In Scientology we divide the whole of life into eight areas in which all activities in our lives can be classified. They are called the dynamics.
All of us want to achieve things along these dynamics. Of course there are priorities and preferences, also fixations and dislikes regarding certain areas which can be controlled by the reactive mind.
The dynamics build one upon the other; you can imagine them as concentric circles reaching out further and further. In this image the first dynamic would be the centre, around which there are the second, third, etc.
The first dynamic is the survival of the person him- or herself. Actually, all things which the person needs for the survival of self are part of this dynamic, such as his or her personal surroundings but also what you could call “having one’s own way. “
The second dynamic takes a partner into the game. It is the dynamic of sex, family, and the urge to develop oneself in and through a partner, children, and a family.
The third dynamic is the urge to survive as a group. Friends are part of this, as are colleagues at work-all that you can experience and do as a team.
The fourth dynamic encompasses survival as mankind. This dynamic comprises those spheres which, in his view, the individual feels he is affected by because he is part of mankind.
The fifth dynamic covers the survival of all living beings. This includes animals and plants, and one’s own body is also part of it. To occupy oneself with pets or gardening is part of the fifth dynamic, but working in an environmental group would also be.
The sixth dynamic encompasses the laws which we call MEST (a word made up of the first letters of matter, energy, space, and time). These are the factors from which the physical universe is built and whose laws, definable by science, control it. The person operates in this framework and can gain more control over it by better understanding.
The seventh dynamic includes the urge to continue one’s existence as a spiritual being, and also the wish that others continue their existence as spiritual beings. Everything mental belongs to this dynamic.
The eighth dynamic is identified with God and/or infinity. In Scientology this dynamic is not defined further as it is a very personal matter and this would interfere too much with the private sphere of a person and his or her considerations about it.
Auditing aims at letting the person explore all his potential on the different dynamics to give him the greatest possible power of choice about how and what he wants to play.
Charge in the reactive mind can often be noticed by the phenomenon that a person has to play obsessively on certain dynamics, or doesn’t have any access at all to others. People often compensate for their inability on one dynamic by playing obsessively on another. You can find many examples for this in life: For example, the strong fixation on sex in our society and the stress on ideal bodies make it nearly impossible for many to play on the second dynamic.
But problems on one dynamic can also have effects on another one. A person who hasn’t made up his mind about himself will also find it difficult to have an open and honest relationship, or to raise children without transfering his own problems to them. In a team of colleagues, a person who is in trouble on the first dynamic will have difficulties, as well. He will be unsure, and unable to contribute his full abilities.
By discharging the troublesome areas in auditing, these obstacles can be overcome, thus enabling you to get at your full potential powers.