Attainment

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"The essential Attainment is the perfect annihilation of that personality which limits and oppresses his true self." —Aleister Crowley, One Star in Sight.

He elaborates,

Should he fail, by will or weakness, to make his self-annihilation absolute, he is none the less thrust forth into the Abyss; but instead of being received and reconstructed in the Third Order, as a Babe in the womb of our Lady Babalon, under the Night of Pan, to grow up to be Himself wholly and truly as He was not previously, he remains in the Abyss, secreting his elements round his Ego as if isolated from the Universe, and becomes what is called a 'Black Brother.' Such a being is gradually disintegrated from lack of nourishment and the slow but certain action of the attraction of the rest of the Universe, despite his now desperate efforts to insulate and protect himself, and to aggrandize himself by predatory practices...

References

  • Free Encyclopedia of Thelema (2009)
  • Crowley, Aleister. Magick: Book 4. York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser.