The States of Existence
by L. Ron Hubbard


Man is chained to the upsets in his past.

He has never understood why he felt so upset and misunderstood about his family or people or situations.

Most men dwell perpetually on troubles they have had. They lead sad lives.

Freedom from the upsets of the past with the ability to face the future is almost an unknown condition to man.

It is attained as a Grade III Release.


Man’s abilities tend to be individually specialized. He is so intent upon some action that he is clumsy in performing others.

Moving out of a fixed condition and being able to do other things is attained as a Grade IV Release.


Man can seldom handle POWER. He retreats from it or abuses it. When he has it he often misdirects it.

To have it and handle it is attained as a Grade V Release.

Whole Track Release

Man is not even aware of his “time track.” It is a record of his consecutive moments of living stretching back as long as he has lived.

His past is his “time track.” There are three conditions concerning it. A being is first unaware he has one, then is fascinated by what he finds out about his own past and then finds what made him and it that way.

Some of this often shows up in lower auditing. But at this higher state, one comes to handle it.

At this grade it is hard to describe the state, it is so high above common experience and is totally missing in all man’s literature.

It is a Grade VI Release.