Thelemic Priming | Thelemic Gnosticism
“The psychological aspect of Scientific Illuminism seems to be much neglected in most esoteric traditions, and this, I think, is where the Science of Thelema has the advantage. Scientific Illuminism incorporates the many Schools of Psychology – Psychodynamic, Behaviorist, Humanistic, Cognitive, Biological, Evolutionary and Psychosocial. There is no one school of psychology that can fully identify, explain, predict or control behavior or mental processes; and even those which I have listed have their shortcomings. Alchemy, Ritual Magick, Mysticism, Philosophy and Physical sciences all come together with a universal connection.”
It’s this kind of naive animosity that warrants the necessary secrecy of the mysteries. The Great Work is not for the uncertain, or the mentally deficient, or the emotionally corrupt. If one has no desire for self mastery then one has no place nor value in the halls of wisdom. It is the nature of the esoteric to be protective of its mysteries. It is not elitism.
The occultist doesn’t see him or herself as better than one who is not illumined. We are simply the custodians of truth. There are those who pervert these truths for reasons of power, and they are psychologically disordered. They are the parasites. The occult simply is as it is, as magick itself has no innate bias.
If one does not understand the Great Work, one has no right to criticize. Their discernment is flawed; their capacity for understanding is deficient.
It is the word which creates forms; and forms in their turn react upon the word, in order to modify it and complete it. All magic is in a word … In magic, to have said is to have done; the word begins with letters, it ends with acts. One does not really will a thing unless one wills it with all one’s heart, to the point of breaking for it one’s dearest affections; and with all one’s forces, to the point of risking one’s health, one’s fortune, and one’s life. It is by absolute devotion that faith proves itself and constitutes itself. But the man armed with such a faith will be able to move mountains.
— Eliphas Levi
"Once upon a time, there was a place of great goodness, called the White Lodge. Gentle fawns gamboled there amidst happy, laughing spirits. The sounds of innocence and joy filled the air. And when it rained, it rained sweet nectar that infused one’s heart with a desire to live life in truth and beauty. Generally speaking, a ghastly place, reeking of virtue’s sour smell, engorged with the whispered prayers of kneeling mothers, mewling newborns, and fools, young and old, compelled to do good without reason…”
"My people believe that the White Lodge is a place where the spirits that rule man and nature reside. There is also a legend of a place called the Black Lodge. The shadow self of the White Lodge. The legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it ‘The Dweller on the Threshold’ … But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul."
"But, I am happy to point out that our story does not end in this wretched place of saccharine excess. For there’s another place, its opposite. A place of almost unimaginable power, chock full of dark forces and vicious secrets. No prayers dare enter this frightful maw. The spirits there care not for good deeds or priestly invocations; they’re as like to rip the flesh from your bone as greet you with a happy "good day." And if harnessed, these spirits in this hidden land of unmuffled screams and broken hearts would offer up a power so vast that its bearer might reorder the Earth itself to his liking."
"Through the darkness of future past
The magician longs to see.
One chants out between two worlds
Fire walk with me.”
— quotes from Twin Peaks
They have not forgotten the Mysteries,’ she said, ‘they have found them too difficult. They want a God who will care for them, who will not demand that they struggle for enlightenment, but who will accept them just as they are, with all their sins, and take away their sins with repentance. It is not so, it will never be so, but perhaps it is the only way the unenlightened can bear to think of their Gods.’
Lancelot smiled bitterly. ‘Perhaps a religion which demands that every man must work through lifetime after lifetime for his own salvation is too much for mankind. They want not to wait for God’s justice but to see it now. And that is the lure which this new breed of priests has promised them.’
Morgaine knew that he spoke truth, and bowed her head in anguish. ‘And since their view of a God is what shapes their reality, so it shall be–the Goddess was real while mankind still paid homage to her, and created her form for themselves. Now they will make for themselves the kind of God they think they want–the kind of God they deserve, perhaps.’
Well, so it must be, for as man saw reality, so it became.
— Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
Those who scoff at the philosophical or the mystical are missing out on the magic and mystery of their own souls. Those who charge into their own depths, however, will find themselves laughing at the absurdity of their own naiveté and at the sight of beauty for having waited so long to see it.
What I hate is ignorance, smallness of imagination, the eye that sees no farther than its own lashes. All things are possible. Who you are is limited only by who you think you are.
— Egyptian Book of the Dead (via stardust-seedling)
He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
- Samuel Johnson