Monday, June 24, 2013

(Quote) Mark Stavish - Between the Gates

"Often it is believed that we are in need of only our Higher Self and that because our Higher Self is perfect, it has no need of "us," or the ego, the individualized life. But it is only through the individualized life, through the developed ego, that the totality of consciousness can be experienced or have a reference point. Unity is known because of separation; good is known because of evil; death is known because of life."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(Quote) Mark Stavish - Between the Gates

"It is the purpose of each being (Adam) to go from blissful ignorance (Paradise) into ignorance (the Fall), and, through the experiences found in material existence, return to his or her primordial state (New Jerusalem), but with total knowledge, wisdom, and power. It is the story of the Prodigal Son as told in the New Testament."

(Quote) Mark Stavish - Between the Gates

"The Lower Self is sometimes referred to in Jungian terms as the shadow because of the dark, powerful, potentially violent energies that reside there. It is important to point out that the Middle Self [The Middle Self is what we experience in day-to-day, moment-to-moment life.] is primarily ideas, thoughts, and organized processes that have very little energy in their own right, whereas the Lower Self is mainly emotions, energy, and actions that have little intelligence behind them and no rational capacity. The Middle Self thinks and plans, but the Lower Self simply acts on what it is told. It is synthetic in function. However, without the energy of the Lower Self all the good ideas of the Middle Self are worthless. Plans collect dust, and dreams fade into the darkness of death. Only with the skilled direction and cultivation of the raw emotions of the Lower Self is anything accomplished in the material or psychic domains. Through proper training, suggestion, and specific practices, the Lower Self will accept the directions of the Middle Self, thereby opening up awareness of the world of miracles."

"Bringing the energies of the Lower Self into full cooperation and direction of the Middle Self, so that an effective channel to the Higher Self can be opened, is the work of various schools of ritual magic, Tantra, and alchemy."

"Tantra uses the energies of the body, particularly stimulation of the physical sensations to stimulate emotions that in turn are directed by the ego to open a pathway for the superconsciousness of the Higher Self to pour through."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

(Video) Thelema: Public Movement, Private Paths - Edward Mason

Edward Mason, Warden of the Temple of Our Lady of the Stars, discusses Thelema in terms of being a personal path of spiritual evolution, and in terms of being a public social movement.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

(Podcast) Thelema Now! - Tobias Churton on John the Baptist

Thelema Now welcomes back Tobias Churton! Tobias discusses is new book The Mysteries of John the Baptist. He reveals why John the Baptist is so crucially important to the Freemasons, who were originally known as “St. John’s Men” and how  John and Jesus were equal partners and shared a common spiritual vision to rebuild Israel and overcome corruption in the Temple of Jerusalem. Great stuff!

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(Article) An Examination of the Creed of the Thelemic (EGC) Gnostic Catholic Church

The text of the Creed of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica is as follows:

"I believe in one secret and ineffable LORD; and in one Star in the company of Stars of whose fire we are created, and to which we shall return; and in one Father of Life, Mystery of Mystery, in His name CHAOS, the sole viceregent of the Sun upon Earth; and in one Air the nourisher of all that breaths.
And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, and in one Womb wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shall rest, Mystery of Mystery, in Her name BABALON.
And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET.
And I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church of Light, Life, Love and Liberty, the Word of whose Law is THELEMA.
And I believe in the communion of Saints.
And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass.
And I confess one Baptism of Wisdom whereby we accomplish the Miracle of Incarnation.
And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal that was, and is, and is to come.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

(Video) Carl Jung - The Wisdom of the Dream - A Life of Dreams

A three-part series of films produced by PBS, on the life and works of the great thinker and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.