Scientology is the science of knowing how to know answers. It is an organized system of axioms [statements of natural laws on the order of those of the physical sciences] and processes that resolve the problems of existence.

A Scientologist is a specialist in spiritual and human affairs.

Scientology is organized from the viewpoint of the spirit and contains a precise and usable definition of the spirit, and charts and studies and is capable of changing the behaviour of the spirit.

Scientology is formed in the tradition of ten thousand years of religious philosophy and considers itself the culmination of the searches that began with the Veda, the Tao, Buddhism, Christianity and other religions. Scientology is a gnostic [of or relating to knowledge] faith in that it knows it knows. This is its distinguishing characteristic from most of its predecessors. Scientology can demonstrate that it can attain the goals set for Man by all religions, which are wisdom, good health and immortality.

By spiritual means, but means as precise as mathematics, a host of the bad conditions of life may be remedied in Scientology.

Illness and malfunction can be divided into two general classes. First, those resulting from the operation of the spirit directly upon the communication networks of life or the body, and those occasioned by the disruption of structure through purely physical causes. Unhappiness, inability to heal and psychosomatic illness (which include some 70 percent of the illnesses of Man) are best healed by immediate address of the human spirit. Illness caused by recognizable bacteria and injury in accident are best treated by physical means and these fall distinctly into the field of medicine and are not the province of Scientology, except that accidents and illness and bacterial infection are predetermined in almost all cases by spiritual malfunction and unrest, and conditions in accidents are definitely prolonged by any spiritual malfunction. Thus we have the field of medicine addressing the immediate injury (such surgical matters as birth and acute infection, and such things as contusions [bruises or injuries in which the skin is not broken] and abrasions resulting from accidents) as well as the administration of drugs and antibiotics to prevent the demise of the patient in a crisis. This is the role of medicine.

Where predisposition [a condition which makes one inclined or liable to disease, illness, etc.] to disease or injury exists, or where disease or injury is being prolonged, or where unhappiness and worry causes mental and physical upset, or where we desire to better and improve communications or social relationships, we are dealing, if we are efficient, in the realm of Scientology. For such things are best healed or best prevented or best remedied by immediate and direct recourse to the spirit and its action and determinism of the course of the body.

The only truly therapeutic agent in this universe is the spirit. In Scientology this has been demonstrated with more thoroughness and exists with more certainty than the physical sciences or mathematics. A Scientologist can make an individual well, happy and grant him personal immortality, simply by addressing the human spirit.

For more than ten thousand years, Man has been accumulating material toward this goal. But it required a wide understanding of the philosophies and processes of Asia and a thorough indoctrination in the Western physical sciences and mathematics to bring about the precision existing in Scientology when practiced properly by a trained Scientologist. It could be said with Scientology that we have entered the Second Age of Miracles.

It is a discovery of Scientology – a discovery susceptible to the most arduous scientific proofs – that people are not bodies, but that people are living units operating bodies. The living unit we call, in Scientology, a thetan, that being taken from the Greek letter theta, the mathematical symbol used in Scientology to indicate the source of life and life itself. The individual, the person, the actual identity, is the living unit. It is modified by the addition of a body. And by the addition of a body, it is brought into a certain unknowingness about its own condition. The mission of Scientology is to raise the knowingness of this spirit to such a degree that it again knows what it is and what it is doing. And in this state the thetan can apply directly to his own body or to his environment or to the bodies of others the healing skill of which he is capable. It is the thetan that builds and constructs, it is the thetan that forms actual forms and organisms.

Among the capabilities and potentials of the thetan is immortality in full knowingness of his own identity. The amount of time which he has spent on Earth and the number of deaths through which he has gone have brought him into a state of forgetfulness about who and where he has been. This material is recovered in Scientology, if a Scientologist specifically processes toward it.

 

by L. Ron Hubbard

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