Substance, Motion and Static

Reference: Subject: Scientology Fundamentals

Motion occurs in a substance. There is no motion in the absence of substance.

Substance is anything substantial enough to be perceived. The two dimensions of substance are spiritual (theta) and physical (MEST). The absence of substance means—void. 

Examples of motion in the physical dimension are: motion of the planets, motion of light, motion of electrons, etc. Examples of motion in the spiritual dimension are: thoughts racing in the mind, learning of subjects, evolution, etc.


Motion in Physical Dimension

No physical object is absolutely still. Nor the atoms that make up the objects are absolutely still. The pressure of air, the temperature of solid objects, and the Brownian motion—all provide evidence for the motion of atoms.

Looking deeper, we find that there is motion within an atom too. The electronic region naturally swirls rapidly around the nucleus like a whirlpool. This is because the electronic region is much less dense than the nucleus. It is clearly observable that, as matter de-condenses into energy, its motion increases. The velocity of light is 3 x 1010 times the average velocity of matter (in cm/sec) because the consistency of light is that much less than the average density of matter. Einstein postulated this ratio to be the universal constant ‘c’.

Essentially, motion is tied to the consistency (degree of thickness, firmness, viscosity, etc.) of substance. The greater is the consistency of substance, the slower it moves. Matter gets much more condensed in neutron stars and black holes, where it becomes increasingly static. Probably, black holes are the most static objects in the universe. No wonder we find black holes at the center of the galaxies. 

Motion is an inherent characteristic of physical substance just like consistency. Motion is not independent of the physical substance.


Motion in Spiritual Dimension

The mind is usually filled with chaotic thoughts. Many try to still the mind. People also change their mind about what they have to do, what they like or dislike, etc. Some may not look at these things as motion because it is a very different type of change.


Hubbard’s Static

In the philosophy of Scientology, Hubbard says, 

“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.”

Hubbard, then, goes on to say,

“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.”

Hubbard then says,

“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.”

An analysis of Hubbard’s definitions of STATIC tells us,

“Static implies that Theta (spiritual) and MEST (physical) are different dimensions. Theta is the potential, which itself  is static, until it is manifested in MEST and produces motion.”

Hubbard is, essentially, assigning the potential of motion to spiritual realm and calling it “Static.” Can we separate potential of motion from motion? We can, as in the case of a compressed spring, but that is not moving into the spiritual dimension.

Hubbard uses his hypothesis to explain death and out of body experiences. But that seems to be unnecessary per the analysis provided in this document on Scientology Axiom # 1.

An alternative concept provided in The Static Viewpoint seems to be more consistent with reality.


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  • Chris Thompson  On February 24, 2022 at 12:24 PM

    Probably, black holes are the most static objects in the universe.

    I like the way you connect and combine ideas and then stretch them. This is backward from how I imagine energetic motion of black holes.

    Yet, what you write may be consistent with ideas like Kerr Spacetime.


  • Chris Thompson  On February 24, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    When discussing motion, we must remember to include quantum leap theory. Quantum leap theory suggests to me that motion at subatomic scales is discrete, therefore, maybe motion at all scales is discreet?

    At different orders of magnitude of scale greater than the atomic scale (meaning size) can motion be correctly considered to occur in the same way, or does it occur differently at large (human) scale than it does at small atomic scales?

    If not, why not?


    • vinaire  On February 24, 2022 at 10:08 PM

      From Google:
      “A quantum leap is a discontinuous transition between quantum states. What this means is that an electron in one energy level in an atom jumps instantly into another energy level, emitting or absorbing energy as it does so. There is no in-between state, and it doesn’t take any time for the leap to occur.”

      It doesn’t say that motion is discrete. It says that quantum states are discrete.


      • Chris Thompson  On February 24, 2022 at 10:19 PM

        Then correct me if my understanding is wrong. I think that quantum leap means an increase or decrease in orbital shell without traversing the distance between those orbits and it occurs independent of time but not space.

        Possibly, my understanding of “shell” or orbit is lacking. Maybe those macro concepts don’t accurately describe what is happening at this scale.


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