Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1951, 17 August
Document title: The ARC Triangle
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Special Course in Human Evaluation
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Document ID: 5108C17B
Description: "In Dianetics we have a magic triangle—only we don’t call it a magic triangle. It is just called ARC."
In Dianetics we have a magic triangle—only we don’t call it a magic triangle. It is just called ARC.
We find that the item known as life energy and the item known as physical-universe energy are not the same. They have some parallels; otherwise they would not be able to unite. They have a vibrational level in common, or they would not be able to unite and react with each other.
But electricity—that stream of electronic impulses surrounded by a magnetic field, which takes place because there is a magnetic field or because there are impulses or for some other reason—and what we call, in Dianetics, theta are energies of an entirely different kind. In order to emphasize this, we make it fairly plain that we are not talking about a physical-universe energy by saying we consider theta to be exterior to the physical universe. Actually, it seems to have its own codes, its own behavior, its own wavelengths and even its own time. Theta time and thetauniverse time are not physical-universe time. The times are different.
There is such a thing as theta matter. Theta matter would be an idea. If you don’t think there is such a thing as theta matter, just think for a moment of the culture of a nation. That culture is actually thought and ideas which have become solidified into patterns. You can even plot whether a thing is still a fluid idea or whether it is a fixed idea.
All of this is very nebulous. One of these fine days we will know a lot more about it. We didn’t make any real advance, however, in the study of aberration, the human mind and behavior until we recognized that there was such a thing.
Now, although it was not described (since it was mainly talked about by people who did not know how to use or treat or describe energy as energy), this item—theta—has been talked about, discussed and taken for granted for some thousands of years. It is woven in and out of philosophy to such a degree that there is hardly a book of philosophy which does not mention in some way the energy of life—and then run away very happily and play skip-jack or bean bag, ‘ and not have anything more to do with this. The most adventurous fellow in the past century or so on this subject was Bergson, and he called it elan vital; he gave it a label and then he hastily went off and left it.
Now, if you look at it from an engineering viewpoint you will see that this energy has to have vibrational rates and that it can form into wave patterns which have tone, volume and quality.
In other words, it has all the requisites of an energy; it can be described to some degree. As soon as we began to describe it that way in Dianetics we began to get much better results; things began to happen and things we couldn’t understand before were understood better.
We know quite a bit about it, actually. The energy of life unites with the physical universe in such a way as to form an organism. And an organism is part physical universe and part theta; it is motivated by theta.
Theta has an energy value. It has three component parts: one is affinity, one is reality and one is communication, so we have a triangle—A-R-C. Those are three parts of theta. They are interdependent to such a degree that if you interrupt any one of them you will interrupt the flow of the other two. Theta is flowing as ARC.Let’s take affinity: It is obvious there is such a thing as affinity. You can call it, sloppily, love, but that is hardly descriptive enough. Affinity is the sympathetic coexistence of two things or two parts of the same energy or something of the sort.
When we take a tuning fork in the physical universe and strike it and it starts vibrating at its particular frequency, another tuning fork with the same frequency will begin to vibrate too, though it has not been touched. If you damp the first one out you find the other tuning fork is ringing. They are in the same level, so therefore you could say they have sympathetic vibration.
If you were dealing with theta you would say they had affinity, they were similar, they were parts of the same and so on.
Two men talking with each other either are in affinity with each other or they aren’t. If they are not, they will argue. If they are in affinity with each other, two other things have to be there: they have to have agreed upon a reality and they have to be able to communicate that reality to each other.