The Definition of THETA

Reference: Subject: Scientology Fundamentals

Hubbard defines THETA in Scientology as following. Let’s look at each definition carefully.

“THETA, 1. theta is thought, life force, elan vital, the spirit, the soul, or any other of the numerous definitions it has had for some thousands of years.”

THETA is the substance of postulates, where postulates are the source of our awareness. It is the power of postulates that makes theta substantial. Theta evolves from postulates to considerations, viewpoint, motivation, life, and so on.

“THETA, 2. the life force, life energy, divine energy, elan vital, or by any other name, the energy peculiar to life which acts upon material in the physical universe and animates it, mobilizes it and changes it. It is susceptible to alteration in character or vibration, at which time it becomes enturbulated theta or entheta.”

All life energy is a form of theta or “thought substance.” It develops from postulates to considerations to viewpoint to motivation to life. It manifests as physical energy. The life energy is susceptible to corruption and that results in wrongly directed physical energy.

“THETA, 3. theta is thought; an energy of its own universe analogous to energy in the physical universe but only occasionally paralleling electromagnetic-gravitic laws. The three primary components of theta are affinity, reality, and communication.”

Theta is “thought substance” just like MEST is “physical substance.” Theta and MEST are two dimensions of the substance of the universe. These two dimensions have their own laws. The laws of Theta are expressed as affinity, reality and communication.

“THETA, 4. reason, serenity, stability, happiness, cheerful emotion, persistence, and the other factors which man ordinarily considers desirable.”

Theta manifests as reason, serenity, stability, happiness, cheerful emotion, persistence, etc.

“THETA, 5. an energy existing separate and distinct from the physical universe.”

Theta is the thought dimension of the universe. The other dimension is MEST or the physical dimension. These two dimensions are integrated together

“THETA, 6. Greek for thought or life or the spirit.”

Theta is the substance, or substantial aspect, of thought, life and spirit.

“THETA, 7. not a nothingness. It just happens to be an exterior thing to this universe—so you couldn’t talk about it in this universe’s terms.”

Theta is a dimension so very different from the dimension of MEST that many people postulate a thought universe as distinct from a physical universe ending up with all kind of strange theories and ideas. But Theta and MEST are simply two different dimensions of the same universe.


Subject Clearing

The Unknowable is being converted into the Knowable universe through postulates. The substance of those postulates is Theta that manifests through MEST. Substance means “that” which is substantial to us. Thought represents the Theta dimension. In this dimension lie postulates, considerations, viewpoint, reason, motivation, persistence, emotions, etc.

Theta is very different from MEST; but both are dimensions of the substance that forms this knowable universe. Hubbard divides this universe into thought and physical universes and treats them literally as two distinct universes. In truth, there is only one universe with two major dimensions. Theta is just one of those dimensions.

Hubbard considers Theta to be exterior to MEST based on the phenomenon where a person feels that he is outside the body. But there is no actual separation because theta and MEST are still integrated as life. There is only a shift in consideration in that the person’s attention is no longer fixated on the body.

Thus, Theta and MEST are distinct dimensions, but they are integrated together as life.



The following definition of Theta resolves this anomaly.

Theta may be said to be the ability to postulate that evolves into postulates, considerations, viewpoint, motivation, life, and so on. Theta is “thought substance” just like MEST is “physical substance.” Theta and MEST are distinct dimensions that are integrated together as life. All activities of life are Theta and MEST operating together.


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