wrote: >I am interested in your thoughts on the following, taken from Crowley's Liber
>V vel Reguli, "Being the Ritual of the Mark of the Beast: an incantation
>proper to invoke the Energies of the Aeon of Horus."
>"19. Let him raise the Wand, trace the Mark of the Beast, and cry AIWAZ! "
>"I also am a Star in Space, unique and self-existent, an individual essence
>incorruptible; I also am one Soul; I am identical with All and None. I am in
>All and all in me; I am, apart from all and lord of all, and one with all. I am
>Omniscient, for naught exists for me unless I know it. I am Omnipotent, for
>naught occurs save by Necessity, my soul's expression through my Will to be, to
>do, to suffer the symbols of itself. I am Omnipresent, for naught exists where
>I am not, who fashioned Space as a condition of my consciousness of myself,
>who am the centre of all, and my circumference the frame of mine own fancy. I
>am the All, for all that exists for me is a necessary expression in thought of
>some tendency of my nature, and all my thoughts are only the letters of my
>Name. I am the One, for all that I am is not the absolute All, and all my all is
>mine and not another's; mine, who conceive of others like myself in essence
>and truth, yet unlike in expression and illusion."
There are times when, a practitioner may regard themselves as the only real being in the universe. This is a pathological state in which other beings seem to appear as nothing more than mere projections or fragments of self. However, it is a common egotistical pratfall of theurgic practice. Such a being may have horsepowered themselves up to a level where they can mentally overwhelm others and manipulate or outright control them. This can lead such an adept person to the conclusion that they have license to do so based on some perceived position in some sort of hierarchy.
The idea of "oneness" as put forth by such cosmologies in Liber Reguli and even, is somewhat misleading and may be a parcel of 'implanted goals' in itself. Even classical concepts of oneness could still be a 3rd Way lullaby keeping a person from achieving a higher state of individuation and continuity of consciousness. Religious institutions and their members may also serve as tools of involutionary pressure to submit, or worse, conform.
The truth of the matter seems to be that individuality goes all the way up the scale, pole, dimensional hierarchy,...whatever. There is no 'big wash' at the top in which all personality vanishes. What really seems to be happening is that higher and higher dynamics of individuation are reached and are being played out in larger and more encompassing dimensional fields. There may be a 'oneness' in that the lower dimensions are 'unified' are 'nested' within higher ones. However, this 'planar cosmology' is often mistaken for an accompanying state of consciousness, however that is a 'chicken before the egg' mentality. The state of consciousness must be achieved before any awareness of higher dimensional planes can be perceived. Yet, the individual 'witness' always remains constant even on these higher dimensional planes. This occurs even if part of that dynamic includes intimate sharing of mind/awareness with other individuals who dwell in the same state. In the same way that
other forms of duality are unified 'above the abyss' so too exist the dichotomies of self/non-self, oneness/individuality, separation/unity, etc. Therefore it is partially erroneous to consider that 'oneness' is the ultimate goal. Even in the highest 'nirvakalpa samadhi' there is identity, even if that identity is Shiva alone.
Guirdjeff and Ouspensky taught that the "oneness" myth is a construct of 3rd Way Involutionary Forces. 3rd Way religions and their attendant systems always implant their adherents with the idea of the "One" which is really a subtle metaphor for the 'collective'. 3rd Way forces always invoke what I call the '2 Deadly R's' which are "recruitment and renunciation'. 3rd Way forces always recruit people into their fold aggressively, sometimes involuntarily, and then the new recruit must go through a series of 'renouncements' in order to 'serve the collective' or in reality serve the 3rd way entities via worship, offerings and sacrifices. Frater Damon taught us that 4th way individuation exists 'off the tree in the Three Veils', existence in these higher dimensional planes can only appear to us as limitless darkness, or infinite light. In reality, a great deal of dynamic existence is going on in these planes, however, because there are no symbols or forms to which human
perception can attach to them, they are imperceivable by human beings.
Such a being, dwelling on a higher dimensional plane, would be able to manipulate the third and fourth dimension in a manner akin to the way we can manipulate the 1st and second dimensions here. Therefore, an intelligence of this order could contrive 'artifacts' and insert them into reality, much in the same manner you and I could draw a picture and publish it or make a film or write and play a piece of music. However, higher plane artistic constructs would directly affect reality in the 3rd dimension. Like a conductor and an orchestra, the 4th beings could manipulate time and events to send messages and affect individuals in certain ways to lead them to certain beliefs. They could also arrange the construction of supplemental artifacts such as musical works, art and of course written works. Therefore we could see Aiwass as a '4th Plane Being" who, with vast intelligence, constructed a liturgic work which has profound mathematical deep structure to it. In fact this
principle could be applied to the totality of language and numbering systems themselves. Thus, by such a theory, language does not evolve by chance, it exists by virtue of these higher dimensional beings as an artificial construct not created by man. Therefore now we can see how the "Secret Chiefs" have 'guided humanity'. They have not done so by meeting in clandestine, dark robed cabals. They have done so by ineffably manipulating the formation of language itself. "The Sanctuary of the Gnosis" thus is not a physical place but a point of higher dimensional reality from which this language making facility is orchestrated. "Initiation" is the act of getting in touch with this process. "Religion" is the act of maintaining it.
In the same way recordings are made. Liber AL could be a 'recording' which when 'played back' causes perceivable, tangible changes to occur within one's reality. This could be said for a lot of sacred texts. However, unlike our films and records, only one set of sounds or pictures can be played back. Whereas in a '4th dimensional record', an infinite series of third dimensional variables could be recorded. Therefore each 'playback' would contain variables which would be just for the individual 'listener or viewer'.
There is a lot of evidence for objective, recordable experience that occurs on planes that are astral. That is, many people experience similar visions and perceptions while 'travelling' to these 'realms'. Also, the record of one's past lives and the identity of what Alice Bailey calls the "Egoic Ray" becomes apparent. Then the premise and the plausibility of a being like Aiwass becomes much more easy for one to accept, in my opinion. As I said earlier in this thread, if only one out of every million people who have ever lived ever achieved the state of being someone like Aiwass, then biologically speaking we have about 50,000 or so of these beings hanging around, helping out, hopefully. To me this is a much more acceptable premise than the idea of a 'messianic principle', whose penultimate tenet is that 'one shall come and deliver us all' or unveil it all, etc. For me, regarding the advent of Aiwass and his intervention upon mankind leads me to conclude that he is not
alone, that somehow is comforting to me.
As yet no true 4th way religion exists. Even the most liberal modern systems still attempt to recruit followers and have them undergo processes of renouncement and then servitude of some type. Even Thelema and the theurgic systems and groups surrounding it still have some unsavory hierarchical aspects to them. However, Liber AL itself seem to contain some premises of 4th way. Nuit proclaims that she 'demands aught in sacrifice'. Yet the male deities seem to still demand sacrifices in the later chapters. However, Thelema and Liber AL seems to travel distance to embrace 4th Way concepts of volition and individuality.
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