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“Man consists of three parts: the body, little more than a machine; the mind divided into analytical and reactive, which computes and contains little more than a collection of pictures; and the thetan, life itself, the spirit which animates the body. ... The point being, the thetan is superior to both body and mind. ... But what are his limits? How high can he ultimately ascend?

“From the search for these answers came the subject of Scientology, and the door opened to the full realization of spiritual potential.

“That state is called Operating Thetan... Although without mass, motion, wavelength or location in space or time, the thetan is nonetheless capable of accomplishing anything. Thus, the Operating Thetan or OT may be defined as one who is at ‘knowing and willing cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.’

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