Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Scientology 8-8008
Publication date: 1952, December
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.
“It is one of the operations of the MEST universe that it is a jealous universe and those who are thoroughly imbued with the principles of the MEST universe have even as their best efforts the goal of eradicating one’s own universe. A control operation begins early in the life of almost every man, whereby his imagination is condemned.
“His own universe is not imaginary, but it may be said to be so and if his imagination is condemned, then he loses his ability to garnish the hardness and brutality of the MEST universe with hopes and dreams. When he loses this he becomes a slave of the MEST universe, and as a slave he perishes.
“His road to immortality lies, then, in another direction than in the complete subservient agreement with the MEST universe and the handling and conversion of its forces. This is a matter which has been subjected continuously to test and it is intensely surprising to people to discover that the rehabilitation of their creative ability, their own space, their own images, rehabilitates as well their ability to confront the MEST universe with a strong and ethical face…
“The original definition of Scientology 8-8008 was the attainment of infinity by the reduction of the apparent infinity and power of the MEST universe to a zero for himself, and the increase of the apparent zero of one’s own universe to an infinity for oneself… it can be seen that infinity stood upright makes the number eight: thus, Scientology 8-8008 is not just another number, but serves to fix into the mind of the individual a route by which he can rehabilitate himself, his abilities, his ethics and his goals.” 1
Hubbard, L. R., (1989) Scientology 8-8008. Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc. (Original work published 1952).
- Hubbard’s claimed route ascends the Tree of Life from Malkuth (himself), abilities (astral triangle), ethics (Ethics triangle) and goals (Supernal triangle.) See Dion Fortune’s The Mystical Qabalah. ↩