Clusterfuck or no, I think this thread is both interesting and important.
It could be, but that remains to be seen. Many promising threads just don't deliver, for one reason or another. That's the nature of the cluster-fuck, though. It is very demanding of each participant, because it requires rapid paradigm-shifting to navigate, to relate accurately to each Point-of-view and then respond appropriately from one's own Point-of-view.
Camlion-you wished to hear more about the evolutionary trajectory I had mentioned.
Yes, I'm particularly interested in the automatic course corrections that guide the evolutionary trajectory. Without these there would be no evolution, and they are built into it, or the mechanism of Adjustment is hardwired into it. They are usually misunderstood as interuptions in the normal flow of things.
I think it’s been touched on already with reference to AC’s writings re: a proliferation of True Will Manifestation
Where? When? How? Please elaborate. Can you describe this Advent as you have seen It? The last hundred or so years have been a wild ride, for sure.
....creating a “space” where unnecessary clashing and opposition would be minimized, if not done away with. Such a “utopia” (or any of the stages along the way which bring us closer to it) can only be of benefit to the individual endeavoring to put DWTW into practice while sojourning on this planet.
Tell that to the salmon that swims downstream
to spawn rather than upstream where the real action is, or the Lion-Serpent Sun which yields to Tide and Circumstance. Sometimes resistance does
guide the way, yet at other times the path of least
resistance guides the way. The navigation of true Will is more complicated than is commonly assumed when it is just a vague goal in the Quest. Someday, hopefully it will be a bona fide Science or, better yet, will just be automatic.
On the other hand, I quite agree about the benefits of an environment optimally conducive to the hindrance-free accomplishment of true Will by our kind. The provision of this is the proper function of government, actually, something we pay them to accomplish, or so the theory of income taxation goes.
Now, the whole dialogue regarding violence and the bestial nature of man:
I think Los offers some comments that are very realistic.
Yes, be provides ballast.
My euphoric epiphanies of an ideal world as I might conceive it must come up against the ignorance, ill-will and opposition of our present state of affairs.
You ain't seen nothin' yet. There are harsh course corrections in store, by my reckoning.
But, as essential as "euphoric epiphanies of an ideal world" are, the path to realizing them may involve outwitting and undermining the opposing forces. Or, do you think that this can be done entirely by manipulating the overriding forces that guide our Universal Path, or by some other means? Pray tell?
I happen to believe that we are manifest with the abilities of thought, word and action for a reason. These are, indeed, simple, primitive tasks in the Great Scheme of Things, but there must be a reason for Stars to manifest as the illusions of apes who can think, speak and act amongst one another. If there is no purpose to this, it is most certainly a wasteful redundancy. (Or, a curse, of sorts, as they believe in the 'Far East.')
Because of this, OTO offers the paradigm of the Knight-Monk, which, to my thinking, is still a very relevant mode of being in the world for one who has attained to a degree of Gnosis while remaining in the company of human darkness.
Yes, I'm familiar with the paradigm. I believe that the gist of it is that remaining "in the company of human darkness" is Voluntary, and therefore Noble. This belies the cry "I never asked to be born!" This is the theme of the OTO "Path through Eternity," in the Man of Earth degrees, I believe.
Another paradigm which is relevant to this realism is that of the Buddhist Bodhisattva, something Crowley strongly and passionately identified with.
Yes. Service. Compassion is the vice of Kings. But, you will note, only when the MOE degrees or equivalent have been assimilated, I believe. The first rule is "to know and be thyself." The second rule comes, well, secondarily. Then, "Do what thy wilt."
In various schools of Buddhism there is a realm known as the Asura Realm or the Realm of Jealous Gods. Chogyam Trungpa offers wonderful commentary on this in his book The Myth of Freedom. In essence, the Jealous Gods have achieved a DEGREE of enlightenment but remain in a zone of competition and intrigue. It’s my thought that this Buddhist Realm targets what we call, in Thelemic parlance, the Black Brothers.
Yes, the "unhappy birth." This is where Thelema and Buddhism (with a nod to Hinduism) part ways, I beleive, and this is important. There is no lament in these circumstances we find ourselves in, for they are Voluntary.
From Liber XV: OTO: "Unto them from whose eyes the veil of life hath fallen may there be granted the accomplishment of their true Wills; whether they will absorption in the Infinite, or to be united with their chosen and preferred, or to be in contemplation, or to be at peace, or to achieve the labour and heroism of incarnation on this planet or another
, or in any Star, or aught else, unto them may there be granted the accomplishment of their wills; yea, the accomplishment of their wills."
I would not suggest that we shun facing facts and dealing with brutalities of life. But we are also “above the herd” (or at least we fancy ourselves to be so, yes?). This means we are pushing, as individuals, more and more deeply into Gnostic zones of understanding-and this pushes us into transhuman realms of thought and apprehension.
Los observes that we are built for survival. Yes, we are. Survival and procreation and a few other things, to boot. And despite our programming, we die. So we ask (as inquirers into the meaning of life): WHY are we built this way? What purpose does it serve? What of the person who rises above fear and revulsion of death (i.e. the Feasting Thelemite), who attains to some sense of “immortality?” What then to do with this temporal lifespan?
We are to do what we are manifest, Voluntarily, to do. If we can't recall, then we MUST recall, but we must not mistake ourselves victims of circumstance. We are the creators of these circumstances, we are responsible for our circumstances, we DID ask to born, we WILLED it.
What I’m getting at is that Thelema (Crowley’s Thelema) is meant to raise the human being from “Darkness to Light.” Along this path, our perspective and powers change-and with this, our tendencies within the world of space-time.
The only thing to be "raised" is our recall of who and what we truly are. We coexist in the Light and the Darkness, we are not lost, we are on a grand and Voluntary adventure which cannot harm or change us, save for the opening of each petal of the Rose by virtue of Memory, the serial realization of the sum of our possibilities. This is Joy, not sorrow. (See Liber AL, here and there.) (Compare LVX to NOX.)
There was a time when young AC was an ardent young student of the GD. He would end up reconstituting the OTO as a vehicle meant to have societal impact in accord with his own unfolding degrees of enlightenment. From a hungry mind and heart to one pouring out its contact with Light to the human race, AC’s life indicates a real involvement with the “Brotherhood of Man” problem.
Yes, the question of service, AFTER self-realization, IF we Will.
Now, we return to the “Secret.” Whatever this “Secret” is, it is a MEANS to “realize” this dream (which we might now understand as a deeply rooted element in consciousness extending our understanding of consciousness-ala Buddhism-beyond biological impulse).
I don't think we have gotten to the "Secret" yet, but I hope to hear back from you about my thoughts above in contrast to your own.