October 22, 2018

From beyond the Abyss (V.)

May all adepts attain the City of Pyramids

No amount of effort will do. It is like hitting hard the surface of a placid lake and dealing with the water that is splashing around, hoping to calm the lake.

In the words of Master Therion:

"...The Masters of Truth are the only happy men, though they constantly observe what men stupidly call Sorrow.". (Liber 73).

Permanent transformation of perception can only happen from within.

As Krishnamurti said:





September 30, 2018

The Book of Babalon





Liber 49

Received by John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons (Belarion 8○ = 3□)

February 29, 1946 EV


1. Yea, it is I, BABALON.

2. And this is my book, that is the fourth chapter of the Book of the Law, He completing the Name, for I am out of NUIT by HORUS, the incestuous sister of RA-HOOR-KHUIT.

3. It is BABALON. TIME IS. Ye fools.

4. Thou hast called me, oh accursed and beloved fool.

[5-8 missing and presumed lost. Ed.]







9. Now know that I, BABALON, would take flesh and come among men.

10. I will come as a penelous [sic] flame, as a devious song, a trumpet in judgement halls, a banner before armies.

11. And gather my children unto me, for THE TIME is at hand.

12. And this is the way of my incarnation. Heed!

13. Thou shalt offer all thou art and all thou hast at my altar, withholding nothing. And thou shalt be smitten full sore and thereafter thou shalt be outcast and accursed, a lonely wanderer in abominable places.

14. Ye Dare. I have asked of none other, nor have they asked. Else is vain. But thou hast willed it.

15. Know then that thus I came to thee before, thou a great Lord, and I a maid enrapt. Ah blind folly.

16. And thereafter madness, all in vain. Thus it has been, multiform. How thou hast burned beyond.

17. I shall come again, in the form thou knowest. Now it shall be thy blood.

18. The altar is aright, and the robe.

19. The perfume is sandal, and the cloth green and gold. There is my cup, our book, and thy dagger.

20. There is a flame.

21. The sigil of devotion. Be it consecrated, be it true, be it daily affirmed. I am not scorned. Thy love is to me. Procure a disk of copper, in diameter three inches paint thereon the field blue the star gold of me, BABALON.

22. It shall be my talisman. Consecrate with the supreme rituals of the word and the cup.

23, My calls as thou knowest. All love songs are of me. Also seek me in the Seventh Aire.

24. This for a time appointed. Seek not the end, I shall instruct thee in my way. But be true. Would it be hard if I were thy lover, and before thee? But I am thy lover and I am with thee.

25. I shall provide a vessel, when or whence I say not. Seek her not, call her not. Let her declare. Ask nothing. Keep silence. There shall be ordeals.

26. My vessel must be perfect. This is the way of her perfection.

27. The working is of nine moons.

28. The Astarte working, with music and feasting, with wine and all arts of love.

29. Let her be dedicated, consecrated, blood to blood, heart to heart, mind to mind, single in will, none without the circle, all to me.

30. And she shall wander in the witchwood under the Night of Pan, and know the mysteries of the Goat and the Serpent, and of the children that are hidden away.

31. I will provide the place and the material basis, thou the tears and blood.

32. Is it difficult, between matter and spirit? For me it is ecstasy and agony untellable. But I am with thee. I have large strength, have thou likewise.

33. Thou shalt prepare my book for her instruction, also thou shalt teach that she may have captains and adepts in her service. Yea, thou shalt take the black pilgrimage, but it will not be thou that returnest.

34. Let her prepare her work according to my voice in her heart, with thy book as guide, and none other instructing.

35. And let her be in all things wise, and sure, and excellent.

36. But let her think on this: my way is not in the solemn ways, or in the reasoned ways, but in the wild free way of the eagle, and the devious way of the serpent, and the oblique way of the factor unknown and unnumbered.

37. For I am BABALON, and she my daughter, unique, and there shall be no other women like her.

38. In My Name shall she have all power, and all men and excellent things, and kings and captains and the secret ones at her command.

39. The first servants are chosen in secret, by my force in her—a captain, a lawyer, an agitator, a rebel—I shall provide.

40. Call me, my daughter, and I shall come to thee. Thou shalt be full of my force and fire, my passion and power shall surround and inspire thee; my voice in thee shall judge nations.

41. None shall resist thee, whom I lovest. Though they call thee harlot and whore, shameless, false, evil, these words shall be blood in their mouths, and dust thereafter.

42. But my children will know thee and love thee, and this will make them free.

43. All is in thy hands, all power, all hope, all future.

44. One came as a man, and was weak and failed.

45. One came as a woman, and was foolish, and failed.

46. But thou art beyond man and woman, my star is in thee, and thou shalt avail.

47. Even now thy hour strikes upon the clock of my FATHER. For He prepared a banquet and a Bridal Bed. I was that Bride, appointed from the beginning, as it was written T.O.P.A.N.

48. Now is the hour of birth at hand. Now shall my adept be crucified in the Basilisk abode.

49. Thy tears, thy sweat, thy blood, thy semen, thy love, thy faith shall provide. Ah, I shall drain thee like the cup that is of me, BABALON.

50. Stand thou fast, and I shall pass the first veil to speak with thee, through the stars shake.

51. Stand thou fast, and I shall pass the second veil, while God and Jesus be smitten with the sword of HORUS.

52. Stand thou fast, and I shall pass the third veil, and the shapes of hell shall be turned again to loveliness.

53. For thy sake shall I stride through the flames of Hell, though my tongue be bitten through.

54. Let me behold thee naked and lusting after me, calling upon my name.

55. Let me receive all thy manhood within my Cup, climax upon climax, joy upon joy.

56. Yea, we shall conquer death and Hell together.

57. And the earth is mine.

58. Thou shalt (make the?) Black Pilgrimage.

59. Yea it is even I BABALON and I SHALL BE FREE. Thou fool, be thou also free of sentimentality. Am I thy village queen and thou a sophomore, that thou shouldst have thy nose in my buttocks?

60. It is I, BABALON, ye fools, MY TIME is come, and this my book that my adept prepares is the book of BABALON.

61. Yea, my adept, the Black Pilgrimage. Thou shalt be accursed, and this is the nature of the curse. Thou shalt publish the secret matter of the adepts thou knowest, withholding no word of it, in an appendix to this my Book. So they shall cry fool, liar, sot, traducer, betrayer. Thou art not glad thou meddled with magick?

62. There is no other way, dear fool, it is the eleventh hour.

63. The seal of my Brother is upon the earth, and His Avatar is before you. There is threshing of wheat and a trampling of grapes that shall not cease until the truth be known unto the least of men.

64. But you who do not accept, you who see beyond, reach out your hands my children and reap the world in the hour of your harvest.

65. Gather together in the covens as of old, whose number is eleven, that is also my number. Gather together in public, in song and dance and festival. Gather together in secret, be naked and shameless and rejoice in my name.

66. Work your spells by the mode of my book, practicing secretly, inducing the supreme spell.

67. The work of the image, and the potion and the charm, the work of the spider and the snake, and the little ones that go in the dark, this is your work.

68. Who loves not hates, who hates fears, let him taste fear.

69. This is the way of it, star, star. Burning bright, moon, witch moon.

70. You the secret, the outcast, the accursed and despised, even you that gathered privily of old in my rites under the moon.

71. You the free, the wild, the untamed, that walk now alone and forlorn.

72. Behold, my Brother cracks the world like a nut for your eating.

73. Yea, my Father has made a house for you, and my Mother has prepared a Bridal Bed. My Brother has confounded your enemies.

74. I am the Bride appointed. Come ye to the nuptials—come ye now!

75. My joy is the joy of eternity, and my laughter is the drunken laughter of a harlot in the house of ecstasy.

76. All you loves are sacred, pledge them all to me.

77. Set my star upon your banners and go forward in joy and victory. None shall deny you, and none shall stand before you, because of the Sword of my Brother. Invoke me, call upon me, call me in your convocations and rituals, call upon me in your loves and battles in my name BABALON, wherein is all power given!



September 27, 2018

And in the middle the six-rayed star

Q:

The universe is multidimensional; each thing, action or event is infinite in its depth. How can the mortal and finite adept estimate his or her attainment in these abyssal depths? How can one measure the level of personal attainment when the depths of each sephira or chakra may unfold eternally? The man is mortal and restricted being, so how can one define what exactly and to what extent should be worked through on the path of initiation?

»Each thing, action or event is infinite in its depth...«

Well, that statement is as good as any, shallow and without any real meaning...if we take it without any examination and if we question not its validity.

And here I'd like to start: ignorance, immaturity and a priori acceptance of »spiritual« truths.
There is simply no way one can progress along the »path of initiation« based solely on mental capacities. Mental capacities in this context refer to intellect, speculation, reason, and other thought processes.

And herein lays the dilemma: whom to trust, what to read, what to do and what not to do?
We are told that there are higher levels of awareness to be attained, deeper and more fulfilling truths to be realized. And what most of aspirants do? Well they join some “spiritual” or religious corporation or some other organization that offers meetings, training, masses, teachings, supervision, texts etc.

And in 5, 10 or 20 years of effort along the lines of such organizations progress is realized and degrees are attained. Well, isn’t that lovely.

But what is truly happening?
What if the existing organizations offer nothing but smoke and mirrors?
What if no one can give us anything from the outside?
What if all structures we are so used to are false, a lie?
What if what we already are is simply enough?

And what if we really need no one to really progress in life?

Well, I have met only one human being (so far) that did all the progress along the empirical lines of human conscious psycho-transpersonal identity development on his own. No Orders, no masters, no degrees.

Total freedom and total independence.

That been said and speaking for the rest of us (I am generalizing, of course), such freedom and responsibility demands way too much and most of us just do not want to bare the pressure of freedom and possess that kind of strain of knowing…

…it is simply too much to an unenlightened heart… and so we invent (yes, we make these things up) various structures (Orders, degrees, various trees etc) to feel more safe, more in control. Mind and immature heart simply needs something to cling to, and if that does not exist yet, it makes it up.

OK, so now that I have denigrated all that I myself have been doing for the last 25 odd years, now we can go on, for:

“In the beginning doth the Magus speak Truth, and send forth Illusion and Falsehood to enslave the soul. Yet therein is the Mystery of Redemption.”
-Liber B, 1.

Everything that one does on the path of liberation is in reality not really usefull, it is just as effective as visiting fitness gym in dreaming. Upon waking up, dreams just vanish.

But the game is still on, sincere aspirants all over the world invest effort and time and money into spiritual progress.

So, if no truth can ever be really conveyed (as Liber B shares and empirical knowledge concurs) here on Earth and all is falsehood, what is the point?

Well, let’s at least try to produce or to come in contact with those useless things and illusions that will somehow direct us towards the Real Truth. How’s that sound?

Q:
Should one, on the path of initiation, strive toward the realization of oneself and the world, and does this realization have limits? If the man REALLY realizes that he or she is the infinitesimal and meaningless speck in the Universe and his or her labors are vain attempts in the web of illusion, then what should he or she do further in such an existential cul-de-sac? What should one do with the realization that is incompatible with life and capacities of man?

Real, deep and truly transpersonal states of awareness have got nothing whatsoever to do with a life of a man here on Earth. Even a slight conscious contact with the HGA tends to disrupt the life of an aspirant, what to speak of crossing the Abyss, or maybe even attaining the Magus level.
So what to do?

There are four elements in play upon this world: fire, water, air and earth. With all the funky transitions between the four and with all the symbolism involved, well, we are still only speaking and thinking, aren’t we.

And real and deep transpersonal (meaning above reason, above personality, transcendental, spiritual, non material, eternal, and not impermanent) realizations bring into the existing human system completely new awareness, new depth and new openness, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay above reason.

And that’s the trick, isn’t it: not only to attain certain state of awareness, but to bring it down into life, so to speak, to integrate.

And, speaking for my level of understanding, this is quite a challenge, for the above-mentioned four elements are in no way spiritual in and by themselves. Integration needs to take place.

Liber B again contributes here:

“Let Him beware of abstinence from action. For the curse of His grade is that He must speak Truth, that the Falsehood thereof may enslave the souls of men. Let him then utter that without Fear, that the Law may be fulfilled…”
Liber B, 14

“… aspirant’s labors are vain attempts in the web of illusion…”; although I obviously agree with these thoughts, I maintain that the real labor starts when the true Truth is attained (above various structures and way above reason) and when all the illusions are seen as they really are: a magickal display on the (empty) screen of consciousness.

And the only thing that is left to do is to start to integrate the realizations into the illusions, the six-rayed star in the middle has to recognize herself in the four elemental pentagrams around her.

In other words, as Truth is ineffable, it is of no use to try to convey it, so the next best thing is to use the illusions with clear Understanding and Wisdom that everyone needs to find the Truth on his/her own from within and no amount of illusions from without will produce results, for:

»It is the truth that liberates, not you effort to be free.«
- J. Krishnamurti



Q
Who had fulfilled him- or herself as a human to a greater extent – a milkmaid who goes about her business in a state of full comfort and satisfaction with life, or an adept who has debunked the myths and discovered within him- or herself too many things to enjoy being-in-the-world?

It is just a process, a tough one for sure, to try to live in the world where people downright deny their own spiritual inheritance and superficial pleasures are a measure of happiness.

And that’s the whole point, in my opinion:

If a milkmaid is happy with her life, let her be happy.

And if an aspirant has attained realizations that put her outside this superficial world, well, maybe it is time to go even deeper, and deeper, and deeper still.....until it is not possible to go any deeper.

At that stage the only way is back again, back up again, into the same superficial world she has been trying to get out of for who knows how many incarnations.

In both cases, the same applies: »There is no law beyond do what thou wilt«.




Fr. 418 .'.

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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