“Someone who does not know that there is an ordered universe does not know where he is. Someone who does not know the natural purpose of the universe does not know who he is or what the universe is. Someone who fails in any one of these ways could not tell you the purpose of his own existence either. So what do you think of the man who fears or courts the applause of an audience who have no idea where they are or who they are?”
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
The Law of Thelema reflects an aspect of the order of things. From above, to below, there is organization of life – each thing in the universe an aspect of it, that reflects its perfection and mystery – without its purpose and being, the whole could not be.
Our lives can respect this organization, and we can follow our True hearts, our proper path in relation to our true nature – or fall into the emptiness of achievement of worldly ends.
Worldly desire is already a given objective for almost everyone – there’s no need to have a spirituality if you are obsessed with the glamour of power and ownership. Though there is nothing wrong at all with these things – the point of this entry is aimed somewhere else.
“A man is said to be confirmed in spiritual knowledge when he forsaketh every desire which entereth into his heart, and of himself is happy and content in the Self through the Self.” – the Bhagavad Gita
The Law of Thelema is a misleading affirmation which for many, is a statement of freedom from the bondage of mental slavery and enslavement to ownership. The slavery of those who cannot break free from their hypnosis, in sync with the glazed over eyes of the faceless, brainless masses and their pressure on other people to follow the herd. No matter there, we are focused on finding our life’s calling.
It reminds me of the concept Buddhists and Hindus hold dear, their belief that their deeds can pull them closer, further downward into an existence that is chained to the outcome of good and bad, pleasure and pain. You exist in a manner that isn’t worth a shit, and you become enslaved to materiality. They believe we are reincarnated over and over. The soul lives on, being educated, evolving through many lives, given in those lives, choices to make which determine the next one. The objective then, for them, is to achieve a detachment from the phenomenon of materiality and its enslaving nature, its deluded nature – its “play of maya.”
“Even though myself unborn, of changeless existence and the lord of all existence, yet in presiding over nature-which is mine- I am born through my own Illusion – the mystic power of self ideation, the eternal thought in the eternal mind. I produce myself among creatures, whenever there is a dceline of virtue and an insurrection of vice and injustice in the world : and thus I incarnate from age to age for the preservation of the just, the destruction of the wicked, and the establishment of righteousness.” – The Bhagavad Gita
My personal experience of the Occult has been destructive rather than reinforcing – compared to the general attitude towards Magick and the Occult – it had everything to do with a path of surrendering. A path of meditative states. A path of becoming stronger by learning to accept all experiences and obstacles as something chosen. Little by little the yearning for “I, me, mine” becomes burned away by the true longing for something greater to enter life. I’ve wrestled with this fact and it has been something to make me avoid the “Path” alltogether.
“Do what thou wilt shalt be the whole of the Law. Do that and no other shall say nay.”
LOVE UNDER WILL
Love is the law, love under will.
This Love has nothing to do with the creed of “love thy neighbor” or the cyclic love/hate illusion of most relationships. This is the emotional yearning for the aspiring seeker for the union of his consciousness with the objective Otherness outside of and within himself.
This is the Love for and seeking of a relationship with the Self – that clarity of awareness which permeates the entire universe, every living being and thing in it witholds its “Spark.”
This Love is not the possessive Love of everyday romance or a call to “love thy neighbor” – this Love is an evergrowing heart’s desire yearning from a person to know thyself. With the mind set in its course to act in harmony with itself we thus understand :
“Every Man and Woman is a Star.”
So we now understand then, that each person is a collection of memories, experiences, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, genetic background – that makes them who they are. We cannot force anyone to do anything and should not.
Where we are in our lives, is where only can affect good change. We are bound to our proper course in the Universe. We cannot and should not actively pursue to change or alter anyone else’s path. Reverting ourselves, or any other person is the only Sin of the Book of the Law.
“The only Sin is Restriction”
Thus the only sin is to restrict ourselves or attempt to restrict others, from the achievement of the Will.
This Love is the combination of two things – its a formula for the realization that “I” don’t exist without “it” and “it” doesn’t exist without me.
This Love is the power binding all things together and the realization that one singular thing does not exist without its relation to the Whole.
“Judge yourself entitled to any word or action which is in accord with nature, and do not let any subsequent criticism or persuasion from anyone talk you out of it. No, if it was a good thing to do or say, do not revoke your entitlement. Those others are guided by their own minds and pursue their own impulses. Do not be distracted by any of this, but continue straight ahead, following your own nature and universal nature: these two have one and the same path.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
(Artwork by Theodor Kittelsen)