Saturdays Lesson
Part 18
(Appendix) Glossary A to K.
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Dear reader,

We've actually come to the end of Nomen Nescis' discussion on the Scientology axioms. As a sort of appendix he has included a glossary which I think is a wise action. Ron, ruling with a heavy hand, gave orders that a dictionary be made of Scientology terms and it was only to include what he had said or written. Thus, with a many years delay (my guess is that much more important things came up and took workers away from the job) the official Scientology dictionary was published. Those definitions are not always entirely satisfactory, as Ron, sitting in his ivory tower was not always aware of the colloquial use of terms or even the practical use after he had dictated them. Here we have Nescis Nomen's glossary based on his experience and there are other dictionaries or glossaries which are waiting in the queue for me to publish on my homepage (I ought to drop everything and get that job done, but there are other things in life that give more pleasure).

I have split it into two parts so you'll get more next week.



Letters in italics have their own entry in this glossary

Note: When asked to define a Scientology word, many Scientologists will use the same phrases and examples as those given in the Technical Dictionary or in Ron’s texts. This scrupulous care not to alter Ron’s own words is misguided and can be used to cover up non-comprehension.

For this reason, I have defined the terms with my own words. The definitions are not different in essence, but often phrased differently.

You are welcome to disagree with me, but if so, I invite you to formulate your own definitions – in your own words – so it becomes possible to compare our views and get the misunderstoods (mine or yours) out into the open.

A = A = A: Anything equals anything equals anything. It means identification, i.e. that dissimilar things are perceived and reacted to as if they were the same. This phenomenon is caused by engrams. For instance, a person who has had a car accident may refuse to drive again; or he may avoid the location of the accident even if there is no danger. Another example: Person A hates person B. Anything associated with B is hated by A: his haircut, clothes, his actions etc. A may find it difficult to admit any similarity between B and himself, even that B eats and sleeps like him. If you can coax him to find similarities, he may become saner concerning B.

Aberration (noun), aberrate (verb): Deviation from sanity, or rational thought and behavior, caused by engrams, which are facsimiles (memories) containing pain and unconsciousness (at least in some degree).

Shying away from reexperiencing the pain in the engram, the person adopts fixed patterns of thought, action and body condition in order to keep the bad memory away. These patterns become manifest when the engram is restimulated. They are usually not meaningful responses to the person’s present situation.

These aberrated manifestations are forced upon the person by his reactive mind and are often referred to as pressed down fives or sevens. They violate his true self-determinism, and although the engrams are originally caused by the activity of the thetan himself – by his protests – he has forgotten this, and so we often view aberrations as part of the environment of the thetan and their influence on him as other-determined. He doesn’t “just pretend to be sick to avoid going to work”; as far as he is able to determine. He really is sick, and the body does have a fever etc., but if the engram is erased the person recovers quickly.

See Axioms 11 & 14.

Aberration (noun), aberrate (verb): Deviation from sanity, or rational thought and behavior, caused by engrams, which are facsimiles (memories) containing pain and unconsciousness (at least in some degree).

Shying away from reexperiencing the pain in the engram, the person adopts fixed patterns of thought, action and body condition in order to keep the bad memory away. These patterns become manifest when the engram is restimulated. They are usually not meaningful responses to the person’s present situation.

These aberrated manifestations are forced upon the person by his reactive mind and are often referred to as pressed down fives or sevens. They violate his true self-determinism, and although the engrams are originally caused by the activity of the thetan himself – by his protests – he has forgotten this, and so we often view aberrations as part of the environment of the thetan and their influence on him as other-determined. He doesn’t “just pretend to be sick to avoid going to work”; as far as he is able to determine. He really is sick, and the body does have a fever etc., but if the engram is erased the person recovers quickly.

See Axioms 11 & 14.

Alter-is-ness: Any altering of existing conditions.

You cannot perceive that a condition has been altered without considering that there was a different condition before the change, so alter-is-ness requires time, which is agreed upon or creatively postulated in the process. Therefore, alter-is-ness produces persistence, i.e. things happen on a time continuum and remain recorded for as long as the time continuum exists (e.g. until it is erased by auditing).

Any attempt to change (alter-is) aberrations cause aberrations to continue in existence, even if they appear in a different form. One of the greatest discoveries in Scientology is that this endless progression on a continuum of alterations can be interrupted by rediscovering the creation of the first condition which was alter-ised. This makes the whole continuum of alterations and the aberrations that accompany them vanish. This can be done by erasure of engrams or by simply taking a thorough look. Such a vanishment is termed as-is-ness, and it is what makes auditing different from all other kinds of therapy or personal development.

Any strong desire, enforcement or inhibition can act as an alter-is-ness and create persistence. Not-is-ness is a particular variety of alter-is-ness. It is an attempt to make something diminish or go away by force instead of as-is-ness. It adds to, increases and strengthens aberration.

See Axioms 11, 14 & 17.

Analytical mind: see mind

Anchor point: Anchor points are postulated or agreed upon locations or points that mark the relatively motionless boundaries within which action takes place. It can be the corners of a room or its walls, floor and ceiling. One enters the room and notices its size and shape by deciding (considering) where its anchor points are.

This establishes the space available for action. In this space, one can then direct one’s attention to an object or person, which then becomes a dimension point. By looking at a dimension point from one’s viewpoint, e.g. one’s head or body, one creates a space within the space established by the anchor points. All communication, including action, takes place by dimension points moving in relationship to each other, e.g. by persons sending words (sounds) or objects to each other, moving their bodies (also dimension points) around in the room, or by seeing things (duplicating them) when photons (dimension points, too) enter the eye etc.

ARC: see Affinity

ARC break, abbr. ARCx: Occurrence interrupting a person’s affinity, reality, communication or understanding suddenly or unexpectedly enough to create a negative reaction (or other not-is-ness). It manifests as an upset, anger, grief or other misemotions.

An ARCx is handled by identifying the ARC that existed before the break, by an ARCx assessment.

Several unhandled ARC breaks can produce a “sad effect” (sadness, gloominess, depression).

As-is-ness: A creation (of an idea, a thought, emotion, action, anything) in present time, which has not (yet) been alter-ised. Also, a recreation of something that was altered or not-ised so that it persisted automatically; this recreation causes the later alter-is-nesses and not-is-nesses to vanish so only the as-is-ness remains and disappears when the thetan ceases to create it. 

An as-is-ness lasts only as long as it is being created in present time. When attention is taken off it, it is as if it never had existed, because it is not on a time continuum.

See Axioms 11, 15, 16 & 17.

Auditing: Application of Scientology techniques designed to assist the preclear (person) to gain freedom from aberration and enable him to exercise his natural abilities as a thetan (the person himself, not his body, nor his self, beingness or identity, which are created by the thetan).

These techniques are based on Scientology philosophy. Workable processes are usually deduced from (predicted by) Scientology theories and then tested in practice. They are discarded if they turn out not to be useful. If validated, they are incorporated into the body of Scientology technologies constituting the bridge, the various special rundowns etc. Occasionally the theories of Scientology are refined or developed in the process.

Auditor: A person delivering auditing.

Axiom: Self-evident basic principle in a science or system of thought.

It is understood that they are self-evident only to a person who is already familiar with the subject area. The Euclidean axioms of geometry, for instance, are only self-evident if you have some familiarity with lines, parallel lines etc.

Bank: As a technical term, it means the database of a mind, where facsimiles are stored.

Particularly, it refers to the reactive bank, i.e. the database of engrams, locks & secondaries, which are organized in chains.

The reactive mind is characterized by identification, It is operates by stimulus – response, i.e. any element in the environment – a restimulator – which is associated with an element of an engram chain – a person in an engram, a particular smell, location emotion, etc. present in or associated with an engram, lock or secondary – will automatically trigger the same response as any other restimulator. It doesn’t matter if the chain is restimulated by a color, a name, a cloud or a tie, nor what kind of situation the person is in at the moment: He will get the same pain in the same body part, or the same compulsion or whatever the response is. This kind of stimulus – response can only be changed by the things that change engrams.

We also have an analytical bank, often referred to as the memory banks or standard memory banks. The analytical mind can also operate on stimulus response, such as learned procedures or routines, but these can easily be modified or abandoned on the determinism of the individual.

Bridge, The: A structured series of auditing actions designed to bring a person step by step up to Clear, i.e. freedom from aberration, and from there to greater freedom by developing his native abilities as a thetan and to act as one, i.e. to become an Operating Thetan, abbr. OT – rather than identifying himself as a body.

Before Clear, the person is called a preclear, after clear he is a pre-OT. However, the term preclear is often loosely used for any person receiving auditing, even after Clear.

It should be noted that although one may be audited without being trained as an auditor, a good understanding of fundamental Scientology philosophy and theory is necessary to achieve one’s full potential and stability of case level.

Bull-bait, bull-baiting: Pushing a student’s buttons, one at a time, on an optimal gradient until they flatten. See TR0-4.

Button: A restimulator, e.g. a word, phrase, person etc. which restimulates a keyed-in engram chain and thus causes a reaction. A trigger.

In TR0, a coach pushes buttons of a student (trainee), i.e. presents the student with one restimulator at a time repeatedly until pushing the button produces no reaction. The button is then said to be flat and does no longer act as a restimulator.

Button also means keywords in auditing questions (e.g. suppressed, invalidated) used to get hidden answers out. It is used in rudiments and prepchecks.

Case supervisor: Auditor especially trained to evaluate auditing reports and decide the next right auditing action for a pc.

Chain, engram chain: A sequence of engrams, secondaries and locks all dependent on the same first engram, called the basic. When the basic of a chain is erased, the whole chain is blown (caused to dissolve). The basic is never a lock or secondary, only actual physical pain can prevent the person from as-ising an event, no matter how unpleasant.

It should be noted that a person can also make things persist by his considerations, and these, too, can create a kind of chains, but that is not what is meant by the term. 

Charge: Mental energy, life force bound in aberrations and potentially harmful to the individual.

The aim of auditing is to blow charge, i.e. to free it from the reactive bank so the life-energy becomes available to the pc to use as he decides.

It should be noted that the individual does not really need energy tied up in the bank. As a thetan, he can create life energy without getting it from any source. He postulates it into existence.

In the physical universe, there is a law that no energy is created and no energy disappears, it can only be changed into another form, e.g. by storing electricity, burning wood etc. The total amount of energy in the physical universe is constant, it never changes.

This does not apply to thetans as-ising energy into or out of existence (cf. Axiom 15 & 16). A thetan postulates energy when he engages on a Cycle of Action or poses himself a problem to solve. In order to have a game, and during the cycle he can both create energy and use energy already in existence on the playground.

Clear state: “Ability to be at cause over mental matter, energy, space and time as regards the first dynamic (survival for self)”.This is the ability gained by doing the Clearing Course (0-8, page 135).

Basically this means that you have gotten rid of any aberrations you may have had. As a Clear, one is pretty much able to think rationally about anything. A Clear doesn’t shy away from thinking about anything.

However, negative case gain continues to play a role above the state of clear.

Clearing: Actions undertaken to reach the state of Clear. The final steps include becoming a solo auditor, i.e. the pc learns to audit himself by doing the Clearing Course. The preclear then audits himself to the state of Clear under the supervision of a case supervisor.

Loosely, the term Clearing is used to mean any action producing negative case gain and thus bringing the pc closer to the state of clear. Erasing an engram or keying out a secondary is also Clearing in this sense.

The basic theory of Clearing is summarized in Axiom 38.

Cognition: A realization, a becoming aware of something one didn’t know before, particularly as a result of running out aberration or getting new stable data while studying Scientology. A cognition is a postulate creating new knowledge.

In session, it is one indicator that an auditing process is completed and should be ended off. See end phenomenon

Comm. lag, Communication lag: The time between the posing of a question or command and the other person beginning to answer or execute the command.

Note that what the pc says or does other than answering or executing the command is also considered a comm. lag. A comm. lag is not just silence or inaction.

Three equal comm. lags in a row indicate that the process has come to a flat point and can be ended off.

Communication: The passing of a message or object from one live being to another. It includes verbal speech, but also any kind of action or behavior between live beings.

Loosely, it also means interchange between a live being and inanimate MEST.

Communication is defined in Axiom 28.

Communication formula, abbr. Comm. formula: The general formula of communication: cause-distance-effect, i.e. one live being sending a message or object from a cause point to a receipt point (or effect point) where it is accepted and understood by another live being.

Consideration: see postulate

Contact assist: A method of running out an engram right after it has been received. It consists in physically going through the exact motions of the event, in the exact location where it happened – as far as it can be done without hurting oneself again, of course.

It is more effective than running the incident at a later time. Since the engram is gone when the assist has been completed, no secondaries or locks can later be added to it.

Course supervisor: Scientologist especially trained to educate students in Scientology techniques.

Cycle-of-action: Any action which is initiated and continued to its completion. It can be very big or very tiny. A big Cycle of Action is usually composed of many smaller cycles.

It is the subject of Axioms 13 & 55 and a central theme of Section 2. 

Debug: Removal of any barriers, difficulties etc. which inhibit or hinder progress of a Cycle of Action, normal functioning etc. Trouble-shooting.

The term originates from the early days of computers, when tubes (UK: valves) were used. Bugs (insects) would sometimes get into the machines and cause short circuits, and so the engineers would have to get in there and ”de-bug” them. The term carried over to the days of transistors, when bugs did not really present a problem.

DED: An overt act that did not have a motivator; an “unjustified” overt.

If an overt is preceded by a motivator, it is conceived to be somewhat justified, and the usual overt phenomena may not manifest. He hit me, so it’s fair that I hit him. Now we are good friends.

But if I hit him and he hasn’t hit me, or if I happen to do something bad for no reason at all, I regret it and try to justify it, after the fact, by some little damage experienced by myself that is somewhat similar, but typically less severe. I knocked his head off for no reason. Then an acorn fell on my head, and it hurts so much, I claim, and I feel so terrible, so this explains why it was all-right that I knocked his head off. This Explanation for the DED is termed a DEDEX – DED EXplained.

The excuse doesn’t work too well. In the first place, it’s illogical, for what happens after an overt cannot be the reason for it. In the second place, the DEDEX is obviously not severe enough to justify the DED.

We don’t distinguish DED and overt today. Both are run the same way. But an unjustified overt, a DED, is still more damaging to the person who commits it than a “justified” overt.

DEDEX: An explanation for an overt which one had no excuse for committing. See DED.

Destimulation: the action of deleting the moments of restimulation of the reactive mind or some portion of it. See also explanation under Key-in.

Determinism, self-, other- and pan-determined: The common denominator of all life impulses is self-determinism (the subject of Q1, a.k.a. Pre-logic 1; 0-8, page 25). The basic difference between life and inanimate matter is that inanimate matter mindlessly follows natural law, while living beings can make decisions and act in a variety of ways in identical situations.

A person who is controlled by other persons, by his aberrations, by engram commands and compulsions, or who is hypnotized or bound by a promise which he has committed himself to keep, is other-determined. He is other-determined by his own promise in the sense that his actions

are now determined by it, not by his independent, free will in present time; he has made himself a dependent of it. Similarly, his actions are determined by the physical part of his body having to obey natural law.

If he is under no such other-influence, he is self-determined, independent.

A person, who is pan-determined, in a strict sense, has taken charge of and made himself responsible for all eight dynamics. ”Pan” means ”all”. Originally, ”self-determined” meant self-determined on all dynamics, since any individual has all eight as parts of his basic urge to exist. But this was misunderstood. People used it to mean “determined on the first dynamic”, and so the term pan-determined was introduced.

In a looser usage, pan-determined means in charge of and responsible for two or more forces or viewpoints, e.g. two or more individuals, or groups, or planets etc.

If you are arguing futilely with another, you are self-determined if you give him a piece of your mind; and he may be self-determined and never listen. You may become pan-determined by getting in your TRs and make yourself responsible for making the other person feel duplicated and understood, so that you can then, and only then, be duplicated and understood.

Dianetics: The system of auditing techniques introduced in 1950 in: ”Dianetics: The modern Science of mental health”.

Dianetics was used to run out engrams, secondaries and locks on the present body, from conception to present time.

Spontaneously, pcs would sometimes run into past lives, and this led to the development of Scientology, which is a science of the spirit. Conditions of the body can be improved by Scientology techniques, but they are not the primary target. The goal of Scientology is to restore self-determinism to the thetan by increasing his abilities.

The original form of Dianetics worked, but was less effective than present day Dianetics. However, the main liability was that the perpetual focus on the body, and what was wrong with it, was an invalidation to the thetan and made him overly dependent on the body, because it appeared to be more important that he was. This isn’t true. A thetan can get a new body, but once the body is buried, it cannot get a new thetan.

Dimension point: A person, object etc. on which one places one’s attention from a viewpoint.

All communication takes place with and between dimension points and viewpoints.

The boundaries of the space in which communication takes place are defined by anchor points, which the person assigns to e.g. walls, borders of a playing field etc. These boundaries are relatively motionless, while the communication provides the action within them.

Dynamics: In 1950, survival was found to be the basic goal of all life organisms.

This basic urge fell naturally into 4 areas or sub-dynamics: 1. Self (own organism) 2. Sex and care of offspring/family 3. Groups and 4. Species.

When the existence of thetans was established, four upper dynamics were added: 5. Live organisms in general (animals & plants). 6. the urge toward existence as the physical universe. 7. The urge toward existence as or of spirits. Anything spiritual, with or without identity, would come under the heading of the 7th dynamic. 8. the 8th dynamic is the infinity or God dynamic.

At the same time, the 1st dynamic was redefined as meaning the individual thetan, not the body or self, although for practical reasons this is not stressed for new Scientologists, who would likely conceive themselves to be bodies. Also, it didn’t make much sense to talk about an urge to survive, since a thetan is an immortal spirit, so the dynamics are usually defined as urges to exist – as oneself, as sex and family etc.

Among Scientologists, the dynamics are commonly referred to just by their numbers. “My second dynamic is doing fine”. The wife and kids are doing fine.

E.P., End phenomenon: Some auditing processes can be run too long, with the result that the pc keys out, but then keys in again as the process is continued. For instance, once an engram is erased, there is nothing more to run, but the pc may unwittingly begin to run another chain, which he may not be ready for. It is therefore important to know when to stop.

Some process can be run virtually forever with no harm, e.g. holding the two upper corners of the room behind you. Such processes are called unlimited processes, but they may become less useful after a while, so again: It’s useful to know when to stop.

There have been different E.P’s. In 1950 style Dianetics, a process was finished when a chain had been erased. The pc would feel good about it and have risen on The Tone Scale to 4.0 regarding that chain.

A little later, three equal comm. lags – three comm. lags of the same duration in a row – was the standard E.P.

A third E.P. was that the pc went exterior, either to the body, or to the subject run, i.e. ARC with it had ceased, and he would have to strain to get back in comm. with it, which we would today call a release. The pc has risen above it or got it into perspective (cf. Axiom 24, 48).

The modern standard E.P. consists of four things: 1. floating needle, (a loose motion of the needle on the E-meter, 2. cognition, 3. good indicators (pc bright or happy) and 4. release (in Scientology) or erasure (in Dianetics).

Engram: A facsimile (mental recording, a memory) containing pain and unconsciousness.

Engrams form the mechanical foundation of all aberration (the non-mechanical foundation consists of considerations, which do not manifest as mental pictures in the likeness of matter, energy, space & time (cf. Axiom 38), but are “pure thought”).

Engrams can be erased by re-experiencing them repeatedly, as in Dianetic auditing.

Secondaries and locks (and more engrams) can be added to a first engram, thus forming an engram chain, held together by similarities between its various incidents.

The later incidents cannot be erased until the first engram – the basic – is run. Then they usually blow without getting further attention.

Engram chain: see engram

Engram commands: Phrases recorded in engrams. They can function as hypnotic orders, commanding the pc to perform certain actions, have certain attitudes or illnesses etc.

The higher a person is on The Tone Scale, the less power they have over him.. 

Erasure: Complete vanishment (of an engram or engram chain) by as-is-ness.

Facsimile: A mental recording of something that happened, a memory, ”photograph” or “video”, including all sensations: sound, taste, feeling etc. that were present at the time of the recording.

It’s recorded as mental MEST, i.e. it is recalled as matter, energy, space, time, form and location perceivable to the ”inner eye” and the other ”inner senses”.

(It is not a mock-up, which is a mental image picture – also mental MEST – that is created knowingly and deliberately by the thetan. A mock up is not a recording, it’s an illusion conjured by the thetan.)

An engram is a facsimile containing pain and unconsciousness. Secondaries are facsimiles containing loss or threat of loss; they contain grief or other strong emotions, but no physical pain. Locks are facsimiles associated with an engram chain; they contain no pain or strong emotions.

From an auditing viewpoint, all varieties of facsimiles classify as (mental) MEST.

Facsimiles are distinguished from concepts or ideas, which are not necessarily represented in mental MEST. They are ”pure thought”, known and used self-determinedly by the thetan, but have no form or substance in themselves, though they can be represented in mental MEST.

Ginni: In Muslim folklore, a spirit that can take human or animal form and influence human affairs. By rubbing his lamp, Aladdin could call up the ginni. 

Grade chart: Short for The Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart.

The gradation section shows the step by step progress of a pc up the bridge toward higher and higher states. Each major step the pc makes is termed a grade.

The classification section shows the progress of auditor and case supervisor education enabling them to audit and c/s pcs on higher and higher grades. Each major auditor step is termed a level, and the auditor is then an auditor of that class.

A particular level or levels of awareness is produced at each grade. They are shown on modern grade charts, at least from 1970. An early version is shown in Tech. Vol. VI, page 36-37. In case you don’t happen to have a modern Grade chart, I’ll give you the awareness levels related to the grades here (according to the 1970 grade chart):

OT I-III: 21. Source [NOTE by Ant I am unable to duplicate this "chart" in MailChimp so please refer to the PDF file = ]

R6 End Words – Clearing Course 20. Existence,

Power + 19. Conditions

Power 16. Purposes 17. Clearing 18 Realization

Confirmation of lower grades 13. Result 14. Correction 15. Ability

Grade 4 Service facsimiles 10. Prediction 11. Activity 12. Production

Grade 3 ARC 7. Energy 8. Adjustment 9. Body

Grade 2 O/Ws 4. Orientation 5. Understanding 6. Enlightenment

Grade 1 Problems 2. Communication 3. Perception

Graded 0 Communication 1. Recognition

Dianetics Completion -1. Help

ARC Straightwire -2. Hope

Life Repair -3. Demand for improvement

Group Processing -4. Need of Change

A list including lower levels of awareness can be found in Scientology 0-8, pages 132 122.

Gradient: Any gradual change or approach, as distinct from an abrupt (big) change from one condition to another.

It’s a central notion in Scientology, which makes it possible to approach any (good) condition by continuing to take sufficiently small steps in the right direction.

A step should be easy enough to accomplish in a relatively short time and large enough to enjoy once it is achieved. Not so easy as to be boring, not so difficult that it’s discouraging.

The keynote is: Keep the pc winning.


Cf. Axiom 54.

Havingness: Any reality that one can comfortably have within one’s space and feel familiar with.

Also, the ability to experience mass and pressure (Axiom 57).

Loosely, “a havingness” is used as meaning a possession or something one can control.

High-toned: At a position high on The Tone Scale. Happy, competent, active etc.

Identification: See A = A = A. Note that this is a technical term, meaning inability to distinguish. A person may not care if he uses one pen or another, even if they are completely identical in the non-technical meaning. He knows they are different pens. Chinese characters may ”all look alike” to him, but he can easily take a closer look and find differences and learn their meaning. But a person who cannot see mathematical symbols, like =, +, % etc., without withdrawing, being reluctant to take a closer look or feeling confused, is identifying them in the technical meaning.

Is-ness: Synonym for reality, i.e. anything that appears to us as real, a fact, in any of the three universes (one’s own, everybody else’s and the physical universe. Cf. Axiom 3).

More technically, it is an appearance created by a continuous alteration of something.

Physically, every single object is in a continuous flux, being created, worn, moved around etc.

Mentally, we change our conceptions of objects and activities continually by desiring, enforcing and inhibiting them (cf. DAX 161, quoted under Axiom 42) by altering our opinions about them and placing then in different contexts and on different Cycles of Action.

Cf. Axioms 11 & 17.

Itsa (noun, verb): Short for: “It’s a ...”. Slang for a pc telling the facts about what happened, time, place, form, event, who etc., etc. It makes the pc as-is because he observes what happened. It blows charge.

Untrained pcs are likely to find explanations, relate things to other things, form opinions etc., and all of these are alter-is-nesses of what is already in the pc’s bank, and it is useless, unless it’s an early step for the auditor to get into good ARC with the pc.

Ken: Range of knowledge; a person’s horizons.

Key-in, restimulation: An engram chain can be in a dormant state in which it isn’t active and doesn’t influence the thetan at all. In this state, it is said to be keyed out.

A violent event, typically a severe loss, can cause a key-in of the chain, i.e. it is now connected to the operative mind of the thetan. It is not necessarily very active, once one has recovered from the loss (which has now become a secondary on the engram chain), but it can be activated by an otherwise harmless incident that to the mind appears to have something in common with the chain and is added to it as a lock. The engram could be a serious accident with a bicycle; the secondary could be a very minor accident where one’s beautiful new bicycle was run over by a truck (a loss), and the lock could be noticing – or hardly noticing – a similar bicycle on display in a store.

A restimulation, most commonly a lock, will energize and key in an engram chain and cause the thetan to experience some part of it. He may feel a mild version of a pain experienced in the engram, or an emotion, typically unwarranted by the present situation, or he may just feel a little tired or heavy – a mild version of unconsciousness.

He may recover from this lock fairly quickly, which is a destimulation. The chain is again not very active, but still keyed in, i.e. it is in a state where it is readily activated.

In auditing, a keyed-in chain may be keyed out. It is not erased, but is again dormant, as it was before it was keyed in. Very uplifting incidents in life can also key out chains. If an urgent crises demands virtually all of a person’s attention, chains may not only destimulate, but key out, because a key-in is dependent on the person subconsciously giving the chain a very slight degree of attention, and if the crisis happens to make him take all of this attention off the chain, it can key out.

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Summing Up Time

With the glossary (divided into two sections) we have come to the end of Nomen Nescis's Commentary on the Scientology Axioms. So I reckon it's time to have an overall look at what's happened. Did you get anything out of it? Would you like to tell us? There's a special button below this for you to press and send an email for publication to all ACE members. Barry has already done so and I'll add his contribution to this thread which I have called Axioms Commentary Summing up.

Bear in mind that it's been going on for quite a while now and changes might have been going on slowly, perhaps almost unconsciously, in your attitude and thoughts. And we would like to hear about that also.

Sudden changes also.

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