DIANETICS: Prenatal Experience and Birth

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Prenatal Experience and Birth” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


Comments on
Prenatal Experience and Birth

It has long been believed that mother influences the child even before it is born. Dianetics have discovered the exact role prenatal experience and birth play in aberration and psycho-somatic ills. 

Underlying aberrations and psycho-somatic ills is unconsciousness. During unconsciousness the mental matrix is dissociated from the normal perceptions. The perceptions recorded during the period of unconsciousness do not get assimilated in the mental matrix, but stay in a holding area. They then cause later aberrations and psycho-somatic ills.

Unconsciousness prevents incoming perceptions from getting assimilated in the mental matrix.

Unconsciousness is caused by major illness, accident or injury. Usually the brain is affected by a lack of blood flow or oxygen. There might be infection, blood clots, swelling or damage to the brain. Levels of impaired consciousness include confusion, disorientation, delirium, lethargy, stupor, and coma. Narco-synthesis is a treatment for psychiatric disturbances that uses narcotics. Narcotics are drugs that cause unconsciousness. 

Unconsciousness is caused by major illness, accident, injury or drugs.

The narcotics depress awareness by dissociating the mental matrix from normal perceptions. Under their influence the aberrative circuits are bypassed and the assimilated portion of the mental matrix may be accessed. Hubbard figured out a way to reach very early incidents using narco-synthesis and could uncover their content. But the patient could not assimilate the contents of those incidents unless they were very early. It seemed that the assimilation of later engrams depended on the assimilation of earlier engrams. 

Perceptions from earlier periods of unconsciousness are easier to assimilate than those from later periods of unconsciousness.

When an engram could not be assimilated, an earlier similar engram was looked for. When birth was accessed and recounted, assimilation took place. That meant that there were real perceptions from birth that existed in the patient. In some cases, when birth could not be assimilated, earlier similar painful incidents were looked for and were found to exist in the prenatal area. We now know that a great deal of recoding takes place in the child when he is in the womb.

Periods of unconsciousness happen as early as during the prenatal period. Birth itself can be such a period.

Dianetics believes that the recordings exists in the cells since cell is the basic building block of life organisms. However, modern studies show that engrams are more likely to exist in the electromagnetic aura within and around the body. The Dianetics reactive bank is the sum total of the unassimilated perceptions that are situated in this aura.

The mental matrix and the reactive bank most likely exists as an electromagnetic field of thought.

The electromagnetic aura is a natural extension of a cell. Dianetics has discovered that impressions exist in this aura as far back as the sperm and zygote. An engram is an impression that contains enough disturbance not to get assimilated in the mental matrix. For practical purposes the mental matrix may be considered to be the electromagnetic aura itself. 

The mental matrix is the seat of awareness. An unassimilated perception represents a point of unconsciousness.

The natural programming in the mind is the result of assimilated perceptions. The unassimilated perceptions of engrams impose another layer of programming that causes aberrations and psychosomatic ills. The engrams parasitically use the circuits of the mental matrix. Therefore, the language contained in prenatal engrams may not cause aberrations and illness until the child has learned the language.

Failed abortion attempts are the most important factor in aberration. 



The next ten axioms of Dianetics are also presented here. These axioms were put together by Hubbard to demonstrate the preciseness of Dianetics. Revisions are proposed based on consistency with Buddhism.


DN AXIOM 111: Self-determinism consists of maximal affinity, reality and communication.

Self-determinism exists when evolution occurs naturally. There is maximal affinity, reality and communication in this case.


DN AXIOM 112: Affinity is the cohesion of THETA.
Affinity manifests itself as the recognition of similarity of efforts and goals amongst organisms by those organisms.

THETA is the electromagnetic field of thought in and around the life organisms. 

DN AXIOM 112 (Proposed): Affinity is the continuity of Theta among organisms.


DN AXIOM 113: Reality is the agreement upon perceptions and data in the physical universe.
All that we can be sure is real is that on which we have agreed is real.
Agreement is the essence of reality.

It is not agreement but consistency throughout that makes it real. 

DN AXIOM 113 (Proposed): Reality is the consistency of perceptions among organisms.


DN AXIOM 114: Communication is the interchange of perception through the material universe between organisms or the perception of the material universe by sense channels.

DN AXIOM 114 (Proposed): Communication is the harmony of interactions among organisms.


DN AXIOM 115: Self-determinism is the THETA control of the organism.

DN AXIOM 115 (Proposed): Self-determinism is the organism operating per the natural laws.


DN AXIOM 116: A self-determined effort is that counter-effort which has been received into the organism in the past and integrated into the organism for its conscious use.

DN AXIOM 116 (Proposed): A self-determined effort depends upon the complete assimilation of all perceptions.


DN AXIOM 117: The components of self-determinism are affinity, communication and reality.
Self-determinism is manifested along each dynamic.

DN AXIOM 117 (Proposed): The components of self-determinism are continuity, consistency and harmony.


DN AXIOM 118: An organism cannot become aberrated unless it has agreed upon that aberration, has been in communication with a source of aberration and has had affinity for the aberrator.

The organism does not have arbitrary will. It is discontinuity, inconsistency and disharmony of misalignment that generates aberration within it.

DN AXIOM 118 (Proposed): An organism cannot become aberrated unless discontinuity, inconsistency and disharmony is generated within it.


DN AXIOM 119: Agreement with any source, contra- or prosurvival, postulates a new reality for the organism.

Agreement really means becoming aligned with something. That something may not be consistent with the natural laws.

DN AXIOM 119 (Proposed): Alignment with any non-optimum source makes the organism inconsistent.


DN AXIOM 120: Nonsurvival courses, thoughts and actions require nonoptimum effort.

This axiom is referring to the tendencies to generate misalignment. 

DN AXIOM 120 (Proposed): Misalignments proceeds from a non-optimum source.


Summary of Axioms

Self-determinism has to do with affinity (continuity), reality (consistency) and communication (harmony). Perfect conditions occur when all perceptions are assimilated. The organism then operates naturally. Aberration comes about when the organism aligns itself with some non-optimum source, which generates discontinuity, inconsistency and disharmony within it.


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