On this course you will learn:

  • The three elements that bring about an understanding of anything and how these interrelate
  • How you can improve relationships with anyone.
  • The precise tools you need to increase your understanding with everyone you know and the world around you.

Course Overview

The self-improvement shelves of bookstores, the airwaves and self-help speakers who travel the lecture circuit all offer myriad solutions to the problems of understanding life. Yet the endless stream of man’s difficulties still do not resolve.

In this course, L. Ron Hubbard goes beneath all these “solutions” to provide the basic knowledge of what actually constitutes understanding.

What can you do with this knowledge? By knowing what understanding really is, you have the tools to handle life itself. This means that you have the tools to increase your understanding of just about anything—including the people you know and come into contact with.

This knowledge will enable you to help others who are experiencing the travails caused by misunderstandings, differing viewpoints, broken relationships and other ills that make man’s life a string of successive hardships. You will learn the components of understanding, how they interrelate and bring about understanding. With the skills one can acquire from a study of the fundamentals contained herein, you can help bring others back into understanding with their fellow man and the world around them.

Although only a portion of the full technology Mr. Hubbard developed on this subject is contained here, it is enough to change your approach to life. And its use will help you flourish in any aspect of human activity.

If lack of understanding is, indeed, a source of man’s problems, imagine his potentials without this hindrance. Millions of people who apply this knowledge are reaching heights they once only dreamed of—and are successfully assisting others to do the same.


Course Details

Ease of Study

This course is laid out in a step-by-step manner, with a sequence of reading assignments and questions to check your understanding.

Before you begin, you create your own personal logon on the Scientology website. Once logged in, the online program will guide you through each step of the course to full completion, with all course materials provided from within the Scientology website.

Length of Course

4 hours. You may, however, do the course at your own pace. In other words, it is not timed. The course is our service to you, free of charge.


Booklet: Components of Understanding
or The Scientology Handbook

Your course materials are also integrated within the online course. In other words, once logged on, you may read the materials from within the online course program as you do each step. We do, however, recommend that you download for free or purchase the booklet, to review and refer to when you are not logged into the course program.


If at any time you need assistance with your course assignments, do not hesitate to contact your online course supervisor, whom you can reach using the “Need help?” button in your online course program. The online course supervisor will help to ensure you understand and achieve the maximum benefit from the course materials. The end result is that you are fully able to apply the data contained therein.

Course Completion

Upon completion of The Components of Understanding Course, you will receive a certificate by e-mail.


Success Stories

“I am proud to say that I have completed the course The Components of Understanding offered by the Volunteer Ministers. This course has been very helpful to me in my everyday life. In learning the principles of affinity, reality and communication, I can now communicate with virtually anyone with ease. I work a job in which good communication is vital, and yet I have come to realize that raising communication helps every part of my life. Imagine a world in which everyone is skilled at communicating. What a much better world that would be to live in!

“Before taking this course, I was having a lot of difficulty at work. The company I work for was going through some transitions that were not boding well with our patrons. Being a manager at this location, I was bearing the brunt of their dissatisfaction. The stress of these exchanges with people was wearing me down to the point where I didn’t think I could continue at my current job. I phoned up the Volunteer Ministers’ toll-free number for support, and was directed to this course specifically.

“After taking this course, I have noticed that I can often avert misunderstanding and conflict. There have actually been times that I have been presented with an angry person and by the end of the conversation the person is actually thanking me! Now that is what I call a win!

“Overall, since this course, my interactions with other people have been much more enjoyable and as an added bonus I get more satisfaction from my job. I am well pleased with my results and recommend this course to everyone!”


"The course has allowed me to create abundance in every area of my life. Affinity, reality and communication [ARC] form a triangle where my experiences with people, places and things are transformed.

“I build up my affinity with my sense of non-judgment when I observe the environment around me. I see things for what they are and not for what they are not; I see people for who they are and not for who they are not. Therefore, my sense of enjoyment of the world is just a bliss!

“When I am or I am not in communication, I know that my affinity and/or my reality does or does not go along with other people and all we do is just re-establish the ARC triangle to understand more!

“One of the breakthroughs I’ve had is that I am more responsible, I am more conscious that I am at cause in the matter of my own life. The question I used to ask myself is what matters for me? There is my family, my career, my health, my love relationship. And those areas of my life that I am committed to work on in order to build up more and more understanding with the ARC triangle. Thank you."