Positive Mind, Positive Heart, Positive Life

Explanation of the Quote

The Positive Mind, Positive Heart, & Positive Life is a motto used by the Church of Scientology. The three terms are separated in order to demonstrate their different roles. A mind without a heart cannot function properly, and the same goes for the heart without the mind. Likewise, an individual’s existence would be incomplete without both his/her own mind and heart, as well as the mind and heart of others.

Positive here means “good” rather than merely representing the idea of “non-negative.” Positive is used in Scientology to refer to that which is good for you or that which is actually helpful to you.

The acronym PMPHL can be broken down into three parts:

1. Mind refers to the psychological component of an individual. It is sometimes used in Scientology as a substitute for the word “psyche” or “spirit.” For example, when someone says “my mind,” they are referring to their mental state, not their brain. Mind includes thought processes, reactions to stimuli and other mental content.

2. Heart refers to the spiritual nature of an individual, the part of a person which responds to spiritual matters and provides his/her vitality or life force. Scientology regards heart as being more than just emotions, but rather as the motivating component behind one’s existence. Heart is also used figuratively in Scientology to refer to spirit or soul rather than the physical heart.

3. Life is a Scientology term for existence as an individual, i.e., one’s livelihood or lifestyle because these aspects of a person are included in life itself. One can also say “my life” to mean “the way I live.”

The three terms together make up a motto used by the Church of Scientology. The three terms are separated in order to demonstrate their different roles. A mind without a heart cannot function properly, and the same goes for the heart without the mind. Likewise, an individual’s existence would be incomplete without both his/her own mind and heart, as well as the mind and heart of others.

Positive here means “good” rather than merely representing the idea of “non-negative.” Positive is used in Scientology to refer to that which is good for you or that which is actually helpful to you.

For example, a person who has lost his job may say “my mind’s not working right,” meaning he can’t think properly or he’s depressed. This is because mental contents are often used in everyday language to mean one’s thoughts, e.g., “he was having strange thoughts”, or “those voices in her head were driving her crazy.”

On the other hand, when someone is doing well financially they might say “my finances are good” or simply “good” because being financially well off is considered good for that individual.

Happiness, to a Scientologist, means “feeling good.” To feel good means to be in good mental and spiritual shape, i.e., having knowledge about Scientology services available to oneself or others and knowing how to use them properly so as to improve one’s life or the lives of others.

To Scientologists, “positive” does not mean avoiding problems, but rather solving problems so one can go on to live a good life that is productive for themselves and helpful to others. For example, in Scientology counseling (“auditing”) sessions people are often asked to recall past traumatic experiences in order to recover the mental and spiritual content that has been repressed as a result of such experiences. This is done in order to rehabilitate the mind and body and “go Clear” (free one’s self from the influence and effects of past trauma). However, this process does not require avoiding problems; on the contrary, it requires confronting them head-on.