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Blog: The Basics of Scientology: 8 Dynamics - 2017-11-09

F0.png The Basics of Scientology: 8 Dynamics November 9, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

In the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology, there are fundamental points of its dogma which are accepted solely on faith and from which the techniques and methods of its practice are created. In this video, we are going to look at two of these, one following from the other, which are perhaps the first principles L. Ron Hubbard formulated, years before he even wrote Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1950. Hubbard described these as axiomatic principles, meaning that they were self-evident truths. The root concept we will examine is what Hubbard referred to as the Dynamic Principle of Existence, which became the basis of Dianetics and was later incorporated into and expanded upon when Hubbard created Scientology in 1953. Let's go ahead and see what this is all about, where Hubbard may have came up with these concepts and whether these really work out as the scientific truths Hubbard claimed them to be.

The backstory to this involves a book Hubbard wrote way before Dianetics and Scientology were even conceived of, a book which very few have read or even seen and which in the world of Scientology has achieved the status of mythic lore. This book was variously called The One Command, The Dark Sword or Excalibur, named after King Arthur's legendary sword of power. Let's talk about the significance of this book in the bigger picture of Scientology.

Whenever he brought up Excalibur, Hubbard was fairly consistent that he wrote it after a dental surgery gone wrong in April 1938, during which time he claimed that his heart stopped and he had a near-death experience. He imagined seeing a light and a place of wonder and woke up thinking he had been shown the secrets of life itself. Although he'd been told by some disembodied voice to forget everything he'd seen, he didn't forget.