubbard’s concepts become confusing here because the static and kinetic states are complementary and do not interact with each other. Theta is potential in the static state and manifested in the kinetic state. MEST also is potential in the static state and manifested in the kinetic state. Theta and MEST are simply the two ends of the energy spectrum like hot and cold are two ends of a temperature spectrum. When kinetic, Theta and MEST come into balance.

STATIC-KINETIC and THETA-MEST are two different dimensions. but Hubbard thinks that they are the same.

Theta can be the property or beingness of any individual and is, for our purposes, considered to be individualistic for each individual.

The configuration of the individual consists of Theta-energy-MEST. That is his beingness. Body should not be excluded from this beingness. This beingness is different for different individuals.

MEST stands for matter, energy, space and time, and is a composite of the first letter of each. The word MEST appearing all by itself denotes the physical universe. MEST with a designation word after it designates another’s universe.

There is no such thing as a physical universe by itself. The physical and spiritual universes are one. The same universe appears as many because of different viewpoints.

The original of the Theta-MEST theory may be found in Science of Survival 1951. After the concept of the true static was reached, problems of processing began to solve much more rapidly, and the main proof of the Theta-MEST theory is its workability and the fact that it predicted an enormous amount of phenomena which, when looked for, were found to exist and which, when applied, resolved cases rapidly.

It is now considered that the origin of MEST lies with theta itself, and that MEST, as we know the physical universe, is a product of theta.

Theta and MEST form the two ends of the same energy spectrum. Therefore, the consideration, “MEST is a product of Theta,” cannot be justified.

The physicist has adequately demonstrated that matter seems to be composed of energy which has become condensed in certain patterns. It can also be demonstrated adequately in Scientology that energy seems to be produced by and to emanate from theta. Thus, it could be considered that theta producing energy condenses the space in which the energy is contained, which then becomes matter.

Thought energy is routinely converted into physical energy by the body. As the vibration of physical energy increases and its wavelength decreases (space condenses), the physical energy becomes matter. This is how the nucleus of an atom is formed.

This theory of condensation is borne out by an examination of a state of aberration of many preclears who have been found to have descended down the tone-scale to the degree that their own space was contracted and who were found to be surrounded by ridges and who are thus “solid” to the degree that they are aberrated. Further, they can be found to be an effect in the ratio that they are so solidified. Further, a psychotic treats words and other symbols, including his own thoughts, as though they were objects.

Theta (innate impulse) also seems to condense in the form of increasing fixation. This is expressed as increasing aberration in thinking and behavior.



The primary error that Hubbard makes is in considering that Theta-MEST spectrum is the same as the static-kinetic dimension. Neither theta is solely static not MEST is solely kinetic. The whole Theta-MEST spectrum exists in potential form in the state of static, which then becomes actual when the static state turns into kinetic.


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  • vinaire  On August 16, 2021 at 7:55 AM

    THETA may be thought of as the innate impulse aspect of energy (the substance). For example, the speed of light is inherent to light. Nothing else is pushing light. This is the theta aspect of light energy. Similarly, there are electrons in motion within an atom. Also atoms and molecules are in motion in a volume of gas. There is no external force generating this motion.

    As MEST evolves into complex forms of substance, THETA evolves into complex forms of innate impulses. Ultimately, MEST appears in a complex material form, such as, the body; and THETA appears as the complex consciousness animating that body. Thus, THETA (innate impulse) and MEST (substance) go hand in hand. This gives us a new look at the relationship between THETA and MEST.

    A THETA-MEST theory was first formulated by Hubbard as forming the basis of Scientology. Hubbard arbitrarily postulated, that THETA produces MEST. But that seems to be incorrect per the above description. THETA and MEST go hand in hand as two different aspects of life as defined above.

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