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SCN 8-8008: Standard Operating Procedure 8

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 51 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.

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Standard Operating Procedure 8

The basic technology of this operating procedure is to be found in The Factors, Scientology 8-8008 and at the Professional School.

In using this operating procedure, the auditor should give every heed to the AUDITOR’S CODE. Further, he should audit the preclear in the presence of a third person or another auditor.

This operating procedure is best done by an auditor who has been thoroughly trained in all processes involving the reduction of the past and its incidents; the untrained auditor may encounter manifestations with which only a professional auditor would be familiar.

Auditing is best done by oneself under the discipline of mindfulness meditation. Hubbard’s principles should be interpreted such that they are consistent with Buddhism.

This operating procedure retains the most workable methods of preceding procedures and, in itself, emphasizes POSITIVE GAIN and the present and future rather than negative gain of eradication of the past.

Whether it is eradication of the past or visualization of the present and future, the key is consistency in the understanding of what is there. Any inconsistency must be followed through until it resolves.

The thetan, exteriorized and rehabilitated, can handle and remedy by direct address of his own energy to the body and the removal of old energy deposits, all body malfunctions or mental aberrations attacked by older processes. The goal of this procedure is not the rehabilitation of the body but of the thetan. Rehabilitation of a body incidentally ensues.

“Exteriorization of the thetan” means that the mental matrix is assimilated enough to move beyond the fixed viewpoint of the body. Now the work can start on moving beyond the fixed viewpoints of the mind.

The goal of this procedure is OPERATING THETAN, a higher goal than earlier procedures.

The auditor tests the preclear for each step from Step I on until he finds a step the preclear can do. The auditor then completes this step and then the next higher step until the thetan is exteriorized. With the thetan exteriorized, the auditor now completes all seven steps regardless of the steps performed before exteriorization. He may complete all these steps and all parts of these steps rapidly. But they must be done to obtain a theta clear and they must be done thoroughly to obtain an OPERATING THETAN.

The priority is to attain exteriorization from the body. Then completing all seven steps.

The techniques involved herein were developed by L. Ron Hubbard and after testing by him, were tested by other auditors on a wide variety of cases. It is doubtful if any earlier process of any kind in any age has been as thoroughly validated as this operating procedure. However, it works only when used as stated. Disorganized fragments of this material, given other names and emphasis, may be found to be harmful. Irresponsible and untrained use of this procedure is not authorized. Capricious or quasi-religious exteriorization of the thetan for other purposes than the restoration of his ability and self-determinism should be resisted by any being. The goal of this process is freedom for the individual to the betterment of the many.

The goal is complete assimilation of the mental matrix.

STEP I—Ask preclear to be three feet behind his head. If stable there, have him be in various pleasant places until any feeling of scarcity of viewpoints is resolved; then have him be in several undesirable places, then several pleasant places; then have him be in a slightly dangerous place, then in more and more dangerous places until he can sit in the center of the sun. Be sure to observe gradient scale of ugliness and dangerousness of places. Do not let preclear fail. Then do remaining steps with preclear exteriorized.

The idea of asking yourself to be three feet behind your head is to free your viewpoint from being fixed inside the head. You may simply visualize this position behind the head. You may have never done this before. It is fun when you do it.

Once you have freed your viewpoint from being fixed inside your head you can practice visualizing from various viewpoints outside the head. You may use your experience from being at various places during vacations and imagination. You may be able to walk on the surface of the moon, or gradually descend into the flames of the sun. Do it on a gradient so you can keep it as close to the reality as possible.

You may first visualize being at pleasant places until you can do so easily. Then up the gradient by being at several undesirable places, then several pleasant places. You may go to a slightly dangerous place, then in more and more dangerous places until you can do so easily without being fearful. Most fears come from uncontrolled visualizations. The viewpoint becomes more objective as it overcomes fears springing from imagined harm to the body.

STEP II—Have preclear mock up own body. If he does this easily and clearly, have him mock up own body until he slips out of it. When he is exteriorized and knows it thoroughly (the conditions of all exteriorization) do Step I. If his mock-up was not clear, go to Step III immediately.

You may visualize your own body. See if you can do so easily and clearly. If yes, then keep visualizing your body in different orientations until you can slip out of it thoroughly with confidence.

STEP III—SPACATION: Have preclear close his eyes and find upper corners of the room. Have him sit there, not thinking, refusing to think of anything, interested only in the corners until he is completely exteriorized without strain. Then do a spacation (constructing own space with eight anchor points and holding it stable without effort) and go to Step I. If preclear was unable to locate corners of the room easily with his eyes closed, go to Step IV.

Here is another way of “exteriorizing from the body fixation”. Close your eyes and find upper corners of the room. Do it very simply without strain. Simply be there without thinking, interested only in the corners. Hold on to your state of equanimity. Sooner or later you will exteriorize.

STEP IV—EXPANDED GITA: (This is an extension of “Give and Take” processing.) Test preclear to see if he can get a mock-up he can see, no matter how vague. Then have him WASTE, ACCEPT UNDER DURESS, DESIRE and finally be able to TAKE OR LEAVE ALONE each of the items listed below. He does this with mock-ups or ideas. He must do the sequence of WASTE, etc., in the order given here for each item. He wastes it by having it at remote distances in places where it will do no good, being used or done or observed by something which cannot appreciate it; when he is able to waste it in vast quantities the auditor then has him accept it in mock-up form until he no longer is antagonistic to having to accept it even when it is unpleasant and great force is applied to make him take it; then, again with mock. ups, he must be able to bring himself to desire it even in its worst form; then, by mock-ups of it in its most desirable form he must come to be able to leave it entirely alone or take it in its worst form without caring. EXPANDED GITA remedies contra-survival abundance and scarcity. It will be found that before one can accept a very scarce (to him) thing, he has to give it away. A person with a milk allergy must be able to give away, in mock-up, enormous quantities of milk, wasting it, before he can accept any himself. The items in this list are compounded from several years of isolating what factors were more important to minds than others; the list lacks very few of the very important items if any; additions to or subtractions from this list should not be attempted. Viewpoint, work and pain should be heavily and often stressed and given priority.

The attempt here is to free fixed attention. If your attention is fixed on something that is scarce, then visualize that thing in abundance and waste it. You waste it by having it at remote distances in places where it will do no good, being used or done or observed by something which cannot appreciate it. You may do this with money if you think money is scarce. Or, you may do it with a viewpoint that is hard to obtain.



You may look at this list of items. Whatever grabs your attention treat it as follows:

Fixation on scarce item –> mockup in abundance and waste it
Fixation on unpleasant item –> mockup repeatedly until you can accept it
Fixation on undesirable item –> mockup repeatedly until you can desire it
Fixation on desirable item –> mockup repeatedly until you can leave it alone

In short, one needs to let free association handle any avoidance, denial, resistance and suppression in relation to an item so one can consider it objectively. You do not have to consider an item if there is no fixation on it. You may add your own items that fixate your attention.


There is no upset if you take up only those items that grab your attention while going over this list. You may go over this list several times. Different items may grab your attention on different runs.

COMMENT: The mind is sufficiently complicated that it can be expected to have computations on almost all the above. Thus, there is no single clearing button and search for it is at the dictate of a circuit, the mechanism of circuits being to search for something hidden. Thus your preclear may begin to compute and philosophize and seek to find the “button” that will release all this. All this releases all the buttons so tell him to relax and go on with the process every time he starts to compute.

The idea is to see beyond any computation, and at what is simply there.

NOTE: Running the above will bring to the surface without further attention the “computation on the case” and the service facsimile. Do not audit these. Run Expanded Gita.

Computations on one’s case will come up. Do not run these computations. Just keep mocking up these items without computing on them.

STEP V—PRESENT TIME DIFFERENTIATION. EXTERIORIZATION BY SCENERY. Have preclear, with his body’s eyes, study and see the difference between similar real objects such as the two legs of a chair, the spaces between the back, two cigarettes, two trees, two girls. He must see and study the objects; it is not enough to remember objects. The definition of a CASE V is “no mock-ups, only blackness.” Have him continue this process until he is alert. Use liberally and often.

Then exteriorize by having the preclear close his eyes and move actual places on Earth under him, preferably places he has not been. Have him bring these up to him, find two similar things in the scene and observe the difference between them. Move him over oceans and cities until he is certain that he is exteriorized.

Then, preferably while exteriorized, have him do STEP I.

This case has to know before he can be. His viewpoint is in the past. Give him present time viewpoints until he is a STEP I by the methods given for STEP V.

The definition of a CASE V is “no mock-ups, only blackness.” The case V is heavily into computing then physical sensing. Help him develop the ability to visualize.

(COMMENT: PRESENT TIME DIFFERENTIATION is a very good general technique and resolves chronic somatics and improves tone.)

Meditation can very profitably be done with eyes open and recognizing things around one just as they are. And then closing eyes and visualizing things.

STEP VI—A-R-C STRAIGHT WIRE using next to last list of SELF ANALYSIS IN SCIENTOLOGY which asks preclear to recall something really real to him, etc. Then use the lists in SELF ANALYSIS. This level is the neurotic level. It is identified by the preclear having mock-ups which will not persist or which won’t go away. Use also PRESENT TIME DIFFERENTIATION. Then go to STEP IV. At any drop in tone, return case to STEP VI,

Here one practices visualization by recall. This is to overcome mock ups which will not persist or which won’t go away.

STEP VII—PSYCHOTIC CASES. (It is not the purpose of Scientology to handle psychotics, but rather to “make the able more able”. The above is included, however, as valuable data for the handling of psychotics.)

Whether in or out of body, the psychotic looks to be in such desperate straits that people often err in thinking desperate measures are necessary. Use the lightest possible methods. Give case space and freedom where possible. Have psychotic IMITATE (not mock up) various things. Have him do PRESENT TIME DIFFERENTIATION. Get him to tell the difference between things by actual touch. Have him locate, differentiate and touch things that are really real to him (real objects or items). If inaccessible mimic him with own body whatever he does until he comes into communication. Have him locate corners of the room and hold them without thinking. As soon as his communication is up, go to STEP VI but be very sure he changes any mock-up around until he knows it is a mock-up, that it exists and that he himself made it. Do not run engrams. He is psychotic because viewpoints in present time are so scarce that he has gone into the past for viewpoints which at least he knew existed. By PRESENT TIME DIFFERENTIATION, by tactile on objects, return his idea of an abundance of viewpoint in present time. If he has been given electric shock, do not process it or any other brutality. Work him for very brief periods for his attention span is short. Always work psychotics with another person or a companion present.

A psychotic condition may look desperate, but only the lightest methods need be applied. Use IMITATION rather than mockups. Use PRESENT TIME DIFFERENTIATION. For a psychotic, viewpoints in present time are very scarce. Restore abundance of viewpoints in present time. The description above is very good.



SOP—8 Appendix No. 1

NOTE: An Operating Thetan must also be able to manufacture particles of admiration and force in abundance.

STEP I—The Operating Thetan must be able to manufacture and experience to his complete satisfaction all sensations including pain in mock-up form and all energies such as admiration and force. It will be found that some STEP I cases will not be able to manufacture admiration particles.

This seems to be additional material for STEP I above.

STEP II—Be very careful not to make a lower step preclear, while still in a body, mock up his own body too long. Any mock-up will appear if it is simply put there often enough and long enough providing the preclear doesn’t spin in the process. The long-term manufacture of mock-ups of one’s own body and of admiration may not produce quite the results expected—communication lines which should remain shut may open with bad results. These lines that are shut appear like hard, black cords to the preclear.

This seems to be additional material for STEP II above.

Do not press a person to visualize his own body for too long as this may cause him to go in a spin. The basic idea is to remove fixation on body’s frame of reference.

There are two types of techniques in general: POSITIVE GAIN and NEGATIVE GAIN as defined in the above text. POSITIVE CAN BE ADMINISTERED IN UNLIMITED AMOUNTS WITHOUT HARM. Negative gain techniques such as the reduction of engrams and locks double-terminalling, black and white, are often limited in the length of time they can be given: after a few hundred hours of early type auditing the case could be found to slump. Thus we have in POSITIVE GAIN the unlimited technique which improves; the analytical mind; in NEGATIVE GAIN we have a limited (in terms of the time it can be audited) technique. In SOP 8 the following steps and processes may be audited without limit: STEP I, STEP III, STEP V. STEP VI, STEP VII.

The following steps are limited and should not be audited many hours without changing to another type (unlimited for a while, after which the following steps could be resumed): STEP II, STEP IV.

THE FOLLOWING STEPS CAN BE USED ON GROUPS: Step III, Step V, part 1 and part 2, Step VI, Step VII.

STEP II and STEP IV (Expanded Gita) are limited and should not be run for too long at one time.

The following is a list of effective procedures as of April 28th, 1953. If a procedure is labelled (U) it is unlimited and could be audited thousands of hours and only improve a case: if labelled (L) it is limited and must be handled with discretion and alternated with an unlimited technique: if it is labelled (S) it is seldom used: if labelled (A) it is used in assists.

  • Engram Running, Book One (L) (A)
  • Grief and Other Secondaries (L) (A)
    Lock Scanning (L) (A)
    Emotional Curves (L) (S)
    Service Facsimile Chain as Engrams (L) (S)
    Effort Processing (L) (A)
    ARC Straight Wire, Science of Survival (A)
    Negative Exteriorization (L)
    Ridge Running (L)
  • Ded-Dedex (L) (S) (Current lifetime used for fast releases)
    Motivator-Overt (L) (S)
    Matched Terminals in Mock-ups (L) (S)
    Double Terminals in Mock-ups (L) (A)
  • Positive Exteriorization (Step I SOP 8) (U)
  • Own Body Mock-up (Step II SOP 8) (L)
  • Spacation (Step III SOP 8 and General Usage) (U)
  • Expanded Gita (Step IV SOP 8) (L)
  • Present Time Differentiation (Step V SOP 8) (U)
  • Exteriorization by Scenery (Step V SOP 8) (U)
  • Self Analysis in Scientology and British S.A. in Dianetics (same volume) (Step W SOP 8) (U)
  • Imitation of Things (Step WI SOP 8) (U)
  • Creative Processing (as in Scientology 8—8008) (U)

The symbol (*) before a process above means it is recommended.

ADDITIONAL NOTE ON EXPANDED GITA: The governing rule here is that the preclear craves exactly what he has and must waste whatever he doesn’t have. It is better, in the opinion of a thetan, to have anything no matter how “bad” rather than have nothing. He craves those things which are scarce but he can’t even have those things which are scarcest. In order to have what he cannot have he first must be able to waste it (in mock-up) in quantity. An abbreviated form of this process would involve, over and over, wasting, accepting under duress, the following items in turn:


The preclear cannot be free himself until he has freed others. This does not work out in the MEST universe but it works out in mock-ups.





This is the earliest standardized procedure of Scientology. It focused on eliminating the fixation of the body and its viewpoint. It then continued with handling other fixations in the mind. With a flexible viewpoint it becomes possible to make rapid spiritual progress.

One needs to let free association handle any avoidance, denial, resistance and suppression in relation to an item so one can consider it objectively. You may consider only those items towards which you feel there is a reaction within you.


SCN 8-8008: Creative Processing

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 50 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.


Creative Processing

The whole of the data covered in this volume is utilized in creative processing. When one has mastered the component parts of the mind and the inter-relationships of space, energy, items and experience, he will find creative processing surprisingly easy to apply and productive of very swift results. The goal of this process is the rehabilitation of as much of the thetan’s capability as possible to permit him to utilize or be free of bodies as he chooses and, even in lesser magnitude, to rid the preclear of psychosomatics, eradicate compulsions, obsessions and inhibitions, to raise his reaction time and intelligence level. This process does whatever has been previously intended by earlier processes—utilizing a knowledge of these in order to assess the state of the preclear, and in order to parallel this difficulty with creation, change and destruction of mock-ups.

One should be able to visualize all the components of the mind and inter-relationships of space, energy, items and experience based on the principles provided in the book Scientology 8-8008. Creative processing is visualizing different scenarios on a gradient in the area of difficulty, whether it appears real or unreal. A person should be able to expand his viewpoint beyond that of the body.

Gradient scales are vitally necessary in the application of creative processing. The term “gradient scale” can apply to anything and means a scale of condition graduated from zero to infinity. Absolutes are considered to be unobtainable. Depending on the direction the scale is graduated, there could be an infinity of wrongness and an infinity of rightness. Thus, the gradient scale of rightness would run from the theoretical but unobtainable zero of rightness, up to the theoretical infinity of rightness. A gradient scale of wrongness would run from a zero of wrongness to an infinity of wrongness. The word “gradient” is meant to define lessening or increasing degrees of condition. The difference between one point on a graduated scale and another point could be as different or as wide as the entire range of the scale itself, or it could be so tiny as to need the most minute discernment for its establishment. The gradient scale of the creation of a being could be—but in creative processing generally is not—concerned with time. In creative processing, the gradient scale, as it would refer to the creation of a person, could be, first, the envisionment of an area where the person might have been or might be; then the envisionment of an area the person commonly frequented; at last, the creation of a footprint the person had made, and then perhaps some article of apparel or a possession such as a handkerchief. The creative steps would then continue until more and more of a person was established, and at last the entire person would have been created. Likewise, in the destruction of a person, the gradient scale could, but generally would not, begin with blowing him up or making him grow old. If the auditor finds the preclear diffident about destroying an illusion of some person, the environment can first be diminished slightly; then perhaps the person’s shadow might be shortened, and so on until the entire person could be destroyed. The essence of gradient scale work is to do as much creation, change or destruction in terms of illusion as the preclear can accomplish with confidence, and to go from successful step to greater step until an entire success in destruction, alteration or creation (or their companion states of experience, such as start, change and stop) is accomplished.

Gradient scales are vitally necessary in the application of creative processing. The word “gradient” is meant to define lessening or increasing degrees of condition. The term “gradient scale” can apply to anything and means a scale of condition graduated from zero to infinity. The essence of gradient scale work is to do as much creation, change or destruction in terms of illusion as the preclear can accomplish with confidence.

The mind works easily if led through successive successes into a complete confidence. The mind can be confused and set back enormously by demanding that it do too much too fast. The same “too much” can be accomplished by requesting of the mind that it do small portions of the task; this does not mean that processing should go slowly or that illusions which are easy to create, change or destroy should have much time spent on them. It does mean that as soon as an auditor has established a disability on the part of the preclear in creating illusions of certain places, persons, conditions, things, colors or any other thing in this or any other universe, he approaches the subject gradually by gradient scale and by accomplishing repeated successes with the preclear of greater and greater magnitude, finally achieving a complete banishment of the disability.

As soon as you have discovered a disability in creating illusions of certain places, persons, conditions, things, colors or any other thing, you approach the subject gradually by gradient scale and by accomplishing repeated successes of greater and greater magnitude, finally achieving a complete banishment of the disability.

The reason a preclear cannot alter a postulate, or change or start or stop, lies in the influence upon him of his agreements and experiences in the MEST and other universes. To run out these agreements and experiences as such would be, in part, to agree with them over again. The mind is actually quite free to alter postulates and change its own condition, if permitted to do so at a speed that it finds comfortable. The mind will not take wide divergences which seem to it to tend toward its own diminishment or destruction. It was by a gradient scale of agreement that he came at last to accept and very nearly succumb to the MEST universe itself. The build-up of illusion was so slow and insidious that only the closest assessment would reveal to the preclear and the auditor how far these tiny steps of agreement led at last.

The mind is actually quite free to alter postulates and change its own condition, if permitted to do so at a speed that it finds comfortable. This is a valuable principle.

The motto of the MEST universe could be said to be: “Thou shalt have no force nor illusion, nor thine own space, nor self-made energy or thing, for all illusion is mine and with that thou shalt agree. If thou art, I shall not be.” By a series of minute agreements, the preclear has at last given up all his own belief in his ability to make a universe, or even to create and maintain minor illusions. He does not know or even suspect that he is capable of producing illusions sufficiently strong to be observable by others, and if he thought this were true, he would attribute it to some mysterious thing and, so short and final are the punishments of the MEST universe, he would tend to shy away from this; but upon his ability to create illusion depends the very existence of all his hopes and dreams and any beauty he will ever see or feel. In truth, all sensation which he believes to come from these masses of illusory energy known as the MEST universe, are first implanted through agreement upon what he is to perceive and then perceived again by himself, with the step hidden that he has extended his own sensation to be felt and perceived by himself. He is fully convinced that the MEST universe itself has sensation which it can deliver to him, whereas all the MEST universe has is an enforced agreement which though of no substance, yet by a gradient scale came to be an illusion which seems very masterful to a preclear.

Hubbard’s “MEST universe” is actually the reactive mind, which bypasses the person’s thinking and controls his actions. The person’s “own universe” is the fully assimilated mental matrix that is completely rational. The person has his own rational desires and goals that he must accomplish. His own energy is diverted by the reactive mind, which makes think that there is another power.

To prove the reality and solidity of the MEST universe, the preclear could pound his fist upon a desk and demonstrate that his fist had met something. He is making again the error of implanting sensation and not knowing he has implanted it, for the fist which he pounds on the desk is a MEST universe fist consisting of MEST universe energy, which is itself a MEST universe agreement, and it is meeting a desk which is MEST universe; he is only demonstrating that when the MEST universe is perceived to impact upon the MEST universe, one can then implant a realistic impact and perceive it for his own wonderful edification. Reality, then, is a delusion because it is one’s own illusion which has been disowned by one and is then received by one as being another thing. Only by shedding all responsibility for one’s own energy can one fall into this covert trap. If one is unwilling to be responsible for energy, he is capable of using energy and then not perceiving that he uses it. One who blames others continually can be discovered to affect most of the things for which he is blaming other people.

There is only one power, and that is his understanding of the reality out there, and not just some twisted idea of what may be out there. Understanding requires taking responsibility for what is going on. One drops that responsibility the moment he blames other people.

In such a way, an individual with the “very best MEST universe, Mark 10,000 ears” takes no responsibility for having implanted the sensation of sound in order to receive the sensation of sound. A preclear as he comes up the tone-scale more and more often catches himself doing this, and even though he does not know the principles involved (for no preclear has to be educated in Scientology to receive benefit from it), he recognizes that even in the case of a loud crash, his continuation of association from his environment permits him to perceive with others that a crash has taken place of objects which he with others continuously recreates solidly, and that he must actually cause for his own perception the sound of the crash. In that the beingness of an individual is actually extended for miles in all directions around him, if not much further, any idea or thought or past thought (as there is no past) is part of his beingness, and so he must continually strive to be “faithful to his agreements with the MEST universe.”

What we put out there is what comes back to us transformed. We just have to understand the principles by which it got transformed. We become increasingly aware of this as we go up the tone-scale. It is only after understanding these principles fully that one can mold reality into desirable forms.

To undo this state of affairs it is only necessary to rehabilitate the awareness of the preclear that he himself is capable of creating illusions. As he rehabilitates this faculty, the preclear, without any coaching or evaluation on the part of the auditor, begins to recognize that his viewpoint is expanding and that he is becoming all-pervasive, but that he can collect his awareness at any point, and that the “brutal reality” all around him is continuously manufactured by himself out of agreements and association with other viewpoints. So long as he is fixed in a condition where he is in agreement with all spaces and viewpoints, he sees and feels automatically with all other such viewpoints. He is above the level of energy, if one can use the term, on the same wavelength with all other beingness, a condition which does not permit differentiation. As he rehabilitates his abilities in independent creation, he can change this “wavelength” at will, and can go into or out of agreement with all other points of beingness. The matter of perceiving, then, becomes entirely a matter of self-choice. It is, for instance, quite startling to a preclear to discover that as soon as he is free of the ridges of the body (which is to say, when he has discovered he can change his viewpoint) that he is already partly out of agreement with other viewpoints, and that the MEST universe becomes slightly jumbled. He is apt to be very anxious about this, for it is in conflict with the agreements to which he is subject. He immediately may struggle very hard to regain a state of affairs whereby he can view the MEST universe as everyone else views it. Indeed, the auditor must continually be on guard to prevent the preclear from attempting to re-assume these agreements.

We must realize that we ourselves are capable of creating illusions. The “brutal reality” all around us is continuously manufactured by ourselves out of agreements and association with other viewpoints. The matter of perceiving is entirely a matter of self-choice at higher levels of understanding. Effort to just be in agreement with others around you is what causes aberration.

A badly trained auditor can always be identified by the fact that he shares the preclear’s anxiety that the preclear view the environment as the environment “should be.” The reason why a non-cleared auditor does not do well with these processes is that he is very anxious for the preclear to continue agreement with all others and to perceive the surroundings as exactly when exteriorized as he did when he was looking through MEST eyes and perceptions (which is to say, when the preclear was at his exact, agreed-upon point of viewpoint). The ability to perceive the MEST universe is the ability to agree. The preclear’s accuracy of perception of the MEST universe is of no consequence. An auditor can act to permit or even encourage a preclear to try to see, feel and hear the MEST universe when exteriorized long before the preclear is prepared to do so with equanimity. The auditor when doing this, is dramatizing his own urge to agree with viewpoints and perceive. A preclear who exteriorizes readily may find with a shock that he is not perceiving the MEST universe as he commonly supposes it should be perceived and quickly go back into his body to reassure himself that he is “keeping his contract of agreement.” If the auditor demands that the preclear perceive the environment when exteriorized, then the auditor will discover that the preclear will drop in tone and that, when he has gone into his body once more, a great deal of patient auditing is necessary to regain the preclear’s confidence in himself. The preclear exteriorizing may find himself in all sorts of space and time cross-ups, for he has insufficient command of space and energy to independently sort out viewpoints when unassisted by the orientation of the MEST body itself, which is, of course, in debased and degraded agreement of a very set nature.

When person moves beyond the frame of reference provided by the body he sees things differently from others around him. He must realize this and assess his own reality. He should not simply get back into agreement with others again.

There are two “shuns.” These are invalidation and evaluation. The auditor must eschew them vigorously. The major invalidation which could be practiced in using Scientology 8-8008 would be a demand that the preclear see the environment as it is seen through MEST perception or to criticize him for not being able to do so. The majority of the preclear’s perceptions may be correct but some percentage of his perception is going to be enough “off wavelength” with other agreement viewpoints to cause him to perceive strangely. After a very large amount of auditing, when the preclear has regained his ability to create with considerable solidity his own illusions, it will be found that the preclear can at will perceive the MEST universe and can do so with accuracy. He can further, without the aid of a body, move objects and do a thousand other “interesting tricks” which could very well be viewed with considerable awe, for they have not been seen on earth in recorded history but have lived in legend.

There is nothing wrong with seeing things differently from how others see them. Others may have their illusions. Hubbard is setting up expectations, such as, moving objects without the aid of the body. This could simply be his illusion. A person must gain his own certainty on laws of the universe and seeing things as they are.

Using Standard Operating Procedure, Issue 3, as given in this volume, the auditor yet takes a very thorough assessment of his preclear with an E-Meter. He discovers, in accordance with information in this book, what the preclear is unable to start, change, stop; create, alter, destroy; be, do or have; differentiate, associate or identify; on each and every one of the eight dynamics and their component parts. The auditor makes a complete list. This is the Can’t list. Exteriorized, if possible, or interiorized as in the later numbered cases, the preclear is then made to “mock-up” illusions about each one of these Can’ts and to change the size, character and position of the illusion or any part thereof in space, shift it in time simply by knowing it has been shifted by him, until at last the preclear is able to handle the whole object of the Can’t with complete facility.

Can’ts may be an inability to destroy women or snakes or specific persons, or create machinery, or write legibly. The preclear is requested to accomplish by illusions the smallest gradient of the Can’t with which he can successfully start; and, under auditor direction, by moving this small portion of the whole here and there in space, tipping it this way and that and making it, in particular, disobey “natural laws” in the MEST universe, the preclear is led to an ability to create, change or destroy the Can’t.

The above explains how creative processing is done in Standard Operating Procedure, Issue 3. When doing it yourself simply start with your most obvious difficulties. Visualize those areas, on a gradient where you find yourself resisting, avoiding or suppressing the various factors listed here.

The person is looking very closely at what he is resisting, avoiding or suppressing by visualizing the smallest gradients of it. There may be a natural law underlying it that satisfies the requirements of continuity, harmony and consistency. Or, there may just be an illusion of some assumption or fixed idea being natural. One may visualize how it is that way, or not that way until it seems to fit in the larger context of reality.

The Can’t is also the Must. Can’t is an inhibition; Must is an enforcement. What must the preclear do and what must be done to him? By whom? By creative processing and gradient scales, he achieves mock-ups until each one of these musts becomes a “Can if I want to, but don’t have to.”

For Can’ts in an area, the person should look for what he must do and what must be done to him? By whom? Using creative processing, he should then reduce each of these musts to “Can if I want to, but don’t have to.”

There are also the Desires. These are the cravings for sensation or possession or identification which brought the preclear into and made him continue agreements. Behind every case the Desires are paramount and of greater importance than the Can’ts. Why does he desire bodies? Why is his second dynamic aberrated? Why does he feel he cannot be free? Can he differentiate between his own actual wantingness and the wantingness of MEST itself which is trying to have him? The desires are resolved by creative processing wherein the preclear does mock-ups of the necessary acts which he desires or the necessary behaviors which brought him into agreement until he can at last laugh at them.

For desires, differentiate between your own desire and the overpowering desire of a reaction. The desires are resolved by creative processing wherein the preclear does mock-ups of the necessary acts which he desires or the necessary behaviors which brought him into agreement until he can at last laugh at them.

In that creative processing does not take long in terms of time, the assessment list can afford to be very broad and to cover every possible phase through the system of the dynamics and the cycles of action.

One can simply apply Creative processing in real time as one is assessing. This is mindfulness meditation.

This is a list of things the preclear must be able to do with an illusion:

Create the condition, energy or object
Conserve it
Protect it
Control it
Hide it
Change it
Age it
Make it go backwards on a cycle of action
Perceive it with all perceptions
Shift it at will in time
Rearrange it
Duplicate it
Turn it upside down or on the side at will
Make it disobey MEST laws
Be it
Not be it
Destroy it.

A situation that is resisted, avoided or suppressed is an “Illusion”. It is persisting because it has not been grasped fully. If you visualize that situation and consciously change it around in realistic and unrealistic ways in different iterations, then, sooner or later, you will grasp it and it will stop persisting.

In order to accomplish these things, if the whole of any condition cannot be fulfilled by gradient scale some tiny portion of the condition must be fulfilled. When a small condition has been fulfilled, the condition is then enlarged until the whole condition can be fulfilled.

It the whole situation is difficult to visualize, then visualize some tiny portion of it. Start enlarging that tiny portion on a gradient until you can visualize the whole situation.

That preclear who cannot get even a shadow of an illusion so that he can perceive it in any manner must be coaxed to see white spots, black spots, of his own creation, and to change those in space and time, enlarge and contract them, until he has a certain command and control of black and white. This must be done with such a preclear without regard to the number of hours it takes or the patience of the drill. It can be done with the eyes open or closed, whichever the preclear finds best.

If you cannot visualize anything then you may try to visualize just white and black spots and change them in all different ways until you can do so with confidence.

When the preclear is discovered to be trying to prevent a motion or condition, the auditor should magnify that very condition with new mock-ups related to it, i.e., if objects keep rushing in on the preclear, mock up objects rushing in until the action is enormously magnified but under the preclear’s complete control. If the preclear cannot start something, make him stop it. If he cannot reverse a direction, make him change the nature of the object which he is trying to reverse enough times to permit him to reverse the original disability. If the preclear cannot create something, have him create anything even vaguely associated with it, and by association at last have him mock up the actual thing.

If you are trying to prevent a condition such fear of heights, then visualize yourself being at a height that you are comfortable with, then gradually increasing that height making sure that you are comfortable after each gradual change. If you cannot start something, such as a car, then visualize stopping it. If you cannot create something, such as a painting, then visualize creating anything even vaguely associated with it.

The essence of creative processing is moving objects in space when they have been mocked up. They are moved near and far, to the right, left, behind the preclear, below his feet, above his head and in front of him. He must know that he has changed the location of the object. If he cannot make a large change, have him do a small change of location. If he cannot do a small change of location, have him alter the object by turning it different colors, or by enlarging or contracting it, or by pushing it away or bringing it near him, until he can make it move sideways. In failing to do this, have him do a change with some allied object.

The essence of creative processing is moving objects in space when they have been visualized. You must know that you have changed the location of the object. The idea is to obtain greater facility of thinking in the area of difficulty.

The essence of creative processing is a continuation of success. Be careful not to give the preclear things which make him fail. Do not let his failures mount up. Estimate the preclear and pay attention to what he is doing; find out from him continually the condition of his illusions, if you yourself as an auditor cannot see them. Putting objects into yesterday or tomorrow or well into the future or into the past is vitally necessary to processing.

The gradient is used in Creative processing to ensure that there is no failure of visualization. Any visualization requires the elements of understanding, certainty and confidence. One must understand what putting objects into yesterday or tomorrow or well into the future means.

Control of the illusion is the essence of commands. The preclear must be able to create, grow, conserve, decay and destroy; start, change and stop; be, do and have; differentiate, associate and identify; handle in space, with energy and in time, any object, actual or mythical, in all the eight dynamics, and with high preference given to anything which disobeys “natural laws” of the MEST universe.

You are using visualization to create, grow, conserve, decay and destroy; start, change and stop; be, do and have; differentiate, associate and identify. With visualization, you are practicing how to handle an object in space with energy and in time. That object can be actual or imaginary. It can relate to any aspect of life. You deliberately visualize violating the supposed “natural laws” to develop the ability to think outside the box.

That auditor with a high order of imagination who is himself clear, finds mock-ups very easy to “think up” and request of the preclear, but it is not necessary to have such an imagination, as a routine assessment will discover immediately that the most ordinary things fall into the Can’t, Must and Desire brackets in the preclear’s life.

In visualization one focuses on the pressures of Can’t, Must and Desire that one encounters in an area of difficulty. Imagination helps.

The preclear will be discovered on the first dynamic, quite ordinarily, not to be able to create, change or destroy, especially destroy, his own body or bodies in which he thinks he is encased within his own body (old time-track bodies such as a Fifth Invader Force body). He will be found to be incapable in many directions with facsimiles, communication lines and other matters on the first dynamic alone. On the second dynamic, many incapabilities will come to view, and so on along all the dynamics. On the fifth dynamic, he will quite ordinarily be found incapable of handling snakes, spiders, vicious fish, bacteria, wild animals and domestic pets. On the seventh dynamic he will be discovered unable to handle other thetans, even in the most elementary fashion of bringing two dots of light into proximity and then separating them (an exercise which blows head ridges in many preclears quite explosively). On the eighth dynamic his limitations quite ordinarily become too obvious for comment, but on each and every dynamic he must be able to do or fulfill any of the above cycles or conditions.

The body here means the body’s viewpoint that one is using in evaluating things. A thetan is basically mind’s viewpoint. You deal with many such viewpoints around you.

Standard Operating Procedure tells how to exteriorize a thetan. Creative processing, rising-scale postulate changing, postulate processing, are then necessary to bring him toward a state of a cleared theta clear. The state of theta clear simply demands that the preclear remains outside his body when the body itself is hurt, and the state is adequate to prevent his being trapped again by a body except in unusual circumstances. There is no guarantee of long continuance in the condition. The state of cleared theta clear is, however, another thing, for it means a person who is able to create his own universe; or, living in the MEST universe, is able to create illusions perceivable by others at will, to handle MEST universe objects without mechanical means and to have and feel no need of bodies or even the MEST universe to keep himself and his friends interested in existence.

The Standard Operating Procedure tells how to move beyond the fixed viewpoint of the body. Then one moves beyond the fixed viewpoint of the mind through creative processing, rising scale postulate changing and postulate processing.



It is interesting to note that Hubbard first focused on recovering traumas in Dianetics. Then, in Scientology, the first thing he focused on was visualizing “Can’ts”, “Musts” and “Desires” in the areas of difficulty using the gradient scales.

The basic problem is the unassimilated nodes in the mental matrix. These nodes are built around traumas that are deeply buried and cannot be recalled easily. Their signposts are the difficulties one is having in life.

In scientific terms, these traumas are deep programming in the mind that could even be genetic in its origin. To access this programming is not an easy task.

By visualizing and/or modeling the difficulty in ways that are normal and/or out of the box, one may be able to get glimpses of this programming and modify it per one’s basic nature.


SCN 8-8008: Be, Have and Do

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 49 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.


Be, Have and Do

The physicist has long been on a carousel with regard to the component parts of the material universe. He has had to define time in terms of space and energy, space in terms of time and energy, and energy in terms of time and space, and matter as a combination of all three. When three factors exist at such an altitude in a science, there can be no further clarification unless the material can be related to experience of an equal magnitude.

Underlying these three component parts (time, space and energy) is the concept of substance. Time refers to the duration of substance, space refers to the extents of substance, and energy refers to the motion (change) of substance. Matter itself is a particular form of substance. Substance is that which is substantial enough to be sensed. This is physics of the universe.

The current definition in Scientology has this liability: If self-determinism is the location of matter and energy in time and space, and the creation, change and destruction of time and space, then there is no comparable data by which to evaluate this level. The physicist has found the inter-relationship of time, space and energy to be invaluable and has, indeed, produced a civilization from this inter-relationship. Just as, with our definition of self-determinism, it is possible to de-aberrate an individual and increase his potentialities in a way never before suspected possible, and with a speed which exceeds all past estimates even in the science of Scientology.

Self-determinism is the precise establishment of the characteristics of substance (or phenomena), such as, its density, extents, and duration along with start, change and stop of its interactions. The balance and consistency in all aspects of the phenomenon act as the constraints.  

With this definition of self-determinism applied to the mental matrix, it becomes possible to bring rapid improvements to human condition.

Because we are now working from a higher understanding than time, space and energy, it is possible to compare these to experience in such a way as to broaden their use and modify their force or increase it. Control of time, space and energy comes now well within our capabilities. Space, time and energy in experience become Be, Have and Do, the component parts of experience itself.

When we consider mental matrix as a phenomenon, its space (extents) appears as beingness, its time (duration) appears as havingness, and its energy (interactions) appears as doingness in our experience.

Space could be said to be BE. One can be in a space without change and without time; one can also be, without action.

Space defines the extents of the phenomenon. As regards mental matrix, the space shall apply to the sense of beingness.

The essence of time is apparently possession. When possession ceases, the record of time ceases. Without possession change cannot be observed; in the presence of possession change can be observed. Thus, it is deduced that time and possession are inter-dependent.

Time defines the duration of the phenomenon. As regards mental matrix, the time shall apply to the sense of possession or havingness.  This shall include the experience of change in terms of giving and receiving.

The past could be sub-divided into Had, Should Have Had, Did Not Have, and Got, Should Have Gotten, Did Not Get, and Gave, Should Have Given, Did Not Give. The present could be sub-divided into Have, Should Have, Do Not Have, and Giving, Should Be Giving, Not Giving, and Receiving, Should Be Receiving, Not Receiving. The future is sub-divisible into Will Have, Should Have, Will Not Have, and Getting, Will Be Getting, Will Not Be Getting, and Will Receive, Will Not Receive.

Havingness could be in the past, present or future. It is accompanied by the desire to have or not have.

In each of the above, past, present and future, the word would apply for any individual or any part of the dynamics to all the other dynamics.

Havingness means a dynamic or its part possessing another dynamic or its part.

The way one knows there was a past is by knowing the conditions of the past. The most revelatory of these is the facsimile which was taken in the past. However, without any important possession in the present stemming forward from the past, the past becomes unimportant; or, because possession ceased, the past is obliterated. The single matter of the body of a past life not being in the present life invalidates the existence of the past life to the individual who then does not—or does not care to—remember it. Yet the facsimiles can be nevertheless effective upon him.

Past becomes unimportant when possessions of the past do not continue in the present. But facsimiles of the past do continue in the present. Therefore, past becomes important to the degree such facsimiles are activated.

Similarly, the individual does not conceive to any extent time, past the death of his body, since he will have no body.

A person does not usually think about his future past his death.

Energy, whether in the field of thought, emotion or effort. can be summed into DO. It requires beingness and havingness in order to achieve doingness. Here we have the static of space acting against the kinetic of possession to produce action in the field of thought, emotion or effort, the various categories of doingness.

Energy defines the interactions within the phenomenon. As regards mental matrix, the energy shall apply to the sense of doingness in the field of thought, emotion or effort.

Should one care to test this as a process on a preclear. he will find that the missing portions of the preclear’s past have to do with loss of something. Loss itself is the single most aberrative factor in living. It has long been known in this science that the release of a grief charge was an important single improvement in the preclear. Grief is entirely and only concerned with loss or threatened loss. Pain itself can be defined in terms of loss, for pain is the threat which tells one that loss of mobility or a portion of the body or the environment is imminent. Man has pain so thoroughly identified with loss that in some languages the words are synonymous.

The missing portions of a person’s past have to do with loss of something. Loss itself is the single most aberrative factor in living. The release of a grief charge is an important single improvement in the person. Pain is also identified with loss.

Loss is always identified with HAVE, for if one doesn’t have, one cannot lose.

Loss is always identified with losing havingness.

The Hindu sought to depart into his Nirvana by refusing to have anything to do with having. He sought thus to promote himself into Being. He saw that so long as he retained a grasp on a body in any degree he was Having, and thus was pressed into Doing.

Effort to just be without having is not possible. Effort is doingness that always aims at some havingness.

Having and Being are often identified to the degree that many people attempt exclusively to Be only by Having. The capitalist judges his own beingness solely by the degree of possession, not even vaguely by the degree of action he is able to execute.

Many people judge their beingness by what they have. For example, the capitalist judges his own beingness solely by the degree of possession, not even vaguely by the degree of action he is able to execute.

Possessions absorb and enforce time; only without possessions would one be able to regulate time at will. This is a singular attribute of the cleared theta clear, and to him possession of MEST is extremely unimportant.

For a person who would be free to regulate time, the possessions are extremely unimportant.

One can make up for a lack of Having by Doing, and by Doing accomplishes Having and thus regulates time.

Doing accomplishes Having and thus regulates time.

Having enhances either Being or Doing, as is sometimes severely recognized by one who would like to take a vacation or a trip to foreign lands.

Doing can enhance either Being or Having: a balanced Doing slants in both directions, but if one does without Having, his Being increases, as is well-known by anyone who insists on doing favors without recompense, and without gain.

If one does without Having, his Being increases.

There is an optimum speed of Doing. If one travels less than that speed, he has little Being and Having; if one travels greater than that speed, he has to abandon both Being and Having. This is applicable especially to the MEST universe. The case of a race driver is in point. He must assume a contempt for Being and Having in order to achieve the speeds he does.

One can act freely when one does not have any attachments in terms of having.

When change is too rapid both Beingness and Havingness suffer. When change is too slow both Beingness and Havingness suffer. For Change is essentially the redirection of energy.

Optimum doingness (change) is continuous, harmonious and consistent.

In the assessment of a preclear one can easily trace, by use of the triangle, Be, Have and Do, and by placing this over a second triangle with space at the point of Be, time at the point of Have and energy at the point of Do, where the preclear is over-balanced and why the preclear cannot handle time or why he is trying to occupy too much space without being able to fill it, or why his life is complicated with too much havingness and has reduced his beingness to naught.

One can easily assess a person by comparing his beingness-havingness-doingness with space-time-energy to see how balanced he is in terms of handling time, occupying space, or effectively utilizing energy.

In the MEST universe as well as in a constructed universe, these three factors should be balanced for orderly progress.

The universe is naturally well-balanced in terms of space-time-energy. Our understanding must follow in terms of balanced beingness-havingness-doingness.



The human characteristics of beingness-havingness-doingness parallel the universal characteristics of space-time-energy. The natural balance of space-time-energy is a guide in attaining balance in human beingness-havingness-doingness.


SCN 8-8008: Creation and Destruction

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 48 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.


Creation and Destruction

Self-determinism seeks as its goal the attainment of the goal of theta itself. Theta has the capability of locating matter and energy in time and space and of creating time and space.

Self-determinism comes from a well-assimilated mental matrix. Such matrix has the capability of providing solutions that are consistent with reality.

Any action requires space and time, for space and time are necessary to motion. Motion can be defined as change of location in space, and any change of location requires time.

The basis of any action is substance. Space, time, and motion are characteristics of substance. Density is intrinsic to substance, and so is its motion.

Thus, we have an interacting triangle, one corner of which could be labelled space, another corner time, and the third energy. Matter is not included in the triangle because matter is apparently cohesion and adhesion of energy.

Space, time and energy are three different characteristics of substance. Energy is the expression of motion. Motion is reciprocal of density. Density expresses itself as mass.

The cycle of a universe could be said to be the cycle of creation, growth, conservation, decay and destruction. This is the cycle of an entire universe or any part of that universe; it is also the cycle of life forms.

The cycle of the universe, first described in the Vedas, is creation, growth, conservation, decay and destruction.

This would compare to the three actions of energy which are Start, Change and Stop, where creation is Start, growth is enforced Change, conservation and decay are inhibited Change and destruction is Stop. The two extremes of the cycle—creation and destruction or, in the terms of motion, Start and Stop-are interdependent and are consecutive.

This cycle describes the action of energy as START (creation), CHANGE (growth, conservation, decay), and STOP (destruction). The destruction of one cycle becomes creation of the next.

There could be no creation without destruction; as one must eradicate the tenement before building the apartment house, so, in the material universe, must destruction and creation be intermingled. A good action could be said to be one which accomplished the maximal construction with minimal destruction; a bad action could be said to be one which accomplished the minimal construction with maximal destruction.

Destruction and creation maintain a balance. This gives us the law of conservation.

That which is started and cannot be stopped and that which is stopped without being permitted to run a course, are alike actions bordering upon the psychotic. Unreasonableness itself is defined by persistence in one or the other of these courses of starting something which cannot be stopped (as in the case of an A-bomb) or of stopping something before it has reached a beneficial stage.

A cycle that has started but cannot be stopped is psychotic. And so is a cycle that stopped before reaching its conclusion. These are inconsistencies.

Unlimited creation without any destruction would be insane; unlimited destruction without any creation would be similarly insane. In actuality, insanity can be grouped and classified, detected and remedied by a study of creation and destruction.

Creation and destruction that are out of balance denote a major inconsistency.

An individual will not be responsible for that on which he will not use force. The definition of responsibility is entirely within this boundary. That person will not be responsible in that sphere where he cannot tolerate force, and if one discovers in an individual where he will not use force, he will find where that individual will also refuse to be responsible.

Responsibility is the ability to respond adequately to a situation. This generally requires the use of balanced force. If a person refuses to use balanced force, he is refusing to be responsible.

An assessment of a case can be done by use of the accompanying graph. We see here creation with an arrow pointing straight downward and find there the word insane, and, under this, we list the dynamics. Wherever along any of these dynamics the individual cannot conceive himself to be able to create, on that level he will be found aberrated to the degree that he does not believe himself able to create. This might be thought to introduce an imponderable, but such is not the case, for the individual is most aberrated on the first 4ynamic and, rightly or wrongly, conceives that he could not create himself. This goes to the extent, in homo sapiens, of believing that one cannot create a body and, rightly or wrongly, one is then most aberrated on the subject of his body.

“Wherever along any of these dynamics the individual cannot conceive himself to be able to create, on that level he will be found aberrated to the degree that he does not believe himself able to create.”

Potentially, because of the character of theta itself, an individual in an absolute and possibly unattainable state, should be able to create a universe. Certainly, it is true that every man is his own universe and possesses within himself all the capabilities of a universe.

A person can potentially visualize a whole universe in complete detail.

To the extreme right of the graph we have the word destroy and an arrow pointing downwards toward insanity and, beneath this, the list of the dynamics. That individual who can only destroy along any of these dynamics and cannot or will not create could be said to be aberrated on that dynamic. He is aberrated to the degree that he would destroy that dynamic.

“That individual who can only destroy along any of these dynamics and cannot or will not create could be said to be aberrated on that dynamic.”

Looking again at the column of creation, one finds the individual aberrated anywhere along the dynamics in that column where the individual will only create and will not destroy. In the destruction column, one finds the individual aberrated on any dynamic in that column where he will not destroy. In the middle ground of the graph, we find that a balance of creation and destruction is sanity, and in the dynamics below it we find the individual sane wherever he will create and destroy.

Of course, consistency demands that a balance must exist in the individual’s ability to create and destroy.

Use of this graph and these principles enable the auditor to assess hitherto hidden compulsions and obsessions on the part of the preclear. This is an auditing graph. If one looks at it another way than that of an auditor, he finds there laid out what has been occasionally posed as a philosophy of existence. Friedrich Nietzsche, in his book “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” presents as a desirable code of conduct unlimited willingness to destroy. Philosophically the graph has little or no workability. In order to survive in any universe, conduct must be regulated by a sense of ethics. Ethics are possible on a reasonable level only when the individual is high on the tone-scale. In the absence of such height, ethics are supplanted by morals, which can be defined as an arbitrary code of conduct not necessarily related to reason. Should one attempt to regulate his conduct on the basis of unlimited creation or destruction, he would find it necessary to act entirely without judgment to put his philosophy into effect. It is noteworthy that the late Nazi regime can serve as a clinical test of the workability of a scheme of things wherein unlimited creation and destruction are held as an ideal. I heard a rumor lately that Adolph Hitler was dead.

The above principle helps discover hidden inconsistencies on the part of a person. Here we have a philosophy of existence. In order to survive in any universe, conduct must be regulated by a sense of ethics. Ethics is live reasoning. Morals are rules that are supposed to formulate and enforce reason.



A person improves by discovering things about himself. He has filters that distort his view. He may not be willing to accept certain things about himself and may feel embarrassed when confronting certain data about himself. But the natural sense of ethics takes over in meditation and these principles then apply themselves. There is no analyzing. There is only becoming more aware.

Hubbard’s system helps one get insights into reality. The sense of ethics is actually a keen sense of consistency that helps one resolve fixed attention and filters (assumptions, fixed ideas, biases, and prejudices).


SCN 8-8008: The Anatomy of Space

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 47 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 Anatomy of Space

Before energy can exist in this universe, space must exist. His inability to create space is one of the most aberrative characteristics of the thetan whom we find in a MEST body. He has become reduced to a point even in his own concept, and perhaps even less than a point for he has no space of his own but must depend upon bodies and other conditions to believe that he has space.

Space is the extents of substance, and energy is the activity of substance. As the substance evolves, so does space and energy. The substance, ultimately, evolves into body, mind and the viewpoint (thetan). The situation here is that a person’s viewpoint needs to be expanded in terms of awareness. He usually has a difficult time of it.

It is of the utmost importance for the auditor to understand space. Space can be considered to be a viewpoint of dimensions. It does not matter how many dimensions there are or what conditions are set up for these dimensions: the resulting condition is known as “space.” There are only three dimensions in space in the MEST universe. Throughout all of its galaxies it has only length, breadth and depth. Space warps and other things of equal interest can exist in one’s own universe, but they do not exist as such, evidently, in the MEST universe.

Hubbard is basically talking about viewpoint. Viewpoint is the frame of how one views things around him. It consists of one’s interpretation of what is there, but it could reduce to a mindless reaction also. The viewpoint emerges from what is out there.

The assignation of dimension is the essence of space, but even before dimension can be assigned, one must have viewpoint. If one is assigning dimension from his viewpoint, he is cause; if dimension is being assigned to his viewpoint, he is effect. He is cause or effect to the degree that he can assign dimension and call it space.

If one is capable of interpreting what is around him, he is being causative. If he is simply reacting to what is out there, one is being effect.

The preclear has a viewpoint and is the center of that viewpoint. Splitting his attention often finds him occupying several viewpoints. He is capable of assuming many. Where he is aware of being aware is, however, his central viewpoint; and, although this may be communicated with or interlocked to some other viewpoint which he could call his own—even on some other planet or here on earth—he is yet as himself the center of assignation of dimension where he is and as he is.

Actually, viewpoint expresses the immediate configuration of the mental matrix. That configuration provides the frame of reference used to view. Different viewpoints are simply different configurations of the mental matrix. Aware of being aware means that the mental matrix can compute its own configuration.

In many preclears this becomes so blurred that he does not know whether he is in or out of the body. Here even the center of viewpoint has been overridden by MEST assignation of dimension.

“MEST assignation of dimension” simply means that the person is reacting to his environment. The mental matrix is unable to assimilate and compute the environmental input. Even the awareness of the body’s frame of reference is not there.

An essential in agreement with any illusion is the acceptance of the dimensions it assigns or that one may assign to it. Space is no more complicated than this, but when a preclear has been overridden by enforced assignation of dimension to an enormous degree, his own viewpoint may be found to be scattered or dispersed. It is this condition which finds the preclear unable to tell whether he is in or out of his body; when this condition exists, he is in the state of being incapable of confronting the MEST universe, even to the point of asserting the ownership of a center of viewpoint.

With the environmental input controlling the configuration of mental matrix there is “agreement with illusion”. In other words, there is total reaction with no awareness because the mental matrix is out of circuit. The person’s viewpoint is dispersed with the dispersed condition of the mental matrix. He is unable to compute anything.

The solution of this problem is simple, in principle, although it may require many hours of auditing. Where the preclear has a certainty of center of viewpoint he exteriorizes immediately and can become a theta clear in a very few hours; when he has been compressed by counter-efforts and emotions into an acceptance of MEST dimension to the point where he cannot even be certain of a center of viewpoint, it is necessary to recover this center of viewpoint in order to recover a point from which space can be assigned and, even more importantly to the auditor, where the preclear can be exteriorized easily and in a knowing condition.

Having a “center of viewpoint” means that the mental matrix is able to assimilate the input and compute its own configuration. This makes it possible for the person to suddenly realize the limitations of the frame of reference provided by the body. With this realization he moves beyond the body’s frame of reference. This makes him a ‘theta clear’. But he cannot realize that unless he has established a “center of viewpoint”. That is the priority in auditing.

One of the first “tricks” in auditing is to get the preclear to look from the center of his head at his environment and the room. He very often sees it clearly and as it is and does, by this, adjust his vision to see through his ridges. Even an occluded case can sometimes do this and can then be exteriorized rapidly. The next “trick” is to find some segment of the environment which the preclear can see and ask him what is in the areas where he can see nothing or does not wish to see. He will say this or that may be in these areas. The auditor then has him create those things or change those things and shift those things which he is afraid may be in those areas until he is no longer interested, at which time he can envision the actual surroundings. By continuing this “trick” of rehabilitation of potential occupation of space (for a preclear will not occupy space which he considers dangerous), the preclear may be found to exteriorize suddenly and sometimes with violence. In such a case he believes himself to be occupying yet another space, hiding perhaps in the darkness of deep MEST space, as well as in a body. Routine orientation and creative processing remedies this.

If a person can knowingly perceive his environment from inside the body, then he can adjust his considerations to look at the environment from outside the body. The trick is to have the person look at a segment of the environment from an angle from which he cannot see some of the things. Then have him imagine looking from another angle, which makes him see those areas he could not see earlier. The basic solution is to get the person so thoroughly in touch with his environment, that he can visualize it from different angles.

By making the preclear alter the body he is occupying, making mock-ups which he superimposes and changes around in disagreement with the MEST universe—upside down and right side up—he becomes better able to have a viewpoint from which he can create space or from which he can at least handle MEST universe space.

By knowingly visualizing bodies and scenarios in orientations other than the usual ones, a person may become better able to perceive the reality as it is.

The preclear who does not exteriorize readily is not sure he is here at all and, indeed, he may be co-occupying other areas. A study of the preclear with the E-meter, locating him in other spaces and bringing him into the space where he is being audited, can best be done with creative processing, not by running facsimiles, for these only make him disperse even further. This preclear often has difficulties with time and has space confused with time. Time is not handled by moving space; time is handled simply by having and not having. The MEST universe insists that anything that disappears must have gone somewhere; thus, the preclear is saddled with the belief that he must create space to put things in whenever time changes. Having the preclear conceive time change in the space which he occupies by refusing to let him go on looking at it in yesterday or to see it in tomorrow, but simply making him know that it is now in yesterday and the space is the same, does much to rehabilitate his orientation.

Creative processing (visualizing) is very different from facsimile running. When one is attempting to handle a fixed viewpoint, it is best done with creative processing, not by running facsimiles. Space is best understood as extents of something. Time as best understood as duration of something. After a thing has lasted for its duration it simply disappears by converting to something else.

Drills in which space is assigned are highly beneficial to any preclear, and particularly so to those preclears who do not exteriorize readily or who cannot easily find themselves when they are out of their body. Simply have the preclear disagree with dimensions round him and see them with purposeful, creative distortion and he will at length focalize his viewpoint so that he can handle space and know that he is the center. A being can be knowingly in many places but being scattered into many places unknowingly is the worst of conditions.

Drills with space are actually drills that exercise the viewpoint. The purpose of exteriorization is to expand the viewpoint beyond the frame of reference provided by the body. If a person cannot expand his viewpoint beyond the framework of the body then have him question everything that he is taking for granted, and look at them with purposeful, creative distortion, until he understands the essence of these things. Only then he will know that he is the center of his viewpoint.



Drills with space are actually drills that exercise the viewpoint. The purpose of exteriorization is to expand the viewpoint beyond the frame of reference provided by the body. If a person cannot expand his viewpoint beyond the framework of the body then have him question everything that he is taking for granted, and look at them with purposeful, creative distortion, until he understands the essence of these things. Only then he will know that he is the center of his viewpoint.