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SCN 8-8008: I Know-I Know Not

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 36 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.


I Know-I Know Not

Epistemology has long been the senior study of philosophy; Scientology is itself the science of knowing how to know.

Scientology acknowledges Buddhism and Vedas as its oldest ancestors.

The study of knowledge is, in essence, in the MEST universe, a study of data. Data in the MEST universe are usually recorded in facsimiles. Thus one can go in two directions toward knowledge. The first is knowing what one is, and the second is knowing what has happened to one in the MEST universe and searching for identity in the MEST universe.

All perceptions are broken down into their elements and assimilated into a mental matrix to minimize duplication. This matrix then provides memories as facsimiles through a recombination of these elements in real time. It also provides conclusions and answers in the form of ideas. The description of this matrix structure is one level of knowledge. The output of facsimiles from this matrix structure is another level of knowledge.

There is no more tragic track than the sordid ransacking of facsimiles to discover TRUTH for all one discovers is what is true for the MEST universe. This wandering and endless trail is bleak with the bones of lost beingness. Earlier explorers have, almost without exception, destroyed themselves in this search for TRUTH in the MEST universe, for all they discovered was further and further agreement and more and more facsimiles and all they achieved as individuals were the traps and snake-pits of implants on the whole track.

Searching for an identity and tracing back its history in this universe simply sinks one into the morass of facsimiles. The truth of what one is does not exist at this level of knowledge.

To stand at last near the heights of discovered beingness has withered the sadness of standing on other men’s bitter and, until now, probably unrewarded search. It was necessary to ransack the facsimiles, which are themselves one’s sole inheritance for travail in the MEST universe, to discover the common denominators of facsimiles and to discover that they were only facsimiles, how they were created and how experience was impressed upon the individual. One might well have the feeling of having narrowly escaped a terrible tragedy when he views the thinness on which he stood to view this brink of oblivion, for it was obviously never intended that anyone should recover from participation or even spectatorship in or of the game called MEST universe. Dante’s inscription above the portals of Hell might very well be written best on the gates of entrance into this universe.

But the discovery of the matrix structure of perceptual elements as the underlying level of knowledge has been worth it. That is closer to what one is.

The common denominator of all difficulty an individual has in the MEST universe may be summed up under the heading “facsimiles.” Originally, in his own universe, he used the mechanism of energy creation to make objects. In the MEST universe this ability reduces to the use of energy solely for the recording of data about the MEST universe so that one can agree with that data. And in this process lies death, not only as a body periodically but as a thetan.

A study of this matrix structure tells us that non-assimilated perceptions exist by themselves as unassimilated nodes. The content of these nodes is not available to the awareness of assimilated matrix. Thus there are holes in awareness. These holes lead to never ending speculations. This is the common denominator of all difficulties.

What has commonly been mistaken for knowledge has been the MEST universe track of seeking agreement with the MEST universe by discovering all possible data about what one should do in order to agree with the MEST universe. The more data one achieved, the more facsimiles he had; the more facsimiles he had, the more MEST he was. It was necessary to win through this trap in order to recognize, isolate and evaluate the common denominators of facsimiles, and to discover that self-created energy has been utilized to enforce agreement upon oneself so as to enslave one’s beingness and lead it to its final destruction.

Discovering of the matrix structure of the mind is similar to a physicist wading through tremendous amount of physical phenomena to come up with physical principles that enable us to fly through air, etc. The level of knowledge based on facsimiles need to be assimilated to come up with the level of knowledge required to understand the mind.

So the two levels of knowledge are: (a) raw unassimilated facsimiles, and (b) assimilated knowledge. When raw unassimilated facsimiles enter unawares into one’s computation, all kinds of difficulties are generated. Unassimilated facsimiles enter computationswhen accidents, shocks and injuries exist as unassimilated nodes.

No adventure in the MEST universe can exceed the adventure of making orderly anatomy from the chaos of commingled matter, energy and space which comprise the planets, galaxies and island universes of this Black Beyond which awaited to devour the universe self-constructed of any thetan or group of thetans. The slaying of a roaring beast of fire held in it, in olden times, less action and danger.

These lines are not written from any self-congratulatory motive, for fame is a rock. But by these lines the auditor may be impressed by the actuality of what he handles, and so that he can appreciate his own gallantry in fronting an, adversary of such insentient brutality.

It is true that the mental research is much trickier than the physical research.

The road to knowledge led through the anatomy of the space and energy masses called the MEST universe. The data did not lie in the MEST universe. The ransacking of facsimiles for data about one’s identity, about one’s “past history” in the MEST universe, should be tolerated by the auditor only insofar as it gives him materials for creative processing. He should never directly begin the direct processing of facsimiles, whether engrams or secondaries, save only in the case of an assist. He needs only to know so much of a preclear’s beingness on the whole track to know what to mock up for the preclear’s running.

The universe is made up of substance and motion. This substance is dense and rigid at material level and its motion follows the laws of mechanics. The substance sheds away much of its density and rigidity at the quantum level and the laws of quantum mechanics become much more complicated. Such research has yet to be done systematically for the thought level. The thought facsimiles must be assimilated to yield the laws of thought mechanics. The auditing of the mind should never focus on raw facsimiles.

The difficulty the preclear is having is not so much the content of various facsimiles but, on this high echelon of Scientology on which we are now operating, the fact that he has facsimiles. The path of better techniques is the path toward permitting the preclear to step away from all his facsimiles.

The path of better techniques is the path toward permitting the person to assimilate these facsimiles more rapidly.

The track to knowledge, then, has two directions. It is possible at this time to take the better path. The essence of true knowledge is the essence of existing so that one can create beingnesses and data to know. All other data are junior to this.

The essence of true knowledge is assimilating the raw data into a consistent and cohesive understanding.

A control operation of some magnitude was once perpetrated in the late 18th century. It was stated with great authority that anything worth knowing would always be beyond the bounds of human experience. This sought, knowingly or unknowingly, further to block the search for beingness. It should never be considered by anyone or under any circumstances that anything which can affect him could be beyond his ability to know the full nature of what he is experiencing. If any lesson is contained in Scientology, it is the lesson that the gates to all knowingness are open.

It is not true that anything worth knowing would always be beyond the bounds of human experience

One should have the knowledge of the composition of the MEST universe as a fox might have use for the knowledge of a trap. It is cruelty to make a theta clear without at the same time educating him so as to permit him to avoid those pitfalls which brought him where he is found—in a MEST body on a planet named Earth (Solar System, Galaxy 13, MEST Universe).

If you want to understand the MEST universe then study Physics and start subject clearing it. Scientology does not provide that knowledge.

Top-scale knowing would be top-scale ability to create beingness. The identity assigned to one by others and the data contained in facsimiles are knowingness not worth having.

The true beingness shall come from a consistent and cohesive understanding of the universal reality.



One knows fully only when one is looking from a universal viewpoint. Any lesser viewpoint adds subjectivity. When one is subjective one may think he knows but he doesn’t.

True knowledge is acquired through assimilation of data. As long as there are inconsistencies, the data associated with those inconsistencies is not assimilated and one doesn’t know fully.


SCN 8-8008: Faith-Distrust

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 35 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.



There is no more over-rated quality in existence than faith.

The subject who, under the hands of a hypnotist operator, conceives an enormous agreement with the hypnotist, is experiencing faith as it is commonly understood. In this state the subject can perceive anything which the hypnotist may direct.

Hypnotism requires faith in the hypnotist. Such faith suppresses any awareness of inconsistencies.

In order to understand faith, one must be able to differentiate between faith-in and faith. The difference between these two conditions is a direction of flow which earlier we found to be reality itself. Faith-in is an inflow of agreement and the placing of one’s beingness and doingness under the control of another, and is, in other words, the sacrifice of one’s universe. This is the basic mechanism wherein, all along the whole track, thetans have been recruited in some cause or mystery, and have surrendered to this their own identity and ability. A little of this goes a very long distance. It is in essence the basic trick of hypnotism and by it one can convert and reduce the abilities of a subject for any purpose.

Having faith in somebody means that you accept what that person says. It does not mean that you are not evaluating properly, but you are limiting your evaluation to the context which that person provides. Your own universe is built on you evaluating freely in the widest context possible.

Faith-in is an inflow and brings about the acceptance of reality other than one’s own. Faith itself would be without flow where one was in a full state of beingness and, with this condition, one could occasion faith itself to occur within his own universe, or could occasion people to have faith in him.

True faith comes from evaluating in the universal context. It allows one to consider all different perspectives.

The auditor will find one of the more aberrative phases of the preclear in his failure to obtain from others faith in himself, and his acquiescence to their demands on any dynamic that he have faith in them.

Aberration comes from not being able to evaluate in a universal context.

Because it is entirely true that a being lacking in faith is low in tone, the fact can be traded upon with great ease.

A person who does not have faith in his own judgments is low in tone.

Distrust is not the lowest end of the scale, but begins to set in as a neurotic or psychotic condition at about 1.5. Actually faith interchanges with distrust in gradient levels all the way down the tone-scale and they alternate one with the other as one goes deeper and deeper into the MEST universe. The lowest level of this scale is not distrust but complete faith-in, which is the condition held by MEST which is supine to any sculptor.

Faith is what one sees as consistent with one’s beingness. This occurs at any place on the tone scale. Distrust comes in when that faith is broken.

This column might also be called the column of belief- disbelief or the column of reality-unreality. The auditor can expect the preclear as he rises up the tone-scale to pass through the various shades of distrust and the various shades of faith. This is often quite upsetting to the preclear for he cannot conceive himself to be rising in tone.

In auditing the person will discover moments of betrayal when distrust had set in.

It is very noteworthy that a preclear, when low in tone at the beginning, will pass inevitably through various strata of revulsion for the MEST universe and then for his own universe. The revulsion he can conceive for the MEST universe objects and for being in the MEST universe can become unthinkably distressing to him. When this condition has occurred, the auditor can be reassured by the fact that the preclear is rising in scale but has hit upon one of the levels of this column, and that a higher level and a more comfortable one immediately succeeds as processing is continued. This is simply a problem of reversing directions of flow. If the auditor is running flows he will find that an inflow is shortly succeeded by an out-flow and this out-flow is shortly succeeded by another in-flow. These are in essence agreements and disagreements alternating one after the other and each one is slightly higher on the tone-scale than the last.

The MEST universe provides external reality. One’s own universe provides the internal reality. Both are sorted out in one’s auditing. One looks at these realities from different perspectives. Faith and distrust may alternate as a person improves.



Conditioning takes place as one goes through life. Such conditioning is very much like hypnotism. It engenders faith in people and things, that is apt to get betrayed. This messes up a person. All this comes up in auditing.


SCN 8-8008: Truth-Hallucination

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 34 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.



The highest one can attain to truth is to attain to his own illusions. The lowest one can descend from truth is a complete acceptance of MEST universe reality, for this below a certain level becomes scrambled and brings on the condition known as hallucination. Hallucination is not self-generated; it comes about only when a person is an effect to such an extent that he is almost dead.

Truth is neither the person’s illusions nor an acceptance of external reality. Truth lies in the consistency of all observations that a person makes. One approaches truth by resolving inconsistencies. Hallucination is total inconsistency between what is there and what one perceives.

What is commonly believed to be truth is agreement upon natural law. This would be the truth of the MEST universe which would be the lowest common denominator of agreement upon any one subject. Where the MEST universe is concerned, acceptance of such truths is dangerous.

Natural laws simply reduce observations into statements of common denominators. Truth is the awareness of consistency rather than some “agreement”. Physical reality is part of the overall reality. This external reality must then be made consistent with internal reality.

In Scientology one is studying the lowest common denominators of agreement which bring about an acceptance of the MEST universe and prohibit the creation of one’s own universe, which latter ability alone makes possible perception of the MEST universe which is itself an agreed-upon illusion.

A person creates his universe by resolving all inconsistencies. Scientology seems to give greater importance to internal reality over external reality. But it is not the question of which reality constitutes the truth. The actual truth lies in the consistency of the overall reality.

Truth in Scientology is the study of the lowest common denominator of agreement, plus the establishment of the true ability of the thetan. The true ability of the thetan is a truth much higher than the truth of the MEST universe itself and, if it has ever before been known, the difficulties of communicating it have been such as to inhibit its promulgation.

Scientology conceives MEST (external reality) and theta (internal reality) to be opposed to each other. It believes that the internal reality must vanquish the external reality. But there is no such conflict. There are simply inconsistencies to be resolved within internal reality, within external reality and between the two. Higher truth is arrived at as these inconsistencies are resolved one by one. The real ability of the individual lies in such resolution.

It can be seen there is truth above what passes for “truth” in the MEST universe. Scientific truths gained from deductive observations of behaviour of the MEST universe are themselves manifestations of agreements on the part of beings —thetans—who are capable of much wider creation and agreement than that represented in the MEST universe.

We have answered in Scientology a good portion of “what is truth?”

Truth lies not in agreements but in consistency.



Truth lies in consistency of all knowledge and not in “agreement” as believed in Scientology. Higher truth is attained as inconsistencies are resolved in the internal reality, in the external reality and between the two. A person’s ability lies in resolving inconsistencies.


SCN 8-8008: Motion Source-Stopped

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 33 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.


Motion Source-Stopped

The ability to cause motion is dependent, whether the individual realizes it or not, upon the ability to conceive space. Creation of space is the first requisite for the creation of motion.

Motion starts with substance. A substance is something substantial. The more basic is the substance, the better it can be aligned. Space is the substance aligned. Motion is the increasing alignment of substance.

When one can no longer create space and cannot conceive any space to be his own, he can be considered to be stopped. That individual who is tremendously concerned with being stopped is losing his ability to create space. When he is no longer able to create space, he is himself MEST.

In personal terms it means the alignment of all that is substantial to a person. Misalignment of substance shall result in a stop. A person who is feeling stopped should start putting order into that which is substantial to him and he will start to move.

Somebody once said that it was a poor man who was not king in some corner. One might add to this that one is not only poor but he does not exist when he cannot create a corner. One could obtain a very amusing viewpoint of this by watching the conduct of a dog who, theta-motivated like every life form, is bravest in his own front yard; and even a mastiff proceeds with some caution when in the front yard of a Pekinese. This is a case of ownership of space and, in some slight degree, the ability to create a space to own.

This example simply means that one has confidence because one is well prepared through alignment of all that is substantial to the him.

One processes this by moving mock-ups into an auto created space.

One should audit what is substantial to one and start to align it.



The basis of one’s beingness is what is substantial to the person and its alignment. On this alignment of priorities depends his motion.


SCN 8-8008: Always-Never

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 32 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.



We have already seen that objects give us the illusion of time. The ability to create objects is interchangeable with the ability to have an actual forever.

“Always” is a structure that has acquired permanence. “Never” is something that does not persist at all. Matter persists for a very long time. A person able to create material objects is likely to believe in a forever.

There would be an illusory forever which would be dependent upon the duration of an object and its apparent solidity. One might also say that the MEST universe seeks to own one by pretending that immortality is something difficult to buy and is only purchased by achieving an identity or being an object. The ultimate in this is, of course, being a part of the MEST universe. One might say jocularly that every planet in the MEST universe was once one or more people. A considerable reaction can be got from a preclear by making him conceive a feeling of devotion toward the “older” gods who were here and who built this universe and who have left it to him. Deeply religious feelings are very often based upon this idea. Some astonishing reactions can occur in a preclear when running this concept.

A person may believe that a physical identity would persist forever just as objects do. He may, therefore, attempt to acquire a physical identity. Religious feelings are often associated with devotion to “gods” who built this universe and left it for him

The real way to be assured of a great deal of time is to be able, of course, to create time, and this would be to a thetan the true concept of always. Time is created, at least in this universe, by creating energy and objects, and by being able to make the universe agree with oneself, not by having the universe continually making one agree with it.

Time is associated with duration of objects. Thus, assurance of time comes from being able to create objects. The idea is to control one’s environment rather than be controlled by it.



The sense of “always” comes from being able to control one’s environment.