Hiya, newbie here and new to Mr Crowleys teachings. I got into him the other day after a series of strange coincidences.
As anyone else found his underlying message being similar to Eckhart Tolle's?
I Have been reading Mr Crowley for the past couple of days, I find him hard to understand but its just dawned on me that what Tolle speaks of as 'Consciousness is what we essentially are' and Crowleys 'Will' are the same.
So Mr Crowleys message, its basically action with awareness?. Being Present in all we do or dont do. Become aware?.
or am i seriously off track here??
I don't think so, I'd say that of popular teachers today, both Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti are, shall we say, on a similar wavelength to Crowleyian mysticism in some ways; but then any serious mysticism will be. There are many others who are, if not exactly fellow-travellers, at least capable of waving at each other on the road.
However, Tolle and Adyashanti follow a path that's more Jnana
, whereas Crowley is more Yoga
Another way of saying it would be that they, like the Zen people, follow a "sudden" school of enlightenment, whereas Crowley is more of a "gradual" school.
And from the gradualist point of view: you may have the insight, but unless it's (so to speak) stable it's not much use to anyone but yourself, and possibly not even to yourself. Crowley's main tradition (the A:.A:.) is meant to be a tradition that furthers human evolution, more of a Mahayana path (to mix religious schools even more), whereas most modern teachers teach a Hinayana path (personal enlightenment, with little thought to teach or further a tradition, or to "improve mankind" - which is also perfectly fine).
So Crowley's system being a Mahayana-ish path, it's incumbent on practitioners to do a lot of boring groundwork, so that when the insight comes, it's like the capstone on a pyramid, and is permanent - and useful to others
(i.e. you've been through a lot of practices, and you can advise others).
But that's not necessary for Joe Ordinary - Joe Ordinary who has no business but his own is perfectly free to attain his personal epiphany to guide his own life and his dealings with the world, and teachers like Tolle and Adyashanti and the others are great for that. That's the joy of the New Aeon - there's a myriad ways to come to spirituality, and so long as they are ethically kosher (i.e. ditch dogmatism, fanaticism, etc.) it's all good.