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.
Both concepts are needed as one inherently stipulates the other. One cannot become fully aligned with soul without ego present and vice-versa - we are each composed of both. To try to rid oneself of one or the other is to try to cut the ourobouros in half somewhere along it’s continual body; one gives rise to the other as they are both part of the same spectrum, both part of the same system, both feeding upon the other - yin and yang.
The manifest universe is god’s imagination given ‘litaphorical’ form unto itself.
Human beings have a drive for security and safety, which is often what fuels the spiritual search. This very drive for security and safety is what causes so much misery and confusion. Freedom is a state of complete and absolute insecurity and not knowing. There is no security in freedom, at least not in the sense that we normally think of security. This is, of course, why it is so free: there’s nothing there to grab hold of.
When you rest deeply in the Unknown without trying to escape, your experience becomes very vast. The Unknown is more vast, more open, more peaceful, and more freeing than you ever imagined it would be.
It becomes important to balance my time so that the goals of magic – pleasure, power and knowledge are enjoyed. Spending time with my wife is (for example) much dearer to me than writing. So I have to focus my mind on writing almost all of the time, so that when I sit down to my keyboard I can always type out the first 500 to 600 words of the projects I am working on. This method has two advantages. Dr. Michael Aquino, my teacher’s teacher, argues that magic is the art of changing the subjective universe so that a proportional change will occur in the objective universe. By hanging on to my writing for several hours it becomes deeply imprinted in – it leads to permanent change in my psyche, which is difficult to accomplish in our distraction-filled world. Secondly this filters my life – or to put in more New Agey terminology – it sets up for synchronicities. Thus everything in my life seems to weave itself into my words, and this makes the world – even such trivial commonplaces as queuing up at a check-out lane or scanning Facebook – a source of meaningful occurrences. Writing can be a magical act of making the world into your muse. For awakened humans, magic can be defined as the art of managing synchronicities.
—Don Webb, DisInfo: On the Left Hand Path
The Waste Land, let us say then, is any world in which (to state the problem pedagogically) force and not love, indoctrination, not education, authority, not experience, prevail in the ordering of lives, and where the myths and rites enforced and received are consequently unrelated to the actual inward realizations, needs, and potentialities of those upon whom they are impressed.