Use this glossary to look up and define any SCIENTOLOGY words or terms you come across in these pages that you do not fully understand.
aberration: a departure from rational thought or behavior.
Advanced Organization: A type of Scientology Church that delivers upper-level services.
assessment: the action of an auditor calling off questions or items to a preclear from a prepared list and noting down any E-METER reaction to the questions or items called.
auditing: the application of DIANETICS or SCIENTOLOGY processes and procedures to someone by a trained auditor. The exact definition 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.
auditor: 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.
bank: see reactive mind.
beingness: the assumption or choosing of a category of identity.
Birthday Game: A yearly competition participated in by Missions, Scientology Organizations and Advanced Organizations. The purpose of the game is expansion, and its points are earned each week based on the trends of the statistics. The Birthday Game started in 1974 when L. Ron Hubbard was asked what he wanted for his birthday and his answer was "5X the stats!" The result was one of the biggest booms in Scientology to that date, and the Birthday Game has since become a tradition.
Bridge, The: The Bridge to Total Freedom, another name for the Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart of Levels and Certificates. The Bridge is a term which originated in early Dianetics days, symbolizing travel across and abyss from unknowingness to revelation.
C/S: see case supervision.
case: 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 by reason of his aberrations.
case gain: the improvements and resurgences a person experiences from auditing; any case betterment according to the pc.
case supervision: referring to the actions of the Case Supervisor. The C/S directs what auditing actions are done for each individual preclear under his care. All case supervision is for the benefit of the preclear.
case supervisor: see case supervision.
Central Org: A Scientology Church which is placed at the next level in the hierarchy above groups and missions. Like Scientology groups and missions, a local church provides introductory lectures, workshops, seminars and other religious services to people new to Scientology. And it is where they can also discover exactly how to chart their path to Clear and beyond.
Centre Magazine: The mission journal, a publication of Scientology Missions International.
charge: harmful energy or force accumulated and stored within the reactive mind, resulting from the conflicts and unpleasant experiences that a person has had. Auditing discharges this charge so that it is no longer there to affect the individual.
Clear: the name of a state achieved through auditing or an individual who has achieved this state. A Clear is an unaberrated person and is rational in that he forms the best possible solutions he can on the data he has and from his viewpoint.
co-audit: an abbreviation for cooperative auditing. It means a team of any two people who are helping each other reach a better life with DIANETICS or SCIENTOLOGY processing.
confessional: a SCIENTOLOGY action which asks a person to straighten out his interpersonal relationships with others.
DIANETICS: man’s most advanced school of the mind. The word comes from Greek dia, through, and nous, soul. DIANETICS is defined as what the soul is doing to the body.
Dianetics Seminar: (See Hubbard Dianetics Seminar)
doingness: the action of creating an effect. An effect in creation is action.
dynamics: there could be said to be eight urges (drives, impulses) in life. These we call dynamics. These are motives or motivations. These are 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.
E-METER: 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.
engram: a mental image picture which is a recording of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness and a real or fancied threat to survival.
Executive Director: The executive responsible for controlling and running a Scientology service organization.
Expanded Grades: Six major auditing actions which are done as part of every person's individual auditing program. Each Grade consists of a series of auditing processes which enable an individual to rehabilitate or regain specific abilities needed to succeed in life. For example, Grade 0 consists of twenty-three individual processes which address a person's ability to communicate, each of which is run in sequence to its proper result. These Grades are called Expanded as each one uses all the processes developed for it.
exteriorization: the state of the thetan being outside his body. When this is attained, the person achieves a certainty that he is himself and not his body.
Field Auditor: An auditor who is active in the community, doing professional auditing.
Field Control Division: The division of a Scientology Organization responsible for keeping the field and its existing people active through field activities, community programs and public relations actions. Its product is an interested, thriving field that is serviced and who spill over into the org for services. The Field Control Division is Division 6C.
Grade: A series of processes culminating in an exact ability attained, examined and attested to by the individual. Grades are designated by Roman numerals, i.e. — Grade 0, Grade I, Grade II and so on.
Grade(s): a series of processes which are run on a preclear with the purpose of bringing him to a particular state of Release.
Grade Chart: see THE BRIDGE.
Hubbard Dianetics Auditor: The name of a course which teaches someone to deliver Dianetics auditing, or a person who has completed this course.
Hubbard Dianetics Seminar: A seminar which teaches basic Dianetics auditing techniques. Its purpose is to give the student the knowledge that something can be done about the reactive mind and to give him experience in handling the reactive mind.
Hubbard Qualified Scientologists: The name of a course which offers a broad survey of key Scientology principles and gives a thorough introduction to the subject; also used to refer to a person who has completed this course.
Life Improvement Course: Any of various basic courses covering Scientology data and discoveries one needs to improve his life in numerous areas such as marriage, raising children, interpersonal relations, personal integrity and many others.
New Era Dianetics: A summary and refinement of Dianetics, released in 1978, based upon thirty years of experience in the application of the subject.
Personal Efficiency Course: The name of an entry-level course in which new public learn Scientology fundamentals.
MEST: the physical universe. A word coined from the initial letters of Matter, Energy, Space and Time, which are the component parts (elements) of the physical universe.
NEW ERA DIANETICS: a summary and refinement of DIANETICS based upon thirty years of experience in the application of the subject. NEW ERA DIANETICS was released in 1978.
Objectives: Objective refers to outward things, not the thoughts and feelings of the individual. An Objective Process deals with the real and observable. It calls for the preclear to spot or find something exterior to himself in order to carry out the auditing command. It locates the person in his environment.
Operating Thetan: 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.
org: (SCIENTOLOGY slang) an organization that delivers DIANETICS and SCIENTOLOGY training and processing.
OT: see Operating Thetan.
outpoint: any one datum that is offered as true that is in fact found to be illogical; the anatomy of insanity.
pc: see preclear.
pluspoint: a datum of truth.
postulate: that self-determined thought which starts, stops or changes past, present or future efforts.
preclear: a spiritual being who is now on the road to becoming Clear, hence pre-Clear.
pre-OT: a thetan beyond the state of Clear who, through the pre-OT levels, is advancing to the full state of Operating Thetan (OT).
process: a set of questions asked or commands given by an auditor to help a person find out things about himself or life and to improve his condition.
processing: the action of asking a preclear a question (which he can understand and answer), getting an answer and acknowledging him for that answer. Also called auditing.
PTS: potential trouble source, somebody who is connected with a suppressive person who is invalidating him, his beingness, his processing, his life.
PTS/SP Course: The name of a course which contains the technology covering Potential Trouble Sourses and Suppressive Persons, and the policies on how such situations and persons are handled.
Purification Rundown: A program consisting of nutrition, sauna and exercise which is designed to purify and clean out of one's system the restimulative drug or chemical residues which could act to prevent spiritual gain from Dianetics or Scientology processing.
randomity: a consideration of motion. There is plus randomity and minus randomity. There can be, from the individual’s consideration, too much or too little motion, or enough motion. “Enough motion” is measured by the consideration of the individual.
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.
Release: the term for what occurs when a person separates from his reactive mind or some part of it.
roller coaster: a slump after a gain.
rundown: a series of steps which are auditing actions and processes designed to handle a specific aspect of a case.
Saint Hill: The English residence of L. Ron Hubbard from 1959 through 1967, and the worldwide headquarters of Scientology from 1959 to 1970, located in East Grinstead, Sussex, England. During the mid-1960s L. Ron Hubbard ran Saint Hill as the Executive Director which was renowned as a period of extremely rapid expansion. The term "Saint Hill" now applies to any organization authorized to deliver certain upper-level Scientology services.
Sea Organization: A religious order that is distinct from the various Scientology Church organizations, though Sea Org members are responsible to the particular Church corporation for which they work. Unlike other Scientology staff, each member of the Sea Org signs a pledge of eternal service to Scientology and its goals — and thus members of this religious order form the dedicated core of the religion. The Sea Organization derives its name from its earliest beginnings in 1967 when L. Ron Hubbard, having retired from his position as Executive Director International, set to sea with a handful of veteran Scientologists to continue his research into the upper levels of spiritual awareness and ability. Although the majority of Sea Org members are now located on land, in keeping with the tradition of the beginnings of the Sea Org, they still wear maritime uniforms and have ranks and ratings. Commitment to the Sea Org is a sign of devotion to the religion and its objectives of spiritual salvation.
SCIENTOLOGIST: one who knows he has found the way to a better life through SCIENTOLOGY and who, through SCIENTOLOGY books, tapes, training and processing, is actively attaining it.
SCIENTOLOGY: SCIENTOLOGY applied religious philosophy. It 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.
session: a precise period of time during which an auditor audits a preclear.
Student Hat: A course which covers all aspects of Scientology study technology.
Success Through Communication Course: A basic course which consists of eighteen communication drills presented in a gradient that anyone can learn and immediately apply. The purpose of this course is to train a person to guide and control communication for social, business and other purposes.
SP: suppressive person.
TA: tone arm; a control lever on the E-METER. The tone arm registers density of mass in the mind of the preclear. This is actual mass, not imaginary, and can be weighed, measured by resistance, etc.
theta: energy peculiar to life or a thetan which acts upon material in the physical universe and animates it, mobilizes it and changes it; natural creative energy of a thetan which he has free to direct toward survival goals especially when it manifests itself as high tone, constructive communications.
thetan: 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.
tone scale: a scale which shows the emotional tones of a person. These, ranged from the highest to the lowest, are, in part, serenity, enthusiasm (as we proceed downward), conservatism, boredom, antagonism, anger, covert hostility, fear, grief, apathy.
track: time track; the consecutive record of mental image pictures which accumulates through a person’s life or lives. It is very exactly dated.
Training Routine:, often referred to as training drills. Training routines are practical drills on the cycle of communication.
TRs: see training routines.
upper indoc: “Indoc” is short for “indoctrination” (meaning to teach) and Upper Indoc TRs are the series of TRs that follow Professional TRs in auditor training. They teach adroitness in starting, changing and stopping.
withhold: an unspoken, unannounced transgression against a moral code by which the person was bound. Something the preclear did that he or she is not talking about.
Word Clearing: The procedures used to locate and clear up words the student has misunderstood in his studies are called Word Clearing.