Dianetics comes from the Greek dia meaning “through” and nous, “mind or soul.” Dianetics is further defined as “what the soul is doing to the body.”
Dianetics uncovers the source of unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities, unexplainable pains, sensations and emotions (psychosomatic illnesses) and sets forth effective handlings for these conditions.
By use of the procedures of Dianetics it became apparent that the source of these conditions were not cells or cellular memory, but a beingness that defied time. The discovery of past lives was followed by the phenomena of exteriorization—the detachment of one’s spirit from the body while yet fully conscious and aware. With this discovery—and the inescapable conclusion that one is a spiritual being—the Scientology religion was born.
Scientology is defined as “the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.” Through the practice of Scientology one can increase his spiritual awareness and ability and realize his own immortality.
Dianetics, though it might not have guessed it in its early publication, was dealing with the human spirit. Dianetics is a forerunner and substudy of Scientology.