Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts -Mark Twain
The following definitions are excerpted from Scientology's official Glossary , Technical Dictionary, or Administrative Dictionary (laden with jargon); and the critics' ARS Acronym/Terminology FAQ (derisive), formerly maintained by Martin G. V. Hunt. We had hoped for a concise, understandable, neutral glossary but such a thing doesn't seem to exist. Perhaps we will write our own one day. In the meantime, we present both Scientology's and Critics' definitions in the hope that they balance out to some extent.
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Scientology (glossary): A departure from rational thought or behavior. From the Latin, aberrare, to wander from; Latin, ab, away, errare, to wander. It means basically to err, to make mistakes, or more specifically to have fixed ideas which are not true. The word is also used in its scientific sense. It means departure from a straight line. If a line should go from A to B, then if it is aberrated it would go from A to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, and finally arrive at B. Taken in its scientific sense, it would also mean the lack of straightness or to see crookedly as, in example, a man sees a horse but thinks he sees an elephant. Aberrated conduct would be wrong conduct, or conduct not supported by reason. Aberration is opposed to sanity, which would be its opposite.
Critics: An instance of insanity. Also, another term for an engram, or hidden memory of pain and unconsciousness.
Scientology (admin): Sudden peaks of income.
Critics: A condition or level of high and climbing production. Aptly named, as higher production means more money. "The stats will be in screaming affluence again this Thursday at 2:00."
Scientology (admin): An individual may clean his own fee by approaching ethics and offering to make amends. Any amends project must benefit the org and be beyond the routine duties. It may not only benefit the individual. Offers to "get audited at own expense in Review" are acceptable as auditing will benefit everyone. No work one would normally do himself on post is acceptable amends. Doing what one should do anyway is not amends, it is the expected. No org funds may be employed in an amends project.
Critics: A way for a down-stat (not producing enough or looking less than fixedly happy) Scientologist to get back in good graces. Usually involves long hours scrubbing toilets and such, followed by a mass petition collecting signatures of completion to break down the willpower and personality of the cult indoctrinee based on group rejection/acceptance, peer-pressure and milieu control. "Jan's doing an Amends Project, as part of his Ethics Cycle; I'm not signing his petition until he cleans my room to white-glove standards."
Scientology (glossary): 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. [An auditor is] 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.
Critics: The action of running Scientology or Dianetic processes on a PC (a preclear; someone receiving Scientology processing). Auditing usually involves a Meter, with the PC holding onto the soup cans electrodes, and the Auditor taking down notes and asking questions. "Auditing in the HGC costs over $500 per hour." [An auditor is] the person who uses an E-Meter (a simple, ineffective lie detector used in Scientology with a needle and soup cans for electrodes) to find Overts (undisclosed acts) and Engrams (incidents of pain and unconsciousness) and audits them out of the person receiving auditing or preclear.
Scientology (glossary): The reactive mind, that portion of the mind which works on a stimulus-response basis which is not under a person's volitional control and which exerts force and power over a person's awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions.
Critics: The reactive mind; supposedly packed with "overts", or undisclosed acts, and engrams or moments of pain and unconsciousness. Also, anything negative seen as coming from the reactive mind.
Scientology (glossary): The assumption or choosing of a category of identity. Beingness is assumed by oneself or given to oneself or is attained. Examples of beingness would be one's own name, one's profession, one's physical characteristics, one's role in a game-each and all of these could be called one's beingness.
Critics: A word Hubbard probably plagiarized from Nordenholz. Implies the rewarding experience of being something, assuming a valence (another personality) or hat (an office or post in Scientology). Hubbard fit beingness into a triptych with doingness and havingness.
Scientology (tech: win/wins): Intending to do something and doing it or intending not to do something and not doing it. Also: If a pc is getting wins then the pc gets more able, earns more or finds more wherewithal, and accomplishes more in a given period of time, leaving more time to use for auditing and the minor upsets or discomforts which accompany even the smoothest auditing are disregarded.
Critics: Something seen as being of great benefit, but tends to be ephemeral or nebulous. A Big Win may be incomprehensible to Scientology outsiders.
Scientology (admin): A covert attack on the reputation of a person, company or nation using slander and lies in order to weaken or destroy.
Scientology (glossary): An item, word, phrase, subject or area that causes response or reaction in an individual.
Scientology (glossary): 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.
Critics: The sum of one's problems, bad memories, Engrams (moments of pain and unconsciousness), BTs (Body Thetans or evil spirits infesting the body), Overts (undisclosed harmful acts), Etc. "My Case has really improved by doing the Sunshine Rundown." See Bank, Reactive Mind.
Scientology (glossary): The point of emanation (something coming forth from a source). It could be defined also for purposes of communication, as source-point. If you consider a river flowing to the sea, the place where it began would be the source-point or cause, and the place where it went into the sea would be the effect-point and the sea would be the effect of the river. The man firing the gun is cause; the man receiving the bullet is effect. Causative: capable of producing an effect.
Scientology (glossary): A state of mental and/or physical collapse to the extent that individuals cannot function causatively.The individuals are quite effect. A US Western term which symbolized mental or physical collapse as like being at the bottom of a mine shaft or in a tunnel when the supports collapsed and left persons under tons of debris.
Critics: To destroy someone by forcing them over into the dark side of the bank or reactive mind (the sum of one's memories).
Scientology (glossary): The name of a state achieved through auditing or an individual who has achieved this state. A Clear is a being who no longer has his own reactive mind. 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. The Clear has no engrams which can be restimulated to throw out the correctness of computation by entering hidden and false data.
Critics: A person audited enough to be free of the "bank," or reactive mind. (The sum of the memories of pain and unconsciousness the person has) A low-level superman-type person; a baby OT (Operating Thetan). "Samantha just had her Clear Certainty Rundown, and is now considered a clear!"
Scientology (glossary): A new realization of life. Cognitions result in higher degrees of awareness and consequently greater abilities to succeed with one's endeavors in life.
Critics: A sudden realization about oneself having to do with Scientology. "Fanny had a cognition about how her father was a big Suppressive during Session; now she's on the PTS/SP course."
Scientology (glossary): Part of the ethics and justice system of a Scientology organization. It is a fact-finding group appointed and empowered to impartially investigate and recommend upon Scientology matters of a fairly severe ethical nature.
Critics: A Committee of Evidence; a cult "justice" action. "Fred was declared at his Comm Ev; now he's an SP, and subject to Fair Game."
Scientology (tech): Entheta, in proximity to theta, makes entheta out of it. From this we have the contagion of aberration. People under stress, if aberrated, dramatize engrams. Such dramatization may involve the injury of another person and render him more or less "unconscious." The "unconscious" person then receives as an engram the dramatization.
Scientology (glossary): To create something against a creation; to create one thing and then create something else against it, bringing about the destruction of the first creation.
Scientology (glossary): The sequence that an action goes through, wherein the action is started, is continued for as long as is required and then is completed as planned.
Scientology (admin): The dead agent caper was used to disprove the lies. This consisted of counter-documenting any area where the lies were circulated. The lie "they were…" is countered by document showing "they were not…." This causes the source of the lie and any other statements from that source to be discarded.
Critics: To spread malicious lies and rumors about an Anti-Scientologist person or organization, in an attempt to so thoroughly discredit them that everyone concerned will be disgusted with them, and not listen to the information they have to give about the cult. Many attempts to Dead Agent the recently destroyed CAN (the Cult Awareness Network) and FACTnet (Fight Against Coercive Tactics network; a BBS that supplies information about the cult) have been posted to ARS (alt.religion.scienology).
Scientology (glossary): An Ethics Order which declares a person or group as a suppressive person or group.
Critics: The act of blacklisting within the cult; the result is an "SP" (Suppressive Person, someone who does not like Scientology) who can be "Sued, tricked, lied to, or destroyed" as per the cult's policy. "Eric was declared Suppressive at his Comm Ev."
Scientology (admin): 1. Office of LRH, Division 7 (HCO PL 20 Nov 65). 2. (Nine Division Org) Department of Clearing (HCO PL 26 Oct 67).
Scientology (admin): Downstats are defined as .11 or enturbulated persons.
Critics: Referring to Down Stat individuals; people who are not doing well in a Scientological sense, that is, cranking out enough product.
Scientology (glossary): 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.
Critics: The eight Scientological subdivisions of life. Self, Sex, Group, Mankind, Animals and Plants, Universe, Theta, God.
Scientology (glossary): The receipt point of a flow (thought, energy or action). For example: If one considers a river flowing to the sea, the place where it began would be the source-point or cause, and the place where it went into the sea would be the effect-point, and the sea would be the effect of the river. A man firing a gun is cause; a man receiving a bullet is effect.
Scientology (glossary): The name of a Scientology process which gives the preclear reality on the environment, control in following directions and havingness. It is also used to mean good control.
Scientology (glossary): An electronic device for measuring the mental state or change of state of a person. It is not a lie detector. It does not diagnose or cure anything. It is used by auditors to assist the person receiving auditing in locating areas of spiritual distress or travail.
Critics: Or Meter, electrometer or electropsychometer. A crude battery-powered analog ohmmeter used to locate Overts (undisclosed acts), Body Thetans (evil spirits), and Engrams (moments of pain and unconsicousness). The PC or patient holds the soup-cans electrodes, while the Auditor or Scientology therapist watches the needle on the dial. Circuitry is based on the Wheatstone Bridge. The meter was 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, making it a good money earner for Scientology, particularly since every auditor is required to own two in case one breaks down.
Scientology (glossary): A mental image picture which is a recording of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness and a real or fancied threat to survival. It is a recording in the reactive mind of something which actually happened to an individual in the past and which contained pain and unconsciousness, both of which are recorded in the mental image picture called an engram. It must, by definition, have impact or injury as part of its content. These engrams are a complete recording, down to the last accurate detail, of every perception present in a moment of partial or full unconsciousness.
Critics: A posited memory trace that remains after a moment of pain and unconsciousness. Hubbard didn't coin this word; it can be found in Webster's, and is part of the ISV, the International Scientific Vocabulary.
Scientology (glossary): Enturbulated theta (thought or life): it especially refers to communications which, based on lies and confusions, are slanderous, choppy or destructive in an attempt to overwhelm or suppress a person or group.
Critics: Enturbulated theta. Bad Vibes.
Scientology (glossary): Turbulent or agitated and disturbed.
Critics: Hubbardese for being upset. "Suzy found ars so enturbulating, she ran away."
Scientology (glossary): Ethics is reason and the contemplation of optimum survival. A system of ethics exists in Scientology whereby a person can take certain actions to correct some conduct or situation in which he is involved which is contrary to the ideals and best interests of his group. Ethics is the section of a Scientology organization which enforces ethics policy so as to keep the area free from enturbulation and thus make it possible for all to achieve the full gains which Scientology technology has to offer.
Critics: A section of a Scientology Org (organization) that keeps people in line, and the Hubbardian policy that deals with it.
Scientology (admin): May not be further protected by the codes and disciplines of Scn or the rights of a Scientologist.
Critics: The notorious Scientology policy describing how to deal with critics, ex-members, and other undesirables dehumanized with the label "Suppressives"; they may be "Sued, tricked, lied to, or destroyed," as per policy. A more recent policy has banished the WORDS "Fair Game", but the policy of what to do to these "SPs" or "Suppressives" cannot ever be cancelled, as it is Hubbardian scripture, and his words cannot ever be altered in any way per Scientology's policy. "Dennis Erlich, being an SP, is subject to Fair Game."
Scientology (glossary): A Scientologist in the field (the general areas, individuals and groups serviced by Scientology organizations) who disseminates Scientology through personal contact and by selling LRH books. The field staff member selects persons to be trained or processed and brings them into the org for services. The purpose of the field staff member is to help contact, handle, salvage and bring to understanding the individual and thus the people of Earth.
Critics: Mercenaries who recruit people using selection slips for Scientology and get a 15% profit of the value of services purchased by their recruits in return. Also: an OSA operative or a "field agent" who moves in on an area, under an identity, for the purpose of gathering intelligence information on Scientology's defined targets, to pass back on to [the Church]. (from Kim Baker in My Story)
Scientology (tech): Slang. Somebody who will not ever admit to having done something to anybody. The person cannot face any terminal subjectively for fear of having ruined it or for fear of ruining it. A person who is firmly convinced he is a body and therefore is being a body always has to have a reason for or a significance.
Scientology (glossary): Discharged of all bad reactions to the preclear (or the student, in the case of a drill). No longer producing change or a reaction.
Scientology (glossary): A progress of energy between two points; an impulse or direction of energy particles or thought or masses between terminals; the progress of particles or impulses or waves from Point A to Point B. The four flows used in processing are flow one, something happened to self; flow two, doing something to another; flow three, others doing things to others; flow zero, self doing something to self.
Scientology (glossary): A contest of person against person or team against team. A game consists of freedom, barriers and purposes. It also consists of control and uncontrol. An opponent in a game must be an uncontrolled factor, otherwise one would know exactly where the game was going and how it would end and it would not be a game at all.
Scientology (glossary): 1. The factors which make a game, which is a contest of person against person or team against team. A game consists of freedom, barriers and purposes, and there is a necessity in a game to have an opponent or an enemy. Also, there is a necessity to have problems, and enough individuality to cope with a situation. To live life fully, then, one must have, in addtion to "something to do," a higher purpose; and this purpose, to be a purpose at all, must have counter-purposes or purposes which prevent it from occurring. This last is very important: If a person lacks problems, opponents and counter-purposes to his own, he will invent them. Here we have in essence the totality of aberration. 2. A condition which consists of fixated attention, an inability to escape coupled with an inability to attack, to the exclusion of other games. Used in this sense, the term is derogatory.
Scientology (glossary): A gradual approach to something, taken step by step, level by level, each step or level being, of itself, easily surmountable so that, finally, quite complicated and difficult activities or high states of being can be achieved with relative ease.
Critics: A gradual approach to brainwashing that Scientology employs so as not to scare off potential recruits. Things like OT-III, widely available over the net, are deemed to be "out-gradient", as they drive away raw recruits because they look like insane gibberish sputtered from the foaming mouth of a brain-fevered baboon.
Scientology (admin): Gung Ho means "pull together" in Mandarin. It [pulls] together other groups in the community to work towards the betterment of society and the area. […] the group is there to speed up and smooth out the society and civic organizations and make a better community atmosphere directly. The group is a society entrance point….
Scientology (admin): The duties of a post. It comes from the fact that jobs are often distinguished by a type of hat as fireman, policeman, conductor, etc. Hence the term hat. A hat is really a folder containingg the write-ups of past incumbents on a post plus a Checksheet of all data relating to the post plus a pack of materials that cover the post.
Critics: (noun) A post or job. "She's wearing the Ethics Hat now." (verb) To train for a post or job. "He is fully Hatted as the MAA."
Scientology (glossary): A person's head removed and put on a pike (a weapon formerly used by foot soldiers consisting of a metal spearhead on a long wooden shaft). Used figuratively to mean an example of discipline.
Critics: A Hubbardian policy learned apparently from Vlad the Impaler to intimidate critics by taking their leader and doing their worst to him or her through harassment, lawsuits, frame-ups, etc. in hope that this will scare others off.
Scientology (glossary): This function is to move in heavily where there is a threat of great importance to an org or Scientology. After the usual lines and posts have goofed. The term comes from the old cavalry purpose of Fussers who were held in reserve until a battle bee was dangerously bowed, at which they were sent in to straighten it out.
Scientology (tech): Help is the key button which admits auditing. Help is the make-break point between sanity and insanity. That a person cannot accept help along some minor lines does not mean he is insane, but it certainly means he has some neurotic traits. (glossary): A process that lets the PC as-is (cause to vanish or cease to exist, accomplished by viewing something exactly as it is, without any distortions or lies) his failures to help as well as his denials of help.
Scientology (tech): A theta-animated mest body possessed of new and desirable attributes; a mest clear, a good, sane rational mest being about a skyscraper higher than Homo sapiens. The person ceases to respond like Homo sapiens and has fantastic capability to learn and act.
Scientology (glossary): An enforced command or series of commands installed in the reactive mind below the awareness level of the individual to cause him to react or behave in a prearranged way without "knowing it."
Critics: A hypnotic suggestion smashed into one's mind millions or billions of years ago in Hubbard's Space-Opera Scientology Cosmology. "One Implant was installed using giant movie screens."
Scientology (glossary): Look in too closely; having one's attention and interest directed upon oneself.
Scientology (glossary): The activity of going along a certain course, impelled (driven) by a purpose and with some place to arrive.
Scientology (tech): In worse shape [on the Tone Scale].
Scientology (tech): To get an imaginary picture of. More than a mental picture; it is a self-created object which exists as itself or symbolizes some object in the mest universe.
Critics: To make up; particularly mental imagery, but may also apply to physical things. Scientologists may often confuse external reality with imagination or fantasy, and may well not see the difference between imagining a wall, and taking a hammer and nails and building one. "Mock up a wall. Thank you. Now destroy that wall. Thank you."
Scientology (glossary): Having no bearing on what previously occurred or does not follow logically from what comes before.
Scientology (glossary): Created out of existence by postulate or force (something which one knows, priorly, exists).
Scientology (tech): 1. If an individual can discover that he is only playing on the first dynamic and that he belongs to no other team it is certain that this individual will lose for he has before him seven remaining dynamics. And the first dynamic is seldom capable of besting by itself all the remaining dynamics. In Scn we call this condition the "only one." Here is self-determinism in the guise of selfish-determinism and here is an individual who will most certainly be overwhelmed. To enjoy life one must be some part of life. 2. Just above zero on the tone scale. An individual must have no effect on self and total effect on everything and everybody else. Now that is the category of only one. This person can never communicate on a team basis. 3. You can look at any person who is being dishonest or who is upsetting his environment or who is getting people into trouble all the time. You could look at that person and the actuality is he has no reality on his fellow man. He doesn't know they live. That's a very low-toned thing we call "only one." And when they get into that then they are able to do most anything. All criminals are in this bracket. 4. The preclear has gotten into a state, ordinarily, where he is the only one who can grant beingness, but he has so long restrained other people from granting life to things that he himself will no longer grant any life to things.
Critics ( from Roland Rashleigh-Berry's ARS Post ): Like a society of cats. According to Elron, cats think they are the only cat.
Scientology (glossary): A state of beingness. It is a being "at cause over matter, energy, space, time, form and life."
Critics: Operating Thetan, one who is above Clear, a state of partial enlightenment, and who is not just free of unconscious impulses, but is free of other things too so that they can operate, and be causative over the physical universe ….
Scientology (glossary): Not being applied or not being correctly applied.
Scientology (tech): A person talking to somebody else, communicating to that person. A thetan who is being interested is simply outflowing. Interested=outflowing. Interesting=inflowing.
Scientology (glossary): 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. It is that thing which you do which you aren't willing to have happen to you.
Critics: An evil or Suppressive (damaging Scientology) act. Of course, it is on an Overt if it hurts Scientology; shooting an SP (Suppressive Person; an anti-Scientologist) under the Fair Game Law (Suppressives may be tricked, sued, lied to, or destroyed, as per policy) could be redefined as not being an Overt, as you did it to help to "clear the planet", and it "did the least harm to the least number of dynamics." "She has committed so many Overts, she can't see her own Case anymore."
Scientology (glossary): 1. Put forward as reality. 2. That self-determined thought which starts, stops or changes past, present or future efforts; a conclusion, decision or resolution made by the individual himself to resolve a problem or set a pattern for the future or nullify a pattern of the past. Postulates are self-created truths.
Critics: To wish into existence; a supposed OT super-power along the lines of Tone 40 and Intention.
Scientology (glossary): A spiritual being who is now on the road to becoming Clear, hence pre-Clear.
Critics: Someone who is getting auditing (spiritual counseling) who is not yet "Clear," Clear being that state of being free of unconscious impulses that cloud your judgment, and not having any memories of pain and unconsciousness or engrams. PC or preclear is often used to mean anyone taking Scientology "therapy" even if they are Clear or above. A person who is OT 1 through OT 8 and being audited may be called a PC or sometimes a pre-OT.
Scientology (glossary): The application of Dianetics or Scientology processes to someone by a trained auditor. The exact definition of processing is: The action of asking a preclear a question (which he can understand and answer), getting an answer to that question and acknowledging him for that answer. Also called auditing.
Critics: The action of auditing a PC or patient. A coldly distant term for Scientology's "therapy", which itself can be very cold and distant; the term shows Hubbard's lack of respect for the people he conned out of their money for his quack cult "therapy".
Scientology (tech): Potential trouble source. Someone connected to a person or group opposed to Scn.
Critics: Someone who is in contact with an SP, a Suppressive or anti-Scientology person, and therefore may cause trouble for the cult.
Scientology (glossary): (Slang) Someone inexperienced or untrained. The expression is sometimes used in Scientology to refer to someone who has not yet had Scientology processing or training and as such might think that he is a brain or body (hence the word meat and not know that he is really a spiritual being, a thetan.
Critics: A derogatory term for the ordinary public or non-Scientologists.
Scientology (glossary): Irrational, reacting instead of acting; thinkingness or behavior dictated by the reactive mind rather than the individuals' own present time determinism. [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.]
Critics: [Reactive Mind: The place where Engrams, memories of pain and unconsciousness, are stored. On a higher level, Engrams are revealed to be none other than Body Thetans or evil spirits infesting our bodies by the thousands. Also called the Bank.]
Scientology (glossary): Reactivation of a past memory due to similar circumstances in the present approximating circumstances of the past.
Critics: To turn on unpleasant memories.
Scientology (glossary): A solid accumulation of old, inactive energy suspended in space and time. It is generated by opposing energy flows which hit one another, and continues to exist long after the energy flows have ceased.
Critics: A solid mass which purportedly develops when two flows collide.
Scientology (tech): That which a person has used to reach people or things with and is determined in value by its creativeness or destructiveness. It is simply a reach and withdraw mechanism which makes a ridge and this causes the stick of the needle. The rock is an object not a significance.
Scientology (tech): That needle agitation which erratically covers more than three quarters of an inch on the E-meter dial. A rock slam is the response of an E-meter to the conflict between terminals and oppostion terminals. It indicates a fight, an effort to individuate, an extreme games condition which in the absence of auditing would seek unsuccessfully to separate while attacking. As the pc's attention is guided to the items involved the games condition activates and is expressed on the meter as a ragged, frantic response. The wider the response the more recognizable (to the pc) is the reality of the games condition and the violence of the conflict.
Critics: A type of "read" that registers on the E-Meter, indicating that you have an evil intention. The needle swings violently back and forth. Round about '77 or so, everyone in the Sea Org had to be run on "List One", a list containing items like LRH, auditing, E-Meters, etc. If an R/S showed up at any point on the list, you went directly to RPF. Do not pass go, do not collect $17. Rock slammer technically means any person with one or more R/Ses shown in their PC folders. In slang, it means a criminal or SP. "Harry is a real Rock-Slammer; better get him into a sec-check fast."
Scientology (glossary): A series of steps which are auditing actions and processes designed to handle a specific aspect of a case and which have a known end phenomena. Example: Scientology Drug Rundown.
Critics: An auditing or "therapy" process.
Scientology (admin): The basic purpose of the Sea Org is to get in ethics. A fraternal organization existing within the formalized structure of the Churches of Scientology. It consists of highly dedicated members of the Church. These members take vows of eternal service. The Sea Organization life style of community living is traditional to religious orders.
Scientology (tech): A check made to see whether a person has any counter-intentions toward Scn or Scientology Churches.
Critics: Running lists of questions on a PC or patient using the Meter to find criminal behavior that can be used as potential blackmail, should the PC ever blow or become critical of the cult. Similar to a confessional; the PC is lied to and told the revealed secrets and Overts will remain confidential, yet the cult often publishes and distributes the items found by Sec Checking, which are written down in folders at the time of the session. Term comes from Hubbard's extreme paranoia about Communist, governmental, or psychiatric infiltration of Scientology, and the need to run Security checks on new Scientologists.
Scientology (admin): It was an Investigation Section which did investigations. It hired proved private detectives to do this. It was abolished when these functions were taken over by the Guardian Office.
Critics: L. Ron Hubbard is the Source (capitalized) of Scientology; his written orders in the form of Policy and Tech, and his spoken words on tape are Source. "I feel so much better after getting back on Source."
Scientology (glossary): Of or relating to time periods on the whole track millions of years ago which concerned activities in this and other galaxies. Space opera has space travel, spaceships, spacemen, intergalactic travel, wars, conflicts, other beings, civilizations and societies, and other planets and galaxies. It is not fiction and concerns actual incidents and things that occurred on the track.
Scientology (glossary): The name of a process. It is the act of stringing a line between present time and some incident in the past, and stringing that line directly and without any detours. The auditor is stringing a straight wire of memory between the actual genus (origin) of a condition and present time, thus demonstrating that there is a difference of time and space in the condition then and the condition now, and that the preclear, conceding this difference, then rids himself of the condition or at least is able to handle it. The motto of Straightwire could be said to be, "Discover the actual genus of any condition and you will place the condition under the control of the preclear."
Critics: An auditing technique, using hypnosis to place the PC (Preclear) right back in the memory incident, to see and hear it all over again.
Scientology: A person who rewards only down statistics and never rewards 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. One that actively seeks to suppress or damage Scn or a Scientologist by suppressive acts.
Critics: An evil person; someone who criticizes Scientology in any way (the two are one and the same in the cult). SPs are the cult's 1984 Goldsteins, and give definition to the group and a common enemy. Supposedly, some large fraction of the total population is composed of these "anti-social" characters, variously cited as 2% or 20%. Hubbard listed 12 traits of the SP, such as talking in generalities, criticism, and so forth. SPs are formally "declared" with a goldenrod issue, and lists are kept of these dangerous people. ARS has adopted its own SP levels as a badge of honour; in Scientology, there are no levels of SPs. SPs create PTSes, people who are influenced by them.
Scientology (glossary): Anything used in a communcation system; something that has mass in it. Something with mass, meaning and mobility. Anything that can receive, relay or send a communication.
Critics: A fully hatted (trained) person on their post (job), to which particles (people or paper) can be sent to and from. A dehumanizing term for people, but not a derogatory word inside the cult. "After being Declared, your only Terminal is the International Justice Chief."
Scientology (glossary): 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.
Critics: 1. Uptone. "That was a really Theta speech Miscavige gave about how we are stopping the Psychs from taking over the world." 2. Life force. "This universe was constructed by Theta."
Scientology (glossary): 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, which the Greeks used to represent thought or 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 "theta to the nth degree," meaning unlimited or vast.
Critics: Spirit, Soul. "I now realize I am a Thetan, not a body."
Critics: The three valid processes are auditing, education, and improving a person's life.
Scientology (tech): [E-]Meter control lever. The measurement of accumulation of charge. Registers Density of mass (ridges, pictures, machines, circuits) in the mind of the preclear. This is actual mass, not imaginary, and can be weighed, measured by resistance etc. Therefore the tone arm registers state of case at any given time in processing. The tone arm also registers advance of case during processing by moving.
Critics: A potentiometer on the E-meter that adjusts sensitivity. TA motion indicates "blowing charge", or success in auditing "therapy." Like almost every word in Scientologese, it has a loose definition, and is often used to indicate happiness, general success, warm fuzzy feelings, etc. "I was really getting some good TA on that editor in Clearwater!"
Scientology (glossary): 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. (There are additional tone levels than these in the Expanded Tone Scale, and for further information see the book Scientology 0-8: The Book of Basics.)
Critics: The list of all human emotional states, arranged beside an arbitrary scale number from -40 (total failure), through 0 (death), to +40. "SPs are at 1.1, Covert Hostility, on the Tone Scale."
Scientology (tech): Training regimen or routine. Often referred to as a training drill. TRs are a precise training action putting a student through laid out practical steps gradient by gradient, to teach a student to apply with certainty what he has learned.
Critics: Training Routines. Designed to train the auditor "therapist" to be unresponsive to the PC patient. Side effect is creating a cold and distant "thousand-mile stare" in Scientologists' eyes.
Scientology (glossary): The consecutive record of mental pictures which accumulates through a person's life or lives. It is very exactly dated. The time track is the entire navigation of "now" incidents, complete with all perceptics, picked up by a person during his whole existence.
Critics: The timeline of life's memories; both this life and earlier ones.
Scientology (glossary): 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. A withhold is always the manifestation which comes after an overt. Any withhold comes after an overt.
Critics: After committing an Overt (undisclosed bad act), people try to hide it or Withhold it; thus a Withhold is what you're hiding.
Scientology (glossary): The moment to moment record of a person's existence in this universe in picture and impression form.
Critics: The timeline of trillions of years of memory Scientologists claim to have.
Scientology (tech): This means a common ordinary run-of-the-mill garden-variety humanoid. A wog is somebody who isn't even trying.