Friday, 1 March 2013

Crowley

"Thus, then now as ever, I enter the Path of Darkness, if haply so I may attain the light." - Aleister Crowley, The Supreme Ritual


"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." - This is the word that Crowley proclaimed ( AL I:40 ), or more accurately ‘received' from the deity known as ‘ Aiwass' , in Egypt in 1902, as transcribed in ‘The Book of the Law' or ‘Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, The Book of the Law, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI' .

Chief among the precepts of Thelema is the sovereignty of the individual will: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." Crowley 's idea of will, however, is not simply the individuals desires or wishes, but also incorporates a sense of the person's destiny or greater purpose: what he termed "True Will." – the discovering and manifesting one's Will,

"Try everything out without bias or preconceived ideas, and hold on to whatever works best." - Karl Spiesberger, 'Der erfolgreiche Pendel-Praktiker.'

But didn't Crowley say "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law?"

Certainly he did, this statement and its corollary "Love is the Law, Love under Will" are the underpinnings of Crowley 's philosophy of Thelema. Yet "Do what thou wilt" was never given as a license to party and pillage. To Crowley , "Will" was one's dharma, the fulfillment of one's universal destiny. While he wasn't the strongest advocate of 'turning the other cheek,' he never implied that it was okay to do whatever your impulses lead you to do- that would in fact be the opposite of the Law of Thelema, which requires one to aspire to absolute self realization.

Defined at times as a person's grand destiny in life and at other times as a moment to moment path of action that operates in perfect harmony with Nature. This Will does not spring from conscious intent, but from the interplay between the deepest Self and the entire Universe. Therefore, the enlightened Thelemite is one who is able to eliminate or bypass one's ego-created desires, conflicts, and habits, and tap directly into the Self/Universe nexus. Theoretically, at this point, the Thelemite acts in alignment with Nature, just as a stream flows downhill, with neither resistance nor "lust of result."

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript." - The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 10

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people." - The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 22

"The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal." - The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 65

"The most common cause of failure in life is ignorance of one's own True Will, or of the means by which to fulfill that Will." - "A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him." - "One cannot do one's True Will intelligently unless one knows what it is” - (from Magick, Book 4)

"Know firmly, O my Son, that the True Will connot err; for it is thine appointed Course in Heaven, in whose Order is Perfection." (from Liber Aleph )

"True Will should spring, a fountain of Light, from within, and flow unchecked, seething with Love, into the Ocean of Life." (from Little Essays Towards Truth )

Alaf Sal Fena, Alaf Sig Runa, Sal and Sig, Sig and Tyr!

Also see Magick - http://www.oocities.org/fjornpim/Magick.htm

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