Blog: The Basics of Scientology: The ARC Triangle - 2017-12-21
The ARC triangle is a fundamental cornerstone of Scientology philosophy. Represented by one of the two interlocked triangles in the Scientology symbol, L. Ron Hubbard devised the relationship between affinity, reality and communication very early on in the days of the Dianetics boom of 1950. It became one of the most easily explained and talked about principles of Dianetics and Scientology and is cited extensively throughout Hubbard's counselling techniques. It's so convincing, that even years after leaving Scientology, former members swear by its accuracy and workability. What is the ARC triangle, why is it so important to Scientology and can it really be used to explain and control interpersonal relationships and even life itself? Let's take a closer look.
Throughout history, especially in philosophy, mysticism and religion, there have been many uses of triads, or three elements which act in concert or are related in some fashion. Hubbard loved the occult and mysticism. We know from his private writings and his activities with Jack Parsons in the mid 1940s as well as statements he made in the early 1950s about Aleister Crowley, tarot cards and supernatural phenomenon, that Hubbard had more than a passing knowledge of the occult. He literally referred to Aleister Crowley as his good friend, even though there is no evidence the two men ever met or even corresponded. But one doesn't have to dive deep into the Necronomicon to find examples of triads. There are Plato's Truth, Goodness and Beauty. There is Christianity's Father, Son and Holy Ghost otherwise known as the Holy Trinity. And of course we have time expressed as a Beginning, a Middle and an End which equates to the cycle of living manifested as Birth, Life and Death. Human beings definitely like to look at things in groups of three.
The triangle, being a three-pointed object, lends itself symbolically to represent these triads. The triangle has had thousands of different uses over time, including secret symbology such as when the alchemists used an upright and inverted triangle to represent fire and water, then put a bar through these to further represent air and earth. The triangle itself represented the three planes of existence - the physical plane (our body), the mental plane (our mind) and the astral plane (our spirit or soul). There's a lot of other meaning assigned to triangles in mysticism as well, including the idea that triangles can be gateways to other places or that they can be used to manifest or create things.