Reflections on Power

By George A. Boyd © 2018

Q: I have come across a list that Hubbard posits are the twelve conditions of life. It struck me that Hubbard places power at the top of his twelve conditions. One list of these conditions, as Jenna Miscavige-Hill remembers them in her book, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology™ and My Harrowing Escape are:

  • 12 – Power
  • 11 – Power change
  • 10 – Affluence
  • 9 – Normal operations
  • 8 – Emergency
  • 7 – Danger
  • 6 – Non-existence
  • 5 – Liability
  • 4 – Doubt
  • 3 – Enemy
  • 2 – Treason
  • 1 – Confusion

How do you view this formulation?

A: Hubbard’s highest position on the twelve conditions is power, and the ability to increase one’s power. The application of power takes the following forms:

  • Earth – the exploitation of its resources to gain profits
  • Animals and plants – exploitation of living creatures to fulfill human needs and to make money
  • Religion – development of a religious cult; exploitations of followers for money and sex; and to fulfill the leader’s narcissistic desires to be loved and worshipped
  • Body – Control of the bodies of others through intimidation and demands for obedience; those who are disobedient may be subject to violence, torture, imprisonment, or death
  • Intimate Relationship – Enslavement of his or her partner; control through emotional and physical abuse; using partner for sexual gratification and fulfilling of his or her needs
  • Customer relations (sales) – Views others as sources of money, he or she uses any means fair or foul to make the sale—lie, cheat, and deceive if necessary—the only thing that matters is to meet and exceed sales targets and enrich his or her self.
  • Career – Become an autocratic boss who drives employees to meet goals; readily fires those that he or she doesn’t like; uses employees for sex; frightens and intimidates them to demand their loyalty, obedience, and silence
  • Finances – Achieve money at all costs through any means fair or foul; use legal loopholes and surreptitious means to hide money from taxation
  • Organization – The leader has absolute control over the organization through policy and direct command; no dissent is tolerated
  • Government – The government is a dictatorship; the leader exerts control over all aspects of the country through the military, police, and secret police; the leader suppresses any dissent of criticism; he or she may muffle the press, imprison or disappear those who do not obey his or her directives
  • Perceived enemy – Destroy the enemy without mercy; ruthlessly pursue the enemy until he or she is utterly vanquished; crush the spirit of the enemy so he or she will be obedient and servile

Q: Then gaining power is not the highest aim of life?

A: This perspective of placing power, as his highest objective, places Hubbard in the same mindset as the Occultists and dictators of the Lower Astral Plane. It is not surprising, that those who adopt this mindset often turn religion into a cult, with their central aim to exploit others for money; those who enter the political arena with this mindset become demagogues and authoritarian leaders.

If we view the keynotes of each level of the Continuum from the Middle Subtle to the Soul Plane in the Planetary Realm, we find that Hubbard’s call to power is most typical of the Lower Astral Plane:

Level of the Continuum


Middle Subtle

Obedience – Following cultural norms, and religious and moral precepts

Lower Astral

Power – Gaining power and wielding it over others; forcing your will on

Subtle Illumined Mind

Protection from dark forces – Using Soul force to counter dark magic

Biophysical Universe

Harmony – Living in harmony with the earth and cosmos

Abstract Mind Plane

Control of mind – using mind to control athletic performance, make discoveries and innovations in science, augment creative expression in art, pursue truth through philosophical inquiry, to overcome personal obstacles, and to manifest what you desire

Psychic Realm

Development of psychic powers and metaphysical ministry – activate your psychic
abilities and use them to help others

Wisdom Plane

Development of wisdom – gain wisdom, practice forgiveness and understanding

First Exoteric Initiation

Faith and love – establish faith in God and follow his guidance; read the
scriptures; express love, charity, and kindness towards others

First Mesoteric Initiation

Devotion and purity – draw nigh to God’s presence; develop virtue and holiness;
minister the Holy Spirit to others

First Esoteric Initiation

Knowledge of the Mysteries – gain insight into symbols and archetypes; identify
the hidden truths and teaching substanding ancient faiths

Second Initiation

Power united with love – activate the Mighty I AM Presence, speak the Word
with love to set others free, to empower them, and to motivate them to achieve their highest potential

Third Initiation

Love united with wisdom – develop the innate abilities within each person,
make the personality into an instrument for the Soul, align your life to carry out your Soul’s purpose and to fulfill your Divine Plan (spiritual destiny)

Fourth Initiation

Illumination, Grace, and Compassion – receive the Light of Illumination to remove
ignorance and gain enlightenment; become an instrument for the Grace and compassion of the Masters; express your highest genius to uplift humanity

Fifth Initiation

Mastery – Gain mastery over each vehicle of consciousness and use your love,
wisdom, and power to serve others spiritually

We suggest that gaining power as your ultimate aim— as Hubbard advocated—is not a very uplifting or noble goal. We encourage you to examine the keynotes for each stage of your spiritual journey and aim to incorporate each of these higher objectives and fulfill the high calling of your spiritual destiny. Renounce the will to power; embrace love and service, and you will become an instrument of the Light.