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 is a state of no motion in which all energy exists in potential form. A pendulum is static at either end of a swing where it stops to change direction. During rest of the swing the pendulum is in motion. This motion is seen as the manifestation of energy.

Energy is the basic substance of this universe. It is animated by its own impulse. In a pendulum, the energy appears as the mechanical motion of the mass generated by gravitational impulse. The manifested energy has the characteristic of vibration. The vibration spectrum of energy may be described by SPACE-MASS, where space is seen as absence of mass, but it is filled with energy of very low vibration; and mass is condensed energy of very high vibrations. In the potential state of static the energy vibration is zero.

In an atom, the nucleus represents the mass. Immediately surrounding the nucleus are electrons of lesser vibrations. The vibration then decreases radially all the way to the outer surface where it becomes space. Thus, atom is a manifestation of the energy spectrum of SPACE-MASS.

Scientology generalizes this physical energy spectrum to a much wider spectrum of life energy. The very low vibration end of this spectrum represents THETA (thought energy), and the very high vibration end represents MEST (physical energy). This broader spectrum of energy may be described as THETA-MEST.

This broad spectrum of THETA-MEST is manifested in the living organism. This is a great generalization. This THETA-MEST spectrum is in a static state just before conception and immediately after death. But, during the life cycle, the whole energy spectrum of THETA-MEST is manifested as the life organism and its activities.

The Scientology Static is the potential of the whole Universe, which includes all life and physical capabilities. This is a genius concept. This Static condition shall exist just before the beginning of this universe and right after the end of the universe. The universe may manifest in STATIC-KINETIC cycles like that of the pendulum (see The Logical Structure of Universe).

KHTK AXIOM 1: Life is a Theta-MEST system of energy animated by innate impulse.


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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