Trance of Sorrow and the Tree of Life
Do what thou wilt.
I was wondering if certain trances and visions are experienced only in specific sephira(s) excluding others? Or are they experienced almost simultaneously, as afterglows and reflections when you're in another one?
Where does that put the Trance of Sorrow on the Tree? I'm thinking it's either Yesod or Da'ath, I'm really not quite versed in this, so please correct me.
aziz: Where does that put the Trance of Sorrow ...?
Sorrow is a manifestation of Binah, but it is only a cloak or a veil. The sword (mind) does not fit well at Binah ... that sphere being non-mental. People who check in to the Binah Hotel are required to check their ego in at the mental hatcheck booth. Those who attempt to keep their mind will experience nothing more than sadness.
The concept or state of sorrow and sadness (melancholia)(melan = "black", cholia = "gall bladder condition") is examined rather closely in Liber AL.
The cure for melancholia, the "black mood," is found in The Universal Joke, which may be examined by the mind in Liber 333, Ch 37, where it starts out with this astounding axiom ...
The Universe is the Practical Joke of the General at the Expense of the Particular
Thank you, Shiva.
Hmm, I can imagine Binah resulting in that if it was experienced without the balance of Chokmah for sure. But for some reason and my personal interpretation of Thelema and Crowley's writings in general, I feel such trance or state is experienced or concentrated in the lower nodes, I don't believe anyone who beheld or came close to BABALON would experience sorrow.
To me sorrow is the ultimate disassociation, and the vision of Yesod is commonly called "the machinary of the universe", in contrast to the vision of Tiphareth which is "the harmony of things", and this again is tested in the ordeal of Da'ath in my opinion.
Does that compliment what you said or not?
aziz: I can imagine Binah resulting in that if it was experienced without the balance of Chokmah
That is correct, when taking an overview (as in becoming one with Atma, the universal self), but for us individual "I Am" packets of sentience, Chokmah is not the issue or the source of sorrow. The "balance" you posit is a perfect balance of the Ego. When anything is perfectly balanced, the net result is Zero ... and this is the admission price to Binah.
Of course, every one's going to rush out and proclaim "I surrender," with at least one eye on Binah. They may even be able to attain to Binah, on a temporary basis, through years of meditation and squabbling on LAShTAL, or through Pharmaceutical Libation in a few hours. One will then be returned to "normal" reinforced by having taken the ride. All kinds of sorrow, despair, physical pain, embarrassment, fear, confrontation, insight, and illumination will manifest. There is no map or practice that governs the approach to Binah. Except for the raid procession of opposites as they synthesize, cancel, and cease to exist.
aziz: Does that compliment what you said or not?
As to the rest of your post, I find nothing to pick on or make fun of. You may pass on to the next level in our merrye octagon.
Your description definitely sounds like a completed path-working of Zain. Moving from Tiphareth to Binah, all opposites must be reconciled - sun and moon, ida and pingala, left and right brain, all dualistic notions, etc. This is the opposite of the way that unity descends into the plane of name and form from above the abyss towards a differentiation between me(subject, ego, etc.) and everything else(object).
“ There is no light or knowledge or beauty or stability in the Kingdom of the Grave, whither thou goest. And the worm is crowned. All that thou wast hath he eaten up, and all that thou art is his pasture until to-morrow. And all that thou shalt be is nothing. Thou who wouldst enter the domain of the Great One of the Night of Time, this burden must thou take up. Deepen not a superficies.
Depart! For thou must invoke me only in the darkness. Therein will I appear, and reveal unto thee the Mystery of UTI. For the Mystery thereof is great and terrible. And it shall not be spoken in sight of the sun.
I am the snake that devoureth the spirit of man with the lust of light. I am the sightless storm in the night that wrappeth the world about with desolation. Chaos is my name, and thick darkness. Know thou that the darkness of the earth is ruddy, and the darkness of the air is grey, but the darkness of the soul is utter blackness.
Herein no forms appear, and the vision of God face to face, that is transmuted in the Athanor called dissolution, or hammered into one forge of meditation, is in this place but a blasphemy and a mockery.
And the Beatific Vision is no more, and the glory of the Most High is no more. There is no more knowledge. There is no more bliss. There is no more power. There is no more beauty. For this is the Palace of Understanding: for thou art one with the Primeval things.
He hath drawn the black bean. And another voice answers it: Not otherwise could he plant the Rose. And the first voice: He hath drunk of the waters of death. The answer: Not otherwise could he water the Rose. And the first voice: He hath burnt himself at the Fires of life. And the answer: Not otherwise could he sun the Rose. And the first voice is so faint that I cannot hear it. But the answer is: Not otherwise could he pluck the Rose.
And that bright light of comfort, and that piercing sword of truth, and all that power and beauty that they have made of themselves, is cast from them, as it is written, "I saw Satan like lightning fall from Heaven." And as a flaming sword is it dropt through the abyss, where the four beasts keep watch and ward. And it appeareth in the heaven of Jupiter18 as a morning star, or as an evening star19. And the light thereof shineth even unto the earth, and bringeth hope and help to them that dwell in the darkness of thought, and drink of the poison of life. Fifty are the gates of understanding, and one hundred and six are the seasons thereof. And the name of every season is Death. “
December 3, 1909 9:50-11:15 p.m.
from The Cry of the 14th Aethyr