give (someone) an acknowledgment, something said or done to inform another that his statement or action has been noted, understood and received.


substances that are able to kill or inactivate bacteria in the body. Antibiotics are derived from microorganisms (very small living organisms) or are synthetically produced.


any of the early followers of Jesus who carried the Christian message into the world.


hopes, strong desires or ambitions to achieve some goal or objective. The word also means the goal or objective desired.


a process which can be done to alleviate a present time discomfort and help a person recover more rapidly from an accident, illness or upset.


made (something already developed) greater, as in size, extent or quantity.


statements of natural laws on the order of those of the physical sciences.


single-cell organisms, some of which cause disease.


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.


a painful red swelling on the skin, that is filled with pus.

cast (one’s) shadow:

figuratively, be an influence that is perceptible to others. From cast, which means to throw or cause to fall on something or someone or in some particular direction and shadow, here used to mean an image (or anything that may be perceived) of a particular person, etc.


a temporary or complete stopping.


a system of healing based upon the theory that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and employing treatment by manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures (as the spinal column) and utilizing physical therapy when necessary in order to restore proper alignment.


a new realization about life. It is a “What do you know, I . . .” statement; something a person suddenly understands or feels.


the political theory or system in which all property and wealth is owned in a classless society by all the members (workers) of a community. It enforces extensive negative controls on personal liberties and freedom and collective needs of the masses overrule individual rights.


including everything, so as to be complete.


to face without flinching or avoiding. The ability to confront is actually the ability to be there comfortably and perceive.


tight, as if by squeezing, as clothing that is fastened close around the body.


an exclusive group of people who share an excessive devotion to some person, thing, ideal, etc.


death; the end of a person’s existence.


disturbance of the functions of the mind; mental disorder.


diminish; fade or vanish.


lying in bed, as because of being ill.


(of an injury) treated by cleaning and putting medicine or a protective covering on it.


reproduce something exactly.

fall for:

be persuaded into accepting or believing something or into doing something.


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.


very serious.


a future life, the world to come; a life or existence after death.


a very large number; a great quantity.


branches of learning concerned with human thought and relations, as distinguished from the sciences; especially literature, philosophy, history, etc. (Originally, the humanities referred to education that would enable a person to freely think and judge for himself, as opposed to a narrow study of technical skills.)


a condition or circumstance arising during a process which indicates (points out or shows) whether the process is going well or badly. For example, the person receiving the processing looking brighter or looking more cheerful would be good indicators. See also process in this glossary.


the central or most important point or theme of something.

laying on of hands:

the placing of the hands of the healer on the body of the person to be cured, as is done in faith healing, a method of treating a sick person through the power of belief and prayer.

Locational Processing:

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


a body of matter (with no specified shape or size).


brought about; caused.


a category, type, class or kind of thing of distinctive character or rank.

part and parcel:

an essential, necessary or integral part.


things that appear or are perceived or observed; individual facts, occurrences or changes as perceived by any of the senses or by the mind: applied chiefly to a fact or occurrence, the cause or explanation of which is under observation or being scientifically described.


a conclusion, decision or resolution about something.


given a direction or tendency toward a particular course of action beforehand.

present time:

the time which is now and which becomes the past almost as rapidly as it is observed. It is a term loosely applied to the environment existing in now.


an exact series of directions or sequence of actions taken to accomplish a desired result.


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.


to do (a service) for another; give (as help) to another.


Scientology is a practical religion dealing with the study of knowledge, which through application of its technology can bring about desirable changes in the conditions of life. It was developed over a third of a century by L. Ron Hubbard. The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word scio (knowing, in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word logos (study of). Scientology is further defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.


the outward appearance of something.


the period of time during which processing occurs. See also processing in this glossary.


the state of being sober, not drunk.


a word used in Scientology to designate any body sensation, illness, pain or discomfort. Soma means “body” in Greek.


the methods of application of an art or science as opposed to mere knowledge of the science or art itself. In Scientology, the term technology refers to the methods of application of Scientology principles to improve the functions of the mind and rehabilitate the potentials of the spirit, developed by L. Ron Hubbard.


thought or life. The term comes from the Greek letter theta (), which the Greeks used to represent thought or perhaps spirit. Something which is theta is characterized by reason, serenity, stability, happiness, cheerful emotion, persistence and the other factors which Man ordinarily considers desirable.


the person himself—not his body or his name, the physical universe, his mind or anything else—it is that which is aware of being aware; the identity which is the individual. The term thetan was coined to eliminate any possible confusion with older, invalid concepts. It comes from the Greek letter theta which the Greeks used to represent thought or perhaps spirit, to which an n is added to make a noun in the modern style used to create words in engineering.


a strip of cloth tied tightly around an injured arm or leg to temporarily stop the flow of blood through a large artery, in order to prevent a heavy loss of blood.


a body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or an accident.


a wavelength is a characteristic of motion. An orderly wavelength is a flow of motion. It has a regular, repeated distance between its crests (high point of the wave). Take a rope or a garden hose and give it a flip. You will see a wave travel along it. Energy, whether electrical, light or sound, has some such pattern. This is a smooth-flowing wave. Its length is between crests. It is measured in units of length such as centimeters or inches or feet.


a word ending used to mean concerning or related to a particular thing, as in “thoughtwise,” relating to thought.