The Definition of EXTERIORIZATION

Reference: Subject: Scientology Fundamentals

Any exteriorization must be preceded by interiorization. We shall, therefore, start by looking at the definitions of INTERIORIZATION carefully from the Technical Dictionary

INTERIORIZATION, 1. interiorization means going into it too fixedly, and becoming part of it too fixedly. It doesn’t mean just going into your head.

Who or what is going into the head, or into something, too fixedly? Normally, this concept is applied to a thetan, which is a non-physical aspect of an individual,  such as, the viewpoint or the attention. So what does it mean for the viewpoint or attention to go into it too fixedly, and becoming part of it too fixedly? What does it mean to have viewpoint or attention going into the head?

INTERIORIZATION, 2. if the havingness of the preclear is low, he is apt to close in tight to the body because this gives him more havingness and if the preclear fears that the body is going to go out of control he will also move in closer to the body. Thus we get interiorization as no more complicated than fear of loss of control and drops in havingness.

If a person’s havingness is low, then, his attention will go to what he does have and in preventing further loss. This is interiorization. We may define interiorization as having the purpose of preventing loss of control. 

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Now that we have some grasp of interiorization, we may now look at the definitions of EXTERIORIZATION.

EXTERIORIZATION, 1. the state of the thetan, the individual himself, being outside his body. When this is done, the person achieves a certainty that he is himself and not his body. 

Since thetan is not something physical, “the state of thetan being outside the body” means that the viewpoint or attention of the person is not fixated on controlling the body any more. He is so confident and relaxed about his inherent state that he isn’t worried about controlling the body. The body continues to operate per the natural laws. This is much more than the “certainty that he is himself and not his body.”

EXTERIORIZATION, 2. the phenomenon of being in a position in space dependent on only one’s consideration, able to view from that space, bodies and the room, as it is. 

The thetan, inherently, has no position. Instead, it gives position to the bodies and the room by means of consideration.

EXTERIORIZATION, 3 . the act of moving out of the body with or without full perception. 

The thetan is no a physical thing, so the correct interpretation of “moving out of the body” is something non-physical. The thetan simply stop considering that the body must be a fixed position relative to it. In other words, the thetan simply lets go of its considerations about the body.

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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.

It is generally thought that the thetan moves out of the body during death or during out-of-body experiences. This is an anomaly because thetan is not something physical. The thetan does not have a location. Instead, it provides location to all things, including the body, by consideration. After all, subject clearing provides the Definition of THETAN 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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Resolution

Since thetan is not something physical, “the state of thetan being outside the body” means that the viewpoint or attention of the person is not fixated on controlling the body any more. He is so confident and relaxed about his inherent state that he isn’t worried about controlling the body. The body continues to operate per the natural laws. This is much more than the “certainty that he is himself and not his body.”

With subject clearing, the state of exteriorization appears to be as follows:

Exteriorization is the phenomena of the attention being free of any fixed considerations about the body. The viewpoint is, therefore, free to postulate the position of the body, and its environment, at any distance relative to itself.

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Comments

  • Chris Thompson  On April 9, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    It is a good subject to discuss. There are a lot of assumptions which should be acknowledged. For example: The assumption that ” . . . interiorization must precede exteriorization.”

    The idea of, and the discussion of interiorization should include an understanding of, and an explanation of consciousness. If the conscious mind cannot be thoroughly understood and explained, then it seems to me that the location of that consciousness could be difficult to discern.

    I could liken locating the point of inception of consciousness to taking my finger and pointing to the inception of the Big Bang. And possibly, the answer to both of those locations are the same.

  • vinaire  On April 10, 2022 at 4:30 AM

    The reason I wrote, “Any exteriorization must be preceded by interiorization,” is because if a person has been exterior he is used to it and doesn’t even notice it. The out-of-body experience is always a sudden change in the state of attention.

    Is there a similar experience attached with interiorization? Yes, I think so. Suddenly, falling in love would be one. In interiorization the attention gets fixed on something. I think interiorization occurs early in childhood, when the child got badly hurt or got sick for the first time.

    Consciousness exists whether one is exteriorized or interiorized. Consciousness simply changes when a transition occurs from one state to another.

    Consciousness is a more basic state. One is conscious of the location of things around one. Consciousness itself gets a location when it gets identified with the body. That identification would definitely be a moment of interiorization.

    Bing Bang would have no location either until it gets identified with some object or objects. That would be a moment of interiorization too.

  • Chris Thompson  On April 10, 2022 at 8:58 AM

    “I think interiorization occurs early in childhood, when the child got badly hurt or got sick for the first time.”

    I have specific memories of my infancy. I also had recurring dreams as a child which, as you wrote, were triggered by illness.

    Big Bang is a large extrapolation taken from the quality of distant vs near galaxy light. Consciousness is a type of reflection of one’s reflecting of one’s environment. Everyone knows what consciousness is and yet no one knows what consciousness is. Many assumptions are in play with this that I haven’t reconciled. Theories are mental constructs called world views. Everyone has one until they don’t and all of them serve until they don’t. It seems that having one is inescapable until one escapes and all of it seems tautological to me.

    I think that it is ironic that much of the technology that we build mirrors some aspect of our own consciousness. Examples: computer technology and its subjects such as self driving autos and robots.

    I certainly understand what you have written about and what Hubbard taught about interiorization and exteriorization — Except for the parts that I don’t. LOL. Seriously, I understand the words but they don’t describe phenomena which can easily be physically duplicated.

    • vinaire  On April 10, 2022 at 9:54 AM

      One repeatedly thinks about those things that one is interiorized in.

      • Chris Thompson  On April 11, 2022 at 1:39 AM

        Well, I guess that is so. Then is interiorization necessary to think about a thing?

        • vinaire  On April 11, 2022 at 4:36 AM

          The stress is on “repeatedly.” Normally, one observing in present time, and those observations are continually getting assimilated in the mental matrix. So, there is natural thinking activity, which is not interiorization. But when the attention goes back to something repeatedly, then there is something unusual. Something needs to be sorted out. There is an anomaly. Therefore, one is interiorized in an anomaly until it is sorted out.

        • Chris Thompson  On April 11, 2022 at 10:09 AM

          Thank you. I understand.

  • Chris Thompson  On April 11, 2022 at 10:57 AM

    Exteriorization is phenomena of the attention being free of any fixed considerations about the body. The viewpoint is, therefore, free to postulate the position of the body, and its environment, at any distance relative to itself.

    Location in space together with time are two subjects that I understand only superficially. Somewhat like understanding the orbital shell or electron cloud as a probability rather than as a rigid substance. Somewhat like the electromagnetic that delivers power around the outside of a copper wire, I efficiently and accurately quantify and calculate what is occurring, yet I cannot see with my eyes what is happening.

    I toss about terminology like, “present time,” as though I know what that is, yet by the time that I have bothered to have such a thought erupt, that moment has already passed.

    I must pace myself so as not to interiorize into these subjects. Like coping with my tinnitus, sometimes I must ignore it or else it begins to wear on me.

  • vinaire  On April 11, 2022 at 2:11 PM

    Space is made up of an overall extent of energy; time is the overall duration of that energy, Both are infinite because of the law of conservation of energy.

    Within that infinite extent there are parts with their relative extents and locations. Compared to the overall infinite duration, these parts have their own durations. Parts may disappear at one location and appear at another location. That generates the appearance of motion.

    Rigidity can be explained in terms of location and duration. Macro view is just the sum total of micro views. Vision is just one of the senses. Mind is also a sense organ.

    “Present time” depends on your span of attention. It can be a millisecond or a millions of years depending on your viewpoint.

    It is just a matter of resolving the terminology for yourself so you can employ it to resolve actual anomalies. Hope you can visualize what is written here. There is no mystery in all this.

  • Chris Thompson  On April 13, 2022 at 4:10 PM

    “Present time” depends on your span of attention. It can be a millisecond or a millions of years depending on your viewpoint.

    . . . means that time is an abstraction? Yes?

  • Chris Thompson  On April 13, 2022 at 4:15 PM

    Therefore, “live in the moment,” can be abbreviated to “live,” or “live mindfully,” full meaning?

    • Chris Thompson  On April 13, 2022 at 4:16 PM

      Therefore, “live in the moment,” can be abbreviated to “live,” or “live mindfully,” retaining full meaning?

  • vinaire  On April 14, 2022 at 4:01 AM

    Time is a manifestation of things existing at a location for a duration, things appearing and disappearing, things changing, cycles within cycles. Present time is how much of time you can span your attention over.

    • Chris Thompson  On April 14, 2022 at 11:55 AM

      Therefore, thinking of time as something more than motion is abstraction.

      This is interesting, as I have revisited this idea more than a few times. For me, this is consistent with the concept that the universe is infinite.

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