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DIANETICS: The Four Dynamics

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “The Four Dynamics” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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The Four Dynamics

[NOTE: Hubbard’s earlier writing on these Dynamics appears at The Dynamics]

Man’s behavior can be explained fully only in terms of his brotherhood with the Universe. Man is the result of the evolution of the universe, and now he is acting as a catalyst to further evolution. Man’s behavior cannot be explained by focusing just on self, sex, group or even mankind. 

Hubbard asks, “Exactly for what is man surviving?” He then comes up with four dynamics (DYNAMIC = “innate impulse or urge”). 

“DYNAMIC ONE is the urge toward ultimate survival on the part of the individual and for himself. It includes his immediate symbiotes, the extension of culture for his own benefit, and name immortality. (SYMBIOTE = “any or all life or energy forms which are mutually dependent for survival.”)

“DYNAMIC TWO is the urge of the individual toward ultimate survival via the sex act, the creation of and the rearing of children. It includes their symbiotes, the extension of culture for them, and their future provision. 

“DYNAMIC THREE is the urge of the individual toward ultimate survival for the group. It includes the symbiotes of the group and the extension of its culture. 

“DYNAMIC FOUR includes the urge of the individual toward ultimate survival for all Mankind. It includes the symbiotes of Mankind and the extension of its culture.”

As explained in the previous chapter, this “ultimate survival” is not immortality but attainment of a STATIC viewpoint from which further evolution of the universe may be catalyzed.

Attainment of STATIC viewpoint requires Man to expand his viewpoint from self to families, to groups, to species, and to all mutually dependent entities.

As a person grows up, his viewpoint naturally expands from dynamic one to dynamic two, three and four. A higher dynamic is naturally inclusive of the lower dynamics. Any exception would only mean fixation on a dynamic to the exclusion of other dynamics. A fixation would simply amount to the aberration defined as a “narrow viewpoint.” A rational person shall be operating harmoniously on all dynamics.

Any competition among dynamics, if not harmonious, would constitute an anomaly that needs to be resolved. An anomaly, if considered to be something normal, shall be an aberration.

Any solution must resolve the anomaly (disharmony, discontinuity or inconsistency) completely, and that would bring about an optimum scene. The categorization into four dynamics is for the sake of dealing with the complexity of a situation only. 

Hubbard says, “The case of a sailor giving his own life to save his ship answers the group dynamic. Such an action is a valid solution to a problem. But it violates the optimum solution because it did not answer for Dynamic One: self.”

Of course, it would be optimum to save oneself while also saving the group, but the safety of the group comes first, and the group must be saved even at the expense of self, depending on its value to mankind.

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 31 to 40

I am presenting here the axioms of Dianetics, and how they appear when made consistent with Buddhism.

DN AXIOM 31: Wrongness is always miscalculation of effort.

DN AXIOM 31 (proposed): Wrongness is always miscalculation or misalignment of effort.

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DN AXIOM 32: THETA can exert itself directly or extensionally.
THETA can direct physical application of the organism to the environment or, through the mind, can first calculate the action or extend, as in language, ideas.

DN AXIOM 32 (proposed): The life organism can exert itself on the environment directly, or by extending ideas.

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DN AXIOM 33: Conclusions are directed toward the inhibition, maintenance or accelerations of efforts.

DN AXIOM 33 (proposed): The organism may direct conclusions to inhibit, maintain or accelerate its efforts.

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DN AXIOM 34: The common denominator of all life organisms is motion.

DN AXIOM 34 (proposed): The common denominator of all life organisms is alignment of motion.

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DN AXIOM 35: Effort of an organism to survive or succumb is physical motion of a life organism at a given moment in time through space.
DEFINITION: Motion is any change in orientation in space.
DEFINITION: Force is random effort.
DEFINITION: Effort is directed force.

DN AXIOM 35 (proposed): Effort to evolve is the alignment of motion of a life organism at any given moment.
DEFINITION (proposed): Alignment of motion is the establishment of harmony, continuity and consistency.
DEFINITION (proposed): Force is the effort to overcome the resistance to alignment.
DEFINITION (proposed): Effort is directed alignment.

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DN AXIOM 36: An organism’s effort can be to remain at rest or persist in a given motion.
Static state has position in time, but an organism which is remaining positionally in a static state, if alive, is still continuing a highly complex pattern of motion, such as the heartbeat, digestion, etc. The efforts of organisms to survive or succumb are assisted, compelled or opposed by the efforts of other organisms, matter, energy, space and time.
DEFINITION: Attention is a motion which must remain at an optimum effort. Attention is aberrated by becoming unfixed and sweeping at random or becoming too fixed without sweeping. Unknown threats to survival when sensed cause attention to sweep without fixing. Known threats to survival when sensed cause attention to fix.

DN AXIOM 36 (proposed): An organism’s efforts can be either free or fixed, and they are assisted or opposed by the efforts of other organisms and environment.
DEFINITION (proposed): Attention is a motion which must remain free. Attention is aberrated by becoming fixed. Known or unknown threats, when sensed, cause attention to fix.

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DN AXIOM 37: The ultimate goal of LAMBDA is infinite survival.

DN AXIOM 37 (proposed): The ultimate goal of living organisms is continued evolution.

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DN AXIOM 38: Death is abandonment by THETA of a life organism or race or species where these can no longer serve THETA in its goals of infinite survival.

DN AXIOM 38 (proposed): Death is the disintegration of a life organism into its elements, which then recombine into a more evolved form.

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DN AXIOM 39: The reward of an organism engaging upon survival activity is pleasure.

DN AXIOM 39 (proposed): An organism engaging in further alignment of motion feels joy.

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DN AXIOM 40: The penalty of an organism failing to engage upon survival activity, or engaging in non-survival activity, is pain.

DN AXIOM 40 (proposed): An organism failing to engage in alignment of motion, or engaging in misalignment, feels pain.

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Summary

31. Wrongness is always miscalculation or misalignment of effort.

32. The life organism can exert itself on the environment directly, or by extending ideas.

33. The organism may direct conclusions to inhibit, maintain or accelerate its efforts.

34. The common denominator of all life organisms is alignment of motion.

35. Effort to evolve is the alignment of motion of a life organism at any given moment.

.. Alignment of motion is the establishment of harmony, continuity and consistency.

….. Force is the effort to overcome the resistance to alignment.

….. Effort is directed alignment.

36. An organism’s efforts can be either free or fixed, and they are assisted or opposed by the efforts of other organisms and environment.

….. Attention is a motion which must remain free. Attention is aberrated by becoming fixed. Known or unknown threats, when sensed, cause attention to fix.

37. The ultimate goal of living organisms is continued evolution.

38. Death is the disintegration of a life organism into its elements, which then recombine into a more evolved form.

39. An organism engaging in further alignment of motion feels joy.

40. An organism failing to engage in alignment of motion, or engaging in misalignment, feels pain.

A life organism evolves through the alignment of motion. Pleasure is an indicator of alignment. Pain is an indicator of misalignment or a lack of alignment.

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DIANETICS: The Goal of Man

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “The Goal of Man” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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The Goal of Man

Hubbard writes:
“TIME, SPACE, ENERGY and LIFE have a single denominator in common. As an analogy it could be considered that TIME, SPACE, ENERGY and LIFE began at some point of origin and were commanded to continue to some nearly infinite destination. They were told nothing but WHAT to do. They obey a single order and that order is “SURVIVE!”

Did the universe begin at some point? Was it commanded to SURVIVE? The ancient Vedas say that the universe has neither a beginning nor an end. Science says that energy forms the basic substance of the universe and it is conserved. Thus, from all evidence, energy has always been there, and it has no choice but to survive.

Hubbard writes:
“THE DYNAMIC PRINCIPLE OF EXISTENCE IS SURVIVAL The goal of life can be considered to be infinite survival. Man, as a life form, can be demonstrated to obey in all his actions and purposes the one command: SURVIVE!”

Although energy has no choice but to survive, the energy forms appear and disappear, and through this process, the forms change and evolve. Subtle energy evolves into solid atoms of matter (see the ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM). Atoms evolve into complex atoms (see the PERIODIC TABLE). Atoms combine into molecules and these molecules also evolve into complex molecules (see CHEMISTRY). Complex molecules acquire enough electronic circuits to develop self-animation. Thus come about basic life forms that evolve into complex life forms (see BIOLOGY). Life forms develop the ability to react. Such reactions gradually evolve into sophisticated analytical abilities. Thus life forms evolve from minerals to plants to animals to humans. Since Man is part of the universe, his goal is consistent with the overall goal of the universe, which is evidently, to EVOLVE. 

Like the energy it is made of, Mankind cannot help but survive. Although individual human forms take birth and ultimately die, they evolve from the experience of living. The goal of Man, therefore, is continual evolution, and not the immortality of some individual form.

Some may assume that the goal of Man is to be immortal. But the actual goal of Man, like the goal of the universe and life, has always been to EVOLVE.

Where evolution will ultimates take us, we don’t know; and that is the energizing aspect of it. This is the aspect of an advancing science compared to a moribund religion.

Hubbard writes:
“In order to establish nomenclature in dianetics which would not be too complex for the purpose, words normally considered as adjectives or verbs have occasionally been pressed into service as nouns.”

Some of the words coined by Hubbard as nouns are as follows.

DYNAMIC    = innate impulse or urge
SOMATIC     = physical sensation
PERCEPTIC = a sense message

Hubbard writes:
“… a spectrum of life has been conceived to span from the zero of death or extinction toward the infinity of potential immortality… The thrust of survival is away from death and toward immortality. The ultimate pain could be conceived as existing just before death and the ultimate pleasure could be conceived as immortality… The urge is away from death, which has a repelling force, and toward immortality, which has an attracting force; the attracting force is pleasure, the repelling force is pain… Pain is provided to repel the individual from death, pleasure is provided to call him toward optimum life.”

Hubbard postulates “thetan” as the ultimate in individuality and gives it the attribute of immortality. Thus “thetan” is similar to the concept of “eternal soul” in Christianity. However, individuality belongs to the body-mind system as its core property. The body-mind system is subject to the cycle of birth and death, and so is individuality. What is eternal is the life force (symbolized by Hubbard as THETA), which energizes the body-mind-individuality system. Like the idea of the “eternal soul,” the postulate of an “immortal thetan” is also in error. Neither soul nor thetan stands apart from the body-mind system. What stands apart is the STATIC viewpoint.

By definition, the STATIC viewpoint stands beyond all MOTION. Motion is the key characteristic of the universe. Motion becomes “emotion” in life organisms. Therefore, the STATIC viewpoint stands beyond all emotion also. An individual, when cleared of all anomalies, attains the STATIC viewpoint. He then views all motion (the universe) and emotion (life experiences) objectively without alteration.

It may be said that attaining the STATIC viewpoint is the goal of Man. But this STATIC viewpoint simply helps man to evolve through the cycles of birth and death.

Hubbard talks about a spectrum from death to immortality. It may be viewed as a spectrum from total subjectivity to complete objectivity. Near death, the viewpoint is totally subjective and expressed as apathy. Immortality lies in the total objectivity of the STATIC viewpoint expressed as happiness in action. The thrust from this viewpoint is always toward evolution. Each step of evolution brings immense joy. The death of the body-mind system is inevitable. There may be pain associated with death; but a person with STATIC viewpoint views death simply as a phenomena to be experienced.

Hubbard seems to advance the idea that all actions of life are driven by pain and pleasure. This is not so. All actions of life are driven by the dynamic of the life organism. Pain and pleasure are just indicators that help one evaluate the experience at that moment. The state of mind may be graded on a tone scale—apathy, anger, bearable existence, happiness. This mental state may reflect how subjective or objective the viewpoint is. The freer is the viewpoint from fixations the more objective it is. 

Dianetics assumes that aberration enters through pain only. But aberration also enters through the fixation and narrowing of the viewpoint as one goes through various experiences in life. The narrower is the viewpoint the more selfish and immoral the person becomes.

A broad STATIC viewpoint is all inclusive. Life is a group effort. As the forms grow more complex, a tremendous interdependence exists. None survive alone.

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 21 to 30

I am presenting here the axioms of Dianetics, and how they appear when made consistent with Buddhism.

DN AXIOM 21: LAMBDA is dependent upon optimum motion. Motion which is too swift and motion which is too slow are equally contra survival.

Life organism must maintain a harmonious rate of progression in following the laws of nature. Sudden shift in motion, such as, the experience of shocks, can hurt the progression of life organisms.

DN AXIOM 21 (proposed): Sudden shift in motion, as in shocks, generates disharmony, and is destructive to life organisms.

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DN AXIOM 22: THETA and thought are similar orders of static.

THETA is the static viewpoint. As THETA views chaos thought is generated. By resolving itself, thought converts chaos into order. Energy thus evolves. 

DN AXIOM 22 (proposed): Thought originates and dissolves to bring about the change needed for evolution.

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DN AXIOM 23: All thought is concerned with motion.

Thought results from chaotic motion. The chaotic motion presents an anomaly (disharmony, discontinuity or inconsistency). It is in the nature of thought to dissolve itself by resolving that anomaly.

DN AXIOM 23 (proposed): All thought is concerned with dissolving itself by resolving anomalies.

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DN AXIOM 24: The establishment of an optimum motion is a basic goal of reason.

DEFINITION: LAMBDA is a chemical heat engine existing in space and time motivated by the life static and directed by thought.

The native impulse of the life organism is to evolve by bringing lasting order in its environment. Thus the thought generated in the organism establishes harmony, continuity and consistency in the environment to resolve that disorder. This is reason in action.

DN AXIOM 24 (proposed): The basic goal of reason is to establish harmony, continuity and consistency.

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DN AXIOM 25: The basic purpose of reason is the calculation or estimation of effort.

The thought must estimate the effort necessary to establish harmony, continuity and consistency. This is what the thought engages in all the time.

DN AXIOM 25 (proposed): The basic purpose of reason is the calculation or estimation of the effort.

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DN AXIOM 26: Thought is accomplished by THETA FACSIMILES of physical universe, entities or actions.

Life organisms maintain a mental matrix in which all perceptions from the environment (THETA FACSIMILES) are assimilated. The matrix consists of multi-dimensional associations. Thoughts are generated when perceptions cannot be assimilated due to anomalies (disharmonies, discontinuities and inconsistencies). The goal of these thoughts is accomplished when the anomalies are resolved.

DN AXIOM 26 (proposed): Thought is accomplished with the resolution of anomalies in the perceptions from the environment.

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DN AXIOM 27: THETA is satisfied only with harmonious action or optimum motion and rejects or destroys action or motion above or below its tolerance band.

Evolution in this universe requires eliminating all sudden shifts in motion (shocks) and establishing harmonious action or optimum motion. 

DN AXIOM 27 (proposed): Evolutionary progress requires the elimination of shocks and the establishment of optimum motion.

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DN AXIOM 28: The mind is concerned wholly with the estimation of effort.

DEFINITION: Mind is the THETA command post of any organism or organisms.

The reason is applied through the mind of the life organism. Therefore, mind may be regarded as the command post of the life organism which is concerned wholly with the estimation of effort.

DN AXIOM 28 (proposed): The mind is the command post of the organism, which is concerned wholly with the estimation of effort.

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DN AXIOM 29: The basic errors of reason are failure to differentiate amongst matter, energy, space and time.

The reason estimates the effort required to resolve anomalies. The basic errors of reason would be a failure to recognize disharmonies, discontinuities and inconsistencies that generate anomalies in perceptions.

DN AXIOM 29 (proposed): The basic errors of reason are failure to recognize discontinuities, disharmonies and inconsistencies in perceptions.

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DN AXIOM 30: Rightness is proper calculation of effort.

That which resolves anomalies by correctly recognizing the discontinuities, disharmonies and inconsistencies, is the right effort. Estimation of such an effort constitutes rightness.

DN AXIOM 30 (proposed): Rightness is the calculation of effort required to resolve an anomaly.

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Summary

21. Sudden shift in motion, as in shocks, generates disharmony, and is destructive to life organisms.

22. Thought originates and dissolves to bring about the change needed for evolution.

23. All thought is concerned with dissolving itself by resolving anomalies.

24. The basic goal of reason is to establish harmony, continuity and consistency.

25. The basic purpose of reason is the calculation or estimation of effort.

26. Thought is accomplished with the resolution of anomalies in the perceptions from the environment.

27. Evolutionary progress requires the elimination of shocks and the establishment of optimum motion.

28. The mind is the command post of the organism, which is concerned wholly with the estimation of effort.

29. The basic errors of reason are failure to recognize discontinuities, disharmonies and inconsistencies in perceptions.

30. Rightness is the calculation of effort required to resolve an anomaly.

To evolve, anomalies must be resolved. An anomaly occurs when there is sudden shift in motion generating disharmony, discontinuity, or inconsistency. This creates thought that must be dissolved by resolving the anomaly. Reason estimates the effort required to resolve the anomaly and restore harmony, continuity and consistency to motion. This effort is carried out in the mind. Rightness depends on the correct estimation of the effort required to resolve the anomaly.

DIANETICS: The Clear

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “The Clear” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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The Clear

Clear is the goal of Dianetics Therapy. A Clear is a person who is cleared of all anomalies from his body-mind system. Hubbard wrote earlier about the Clear as The Basic Individual

An anomaly is anything disharmonious, discontinuous or inconsistent. All aberrations, such as, psychoses, neuroses, compulsions and repressions, are anomalies. Dianetics focuses on clearing up aberration, such as, the psychosomatics ills. The process of clearing also restores one’s perceptions when the organs of perception are physically intact.

The process of clearing can resolve all anomalies on a gradient.

The dianetic reverie used in clearing is similar to hypnotism. Hubbard takes pains to differentiate the two from each other. Hypnotism or hypnosis has been used for centuries to treat diverse ills, but it went into relative decline with the rise of modern medicine. In the last 200 years it’s been more associated with stage magicians and movie villains than medicine. Just how it works is not clear, and some critics suggest it’s simply a way of relaxing. But practitioners say there’s more to it, and that under hypnosis the patient can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. See Hypnotherapy Terms and Definitions.

The dianetic reverie is a mild form of hypnotism in which the individual retains enough analytical awareness.

Apparently the process of hypnotism bypasses the “mental filters” to access the intuitive capabilities of the brain. This attenuates one’s analytical capabilities, but not to the degree the person loses control, or does things against his will. A portion of the mind simply returns to a past period of life and re-experiences it. It is an inherent ability of the mind. A person can do it all by oneself. The re-experiencing of the past includes all perceptions. The attention may get absorbed to varying degrees. Due to aberrations this ability to return gets curtailed, and the “memory” reduces to vague impressions.

A person can apply dianetic reverie to oneself to access impression that lie below consciousness.

The anomalies generate fixations that aberrate a person’s thinking and behavior. As these anomalies are resolved the logic circuits clear up. In Dianetics, Hubbard identifies “held down sevens” to be the cause of all aberrations. The mind, otherwise, is inherently incapable of error. We may further explain these “held down sevens” as fixations caused by disharmonies, discontinuities and inconsistencies. A person may either be unaware of these anomalies or he could have accepted them as normal.

Not only somatics but fixations may also be used to enter the search for the impressions that lie below consciousness.

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The Cleared Individual

When we take the postulates from Buddhism into account we find that Scientology lacks compassion because it is “fixated on the survival of individuality”. We may define a cleared individual as follows:

A cleared individual is not absolutely free of flaws, but he is very close to being completely rational. He has a mind in which perceptions continually break down into fine discriminative elements, and get freely associated and assimilated into an orderly mental matrix providing rational solutions.

The cleared individual does not avoid, resist, suppress or deny any thoughts, emotions, and sensations when thinking; and so he perceives things objectively with clarity. He is able to examine and overcome all prejudices, biases and fixations. He is keenly perceptive and knowledgeable and continues to explore new areas of knowledge.

The cleared individual is universal in his outlook. He rises above any idea of self or individuality. He is not subjective, self-centric, or human-centric. There are no conflicts within him. He would not hesitate to sacrifice himself if need be.

The cleared individual can look from the viewpoint of others as well as objectively from the viewpoint of all life and the environment. He continues to expand his understanding of the physical and spiritual aspects of the universe without resorting to superstitions.

The cleared individual is the first to realize his error and correct himself. Whenever he senses resistance or observes some oddity, he follows it up until it is cleared. If he suffers a painful experience, heavy loss, or confusion he is able to sort it out quietly in his mind.

The cleared individual is in good health and has no psychosomatic illnesses. He is purposeful in his demeanor, and graceful in his movements. He is strong and calm even in adversity. In no way is he trying to win or dominate, but he is passionately engaged in bringing order to his environment.

Above all, he is compassionate.

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 11 to 20

I am presenting here the axioms of Dianetics, and how they appear when made consistent with Buddhism.

DN AXIOM 11: A life organism is composed of matter and energy in space and time, animated by THETA.
SYMBOL: Living organism or organisms will hereafter be represented by the Greek letter LAMBDA.

Life begins in the form of DNA molecules. A DNA molecule constitutes of energy and matter. It has enough electrons to turn it into a molecular computer energized by inherent impulse. Its static viewpoint of THETA helps it evolve. It is programmed by the environment in which it must evolve.

DN AXIOM 11 (proposed): A life organism is highly complex, self-motivated structure of energy and matter.

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DN AXIOM 12: The MEST part of the organism follows the laws of the physical sciences. All LAMBDA is concerned with motion.

The inherent programming of the life organism constitutes its emotion that directs its motion. Thus a life organism is a very sophisticated system of emotion and motion. It follows the metaphysical and physical laws that apply to its configuration. The metaphysical laws are those used in computing, and the physical laws are those used by physical sciences. These laws are well integrated with each other.

DN AXIOM 12 (proposed): The structure of a living organism is completely integrated with its inherent impulse.

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DN AXIOM 13: THETA operating through LAMBDA converts the forces of the physical universe into forces to conquer the physical universe.

DN AXIOM 13 (proposed): The living organisms have accelerated the evolution of the universe.

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DN AXIOM 14: THETA working upon physical universe motion must maintain a harmonious rate of motion.
The limits of LAMBDA are narrow, both as to thermal and mechanical motion.

DN AXIOM 14 (proposed): The life organism must evolve harmoniously while maintaining continuity and consistency.

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DN AXIOM 15: LAMBDA is the intermediate step in the conquest of the physical universe.

DN AXIOM 15 (proposed): Life organisms are merely a step in the eventual evolution of the universe.

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DN AXIOM 16: The basic food of any organism consists of light and chemicals.
Organisms can exist only as higher levels of complexities because lower levels of converters exist.
THETA evolves organisms from lower to higher forms and supports them by the existence of lower converter forms.

DN AXIOM 16 (proposed): Life organisms form a food chain to sustain higher level organisms. The lowest level organism evolves from light.

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DN AXIOM 17: THETA, via LAMBDA, effects an evolution of MEST.
In this we have the waste products of organisms on the one hand as those very complex chemicals which bacteria make and, on the other hand, we have the physical face of the Earth being changed by animals and men, such changes as grass holding mountains from eroding or roots causing boulders to break, buildings being built and rivers being dammed. There is obviously an evolution in MEST in progress under the incursion of THETA.

DN AXIOM 17 (proposed): Life organisms bring about an evolution of the physical environment on a large scale.

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DN AXIOM 18: LAMBDA, even within a species, varies in its endowment of THETA.

THETA is simply the static viewpoint. The variable is an organism’s capacity to evolve.

DN AXIOM 18 (proposed): Life organisms, even within a species, vary in their capacity to evolve.

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DN AXIOM 19: The effort of LAMBDA is toward survival. The goal of LAMBDA is survival. The penalty of failure to advance toward that goal is to succumb.

DEFINITION: Persistence is the ability to exert continuance of effort toward survival goals.

This is a universe of change. A form appears, survives for some time, and then disappears. No form survives forever. Therefore, the natural goal in this universe is evolution. As forms evolve they survive better.

DN AXIOM 19 (proposed): Continued survival of life organisms depends upon their ability to evolve; the penalty of failure is extinction.

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DN AXIOM 20: LAMBDA creates, conserves, maintains, requires, destroys, changes, occupies, groups and disperses mest.
LAMBDA survives by animating and mobilizing or destroying matter and energy in space and time.

DN AXIOM 20 (proposed): Life organisms evolve by themselves also as they evolve their environment.

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Summary

11. A life organism is highly complex, self-motivated structure of energy and matter.

12. The structure of a living organism is completely integrated with its inherent impulse.

13. The living organisms have accelerated the evolution of the universe.

14. The life organism must evolve harmoniously while maintaining continuity and consistency.

15. Life organisms are merely a step in the eventual evolution of the universe.

16. Life organisms form a food chain to sustain higher level organisms. The lowest level organism evolves from light.

17. Life organisms bring about an evolution of the physical environment on a large scale.

18. Life organisms, even within a species, vary in their capacity to evolve.

19. Continued survival of life organisms depends upon their ability to evolve; the penalty of failure is extinction.

20. Life organisms evolve by themselves also as they evolve their environment.

Fundamentally, the universe is a continuous, harmonious and consistent subtle energy with innate impulse. This energy is so subtle that it appears as “empty space”. This energy evolves as its impulse (frequency) condenses. This produces the electromagnetic spectrum, and eventually, matter with many different properties. Matter combines to produce complex forms that eventually become self-animated. This life organism continues to grow more complex and eventually becomes the engine for the evolution of the universe.

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The Scope of Dianetics

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on “The Scope of Dianetics” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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The Scope of Dianetics

Let’s answer the questions posed by Hubbard in this chapter with the help of Buddhism.

  1. The goal of thought is to integrate all that is experienced. One does that by resolving any and all anomalies. 
  2. The single source of all anomalies are impressions in the mind that one is not aware of. 
  3. An integration occurs automatically the moment one becomes aware of the impressions related to an anomaly, thus bringing its resolution.
  4. That awareness comes from patiently confronting the anomaly without avoiding, resisting, suppressing or denying any experience (past or ongoing) connected with it. 
  5. To prevent any likelihood of mental derangement, one is careful not to interfere with the contents of the mind by ransacking them randomly.
  6. The above points provide us with an outline for curing all psychosomatic ills.

Resolution of the anomalies that we experience then cures the psychosomatic ills. It also produces a condition of ability and rationality and enhances vigor and personality. A person’s behavior is always good after his anomalies are resolved. He has easy access to all his memories. The integration in the mind assimilates the literal recordings of memories into smooth multi-dimensional narratives. A workable model of the mind starts to come into view.

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 1 to 10

I am presenting here the first ten axioms of Dianetics, and how they appear when made consistent with Buddhism.

DN AXIOM 1: The source of life is a static of peculiar and particular properties.

The static is actually the reference point for all motion, just like zero is a reference point for all numbers. Hubbard is looking at life as being full of motion. One can become fully aware of motion only from a viewpoint relatively static to it.

DN AXIOM 1 (proposed): Life is fully experienced from a viewpoint relatively static to it.

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DN AXIOM 2: At least a portion of the static called life is impinged upon the physical universe.

There is no such thing as “portion of the static” since static is not a thing. All we have is a static viewpoint. From this viewpoint we can see interactions within the body; and the body interacting with its environment. We see “life” and the “physical universe” as part of the universe that we experience. They are not separate from each other.

DN AXIOM 2 (proposed): Life evolves from very simple properties to increasingly complex properties

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DN AXIOM 3: That portion of the static of life which is impinged upon the physical universe has for its dynamic goal, survival and only survival.

We see the following from the static viewpoint: Forms have been evolving in this universe since the supposed Big Bang. Life forms appeared at some point later in this evolution. The life forms survive for a period, and then they die to make room for more evolved forms. No life form survives permanently. The life form evolves by interacting with its environment.

DN AXIOM 3 (proposed): Individual organisms are surviving, but the universe as a whole is evolving.

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DN AXIOM 4: The physical universe is reducible to motion of energy operating in space through time.

The substance of the universe is energy. Energy has an inherent impulse. The higher is the frequency of this impulse the denser is the appearance of energy, and the more it shrinks and gains endurance. The shrinkage of energy appears to slow it down. The dimensions of energy appear as space, and the duration of energy appears as time.

DN AXIOM 4 (proposed): The substance of the universe is energy, its extent is space, and its duration is time.

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DN AXIOM 5: That portion of the static of life concerned with the life organisms of the physical universe is concerned wholly with motion.

Motion of energy seems to decrease as its density increases. Thus patterns of density in energy also appear as patterns of motion as viewed from the static viewpoint.

DN AXIOM 5 (proposed): As energy condenses it slows down; this gives the impression of relative motion.

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DN AXIOM 6: The life static has as one of its properties the ability to mobilize and animate matter into living organisms.

Inanimate matter, with increase in complexity, evolves into living organisms. An organism is mobilized by its own inherent impulse.

DN AXIOM 6 (proposed): Energy evolves into self-animated living organisms.

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DN AXIOM 7: The life static is engaged in a conquest of the physical universe.

There is no “spiritual agent” engaged in the conquest of “physical universe”. In fact, the separation of physical and spiritual universes is just an assumption. The static viewpoint sees the natural process of the universe evolving from electromagnetic radiation to quanta to atoms to minerals to living organisms.

DN AXIOM 7 (proposed): The universe evolves from electromagnetic radiation to quanta to atoms to minerals to living organisms.

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DN AXIOM 8: The life static conquers the material universe by learning and applying the physical laws of the physical universe.

SYMBOL: The symbol for the LIFE STATIC in use hereafter is the Greek letter THETA.

The “Life Static” is simply a viewpoint that allows full perception of motion. From this viewpoint all laws governing motion can be perceived in their entirety. Therefore, THETA is a static viewpoint.

DN AXIOM 8 (proposed): THETA is the static viewpoint from which all the laws of motion are fully perceived.

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DN AXIOM 9: A fundamental operation of THETA in surviving is bringing order into the chaos of the physical universe.

THETA is simply a viewpoint. This viewpoint observes that all motion in the universe is evolving from chaos toward increasing order.

DN AXIOM 9 (proposed): As energy evolves it becomes increasingly structured in an orderly manner.

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DN AXIOM 10: THETA brings order into chaos by conquering whatever in MEST may be pro-survival and destroying whatever in MEST may be contra-survival, at least through the medium of life organisms.

SYMBOL: The symbol for the PHYSICAL UNIVERSE in use hereafter is MEST, from the first letters of the words MATTER, ENERGY, SPACE and TIME, or the Greek letter PHI.

Hubbard uses THETA as a symbol for a purely “spirtual agent”, and MEST as a symbol for a purely “physical universe”. Both are assumptions that lead to an erroneous hypothesis. THETA may describe a static viewpoint from which motion is perceived in its totality. MEST may simply describe the universe. Thus we observe that life organisms are bringing order to chaos according to a law of harmony. This harmony is manifested in the form of continuity and consistency.

DN AXIOM 10 (proposed): Order evolves from chaos according to the law of harmony that manifests in the form of continuity and consistency.

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Summary

  1. Life is fully experienced from a viewpoint relatively static to it.
  2. Life evolves from very simple properties to increasingly complex properties. 
  3. Individual organisms are surviving, but the universe as a whole is evolving.
  4. The substance of the universe is energy, its extent is space, and its duration is time.
  5. As energy condenses it slows down; this gives the impression of relative motion.
  6. Energy evolves into self-animated living organisms.
  7. The universe evolves from electromagnetic radiation to quanta to atoms to minerals to living organisms.
  8. THETA is the static viewpoint from which all the laws of motion are fully perceived.
  9. As energy evolves it becomes increasingly structured in an orderly manner.
  10. Order evolves from chaos according to the law of harmony that manifests in the form of continuity and consistency.

This universe is the play of the static and the kinetic, the viewpoint and the view, the observer and the observed, the subtle and the condensed, and the chaos and the order; and the overall harmony is expressed in the continuity and consistency of the laws of nature.

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DIANETICS: How to Read this Book

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on “How to Read this Book” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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Comments on
How to Read This Book

Read the Dianetics book using the procedure of Subject Clearing.

Subject Clearing is the most powerful tool currently available to bring clarity to the mind on any subject. It not only brings about a much better understanding of a subject but also helps detect the basic postulates, assumptions and erroneous ideas present in that subject.

The basic postulates help one understand the grounds on which a subject stands. Ideas based on these postulates must be demonstrable. There must not be inconsistencies among these postulates, ideas and reality.

If assumptions and erroneous ideas are not detected and isolated, it can cause serious problems with the application of the subject. Such erroneous ideas can be very pervasive, and may even enter the definitions of words provided in dictionaries. It is, therefore, very important not to miss them in your study. 

The true purpose of study is to resolve inconsistencies (things that do not make sense) as you come across them in a subject or in life. This develops clarity of mind and the ability to think fast on your feet.

Since additional information on a subject may easily be accessed through Internet these days, the purpose of study is to not memorize but to improve critical thinking.

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