Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for the person who has the vision to recognize it.
Let the world alone. Trying to overcome the world is a mistake. Not trying to overcome the world is also a mistake. Trying to become realized is a mistake. Not trying to become realized is a mistake. You are to be your Self but do not try to comprehend what the Self is. You are to be free but do not comprehend what freedom is. You are to be happy but do not try to figure out what happiness is. You are to become peaceful but do not try to comprehend peace. You are to be. Not this and not that. Just be. There is nothing to become. There is no thing to achieve. There is no sadhana that is better than any other sadhana. There is absolutely nothing you have to do. When you catch a hold of what I’m saying your mind becomes perfectly still, and ultimately disappears.
—Robert Adams (via ashramof1)
If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.
Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to - alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person - you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.
“Prometheus Rising is a book by Robert Anton Wilson first published in 1983. It is a guide book of ‘how to get from here to there’, an amalgam of Timothy Leary’s 8-circuit model of consciousness, Gurdjieff’s self-observation exercises, Alfred Korzybski’s general semantics, Aleister Crowley’s magical theorems, Sociobiology, Yoga, relativity, and quantum mechanics amongst other approaches to understanding the world around us.
Claiming to be a short book (under 300 pages) about how the human mind works and how to get the most use from one, Wilson describes it as an ‘owner’s manual for the human brain’.”
Magick works through a focused energetic investment in a particular task (i.e. any art form) so that a subjective change can be imprinted upon the psyche leading to a sprinkling of synchronicities in our objective day-to-day goings-on whereby one can subsequently use these apparent coincidences to continually fuel and reinforce creative feedback loops resulting in: an enhanced sense of guiding or directing ones’ fortune/destiny, increased intelligence/awareness, further psychological/soul maturation, and an inner heart-felt chuckle at life’s surreal hilarity.
The true meaning of the thelemic dictum “do what thou wilt” actually more closely resembles this satanic precept than the starkly contrasting interpretation of most who would contrive it to mean “do whatever you want.”
Do what thou wilt, in my estimate, means do what must be done to achieve your life’s purpose within the constructs of the Great Work.
The word universe denotes the sum total of all physical and non-physical systems, known and unknown, of Life. Everything is part of the universe and yet, simultaneously and paradoxically, nothing is part of the universe as the universe is unto itself and therefore can’t be anything other than itself.
From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, it allowed noumenal and phenomenal manifestations into existence from itself; all of this spurting forth out of the infinite void of which is the universe all the while still retaining it’s primary essence within all its various abstractions. Ergo, like a hologram, the entirety of the universe - this primary essence underlying manifest reality - resides in each and every ‘thing;’ each part containing the whole, each part having arisen from the whole, and each part to eventually disappear into the whole. Nothing is essentially lost nor created - all was, is, and will be the universe.
That being said, the universe curiously allowed humans into existence and as such we do not feel as if we are of this whole. We have a sense of being separate from our surroundings, from other humans, from everything that we believe not to be ourselves. So what is the self? For most, we have the firm belief that we are individual minds within a body separate from the rest of the cosmos - we are caught up in the appearance of things. This individualism is an illusion and yet it is real to some degree. Though, from the universe’s point of view, your perceived self - your perceived individuality - is but a figment of your, or more specifically, the universe’s imagination.
From the greater view point, you are synonymous to the chair you are sitting in, the computer you are using, the walls and floors you are surrounded with - the universe encapsulates all of this, it is all of that, as it also encapsulates you and is you. All that is material is transfigured stardust and in that way we can liken life as varying configurations of stardust infused with mana - with life essence. Despite the different elemental compositions of these seemingly separate phenomena, they are still engulfed as products of the universe; they are simply different forms, degrees, and varieties of the same universal essence - the various manifestations having arisen from the same infinite void.
Just like a metal push pin toy in which different forms (i.e. hand, face, fingers, etc.) can arise and subside out of the overlay of blunt nails - the universe, too, manifests different forms out of the blanket of itself. Everything interconnected and yet, paradoxically, seemingly separate from one another.