Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 14:51:05 -0600 (MDT)
> From: Robert Furtkamp <reverendrob@...>
> What further is gained
> by said initiate by affiliating with a local body that they will likely
> never see?
Speaking from my own experience only, I can say that I gained a lot. The
first couple of years of my OTO experience were spent 1000km's away from the
most convenient Local Body... a situation that you seem to be in yourself.
Unlike yourself though, I affiliated with that remote local body. I can
honestly say that during my entire period of affiliation with them I did not
once feel left out or non-involved.
I was in constant communication with the brethren and sistren of the Camp
via email and Instant Messaging systems and managed to not only maintain
some sense of fraternity, but actually build upon it. I was always kept in
the loop with what was going on, I received minutes of the monthly meetings
and local publications, and I was always consulted as to my views when it
came to taking the Camp in different directions or initiating new projects.
The Camp even conducted monthly IRC discussions (on things such as the
symbolism of the Gnostic Mass) so that I could get involved in some way. To
be sure, I missed out on rituals and the like, but the fraternal and social
aspect was always strong (a bond that remains to this day), and I was never
left in the dark about anything that pertained to the Camp. The local body
that I affiliated with went to a lot of effort to include me in all that it
To be honest, I think you would be hard pressed to find too many local
bodies that would go to the same amount of effort to make a distant member
feel welcome and included; However, my experience does demonstrate that such
bodies do exist, and that people living at a distance can benefit from
affiliating with them. I know that I did.
Love is the law, love under will.
"Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence,
and they get results. Myths and faiths are not
and do not." - -R.Dawkins