The Axioms 1 – 10

Reference: The Axioms

In the Scientology Axioms, written by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, we have a condensation and a recapitulation of all the earlier Axioms and Logics, boiled down to a more practical, more fundamental and more forthright list. They compare best, perhaps, to the axioms of geometry; they are certainly as self–evident as that. But the axioms of geometry are really much cruder than the Scientology Axioms, since geometry proves itself by itself and the Axioms of Scientology prove themselves by all of life.

This paper presents Scientology Axioms 1 – 10 and the corresponding KHTK versions.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 1: Life is basically a static.

Definition: a Life Static has no mass, no motion, no wavelength, no location in space or in time. It has the ability to postulate and to perceive.

Static implies that Theta and MEST are substances in two different dimensions. Theta is the potential that becomes actual only when manifested in MEST. This manifestation results in motion which is life. In Hubbard’s Theta-MEST theory, theta may separate from MEST and survive as pure potential.

Hubbard postulated the Theta-MEST theory to explain the phenomena of Death. Most of the conscious life leaves the body at the moment of death. So, Hubbard postulated a unit of theta (thetan) leaving the body at death. But life in the organs of the body takes another 14 days to leave completely. So Hubbard postulated a Genetic Entity to explain that. But even when the body disintegrates completely, some motion still remains at the atomic level. This presents an anomaly because if theta leaves the MEST, then no motion should be left at all in MEST.

We find that motion is inherent to MEST at the atomic level and it can never be separated. Motion becomes more sophisticated as MEST becomes more complex at the molecular level. As molecules increase in complexity they act like computers. A DNA molecule is so complex that it can store the whole blue print of the body within itself. The sophisticated motion at the level of the body expresses itself as thought. Throughout this increasing complexity of MEST, the increasingly sophisticated motion cannot be separated from MEST.

So, at the moment of death, most of the sophisticated motion of life ceases, because the overall system of the body breaks down. The remaining motion of the body ceases over the next 14 days as body’s sub-systems break down one by one. Subsequently, any sophisticated motion goes dormant in the DNA molecules. So, we can explain death in terms of an integrated Theta-MEST system gradually breaking down and becoming dormant, instead of “theta leaving MEST.” This is more consistent.

Lets’ look at the phenomenon of exteriorization where, in Hubbard’s model, the thetan leaves the body, and the genetic entity is left in the body to maintain its functions. We may explain the phenomenon of exteriorization in terms of shift in consideration. When the person is interiorized, his attention is, actually, fixated on the body. When this attention suddenly frees itself up, we have exteriorization. The body, actually, extends as an aura around the solid part. The attention units, when freed up, can be focused in the aura away from the solid part. This makes one feel that one is outside the body, when in fact the Theta-MEST remains integrated. This is more consistent than the hypothesis of “theta leaving MEST.”

KHTK AXIOM 1: Life is the expression of Theta integrated with MEST.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 2: The static is capable of considerations, postulates, and opinions.

The static cannot be measured because it is a total potential. All things manifest when static becomes kinetic. Space comes about as the extents of energy. Thus, energy forms are a phenomenon of space. Furthermore, these energy forms change through innate impulses. This gives us self-animation and the impression of time.

All energy, and its animation, is innate. This animation, when sufficiently complex, appears as life. This is not the production of energy by life as Hubbard assumes. He also assumes these peculiar and individualistic impulses to be thetans. But the impulses are innate to the fabric of the universe, and they express themselves as considerations, postulates and opinions in the process of guiding and governing the animation of energy.

We see consideration as something taken up while making a decision, evaluating facts, etc. We see postulate as something assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning. We see opinion as a judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty. These elements appearing spontaneously to generate animations provide the impression of a living unit, which Hubbard called a thetan.

So, thetan is this innate impulse expressing itself through unique workings of considerations, postulates and opinions. To exteriorize the thetan from an area simply requires removing fixation in that area. This area could be the body, or the mind, or even the self. Ultimately, thetan may be exteriorized even from this universe by removing all fixations. Sometimes a person can exteriorize himself from the body by simply postulating no fixations on the body.

KHTK AXIOM 2: The innate impulse of life evolves into considerations, postulates and opinions.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 3: Space, energy, objects, form and time are the result of considerations made and/or agreed upon or not by the static and are perceived solely because the static considers that it can perceive them.

You simply look at what is there. You don’t have to believe that something is there. Energy reflects from things out there and enters your physical sense channels. Your mental sense then assimilates that energy to make the perception continuous, harmonious and consistent (See the Prelogics and the Logics). Any discontinuity, disharmony or inconsistency is seen as an anomaly to be sorted out. (See The Logic of Perception).

Hubbard believed that you perceive what you put out there in the first place. This is not entirely correct. Your mental sense is assimilating the energy that comes in. Your considerations are simply modifying that energy. They act as filters. The effort in Buddhism is to see things as they are without any filters.

NOTE: A postulate is defined here as something assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.

KHTK AXIOM 3: Space, energy, objects, form and time are postulates that help us assimilate, understand and explain the reality reaching us through our senses.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 4: Space is a viewpoint of dimension.

At present the definitions of matter, energy, space and time in physics are not really circular. The innate fundamental substance of this universe is energy. Space is defined by the extents of energy. If there is no energy there is no space either. “Empty space” is empty of matter only. It is not empty of low vibrational energy.

When we are looking at space, we are looking at the extents of energy (matter is condensed energy). Therefore, it is more correct to say that space is “a viewpoint of dimensions of energy.” Hubbard’s contribution has been to generalize the concept of energy to include life energy. Thus, the concept of space may be expanded to include the extents of life and thought energy.

KHTK AXIOM 4: Space describes the dimensions of energy.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 5: Energy consists of postulated particles in space.

Energy postulates that the substance of the universe is innate. It is neither created nor destroyed. It simply changes from static to kinetic and then back to static again. It is manifested in myriads of forms. All these forms interchange with each other. Science acknowledges this by the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Energy is the most fundamental postulate because all other postulates derive from it. For example, space describes the dimensions of energy; time describes the duration of energy; and matter describes the condensed state of energy.

The innate impulse of energy is its vibration. Energy propagates itself as a wave of that vibration. As vibration increases the energy condenses and appears increasingly as a particle. The most stable particle is the atom. Energy is the substance of both Theta and MEST. We may say Theta energy particles appear as considerations, postulates and opinions.

Hubbard is looking at energy mathematically in the context of space. That reverses the postulates of energy and space. Hubbard describes neither energy nor space fully in a consistent manner.

KHTK AXIOM 5: Energy describes the innate substance of the universe.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 6: Objects consist of grouped particles and solids.

The smallest MEST particles are atoms that combine as molecules and group together as objects. We may extend this same logic to Theta. The smallest Theta particles are considerations, postulates and opinions that may group together as theta objects. The most obvious theta object is a thetan.

But these grouped particles maintain continuity among themselves and with the environment. The high gradient of vibrations at the boundary ensures the identity of the particles. The high gradient at the boundary with the environment ensures the identity of the object. The highly condensed particles and objects move within an environment of energy of very low vibrations, while maintaining continuity with it.

KHTK AXIOM 6: Objects consist of grouped particles of condensed energy.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 7: Time is basically a postulate that space and particles will persist.

Time describes the duration of energy. As energy increases in its vibration, it becomes denser and its duration also increases. Less enduring energy appears to move against a background that is more enduring.

The universe has infinite endurance and it makes a perfect background against which relative endurances (or motions) of the whole spectrum of energy may be observed.

KHTK AXIOM 7: Time describes the duration of energy.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 8: The apparency of time is the change of position of particles in space.

Empty space doesn’t itself seem to move because its energy is invisible. It, therefore, represents the infinite duration of the universe. It forms the background for all visible particles and matter. The visible particles of matter seem to move according to their relative durations. Motion appears as relative change of position in space.

If everything is enduring at the same rate, no motion shall be observed, and it will appear as if no time is passing. Therefore, passage of time is sensed through relative motion.

KHTK AXIOM 8: Time is sensed by the motion of particles in space. The faster is the motion, the faster is time passing.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 9: Change is the primary manifestation of time.

Time relates to motion. Motionless particles do not provide the sense of time. Motion is either acceleration of the body or relative to another body. Therefore, the basis of motion is change relative to oneself or to something else.

When change is occurring, we know for sure that time is passing. It doesn’t have to be a change of position in space. It could be change in any characteristic. A person who is in a rush all the time is unable to consider time directly. He is trying to create time frantically by changing things around him.

KHTK AXIOM 9: Change is the primary manifestation of time.


SCIENTOLOGY AXIOM 10: The highest purpose in this universe is the creation of an effect.

Creating an effect is to bring about some change according to the impulses of life. If errors are made and the resulting effect is not as was desired, then one must take responsibility to correct the errors and resolve any situation. When one does not take responsibility, no further progress is made. Instead life deteriorates.

KHTK AXIOM 10: The highest purpose in the universe is to evolve by taking full responsibility.


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