One of the VERY first things a Scientologist learns is the concept of the 8 Dynamics.
They have been on mind as my brother has been asking about them quite a bit the last few weeks. As I walk this path out of Scientology, I know it’s been over 10 years since I left but I still feel like I’m walking out AND waking up, I have been examining and re-examining many of the Scientology concepts. So, Let’s talk about these 8 Dynamics and allow me to give you my input on how this whole concept gets flawed by Scientology itself.
The 8 Dynamics are really very simple and easy to understand, The first 4 anyway. While I was a Supervisor most of the questions about the 8 dynamics were about the 6th, 7th, and 8th dynamics.
Hubbard states, “The Dynamic Principle of Existence is Survive!” And later “the Lowest common denominator of Existence is Survival”. Hubbard talks about that in “Dianetics”, “Science of Survival” and in many other places, it’s the most fundamental building block of Dianetics and Scientology. It starts right there.
Hubbard says he discovered that. I’m not going to get into that argument here, that’s way beyond what I am trying to do.
He then states that this “dynamic principle of existence” can be subdivided into 8 distinct parts. That is what these Dynamics are: Life broken down and separated out to show 8 areas in which there is an urge to Survive.
In Dianetics, He only mentions the first 4. In Science of Survival, a year later, he only has 7.
In “The Journal of Scientology” Issue 16-G titled “This is Scientology, The Science of Certainty” (of which there is no exact date but around Mid-June 1953), Hubbard states the following:
“These dynamics could be subdivided as follows: the first dynamic would be that one most intimate to the universe which could be said to be the dynamic urging the survival of self.
The second dynamic would be that one of the persistence of admiration
in many forms in one’s own and the other’s universe. This admiration could take the form of sex, eating, or purely the sensation of creation such as sex and children. In the physical universe it would be that light emanation similar to sunlight.
The third dynamic could be said to be that dynamic embracing persistence of groups of objects or entities.
The fourth dynamic would concern itself with an entire species.
The fifth dynamic would concern itself with other living species and would embrace all other living species.
The sixth dynamic would embrace, in terms of survival, the space, energy, matter and forms of the universe as themselves.
The seventh dynamic would be the urge to survive of the spirits or spiritual aspects of each universe.
The eighth dynamic would be the overall creativeness or destructiveness as a continuing impulse.”
I wanted to use this reference because of the way he defined the 8th Dynamic. This later turned out to be the “God” Dynamic of which Scientology consistently lies about.
So, you have:
2D- your family (spouse, kids, sex)
3D- whatever groups you’re involved with
4D- all of mankind
5D- Animals, insects, your pets, anything living that is not of the same species as you. Nature fits here too, the Trees, the Grass, your plants.
6D- The physical universe: your car, your house, your desk. People have asked many questions about this dynamic over the years. The following is a good way to understand it: look around, anything that you can see, if it is not a living, breathing thing, would fit here.
7D- Spiritual world. Oh, so many questions about this one. Scientologists have auditing listed under this category. You can’t have just auditing here, there has to be more. I consider going to Church part of this dynamic. Also, the palm readers, fortune tellers and anything that has to do with the spiritual world. I’ve had students that would place “ART” in this category, all forms of ART, I can’t argue with that as ART is a very spiritual thing. Art can pick you up or bring you down. Fits in here to me. If you disagree, so be it.
8D- “would be the overall creativeness or destructiveness as a continuing impulse” is what Hubbard wrote in ’53. Later worded as the urge toward existence as Infinity and then commonly referred to as the God Dynamic. I have written how I feel about that here.
Remember, these dynamics are breaking down the “Dynamic Principle of Existence is Survival” so each one is an area that there is an urge to survive “through”, or an urge to survive “with”, or an urge to survive“for” and some may even say an urge to survive “as”.
And to finish up what the Dynamics are from Professional Auditor Bulletin 83:
“There could be said to be eight urges (drives, impulses) in life. These we call DYNAMICS. These are motives or motivations. We call them THE EIGHT DYNAMICS.”
There is no thought or statement here that any one of these eight dynamics is more important than the others. While they are categories (divisions) of the broad game of life they are not necessarily equal to each other. It will be found amongst individuals that each person stresses one of the dynamics more than the others or may stress a combination of dynamics as more important than other combinations.”
Hubbard wrote a lot about these Dynamics. You HAVE TO know what they are in order to understand several other aspects of Scientology and, (I might even make the argument you have to understand them in order to understand Scientology at all.)
“OVERT ACT, 1. an overt act is not just injuring someone or something; an overt act is an act of omission or commission which does the least good for the least number of dynamics or the most harm to the greatest number of dynamics. (HCO PL 1 Nov 70 III)
What an “Optimum solution” is:
“An Optimum solution to any problem would be that solution which brought the greatest benefit to the greatest number of dynamics. The poorest solution would be that solution which brought the greatest harm to the most number of dynamics.” (HCO PL 9 July 80R)
And “Out-Ethics” from the same policy:
“By Out-Ethics we mean an action or situation in which an individual is involved or something the individual does, which is contrary to the ideals best interests and survival of his dynamics.”
Hubbard doesn’t state that any dynamic is more important than any other dynamic, he just gives that no thought; however, He does say “they are not necessarily equal to each other” and he explains how one person could stress one dynamic over the others or some person may stress a “combination of dynamics as more important than other combinations” How could this be? Well, let’s take a look at a few examples:
We have all come across that one guy who is self-centered, all into himself, thinks he is “God’s gift to women” and, well, just better than everyone else. What Dynamic do you think he is heavily fixated on? I hope you said the first.
I’m not sure how his other dynamics are doing but they are probably in bad shape as usually no one wants to have anything to do with this guy. That would really hurt the 2nd and 3rd dynamics wouldn’t it?
How about the guy that is so into work, spending 10,12,13, hours a day at work(the 3rd Dynamic) and neglecting his wife and kids that are at home. Have you seen that one? Sure, he’s making money to support his wife and kids (the 2nd Dynamic) but is it an optimal solution based on the things you have read so far in this? Most likely not. Most likely all those hours spent working is causing problems on the second dynamic and it probably spreads out from there.
That’s 2 examples of people totally focused in on one dynamic. What is going to happen in those examples? Well, what have you seen? YOU be the judge of that one.
Let’s throw in an example of someone destroying a dynamic let’s look at drugs.
That’s an easy one to see. Person starts doing Meth, which starts bringing down the first dynamic. That in turn starts hurting the 3rd dynamic as the person isn’t as capable of working anymore (even though they may feel like that are totally capable of working). The person starts needing money to support their Meth habit so starts stealing from friends (3rd dynamic) and family (2nd dynamic) and well things just go completely out of hand.
Why do I bring all this up? I did it to show you how a Scientologist(ecspecially Staff and definitely Sea Org Members) would view these things. And it also brings me to the point I want to say:
The Church of Scientology doesn’t feel like it’s just a Third Dynamic and it isn’t!
It is a Third, Fourth and Seventh Dynamic Activity.
Not only that but this particular Third, Fourth and Seventh Dynamic Activity benefits everyone else’s 8 dynamics. Yes, all 8 of them!
THAT is how a Scientologist views things in regard to these Dynamics.
You may not agree with that. That’s okay, you don’t have to.
Hell, I don’t want you to agree with that.
I want you to UNDERSTAND IT. That’s what I want, for you to understand the view with which a member of the Church of Scientology sees things:
That NOTHING is more important than Scientology across all 8 dynamics.
You might be saying “that isn’t possible”, “no way anyone could think that” “how could any ONE thing be greater than all the 8 dynamics” or “why would anyone adopt such a view on things?”
I’m about to get into that and about how this “view” throws off the whole system of Ethics as defined by Hubbard himself and how/why things can happen in Scientology and no one there sees it as “bad”.
From Keeping Scientology Working #1 (the first policy on every major course in Scientology)
“We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.
This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance.”
Let’s say you’re an Auditor and a friend asks you to go fishing on Saturday. Which is more important, going fishing or doing some Auditing? “The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology”
Reminds me of a time I had a Student that wasn’t scheduled for course this particular night but I called him up to see what was going on (trying to see if I can get him course). He was watching the World Series on TV. He liked baseball. It was game 4 or 5 or something. I used this exact reference to get him in and on course that night, ditching the Baseball game. Hey, what’s more important a baseball game or “the whole agonized future of this planet”?
From HCO PL 26 Sept 79 “Copywriting”
“So realize that you’re not offering cars or life insurance
or Jewelry or stocks or bonds or houses or any of the transitory
and Impermanent things which are based on things not surviving
or on things that are in fact being destroyed. You’re offering
a service that’s going to rehabilitate the thetan and that is
Hard sell means insistence that people buy. It means
caring about the person and not being reasonable about stops
or barriers but caring enough to get him through the stops
or barriers to get the service that’s going to rehabilitate
This is a telex from the Deputy Watchdog Committee Chairman. (I do not know the exact date of this telex as I forgot what all those numbers mean at the top of it) This Telex went out to EVERYONE basically.
INVESTIGATION HAS SHOWN THAT MANY SALES PERSONNEL HAVE HARDSELL CONFUSED WITH HANDLING PEOPLE’S CONSIDERATIONS ON MONEY. THE TRUTH IS THAT WE HAVE A PLANET TO HANDLE AND EVERY MINUTE THAT A PERSON IS· NOT MOVING UP THE BRIDGE IS MORE TIME IN WHICH
HE IS AT RISK OF NEVER MAKING IT ALL THE WAY AND IS JUST THAT MUCH MORE TIME IN WHICH HE SPENDS IN THE HELL OF ABERRATION. IT IS NOT JUST A JOB TO BE A REGISTRAR. IT IS A PERSON IN AN ORG WEARING RON’S HAT AS THE TERMINAL ENLIGHTENING PUBLIC AS TO THE ONE AND ONLY ROAD OUT AND UP TO TRUE OT. THE REAL URGENCY AND INSISTANCE PROPERLY EXPRESSED IS WHAT HARDSELL IS ALL ABOUT.
THE FOLLOWING IS A QUOTE WITH REGARDS TO THE PRICES OF
SCIENTOLOGY AND DIANETIC SERVICES FOR USE IN GETTING IN
HARDSELL TO GET THE GOAL OF A CLEARED PLANET BECOMING A REALITY:
“THE PRICES CHARGED ARE FOR A PRICELESS COMMODITY – PERSONAL ABILITY. HEALTH AND IMMORTALITY. GROUP WELL BEING. A SALVAGED PLANET. JUST 21 YEARS AGO A 100 BILLION BUCKS COULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT AN HOUR MORE OF LIFE. A FEW HUNDRED OR A FEW THOUSANDS NOW BUYS LONGER BODY LIFE AND PERSONAL IMMORTALITY. SO WHOEVER THINKS HE NEEDS SOME ADDITIONAL PERSUASION TO PAY TO KEEP US GOING MUST HAVE POOR CASE REALITY. A MINORITY AMONGST
US. THE ACTUAL COST OF L’10ING SOMEONE AND GIVING ALL GRADES IS CLOSE TO THE PRICE CHARGED. A HUNDRED MILLION WOULD BE A LOW DOWN PAYMENT FOR OUR ORG TECH. SO REALIZE THE VALUE OF WHAT IS BEING BOUGHT AND SOLD. WHAT’S THE VALUE OF IMMORTALITY TO AN EARTHBOUND ECLIPSED BEING? YOU ARE RIGHT. IT WOULD BE
PRICELESS. THERE ISN’T THAT MUCH MONEY.”
LRH COMMODORE, OOD’S 24 FEB 1971.
End of telex (yes, the telex was all caps)
*note: the cost of “L10ing somebody” is $10,000 for 12.5 hours auditing. People usually buy 25 hours and if that doesn’t get them through they have to buy more the at same price. You can’t buy an hour at a time, it has to be 12.5 hours.
I could write just as many words on those two references as I have written on this whole page. There is so much in there if you actually LOOK and see what Hubbard is saying. If you take on that view, that Life Insurance isn’t important, that investments aren’t important, that having that new car isn’t important, then you take on the view of:
“the ONLY thing that IS important is that that person get on and up the Bridge. No Matter what!”
You and your wife are investing in retirement. It’s coming up. There isn’t enough there to retire yet but in a few years there might be enough. But what a minute, let’s look at those 8 dynamics, and apply the above statement from Hubbard to that retirement account. Bam! Money goes to Scientology and person starts working his way up Bridge. Oh, but damn, wife didn’t like that. She must be a Suppressive Person (that would be good to write about later as now this dude’s whole dynamics are totally out of whack!)
Yes, I have seen this one. More than once. Largest amount I have seen was $250,000 to the International Association of Scientologist. It wasn’t even for his Bridge! He wanted to help other people get the benefits he had gotten. Crazy! (The guy had such a good heart he was willing to donate $250,000 to help people learn what Scientology is)
Oh, It took me a full year to get this person to buy his lifetime Membership ($3,000) and here was about a year later donating $250K! And yep, a year later his wife found out and she was pissssssssseeddddddd off! She wasn’t a Scientologist and had no clue that money was gone.
From Ability Magazine “How We Work on the Third Dynamic”
“Getting to be an excellent auditor is a must if one merely wishes to live. But one dynamic isn’t enough. It takes all the dynamics to make a freedom. Therefore to be clear is not enough. To be a cleared auditor and to handle and audit people is a must if we wish to be totally free.
Face it. We live in a barbarism. The shiny cars are driven by degraded men. You won’t be free unless they are.
It has taken me ten hard years to make clearing everyone an accomplished fact. That I could do it was not enough. That you could do it was part of the major plan.
My purpose is to bring a barbarism out of the mud it thinks conceived it and to form here on Earth a civilization based on human understanding, not violence. That’s a big purpose. A broad field. A star-high goal.
But I think it’s your purpose, too.”
This one reminds of the time when I was the Executive Director and had been working with the first person I had ever met on Course when I originally enrolled on 24 Dec 1986. I was working with him on getting some auditing as he hadn’t ever moved up the Bridge. We were friends, I had known him since I started and we went to the same High School (different times but still). He kept needing more and more Intensives (12.5 hours of Auditing), It seemed like every other week. I have no idea how much money he spent but I got him to keep buying. One time he looked at me and said, “You are going to get all my money!” I told him, with a completely straight face, “yep, and then I’m going to get you to join the Sea Org!” (note: I wasn’t a Sea Org Member)
That’s exactly what happened. He and his wife both joined the Sea Org, they were in that “Orientation” film when it was out. They didn’t make it in the Sea Org. I don’t know why. The ended up having two kids, both with Autism. He began having a huge drinking problem, like his father and probably still does.
That’s correct! Scientology DOES NOT WORK!
From HCO PL “The Reason for Orgs”
“Where we are this instant in time is at the reverse point of the universe. You are the one who will make it happen. And you will do it by selling and delivering materials and service to the public you get in and keeping the orgs there so they can and will do it.”
“And that is the reason posts and orgs exist: to change the course of all things past and send the whole of existence back upward from its long plunge.
Oh, of course the unholy will beg you not to do it, will try to pervert policy and corrupt tech, will cause trouble and mock and lie and try to discourage or stop you. But that’s the reason things went bad–and those were the creatures that did it.
And no objective worth obtaining was ever achieved without some
barriers arising or industrious dedication.”
Trying to give you some examples from my own life as I list these while making my point.
Only thing that is coming to mind is a time there was a bomb threat called into the Org and I had to empty out my classroom, had to interrupt my Student Auditors that were behind closed doors auditing and we all had to go far away from the building and just stand there wondering what was going on.
I will tell you this: THAT is the ONLY time EVER in my 22 years of being in Scientology that the course rooms and auditing sessions were interrupted. It was kind of scary actually. It takes something THAT hard core to interrupt things on the Tech Lines of Scientology Org.
From HCO PL “Hatting and the Environment”
“One could ask a staff member that refuses to get hatted how he would like to spend all of the coming eternity blind, in the dark, and in pain. He would probably say he wouldn’t like that. But if we don’t make it, that’s what we’ve got and that’s what he is condemning this planet to.”
There was a staff member on foundation hours (that’s 7-10 M-F and 9-6 Sat/Sun). He and his wife were Clears. His wife was my Senior. Well, She left him for some dude she meet out while dancing one night, leaving him high an dry and totally financially broke. This guy took on a 3rd job of delivering pizzas after 10pm M-F (note: he already had a job during the day) so he was working some ungodly number of hours, delivering pizza on Saturday night. The course room always stayed opened on Sat/Sun night from 7-10 despite there being few other staff on duty at the time. He would come study on Sunday night. I’m not kidding. He wanted to learn his Hat so he could do his staff job better. I don’t know if he had a single spare minute in the whole freaking week! He had no first dynamic time at all!
From HCO Bulletin “More on Pts Handling”
“PTS is a connection to an SP. That is true. But what may be overlooked is that persons of the middle class (which is a culture, not an income bracket, to which belong all the puritan hypocritical mores of the cop and the get-a-job-be-a-moderate plugging-success) frown very terribly on anything that the leastbit tries to make a better world. The middle class wants the world of a job and order and even hypocrisy and cops because
they are AFRAID. They hold their narrow views because any other views may disturb their 20 year house mortgage, the store, the job. So when someone decides to make a better world they look on him as a direct menace even though the dull middle class world is a sort of slavery and suicide. It is the middle class that tries the hardest to keep the down-and-outer out and down, who go along with a cop America and hate support of anything not their class.”
Oh my God! How many times was this one used? Probably the best one I can think of is a new guy comes in to find out about Scientology. A couple of Sea Org Members were there and began talking to him. This guy hadn’t even read a book! Next thing I know, He joined the Sea Org and is on a plane to LA. Took about 25 minutes. I wonder how many Dynamics that guy messed up or if he messed up any. I don’t know, I never got a chance to talk to him.
Guys, I could go on and on with this. Reference after reference and stating examples of things that I have seen or done that could relate to any reference like these. I want you to know that I didn’t come up with the example first in any of the above. I just went through a bunch of references that would help make my point of: NOTHING is more important than Scientology across all 8 dynamics. I listed the references then I went back through to give examples.
This is why you see Scientologist do crazy things and are okay with it. This is why you see Kristie Alley flat out lie that there is no disconnection, This is why you see, Laura Pepron flat out Lie about Scientology’s view on the LGBT community.
This is why you see all this things. This is why you hear of the forced abortions, and even why someone would even think of having that abortion, of the beatings, of the disconnections. It’s all because of the view that NOTHING is more important than Scientology across all 8 dynamics. Straight up. That’s straight talk from me to you.
Now, Is it Ethical for Scientology to have that viewpoint about itself. That is the question that I asked myself. It’s what got me to write this whole thing.
And then I thought of one other thing, the Sea Org. Many people don’t understand what the Sea Organization(Sea Org) is but put simply, these are the most dedicated Scientologists there are. (No, the most dedicated Scientologist is not Tom Cruise), it’s these Sea Org Members, These are the guys that sign a billion year contract,These are the guys working an ungodly number of each week and making about $50. These are the guys the whole thing depends on.
The stated purpose of the Sea Org as stated in that the contract is:
“to get ETHICS IN on this planet and the Universe”
(I know there is way more to the Sea Org than what I mention here. I wasn’t in the Sea Org; however, I can see the things that are mentioned in the link above, that’s one of the reason I used that link)
Now, let’s look at something: The way a Scientologist defines whether Ethics are In or Ethics are out is by using these dynamics. That’s how it’s done.
“By Out-Ethics we mean an action or situation in which an individual is involved or something the individual does, which is contrary to the ideals best interests and survival of his dynamics.”
By Scientology giving an over balance of weight on itself, the answer to the Equation is thrown off!
If Sea Org Members really think the Sea Org is a “a regathering of the Loyal Officers.”,(as mentioned in the above link) the extreme to which Scientology is tilted on the optimum solution equation is magnified 1000x.
They would do ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING to carry out their purpose as there is no way they can see that what they are doing is OUT Ethics. They have Scientology to0 heavily favorited in the equation to see otherwise.
That’s why a person thinks it’s okay to get someone to spend 250K without speaking to his wife, That’s why a little lie from Kristie Alley is okay. That’s why it’s okay to go harass Mary Rathbun and his wife. It’s why someone in the Sea Org would be even told to get an Abortion. It’s why Scientology Lies and says “the billion year contract is just symbolic” and why they say “you can be Christian AND a Scientologist”.
It’s flawed Logic, it’s inherent in the Subject. It’s something that anyone that has ever been on staff will understand and it’s something that most “never ins” will understand.
It’s something that makes Scientology violate it’s own definition of what is ethical and what is not ethical. and It’s totally what makes up the identity of Scientology.
Last thing I want to say is that because Scientology and Scientologist adopt the view I mentioned doesn’t mean they were brainwashed to have that view. NO WAY!
Scientologist and Staff Members adopt that view over time as they go through the training and go through the processing. They start feeling that they have had gains and the more they feel they have had gains, the more they start adopting this view.
This was long, I know. Thanks for reading. I would love some feedback. This was hard for me to write, It’s emotional, It’s a learning process for those wanting to understand and it’s freaking tough to explain.
Thank you again! I’m going to go have a beer!