Scientology Terms

A major source for the definitions below is the alt.religion.scientology "Acronym/Terminology FAQ" by Martin G. V. Hunt

"After Dianetics. Used on issues such as HCOB's [Hubbard Communication Office Bulletins] and HCOPL's [Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letters] to show the year. It's based on the Christian calendar, but with a base year of 1950 with the release of the cult classic 'Dianetics'; thus AD 15 = anno Domini 1965."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

ARS, alt.religion.scientology
"The newsgroup this FAQ is posted to. Often lower-case; '30,000 people a month read ars, according to Arbitron.' (ars) after a definition shows that the source of the term is ars; terms which are sourced from Scientology itself have nothing after them. (act) is for terms from"
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"The application of Dianetics or Scientology processes to someone by a trained auditor. The exact definiton of auditing is: The action of asking a person a question (which he can understand and answer), getting an answer to that question and acknowledging him for that answer."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

"Auditing usually involves a or Meter, with the PC holding onto the soup cans, and the Auditor taking down notes and asking questions."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"At the heart of the auditing procedure is the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is important because it is used within Scientology to deceive clients and cause them to believe that they are able to accomplish para-normal feats and regain memories of past life experiences. Typically, a person's confidence in the Scientology theory of reality and their acceptance of Scientology's authority in their lives is based on the mistaken belief that they hypnotically induced fantasies they experience during auditing are valid evidence of the truth of Scientology's claims."
     - Richard J. Ofshe, Ph.D, "A Very Brief Overview of Scientology"

"A person trained and qualified in applying Dianetics and/or Scientology processes and procedures to individuals for their betterment, called an auditor because auditor means one who listens."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

Bank, or Reactive Mind
"That portion of a person's mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under his volitional control and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. The reactive mind is where engrams are stored."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

"On a higher level Engrams are revealed to be none other than Body Thetans."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

Body Thetan

Forbidden in Canada by the Religious Technology Center.

In a confidential OTIII document, Hubbard defines this as a non-controlling thetan stuck to a body.

"A general term for a person being treated or helped. It also refers to his condition, which is monitored by the content of his reactive mind. A person's case is the way he responds to the world around him."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

"A person audited enough to be free of the 'bank'. A low-level superman-type person; a baby OT."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"A Clear is an unaberrated person and is rational in that he forms the best possible solution he can on the data he has and from his viewpoint."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)


Forbidden in Canada by the Religious Technology Center.

In a confidential OTIII document, Hubbard defines this as a bunch of body thetans.

"The word comes from Greek dia, through, and nous, soul. Dianetics is defined as what the soul is doing to the body."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

"Hubbard's derivative mental healing therapy; scorned by the mental health profession as being unscientific nonsense."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"On a 1909 lecture, Freud explained a method for uncovering traumatic memories. Patients were asked to recall earlier and earlier life incidents on a 'chain' until the emotional 'charge' was released. Hubbard not only took the technique, he even retained several of the expressions used by the translator of these lectures. Freud had abandoned the technique, because it was laborious and completely failed to uncover key repression's."
"Hubbard took Freud's technique, added a little of the then-popular General Semantics, and asserted that the 'basic' or original traumatic incidents had occurred in the womb. In this he was following the work of Otto Rank, Nandor Fodor and J. Sadger. Hubbard also asserted that it was actually possible to recall prenatal incidents, right back to conception (the 'sperm dream''). Fodor too had written of prenatal memory."
     - Tony McClelland, "Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard - The Total Freedom Trap"

"Hubbard introduced Dianetics in 1950 with his best-selling book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health."
"According to Dianetics, every experience is recorded in the mind as a mental image. Painful experiences, called engrams, are not completely available to the "analytical," or conscious, mind. When stimulated by later experiences, engrams, which are part of the 'reactive', or subconscious, mind, cause irrational behaviour. Therapy requires working with an "auditor" to confront engrams in order to 'clear', or free, the mind of them. "
     - Encyclopaedia Britannica

"The purpose of therapy and its sole target is the removal of the content of the reactive engram bank. In a release, the majority of emotional stress is deleted from this bank. In a clear, the entire content is removed."
     - L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

For more on Dianetics see The Skeptics Dictionary.

"Urges for survival as or through (1) self, (2) sex and family, (3) groups, (4) all mankind, (5) living things (plants and animals), (6) the material universe, (7) spirits and (8) infinity or the Supreme Being."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

E-Meter, or Meter, Electrometer
"An electronic device for measuring the mental state or change of state of Homo sapiens. It is not a lie detector. It does not diagnose or cure anything. It is used by auditors to assist the preclear in locating areas of spiritual distress or travail."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

"A crude battery-powered analog ohmmeter used to locate Overts, Body Thetans, and Engrams; the PC [preclear] holds the electrodes (soup cans), while the Auditor watches the dial. Circuitry is based on the Wheatstone Bridge; designed by Volney Mathieson. Current 'top of the line' models sell for about $4,000 US in a plastic case. Actual parts list is about $50-$100."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"The meter tells you what the preclear's mind is doing when the preclear is made to think of something. The meter registers before the preclear becomes conscious of the datum. It is therefore a pre-conscious meter. It passes a tiny current through the preclear's body. This current is influenced by the mental masses, pictures, circuits and machinery."
     - Scientology Technical Dictionary

"A Mental Image Picture of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness, and a real or fancied threat to survival; it is a recording in the mind of something which actually happened to the preclear in the past which contained pain and unconsciousness, both of which recorded in the Mental Image Picture called an Engram."
     - HCOB 11 May, AD 15)

"A posited memory trace that remains after a moment of pain and unconsciousness. Hubbard didn't coin this word; it is in Webster's, and is part of the ISV."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"A definite and permanent trace left by a stimulus on the protoplasm of a tissue. It is considered as a unit group of stimuli impinged solely on the cellular being."
     - L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

"Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health proclaims that by 'erasing' the engrams, the individual is freed from compulsions, obsessions, neuroses, and such conditions as heart trouble, poor eyesight, asthma, colour blindness, allergies, stuttering, poor hearing, sinusitis, high blood pressure, dermatitis, migraine, ulcers, arthritis, morning sickness, the common cold, conjunctivitis, alcoholism and tuberculosis. Hubbard soon claimed cures for cancer and leukaemia.
"No scientific evidence for these claims has ever been produced."
     - Tony McClelland, "Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard - The Total Freedom Trap"

Scientific experimentation (on an admittedly limited scale) has failed to prove the existance of engrams.

"The former name of the ship Hubbard was [self-appointed] Commodore on the Apollo [a 3280-ton motor vessel built in 1936]. When the Sea Org came ashore in Clearwater, Florida, they set up the Flag Land Base, a high-level Org. Now just called Flag."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

GE, Genetic Entity
"A low-grade soul that stores whole track engrams (memories of pain and unconsciousness from the last few trillion years of the patient's life) like the clam incident (people descended from clams, according to Hubbard.)"
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

GPM, Goals Problems Mass
"A supposed mass which develops when one is thwarted from reaching a Goal by a Problem or stop."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"Hypnotic suggestion smashed into one's mind millions or billions of years ago in the Space-Opera Scientology Cosmology. 'One implant was installed using giant movie screens.'"
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

Incident I

Forbidden in Canada by the Religious Technology Center.

"OT III also addressed an earlier incident of some four quadrillion years ago. This was an implant which was supposedly the gateway to our universe. The unsuspecting Thetan was subjected to a short, high-volume crack, followed by a flood of luminescence, and then saw a chariot followed by a trumpeting cherub. After a loud set of cracks, the Thetan was overwhelmed by darkness."
     - Jon Atack, A Piece of Blue Sky

Incident II

Forbidden in Canada by the Religious Technology Center.

In a confidential OTIII document, Hubbard describes the R6 implanting process for Incident II - dropping H bombs on thetans in volcanoes - and describes how it forms giant clusters.

Marcab Confederacy
"Various planets united into a very vast civilization which has come forward up through the last 200,000 years, [it] is formed out of the fragments of earlier civilizations. In the last 100,000 years they have gone on with a sort of a decadent kicked-in-the-head civilization that contains automobiles, business suits, fedora hats, telephones, spaceships. A civilization which looks [like an] almost exact duplicate but is worse off than the current U.S. civilization. "
     - SH Spec 291, 6308C06

"It's a star system in the astronomy charts. It is also supposed to be the source of most of the suppressive influences attacking the Earth at this time and in the past."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

MEST, Matter, Energy, Space, and Time
"The constituents of the physical universe, or the physical universe itself. Seen as a lesser domain than the spiritual or Theta realm."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"Operating Thetan, one who is above Clear, who is not just free of unconscious impulses, but is free of other things too operate, and be causative over the physical universe."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"A Thetan exterior who can have but doesn't have to have a body in order to control or operate thought, life, matter, energy, space and time."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

"3. An individual who could *operate* totally independently of his body whether he had one or didn't have one. He's now himself, he's not dependent on the universe around him."
     - Scientology Technical Dictionary

OT III, (or OT 3)
"Operating Thetan (level) three, also called the wall of fire. Deals with Incident II, Xenu and the H bombs. Hubbard said that anyone who was exposed to this level casually would "freewheel" through it, become a chronic insomniac, then get sick and die. (cough, cough.)"
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"A situation of opposition to a terminal or person, giving a reason to fight. 'Sue started Op-Terming with the SPs on ars; she would have been better off not giving them a game.'"
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

Overt Act
"1. An act which does the least good for the least number of dynamics or the most harm to the greatest number of dynamics.
"2. An intentionally committed harmful *act* committed in an effort to resolve a problem.
"3. That thing which you do which you aren't willing to have happen to you. (This term is usually shortened to *overt* and is used as a noun.) "
     - Scientology Technical Dictionary

"Preclear. Someone who is getting Auditing (spiritual counselling) who is not yet 'Clear' (Clear is the state of being free of unconscious impulses that cloud your judgement)."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

PTS, Potential Trouble Source
"Someone who is in contact with an SP, and therefore may cause trouble to the cult. 'Mary is a PTS type III'."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"While on the RPF [Rehabilitation Project Force - Scientology's thought reform prison camp] at Gold, I also occupied the chicken coop dormitory. This was an old chicken coop which still smelled of chicken coop droppings. However, it was not only RPFers who were deprived of adequate food and sleep. At Gold, hundreds of Sea Org members would be deprived of adequate sleep and put on a diet of rice and beans sometimes for six weeks at a time-and their weekly pay of approximately $30.00 would be cut in half. This would be punishment for lower ethics conditions such as poor production. However, when this occurred, David Miscavige [Hubbard's successor as Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center] would still eat his bacon, eggs, sandwiches and steak dinners.
"The response of human beings to these conditions is somewhat predictable. I saw many people undergo psychotic breaks. By psychotic breaks I mean being reduced to incoherent babbling, stripping off clothes, crawling around on the ground, banging heads, limbs and other body parts against furniture and walls, barking, losing all sense of one's identity and intense and persistent suicidal ideation. This is what Scientology calls the PTS type III phenomena."
     - Andre Tabayoyon


Forbidden in Canada by the Religious Technology Center.

In a confidential OTIII document, Hubbard defines this as the entirety of pictures in the implant created in 36 days during Incident II. This includes religious figures likes God and the Devil and well as objects and scenes that might be found in the contemporary English countryside.

Pieces of R6 became known as Christianity.

"Scientology is the "official name Church of Scientology, religio-scientific movement developed in the United States in the 1950s by the author L. Ron Hubbard (1911-86). Its forerunner was Dianetics, a form of psychotherapy originated by Hubbard and later incorporated into Scientology."
     - Encyclopaedia Britannica

Scientology "is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes, and other life. Scientology means scio, knowing in the fullest sense of the word and logos, study. In itself the word means literally knowing how to know."
     - Advance, Magazine of the Advanced Organization Los Angeles (AOLA)

The word 'Scientology' "comes from Nordenholz's book Scientologie 34."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"Scientology markets itself to the general public as a psychotherapy program utilizing the book Dianetics (by L. Ron Hubbard) as propaganda for the treatment method. Once someone has become involved with Scientology they learn that the organization delivers an 'applied religious technology' that will confer on individuals supernatural mental powers including the ability to travel through the universe at will, materialize physical objects and other extraordinary abilities. A person who advances in the program is supposed to progressively gain power over Matter, Energy, Space and Time (m.e.s.t.). Full realization of these powers comes with completion of the program. Completion of the program, however, never comes."
     - Richard J. Ofshe, Ph.D, "A Very Brief Overview of Scientology"

Using the Flag price list (Spring '94) the total price of Scientology services to reach the current highest level, OT VIII, would cost (with discounts) an estimated $120,000.

"With perhaps seven hundred centers in sixty-five countries and an active worldwide membership of about seventy-five thousand, Scientology has evolved an elaborate international operation designed to facilitate and control the flow of resources across many national boundaries.
"Scientology portrays itself in North America and much of Europe and Australia as a religion yet even a cursory examination of the organization reveals that it is much more. Its complex, international structure actively markets, promotes, and advertises material related to business management, education, mental health, physical health, law enforcement, 'moral revitalization' (to use its own term), and entertainment. These additional aspects work together with its religious elements 'in getting the technology of LRH [i.e., Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard] into new territories of the world' (International Management, 1987)."
"Its transnational resource mobilization and acquisition efforts involve motivating adherents, neutralizing or eliminating opponents, and replacing the social roles currently filled by opponents with Scientologists or Scientology constituents. It motivates its adherents by instilling in them beliefs that their divinely driven personal and social mission is threatened by dire and powerful enemies. It then organizes internationally coordinated efforts to attack perceived opponents that may damage its global expansion efforts (i.e., the mental health profession and Interpol). Through nobly named 'social reform' groups such as the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and the National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice, Scientology attempts to expose its opponents' alleged criminal activities and otherwise discredit them in the eyes of both elites and the general public."
     - Stephen A. Kent, "International Social Control by the Church of Scientology"

The Church of Scientology has assets totalling an estimated $400 million and an annual revenue of $300 million.

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Sea Org
"Many people who become committed to Scientology are recruited into a sub-unit called the Sea Organization. These individuals sign a billion-year contract of service to Scientology. They are worked extremely hard and are paid a subsistence wage. They live under Spartan conditions in the larger Scientology facilities. They subordinate their families to the Scientology organization. Parents turn control of their children over to the organization. If a person's spouse becomes critical of the organization it is policy that the spouse be declared a "suppressive person." If this happens the individual will have to face a decision to either separate from the spouse or leave Scientology's service."
     - Richard J. Ofshe, Ph.D, "A Very Brief Overview of Scientology"

"Pains and aches restimulated or turned on during a "therapy" session, or contained within an engram or memory incident. "The PC got a heavy somatic in her jaw while auditing a clam incident." ".
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"A person who subverts Hubbard's 'Tech' by alteration. The name probably came from the idea of squirrels burying, or being associated with, nuts. In the cult jargon, Squirrel refers to someone who is too insane to follow Standard Tech".
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

Standard Tech
Scientology Technology [Tech] is standard if it is unaltered and applied strictly according to the policy and procedures set down by Hubbard.

"Theoretically, all Scientology is 100% Standard Tech, meaning it is workable. 'Flag has the most 100% Standard Tech on the planet!'"
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

Suppressive Person or SP
"An evil person; someone who criticizes Scientology."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

"1. A person who rewards only down statistics and never rewards an up statistic. He goofs up or vilifies any effort to help anybody and particularly knifes with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or intelligent. A suppressive automatically and immediately will curve any betterment activity into something evil or bad.
"2. The person is in a mad, howling situation of some yesteryear and is 'handling it' by committing Overt acts today.
"3. An SP is a no-confront Case because, not being in his own Valence he has no viewpoint from which to erase anything. That is all an SP is.
"4. Those who are destructively antisocial.
"5. A person with certain behavior characteristics and who suppresses other people in his vicinity and those other people when he suppresses them become PTS or potential trouble sources."
     - Scientology Technical Dictionary

"Seemingly immortal life-source...from the Greek theta, the traditional symbol for thought, or life...a potentially omnipotent and limitless being that was, in fact, the source of life.
     - "The Church of Scientology: 40th Anniversary"

"The person himself-not his body or his name, the physical universe, his mind, or anything else; that which is aware of being aware; the identity which is the individual. The term was coined to eliminate any possible confusion with older, invalid concepts. It comes from the Greek letter Theta (Theta), which the Greeks used to represent thoughttor perhaps spirit, to which an n is added to make a noun in the modern style used to create words in engineering. It is also Thetan, or 'theta to the nth degree,' meaning unlimited or vast."
     - Glossary for Scientology and Dianetics

"Another personality."
     - Martin G. V. Hunt

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