The Definition of THETAN

Reference: Subject: Scientology Fundamentals

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

“THETAN, 1. the living unit we call, in Scn, a thetan, that being taken from the Greek letter theta, the mathematic symbol used in Scn to indicate the source of life and life itself.”

As clarified in The Definition of STATIC, theta is the potential, which remains static, until it is manifested in MEST. When manifested it produces motion. Thetan is a unit of theta that manifests in a body and gives it life.

“THETAN, 2. the awareness of awareness unit which has all potentialities but no mass, no wave-length and no location.”

So, thetan, like theta, is a potential with respect to MEST. Thetan is aware of being aware. 

“THETAN, 3. the being who is the individual and who handles and lives in the body.”

Thetan manifests in the body as the individuality, or the person. 

“THETAN, 4. (spirit) is described in Scn as having no mass, no wave-length, no energy and no time or location in space except by consideration or postulate. The spirit is not a thing. It is the creator of things.”

Upon manifestation, thetan can use consideration or postulate to locate itself, and/or have mass, wave-length etc. Thetan is not a thing, since it is a potential with respect to the body. 

“THETAN, 5. the personality and beingness which actually is the individual and is aware of being aware and is ordinarily and normally the “person” and who the individual thinks he is. The thetan is immortal and is possessed of capabilities well in excess of those hitherto predicted for man.”

The thetan is the individual. Upon death, the thetan returns to being a potential because it is immortal. 

“THETAN, 6. the name given to the life source. It is the individual, the being, the personality, the knowingness of the human being.”

Among other things, the thetan is also the knowingness (self-determined knowledge). That means you have all knowledge you will ever need. 

“THETAN, 7. energy-space production unit.”

This essentially means that the thetan produces MEST reality through agreement with other thetans. 

“THETAN, 8. in the final analysis what is this thing called thetan? It is simply you before you mocked yourself up and that is the handiest definition I know of.”

This definition mean that you are this potential called thetan and you manifest yourself in the body.

“THETAN, 9. the person himself—not his body or his name, the physical universe, his mind, or anything else; that which is aware of being aware; the identity which is the individual. The thetan is most familiar to one and all as you.” 

You as a thetan is neither the body, nor the mind. Being a potential, you neither carry memory, nor compute.

“THETAN, 10. a static that can consider, and can produce space and energy and objects.”

This is already covered in the definitions above. 

NOTE ADDED ON MARCH 11, 2022:

“Hubbard uses THETAN as the valence of the preclear in whole track incidents. Hubbard sees this valence as who the person really is. Please see A History of Man.”

Today most Scientologists are found in this valence.

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Anomalies

DEFINITION: An anomaly is any violation of the integrity of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data). An anomaly flags the presence of a hidden impression on the mind in the form of an assumption. When the assumption is discovered, one becomes aware of the underlying impression. This awareness produces a realization that resolves the anomaly.

There are innumerable thetans, each with a godlike potential. They manifest in MEST bodies capable of creating their own universe. They consider and postulate, and through this action they create. Agreement among thetans generates the MEST universe. This explains the assertion of Hubbard’s Theta-MEST theory that Theta produces MEST.

At one time the whole of Christendom agreed that Earth is the center of the universe and that the Sun goes around the Earth. But that agreement did not make it so. This is an anomaly.

Also it is not clear if the number of thetans remains constant since they all our immortal. But if the number increases, how do new thetans come about? The number cannot decrease. Why are thetan separate from MEST in the first place? This presents anomalies.

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Resolution

It is clear that the concept of thetan is part of a hypothesis, which is yet to be fully proofed. We find that reality is what presents itself to us. We observe it closely for what it is. It becomes clearer as we notice anomalies and resolve them. This is the approach of subject clearing.

With subject clearing, the thetan appears to be as follows:

Thetan is the individuality associated with a body-mind system. It is a unit of theta that manifests in the viewpoint and activities of the person. Thetan, as a viewpoint, has a position on the Know-to-Mystery scale.

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Comments

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    It is good to break definitions into their discrete parts because if the individual parts are inconsistent, then is less probable that they can be brought together into a sensible whole.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    For example, THETAN, 1. the living unit . . . definition is easily challenged for its logical inconsistency. By this I question, is not the human body the basic living unit of the human? Does not the human body contain separate discrete (fractal) living units which have their own discrete boundaries, their own discrete spacetime?

    • vinaire  On March 4, 2022 at 9:44 PM

      I shall start with the body-mind system being a unit.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    I challenge the concept of THETAN. An example of this is the idea that it is eternal, having no beginning and no ending. The universe may be eternal, but how would we know? Our individual lives seem to have discrete beginnings and endings, but how discrete is it?

    The thought of what and how we abstract comes to mind. The idea that everything that we know has no absolute beginning nor absolute ending yet we abstract that within that eternal set everything has an abstract beginning and ending. For examples, the beginning of humans at conception. There is a discrete abstract of a beginning. Yet is the earlier meiosis or the later birthing the beginning? Does death begin at 30, 40, . . . 70 or 80 years of age? Is the heart failure or the brain failure an absolute death? . . . and of what is it the death?

    • vinaire  On March 4, 2022 at 9:50 PM

      Discreteness appears only when you are considering the macro aspects. As you look more closely at micro level, you find a continuity.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    THETAN, 2. the awareness of awareness unit. . .
    What happens to this awareness unit under anesthesia? What happens to this awareness unit after a debilitating stroke? What happens to the awareness unit after concussive brain injury?

    • vinaire  On March 4, 2022 at 9:52 PM

      Good questions. How will a Scientologist answer?

      • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2022 at 6:29 AM

        We know what is taught in Scientology. I object to the aspect of that teaching which is conveniently circular and tautological. Example: The aware-of-awareness unit sleeps in an “analytically attenuated” state, while the reactive mind records its all content of the unconscious incident.

        1. Question: How would we say that the reactive mind cannot be put to sleep but that, even while recording all of the content of the unconscious incident, it cannot impinge its flight-or-flight reactions onto the sleeping human body?

        2. Question: When did the reactive mind have its inception? For example, did it come to exist during the OTIII Wall of Fire incident? . . . or did it have an earlier beginning? (In terms of geologic time, 75,000,000 years ago is the near past.)

        3. Question: Mostly, my OT friends are dead or efficiently dying, and routinely dying of cancer. Why is this? OT materials assign these corruption-type, cellular breakdown diseases to the body-thetans which are stuck to one’s body. Yet, these unwanted, unnecessary, and harmful entities are removed mentally. I would like to discuss this concept, this mechanism, this cure, and this failure to cure. One for one, these friends are intelligent people of goodwill. As an example, my observation that the success rate of saving these OTs is commensurate with the success rate of any Abrahamic religion, or say, the true believers demonstrated in the movie “Logan’s Run.”

        4. Question: Why is that success rate so low and is there any fallacious reasoning that is obvious from what I have written?

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2022 at 9:05 AM

          Chris: “The aware-of-awareness unit sleeps in an “analytically attenuated” state, while the reactive mind records its all content of the unconscious incident.”

          Is there a reactive mind or an analytical mind like there is black and white? I don’t think so. I see a gradient from analytical thinking to reactivity. I prefer the concept of mental matrix and the degree of assimilation of incoming sensations. See MENTAL MATRIX in this glossary.

          KHTK Glossary

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2022 at 10:19 AM

          Chris: “1. Question: How would we say that the reactive mind cannot be put to sleep but that, even while recording all of the content of the unconscious incident, it cannot impinge its flight-or-flight reactions onto the sleeping human body?”

          Our input from the sense organs is all in the form of sensations. It is only when these sensations break down into perceptual elements and assimilated into mental matrix that we have perception. If sensations do not break down then we have unconsciousness and unassimilated impressions.

          The unconsciousness is there because the sensations do not get immediately converted into perceptions. Later when they get converted and we recover the perceptions, then we say, “Oh! when he was unconscious his reactive recorded all this.” Hubbard simply have a wrong explanation of what unconsciousness is.

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2022 at 10:33 AM

          Chris: “2. Question: When did the reactive mind have its inception? For example, did it come to exist during the OTIII Wall of Fire incident? . . . or did it have an earlier beginning? (In terms of geologic time, 75,000,000 years ago is the near past.)”

          There is no reactive mind. There only are unassimilated impressions. Such impressions are created whenever the mind is unable to break down the incoming sensations.

          Past impressions are part of the DNA programming. This programming goes back to as far back as when the first DNA molecule was formed. When we break down those past impressions and assimilate them, we may not have the right context within which to interpret them. They come through as very basic raw data. The mind may produce some dreamlike interpretation. That significance is not important. What is important is assimilation of those impressions.

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM

          Chris: “3. Question: Mostly, my OT friends are dead or efficiently dying, and routinely dying of cancer. Why is this? OT materials assign these corruption-type, cellular breakdown diseases to the body-thetans which are stuck to one’s body. Yet, these unwanted, unnecessary, and harmful entities are removed mentally. I would like to discuss this concept, this mechanism, this cure, and this failure to cure. One for one, these friends are intelligent people of goodwill. As an example, my observation that the success rate of saving these OTs is commensurate with the success rate of any Abrahamic religion, or say, the true believers demonstrated in the movie ‘Logan’s Run.'”

          The simple answer to your question is, “People die. Even OTs die. They die of cancer too.” You probably want to know if there is a correlation between OT auditing and cancer. Well, that is an interesting question.

          My understand is that BTs (body thetans) are the viewpoints of dramatic personnel in the engrams one has. On OT Levels, one is simply trying to breakdown the engrams into manageable bits and pieces, so one may unwind and assimilate them into the mental matrix. Hubbard associated a lot of mystery with this process because of his own misunderstood on what beingness really is. Give this definition of BT to your friends and see what they have to say.

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2022 at 11:04 AM

          Chris: “4. Question: Why is that success rate so low and is there any fallacious reasoning that is obvious from what I have written?”

          The success rate is so low because of Hubbard’s own misunderstanding of what human beingness is. His original theory of engrams (unassimilated impressions) was fine, but he went off the rails with his misinterpretation of the phenomenon of “exteriorization.” I have been tackling this subject here.

          https://www.facebook.com/groups/281326588562395

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2022 at 12:38 PM

    I have a good and long time friend who is off his NOTs Scn processing because of a stroke that is affecting his memory. This has been for longer than a year. When we visit, he seems himself to me. His tongue is limber and he is functional, even if advanced in age. Yet his memory is failing him to be able to accomplish the processes of the NED auditing.

    In this case, would we say that his basic self (thetan), which is not physical, depends upon his injured brain to communicate with his mind which we are taught is also not in his injured brain? Is there a way to bring these separate concepts into a logical whole understanding?

    • vinaire  On March 4, 2022 at 9:55 PM

      This is what I am trying to accomplish through KHTK research.

      • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2022 at 6:31 AM

        Without criticism, can you point to any concept which has been or is resolving to an understanding focus?

        • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2022 at 6:34 AM

          I meant without any critical thought from me.

        • vinaire  On March 5, 2022 at 12:50 PM

          Yes, the concepts of Static, Theta and Thetan are my current focus, and they are resolving for me.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 4, 2022 at 12:43 PM

    In summation of my comments, I propose that our understandings of ourselves and of our environments are not even fledgling. If Man survives, possibly in a thousand years we may become fledgling. But at this spacetime, it is my observation that Mankind has barely begun its existence.

  • Chris Thompson  On March 5, 2022 at 7:07 AM

    I like big and small numbers. 4.5 Billion years, the supposed age of the Earth, compared to the 250,000 years that man has been screwing things up is like only 5.5556e-5, or .005% of the Earth’s history. They say that the dinosaurs were here 1000 times that long.

    But I think that our egos more than fill any deficiency! LOL

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