In summation, here is a brew percolating through my holey brain (not
spirochete produced I hope) into your cup for your amusement in reaction to
the reactions of words of the last few days.
The worst thing about religion, any religion, is the fact that any notion of
god as anything but utter indifference is propagated to one and all. The
fact that god is indifferent to the goings on of the world impels many of us
to (quite sensibly) embrace atheism. That the atheist belief is utterly
rational is vexed by the perverse nature of a god (if there be ONE) who
rejects his (for lack of an adequate pronoun) worshippers and mocks with
wisps of glamour his unbelievers. I said: "Do not confuse the opportunity to
succeed with success. Thelema guarantees only the former, the latter is up
to each Thelemite." and 333 rallies: "in what manner is this opportunity
guaranteed? it seems that the 'Thelemic' community is using the same Old
Aeon structures to carry out its supposed New Aeon objectives. the REPS
(Religious Elite Pyramid Scheme) method does *not*, contrary to what we may
be told, guarantee opportunities. if you disagree, please explain how they
are doing this." I wail when I see my words deconstructed so. I once got
similar feelings in dreams finding myself naked in crowds (until I found the
remedy for that uncomfortable feeling which was to get naked in crowds). So
now I know it is sometimes good to be so undressed. I mispoke; Thelema may
not guarantee, I sense it does, but that is unprovable. Thelema provides.
There is no guarantee of success for each Thelemite, especially in the short
term. Thelema allows. This is a tremendous leap forward in the spiritual
evolution of man and woman. I couldn't agree more that many in the Thelemic
Community would impose "Old Aeon structures". If I have any Thelemic
Mission it is to promote the Unaffiliated Thelemite. I reject the Orders as
precisely those Old Aeon Structures that would hold back the Thelemite. At
best they are social clubs and at wurst they are meatgrinders. (See my
(thankfully few) screeds in the Yahoo egroup Unaffiliated Thelemite
Association) Of course I unaffiliate myself not only from Thelemic Orders
with their religious taint, I reject Religion itself as a great evil and
enemy of freedom and our Thelemic Orders do not approach them for mischief.
"there was never any Source of All. there was never
any "Creation" (everything originating out of nothing) like some magician's
Rabbit-Out-Of-A-Hat trick). there is no sentient Physics-Allower. these are
all poetic fictions humans make to allay our fears of the unknown and
probably infinite past. in any case all of these are myths, not truths."
I reply that this universe is mostly nothingness that came from
everythingness. All creatures must hate their creators and come to
disbelieve in them. In a certain sense, they are right to do both.
I go on to spout some personal visionary BS and 333 asks: "evidence for any
I take it as a rhetorical question. This portion of the dialogue evidence
of the futility of agreement on these matters. Thelema provides an arena in
which Thelemites can and must and should disagree when promoting unprovable
assertions. I stated: "...To think of Thelema as
something in particular is to invoke the curse of because."
333 states: "outlandish. Thelema could be a facet of observable reality, in
reason would only be needed to comprehend its observation. no curse of
because (cause-and-effect; logic, however you want to understand this
Crowleyan bug-a-boo) need apply"
Certe I should have said, "To metaphysically think of Thelema......" Cause
and effect is very useful in building a bridge or a rocket, but I have found
it spotty in creative pursuits including art and ritual, "the aim of
religion and the method of science" rubric notwithstanding.
"You have immediately set up a situation that forces Thelema to conform to a
set of ideas. You have begun to open Pandora's Box. You have begun to
create the Thelemite Purity Test. I never said that the shoe made in the
spirit of Thelema would in all cases be superior in some way to the shoe
made by a little girl in Indonesia."
333 spake: "but it could be by virtue of the fact that it was made in a good
one might interpret this as 'better because the chosen people made it'.
quickly, as you seem to be warning, this could become Thelemic-property,
which the True Will had enabled us to proclaim our delegation of any
geographical area (compare Israel's Divine Real Estate Scheme) or set of
religious relics (compare Muslim claim on the Ka'ab, and the stone in
particular which graces the corner of said 'House of Allah' in all its
feminine glory -- set in a silver vesica pisces). as Alchemists of the
Holy Aurum, my cult should own all gold, for example."
If Thelemites following Will reach a certain critical mass (I know not what
that would be, having not studied such things) in society, such idiocy
becomes unlikely. What would be the reaction of this list if I were to post
that My Angel had informed me that the State of Maine was to be Thelemic
Holy Territory and that Thelemites should flock here to establish the
Kingdom of Thelema from which we shall conquer the Earth. (Hmm that not
such a bad idea...[slaps himself in the face].....)
Thelema is found where there is no self-conscious Thelema. "This above all:
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day. Thou
canst not be false to any man." Shakespeare-Hamlet. I suppose when I argue
against a Thelemic Canon, what I mean is that such a notion is limiting.
Thelema is not books and words. It is a Current that flows. It affects the
World in profound ways. It does not even require Thelemites, but Thelemites
are its natural product. (AC might use the term excreta). The books of AC
and others are useful but I am afraid to put them to the fore lest we
descend to the levels of the devil religions and worship our books. Thelema
forces the Thelemite to write his own book in the end.
Will: Will is constrained in Malkuth. Consider a 14th Century Inuit
living in the Polar Regions. The idea of Thelema as a modern Thelemite
might think of it would be nonsensical to him. His material culture is
conservative by necessity. There are not too many options for a neolithic
human to choose for survival in an Arctic Ecosystem. Modernity was
necessary before Thelema could manifest. But modernity requires an entirely
different type of deconditioning for "spiritual progress". (The Inuit seer
is identified early on and prepared for his tasks before the veils descend.)
The work involves elimination (hence AC's obsession with kaka) of the
complexes imbedded during youth and infancy. Do that, (no small task) and
Will can spontaneously appear. Voila each human, a culture! This is a
distressing thought to those who send armies into battle and crowds into
factories and cubicles. No one, not a Cardinal or a Caliph can tell you
when Will appears or its Nature. Like jazz, you know it when you hear it.
It is related to the HGA but, (and this is the error of religion) it is not
identical to it.
In conclusion, let us consider the word "canon". Skeats (Crowley is so
right to recommend etymology) gives us: (L.-Gr.) A.S. canon- L.canon, a
rule.-Gr.kanon, a rod, a rule Gr. kane, a (straight) cane. Do we really
want a straight set of rules (from books) for Thelema? Take them if you
will. Will is paralyzed without freedom. The rules are, there are no
rules, at least, to me.
Agape Aiwass Thelema