Thelema is a principle which is turned toward philosophic expression and a system of self-religion or self-spirituality, and toward group-religion and conformance to cultic submission. this principle pertains to will as is clear in the etymology of the word.
the thelemic stream partakes of a larger social impetus known as the Human Potential Movement, and should be measured against less ecclesiastical but contemporaneous manifestations such as that of the New Thought Movement, and examined as to how it relates to expressions by philosophers of volition and anti-religious or inverso-religious literature dealing with will such as that by Rabelais ('Do as you would like', 'Do as you please', etc.) and Paschal Beverly Randolph ('Will reigns supreme. Love lieth at the foundation').
the implication that the Rule ("Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.") could have advocatory meaning brings politics (of anarchism at least, libertinism at most) into the discussion, and Crowley explained that 'do what thou wilt' might mean ANYTHING " if only the interpreter be illuminated; but if not, they are all false, even as he is false."
Aiwass as a singular intelligence was of import to the Beast but to no other outside of the Beast's cults. the Holy Guardian Angel of those who find and have Knowledge and Conversation is of great import, and they may discern identity between that and Aiwass.
the primary difference between self-spirituality within a life and a religion is the number of people involved, how they coordinate their worship, and whether to establish any moral standards. with a solitary self-spirituality or a flexible group, no coordination or conformance is required, though the focus of veneration may vary significantly amongst participants.
The Black Brother, 333