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 >>
(a new page opens up)


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 >>




February 7, 2018

The After Abyss blogs



Checking the stats of visits on this Blog, I see that the blogs on the subject of Crossing the Abyss - Liber Cheth commentary and blogs that deal with the whole After Abyss affairs, are quite well received.

To make the searching and reading easier, here are all the blogs on the topic of Abyss and then some:


  • Liber B vel Magi commentary - soon!


February 6, 2018

Liber B vel Magi reading







Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law


Liber B vel Magi
sub figurâ I

A∴A∴ Publication in Class A

00.
One is the Magus; twain His forces; four His weapons. These are the Seven Spirits of Unrighteousness; seven vultures of evil. Thus is the art and craft of the Magus but glamour. How shall He destroy Himself?

0.
Yet the Magus hath power upon the Mother both directly and through Love. And the Magus is Love, and bindeth together That and This in his conjuration.

1.
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.

2.
By His Wisdom made He the Worlds; the Word that is God is none other than He.

3.
How then shall He end His speech with Silence? For He is Speech.

4.
He is the first and the last. How shall He cease to number Himself?

5.
By a Magus is this writing made known through the mind of a Magister. The one uttereth clearly, and the other understandeth; yet the Word is falsehood, and the Understanding darkness. And this saying is Of All Truth.

6.
Nevertheless it is written; for there be times of darkness, and this as a lamp therein.

7.
With the Wand createth He.

8.
With the Cup preserveth He.

9.
With the Dagger destroyeth He.

10.
With the Coin redeemeth He.

11.
His weapons fulfil the wheel; and on What Axle that turneth is not known unto Him.

12.
From all these actions must He cease before the curse of His Grade is uplifted from Him. Before He attain to That which existeth without Form.

13.
And if at this time He be manifested upon earth as a Man, and therefore is this present writing, let this be His method, that the curse of His grade, and the burden of His attainment, be uplifted from Him.

14.
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. And according to His Original Nature will that law be shapen, so that one may declare gentleness and quietness, being an Hindu; and another fierceness and servility, being a Jew; and yet another ardour and manliness, being an Arab. Yet this matter toucheth the mystery of Incarnation, and is not here to be declared.

15.
Now the grade of a Magister teacheth the Mystery of Sorrow, and the grade of a Magus the Mystery of Change, and the grade of Ipsissimus the Mystery of Selflessness, which is called also the Mystery of Pan.

16.
Let the Magus then contemplate each in turn, raising it to the ultimate power of Infinity. Wherein Sorrow is Joy, and Change is Stability, and Selflessness is Self. For the interplay of the parts hath no action upon the whole. And this contemplation shall be performed not by simple meditation— how much less then by reason? but by the method which shall have been given unto Him in His Initiation to the Grade.

17.
Following which method, it shall be easy for Him to combine that trinity from its elements, and further to combine Sat-Chit-Ananda, and Light, Love, Life, three by three into nine that are one, in which meditation success shall be That which was first adumbrated to Him in the grade of Practicus (which reflecteth Mercury into the lowest world) in Liber XXVII, “Here is Nothing under its three Forms.”

18.
And this is the Opening of the Grade of Ipsissimus, and by the Buddhists it is called the trance Nerodha-Samapatti.

19.
And woe, woe, woe, yea woe, and again woe, woe, woe unto seven times be His that preacheth not His law to men!

20.
And woe also be unto Him that refuseth the curse of the grade of a Magus, and the burden of the Attainment thereof.

21.
And in the word CHAOS let the Book be sealed; yea, let the Book be sealed.


Love is the law, love under will.

February 1, 2018

Do what thou wilt?

Although my inner psychological climate is very much in line with the powerful words of Ra-Hoor-Khuit ("...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), integrity and respect still is and always will be, important to me.

Each Star (meaning each human being) traveles along the unique path, and thats ok with me. My Will stops where your Will begins.

And speaking of which, my Will or in other words, what is currently very much alive in me is an inspiration to share my experiences and thoughts on the all important topic: the Will.

After all, the Ra-Hoor-Khuit Himself says in the Liber AL that "There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt." (Liber AL, III:60).

To those who have integrated these words into spiritual and everyday lives, this one single line from the Book of the Law seems to be the cornerstone of all dimensions of the enigma called existence.

What does that mean?
How to get to know the Will?
Is the Will even attainable in day-to-day life?
Are everyday duties an obsticle to "doing the Will"?
Is there such thing as wrong Will?
Where my Will stops and where begins the Will of my God/Goddess?
Etc.

I will elaborate on the subject of Will from two empirical standpoints:
- everyday or personal and
- spiritual or transpersonal.

So, here we go:

In the life of every man, woman, aspirant and adept there are two parallel processes going on and on, supporting and nurishing each other: growing up (personal development) and waking up (transpersonal progress).

There is one situation I am keep seeing in my work with people for the last 20+ years: most of individuals I meet neglect, push aside, supress and deny the personal issues. All in the name of spiritual progress, of course.

And so we can observe a certain pattern emerging in spiritual circles; yes, in our Orders as well: aspirants or adepts performing perscribed rituals each and every day, meditating, learning Libers by heart, consoulting Thoth tarot at least 11 times a day, wearing robes, experiencing LVX etc. AND still living with parents, with no job or doing a dead end job, with around 14,8 EUR or 15,6 USD in their pocket (no bank account, of course), living out of parents' fridge, having occasional "tantric" sex with no commitment whatsoever etc. - trying to spiritually advance while their life here on Earth is, well, non-existent.

Sounds familiar?

There is a huge difference between having a life here on Earth by walking the "Wilt" talk and avoiding personal issues by thinking that "Wilt" has got nothing to do with our lives here and now.

Having experienced what I share on this Blog and reflecting on my own past fuck-ups on the Path, I wish someone would have spoken to me about these things some 15 or 20 years ago. You see, I have always believed that spiritual path is the answer to everything.

Well, it is not.

There are certain things that meditation and Star Ruby rituals simply cant handle. Transpersonal things cannot handle the personal issues much like personal effort alone yields no transpersonal progress.

Exactly the same things I was running from in my daily life turned out to be serious obsticles to both K&C of HGA and Crossing the Abyss.

Was it my Will to run away from those negative components of my inner life? Nope. I was just under false impression that I am doing the Will. In reality I was just trying to get out of the shit I saw all around me. I wish I had been able to see my own shit and deal with it.

The Will is so much more, however. It is boundless source of inspiration, creativity and strong support at the same time. It is strenght and beauty integrated when expressed through constructive action here on Earth.

It is well beyond emotional drama and even further apart from even the most sophisticated dogs of reason.

The Will is.

Lets actualize it now, here on Earth, especially through growing up in our daily lives, if we, well, Will.

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