Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.”
― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
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The gnostic state is achieved when a person’s mind is focused on only one point, thought, or goal and all other thoughts are thrust out. Practitioners of chaos magic each develop their own ways of reaching this state.
All such methods hinge on the belief that a simple thought or direction experienced during the gnostic state and then forgotten quickly afterwards bypasses the “psychic censor” (faculties averse to the magical manipulation of reality) and is sent to the subconscious, rather than the conscious mind, where it can be enacted through means unknown to the conscious mind.
As a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist, I’m often challenged by folks who don’t believe what I do for a living works.
Science is great but can’t explain everything. Every few years new technology is discovered to pick up on things that didn’t exist before.
Alan Watts in his book, The Book, said it best when he touched on how philosophy is now looked upon as a lesser way of life; science rules all and the worst thing about it is that there’s no more magic in the Universe.
But I still believe in magic and in my practice results are king.
May the whole Path now be plain to all!
Frater Perdurabo is the most honest of all the great religious teachers. Others have said: “Believe me!” He says:”Don’t believe me!” He does not ask for followers; would despise and refuse them. He wants an independent and self-reliant body of students to follow out their own methods of research. If he can save them time and trouble by giving a few useful “tips,” his work will have been done to his own satisfaction.
The Buddhist nun discussed joy. Joy according to her system of belief, come from a detached state and through the daily practice of meditation. Life, it appears, is both transient and full of suffering. I quickly noticed that there was a paradox at work here which the people who had shuffled into this meeting room had not quite figured out. You see in front of the meditation meeting group sat a little old lady who had an orange cloth draped over here. The orange colour made her look like a misshapen tangerine and the shaved head made her appear androgynous. The paradox became apparent because the stories she told us, were experiences from her own life. She was bitter at life, bitter for her daughter who smoked, bitter because she had to experience living out of her car because she had no money.
Despite this, she sat in front of us, encouraging us to seek detachment and become a Buddhist like her. I have no desire to be like her. What she said made me feel numb. Clearly, she was unhappy which was a far cry from the joy she spoke about. It made me wonder whether she had ever actually felt joyful.
I stopped going to the meditation meet ups. I went to a few sessions and ended up deciding that it had taught me exactly how NOT to be. But this wasn’t to suggest that I was left pathless…
The magician Aleister Crowley wrote in his book four on Magick; “Let the student decide for himself what form of life, what moral code will least tend to excite his mind.” Crowley therefore left the burden with the student to decide the path that best suited him.
During the 1970’s, two British magicians who had become frustrated with the dogma decided to spearhead a new organisation called the Illuminates of Chaos. Their goal was to make the practice of Magic, highly individualistic. They encouraged each student to find out, adopt and embrace those methods that best worked for them. This movement was to give rise to a considerable amount of Chaos.
The path I walk, is mine. You can walk beside me, but your path will be yours alone.
The magus, Aleister Crowley writes in his Book 4 on Magick, that the following methods must be adhered to by a disciple;
c) Absence of excitement
d) Moderation in diet
e) Meditation – defined as the restraining of the mind to just a single thought.
Between 1918 and 1921, Benjamin Christensen researched the history of necromancy as background for his next and greatest film, Haxan; (The Witches, or “Witchcraft Through the Ages,” 1922), in which Christensen appeared in the role of Satan. A plotless panorama of the history of witchcraft, Häxan is a visual tour de force that utilizes nudity, gore and sheer shock value on a level that remains incredible for a silent film; nevertheless, despite being plundered by censor boards everywhere, Häxan was an international success.