The world outside of perception is a lie. For the sake of clarity, the pathway leading up to breaking free is a lie. It doesn’t matter if you are a pagan, a Christian, or a Magickian. Likewise, it doesn’t matter if you are a witch doctor, a medicine man or chaos magickian. Literally, what you are partaking of is a complex self-induced riddle.
All real magick practice is intended to get you to one place. Simply, a place to force you to understand the nature of yourself and your environment. So that, you can force it to conform to your will.
Once you climb up the mountain and look down, the world is a very different place. It is like night and day in its expression. You are forced to sit and watch the lie, feeling overwhelming sorrow for those who think their lies are truth. The hours they spent pouring through supposed occult books is staggering.
It is always better to start out with a mentor. I was fortunate having first a teacher and then a mentor. When I teach, I always give my students one book to start: modern magick. Then we go through and dissect what they have learned and what is wrong with the text. Sadly, in the beginning I did not do this. This type of informational study grew as I grew as a Magickian.
Likewise, people often tend to follow the trend, and trends are often grievous misconceptions of reality. Simple English often can completely remove these issues from a magickal book.
Only poets have the right to poetic license, not writers.
Enlightenment is peaceful:
Sure it can be, if the surrounding environment is peaceful. However, an enlightened being is not going to bend over and take it like the easterners like to preach. It is a misunderstanding of the word:
Enlightened: freed from ignorance and misinformation
Most likely all those gurus are trying to force people to accept it so they can be at peace without other people’s bullshit.
A simple goal helped me down my path. The thought that the journey would somehow lead me to be invited into a society of others, and the gnosis that they held, would be mine. I did gain my invitation and experience. Yet, it was an empty pool and I had changed drastically. The discovery that I was left alone on this rare and hidden pentacle, left me feeling empty.
In truth the only connections are in the astral realm.
The solutions to the Riddle
The first rule: To thy own self be true
Just because you see it, or you think it doesn’t mean you understand. It is better to doubt yourself at all times. Every single operation that meets with success should be able to be repeated to equal success.
1) Every intentional act is a Magickal act.
2) Every successful act has conformed to the postulate.
3) Every failure proves that one or more requirements of the postulate have not been fulfilled.
4) The first requisite for causing any change is thorough qualitative and quantitative understanding of the conditions.
5) The second requisite of causing any change is the practical ability to set in right motion the necessary forces.
6) “Every man and every woman is a star”.
7) Every man and every woman has a course, depending partly on the self, and partly on the environment which is natural and necessary for each. Anyone who is forced from his own course,either through not understanding himself, or through external opposition, comes into conflict with the order of the Universe,and suffers accordingly.
8) A Man whose conscious will is at odds with his True Will is wasting his strength. He cannot hope to influence his environment efficiently.
9) A Man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him.
10) Nature is a continuous phenomenon, though we may not know in all cases how things are connected.
11) Science enables us to take advantage of the continuity of Nature by the empirical application of certain principles whose interplay involves different orders of idea connected with each other in a way beyond our present comprehension.
12) Man is ignorant of the nature of his own being and powers. Even his idea of his limitations is based on experience off thee past, and every step in his progress extends his empire. There is therefore no reason to assign theoretical limits to what at he may be, or what he may do.
13) Every man is more or less aware that his individuality comprises several orders of existence, even when he maintains that his subtler principles are merely symptomatic of the changes in his gross vehicle. A similar order may be assumed to extend throughout nature.
14) Man is capable of being, and using, anything which he perceives, for everything which he perceives is in a certain sense apart of his being. He may thus subjugate the whole of the Universe of which he is conscious to his individual Will.
15) Every force in the Universe is capable of being transformed into any other kind of force by using suitable means. There is thus an inexhaustible supply of any particular kind of force that we may need.
16) The application of any given force affects all the orders of being which exist in the object to which it is applied,whichever of those orders is directly affected.
17) A man may learn to use any force so as to serve any purpose, by taking advantage of the above theorems.
18) He may attract to himself any force of the Universe by making himself a fit receptacle for it, and arranging conditions so that its nature compels it to flow toward him.
19) Man’s sense of himself as separate from, and opposed to, the Universe is a bar to his conducting its currents. It insulates him.
20) Man can only attract and employ the forces for which he is really fitted.
21) There is no limit to the extent of the relations of any man with the Universe in essence; for as soon as man makeshimself one with any idea the means of measurement cease to exist.But his power to utilize that force is limited by his mental powerand capacity, and by the circumstances of his human environment.
22) Every individual is essentially sufficient to himself.But he is unsatisfactory to himself until he has established him selfin his right relation with the universe.
23) Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding inaction.
24) Every man has an indefeasible right to be what he is.
25) Every man must do Magick each time he acts or even thinks, since a thought is an internal act whose influence ultimately affects action, though it may not do so at the time.
26) Every man has a right, the right of self preservation, to fulfill himself to the utmost.
27) Every man should make Magick the keystone of his life. He should learn its laws and live by them.
28) Every man has a right to fulfill his own will with outbeing afraid that it may interfere with that of others; for if he is in his proper place, it is the fault of others if they interfere withhim.