THE NATURE OF COMMUNICATION
There really has been some confusion on the subject of communication, which
Some of the data released by Hubbard indicate that "anything" may be a
communication, going from a location across a distance to another location. To
paraphrase him, a communication is the idea or action of moving matter and/or
energy across a distance from a source location to a receiving location, with the
intention of it being duplicated and understood at the receiving location. This is
misleading to some people because, though implied, two important items have not
been explicitly stated: the persons involved.
He cites the example of throwing rocks as communications. If the rocks
thrown by one person at another person, then communication has occurred. It has
occurred because the first person means something by the act of throwing the
rocks, perhaps "I hate you" and the second person rather quickly gets the
message while he's busy ducking. (To be fair, Hubbard probably understood that
two beings had to be there for communication to occur. Some people may not
have duplicated that intention of his, so I'm making a point of it.) Only a person can
duplicate a communication. And only if duplication has occurred, has the action been
But if the rocks are thrown by a person at a boulder, then no communication
has occurred. The boulder is not a person, not a "thetan." The boulder will not
duplicate the intended meaning, unless there's someone hiding inside it! If no one is
there, the rocks are meaningless! (So to restate the classic problem: "if a tree falls
in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" The answer is
yes, it makes sound waves travel outward through the air, but those sound waves
don't make a "crashing sound" because no one was there to hear it and interpret its
meaning as "CRASH!")
I want to make a very strong point here about MEST versus theta. Material
whether rocks or energy, is an apparent one way flow, a one direction motion. It is not
communication. Communication requires duplication of meaning or intention, by theta
at both ends of the comm. Because of this, all true comm lines, all theta communication
is TWO WAY. Any time a material object or energy produces a backflow, then
duplication has occurred and theta is involved on both of the apparent ends of the
comm line. I say "apparent" because all separation of theta from itself is an
illusion and a lie. But matter itself is a form of theta, in which the awareness is asleep.
So with any comm line which has a thetan at one end and matter at the other, a funny
thing happens: there's a slight backflow from the matter. (In fact if you communicate
enough to matter you will eventually wake it up. It will come uptone into the effort
band or even higher. This can have pleasant, unpleasant, or even ludicrous results,
because the material object can function when it shouldn't, or misbehave when used,
or act in bizarre ways.
Duplication is the cause of the two way phenomenon. This is very important
magick, in auditing and in society in general: anywhere there is theta, all comm lines
will be two way.
But what is meaning in communication?
It is usually assumed that words, whether spoken or written have intrinsic
meanings. This is false. They only have the meanings which are assigned to them.
A word is a symbol, nicely defined as "mass plus meaning." One of the most
basic abilities of a person is to tag a significance onto a piece of matter/energy.
My high level thought experiments (visualizations) and "goings" (I have no idea
what else to call it when I reach "up/out" and look around my universe at a
brighter level of awareness.) indicate that meaning is a postulate.
What is a postulate? A postulate is a decision about the state of reality
It can be a postulate concerning personal reality or our group reality (the
universe), either one or both. This decision, this postulate has a direct effect on a
person's life and surroundings. An example would be a man deciding that "all
women are bad", with the result of getting involved only with "bad" women from
then on. An example of a, *ahem*, more positive postulate would be a woman
deciding that she was going to be a successful florist, then having a long lost uncle
unexpected show up and give her a loan of $10,000 as seed money to start her
These things do not happen by "accident." It is my experience that there
no accidents, only hidden causes.
A strong, confident postulate attaches a significance to most or all of
surrounding reality. The more reality it attaches meaning to, the wider effect it
has. So this is the basic function. A sub- or specialized postulate action is the
attachment of a limited meaning to a word or action in order to communicate.
All communication is apparently telepathic. A person can write or speak
of words, but if that person does not intend meaning into them, and the
listener/reader does not intend to understand, then no communication happens.
This is most noticable when for instance an adult is reading out of a book to a
small child. If the adult just sets the whole action onto a circuit, and reads
mechanically in a dead voice then the child gets bored, attention wanders, no
communication is occurring. If on the other hand that adult reads the story with
full attention and intention, and turns it into a "live" story happening right now,
then the child will be rapt and excited. Communication is happening.
Telepathy is "duplication." There is no telepathy really, any more than
any other sort of material universe communication. They are all duplication on
an apparent via which doesn't exist. The person who is communicating intends his
meaning, and the other person creates that same meaning at their end exactly as it
is. The ends of a comm line are apparancies, not realities. There doesn't seem to
be any need for a via either. No words. No rocks. No books. Just the same thought
occurring at two apparent locations with nothing having passed through the
The subject of General Semantics is extremely nitpicky on the subject of
precisely picking and using words accurately -- both to get the meaning across to
others, and to avoid confusing oneself with sloppy, inexact thoughts about
reality. Technically, the practisioners of G-S are correct! But the only reason
there is a need for G-S is because communication -- both with the parts of oneself,
and to others -- is filtered through so many physical vias that mistakes of
duplication often occur. A positive, powerful communicator (person) however,
can often use spoken language so badly that a G-Ser might cringe at every
statement, and still manage to get his point across perfectly. Because the words
used, though important to almost everyone, are not really necessary. To beat back
into life an old Zen saw, the words are like fingers pointing at the moon. They
only point to where a person should look and what to duplicate there. They aren't
always necessary. Communication can occur without words. Communication can
occur without any via. This is of course a violation of the communications
formula as laid out by Mr Hubbard. Hubbardís formula should really be titled
"How to communicate on a via." Because though attention and intention are usually
necessary, the communication particles (words, rocks), motion and distance are
not. Even attention and intention can be dispensed with at Static (static is "one"
beingness). This is because attention is actually some of your own beingness
(as is also the "tag" of meaning assigned to a thought or symbol) in that you
are putting a little bit of yourself out there when you place attention onto
something; and intention is a type of postulation, which is decision, which is
beingness projected, separated or placed.
Therefore a somewhat truer communication formula would be:
ATTENTION AND INTENTION CREATING DUPLICATION.
And the real communications formula is this:
DUPLICATION (by theta of itself, which is the static)
That's how communication is really done. We still are all doing it that
despite any illusions to the contrary.
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