<snip long anecdote> . His curiosity gets the
>best of him, though, so he decides to call the number. He asks for
>Ladislav. A woman on the other end of the phone begins to cry and
>says, "Ladislav is no longer with us, he died in an accident two
I have a similar anecdote. Years ago, a certain close colleague and myself we're doing a psychonautical experiment of a certain chemical nature when he related a vision of the Hiroshima blast. He felt a profound communication with 'souls' of Hiroshima who had 'survived' the blast, in that, an atom bomb blast is a 'soul-killer'. However these souls 'survived' and by virtue of this, had been elevated to a godlike state.
Nearly two years later, I read William Burroughs 'Western Lands'. On about page 30 or so of this novel, he describes almost the exact same vision, even using the same terminology ('soul-killer'). This of course also catalyzed a huge cycle of synchro in my own life with ol' WSB. The most recent episode being with my documentary production with Burroughs' longtime colleague and protege': herpetologist Dean Ripa.
>It's possible that the good doctor made all of this up, as well as
>numerous other stories.
Absolutely, thus one cannot exclude the possibility that Crowley made up Liber AL. However, there are empirical stopgaps that can be emplaced to rule out such a possibility... to a point. In lieu of some real world scientific knowledge being unveiled by AL, the best we can hope for is some exegetical data that is hopefully useful and edifying. This data can be an extrapolation or a shortcut of an older system of theurgy, or it can be a new system altogether. In light of the GD cosmology of AL, and subtext of 'prophetic' nature in the book itself, one can conclude that this data would include 'formulae' which extrapolate the GD system, or unveil some kind of reworking, or in many cases, shed exegetical light upon older texts (Old T., Revelations, Qu'ran Sumerian texts, medeival grimoires etc.). It is also pertinent that this data is placed there not by the author himself, but by an unknown intelligence, exterior and superior to the author's personage. Some feedback of late
has labeled the nature of Aiwass as 'absolute truth' which can be a methaphor for 'solipistic truth'.
In such an absolutist context, no objective meaning can be gleaned, thus the 'phenomenon of Aiwass' is held outside of any kind of analysis, save for a package of meager psychological explanations. Otherwise, what is possibly the most pivotal thelemic tenet is subject to wide interpretations and periods of folks jumping up to announce their solutions to the puzzle. "Solutions to Al" and revising and reinterpreting rituals and inventing or excising new systems from AL will always be an accompanying aspect to the study of Thelema and AL itself. This will maintain unless some unlikely consensus is reached about the nature of Aiwass and his relation to the cryptological codex of Liber AL.
>I have my own stories of encountering travellers through the aethyrs
>who led me to believe they were such things as an alien from a planet
>around Sirius (before I had heard of any similar stories, or even
>knew of Sirius), and some kind of a Hindu-ish guru who was looking to
When confronted by such a being it is always good to ask he/she/it for some information which you can verify when the whole experience is over. This should be item you don't know but nonetheless which could be verified in the real world. It has been scientifically verified that people can share dream experiences and can even exchange information via the dream world. An advanced being of course would have access to such levels of consciousness and thus could impart or implant information subconsciously. Lucid dreaming is a goal of both western and eastern systems. It seems best to remain conscious when such a communication is going on.
>I'm guessing that anyone can probably form "a body from divine matter
>and dissolve it at will" if such a thing is possible, and they
>actually take the time to learn how.
If we can literalize Crowley's description of the A*A* degrees, and relate that to his description of Aiwass, then we conclude that Aiwass is not a physical human being. Therefore the 'ability' to construct a physical body would be an ineffable excercise of immense power. I would say that's a wrong guess
> Such a being should be in natural possession of knowledge which,
>Some of the supposed qabbalistic proof of AL, like that numbers and
>letters passage, I don't get at all. What do you see as shaky in it?
What's shaky is the tautlogical premise of 'qaballistic proofs' themselves.
They too can be widely interpreted, leading to several arrays of inferences and conclusions which are individually unique. Most of these 'solutions' seem to be dead ends. However, at least two of these solutions have great veracity, and reflect the great intellect and qaballistic prowess of their respective proponents. However they are dismissed and largely unexamined by Thelemites as a majority, rather, many old guard Thelemites have militated against these two solutions relentlessly, one system more so than the other (ALW vs. TEQ). Also, infighting between these two systems has been of a vicious nature at times, although the discourse online has traveled leagues in support of both systems, and many on both teams have made peace. Also, objective, honest, humble examination and comparison of both systems has led to interesting new data.
>I will have to admit, however,
>that my knowledge of ALW or other EQ systems is almost completely
>lacking. Which one is the best? Which one is the most widely used?
So far there have been several "English Qaballah" systems put forth not only by Thelemites but by other occultists as well. As far as I know there are some other obscure examples of EQ solutions from AL. TGD had some solution that was expoused several years ago. ALW has maybe 100 or so active adherents or less working with the system or less. Trigrammaton English Qaballah is Leo's baby, and he has his own theurgic thing going on up by where he lives. ALW has a thriving body of practitioners close to Jake in the UK. Our Southeastern US ALW faction got together about 1994 and has been going strong since then.
>So how do you see Aiwass then?
I has waxed on earlier about some beings that are 'bigger' than others. In that, like mortals, they have not collapsed or 'fell' from a state of power and awareness to a state of mortality. They've always been around and controlling things to an extent. We refer to these beings as "Gods" of course, using the non-corporeal ideology.
There are beings of a different type who have of course ascended back up from the mortal condition to reclaim some of their original godlike state and immortality. Through various processes, they have elevated themselves to a plane upon which they do not reincarnate involuntarily. They do so at will and to serve specific goals and purposes. William S. Burroughs said that if only one in a million people who ever lived achieved this state, then biologically speaking that is pretty good odds. By the numbers then we have several thousand of these individuals floating around, who were once human beings. 4th Way also has a cosmological definition which is worth looking at too. Aiwass could be defined as a "4th Way Evolutionary Guide" using the 3rd way cosmology of GD and AL as an instrument of initiation or instruction or both.
From a ScN perspective I would label Aiwass as an 'Operating Thetan' of immense power and awareness and ability. The classical definition of an Operating Thetan in Scientology is a being who among other things can control matter, space, energy and time at will, and can of course, project illusions at distance which others can see at as well. That jibes with Crowley's description of Aiwass too.
>Do you consider this implanted codex as AL itself, or something more
>akin to a reality filter that makes a person only see certain things
>at certain times...? Please elaborate on this.
I consider the codex and AL synonymous, in detail, I mean that the codex is encrypted into AL by an intelligence greater than the purported author. Certainly there is an accompanying reality tunnel or filter in it. In point of fact I believe a specific application of sex magick and astrology has been deliberately encrypted into AL, and a true 'theurgic cipher' for the English Alphabet. Perhaps even more than one. The important fact is the study of the codex or even the pursuit of it leads to conclusions which seem to me to be implanted. This also can be set up as a 'default setting' or 'automatic' release which does not have to be actively operated from on high. It merely has to be triggered by the diligent seeker.
Implanting on this level goes beyond ideas such as mere 'brianwashing' or hypnotic mind control. Implanting is direct image projection of concepts, symbolisms, inferences, perceptions into one's mind by something greater, something that is bigger than human beings.
And yes they can engineer profound synchronicites, too.
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