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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

It has come to my attention from reading these forums that most of the problem of Thelema is that it is still mostly in the theoretical stages. What we are doing here seems to be discussing various theories of how if say Thelema were a new form of space ship, would it fly or not? Not actually taking the plunge as it were and launching into the great blue yonder. Crowley made it quite clear that this was always going to be the case regards his calling himself the Master Therion. He is saying, here's a theory of the Universe that I worked all my life on, go out there and see if it works or not. Unfortunately this has lead to a lot of people coming up with yet more theories and very few seemingly putting much into practice. Some even deliberately trying to undermine Crowley’s work with different theories, just fudging the issue.
In fact from reading other peoples comments it is almost frowned upon to put any of it into practice. It is seen as a religious act or just simply not intellectual enough to be true Thelema.
My rants on the forums are my attempt to break a dead lock I see in the way that Thelema has been developing lately, or more accurately not been developing lately. We have theorised ourselves into a corner. All I see are more people trying to present theories that they have discovered yet another English Kabbalah (snore!) or some theory that makes them Crowley II or some other such rubbish. More and more arguments over this or that being the orthodox theory of what Thelema means. It’s pathetic, really pathetic! Talks about what form of Neo-freemasonry (OTOs A.:A.: etc.) is actually of the Nu Age, when perhaps freemasonry should be buried and given a descent funeral as the old aeon patriarchal drivel that it is. All of this I see as going nowhere fast!
How many of the posts are about what we actually DO as Thelemites? What if anything at all are you going to be doing for the Holy Three Days for instance? What do you do in daily practice? How many different magickal traditions have you taken from in your magickal practice? Do you have any experiments that you did and would like to compare notes with others? If we create a culture of armchair theoretical only Thelema, the biggest person in the movement is going to be judged by the size and number of gadgets of their armchair alone. Do you want to be part of such a movement if that were the case?
I am happy to share on these forums my experiences with Wicca & Witchcraft, Tantra, Voodoo, experimental Magick, Divination, and Thelemic Practice in general. I have no interest at all left in me in theory, its boring, so, so boring! Have you ever tried this one; ‘Hey darling, would you like to come back to my place and discus whether Tzaddi is the Star or talk about the merits of the OTO’, I bloody hope not! It would explain why the numbers of women in the movement is low though.
Anyway on The 3 Holy Days I am going to drink champagne and burn incense for day 1, smoke dope and drink red wine and take any other drug I can get my hands on for day 2 and on day 3 I will do my version of the Mass of The Phoenix.
You can read how I make cakes in my article on my site here: http://www.dowhatthouwilt.com/resources/eucharist.asp
I have to revise this soon to include the use of the Wanga in my Phoenix Rite and also some updates of the recipe itself but of anyone has comments on this sort of thing I would be genuinely interested. Again if people want to put on conferences, workshops or just get together to socialise I would be interested. I may even help any way I can.
I have had it though with yet more beginners books on Thelema, yet more talk of OTOs, and more reasons to stagnate.

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sonofthestar
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

To celebrate the 3 days, I shall endeavor to paint a picture. I will most likely do The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, and some improv. Then I will unblock my AIM buddies list after a year and an half of not using instant messaging, Katrina having slightly interrupted things a bit. Then, if I've got time left, I shall hit the coffee shops and try to pick up girls using the Tzaddi line.

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Proteus
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

How many of the posts are about what we actually DO as Thelemites? What if anything at all are you going to be doing for the Holy Three Days for instance? What do you do in daily practice? How many different magickal traditions have you taken from in your magickal practice?

I am most interested in how people implement Thelema in their everyday life more than in their ritual practice. The Thelemic rituals have tremendous value for what they do, but the application of Thelema to our life during the other hours of the day is at least as important.

I believe that ritual, like discipline, is a means and not an end and how we apply the energies/insight gained from our practice can be more interesting than the rituals themselves. I keep a copy of Liber AL and Crowley's Duty in my desk at work and have referred to them on more than one occasion when making some fairly difficult decisions. These principles haven't failed me yet and I am not surprised. As I stated in a previous post, we who know the Law and work in the framework of the Aeon have a distinct advantage - the Universe is with us. I think that the day to day application of these principles is the means by which Thelema will become increasingly manifest in the world and from which we will all benefit.

He is saying, here's a theory of the Universe that I worked all my life on, go out there and see if it works or not.

I agree. I think that the laboratory for testing the theories of Crowley et al need not be limited to when we are enrobed and encircled.

John

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Michael Staley
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Dear Alex,

I rarely observe the three days of the reception of the Book of the Law, usually because I forget until after the event. My high esteem of Crowley and his work notwithstanding, I certainly don't regard them as "Holy Days", and I think this "Prophet" stuff is rather a loss.

I don't recognise the somewhat lugubrious picture you are painting, to be honest. There's a great deal of diversity amongst the Thelemites I know, ranging from (yes) armchair magicians to people who are clearly doing a lot of magical and mystical work.

Actually I think that we are on the verge of another major period of creativity.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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 Anonymous
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There does seem to be a festering, smoldering underlying energy wanting to explode doesn't there?

I usually forget the Holy Days as I am too busy focusing on other things and I don't view Thelema as a religion myself but as a key to unlocking consciousness. I think even Crowley was placing a tongue firmly in his cheek a good bit.


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 Anonymous
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93,

Every single facet of a person's existence is their 'Thelemic practice.'

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kidneyhawk
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Aum-

So true!

93,

Kyle


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 Anonymous
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Taught some Baguazhang and Hatha Yoga to some interested passers bye in the park yesterday. That should be good for starters.
Try and remember that the Earth is a slave to it's orbit, I am not a slave to my True Will.


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Frater_HPK
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

About noon reading first Chapter. Then I m going to perform Gnostic Mass with my Mass team. After that feast with some nice meal. Returning home my personal Thelemic practices, with additional of some practices suitable for the First Day. In the evening kundalini yoga in the group I attend.

Love is the law, love under will.

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 Anonymous
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I must agree, TOO much theory is a real bore.
This is not because theory itself a boring but it has its place - and that is fastened tightly to real and regular practice. I my opinion, it is only though practice that one brings an idea down the tree into manifestation. And that is the great thing about Magick - it only comes alive when practiced. That is what makes it so beautifull and unique for everyone. I love the idea (and would also love the practice) of Thelemites sharing their experiences of the feasts with each other on this forum. That's where the juice IS folks, its in the real experiences, ones own and those of others. I have often found the most illuminating reading is anecdotes of others magikal experiences.
So keeping with that sentiment:
The recent feast of the Equinox of the Gods started for me with a birthday party for a fellow Thelemite which involved plenty of great hooch, beer and a marathon jam session of high repute with some awesome musicians. The following day our local group performed the Supreme Ritual in the manner it is suggested to (at the top of your lungs) followed by a feast. The same night I had a date with some friends at about midnight to go dancing (or something). They turned up more drunk than I'd ever seem them (which is really saying something) and proceaded to be completly hilarious and obnoxious assholes for most of the night until we arrived at a "polka dot party" (I shit you not) where we all (3 of us) spontaneously imbibed some phychedelic liquid at dawn and strapped ourselves in for the ride. At one point we found ourselves in a (suburban) park just as the sun was rising (about 6am) so I decided it would be a great opportunity for a Liber Resh. It was not until I had finished and looked around to see one of my freinds hightailing it down the street that I realized that I had been performing the Resh in the same vain as the Supreme Ritual the night before - yelling it at the top of my lungs. The others got paranoid and we made our merry way onwards. The rest, as they say, is history. One thing thst really stands out from experience is laughing hysterically with incapacitating rolling uncontrollable belly laughs for most of the morning. It was, in all, a most memorable feast.
I hope the future holds more like it.


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 Anonymous
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"tazadinath" wrote:
Taught some Baguazhang and Hatha Yoga to some interested passers bye in the park yesterday. That should be good for starters.
Try and remember that the Earth is a slave to it's orbit, I am not a slave to my True Will.

The earth is no slave to its orbit, its orbit is its natural path and its Love & joy! You very well could be a 'slave' to your 'True Will' in the sense that conscious aversion to its decisions/movements is detrimental (AL II:30-31) - also of course in the deterministic sense, but theres no point in arguing that sake because of its lack of practicality.

Each person has their own needs. Many will say Baguazhang and Hatha Yoga are good starter. Baguazhang and Hatha yoga are bad starters. Baguazhand and Hatha Yoga are necesssary for/bring enlightenment/true will. Baguazhand and Hatha Yoga do not bring enlightenment/true will. It matters what your opinion is, what your particular nature is, what your particular circumstacne/environment is, etc. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law and There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. If I had one suggestion (beyond that), I would remember 'Success is your proof.' Look to those you find 'successful' in wahtever you are trying to do and emulate until you can formulate your own maps and ideas out of your own experience.

Also - Delightful experience, baron.

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 Anonymous
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"What we are doing here seems to be discussing various theories of how if say Thelema were a new form of space ship, would it fly or not?"

93!
This sounds like an opener to an approach to a "new" religion. Without getting into that discussion again. . . IMO, Thelema has been around from the birth of time itself, and I think that ship is flying just fine, every now and then you come across people who are intellegent enough to ponder it's exsistance, This is where you find us. People all over the world who are following their "hearts" or whatever and not a slave to whatever would hinder them already could be considered Thelemites, in a general lifestyle sense, without them knowing this of course.
As far as the three days of the feast, convienently this year it falls on the easter holiday so that means all the family will get together and celebrate, and I can just observe in my own way. Usually what I do is perform LBRP, all three days all the daily Liber Resh. I throw in plenty of Yoga and general relaxation, these next few days are a time to enjoy with my family, concentrate my magickal studies, ( after returning from my break in March), I use the month of March as a cleansing for the soul. - not particularly Thelemic, just personal. Oh yes, also good food, this year easter will help kick that one off.
Happy Feasting
Q.
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