Wednesday, December 14, 2011

(Writing by me) True Will and Altruism - Why?

First, some quotes and background information.
God sleeps in the rocks, stirs in the plants, dreams in the animals, and finally awakens in man. - Vedic Proverb  
Quoting from article:
"All religions from the time of Babylon have adopted (in one form or another) a Trinity doctrine or a triad." 
"The contemplation of this figure leads to an understanding of one of nature’s most common forms of growth, growth by accretion or accumulative increase, in which the old form is contained within the new." 
"The vertical side named by Osiris represented the three vital principles: Salt, Sulfur, and Mercury. The long horizontal side named by Isis was the expression of the four basic elements: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Finally, the hypotenuse named by Horus showed five divisions, representing the five stages of the development of Life: Minerals, Plants, Animals, Humans, and Enlightened Ones." 
"The fivefold symmetry of the hypotenuse symbolizes the development of life in its evolution toward the Light." 
"The five sections demonstrated the theoretical distance separating the different realms. One fifth is the evolution from mineral to plant, one fifth from plant to animal, one fifth from animal to human, but the true fulfillment of the full humanity needs the last fifth of the scale to be completed." 
"Above the natural human being is the one who has made himself [or herself] the subject of the Great Work, who is adept, master and Magus. The Human being who completes the Great Work by becoming one with the Father, even as the line of Horus in this triangle, completes itself by arriving at the point whence the line of Osiris descends."

The first part of the soul to reawaken is the animal soul. This part of the soul is predominantly blind animal instinct; hard core ego without intellect, capable only of fleeting moments of altruism towards other members of its pack etc.. Next the intellect awakens. As the intellect is more fully developed, eventually the result is an ability to conceive that the division between subject and object is an illusion created by the ego. In time, a third part of the soul will awaken (or the individual will awaken to it) leading to an ability to move beyond the intellect and directly experience the union of subject and object.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

(Book) The Yoga of Jesus

In this remarkable book, Paramahansa Yogananda reveals the hidden yoga of the Gospels and confirms that Jesus, like the ancient sages and masters of the East, not only knew yoga but taught this universal science of God-realization to his closest disciples.

Compiled from the author’s highly praised two-volume work, The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, this insightful and compact book transcends the centuries of dogma and misunderstanding that have obscured the original teachings of Jesus, showing that he taught a unifying path by which seekers of all faiths can enter the kingdom of God.

Monday, November 28, 2011

(podcast) Speech in the Silence - Ego and The Great Work

This track from episode 23 is from the Living Thelema series by Dr. David Shoemaker. This particular segment is about the ego and the Great Work.

Relevant resources can be found here:

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Monday, October 10, 2011

(article) Meditations on Liber AL by Jim Eshelman

Here follow excerpts from my diary — somewhat edited for clarity — over several months when my primary practice was daily meditation on the 220 individual verses of Liber Legis, or The Book of the Law.
The meditations were undertaken as a formal practice of Gñana Yoga. The method was that I would meditate deeply on the verse, then take pen to journal and begin writing my thoughts. After these were down (and only then), I would read Aleister Crowley’s commentaries on the same verse and incorporate into the record my reactions thereto. Mostly, this was done on a schedule of one verse per day, five days per week. (At this rate, it takes 44 weeks — about 11 months — to go through all 220 verses.)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

(video clip) The Holy Guardian Angel's True Identity Revealed

Jeremy Crow examines the function and identity of the Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) from an occult perspective.

(article) The Gnostic Lucifer - by Jeremy Crow

First off, what does "Gnostic" mean? The term Gnostic refers to someone seeking "Gnosis". Gnosis is the Greek word for Knowledge. It refers to direct experiential knowledge of divinity.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

(website) College and Temple of Thelema

"IF you have been seeking long — and especially if you are already familiar with the formal avenues of Initiation that have emerged in this century — then this present short letter may tell you most of what you need to know about the Temple of Thelema."

"Temple of Thelema is an initiating Order — a modern Mystery School, nonprofit, which focuses on regular group work and the systematic teaching and training of its members in the spiritual disciplines of magick and mysticism. It combines methods and traditions of both East and West: the Ageless Wisdom of Asia's yoga and of Europe's Hermetic qabalah. The old grade ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn have been recrafted to conform to Thelemic symbols and principles, but remain true to the original patterns called the "Cipher Manuscript Formulae." Nomenclature has, in places, been changed so as not to cause confusion with certain other terminology. A tremendous amount of residual sexism some overt, some exceedingly subtle, has been weeded out of the system."

College and Temple of Thelema website

Temple of Thelema Forum

(online book) The Mystical and Magical System of the AA

"Initiation is a reality. Humanity has a potential to grow far beyond its own native state of consciousness and capability. This growth is a spiritual growth and its fruits inform and empower every facet of human, mortal expression, in addition to disclosing to each of us our own inherently immortal natures.

It is on this spiritual growth, more than any other thing, that the future welfare and progress of humanity depends.

We know the means of unlocking and awakening this growth, and of bringing its fruit to maturity. That is, we know how to unleash genius at will, and to produce its miracles on demand. It is not an overnight process, but it is a sure process for those who persevere. The means of doing this are not my discovery, or that of any person in recent history; rather, they have been known for thousands of years."

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Friday, July 15, 2011

(article) Aleister Crowley: Prophetic Asshole - by Michael Osiris Snuffin

Anyone who seriously studies the works and magick of Aleister Crowley eventually comes to a point where they have to separate the magical genius from the often wicked man.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

(article) An Open Epistle on Liber Resh Vel Helios - by J. Edward Cornelius

It is no secret that many people have difficulty understanding how the solar tides flow from within as well as outside our body. It is easy to state that our Sun is the source of the elemental or astral tides manifesting upon our Earth but it usually confuses students when we mention that the same tides bring forth our subconscious and archetypal dreams. We tend to believe that everything occurring in our mind is solely ours rather than connected to a vast waterway of inner tides which are attached to everyone. However, our mind is simply one of many islands floating in the vastness of these heavenly waters, bathed and illuminated by the forces descending through our Sun and the stars. Most people haven't the faintest idea of this solar connection but in Aleister Crowley's most holy volume, Liber AL vel Legis, it plainly states that "Every man and every woman is a star."(AL I:3)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

(article) A Kabbalistic Guide to Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection by Mark Stavish

The projection of consciousness has been an integral part of kabbalistic teachings, from the Merkavah (Chariot) Riders and their journeys to the starry Palaces (Hekelot) of the invisible world, to Traveling in Spirit Visions with the early adepts of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the 19th can early 20th centuries.

Lucid Dreaming Guid

Follow Up to the Lucid Dreaming Project

Monday, June 27, 2011

(article) An Outline of Magickal Study by Mark Stavish

Over the years I have received a great deal of correspondence requesting information on how to go about studying the Qabala. So for those new to esoteric studies, and Qabalistic magic in particular, I have created the following plan of study. It covers about two years to four years of work, and is designed to require the least amount of outlay in books and material by students. Much of the material can also be found online.

Qabala Study Plan

Study - Year 1

Study - Year 2

Study - Year 3

Thursday, June 16, 2011

(article) Thelema - Two Descriptions

We include two essays which describe Thelema:
  • The Law Of Thelema - An essay by Alexander Duncan
  • Introduction To Thelema - An essay by the U.S. Grand Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis. "O.T.O." stands for Ordo Templi Orientis, the Order of Oriental Templars, or Order of the Temple of the East. "O.T.O. is an Outer Thelemic Order", and is the "first of the great Old Æon orders to accept The Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley in 1904 EV.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

(writing by me) Babalon and Her Consort, Chaos

Thoughts on Chaos: The reason that Chokmah is called Chaos is because it represents that aspect of the divine that is formless and never changes.

Monday, May 9, 2011

(article) Introduction to Alchemy in Jungian Psychology - Iona Miller

Jung spent the better part of the end of his life studying the subject of alchemy, which has been called the search for the godhead in matter.  In typical "Jungian" style, his interest in alchemy developed from a vivid dream about an ancient library full of arcane books.  Later, after much searching, Jung came to posses such a library. Alchemy reflected in symbolic form the same sorts of imagery Jung saw in his practice in neurosis, psychosis, dreams and imagination.  Jung insisted that the psyche cannot be understood in conceptual terms, but only through living images or symbols, which are able to contain paradox and ambiguity. Alchemy reflects the process of personal transformation in the metaphor of transmuting base metals into gold.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

(writing by me) Thelema - Ethics and Shadow Work

Crowley didn't believe that ethics were unnecessary, he believed that they were relative. Instead of trying to tell every individual exactly what they should think, or do, he invited people to discover the answers for themselves as they come closer and closer to being in perfect harmony with their own true Will.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

(writing by me) Transcending Thought

Creation is a thought of ours. Thinking is not a process that happens over a period of time. Time is also a creation of thought.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

(video clip) Awakening the 4 Levels of the Heart

The human heart has four levels which we must each come to know inside ourselves if we are to awaken. Journeying through the heart's levels is the essence of our evolution, and it is the purpose of the Great Awakening of our time.

(article) Devil of the Astral Light: Eliphas Levi’s Baphomet - By Michael Osiris Snuffin

"The dread Baphomet henceforth, like all monstrous idols, enigmas of antique science and its dreams, is only an innocent and even pious hieroglyph.” 

"This agent... is precisely that which the adepts of the Middle Ages denominated the First Matter of the Great Work. The Gnostics represented it as the fiery body of the Holy Spirit; it was the object of adoration in the Secret Rites of the Sabbath and the Temple, under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the Androgyne of Mendes.” - Eliphas Levi

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

(website) Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition

Welcome to the first issue of the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition.

Numerous, enjoyable articles and a lot of great information. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

(article) The Mage's Guide to Adepthood - A guidebook for the solitary seeker - Aaron Leitch

If Knowledge is an ocean, than the search for it must be an abyss. Perhaps that's the key to the use of the Hebrew word "knowledge" to refer to the gate of the Abyss and the underworld. This is not exactly heartening news for the aspiring novice; especially when facing the overabundance of information presented to him (or her) in bookstores, libraries, and (worst of all) upon the internet. Far from the times of the Dark Ages and the world before the printing press, this is the Information Age and the time of the Information Superhighway. One does not tend to get far in any subject matter without a vehicle of some kind, and this especially refers to the art which we still insist on referring to as "occult" (ie- hidden).

A Mage's Guide to Adepthood - Part 1 (Silence)
A Mage's Guide to Adepthood - Part 2 (Will)
A Mage's Guide to Adepthood - Part 3 (Daring)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

(video) Lon Duquette - Qabalah for The Rest Of US

A highly recommended, easily understandable overview of Qabalah.

The entire video, Qabalah for the Rest of can be ordered at:

(video) Pierre Grimes speaks about Alan Watts

Pierre Grimes explores Alan Watts' book "A Taboo about Knowing the Self." Participation in the realm of Ideas.

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(video clip) Sacred Geometry Explained

Description by acozenshaman: I've always thought this is one of the best Sacred Geometry series out there. It recently disappeared off youtube and the only other uploaders didn't seem to give credit to SimpleSimon who I believe is the original uploader. Please let me know if this is incorrect, as this is for educational purposes. I appreciate those of you who have contributed to the many sacred geometry videos available on youtube. Love

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Click here to watch Part 2.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

(video clip) Tool - Parabola (Alex Grey artwork ending)

This is the last 1:23 of the music video for the song 'Parabola' from the album 'Lateralus' by the band 'Tool'. The animation in this clip was done by the artist Alex Grey, who also worked on the album artwork for both 'Lateralus' and '10,000 Days'. Visit and for more info.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

(video) Magical Egypt 1 - The Invisible Science

A growing body of evidence is suggesting a missing chapter in human history. Symbolist author and Egyptologist John Anthony West explores evidence of a sophisticated science behind the unexplainable accomplishments of Ancient Egypt. Was Ancient Egypt the inheritor of a body of scientific and spiritual knowledge from an even earlier civilization?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

(video clip) Ken Wilber - Subject Becomes Object

Ken Wilber expands on the nature of "I amness" or the pure "Self"; ultimate identity - while also describing the role of development in spiritual growth.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

(video clip) The Shadow Process

Our most hated, feared or shamed qualities are the ones that hold the key to living the life of our dreams.

Monday, March 21, 2011

(podcast) Living Thelema - LVX and NOX

Speech in the Silence focuses on Thelema, Aleister Crowley, and Ordo Templi Orientis while also touching upon the subjects of magick, yoga, and initiation. The podcast includes lectures, music, interviews, and discussions. Speech in the Silence also features readings of the Holy Books of Thelema and other important texts written by Aleister Crowley. Our mission is primarily to spread awareness of the Law of Thelema, the writings of Aleister Crowley, and Ordo Templi Orientis. Speech in the Silence is also a creative outlet for Thelemites, and encourages listener feedback and participation.

This track from episode 14 is from the Living Thelema series by Dr. David Shoemaker. This particular segment is on the formulas of LVX and NOX.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

(video clip) Rosicrucian Science of Initiation - Lucifer, Ahramin and The Middle Path

This segment of the video focuses on the concept of Satan as being divided into Luciferic and Ahrimanic influences and how these influences relate to the Middle Path. 

As per the works of Rudolf Steiner, in this video segment Rob Gilbert divides Satanic influences into two beings, Lucifer and Ahriman, and shows us how neither is bad per se. Each provides gifts to human beings that further our evolution. It is us who must learn to balance these gifts in our individual lives. It is only when unbalanced that these influences become negative to the individual. 

Click on the title above to play the video. This video will autoplay into Part 4 for the rest of the discussion on this topic.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

(video clip) Who are All The Other People Around Me?

A description of how we begin to develop an additional sense which allows us to perceive other worlds and how we begin to feel those worlds, as well as this world, and all the people in it, as inside of, and a part of us.

(video clip) What is The True Nature of Humankind?

The true nature of humankind described from the point of view of Kabbalism.

Monday, March 14, 2011

(video clip) Alduous Huxley - Doors of Perception Excerpt

Excerpt from Huxley's The Doors of Perception (1954), reprinted in Robert Ornstein's The Psychology of Consciousness (1972) and The Nature of Human Consciousness (1973)

Read by Rudolph Schirmer

Friday, March 11, 2011

(website) Work of the Chariot

The Trust was rooted in the oral teachings of an accomplished mystic who is a genuine master of the Tree of Life, a real "Man of the Ayn." The emphasis of his teaching was to engage in practices that would lead each individual to their own experiential understanding, their own ascent of the Tree. After he was recruited by an ancient order of Mystical Qabalists, called "Ma'aseh Merkabah" (Work of the Chariot), to engage in work specifically intended to "water the mystical roots of the children of Abraham," he formed the religious trust through which to publish his original translations of primary qabalistic texts. He never put his name on any of the translations he published, nor took credit for his work.

Monday, March 7, 2011

(video clip) Dr. Quantum - Double Slit Experiment

Dr. Quantum shows how the act of observation causes a wave of possibilities to collapse into a particle of matter. The question then becomes, who chooses, from moment to moment, which reality manifests out of the wave of possibilities.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

(video clip) Hiah Park - Shaman Healer

A man walks in off the street into a gathering of shamans and finds himself spontaneously being drawn into a healing ceremony with Hiah Park which quickly renders him unconscious for a period of time. While his soul hangs precariously between the worlds, the situation grows very serious at one point and some of the shamans begin to fear that he may die. Eventually Hiah manages to bring him back with the assistance of one of the elders. When he awakens he finds that he has been rid of addictions which had been troubling his life. Some of the other healers present, especially the men, are shocked by the sexual expression involved in her healing. She has an interesting discussion about this with the other members of the group after the healing session is over.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

(video) Nassim Haramein - Sacred Geometry and Unified Fields

At the Nexus Conference in July 2010, physicist Nassim Haramein presented new concepts explaining how we are all interconnected and can access infinite knowledge.

1hr 30min.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

(online book) Qabalah: The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham

I have read many books on the Qabalah. This is by far one of the best! 
The book effectively presents the teachings of an accomplished and knowledgeable mystic, now retired from the world. He transmitted information and meditation methods in private meetings during the 1970s and 1980s.

Monday, February 14, 2011

(podcast) Thelema and Transpersonal Psychology with Dr. David Shoemaker

On this episode of Panopticon we had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. David Shoemaker. David is a clinical psychologist who specializes in Jungian and transpersonal psychotherapy. David has also been a member of O.T.O. and a student of A.:.A.:. since 1993. We talked about Thelema, transpersonal psychology, magick, the ideas of Carl Jung, as well as the various writing, editing, publishing, and musical projects David has been working on for the past several years. It was an enlightening and fun conversation and we wholeheartedly thank David for coming on the show. Intro and outro music by Eric Copeland. Enjoy!

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