Christ’s crucifixion, his going to the Father, the spirit, is not something that should not have happened.
It must happen.
The hero’s death and resurrection is a model for the casting off of the old life and moving into the new.
—Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
Speak your deepest truth, even if it means losing everything—your pride, your status, your image, even your way of life.
A life of lies and half-truths, the burden of unspoken things, will eventually suffocate you and everyone around you.
Give up everything for a truthful existence. Know that you can only lose what’s non-essential.
Sometimes you meet someone, and it’s so clear that the two of you, on some level belong together. As lovers, or as friends, or as family, or as something entirely different. You just work, whether you understand one another or you’re in love or you’re partners in crime. You meet these people throughout your life, out of nowhere, under the strangest circumstances, and they help you feel alive. I don’t know if that makes me believe in coincidence, or fate, or sheer blind luck, but it definitely makes me believe in something.
The concept of the Ego, having arisen from the psychoanalytic
cults, and firmly embedded into the total field of experience,
serves to maintain the mind-body separation which is so fixed
in our experience. Much of New Age so-called thinking appears
to be concerned with removing or transcending the ego - behind
which, it is implied, is a Higher Self. The fiction of Higher-
Lower Self maintains the divide between spirituality and
everyday experience. Personally, I prefer the idea that we are
each a multiplicity of selves, or, as Tantra has it, a squirming
ball of Shaktis (desire-complexes) interacting (but not all at
once) with Shiva (or Kia), the divine spark of consciousness.
—Phil Hine, Condensed Chaos
You might be a Chaos Magician if you share any of the following values, as described by Phil Hine in his book “Condensed Chaos”:
1. Chaos Magicians strive to avoid falling into dogmatism. They feel entitled to change their minds, contradict themselves, and come up with arguments that are alternatively plausible and implausible.
2. Personal Experience is paramount. In other words, don’t take my word that such-and-such is the case; check it out for yourself.
3. Deconditioning. Chaos Magick proposes that one of the primary tasks of aspiring magicians is to thoroughly decondition themselves from their mesh of beliefs, attitudes and fictions about self, society, and the world.
4. Diverse Approaches. Chaos Magicians are free to choose not only from any available magical system or spiritual tradition, but also from themes found in literature, television, religions, cults, parapsychology, and anywhere else. This approach means that if you approach two chaos magicians and ask them what they’re doing at, you’re rarely likely to find much of a consensus of approach.
5. Gnosis. One of the keys to magical ability is the ability to enter Altered States of Consciousness at will: Inhibitory states or Excitatory states. The former includes physically “passive” techniques such as meditation, yoga, scrying, contemplation and sensory deprivation, while the latter includes chanting, drumming, dance, emotional, and sexual arousal.
6. Technical Excellence. Chaos Magick involves rigorous self-assessment and analysis. It emphasizes practice at what techniques you’re experimenting with until you get the results that you desire.
Read “Condensed Chaos”: http://tinyurl.com/cz624fa
The Will is developed through action and strengthened by faith. Fear and doubt paralyze the will and produce impotency. Hope and faith produce marvelous results. Hope is the main-spring of human action, faith seals our lease of the Soul’s immortality, but Love or charity gives the passport to the Soul’s inmost light and highest happiness. Faith, even without full knowledge, is far more useful than full knowledge without faith and so without action. Faith produces an exalted state of the imagination, which strengthens the will, banishes pain, cures diseases, leads to heroism, and transforms hell into a heaven. The only way to develop will-power is to act. Each act creates a new impulse, which, added to the already existing energy, vastly increases its strength. A person who acts only from impulses is but a weather-vane in every atmosphere. If he continues to grow and manifest no will, obeying his lower impulses, he passively develops into a criminal or maniac.
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.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
—Henry David Thoreau (via purplebuddhaproject)