The ARS Acronym/Terminology FAQ v3.5
by Martin Hunt
Stand: 22 Jul 2000
or M1 Word Clearing, one of the 9 methods of the endless word
clearing used in Scientology. M1 is done on a Meter, and locates
charge or upset on words chains by subject, taking each back in
time (often to fabricated past lives). M1 supposedly makes the
recipient "Superliterate", able to "fast flow" through course
checksheets without doing demos or checkouts. See also M8.
metered word clearing done by having the student read aloud,
then look up each word stumbled over or that reads on the meter.
verbal word clearing done by the supervisor in the classroom
and used whenever a student says s/he doesn't understand something.
The sup then asks them to look earlier for a word that isn't
understood, (the implication of Hubbard's perfection being
implicit; if Hubbard wasn't clear or used the wrong word, this is
just not acknowledged) has the student look it up in a dictionary,
and then use it in sentences in the usual way. M3 is one of the
most commonly-used methods of word clearing, along with M4 and
self-study. In self-study, every word found is looked up, used in
sentences, and cleared in each definition, pronunciation, and the
derivation, as in all word clearing. "Set" is checked in all its
permutations that were known already since childhood. "To" is
diligently looked up, although it has little or no intrinsic
meaning. "The" and "a" and "an" are all checked repeatedly,
"definitions" memorized without being understood for the next
supervisor star-rate checkout. For all their word-clearing,
Scientologists are not particularly adept at language, missing the
fact that most words are learned via context and use, not endless
consultation of dry, dead, dictionaries. The average student in
Scientology may spend hours each day flipping through the
dictionaries, yet they don't seem to benefit from the activity at
all. "Word clearing" is an integral part of the brainwashing in the
cult. Its real aim is to make people compliant by doing absurd and
meaningless repetitive tasks while instilling the cult's twisted
semantics and thousands of neologisms and redefinitions from the
two large cult dictionaries of such key terms as "critical
thought", redefined as a completely negative activity. It is
Orwell's _1984_ brought to life by another, albeit inferior,
Science Fiction writer.
metered classroom word clearing. The student is asked to focus
on sections of text of about paragraph to page size and asked if
there's an MU, then the meter is checked for any reaction. The word
so metaphysically located is then looked up and cleared in the
usual way. M4 is one of the most common forms of word clearing,
along with M3 and self-study, as the students works by themselves
to "clear up their MUs". Not clearing up one's own MUs may result
in ethics actions being taken for going by MUs, a serious offense.
This is another cult catch-22 situation, as all students can be
asked for definitions of words like "be" or something equally
ridiculous, hesitate, and end up in trouble. During star-rate
checkouts, definitions are often demanded out of the blue. "What's
the definition of 'too'?", "The number 2?", "Flunk!" being a common
occurrence with no recourse given. Any opposition to the obvious
unfairness of the situation just gets the person in more hot water
in the totalitarian system. Any opposition or complaints are, after
all, a sign of 'natter' produced by, you guessed it, MUs! Word
clearing is an integral part of Scientology brainwashing.
the student is asked what words mean from a list, as in
auditing commands. The ones the person can't define quickly and
accurately are flunked.
key word clearing. The most important words relating to a
specific post are looked up and word cleared in a dictionary upon
any hint of slowness or hesitancy on the part of the staff member.
This is based on the idea that so-called "MUs" can thwart someone's
production on post; an untested idea, to put it mildly.
used for illiterates, children, and foreign-language persons.
The student is made to read aloud, and at each omission or stumble
or hesitation or frown, the word is explained to the person
verbally or looked up for him or her by the twin or word clearer.
part of the Primary Rundown, its end product is superliteracy.
An alphabetical list of every word in the materials being studied,
such as a book or tape, is looked up. This is the most thorough
methods of W/Cing. Its requirement for the exalted state of
"superliteracy" has been superseded by M1, or was at one time in
unmetered word clearing action. Student is made to read the
text aloud while the word clearer follows along in another copy of
the text. When the student stumbles or frowns or coughs, etc., the
word is thoroughly looked up and "cleared" by the usual method.
Master At Arms. A Sea Org (highly indoctrinated Scientologists
who sign billion-year contracts) Ethics Officer, responsible for
keeping Ethics in (keeping the all-important production up; someone
who produces well in Scientology is almost always regarded as being
in-Ethics; the ends justify the means is policy.) Their lower org
equivalent is called an Ethics Officer, or EO.
- Marcab Confederacy,
a galactic confederation and the denizens
thereof. It is a star system in the astronomy charts. It is also
supposed to be the source of most of the destructive suppressive
influences attacking the Earth at this time and in the past. For
the last 100,000 years they've been driving cars, wearing business
suits and fedora hats, using telephones, and flying spaceships.
Remember that episode of Star Trek? "The Marcabians are coming to
Earth, and they're going to lay waste to it, according to Captain
A derogatory Free Zone (qv) term for people who don't
believe in their strange ideas. (act) See Basher.
- Mental Image Picture,
a picture in the Reactive mind, the
repository of memories of painful and unconscious moments. "Bob has
a stuck mental image picture of an atom bomb going off on top of
his head 200 trillion years ago."
- Merchant of Chaos,
a cult synonym for an anti-Scientologist or
Suppressive Person. A bad person; a person who speaks ill of
Scientology, and should therefore be punished.
Matter, Energy, Space, and Time; the constituents of the
physical universe, or the physical universe itself. Seen as a
lesser domain than the spiritual or Theta realm.
- Milgram Experiment,
the; a psychological influence process. "A very
famous psychology experiment with a rather depressing result.
Milgram's subjects were put in front of a device that was supposed
to administer electric shocks to someone in another room (the other
person was actually an actor who responded as if he were being
shocked) and were then ordered by Milgram to administer increasing
levels of shocks, even levels that were marked as 'dangerous' on
the device and that elicited a simulation of agony from the actor.
He found that most of his subjects obeyed him, even when they
generally believed that they were injuring the other person. The
experiment basically showed that the 'Nuremberg defense' mindset is
alive and well in the US; people are conditioned to obey authority
and will compromise their own principles to do so. The experiment
was done in the late '60s or early '70s; I doubt things have gotten
better since then. Remember that most Americans now think of the
late '60s and early '70s as one of the worst periods in American
history, and cite 'lack of respect for authority' as one of the
main reasons for why it was so terrible." - Eric Bohlman. Read
Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View, by Stanley Milgram
(Harper & Row, 1974).
describing a display of inappropriate emotion; for
example, crying for no reason. "Mary has been misemotional since
her last action; she needs a repair."
1. the Newspeak-corrected term for a cult franchise, as
Hubbard originally and more accurately called them before the
"religious angle" was adopted to garner tax breaks for his company.
Last heard, the package used to set up a Mission could be bought
for US $56,000. A year or two ago, the Co$ management gloated that
1,000 mission franchises had been sold at $56,000 each. That works
out to $56,000,000 all told. If the cult's total annual gross is
$300,000,000, then this one source accounts for nearly 1/5. These
franchises are meant to pay their owners 15%, trouble is, if your
Mission ever makes it, it will be taken away from you. Missions
cannot train auditors, but they can deliver low-level courses and
processing; they are meant to send their "products" on to the next
higher org on the ladder, the nearest Class V Org. 2. A set of
orders given to Missionaires (Sea Org members sent to clay demo and
then carry out some orders) to go out and do an action, usually
gathering money from low-level Scientology Orgs, getting back
"blown" staff members, and so forth. Missions are notoriously
violent in their methods, and lower-level orgs live in fear of
getting a set of these Sea Org bully-boys with their daggers and
uniforms in to "put in their ethics" (make them fork over more
money) and "get their stats up" with intimidation tactics. Missions
are sometimes given absolute ethics authority, meaning they are
allowed to do anything to "get ethics in".
a Sea Org member specially trained to do a Mission,
and given orders, (which are often clay-demoed) and sent out to get
something done. "The Missionaires from Up-Lines arrived, and
demanded $25,000 from our local Org."
misuderstood word, see M/U, M3, M4.
- Mock Up,
to make up; particularly mental imagery, but may also
apply to physical things. Scientologists may often confuse external
reality with imagination or fantasy, and may well not see the
difference between imagining a wall, and taking a hammer and nails
and building one. "Mock up a wall. Thank you. Now destroy that
wall. Thank you."
a nasty thing that one "pulls in" as a result of having
prior overts, undisclosed naughty acts. In other words, anything
that happens to you is your own fault; you deserved it because you
are essentially evil. "The cult of Scientology has lots of
motivators; they keep saying 'look what they did to us!'"
Mis-U, or MU; a misunderstood word, meant to cause everything
from blows (sudden departures) to overts and withholds, and
actually being the root cause of SPs. Because of the centricity of
"MUs" and their destructive potential it is a crime to go by them
when studying, and subjects the student to the risk of getting a
kangaroo "court of ethics". The cult is fanatical about not going
by one, and insists that everyone look things up endlessly in
dictionaries and go through every definition. This becomes quite
tedious with words like "to", "set", and "be." Extensive pieces of
the "tech" are devoted to "word clearing", qv, and so the hapless
student ends up trapped in a arbitrary system which may punish or
help, punish or help, alternately, with the word clearing or the
ethics actions. The very definition of "MU" is mutable and
arbitrary in that it is a word that makes one frown or blink or
stumble on or slow down on reading, etc., as spotted by others -
all of this adds to the coercive, conforming, and group- pressure
nature of the beast. See M3, M4 for more on this topic. "Look up
your M/Us and quit your nattering Mister, or I'll have you busted
down to Ethics!"
- M/U Phenomena,
the emotional upset leading to Blows, disappearances
from the organization, that follows going by a misunderstood word,
according to the cult's "study tech." M/U Phenomena is the only
reason someone gives up on Scientology, according to Hubbard. If
you think it is all nonsense, it is because you went by a word you
didn't understand. If you think it is dangerous, and that the RPF
(Rehabilitation Project Force; the cult's gulag) is repressive and
sick, you just have an M/U. If you think the Purification Rundown
is bizarre, you have an M/U, and it is your problem. Get it?