The Law of Love and Will

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“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.

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“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

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The Thelemic Aeon

The general idea in the Book of the Law is that in one shape or another, the Matriarchal and Patriarchal Aeons behind our previous evolutionary periods are now combined or available to us both for wisdom and guidance. In this sense, they have bared a Child. But with that at our disposal, there is responsibility on our shoulders and blood on our hands. We must discard the habitual programming of the outdated Aeons as well.

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It’s not hard to see how the pendulum of our spirits totters back and forth from the equalizing spirit of the Feminine to the domineering and fascist mind of the Masculine. The belief is that – once deeming the Spirit outside of humanity in the form of the Goddess, the Patriarchal forces then denied her this right and took it for their own. At first the guidance was necessary – but now has become decadent, the teachings skewed for political ends. Those that are religious – only believe the Spirit is outside of us – accessed through priesthood, dead dogmas and scriptures and misunderstood rituals. Any other idea would have put you in danger of being burned alive, out casted or hung a couple hundred years ago. The concept of “There is no god but man” in the Book of the Law for me, is not atheistic certainty but realization that our existence is interdependent the subjective awareness of the human being and the objective experience of reality.

 

This ties into the Hermetic law of “As Above, So Below.” You are what you think. What we perceive to be true eventually comes true. What is cast from the imaginary, creative realms of the mind can and will manifest into material reality. This is a secret of Magick and a gift from above to human beings – something that differentiates us from animals.

 

The mother and father copulate and thus is born the Child. This also is explored in the Book of the Law. The Goddess Nuit, eternal queen of the Night sky – eager and ready to embrace anyone willing to dissolve their single point of awareness into her teeming void. Hadit – that inward focal point of consciousness in the teeming void of the Universe, seeking its own liberation and upward thrust outwards – that serpent of Light and life force. Their Child is the spiritual formula of our Age. The Child is the symbol that God and Goddess is no longer outside of us – that God is no longer accessed through a priest, dead scriptures or dogmas. God is in us, of us, always.

 

     The Child of Innocence and Ignorance

 

Crowley taught that human kind at this point is childlike. We have “lost the battle” in a lot of ways, ripped from the natural order and sunken into the comfort of materialism and the easy life – led by industrial progress. We no longer believe we can govern ourselves – we rely on the machine-like order of government, police and surveillance to act on our behalf. In reality they do nothing but senselessly lock up individuals, kill them, and take away more of our liberties and censor us – we believe it is for our own good.

 

Our spirit is child-like in the sense that it is always grasping and needing and wanting. We need distractions and ownership. Materialism and ownership runs rampant. We all have a gaping void inside our hearts from trauma of loss. Because of our inability to access the ancestral spiritual guidance which were available to earlier periods of humanity as well as a rampantly manipulative market which advertises you aren’t complete without its product or its truth – we buy, buy, buy. But this owning of “things” is also reflective in the possessive and love / hate relationships many people experience with significant others, or the puffed up sense of control one gets lost in with the career title or occult knowledge.

 

This is the Child of Horus – who is symbolized as a young boy with his finger to his mouth. The god of silence.

 

The void can never be filled. Not with the possession of beliefs, another person or things. But it is only through the void that we can define our purpose in life – that “thing” we set off to accomplish. Our higher goal, our higher selves.

 

The Spirit of Horus in our Age of darkness is simultaneously child-like in innocence, wrathful in vengeance and war-like in purpose – sending off to die our personal obstacles, weaknesses and distorted beliefs – for the sake of the development of relationship to our True Selves and accomplishment of our purpose in this life.

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The Tarot and the Runes : Naudiz and the Devil

Ask any person seriously accomplishing anything – and there must be something unpleasant at the core of their being which they will always remember – something that after a long period of time urged them to stop wasting their precious moments on this planet and DO. Live. Sacrifice – to make their dreams manifest. There is a special need to be met. But what else would make this urgency occur in a person? Pleasure – comfort – satisfaction – peace? We are driven to act by friction, strife and misery.

What else would have caused ancients living in far away times dig under layers of earth to uncover ore for the use of making iron, with no shovels, but hands and sticks – or fire? What else would have caused our ancestors, driven by political, religious or ecological strife – to create ships and make their presence known in distant lands either by trading, raiding or invasion? It was an inner striving – a need.

This is the force of Naudiz – the Germanic Rune of the Needfire. One of the many ways of creating a campfire is the use of a plank of wood, brush, a bow and a stick of wood. The stick is pointed at the end, and twisting the rope of the bow around the stick – you then twist the wood back and forth on the plank. The rapid friction of the bow on the plank of wood – with flammable material – will cause for ignition.

 The main message I recieve from this powerful secret is that desperate times, crucial times, call for the use of OUR potential. Times of struggle call for a refocus of our minds and actions towards how we can work with what he have – and in this way we develop power and ability in the long run – which in many words is Will. Like a craft aimed at propelling towards the heavens, it must have hard, thick, heavy friction below to push off from.

The Runes are very useful tools for those on a path with the desire to develop into something – i look at them like the symbol of a necessary counseling needed at difficult times – and in this way – can be keys to accessing new aspects of ourselves – more willingly – no matter how afraid, painful or unsure we may be. And the same goes for the Tarot.

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A man went walking on his quest for spiritual liberation. He saw a mountain – and there at the top – he knew he would find true understanding of his existence. He made his way up – and was confronted by a monstrous Devil who wanted him to turn around. He was also distracted by a beautiful woman who was eager to pull him off the quest into sex, but he kept going. As he finally made his way up to the top of the mountain – he came to relization – there being nothing but him and the top – that God is himself, the mountain, the woman, the Devil and the All. That realization was – he is everything – that the inner core of his being is a Self that is within all of the universe. Clear, unnamable, untouchable – even describing it is useless.

The Devil in Aleister Crowley’s mind was a symbolic archetype for individual consciosuness expanded, exalted. This is the purpose of the symbol of the Goat – that archaic figure which once was known in the Pagan world as the Greek God Pan of lust. Pan’s name was meant to conceal that he was the “All.” He is everything. And when we look at the Devil – through Crowley’s lense – we should be seeing the formula for intitiation into personal understanding of ourselves and the relationship between “I” and “the Other.” Those that were said to see Pan in his true form would go insane with fear at the sight of his vastness. This is poetic explanation for the actual timid nature of man’s life in the monstrous expansion of all being in this universe.

In this way – there is something very relatable with Naudiz and the Devil. Both are meant to convey the individual’s Will power in relation to the phenomenon of circumstance. What will we do when we are challenged – What will the Devil show us of ourselves – and how can we prove the enemies or challenges wrong – that we can survive and win.
Both are powerful constructs in our minds if we are in times of need – or exploration – that sometimes we must be like the Goat on the highest mountain tops, frolicking under a blazing sun – laughing in the face of adversity and a jealous god which would see us fall to our deaths if we falter in our balance and confidence.

The main message of the Devil – is that it is an archetypal force without Man’s relationship to reality – here is our relationship to work, to indulgence, to self knowledge or endeavors – how are we enslaved, how are we willfully obsessed – or if life is handing it to us, are we still able to retain a sense of humor and say “Is this all you’ve got?” Another main message of the Devil – is to follow the archetype of the rebellious Man on his way towards transformation – don’t be suprised to become hated or scapegoated for it.

But there is another metaphysical underpinning here, which was explained earlier, that the Devil is Man’s spirit exalted, expanded – in a Zen state – where he becomes All and All becomes him.