Understanding My Religion: The Scientology Symbol

A friend of mine who is not a Scientologist recently asked me to explain the Scientology symbol. It reminded me of my childhood growing up as a Christian in the Methodist church and everything the Christian cross represented to me and so many others—a symbol of God’s love and the personal sacrifice of Jesus for all mankind, the suffering that is a part of the human experience, but also the redemption that is possible for every individual.

I know what the Scientology symbol means for me, but I wanted to consult my church’s explanation of it. I wasn’t surprised to find this beautiful video on our website. 

Scientology Symbol
The Scientology Symbol

I realized, as I watched it, that this artistic communication—the video itself—was a perfect demonstration of every aspect of the Scientology symbol.

The S, not surprisingly, stands for “Scientology.” Scientology literally means “knowing how to know” or “the study of knowledge.”

The lower triangle represents ARC, Affinity (the degree of liking of something or someone), Reality and Communication, which in turn are the component parts of understanding.

The upper triangle represents KRC—Knowledge, Responsibility and Control.

The S, not surprisingly, stands for “Scientology.” Scientology literally means “knowing how to know.”

Each triangle represents interdependent factors, which means when you improve one factor the others improve, and if one corner of the triangle goes down, the others go down to the same degree.

If you combine all of these elements together—a workable, responsible study of knowledge itself that improves a person’s ability to control himself or herself and the environment, plus an approach to life that encompasses affinity, reality and communication resulting in true understanding—you have a system that allows a person to improve themselves and be more confident, competent and helpful to themselves and others.

The degree of KRC and ARC that was applied in the making of the five-minute video explaining these concepts is evident in the quality of the video, the clarity with which it explains these important (and somewhat new and unique) concepts, and the level of interest, care and responsibility such a professional communication exhibits for the audience. I could write for hours trying to explain how all of these factors fit together and how that might apply to someone’s life, but this simple five-minute video beautifully explains every aspect of the symbol and leaves the viewer with a comprehensive understanding.

And that is the beauty of Scientology. It’s not based on faith, but instead supplies the spiritual tools and solutions to improve every aspect of life by increasing one’s responsibility through an improved ability to understand people, life, and our environment. 

The Scientology symbol is an ideal representation of everything that Scientology can offer an individual and I, like millions of others around the world, am personally grateful for these tools that have so dramatically improved every aspect of my life.

Wil Seabrook
Musician, writer, business owner, human rights advocate, aspiring Renaissance Man.