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The Ethics and the Conditions Course Glossary

The Ethics and the Conditions Course Glossary

give (someone) an acknowledgment. See also acknowledgment in this glossary.


something said or done to inform another that his statement or action has been noted, understood and received.


reactive mind, that portion of a person’s mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis (given a certain stimulus it gives a certain response), which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. (A bank is a storage place for information, as in early computers where data was stored on a group or series of cards called a bank.)


condition or state of being; existence. Beingness also refers to the assumption or choosing of a category of identity. Beingness can be assumed by oneself or given to oneself or attained. Examples of beingness would be one’s own name, one’s profession, one’s physical characteristics, one’s role in a game—each or all of these could be called one’s beingness.


jump the proper person in a chain of command.


an interchange of ideas across space between two individuals.

communication line:

the route along which a communication travels from one person to another.


one of the states of operation or existence which an organization, its parts or an individual passes through. Each condition has an exact sequence of steps, called a formula, which one can use to move from the current condition to another higher and more survival condition.


power of choice; power of decision; ability to decide or determine the course of one’s actions.


the actions an individual takes on himself to correct some conduct or situation in which he is involved which is contrary to the ideals and best interests of his group. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical or "has his ethics in," it is by his own determinism and is done by himself.


a gradual approach to something taken step by step, level by level, each step or level being, of itself, easily attainable—so that finally, complicated and difficult activities can be achieved with relative ease. The term gradient also applies to each of the steps taken in such an approach.


the action taken on an individual by the group when he fails to take appropriate ethics actions himself.

Locational Processing:

a type of process which helps orient a person and puts him in communication with his environment.


an aggressive or destructive act received by the person or part of life. The reason it is called a "motivator" is because it tends to prompt that one pays it back—it "motivates" a new overt act.

overt act:

a harmful act or a transgression against the moral code of a group. An overt act is not just injuring someone or something, it is an act of omission or commission which does the least good for the least number of people or areas of life, or the most harm to the greatest number of people or areas of life.


a special form of personal counseling, unique in Scientology, which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability to confront what he is and where he is. Processing is a precise, thoroughly codified activity with exact procedures.


that which appears to be. Reality is fundamentally agreement; the degree of agreement reached by people. What we agree to be real is real.


an applied religious philosophy developed by L. Ron Hubbard. It is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. The word Scientology comes from the Latin scio, which means "know" and the Greek word logos, meaning "the word or outward form by which the inward thought is expressed and made known." Thus, Scientology means knowing about knowing.


a person, point or position which can receive, relay or send a communication.


an unspoken, unannounced transgression against a moral code by which a person is bound; an overt act that a person committed that he or she is not talking about. Any withhold comes after an overt act.