July 18, 2018

Introducing Oyez! app

There is a project mastered by friends from O.T.O. FNIX Camp which merits special attention:


OYEZ! app

Oyez! is an Android tool which:
- allows all certified Local Bodies in the World to publish their events on the same platform and
- allows anyone to browse through the published events, filter them by countries, sign up for events they are interested in, communicate with organizers of these events and more.

Every Local Body which posts events in the app is guaranteed to be an actual O.T.O. body.

The main idea of OYEZ is to offer OTO members regular information about happenings within and without their own countries, thus encouraging people to travel around Local Bodies more and learn from each other.

Since anyone, not just OTO members, can use the app, it can also be a promulgation tool.

If your local body is not yet present in the App, please get your local Master/Secretary to contact us through email: app [AT] oto.si.

Every Master of Local Body is eligible to receive a draft (and later updates) of the document for event Organizers where we also explain the procedure for you Local Body's inclusion into OYEZ!

The project is regularly improved and will in the future be expanded to Web platform as well so people who don't have an Android device can enjoy it as well.

We have also created a new page for OYEZ! related announcements, like version upgrades, tips & tricks for events Organizers and Users and OYEZ! screenshots.
If you have any questions you can contact us through the menu in the OYEZ app, through Messenger at OyezApp page or by email.

If you are interested come visit us at:

https://www.facebook.com/oyezApp93/

You can download OYEZ! here >>


July 1, 2018

Living in 'sin'

"If you are 'walking in darkness',
do not try to make the sun rise
by self- secrifice,
but wait in confidence for the dawn,
and enjoy the pleasures of the night meanwhile."
- Aleister C.

And do not denigrate women in the process, I might add.



April 19, 2018

From beyond the Abyss (V.)

May ALL adepts attain the City of Pyramids


"..What's been felt
What's been known
Never shined through in what's been shown
Never be
Never see
Won't see what might have been
What's been felt
What's been known
Never shined through in what's shown
Always free
Never me
So "I" dub thee all-forgiving..."









April 16, 2018

Thelemic Fundamentalism?

This article caught my attention on the Thelema FB group.

There will always be sheep that need a Shepherd, be that Jesus, Osho, Sai Baba, Buddha, Holy Bible, Liber AL or Crowley. It is just a phase in growing up, in my opinion.

It is interesting, though, how long this phase seem to last. Decades can go by without any real, deep and thorough progress simply because a "fateful true believer" donates his life energy to the Shepherd (head of the Order, Sacred Books, Prophets etc.) instead of, well, doing his own darn Will.

Anyway...

Thelemic Fundamentalism?

There are many Thelemites who try to achieve the same results as Crowley, which is what we should all be doing. Not, however, at the expense of accepting the results of our own work. Scientific bias comes to mind. Some Thelemites attempt to validate their own work only by accepting the results Crowley experienced doing the same work.

For Thelemic fundamentalists (I can’t believe I just wrote that), arguments are always self-referential: No results of the work that contradicts Crowley is even considered. Note how quick Thelemites are to cast stones at Christians while doing the same exact thing when there is nothing to support their arguments but the Bible. People have adopted, and proudly proclaimed the following mantra: “Crowley said it, I believe it, that settles it.” They act that way even when you quote Crowley to contradict them. Only their opinions count. Everyone else is wrong, stupid, doesn’t get it, or isn’t committed enough.

Any source material opposing Crowley’s position is disdained, and writers contradicting Crowley (or the huge list of writers and saints Crowley used to justify his position) are considered morons.

Attempts to challenge Crowley’s ideas are treated as antagonistic and followed by ad hominem attacks and huge assumptions to make you look bad in the face of their peers: “you think you know more than Crowley,” “you can’t accept his position due to your Christian values,” etc… even when those ideas are outdated and no longer applicable to our Work.

This is a great disservice to Thelema, since ignoring facts, whether natural, scientific, or psychological, can only serve to turn Thelema into a personality cult or superstitious mumbo-jumbo.

There is a lot of talk about free will and True Will, but apparently man is doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, and this is nonnegotiable because, well, Crowley said so. This is disappointing for people who are more interested in using Thelema, its Magick, and the Holy Books of Thelema as a tool of discovery, rather than a history lesson on Crowley’s life.

To quote David Hume: “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.”

Perhaps those people should have destroyed The Book of the Law after reading, for we are told by the Master himself:

“The study of this Book is forbidden. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire. Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centres of pestilence. All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself.”

Pax Profunda"

Full article >>



April 12, 2018

It is just a process, all of it!


Dr. Shoemaker discusses the 
processes we all go through in our Work and in life as well.

It seems important to remember that everything is a part of a process: 
something (experience, relationship etc) is born, stays for some time and fades away.

Its just the way it is.


Enjoy:





March 22, 2018

From beyond the Abyss (lV.)


May ALL adepts attain the City of Pyramids


How to get there, one might wonder.

One way:


"The only correct and adequate mode of the Attainment of Understanding is to shut off and to inhibit the rational mind altogether, thus leaving a Tabula rasa upon which the entirely alien faculty -- de novo and sui generis -- can write its first word.

But then (it will surely be said) what is more unintelligent than this supposed Intelligence? than this formless, even delirious Ecstasy which sweeps away all shapes of thought? No sane man would deny this premiss: but the explanation is that this Ecstasy is (so to say) the throe of Birth of the new faculty. It is surely natural for an observer to be startled, for the moment, by the discovery of a new Universe. Ananda must be mastered manfully, not indulged as a vice in the manner of the Mystic! Samadhi must be clarified by Sila, by the stern virtue of constraint: and then appears the paradox that the new Law of the Mind has "come not to destroy but to fulfil" the old. 
The Understanding takes full cognizance of all that vast material which the Reason was unable to build into any coherent structure. The contradictions have disappeared by absorption; they have been accepted as essential factors in the nature of Truth, which without them were a mere congeries of Facts.

It will be clear from all these considerations that there need be no surprise at this primordial paradox: that Scepticism, absolute in every dimension, is the sole possible basis of true Attainment. All attempts to shirk the issue by appeals to "faith," by mystic transcendental sophistries, or any other spiritual varieties of the Three-Card-Trick, are devoted to the most abject destruction.

One cannot "find the Lady" by any other way than that of the Knight-Errant, of the Great Fool -- the Way of the Eagle in the Air -- whose Sacred Number is the Sacred Zero. Yea also, Naught being All, and All being Pan, the only due address to Godhead is in the dual form

[GRK WRDS (all-devourer, all-begetter)] PAMPHAGE PAGGENETOR.

For all must be destroyed that All may be begotten."

- The Little Essays, Understanding by A. Crowley


March 21, 2018

Just adesh - the Will


Sadashiva avatara

"I am against non-violence that makes a human being a coward. Fight for Truth!
To face life, you must have great courage every day!

Everyone must be courageous, facing the difficulties of life with bravery!
Cowardly people are like dead people!

I want a world of brave and courageous people.

Indeed, those who work hard and are agnostics are more acceptable, 
for a time, than lazy spiritual hypocrites."

"No baba, no baba, just adesh (true Will)"

-- Mahavatar Babaji


March 20, 2018

The Holiest of All Mantras





a ka dua
tuf ur biu
bi a’a chefu
dudu nur af an nuteru

“O High One!
May he be praised!
The one great of Power!
The Spirit great of Dignity, who places fear of himself among the gods!”

Crowley’s paraphrase of the Stele in translation is included in Liber AL vel Legis:

"Unity uttermost showed!
I adore the might of Thy breath,
Supreme and terrible God,
Who makest the gods and death
To tremble before Thee -
I, I adore thee!"
Liber AL III-37










The third glyph on the second line of the front of the Stele of Revealing shows a standing human figure with arm(s) outstretched towards a feather.

Reading from right to left, this glyph is the first of the series that continues through the first glyph of the third line (a horizontal, squibbly line over three flags) and gives us in transliteration, the mantra found in the Gnostic Mass (see text above).

The melody for the chanting of this is proscribed by Crowley in Magick in Theory & Practice.






March 19, 2018

No restriction





"The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! 
There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell." 
- Liber AL, l:41




"Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. 
Money fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven or upon the earth or under the earth. 
Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; 
and I am the strength, force, vigour, of your arms."
- Liber AL, lll:17




"Lift yourselves up, my brothers and sisters of the earth! Put beneath your feet all fears, all qualms, all hesitancies! 
Lift yourselves up! Come forth, free and joyous, by night and day, to do your will; 
for “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” 
Lift yourselves up! Walk forth with us in Light and Life and Love and Liberty,
taking our pleasure as Kings and Queens in Heaven and on Earth.

The sun is arisen; the spectre of the ages has been put to flight. 
“The word of Sin is Restriction,” or as it has been otherwise said on this text: 
That is Sin, to hold thine holy spirit in!

Go on, go on in thy might; and let no man make thee afraid."

- The Law of Liberty

March 18, 2018

The way out

"The word Trance implies a passing beyond: scil., the conditions which oppress. The whole and sole object of all true Magical and Mystical training is to become free from every kind of limitation. Thus, body and mind, in the widest sense, are the obstacles in the Path of the Wise: the paradox, tragic enough as it seems, is that they are also the means of progress. 
How to get rid of them, to pass beyond or to transcend them, is the problem, and this is as strictly practical and scientific as that of eliminating impurities from a gas, or of adroitly using mechanical laws. Here is the inevitable logical flaw in the sorites of the Adept, that he is bound by the very principles which it is his object to overcome: and on him who seeks to discard them arbitrarily they haste to take a terrible revenge!

It is in practice, not in theory, that this difficulty suddenly
disappears. For when we take rational steps to suspend the operation of the rational mind, the inhibition does not result in chaos, but in the apprehension of the Universe by means of a faculty to which the laws of the Reason do not apply; and when, returning to the normal state, we seek to analyse our experience, we find that the description abounds in rational absurdities."
- Little Essays, Trance by A. Crowley


This is very well put indeed and what is currently alive here is that the most common pitfall on the path to Freedom, denial and aversion to personal and impermanent emotional/physical parts of human existence, has been in my case (for the most part) averted by following the Tantric wisdom.


The king of Tantras

The Hevajra Tantra teaches the Union of Skillful Means and Profound Cognition (Wisdom or Emptiness); and states that such union is helpful in achieving the powers known as siddhis.

The text belongs to the higher or Inner Tantras and includes the truly famous quote (the one below) that explains a basic tenet of Tantra in only a few words:

"One must rise by that by which one falls.

By whatever thing the world is bound, by that the bond is unfastened.

Beings are bound by passion and are released by utilising passion."

The Tantric reverence towards, and dependence on, women in general (and the yoni in particular), is born out in the following three quotes from the text; as is the clearly intimate nature of most higher and secret rituals:

- At all times, whether washing one’s feet or eating, rinsing the mouth, rubbing the hands, girding the hips with a loincloth, going out, making conversation, walking, standing, in wrath, in laughter; the wise man should always worship and honor the lady.

- Concentrate on the triangle of origination in the midst of space.

- I dwell in the yoni of the female in the form of semen.


There are many paths... and in general we can say there is:
- a path of renunciation (denial of everything that is not "pure light") - an old and boring path in my view,
- a path of transformation (embracing everything and not denying anything, not even sensual pleasures) - path of ancient Tantra and obviously the path of the new Aeon: Thelema,
- a path of (instant) liberation (focusing on natural Reality without any drama) - Mahamudra and/or Dzogchen.

So, there are great many ways out, and experiences we have are in line with previous aspirations and dispositions...
... and conditioned by current intentions. And when intention is to deny, to push away or 'renounce' (to use a fancy spiritual term), "thereby there cometh hurt." (Liber AL I-22)

"The word of sin is Restriction." (Liber AL I-41)



From beyond the Abyss (lll.)

May ALL adepts attain the City of pyramids


Thus I have heard:

0.
There is no me, there is no you; there are no forms, skandas(1) are empty. And yet, nothing else exists apart from me and you; skandas are imputed upon the ever-(non)-existing Thusness(2) and they apear (not) like clouds from the empty sky.

Trilions of forms are imputed from within upon the Thusness and they are non diffetent from It.(3)

And one who has attained the Mind-of-no-effort(4) has completed the non-journey and is joyfully abiding in the Union of No-more-learning(4).

1.
He is utterly indifferent(5) to positive, negative and neutral states within and whitout, for he has seen the ultimate truth.

It is the infinite power that seemingly drives him on and on; and yet, he does nothing, for events are non-arising, non-abiding, ever non-existing and self-liberating.

He is fully aware of the twelve deceptions(6) that bind those without the Right view.

Having seen through the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception(7), there is nothing that binds him, for he is not. And since he is not, object and subject are (not) and everything is as it always has been, is and forever will be (not), he is free.

He doesn't care at all about anything. And yet, it is the Love and Compassion that is the Word at one with the Light.


2.
Just by being, he himself is constantly creating the manifested Universe.(8)

What is seen is he in myard forms and through these forms can he be known.(8)

When he looks within, the Universe collapses, when he looks without, he is (in) Love.

And through being (in) Love, he is omnipresent, directing herself and her children.


3.
Only through her powerfull presence can she be known, for she is darkness in its uttrtmost transparent sense.

In this no man's land, only the seen can be seen, only the heard can be heard and there is no one there to say 'We are one, we are none'.(9)

And yet, her nature is all-embracing, receiving and giving.

She has united with innumerable adepts in the most intimate of ways, for she is the Mother of all the wise ones, the Sacred whore, the Everlasting yoni, the Queen of demons and men and women alike.

There is none else besides Her.



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1. Skandas: aggregates that generate everything in the field of the mind in the broadest sense.

2. Thusness: words lose their meaning here, but it seems he is refering to the so called dharmadhatu, the primordial nothing that is everything. In Liber B vel magi this is refered to as "...the grade of Ipsissimus the Mystery of Selflessness, which is called also the Mystery of Pan." (Liber B, 15.)

3. Seems to me he is talking about the Heart suttra (forms are empty, emptyness is form etc.).

4. These two phrases are denoting final spiritual emancipation, level of Ipsissimus.

5. Nothing touches the madman.

6. He is sharing here the doctrine of "dependent origination", twelve links that "produce" duality and suffering at all levels.

7. He has attained the trance nirodha samapatti.

8.  "By His Wisdom made He the Worlds; the Word that is God is none other than He." - Liber B, 2

9. No mental identification of being something or someone remains..



March 16, 2018

From beyond the Abyss (ll.)

May ALL adepts attain the City of pyramids

How shall we live in harmony?

"The Aspirant must well understand that it is no paradox to say that the Annihilation of the Ego in the Abyss is the condition of emancipating the true Self, and exalting it to unimaginable heights. So long as one remains "one's self", one is overwhelmed by the Universe; destroy the sense of self, and every event is equally an expression of one's Will, since it's occurrence is the resultant of the concourse of the forces which one recognizes as one's own."     - The Law is for All







Kali and Babalon

Om Krim Kali


"On Kali and Babalon

Babalon and Kali both represent the Forces of Nature that render the dead, through the principles of dissolution and decay into the fertile material for new life, or new potentiality. They are both Goddesses who manifest within time and space - with the time aspect as Kala being particularly important. In this way they both appear at the End of an Age, for the Reclamation of the degeneracy which has taken hold of people and the world. 

Kali unmakes the world of mankind at the end of Her age in the East, the Kali Yuga, while Babalon provides a similar role for the Aeon of Pisces in the West, as related by Her portrayal in Revelations. And then there is the fact that both goddesses are blue - it is Babalon's Daughters and the Scarlet Women and the Women of Spirit who are red."

Quote from: Who or what is Babalon?

http://www.templeofbabalon.com/babalon.asp

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All words in this article © 2001, 2016 Templum Babalonis

March 15, 2018

From beyond the Abyss

May ALL adepts attain the City of pyramids

In this series of blogs we shall delve deep into the Supernals, quoting empirical knowledge of true Masters and, hopefully, sharing insights of this Thelemite.

The reality or to be more precise, the perception of reality below the Abyss is always changing: Aeons come and go, bodies and other identities alter and Gods are perceived as something separate, something out there.

Above the Abyss, however, everything is always the same, no drama, no play of Gods; not even Unity is definable.


Todays quote:

"...all the symbols are interchangeable, for each one containeth in itself its own opposite. And this is the great Mystery of the Supernals that are beyond the Abyss. For below the Abyss, contradiction is division; but above the Abyss, contradiction is Unity. And there could be nothing true except by virtue of the contradiction that is contained in itself."
- from the 5th Aethyr in The Vision and the Voice



March 14, 2018

Heru-Ra-Ha





In the Book of Troth, Crowley introduces us to Heru-Ra-Ha when he comments on the Aeon Tarot card. He wrote:

"Around the top of the card is the body of Nuit, the star-goddess, who is the category of unlimited possibility; her mate is Hadit, the ubiquitous point-of-view, the only philosophically tenable conception of Reality. He is represented by a globe of fire, representing eternal energy; winged, to show his power of Going.

As a result of the marriage of these two, the child Horus is born. He is, however, known under his special name, Heru-Ra-Ha. A double god; his extraverted form is Ra-hoor-khuit; and his passive or introverted form Hoor-pa-kraat. He is also solar in character, and is therefore shown coming forth in golden light."


** ** ** 


In the new Aeon, the one we are in right now (according to Thelema vision), individuality is of high importance as well as personal freedom, assuming responsability, not hiding behind gods but acting with understanding, wisdom and light strenght.

These are not some guidelines for new Aeon parenting....although, I imagine, a truly loving parent would certainly want for his child to grow up along these lines.

In my view, what follows is a direct, albeit veiled in heavy symbolism, description of the stage of consciousness right at the end of the Path.
Comments not needed, for everyone of us is alive enough to attain Heruraha.


In Liber 418, in the first Aeither, LIL, 
we can read about Heru-Ra-Ha:

"It is a little child covered with lilies and roses. He is supported by countless myriads of Archangels. The Archangels are all the same colourless brilliance, and every one of them is blind. Below the Archangels again are many, many other legions, and so on far below, so far that the eye cannot pierce. And on his forehead, and on his heart, and in his hand, is the secret sigil of the Beast.

And of all this the glory is so great that all the spiritual senses fail, and their reflections in the body fail.

[...]

This child danceth not, but it is because he is the soul of the two dances, - the right hand and the left hand, and in him they are one dance, the dance without motion."

[...]

I am light, and I am night, and I am that which is beyond them.

I am speech, and I am silence, and I am that which is beyond them.

I am life, and I am death, and I am that which is beyond them.

I am war, and I am peace, and I am that which is beyond them.

I am weakness, and I am strength, and I am that which is beyond them.

Yet by none of these can man reach up to me. Yet by each of them must man reach up to me."




Joy of the unknown



Looking back, it was always my attachment to already attained insights
and knowledge that de facto kept me from moving onto deeper Reality.

And so, I second J. Krishnamurti's words:

"One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end."

March 8, 2018

On the Education of Children




Active or top-down perception is how cognitive neuroscience scientifically describes the process 'as above - so below'.

In simple terms (maybe even too simple): human inner depth of insight and mental - emotional orientation conditions how and what is perceived.

So, in a way, how a human being perceives something is always subjective.

And regarding Mr. Crowley, oh boy, things that are usually perceived about him range from purity to downright evil. What that says about the perceiver is an interesting question, isn't it.

Anyway...

...having undergone a lot of formal and also informal education in the areas of human consciousness, being a father and reading Mr. Crowley's thoughts on education of children, it is quite impossible for me to view him as someone sinister, dark or even weird.

Quite the opposite, really. Thoughts below reflect deep insight into child and human nature and is in complete harmony with modern developmental psychology, latest researches by humanistic psychologists and even systems like NVC or nonviolent communication.

And Crowley wrote this, what, 100 years ago when humanistic descriptive sciences had not even been conceived yet and the best children education was based on (quite ineffective, in my view) punishment - reward approach.

Indeed, Crowley really knew what he was doing.

On a more personal note, as shared above, I have a daughter, she is nine now, my angel. :)
And I have been parenting her according to the thoughts below and/or modern sciences mentioned above.

I am still learning, it surely is a healthy challenge, but all in all, it works :)



Mr. Crowley:

“Each child must develop its own Individuality, and Will, disregarding alien Ideals… Education is assisting a soul to express itself. 

Every child should be presented with all possible problems and allowed to register its own reactions; it should be made to face all contingencies in turn until it overcomes each successfully. Its mind must not be influenced, but only offered all kinds of nourishment. Its innate qualities will enable it to select the food proper to its nature. Respect its individuality! Submit all life for its inspection, without comment…

From infancy children should face facts, unadulterated by explanations. Let them think and act for themselves; let their innate integrity initiate itself! Make them explore all life’s mysteries, overcome all its dangers. Falsity and fear are their only foe-men. 

Let them witness birth, marriage, death; let them hear poetry, philosophy, history; compel apprehension but not its articulate expression. Make them face cliffs, billows, animals, finding their own formula of conquest. Thrust Truth on them tirelessly, careful only to make its range all comprehensive; trust them to use it… 

Let children educate themselves to be themselves. Those who train them to standards cripple and deform them. Alien ideals impose parasitic perversions. Every child is a Sphinx; none knoweth its secret but itself…”

Every child is absolute.
Dare not bias it or bind!
Give the seed fair play to shoot!
At maturity its mind
Shall perfect its proper fruit,
Self-determined, self-designed!”

- abridged 'On the Education of Children' from The Revival of Magick



March 7, 2018

Thelema and reincarnation

In this article I shall touch upon a rather sensitive topic in Thelema doctrine: reincarnation.

My aim is to share certain notions on the subject and to present quite compelling arguments that speak in favor of reincarnation - with one intention in sight: to discover the bottom line truth about reincarnation on our own by direct intimate insights beyond various scriptural notions.

Who am I

There is an interesting and well referenced text on a related subject, written by Ben S. (Fr. IAO131) titled 'Death in Thelema'.

Before we move on, lets see some introduction remarks in the said text:

"Thelema does not have a conception of death like that of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). There is no notion of a heaven or hell that is beyond this world. There is no notion of Judgment for our moral actions or beliefs. This much is clear to anyone who has performed even a cursory review of the Thelemic literary corpus.

Thelema also does not have a conception of death like that of the Dharmic religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism). There is no notion of a desire to escape Samsara, the wheel of birth, death, and rebirth. There is also no notion of reincarnating in order to perfect the soul or achieve enlightenment throughout several lifetimes. This topic has been treated in a previous essay entitled “New Aeon Initiation” and Crowley has written, “The idea of incarnations ‘perfecting’ a thing originally perfect by definition is imbecile.” Thelemites see life and the world of duality as providing the opportunity for the “chance of union” (Liber AL I:29), to experience the joy of “love under will.”
- you can read the whole article here >> (a new page opens up)


Well, in the above text we can read interesting words by A. Crowley:  “The idea of incarnations ‘perfecting’ a thing originally perfect by definition is imbecile."

An interesting assertion for a man who himself has revealed his own past lives experiences. We can see that there indeed was a process of perfecting going on:


"We do, however, have information from Crowley’s diaries about his recollections of the half dozen or so prior incarnations during which he struggled with the Adeptus Major Grade. The record develops some interesting points. These can be summarized here only in the briefest way...

By the early 16th century, the being who later would incarnate as Aleister Crowley had attained to the 5=6 Grade of Adeptus Minor. The record then documents an incarnation as Edward Kelley (1555-1595), John Dee’s psychic assistant in bringing forth the Enochian system of magick. Kelley was strongly drawn to magick powers, and so sought to push ahead (prematurely) to 6=5. Furthermore, Kelley apparently did not embrace the new teachings the Enochian angels had conveyed to him, which were, in part, an early disclosure of the Law of Thelema.
As a result of this, he stepped back a grade in his next incarnation where, as a frail and malformed young man (subjected to ill health and abuse), he nonetheless lived a profoundly mystical life, obtaining a very high and pure mystical attainment by age 22.

There then followed two incarnations of failing in his attempt to assimilate the Geburah level of attainment.

First, he was a Russian called Father Ivan, profoundly steeped in magick, but laden with extreme vices, abusive of his magick powers, subject to rages, and author of horrible cruelties – all being extreme imbalances of the Gebu-ran energies.

Following this, he was a Heinrick van Dorn, an incarnation only partially remembered for reasons reportedly involving "some serious magical error connected with the grade of Adeptus Major," an abuse of black magical forces "in an entirely futile way. It is a tale of grimoires and vain evil rites, of pacts at which Satan was mocked, and crimes unworthy even of witches," Crowley wrote. He hanged himself at about age 27.

Following this suicide, he "passed through a dreadfully dark purgation," also described as "a profound horror and gloom." Upon completing this cleansing, he was born as Cagliostro (1748-1795). His karma having been equilibrated by his purgatory, Cagliostro reached a "very full" attainment of the 6=5 Grade. His blind spot in that incarnation, in his celebration of his mighty attainment, appears to have been a failure to see that something entirely Other lay beyond the Second Order – "not knowing or caring about the Abyss above me."

After Cagliostro, he incarnated as Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) who comfortably reattained the Adeptus Major Grade (summarizing his knowledge in The Dogma & Ritual of High Magic), then attaining the 7=4 Grade of Exempt Adept before his death."

- Chapter 10 (6=5 chapter) of The Mystical & Magical System of the A.'.A.'. by James A. E.


When I read the words of Master Therion above, I hear that he is referring to the ultimate identity of human being which indeed is perfect in itself.
(I wrote an article on the subject sometime ago, see the blog 'After Abyss II.: Changeless reality', here >>)

At the same time, however, that ultimate, changeless reality is not the only reality to consider. And taking human relative nature into consideration might be an intelligent thing to do. It is that relative human nature that is being perfected as it is plainly evident from the Master Therion's sequence of incarnations.


A well researched phenomenon: reincarnation

Leaving the Thelema doctrine aside for the time being, I would like to evoke the life long research work done by Ian Stevenson, MD. His field of research was reincarnation.

His detailed and well documented research results are interesting indeed. It is worth looking into his books, in my opinion; and what he basically shares therein is that many times there was a person A who died and after a certain time a person B was born at different place and remembered the circumstances of, in some cases, violent death of the person A.

Moreover, birthmarks of person B affirm and connect with the injuries sustained by person A prior dying. And there are even death certificates of person A and photographs taken of the birthmarks of person B linking both.




There is well documented web site, 'Dr. Ian Stevenson's Reincarnation Research', offering a wealth of information on the subject of non-locality of human consciousness. You can visit the web site here >> (a new page opens up)


Conclusion

So, where do all of the presented notions leave us in regards to Thelema doctrine and reincarnation?

Well, as far as reincarnation is concerned, and considering the research results of Ian Stevenson and maybe personal insights into our own past, it gets quite difficult to disregard the whole concept.

And at the same time, with the Thelema as the empirical wisdom of the new Aeon in which focus is on the continuity of awareness, it might be equally difficult to disregard the notion of "...seeing life and the world of duality as providing the opportunity for the “chance of union” (Liber AL I:29), to experience the joy of “love under will.” . 

The ultimate reality, which is so amply presented in many of the Thelema texts might as well be comprehended as something quite above and untouched by reincarnation...by those adepts that have done the Work and have Attained...

...for the rest of us, well, we shall all see what awaits us, won't we.






New to Thelema?


Letting the heavy abstract topics of after Abyss be for a while, here we have a brief general introduction to Thelema and O.T.O.:




March 6, 2018

Nuit and Her feast for the Adepts




“As the dancer whirls, she chants in a strange, slow voice, quickening as she goes: Lo! I gather up every spirit that is pure, and weave him into my vesture of flame. I lick up the lives of men, and their souls sparkle from mine eyes. I am the mighty sorceress, the lust of the spirit. And by my dancing I gather for my mother Nuit the heads of all them that are baptized in the waters of life. I am the lust of the spirit that eateth up the soul of man. I have prepared a feast for the adepts, and they that partake thereof shall see God.”
~ Aleister Crowley, 15th Aethyr of The Vision and the Voice

February 28, 2018

Four Rays or Emanations





"...Know first, that from the Law spring four Rays or Emanations: so that if the Law be the centre of your own being, they must needs fill you with their secret goodness. And these four are Light, Life, Love, and Liberty.

By Light shall ye look upon yourselves, and behold All Things that are in Truth One Thing only, whose name hath been called No Thing for a cause which later shall be declared unto you. But the substance of Light is Life, since without Existence and Energy it were naught. By Life therefore are you made yourselves, eternal and incorruptible, flaming forth as suns, self-created and self-supported, each the sole centre of the Universe.

Now as by Light ye beheld, by Love ye feel. There is an ecstasy of pure Knowledge, and another of pure Love. And this Love is the force that uniteth things diverse, for the contemplation in Light of their Oneness. Know that the Universe is not at rest, but in extreme motion whose sum is Rest. And this understanding that Stability is Change, and Change Stability, that Being is Becoming, and Becoming Being, is the Key to the Golden Palace of this Law.

Lastly, by Liberty is the power to direct your course according to your Will. For the extent of the Universe is without bounds, and ye are free to make your pleasure as ye will, seeing that the diversity of being is infinite also. For this also is the Joy of the Law, that no two stars are alike, and ye must understand also that this Multiplicity is itself Unity, and without it Unity could not be. And this is an hard saying against Reason: ye shall comprehend, when, rising above Reason, which is but a manipulation of the Mind, ye come to pure Knowledge by direct perception of the Truth.

Know also that these four Emanations of the Law flame forth upon all paths: ye shall use them not only in these Highways of the Universe whereof I have written, but in every By-path of your daily life..."

- Liber CL, full text >>


February 22, 2018

Intoxicatingly beautiful



The Universe XXI.


"And this palace is nothing but the body of a woman, proud and delicate, and beyond imagination fair. She is like a child of twelve years old. 
She has very deep eye-lids, and long lashes. Her eyes are closed, or nearly closed. It is impossible to say anything about her. She is naked; her whole body is covered with fine gold hairs, that are the electric flames that are the spears of mighty and terrible Angels who breast-plates are the scales of her skin.
And the hair of her head, that flows down to her feet, is the very light of God himself. Of all the glories beheld by the seer in the Aethyrs, there is not one which is worthy to be compared with her littlest finger-nail. For although he may not partake of the Aethyr, without the ceremonial preparations, even the beholding of this Aethyr from afar is like the partaking of all the former Aethyrs.

The Seer is lost in wonder, which is peace.

And the ring of the horizon above her is a company of glorious Archangels with joined hands, that stand and sing: This is the daughter of BABALON the Beautiful, that she hath borne unto the Father of All. 
And unto all hath she borne her. 

This is the Daughter of the King. This is the Virgin of Eternity. This is she that the Holy One hath wrested from the Giant Time, and the prize of them that have overcome Space. This is she that is set upon the Throne of Understanding. Holy, Holy, Holy is her name, not to be spoken among men. For Kor they have called her, and Malkuth, and Betulah, and Persephone.

And the poets have feigned songs about her, and the prophets have spoken vain things, and the young men have dreamed vain dreams; but this is she, that immaculate, the name of whose name may not be spoken.
Thought cannot pierce the glory that defendeth her, for thought is smitten dead before her presence. Memory is blank, and in the most ancient books of Magick are neither words to conjure her, nor adorations to praise her. 
Will bends like a reed in the temptests that sweep the borders of her kingdom, and imagination cannot figure so much as one petal of the lilies whereon she standeth in the lake of crystal, in the sea of glass.

This is she that hath bedecked her hair with seven stars, the seven breaths of God that move and thrill its excellence. And she hath tired her hair with seven combs, whereupon are written the seven secret names of God that are not known even of the Angels, or of the Archangels, or of the Leader of the armies of the Lord.

Holy, Holy, Holy art thou, and blessed be Thy name for ever, unto whom the Aeons are but the pulsings of thy blood.

- The Cry of the 9th Aethyr, Which is Called ZIP,
Liber 418



February 18, 2018

Total exertion


"I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men."
Liber AL III-49


"The evident interpretation of this is to take the word to be "Do what thou wilt," which is a secret word, because its meaning for every man is his own inmost secret. And it is the most profound blasphemy possible against all 'gods of men,' because it makes every man his own God.


We may then take it that this Solar-Phallic Ra Ha is Each Man Himself. As each independent cell in our bodies is to us, so is each of us to Heru-Ra-Ha. 
Each man's 'child'-consciousness is a Star in the Cosmos of the Sun, as the Sun is a Star in the Cosmos of Nuit."
- The new comment by AC



It is a mighty practice to invoke various Godforms/Buddhas and unite Their Wisdom, Power, Light and Love with ours...
...and yet, even more powerful practice is expressing the Strength and Might and Wisdom that is already fully present in us, not as in 'Gods/Buddhas working through men/women', but as men/women expressing our potential, fully.

That is the Will of Ra-Hoor-Khuit for the New Aeon: not to hide behind various Godforms/Buddhas, self-sacrificing and suffering (read: resorting to our timidness et.al.), but to truly express our own inherent individuality and divinity fully, regardless.




Man is God Asleep; God is Man Awake?
Nah, there is no god but Man




Ra-hoor-khuit - Solar deity


"Our religion therefore, for the People, is the Cult of the Sun, who is our particular star of the Body of Nuit, from whom, in the strictest scientific sense, come this earth, a chilled spark of Him, and all our Light and Life. 
His vice-regent and representative in the animal kingdom is His cognate symbol the Phallus, representing Love and Liberty. 
Ra-Hoor-Khuit, like all true Gods, is therefore a Solar-Phallic deity."
- new comment on Liber AL III-22


RA-HOOR-KHUIT

"To Me do ye reverence! to me come ye through tribulation of ordeal, 
which is bliss."
Liber AL III-62

"This seems to indicate the means to be used in freeing the soul from its 'girders'.
We have seen that Ra-Hoor-Khuit is in one sense the Silent Self in a man,
a Name of his Khabs, not so impersonal as Hadit,
but the first and least untrue formulation of the Ego.
We are to reverse this self in us, then, not to suppress it and subordinate it.
Nor are we to evade it, but to come to it.
This is done "through tribulation of ordeal". This tribulation is that experienced in the process called Psychoanalysis,
now that official science has adopted -- so far as its inferior intelligence permits -- the methods of the magus.
But the 'ordeal' is 'bliss'; the solution of each complex by 'tribulation' 
-- note the etymological significance of the word! -- is the spasm of joy
which is the physiological and psychological accompaniment of any relief from strain and congestion." - the new comment

February 16, 2018

Energized Enthusiasm

The notion that purity defines closeness to salvation is generally accepted in most spiritual traditions on this planet. Most Paths deny sensual pleasure, desires, attachments, sex etc.

Theravada Buddhists are not allowed to even see a woman when in retreat, for example.

Tantra, however, takes the opposite approach and embraces, well, everything, including sexual energy and bodily fluids.

Higher degrees in the O.T.O. also examine and employ the same.

Master Therion has had a lot of experiences along these lines and he shares his thoughts beautifully in the text below.

It is an interesting read and worth studying. I share here only the first two paragraphs, you can find link to the whole text at the end.





Energized Enthusiasm
A Note on Theurgy

I.
I A O the supreme One of the Gnostics, the true God, is the Lord of this work. Let us therefore invoke Him by that name which the Companions of the royal Arch blaspheme to aid us in the essay to declare the means which He has bestowed upon us!


II.
"The divine consciousness which is reflected and refracted in the works of Genius feeds upon a certain secretion, as I believe. This secretion is analogous to semen, but not identical with it. There are but few men and fewer women, those women being invariably androgyne, who possess it at any time in any quantity.

So closely is this secretion connected with the sexual economy that it appears to me at times as if it might be a by-product of that process which generates semen. That some form of this doctrine has been generally accepted is shown in the prohibitions of all religions. Sanctity has been assumed to depend on chastity, and chastity has nearly always been interpreted as abstinence. But I doubt whether the relation is so simple as this would imply; for example, I find in myself that manifestations of mental creative force always concur with some abnormal condition of the physical powers of generation. But it is not the case that long periods of chastity, on the one hand, or excess of orgies, on the other, are favourable to its manifestation or even to its formation.

I know myself, and in me it is extremely strong; its results are astounding. For example, I wrote "Tannhauser," complete from conception to execution, in sixty-seven consecutive hours. I was unconscious of the fall of nights and days, even after stopping; nor was there any reaction of fatigue. This work was written when I was twenty-four years old, immediately on the completion of an orgie which would normally have tired me out.

Often and often have I noticed that sexual satisfaction so-called has left me dissatisfied and unfatigued, and let loose the floods of verse which have disgraced my career.

Yet, on the contrary, a period of chastity has sometimes fortified me for a great outburst. This is far from being invariably the case. At the conclusion of the K 2 expedition, after five months of chastity, I did no work whatever, barring very few odd lyrics, for months afterwards.

I may mention the year 1911. At this time I was living, in excellent good health, with the woman whom I loved. Her health was, however, variable, and we were both constantly worried. The weather was continuously fine and hot. For a period of about three months I hardly missed a morning; always on waking I burst out with a new idea which had to be written down. The total energy of my being was very high. My weight was 10 stone 8 lb., which had been my fighting weight when I was ten years younger. We walked some twenty miles daily through hilly forest. The actual amount of MSS. written at this time is astounding; their variety is even more so; of their excellence I will not speak.

Here is a rough list from memory; it is far from exhaustive:

(1) Some dozen books of A.'. A.'. instruction, including liber Astarte, and the Temple of Solomon the King for "Equinox VII."

(2) Short Stories: The Woodcutter.
His Secret Sin.

(3) Plays: His Majesty's Fiddler
Elder Eel
Adonis . written straight off, one
The Ghouls. after the other
Mortadello.

(4) Poems: The Sevenfold Sacrament
A Birthday.

(5) Fundamentals of the Greek Qabalah (involving the collection and analysis of several thousand words).

I think this phenomenon is unique in the history of literature. I may further refer to my second journey to Algeria, where my sexual life, though fairly full, had been unsatisfactory.

On quitting Biskra, I was so full of ideas that I had to get off the train at El-Kantara, where I wrote "The Scorpion." Five or six poems were written on the way to Paris; "The Ordeal of Ida Pendragon" during my twenty-four hours' stay in Paris, and "Snowstorm" and "The Electric Silence" immediately on my return to England.

To sum up, I can always trace a connection between my sexual condition and the condition of artistic creation, which is so close as to approach identity, and yet so loose that I cannot predicate a single important proposition.

It is these considerations which give me pain when I am reproached by the ignorant with wishing to produce genius mechanically. I may fail, but my failure is a thousand times greater than their utmost success.

I shall therefore base my remarks not so much on the observations which I have myself made, and the experiments which I have tried, as on the accepted classical methods of producing that energized enthusiasm which is the lever that moves God.

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Read the whole text here >>
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February 15, 2018

Personal freedom?

I may be broke and lone,
but I AM SPIRITUAL!
In this article I will touch upon a sensitive topic: personal freedom and happiness in daily life.

Oftentimes we can see how our drive to attain higher grades and degrees on our Path simply overshadows our emotional, physical, financial etc. needs in daily life. We want to advance, we Will it.

And than we have many initiatory and magickal orders that are supposed to be based on the Thelema principles of liberty, life, light, freedom and love. I say 'supposed to be' simply because I don't really see overly emphasized connection there.
Let me explain:

Thelema, as far as I can see, advocates and inspires personal freedom, laughter, joy, power of choice and, of course, the all important Will.

The Law of Liberty (II.) shares on the subject:

"...We are all free, all independent, all shining gloriously, each one a radiant world. Is not that good tidings?..."

Great, ist't it!

And then enters an average magickal practice:

Divination, gematria, astrological aspects, hexagrams, enochian tables, angels, holy libri, lamens, sephirot, tarot spreads, magickal weapons, mystical symbolism, robes, magick rings, pentagrams, crystals etc...etc...

Well, there is a gap, a huge canyon actually (in my observation) between what is required to do in various magickal orders and regarded as valid practice AND what really happens out there in real everyday life.

Too often I see really talented aspirants who have mastered all sorts of intricate magickal formulas and still insist on working a dead end job, staying in dysfunctional relationships, living out of mommy's fridge, driving daddy's car, "experimenting" with heroin or taking other drugs and still rebelling against, well, everything, like a teenager.

I've got no problem with any of that, please, but the questions really beg for answers:
What the hell happened to Liberty, Light, Life and Love?
Where has the Thelema message gotten lost?
What good do my magickal weapons and tools do if I am still rather dishearted and discontented in my everyday life?

I know what I am talking about, for I have been avoiding real life (read: meditating) for the longest time, hoping that my fortune and attainments await me sometime later, someplace else. Oh, was I wrong!
And, what good does my entering into samadhi do if it has no function in my daily life?

Master Therion even shares a warning in 'The magick without tears':

"I must  conclude  with  a  warning.  So  many  of  these branches  of  magick  are  so  fascinating  that  any  one  of  them  is liable  to  take  hold  of  the  Magician  by  the  short  hair  and upset  his  balance  completely."



<long pause>



Lets not close this article on such a low tone; lets conclude these thoughts in an upright Thelema style I really enjoy:

Lift yourselves up, my brothers and sisters of the earth! Put beneath your feet all fears, all qualms, all hesitancies! Lift yourselves up! Come forth, free and joyous, by night and day, to do your will; for “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” Lift yourselves up! Walk forth with us in Light and Life and Love and Liberty, taking our pleasure as Kings and Queens in Heaven and on Earth.

The sun is arisen; the spectre of the ages has been put to flight. “The word of Sin is Restriction,” or as it has been otherwise said on this text: That is Sin, to hold thine holy spirit in!

Go on, go on in thy might; and let no man make thee afraid.

- The Law of Liberty








February 14, 2018

Doing my Will - One System Among Many: On A∴A∴

It was in the early 2016 that I was approached to open and lead a branch of the lineage of Master Therion's system A∴A∴ I am part of.
I was honored and spirited, at first. I promptly created new web site, after a few invocations named the new branch "RHK clerk-house", prepared most of the papers, files, ordered brand new A∴A∴ seal  lol  etc...

...and, staying true to the Will that is burning in my heart, started to review the established curriculum for the first few steps on the Crowley's A∴A∴ ladder.

I also decided to offer admission to everyone and to accept and work only with those aspirants that are already familiar with the Thelema thought, its principles, rituals etc. I was determined to refresh the reading lists, add a few things that Crowley was not even aware of back in his time etc...

...and it slowly but surely became quite obvious to my heart that approach to personal and spiritual development that was/is alive in me was not/is not really in harmony with the structure of the Master Therion's vision of the A∴A∴., from the perspective of leading a formal structure for spiritual development.

Thelema is and offers so much more!

This is not the place to elaborate on these details, so let me make a long story short:
according to my experiences there are only only two stages on the ladder under discussion worth investing time into: KC of the HGA (or to put it into Tantric terms, attaining Ishta Devi/a Siddhi) and Crossing the Abyss (leaving behind attachments to HGA and Godforms, personal identity etc.). Everything else, in my humble opinion, is a side show...

...or as Al. Crowley says in the Magick without tears:

"It should never be forgotten for a single moment that the central and essential work of the Magicians is the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.

[...] who can be invariably and inevitably relied upon to lead him to the further great step-crossing of the abyss and the attainment of the grade of Master of the Temple. 

Anything apart from this course is a side issue and unless so regarded may lead to the complete ruin of the whole work of the Magician."



So, truth be told, the Crowley's A∴A∴ system, well, it works. It is completely transparent structure, supported by clear texts from various sources.

What is really alive in me, however, from moment to moment is Strength, Wisdom, Light, and sheer drive to contribute to spiritual awakening of others NOT by having them follow some structure but by actively ENGAGING THEM in the process of discovering, awakening to and actualizing, their own Freedom or Will as they want (not as some system states).

So, system vs life, or following inner aliveness vs following some outside structure.
It is said "Do what thou wilt...", not "Do as various systems dictate."

It is the old age struggle between authoritarian systems and inner freedom, isn't it (if and when one is able to step out of the establishments). Well, the new Aeon is here, with its focus on personal expression of the Will, not on following others, not even Master Therion himself. He is quite clear on these matters, and he is not alone in this; the Buddha stated something similar, didn't he.



To drive what I want to express in this blog right in, I invite you to take some more time and read the article from the Thelemic Union below.
Thoughts shared in it are quite a lot (not completely of course) in harmony with my current perception of the subject under discussion.


Here we go:

"…the [A∴A∴] system which was given to me to put forward is only one of many. “Above the Abyss” all these technical wrinkles are ironed out."

Crowley wrote that in chapter 9 of Magick Without Tears. Although the context of the statement was a discussion of the Secret Chiefs, the underlying admission is striking. Crowley seems to be saying here, in rather unambiguous language, that the A∴A∴ is not the only viable system for attainment in the New Aeon. In fact, he says there are “many”.

He goes on to say in chapter 17:

"I certainly have no intention of “holding you down” to “a narrow path of work” or any path. […] It does not follow that a plan that I have found successful in my own case will be any use to you. […] Most teachers, consciously or unconsciously, try to get others to follow in their steps. I might as well dress you up in my castoff clothing!"

Again, not only is the A∴A∴ system not an absolute requirement for attaining to one’s Will, but Crowley is saying that one would be wise not to “follow in his footsteps.”

So, what is my point in all this? That ultimately, we must all follow our own unique paths to our True Will. Some will choose the strict A∴A∴ path, and that’s just fine. But as Crowley tells us, there are many available systems…I go further by suggesting that there are as many “systems” as there are individuals, in the sense that every person’s path to Will is unique. As Crowley said in “A Memorandum Regarding The Book of the Law”

Each of us has a Will of eternal import, necessarily related to everything that exists, and all our conscious desires are so many masks—one fixed expression concealing our infinite variety.

The Grades of A∴A∴ are an abstraction based upon an arbitrary model initiated by Mathers (leader of the Golden Dawn) and later developed by Crowley and George Cecil Jones, largely in relation to a power struggle over the concept of Secret Chiefs and their supposed ability to give spiritual authority. To me, that is all Victorian-era occult-culture gobbledygook. None of that is necessary to legitimize Thelema or to authorize a path of Thelemic attainment. The “New Aeon” is all about the individual and it follows that it is the individual who decides his proper path to Will. Crowley said as much on several occasions.

One of the major handicaps of Thelema, in my opinion, is how tightly bound up it is with the A∴A∴. Essentially, for many people, Thelema is the religion of A∴A∴, which can therefore only be understood and practiced within the scope of its teachings. But that seems deeply counterintuitive to the nature of the New Aeon, which is the age of freedom. Yet Thelemites are often expected to conform to the practices and beliefs of this one small and now-splintered organization. This contradiction has hobbled Thelema from growing into the robust catholic religion that it should be…remember, the Law is for all.

I utterly deny that the Law “comes from” the A∴A∴—rather, the Law simply is. The A∴A∴ is one organization designed to help people attain to a new formula of enlightenment. But as Crowley suggested above, it is not the only system available. Moreover, it makes all the post-AL “holy books” suspect as being generalizable beyond A∴A∴ work. After all, those documents were written strictly within the mode of that system…but how relevant are they to someone working a non-A∴A∴ system? I won’t go so far as to say they are irrelevant…but I do suggest that it is worth questioning.

The goal of the Thelemite is simple—to attain to an awareness of Will and to manifest it in life. If we agree that there exists such a thing, why should it be true that only Crowley’s system is the only one available to reach that goal? In fact, we hear in the above quote that Crowley himself recognized that other systems exist that can bring one into a state of Union between the Self and the All.

I have come to believe that how one goes about doing the Work is largely irrelevant (as long as it is effective…gum chewing might theoretically lead to attainment, but there are probably better methods). What matters the most is intent and diligence. Crowley teaches his system because it worked for him. But as he said, “It does not follow that a plan that I have found successful in my own case will be any use to you.” There are many tools at one’s disposal: prayer, ritual, yoga, Qabalah, tarot, dancing, music, art, immersion tanks, hypnosis, and on and on. There are many ways to bypass the conscious mind and make contact with our deeper Self, and so come to an ever-increasing understanding of Will. As long as one keeps this basic goal in mind and keeps at whatever methods are chosen, one will eventually find Success.

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February 13, 2018

Fresh aliveness every day

"Death implies change and individuality;
if thou be THAT which hath no person, which is beyond the changing, even beyond changelessness, what hast thou to do with death?

The bird of individuality is ecstasy; so also is its
death.
In love the individuality is slain; who loves not love?
Love death therefore, and long eagerly for it.

Die Daily."
- The book of Lies - 16 (The stag-beetle)

As we can read in the commentary on the above text in The Book of Lies, the meaning between the lines is about change (mostly :)  )

Change is always present, as the impermanence is at the very core of the material existence. And the Master points in the direction of Life, Bliss and Joy by bringing into the discussion the Love itself, only to, staying true to his way of expressing himself, bring the whole thing back down again by saying, Die Daily.

Its a shame that such a wonderful and liberating fact, the change, is often perceived as something rather dark, difficult and hard; here it is even compared to the death and dying (!)

The common interpretation of the 16th arcana, The Tower (from the Thoth tarot, see above) adds to such burdened perception, in my opinion.

Granted, changes can indeed be difficult and yet, there is a flip side of this coin:

there is a state of consciousness that is beyond change (and beyond waking, dreaming and dreamless states) which can indeed contribute dramatically to our progress: samadhi (absolute state of consciousness). And entering samadhi involves no dying, it is pure joy, peace and freedom.

I've been 'entering' samadhi at will since 2007 and all I can say is that there is no need to force things. What has to be transformed and changed will present itself in due time. When the time comes, my mind, just let go; and practicing Samadhi is light years away from the death and dying!

It brings into the stream of human awareness pure Light, Freshness and Ever new Bliss, every day.

So, there is no need to associate change with the dying. Lets connect the change with New Life, Joy, Strength, Freshness and Freedom.


"...Success is your proof; courage is your armour; go on, go on, in my strength; & ye shall turn not back for any!..."
- Liber AL III: 46





Samadhi and similar topics are discussed in the After Abyss blogs >>