Scientology 1.0.0 (1952) continued – part 5
“Why so glum? What you need is to be more pan-determined!”
Talking about well-being from a Scientology 1.0.0 perspective, if you really intend to get to the point, is going to eventually end up dealing with the incredibly tricky, if not wholly thorny, subject of pan-determinism. Pan-determinism is one of those things that, if pondered on long enough without the background to do so, can tip you into the drink big-time, but it’s got to be on the table eventually because it’s the whole point. It’s also one of those many things that lends itself to being easily weaponised; anyone can use pan-determinism to take a stance that any problem is really the fault of the other party such as when the master says to his slave: “Why so glum? What you need is to be more pan-determined!”. This business of weaponisation will be covered in greater detail in a later article because it’s very important and is a key factor in later developments.
To continue: In Scientology 1.0.0 there are three kinds of determinism: other-determinism, self-determinism and pan-determinism.
First there is other-determinism. This refers to those opposing forces that an individual deals with when attempting to achieve self-determinism. This could be anything from a parent or a political party or a social norm with opposing ideas. Or maybe an illness or even inclement weather when one wants to go fishing but ultimately it refers to the junk that inevitably piles up in one’s head over time that eventually prevents the individual from achieving their goals in life. Like that parasite that gets into the head of a rodent that then causes it to rush up to a cat and so gets eaten (apparently the self-determined parasite needs to get into the feline gut to have a Roman style orgy and thus reproduce).
Then there is self-determinism. Self-determinism is how things get done. The individual or the group pushes through counter efforts or forces or barriers where and when necessary to fulfill an agenda, achieve a purpose, reach a goal.
Now obviously most people would agree that things in the world could stand some improvement. Nearly every day there are various situations or even dangerous crises that present themselves where one could ask, “what would the most enlightened approach to this problem be?”. In Scientology 1.0.0 the answer to that question starts with pan-determinism.
Pan-determinism: pan, meaning ‘all’; this is what’s at the very core of all serious discussion regarding religion and philosophy.
So, here we go! First you would take the pan-determined view which is to see all sides of an issue from this exterior perspective without prior judgement*. Moving forward however usually means that the self-determinism of the individuals or groups or whatever must come into play and that means something usually gets stomped on: that is to say other-determined. No chicken dinner without which some chicken had to give up the ghost. That’s vegetables too for you vegans.
Take Israel and Palestine – this is a situation that has helped to systematically destroy the U.S. position in foreign affairs and, in part, resulted in the events of 9/11. The independent state of Israel came into existence when hundreds of thousands of Jews left Europe after the Holocaust and immigrated to Palestine displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Naturally the Palestinians objected, not caring much what happened in Europe because they weren’t involved in that catastrophe. Both sides have the view that they are absolutely in the right thus there still remains the tragic problem 73 years after the fact. There’s very likely no way to solve this problem without first taking the pan-determined view. Only from there, that exterior view, do you have the altitude to see the whole picture and thus be potentially in possession of all the facts necessary to an optimum solution.
Imagine being high, high above any problem in life where you can see not only all its parts but the whole of its past and the potential multiplicities of its future, that’s the potential power of pan-determinism.
Action on a problem though means eventually getting on the ground, down in the trenches as they say, where you can’t see all the angles but having first been pan-determined you can perhaps now make much better choices. This sort of practice can be used in one’s own life all the time, especially when married or raising a family or working with a group. Imagine both partners in a marriage with the ability to do this!†
Anyway, that’s why the dynamics are laid out the way they are (see previous article), they are a tool that can help with the complex activity of problem solving. How much harm would one solution do to anything as opposed to any other thing? This from the phrase “for the greater good for the greatest number”‡. With these dynamics that phrase takes on a much more nuanced and complex meaning. Very often to move forward in life harm must be done to something. For instance, for the group (the 3rd dynamic) to survive some individuals (1st dynamics) might be hurt. This is not the idea of compromise, however, as compromise might imply that there is in fact a better solution. The idea is to achieve the best possible solution although compromises are often inevitable.
All this figuring can be done by an individual or a group and can be greatly assisted by referring to the 8 dynamics. The 8 dynamics can be used to work out all the vectors in a problem. Where an individual or a group gets into trouble is when they don’t take into account enough of these dynamics, usually those vectors between 6 and 1 but especially 8 and 7, as in the modern corporation that is responsible only to its bottom line and its shareholders and neglects wider social considerations – too simplistic! (I’m not arguing against corporations or capitalism here, I’m commenting on one reason they can get into trouble.)
Getting to this place or state where pan-determinism is a normal and natural way to approach life is achieved by, as Ken Wilbur puts it so succinctly, “cleaning up, “waking up” and “growing up”. Scientology 1.0.0’s processes, therapies and exercises are designed precisely to help the individual to achieve these three goals.
Cleaning up: clearing away and resolving all past incidents of trauma and upset so that they can no longer adversely affect the individual in the present. It is difficult, often impossible, to achieve pan-determinism (or any high level state of being) without cleaning up because otherwise too many “negative” thoughts can crowd in on a person which can prevent the operation (other-determinism).
Waking up: this is that event where the individual experiences fully that they are not merely a separate, material, isolated thing but a wide awake, conscious intelligence that is both “exterior” to yet completely connected with the world in some fundamental way**. Unfortunately many people can experience waking up, such as with drugs, but then often return to the disordered matrix of their own lives and promptly go to sleep again (possibly now with a bad headache or worse).
Growing up: this is often the missing ingredient as Wilbur points out. It is where the individual rearranges their life to be in accord with their wisdom, as gained in cleaning up and waking up. If one continuously keeps cleaning up (life gets messy no matter what) then different levels of waking up can occur and thus whole new levels of being a grown up must be achieved.
In Scientology 1.0.0 the cleaning up part is called “clearing”, the waking up part is called “full exterior with full perception” and the growing up part, “ethics and administration”. These activities form what is called the Bridge, a sequence of steps that is designed to help take an individual from one state of being into another, potentially better state of being. On the other hand, these activities can be so heavily supervised and overseen by an institution that the growing up part can be severely inhibited or worse, prevented; sort of like helicopter parenting destroying future generations.
So the goal, ultimately, is getting to the state of full exterior with full perception because this experience gives a person the possibility of seeing the Big Picture, as they say. This state or experience has been talked about for millennia in countless different ways. Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces is all about this journey as told from dozens of different cultures from around the world. The works of Plotinus, The Six Enneads is another great reference as he talks about it from the Western point of view specifically. There are so many, many other works.
When you get to see the “Big Picture”, or merge with “the All” or “see God” (not to be confused with the phenomenon of collapse into “the all” – that’s a whole other thing), you get a look at all eight dynamics at once and discover that everything is working to survive in one fashion or another; that bizarrely no one and nothing is entirely “wrong” in what it is doing. After the experience is passed and you’re back on Earth you are of course still faced with a million complicated choices. Hopefully now, with this new perspective and eventually, with getting cleaned up and the right education, you can gain an improved ability to understand this new perspective allowing you to make better choices, all starting with the pan-determined view.
You can decide to do no harm at all and become a Jain or you could adhere to another philosophy that is more involved with inevitable destruction but also seeks to do as little harm as possible such as Buddhism or concoct your own path. Whatever you do, there is no going back! I believe the world is full of people who are consigned to the streets (or the asylum) who tried to go on with their lives after failing to make the vital changes that their new vision demanded of them which is why the cleaning up, clearing, is so very important.
I also believe that the pan-determined view is “in the DNA” and is actually experienced very early on with most children but it gets drummed out of them quickly by their family, schools and society before they can ever get a handle on it. Back in the day some soul would hold onto it somehow and eventually be elected as a seer or shaman or priest and the tribe or group was wise enough to recognise and appreciate them.
Anyway, that’s them apples. I’ve spent these five articles, blogs, laying out what I think the actual goal and purposes of Scientology 1.0.0 are before tackling the other issues that there may be. The point here is that nothing can go sideways if it has no merits, there has to be a straight way first. The project of Scientology 1.0.0, indeed the whole course of Man’s search for truth and meaning, is a big one and fraught with danger – as all important undertakings are – so to go on criticising the currently existing institution, its leaders and membership, or religion in general, without some of this background is to possibly miss out on the Big Picture, the pan-determined view.
* This is what the judiciary is supposed to do in a well organised society but is often prevented from doing due to crappy laws and political bias.
† An example of practical use: Some forms of marriage counselling that more or less understand these principles can really help couples, if done at the beginning of a relationship, and can potentially teach these skills before they get into trouble. Anyway, it has to be practiced by both partners or it will devolve into that master and slave nonsense mentioned at the beginning.
‡ This comes from the philosophy of Utilitarianism, a major influence on Scientology 1.0.0 thought.
** There’s that “the limits of language” problem again: the immaterial cannot be prepositional.