Pan-determinism at last

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.

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* 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.

The Eight Dynamics, a map of the self.

Scientology 1.0.0 (1952) continued – part 4

“I have an existential map. It has ‘You are here’ written all over it.”
― Steven Wright

In scientology* there are a lot of descriptions of the metaphysical, like the couple of things already mentioned. One of the hellishly difficult problems with discussing metaphysics though is the limitations of language.

Take the Eight Dynamics for instance. The definition of dynamic is, of course, (of a process or system) characterised by constant change, activity, or progress, which comes from the Greek dunamikos, from dunamis ’power’.

That’s fine, except that two of the dynamics (7 and 8) aren’t. Dynamic that is, at least not in that sense. It makes it very difficult to talk about the really big issues when there’s so little language, or no language at all, to cover them appropriately. It’s why the Tao Te Ching begins, “Tao called Tao is not Tao”†. Or, probably, why it is said, “neti neti” (neither this, nor that) in the Upanishads‡. With metaphysics it’s often easier to say what something isn’t rather than to say what it is.

In my opinion much of the current squabbles about scientology and, more importantly – and basically – religion and philosophy, stems to some degree from this very problem, this very complex problem, of language.

Possibly the best known example of this is the Holy Bible. The 1611 King James version, which was translated from various earlier versions, is probably the most important book in the English language. In reading it I not only started to understand scientology better, I began to understand what the main problem with religion might be in these modern times. I mean, this is not a book you’d want read by those inclined to turn things into weapons, people who tend not to be terribly bright. No wonder there was such resistance by the Catholic Church to the creation of such translations §. (They still use the Vulgate (St. Jerome) version of the bible – it’s in a form of Latin which sounds like song but the lyrics are in code, for most people who didn’t and don’t speak it, that is.)

Well, that ship certainly sailed. In one case of many, the cat was really out of the bag when John of Leiden, a literalist fanatic, got hold of one of Martin Luther’s translations and turned the German town of Münster into a proto-socialist apocalyptic nightmare.

Anyhow, moving on. The only level at which one can discuss any of this stuff without much confusion is above 3.0 (conservatism – as laid out previously in part 3). Even so you’d still need a pretty damn good grasp of the language, quite a bit more than is afforded by most of today’s public schooling. You’d need to be very literate and you’d have to be pretty positive (3.5 at least) in your general outlook. As an individual goes down the emotional scale more and more information gets filtered out of the picture so that one can focus on emergencies or dangerous situations. However, if one gets stuck in these levels then you can’t properly evaluate the world because now you’re without most of the data you’d need to do that kind of problem solving properly.

You also ought to have a pretty good sense of humour because the metaphysical is a pretty crazy dance. Truth, capitol “T”, has always been and always will be the intellectual Wild West because it isn’t – intellectual that is. Because in this Wild West no rope (intellect) exists that can be used to lasso any little dogies (motherless calves) of Truth, not quite anyway. What one needs instead is intuition and inspiration.

So what is the Truth? Nobody knows and no-one will ever know, not in the objective, intellectual dimension at least, because Truth is an experience. So in Scientology 1.0.0 Truth is always deeply personal and always sacred as it should be. One can discuss it and one can speculate about it and consider it and on and on which one should because it’s fun but you’ll never get hold of it like you can scientific fact because it doesn’t lend itself to any measurement other than increased well-being and well-being, for the most part is subjective. In Scientology 1.0.0 well-being starts with the basics of survival, of course, but continues with an enhanced subjective world view which is different from person to person. The truth, little “t” on the other hand, is utilitarian. That is to say, truth is or are those things that bring about physical survival like technology and science. These different levels of truth overlap, of course but they ought never be confused. Not unless what you are aiming for is a socialist apocalyptic nightmare. (yahoo!)

Back to the Eight Dynamics. The discussion of Truth must start with breaking up the whole into some sort of studiable constituent parts (reductionism). In this case the whole is Life. Or, You (same thing). This step is done in Scientology 1.0.0, in part, by these eight Dynamics.

They are:

1 – The self (as individual). This would be the “you” you describe as you, “George, “Hannah”, etc.
2 – The family (and the sex act). This is the special genetic-specific pool out of which all the “yous” emerge, “Smith, Jones”, etc.
3 – The group (and/or society). This is the larger collections of people that make it possible for families to endure. This is cooperation with non-family others.
4 – Man as Species. This one is a tiny sub-section of the next one, Living organisms.
5 – Organic life. All living things. Those things as distinguished from inorganic matter.
6 – Inorganic matter, energy, space and time. This is all the stuff out of which organic life is made somehow.
7 – Life or spirit. Whatever that is, up to you, but you could call this the probability dynamic, maybe, or the ethics dynamic but it covers “no wavelength thought” such as aesthetics and meaning. It is First Consciousness. (Kind of.)
8 – Infinity. Again, up to you but you could call this the possibility dynamic, maybe or “the ground of all being”. It covers “whatever there ever is before there is ever anything and underlies literally anything that is or could ever be (phew!)”. It is not “forever” or “the all” or things like that (neti neti). It is Before First Consciousness. (Sort of.)

There are going to be all sorts of other ways to break down existence for purposes of study but in Scientology 1.0.0 it was done this way to get at a particular concept which I’ll get to.

So. That’s the way they are laid out for purposes of therapy, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. The map, though, looks like concentric circles, 1 being in the centre and then the sequence goes:

8 – Infinity: all things possible, one of which is…
7 – Spirit: things are probable as expressed by…
6 – The physical,
5 – The Living,
4 – Man,
3 – Special groups,
2 – Family and
1 – you as individual.

They represent one way to discuss “emergence” and expression. Actually, only expression. More on that shortly.

Because the therapy in Scientology 1.0.0 runs 1 through 8 this can cause some confusion discussing the subject. A typical misconception, or rather not a misconception but a misnomer more like (the language problem previously referred to) is someone discussing the dynamics thusly: “Me as self, that’s the 1st dynamic, then my family is my 2nd dynamic. The company I work for, my sports team and my country are my groups. I am a member of Mankind and my dog and my garden are my 5th dynamic. My house is my 6th dynamic”, etc. This sort of shorts the conversation because it actually only describes the 1st dynamic, the individual self. This sort of view, while maybe a little bit useful, can also get in the way because the 8 dynamics aren’t actually separate things, it’s mainly a way to get at the problem of who and what you really are really.

The thing is often further confused by the term “thetan”. Thetan was coined out of the word “theta” which is the eighth (8) letter of the greek alphabet. This term has often been thought to be synonymous with spirit or soul but what it means is all these eight dynamics. Somehow, due to the limitations of language, the individual got called a “thetan” which immediately brings to mind some sort of separateness. This unfortunately leads to discussing the whole topic as if it were all material alone as you can divide the material world up any way you like but “0”, the 7th dynamic and infinity, the 8th dynamic are not divisible.

To try to understand things as they really are then, especially these big things, you’ve got to have a net, some sort of way to give boundaries so that you don’t lose the plot. Such as with a map. Maps have grids so that they can be more useful in getting where you want to go. So it is with these dynamics, they are a way to point out all of the parts that make up a whole so that they can be studied, discussed, thought about because thinking about them a certain way is going to prove very, very useful – eventually.

You don’t exist without all these parts including spirit and infinity, this is true even for all those people who think that there should only be 6 dynamics because dynamic 7 includes things like penultimate consciousness, meaning and inspiration and art and dynamic 8, infinity is the idea that all things are possible (which makes life even more interesting).

So there it is: the actual self is all this, all 8 dynamics.

When people get upset you may quickly discover that they might be insisting on some sort of separateness of one kind or another, such as placing them as essentially sequential (the 7th dynamic comes before the 6th such as with the New Age) or assigning priority to one or more as opposed to others (the 7th and 8th dynamics are senior to the 6th such as with fundamentalists). Other examples of this are authoritarianism (the group is senior to the individual) or totalitarianism (the individual is owned by the group). Although there is separateness it’s an idea only as useful as that net, to try and get hold of what’s coming in the next article: pan-determinism (uh oh). The dynamics are set out in the way that they are only in order to get at that nutty problem.

Just to further emphasise, these dynamics are not sequential except for the purposes of study. No dynamic is actually emergent or is “bringing forth” any other dynamic as in “first there was this and then came that”. Nor are they in some order of priority. No dynamic is senior to any other dynamic.

As mentioned before, Truth, capital T Truth, is an experience, one of love, and this experience of love is seeing the inter-connectedness of all things. Connecting with this “all” is sometimes misconstrued as a sort of ecstatic collapse of the self into some bigger whole or something like that which is why this experience is mostly impossible to convey with words, but it is a key goal of Scientology 1.0.0 where this experience is called pan-determinism.

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* No, not a typo. I’m switching back and forth from small “s” to capitol “S” depending on context.

† Verse 1 of the Tao Te Ching, translation by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo.

‡ Actually there are many more words in various Indian dialects that cover difficult metaphysical concepts than there are in English. No surprise there.

§ There were many reasons for this resistance but this danger was one of them.

Space, emotion and well being

Scientology 1.0.0 (1952) continued – part 3.

“Space, the final frontier…” These are the immortal opening words of a very popular television series. Of course, they are referring to outer space but as any fan will tell you all the best action takes place in that other space, a subjective space, the space created by the characters.

In this part I’d like to talk a bit about the important, vital, role space plays in Scientology 1.0.0.

Actually it begins with dianetics (1950)*. Dianetic theory is basically this: that a person may be having trouble in the present because of some part of them being stuck in the past, some past trauma or incident of loss, of pain or unconsciousness. These past moments can result in a person experiencing mis-emotion (emotions that don’t fit the circumstance or the environment) and/or psychosomatic ills (sickness and disease with no readily apparent external cause or pathogen).

By helping a patient to re-experience these past moments of trauma and by coaxing them to describe the incident or incidents (there is often more than one) as accurately as they can (according to their own reality) and in the correct sequence you could relieve an individual of its influence which in turn, as you get them to contact and relate more of these events, raises an individual up something called the tone scale †.

Ah, the infamous Tone Scale! One of the several things in scientology that can, and has, been easily weaponised at times either accidentally or on purpose‡.

I alluded to it previously referring to it as a scale going from level 1 to level 4. More accurately the scale goes a little bit more like this, with each level having basically two parts: level 1 goes from apathy to grief; level 2 goes from fear to anger; level 3 goes from boredom to conservatism and level 4 goes from cheerfulness to enthusiasm. It is numerically graded: 0 to 1.0 to 2.0 to 3.0 to 4.0. That’s the dianetic emotional scale, the scientology one goes higher (and lower).

It’s laid out like this:

0.0 is death, the organism is dead, ‘nuff said.
0.2 is apathy. This is when life and a person are becoming too separated, what these days is referred to as depression.
0.5 is grief, this is the sadness usually experienced as the result of losses
1.0 is fear. This is what people call “flight mode”.
1.1 is covert hostility. This is the level of hostility or anger that is hidden, a sort of cloaking emotion so your enemies don’t see you coming. Today it’s loosely referred to as “passive-aggressive” but “passive-aggressive” is usually easily detected; if you can see it then it’s not truly covert, the 1.1 tone is invisible.
1.5 is anger. Today this is called “fight mode”.
2.0 is antagonism. This is the first stage of hostility you might call “threat mode”. It’s the growl before the bite, the puffing up preceding attack which posturing, if done well, makes it unnecessary to go to messy fight mode.
2.5 is boredom. This is the emotion of non-interest, a more pleasant cousin of apathy. This is where you’re not invested in conflict but you’re not invested in creative emotions either. It’s the level of “ho-hum” or “meh”.
3.0 is referred to as conservatism. Not the political version, here it means “to limit change” (actually, that’s what the political version used to mean). As the universe is nothing but change this can be a problem but it’s a useful emotion because it’s the emotion that’s interested, invested, in keeping order.
3.5 is strong interest or cheerfulness. Creativity is becoming a factor. This is where life is getting interesting, where you are becoming invested, involved and immersed. Life is beginning to look sort of bright.
4.0 is eagerness or exhilaration. A feeling of creativity is the main factor. This is where you are truly invested and interested. It is sort of a protocreative, highly enjoyable version of attack; you’re throwing yourself into life now because life isn’t something separate from you at this level because life is you §.

The scientology tone scale is a bit different, it has greater nuance, more levels up and down, but this dianetic version works perfectly well for my tale of space.

So what could be an analogy? Some people have referred to emotions as sort of like frequencies such as you’d get through a radio transmitter. This is true but only sort of. The difference is this: whereas if you dial into 89.6 fm you won’t hear or receive fm 104.6 or am 600, wherever you put the dial that’s the only frequency you’ll hear to the exclusion of others. On the tone scale each tone enfolds the tones below it. If you’re at 1.0 you can pick up and receive 0.2 through 1.0 and a little bit more, up to about 1.5, but you’ll probably misidentify everything above you. At 2.5, say, you’ll be aware of everything from 0.2 to 2.5, not that you’ll be much interested, but with a slight ability to communicate somewhat with 3.0. 4.0, on the other hand, is fully and completely in communication with the whole scale while beginning to suspect that the scale goes even higher.

Okay. So. What’s this got to do with space?

In dianetic therapy you helped guide a patient “back” into various past moments of upset or trauma or whatever and this gradually allowed the patient by gradients to unlock themselves from this “past” and eventually experience the “present”**, a present possibly completely devoid of upsets and trauma and therefore potentially quite pleasant, maybe even exhilarating. This, in a nutshell, is the whole point of dianetics, to help an individual up this scale to live permanently at 4.0. which is called Clear††. This process could take time, however, possibly a lot of time.

With WWIII looming, as it definitely was in the early 1950s, my father began thinking about what could speed up the process by which a person could be helped to become unstuck – from 3.0, conservatism, down to just above 0.0 (3.5 is fairly fluid, not sticky, so the therapy would go pretty quickly at that level anyway). “Clearing” people, that is, getting a person to the state of Clear, is the whole point of both dianetics and scientology because people living life from, or at, the top end of the emotional tone scale won’t support governments lower on the scale. If enough of the members of a group (electorate) are at 4.0 they won’t support, or tolerate, governorship that is lower than 3.5‡‡. Imagine having a government that was at 3.5? My dad’s dream in 1950 was for Man to get involved in exploring Outer-Space rather than building rockets to deliver atomic bombs to Russia. What we have now is a government somewhere between 1.1 and 2.0 per this scale, a pretty miserable state of affairs which is why so many people are upset about it; WWIII could yet still happen.

So, space. Here’s that scale again only now it’s a scale of the perception of space.

0.0 is no space, ‘nuff said.
0.2 all barriers. It would feel like being jammed stuck in a dark coal bin, claustrophobia.
0.5 space feels like a dark closet, filled with wet musty clothing.
1.0 would feel like no space behind you and too much space in front of you.
1.1 similar to 1.5 only now all space, whatever space you think you own is actually, really, all yours (all ego) and all these “others” in it are only barriers, opponents, objects, to be eliminated as completely as possible. A 1.1 doesn’t feel “comfortable” about space until all that space looks like Arlington Cemetery.
1.5 would look like whatever limited space you “have” (ego) is constantly being pushed in and down on you. Too many barriers, too many obstacle, too many opponents, they must be hit back and pushed outwards, if others have too much space then there’s less for you. All the time, you “got to have and/or control space”.
2.0 You’ve got a little space now but here it would look like all the things within “your” limited space, within all those barriers, too many barriers, feel like they might be or be becoming either obstacles or opponents (like when you’re late and driving through traffic, growl, growl).
(0.2 to 2.0 is the “zero-sum” band of the scale while the following is plus-sum.)
2.5 space feels like it’s there, you’ve got some, like the size of a studio apartment, you’re ok with whatever barriers and that’s good and it’s nice, sort of but there isn’t anything particularly interesting in it or about it, maybe a picture of an apple on the wall or a slightly dusty aspidistra on the windowsill (faint noise of a sun-lazy fly).
3.0 is when you feel that the space you have is adequate, like the size of a two story home with a driveway plus your street, and if you manage it well, if you’re very careful, very, very careful, it won’t shrink, change or go away.
3.5 now there seems to be quite a lot of space and it seems you can really move around in it quite freely, even move the barriers around somewhat, and most of those barriers and things in there seem to have a rightness and correctness. It’s a truly interesting place. Space, what you can see, feel or even, possibly create, is beginning to seem potentially limitless and you’d like to share it with everyone.
4.0 now a window into limitless space! This is when you fully get the experience of possibly creating space to whatever size and dimension you desire. You could be as small as a proton or as big as a universe, it’s limitless space, it could all be yours and anyone and everyone else could have it too (no ego). Oh, and here’s the kicker: with Space comes Time. At 4.0 you can have time be as short or as long as you like. Stuck on a 13 hour trans-Pacific flight next to a snorer? Zip! Dinner with good friends? Sloooow!§§

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In Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide series there’s a device called the Total Perspective Vortex (haha! this is great). The victim is placed inside the thing which then goes to work impinging upon them the vast limitlessness of Creation and comparing you to it by showing you as a microscopic dot upon a microscopic dot that bears the legend, “you are here” (genius!) proving that you are so small, so infinitely inconsequential that it renders you irretrievably insane, then you die. (Many of us have a similar devices within our own homes or even in our pockets called Mass Media/Groupthink Portals, or MMGTPs, otherwise known as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News et al).

That right there is a perfectly accurate description of what happens when you, as the viewpoint, have no space either subjective (yours) or objective (its).

On the other hand, how do you feel when you’re up? Like when you’re eager or exhilarated? You might feel like Maria in the opening sequence of The Sound of Music. it’s a really wonderful opening sequence and expresses exhilaration beautifully (it’s on Youtube). Anyway, I bet you feel a lot like Maria, she’s having a great day.

What this is really all about is optimum space and barriers: things can have as little space as you’d like (kissing, etc.) or as much as you like (road trip!).

This might be pretty obvious stuff, I know. A lot of people reading this will know all about this phenomena but these little articles are for those who are curious about scientology and don’t know about it.

As I mentioned before, this business about space is one of the several key points in Scientology 1.0.0 but for casual observers it may not be obvious why this is so and is thought to be so important. If you don’t do this already, try this next time when you’re feeling a bit low: go where the horizon is far (roof top, hill top, beach) and feel (or fill) all the distance between you and there, pretend like it actually belongs to you, make all that space your own. Maybe that’ll make you feel a bit better for awhile. Another trick is taking a walk and making a specific point of ignoring as much as you can all those upsetting thoughts and instead spotting, looking at, different objects at different distances from you, do this until you feel calm and relaxed. A much more advanced trick is to sit quietly, close your eyes and imagine (create) eight points around yourself like the corners of a box with you in the centre, then slowly, carefully push those points out as far as you can get them until you are feeling better or at least a bit more relaxed. This last, like any form of meditation, can be quite difficult for some people which is why there are custom designed therapies and exercises in Scientology 1.0.0 to help people get so good at meditation that it becomes your whole day, regardless of what you’re doing, rather than for 10 minutes here or an hour or so there. In Scientology 1.0.0 it’s considered that the creation and management of space is vital to well being. Ultimately the Clear is potentially able to decide to be in whatever tone/space at will and to change tone/space at will. This means you could be feeling cheerful and all smiley at a funeral but that would be stupid.

By the way, there’s that other trick everyone knows where you take several deep breaths or concentrate on breathing. Besides oxygenating the brain these are mainly time-based exercises. You might do these before you try space-based ones if circumstances call for it.

So there’s the connection between space and well-being. Not just objective space but the space you can create for yourself, subjective space. When you’re tired or sick or upset there seems to be too little of it. When you’re feeling great you might feel like you’re as big as the world.

Playing around with viewpoints of subjective and objective space is called spacation in Scientology 1.0.0 and all sorts of exercises were designed around this activity, as I mentioned. That was way back in 1952, mind you, when what I’ve described was a discussion almost impossible to have in the West. Over the years since then though, thousands of people began discussing this stuff and it’s been slowly becoming part of the culture. Today it may seem like an “everybody knows” sort of thing but the truth is if this business about space was really understood in our society then there might be far less confusion.

So, to sum up. You are a viewpoint viewing dimension points (0s looking at 1s). You (0) looking at dimension points either as created by you (imagine a dot or whatever, a duck maybe, on the floor or a spot in the air and look at it) or objectively, any object or dimension around you (such as actual points or ducks) that you can perceive. The distances between the viewpoint and the subjective dimension points must be able to be shortened or lengthened and moved around at will for there to be well being.

There is a lot more to know about these scales, especially the tone scale but people do know about this though, they know that to “identify” too hard with an idea (ideology) or a thought (“I am my mind”***) or whatever can lead to conflict and misery. To remain calm but interested the viewpoint has to have space under control, to make a little distance in order to be able to look at things objectively, so to speak. The ego, the identity the viewpoint uses to negotiate reality from 3.5 down, is not really much of a problem until the viewpoint collapses, identifies, with it, in other words you should be able to move all up and down the tone scale like an artist whenever to do so suits you or fits the situation. To remain healthy the viewpoint must remain in control of the distances from, spaces between, all the ideas and thoughts, opinions and considerations so that when new information comes into view it can be used to modify and update the information it is using to negotiate life. Otherwise, you’re going to become obsolete, like old software.

So, spacation was developed in 1952 as just one step of a series of processes called Standard Operating Procedure and was designed to produce the desired results more rapidly than dianetic processing. It didn’t happen that way though, as it turned out that it wasn’t going to be that easy for many people. What was needed at the time (WWIII looming, actually looming, remember) was something in addition or perhaps something more basic, some new or perhaps simpler set of procedures, ones that got uniform results more quickly regardless of who learned to use them.

To be continued.

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* Dianetics was partially based on and inspired by the works of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) among others. It means “through mind”, Dia: “through” or “passing through”” and noûs, from nóos which means “mind”. Its similarity to the word cybernetics is not a coincidence.

† Tone as a word is slightly ambiguous in dianetics and can be seen there in quotes as “tone”. It can refer to vibrational frequencies simultaneously with the “character or voice expressing emotion”.

‡ This is easily done by assigning the top half of the scale as “up tone” or “good tones” and the bottom half as “down tone” or “bad tones”. The tones below 3.5 are only bad if you get stuck in them otherwise every tone on the scale is useful or necessary depending on the circumstance.

§ What’s different about this way of analysing emotion is the sequence. As far as I know, no other therapy or philosophy previously recognised a scale of emotion in exactly this way. Because a person can move so quickly from one emotion to another you might not see the steps in between but if you slowed down the process apparently all the steps are there and always in that sequence whether or not you’re going up or down.

** Time, outside of the therapy, is not actually a continuum exactly, this gets into physics 101, but for therapy there is definitely past, present and future.

†† Clear is not a state of constant eagerness or exhilaration, remember the tone 4.0 is all the tones below it. The difference between a Clear and a non-Clear is that a non-Clear often experiences lower tones without obvious cause which is called mis-emotion. A Clear is going to experience all the emotions on the scale depending on what they are doing and who and/or what they are communing with.

‡‡An electorate below 3.0 starts becoming less interested in governorship and more insistent on leadership. Governorship is for societies founded on the sovereignty of the individual, leadership is for societies founded on the idea of the collective.

§§ This is different from immersion in a meaningful task when time seems to disappear altogether. Immersion begins to happen on the scientology tone scale at 4.0 plus.

*** Some people think they are their thoughts. You are not your thoughts. You can have thoughts, create thoughts, think thoughts but you are not your thoughts; the mind is a tool just like you are not your screwdriver or hammer.

Scientology 1.0.0 (1952) continued – part 2

“I am nobody contemplating nothing” – 4th century gymnosophist

Here’s a good book, Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by
Charles Seife. It’s got nothing to do with Scientology but it sure gives a great overview of zero and zero is the key to Scientology 1.0.0.

Zero. Nothing. No thing. ?! No wonder Scientology is sometimes described as confusing, even stupid. I mean, what’s nothing got to do with anything? Everything, actually.

Search Scientology on the internet, surf the hits you get on Google and you will find here and there someone saying, “Ask anyone about Scientology and they can’t give you a simple answer”. In other words, those who are supposed to know either don’t know what it is or there is no answer because it, well… Scientology doesn’t mean anything, it’s a scam after all.

“Knowing how to Know” is the first usual definition of Scientology (version 1.0.0). It’s from scīre, to know and -logy, he study of, which comes from logia which means, the word of God or communications of divine knowledge.

This definition refers to the problem of ontology and human consciousness and what consciousness does: knowing. But not only knowing, everything probably does that to some degree, but knowing that you know. Now maybe other living things do this too but here’s the kicker: Knowing that you know and thinking and talking about it all the time ad nauseam and, if that weren’t enough, knowing that you know and that one day you won’t know anything because you be dead! This can get one all tied in knots, just ask Kant or Camus, they and many others get really into this problem and it’s a doozy!

In Scientology 1.0.0 this strange business of knowing that you know is discussed at length and it’s discussed like this: viewpoint and the dimension point; you are the viewpoint, of course, which in Scientology 1.0.0 is assigned the mathematical symbol 0 and the dimension point is assigned 1, (or whatever number you like depending on what’s being looked at – physics 101).

The postulate in Scientology is this: as long as the 0 is being a viewpoint and isn’t collapsing into the 1, the thing being viewed, then all is well but if the 0 gets confused with or collapsed into (identified with) the 1 in any way then you’ve got a problem, sort of like trying to read this with you nose smooshed against the screen.

This is, at the core, what the Stoics are talking about, they say no matter what happens outside the self, the self can remain at enough distance through discipline to keep perspective, to be clear minded and thus behave responsibly.

So then how the heck does a viewpoint get confused with a dimension point you might ask? Well, it’s when the bottom drops out of your life for any of a million reasons and you don’t put it back together quite as nicely as it once was. Or maybe you don’t recover at all if the confusion is severe enough (many, many people don’t; talk to a veteran with PTSD, for instance or any of the legion of homeless who are mostly so tragically shattered they can’t support themselves even if they had a million bucks).

Anyway, on the surface it’s all pretty obvious. Here’s a few dimension points you might see right now if you looked around: your computer, the floor, the window or the door (assuming you’re not reading this from prison). It’s clear and obvious you are not these things because you are looking at them but the question is, who or what, exactly, is doing the looking? Nobody knows. The subject of human consciousness is a deep, deep mystery to this very day. It can’t be quantified or measured or tasted, touched or anything, hence the assignment of 0 to it. Then there’s a 6.2 earthquake and all these dimension points go into chaos. After the after shocks you will probably recover and be fine but for a few moments there you didn’t know where you were or what was happening to all those things; they got confused with you and you got confused with them.

Okay, back to that goddamn 0. 0 means, no wavelength, no space, no time, no nothing. 0 is how mathematicians get to the really big numbers. Before the Wests’ discovery of 0 there could be no computers. If you don’t get a weird feeling thinking seriously about this after about 5 minutes then you are a robot and good luck to you!

The 1 factor, or any quantitative, is the objective measure of anything or just any thing in the physical universe that could be looked at by the 0. This includes mental image pictures too. Ah, it gets weirder and weirder. Make a picture in your head of the computer or the window or any object you can think of, who or what is looking at it? Then place this object anywhere, who or what put it there? Think of a cat, put it on the floor, how did it get there? Now make it walk around, yow!

(Sam Harris, the neuroscientist and philosopher, a grave critic of my father and Scientology, actually does a wonderful job of demonstrating these peculiar phenomena in his podcasts and a meditation app. He might be surprised to know that this whole business is at the core of Scientology 1.0.0 thinking and not B-52s flying to Venus.)*

To finish making the point, if these two factors, 0 and 1, remain separate enough from each other all is well, if they get too jumbled up then woe. From this you could get a scale that goes sort of like this:

Level 4: The viewpoint is being a viewpoint, knows it’s a viewpoint and is interested in looking at dimension points knowing it’s not a dimension point. This would be the level of a person who is interested in life and feels pretty optimistic about most things where and when justified.

Level 3: The viewpoint thinks it is some of the dimension points (a lot of people identify with what they own, for instance) but these dimension points can be managed somewhat. This is where a person engages with life mildly, with some small interest, a degree of caution but can often get bored.

Level 2: The viewpoint is somewhat separate but confused with too many dimension points such as happens when you fight crime, or fight anything all the time. This is where the person is often in that fight mode, often on guard, worrying about dimension points and obstacles (like other people) not strictly under his or her control.

Level 1: The viewpoint thinks it’s a dimension point. This is where a person feels apathetic, depressed (get out the Zoloft) or sad, often afraid or in flight mode (pop those Xanax).

All this because of too great a confusion, identification, of the 0 with the 1, the viewpoint with the dimension point, the person with the object, the subjective with the objective, you with others or you with stuff.

Note: Materialists are always Level 2s as are quite a few atheists and all fundamentalists of any stripe and it’s mostly this level that has the most problems with things like mysticism and other peoples’ religions. For Level 2s the world is a dangerous place where one must fight for survival by attacking and stopping things that they don’t understand or can’t control (usually both). Excessive/obsessive control is the name of the game for the Level 2, control by dominance using force. Level 2s tend to be predatory.

For Level 1s it’s worse because the Level 1 can’t use force so nothing can be dominated or controlled using force. In the lower half of Level 1 one behaves like an object, easily pushed around. In the upper half of Level 1 one is usually frightened, anxious and both halves tend to act like prey.

Level 3s are your parents telling you to get a good job (you are your job, “so, what do you do for a living?”), get a 401k, get married (find yourself a nice boy or girl and settle down), raise a family and don’t make waves (if you don’t absolutely have to). This is the Level of Keeping Up With the Joneses: you are your stuff.

So there it is, 0. Very weird stuff, 0, especially where it eventually leads. 0 is a hell of a thing to try and talk about though, so even though this 0 idea has been around for thousands of years and many, many religions and philosophies revolve around it it’s relatively new to the West which didn’t have a 0 to think about until around 500 to 600 years ago which was when Western civilisation began to progress into the Modern Era. Coincidence? Maybe.

But. But “where it eventually leads”, I said, and there’s the rub. I mean, why bother with the whole complicated 0 business in the first place, why not say “the self” or “the I” or just “the viewpoint” like I did above; why not leave it at that?

That’s because the goal of Scientology 1.0.0 is something called Pan-Determinism, the Pan-Determined individual. In Scientology 1.0.0 there are three basic determinisms: Other-Determinism, Self-Determinism and, the brass ring, Pan-Determinism. This is the sate of being where you can finally connect all the dots of all the things everywhere and find no fault. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” (Just a note, fault and bad are two very different things.)

Obviously there are good things and bad things like love and pain but if you think hard about it all these things are, at their centre, states of mind, considerations. Naturally Pan-Determinism would be a near impossible accomplishment but all one need to do is get to that height of perception just once, just enough to know that it’s true and real and then, once back on the earth, get busy with connecting all the dots of all the things, as much as you possibly can. Through this process, individual by individual, could be created the true brotherhood of man, unification of all living things and balance with the material world. We’d still have earthquakes and get eaten by tapeworms, get divorced and have fights and difficulties, but we’d be able to see the good as well as the bad and stitch it all back together without remaining broken for too long, if at all.

So in Scientology, 1.0.0, instead of just discussing it there are a whole series of therapies and exercises invented to work with an individual to get to the aha! of the matter, the aha! experience happens at Level 4. If a person is a lower Level 1, it’s pretty difficult to work them up to Level 4 but if you’re an upper Level 1 through 3 various of these therapies and exercises are designed to get you there. If you are a Level 4 it’s easy for you to get the new orientation and these exercises can help you maintain.

You see, Pan-Determinism is represented in Scientology as the infinity symbol, the figure eight on its side, sort of a Möbius strip with a twist. As any mathematician will tell you, mess with 0 enough and you get to the inevitable infinity equations. Infinity doesn’t go forever, by the way, or is just really big like the whole universe, it’s an idea that stands outside of time and space, it can only be indicated in equations, can’t be thought about, it’s an experience.**

This full on experience, Pan-Determinism, is the goal of Scientology 1.0.0 as it is the goal of many other practices and disciplines. It is designed to be a fairly reliable way of eventually seeing God, as they say, but it’s plotted out in Scientology to be acceptable and understandable by the Western Mind and is designed to take you there gently, gently so you don’t end up an ego-maniac or bouncing off the walls of a padded cell. That’s what is new in Scientology 1.0.0, all the steps and procedures, the therapies and the exercises, they are what is unique.

Possibly now you are thinking that this guy, me, is just another Scientology stooge and apologist and maybe you’re right, I am the son of it’s creator after all, but if you read my earlier blog you’d know that I’m not telling you that it works or that it’s true, I’m making an argument for a closer inspection instead of the extant write off because seeing God saves us all no matter how we get there just so long as we get there, so long as it’s under our own steam.

Carl Jung said, “One of the main functions of organised religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God.” He said this because having this experience all at once is so damaging to the average psyche. But what if, if, it were possible for most of us to have this experience without such risk, what then?

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*He will have also discovered by now that a lot of people have trouble meditating and it’s partly this problem that the therapies and exercises in Scientology are designed to address. By the way, a scientologist adept doesn’t have to set time aside to meditate, except in extreme situations, because the exercises teach you how to achieve meditation no matter where you are or what you’re doing; potentially you could be in the middle of a category 5 hurricane and maintain that state.

**Psychotropics sometimes deliver a mimicry of this experience but every adept will tell you that the real deal comes from 0, not an exomolecular compound (although molecules are involved it’s just that they must be nudged without the violent triggering of introduced neurotoxins).