Archive for the 'Thelemic practice' Category

Fresh eyes

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The mind runs along well-trodden ruts, and it does this by design. As we explained in Let there be no difference made, the mind would quickly become overwhelmed if it was necessary to fully process all stimuli received by the senses which would, apart from other things, be an enormous survival disadvantage. Suppose we are […]

Will? What will?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The U.S. OTO Frequently Asked Questions page contains the following: What if it’s your True Will to do [some bad thing]? This is the philosophical puzzle at the core of Thelema, and like most puzzles, it resists easy solution. One school of thought considers “Do what thou wilt” to be a descriptive rather than a […]

The path of least resistance

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

During a recent conversation I had with Dutch poet Martijn Benders we talked about the “path of least resistance” idea of will that I have previously discussed in The three dimensions of will and on the occasion of the Sun’s 2008 entrance into the cadent decan of Pisces. It is same idea that Aleister Crowley […]

You are not entitled

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

In The Ethics of Thelema, we stated that Liber OZ: does not grant rights; it lists rights that are available to those who are able to enforce them. It may seem ironic to some that many Thelemites – claiming to adhere to “the law of the strong” (AL II, 21) – should exert so much […]

The three dimensions of will

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

From private correspondence. The correspondent has been working with some of the ideas on this web site, but remarks: I’m still finding signifacant frustration with getting any kind of grasp on my will … When I try to just be quiet and look at my desires without trying to analyze them, I tend to find […]

Living in the now, in the now

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Executive Function wrote: If I were constantly to live in the now then I would have developed absolutely no ability to communicate nor make practical improvements to my life. I like my freedom too much to constantly *just* live in the now. There’s a place in the now for consideration of narrower and more limited […]

Fundamentals of Thelemic Practice

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

I’ve uploaded a new essay entitled “Fundamentals of Thelemic Practice”. It is available in HTML format and in PDF format. HTML format will be available presently. It’s also available from in printed form or as a free PDF download.

The Point of View of the Sun

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I’ve published a new essay today examining the solar aspects of Thelema, its connections with sun-worship, and a discussion of natural religious practices conducive to success in its system, including an identification of the Khabs with the physical Sun. The HTML version and the PDF are available from this web site, and a printed copy […]

Observing the Mind

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

[From private correspondence] Correspondent: How do you tell the difference? How do you know what is Will and what is mind? By investigating the mind and determining how it works, and what things arise from it. This is what mindfulness is all about, moving away from the perception of “I am angry” towards the perception […]

Explaining Attainment

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

The true will is the will of the individual essence of which what we commonly mistake for our selves is but the vehicle. The perceptions of this vehicle are “conditioned” by many things, social influences being one, but just the nature of its own mechanics gives rise to most of its problems. It’s not a […]