SCN 8-8008: Theta-Mest Theory

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).

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.

[NOTE: 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 matter. Space is energy of extremely low vibrations, and mass is energy of extremely high vibrations. As vibration increases from space, the energy gradually condenses until it becomes mass. This condensation gives us increasing duration of energy, which we see as the dimension of time. 

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 views this whole spectrum of energy as a “spectrum of motion”. This is the dimension of MEST. Scientology then adds to it another dimension of “life energy” or Theta. Theta is the source of motion. It is the impulse that gives light its velocity, and electrons their motion around the nucleus. We may postulate that there is a “spectrum of theta” that parallels the “spectrum of motion.” As motion gets more complex, we may consider it as the expression of more sophisticated theta. When we look at self-animated and self-motivated life, we may consider a very sophisticated theta underlying it.

Thus, Theta and MEST are two different dimensions of the fundamental reality. To say, “[Scientology]… is dealing with a theoretical static and a theoretical kinetic which are at the opposite ends of a spectrum of all motion,” is not an accurate statement. Theta and MEST are two dimensions of reality at every point of the spectrum of motion. A living organism has the dimensions of Theta and MEST.

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.

Theta may be considered “static” with respect to MEST because it is mathematically independent. Another way of looking at this is: Theta is the potential aspect of reality; whereas MEST is the actual aspect of reality. Just like there is a conversion back and forth between potential and kinetic energy in the swing of a pendulum, conversion exists between Theta and MEST.

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.

“Static” simply denotes the mathematical relationship of Theta with respect to MEST as commented above. This means that Theta is “potential” if MEST is considered “actual”. The capabilities of Theta are manifested as MEST.

A material object when not motion is considered static. This is a condition of the object. Static and kinetic states convert into each other rather than interact with each other. Hubbard is confusing this condition of static with the mathematical relationship of Theta with MEST. He then presents Static as something anthropomorphic. This is arbitrary.

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

An individual has the dimensions of Theta and MEST. Therefore, the beingness of an individual consists of certain configuration of Theta-MEST. This configuration is different from individual to individual. Hubbard is assuming that the individual’s beingness consists of Theta only. This is an arbitrary assumption.

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.

The dimension of MEST refers to the spectrum of motion. Motion has the forms of energy and matter, which has extents (space) and duration (time). MEST is one dimension of the universal reality. The other dimension is Theta. There is only one universal reality. Hubbard postulates that this universal reality is based on the individual, and it inherently differs from individual to individual. This is an arbitrary assumption.

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.

Hubbard’s contribution is mainly recognizing Theta and MEST as two dimensions of the universal reality that may be treated as independent of each other in terms of the laws that apply to them.

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.

Hubbard’s consideration that MEST is a product of Theta is completely arbitrary.

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.

Theta and MEST operate by different laws but they convert into each other. Thought (theta) is routinely converted into physical energy of the body. The physical energy condenses and becomes matter according to its own laws. Theta has its own laws of affinity, reality and communication.

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 also seems to condense in the form of increasing fixation. This is expressed as increasing aberration in thinking and behavior, or an accumulation of anomalies. The laws of Theta and MEST seem to parallel each other but they are very different.



Hubbard’s main contribution is the recognition of Theta and MEST as two dimensions of the universal reality. These dimensions may be treated independent of each other because their laws are very different.

However, Hubbard’s Theta-MEST theory contains the following arbitrary assumptions:

  1. Static, a condition, is presented as something anthropomorphic.
  2. The beingness of an individual consists of Theta only.
  3. The universal reality inherently differs from individual to individual.
  4. MEST is the product of Theta.


The truth is that



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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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