Official Church of Scientology: Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard, Time Track, Visual Memory, Mental Images

THE TIME TRACK

The consecutive record of mental image pictures that accumulates through an individual’s life is called the time track. The time track is a very accurate record of a person’s past.

As a rough analogy, the time track could be likened to a motion-picture film—if that film were three-dimensional, had 57 perceptions and could fully react upon the observer.

The mind uses these pictures to make decisions that promote survival. The mind’s basic motivation, even though a person might fail in an undertaking or make a mistake, is always survival.

That being the case, why don’t all of the actions the mind dictates result in enhanced survival?

Why do people sometimes experience irrational fears, doubt their own abilities or entertain negative emotions which seem uncalled for by circumstances?

To answer these questions, one needs to understand the parts of the mind.