Monday, November 30, 2015

(Video) Out of Body Experiences in The Phaedo by Pierre Grimes

A classic talk by Pierre Grimes on Out of Body Experience.

(Video) A Talk on Bringing Back the Eleusinian Mysteries by Pierre Grimes

A talk by Dr. Pierre Grimes at the Philosophical Research Society on the psychedelic experience throughout history and its affect on today's philosophical world.

Friday, November 6, 2015

(Online Book) An Eastern Exposition of the Gospel of Jesus According to St. John

Allan Bennett (1872-1923) was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. He was a friend, mentor and associate of author and occultist Aleister Crowley. This book was written by Allan Bennett's teacher, Sri Parananda, Parananda allied with Theosophist Henry Steel Olcott to advocate Buddhist education in schools. He also authored On Faith or Love of God and An Eastern Exposition of the Gospel of Jesus According to St. Mathew; the following year, he would continue the argument in his An Eastern Exposition of the Gospel of Jesus according to St. John that Christ was simply teaching yoga. His Biblical expositions were well received, with Metaphysical Magazine writing " we know of no more deserving and practical Commentaries on the Holy Scriptures," while the Theosophist called their study "very interesting and very profitable"; interest in his writings wold eventually lead to an American teaching visit. Thus two mystical mentors, Bennett and [Sri Parananda] gave Crowley "my fist groundings in mystical theory and practice."

Click the title above to read the book. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

(Video) Magical Egypt - John Anthony West

John Anthony West exploring the symbolism, and digging deeper into the knowledge and spirituality, of the ancient Egyptians. He explores many sites, and using his own research he shows us a side of the culture rarely exposed by modern science and Egyptology. Very enlightening and informative series.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

(Podcast) Living Thelema: Outside the Temple (NOTOCON 2015) - David Shoemaker

Check out the latest episode of Living Thelema, released just a few days ago: “Living Thelema: Outside the Temple”. In this episode, Brother David Shoemaker presents a recording of his recent lecture at
NOTOCON 2015 in Austin, Texas, in which he discusses important ways to live out your Will in the world through the principles of Light, Life, Love and Liberty.
It’s the best promulgation strategy of all!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

(Quote) The Seven Portals - Aleister Crowley

The student must practice complete detachment—must reach the stage when he does not care two pence whether he attains or not, while at the same time he pursues eagerly the Path of attainment. This is the ideal attitude.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

(Quote) The Heart of The Master - Aleister Crowley

Now did I understand that all men live in sin, being baulked of their True Will, that is, of the free function of their essential nature. This restriction cometh much from their ignorance of what their True Will is, and much from external hindrance, but most of all from the interference of ill-controlled parts of their own instruments, the body and mind. For Freedom is not found in looseness and lack of governance, but in the right ruling of each individual of the common weal so as to assure his own well-being no less than that of the whole. And this effect is to be won by perfect organization under the eye of an Intelligence adequate to comprehend the general and the particular need together. The Way of Perfection is thus twofold: first, the True Will must be consciously grasped by the Mind, and this Work is akin to that called the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. Second, as it is written: "Thou hast no right but to do thy Will," each particle of energy which the Instrument is able to develop must be directed to the doing of that Will, and this is one fierce lion in the way, that until the second task be already far advanced, the confusion of the instrument is such that it is wholly incapable to accomplish the first.

Then said my guide: It is well. Learn this also, a great Mystery and wonderful, that all conflict between the parts of the Universe springs from this error, and none other. For in our infinite Space (which is nothing but our boundless range of possibilities) there is no need that any one should push his fellow aside. As there is room in Heaven for every Star to pass upon its Way unchallenged, so also with those Stars of Earth, which go masked as men and women.

Know therefore that this Law of Thelema
"Do what thow wilt"

is the first Law ever given to man which is a true Law for all men in every place and time. All earlier Laws have been partial, according to the faith of the hearer, or the customs of a people, or the philosophy of their sages. Nor is there need, with this Law of Thelema, of threats or promises: for the Law fulfilleth itself, so that the one reward is Freedom for him who doeth his will, and the one punishment is Restriction for him that goeth astray.

Teach thou therefore this Law to all men: for in so far as they follow it, they cease to hinder thee by their false random motion; and thou dost well to thyself in doing well to them. And he most hindereth himself who hindereth others from their Path, or who constraineth them to some motion improper to their Nature.

Note also this that many men, feeling themselves the bitterness of Restriction, seek to relieve their own pain by imposing a like burden upon their fellows: as it were a cripple who should seek ease by mutilating the bearers of his carriage.

Also, to deny the Law of Thelema is a restriction in oneself, affirming conflict in the Universe as necessary. It is a blasphemy against the Self, assuming that its Will is not a necessary (and therefore a noble) part of the Whole. In a word he who accepts not the Law of Thelema is divided against himself: that is, he is insane, and the upshot shall be the ruin of the Unity of his Godhead.

Yet hearken again; the opposition of two movements is not always evidence of conflict or error. For two opposite points upon the rim of a wheel move one North, the other South; yet are they harmonious parts of the same system. And the rowlock which resisteth the oar hindereth not but aideth the True Will of that oar.

So then self-control is nowise the enemy of Freedom, but that which maketh it possible. And he who would deliver a muscle from its bondage to its bone by severing it rendereth that muscle impotent.

Moreover hear this word: as a muscle is vain, except it be rightly ordered, so also is thy work to be made easy by uniting thyself to the Work of the Master, even Therion, whose True Will it is to bring each Man's work to its perfection. To this end hath he proclaimed his Law; so also to that end, which is also thine, do thou add thy little strength to His great might. As it is written:

And blessing and worship to the Prophet of the lovely Star!

Thou, therefore—go on, go on in my strength, saith the Lord of the Aeon, and ye shall turn not back for any.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Temple of Solomon and Spiritual Ecstasy - James Wasserman

A talk on The Temple of Solomon: From Ancient Israel to Secret Societies given in December 2011 at Changing Times Books in West Palm Beach, Florida. Seamlessly interweaves the ancient Biblical writings with the modern doctrine of the Law of Thelema.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

(Quote) Aleister Crowley - Wisdom While you Waite

I know of a man who took up the blackest magic from sheer hatred of God and Christ, a hatred Shelleyan and Thomsonian. What happened? He found by practice that to call forth an evil spirit you must identify yourself with the god that commands him. He then saw no use for the demon, and continued with the god. Reason next said: "If with the small god, why not with the great God of all?" And in the upshot he found himself practicing exactly the same method as Molinos, St Teresa, Buddha, Father Poulain, St Paul, Meredith Starr, A. E. Waite, Aleister Crowly, and the rest --- and getting the very same results.

(Quote) Aleister Crowley - The Pilgrim

At the end of the road
I have found an abode
    In the Tavern of Night;
And behold! it is one
With the House of the Sun
    And the Palace of Light!

(Quote) Aleister Crowley - The Temple of Solomon The King

The uninitiated would expect Life and Light in the One; only by experience can he know that to man the Godhead must be expressed by those things which most he fears.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

(Video) A Pathway to Adepthood: The Method of A.'.A.'. - Jim Eshelman

Temple of Thelema presents:
A Pathway To Adepthood—The Method of A∴A∴
by James A. Eshelman

July 19th, 2009 e.v.
The Producer’s Club, New York, NY

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

(Quote) The Temple of Solomon the King - Aleister Crowley

The affectation of knowledge and the piling on of symbols is only legitimate to the ignorant when the purpose is to bewilder by a flashing image and not to instruct. In the present case the seeker after Truth is called the Child of Earth and Darkness, and instead of being shown the beautiful garment of light he will one day be called upon to wear, is at once rolled in a heap of tinselled draperies, in mummy wrappings, outgrown togas and the discarded underwear of Olympus and Sinai, the result being that unless his understanding is as clear as these rituals are obscure, all he obtains is a theatrical impression of "make-up" and "make- believe," and a general detachment from the realities of Consciousness. The words obsess him; he cannot see that Typhon is as necessary in the Egyptian Scheme as Osiris; in the Christian, that Satan is but the twin of Christ. They fetter the freedom which they are supposed to unbind, producing not only a duality but a multiplicity of illusions; so that, in the end, the chances are, instead of conversing face to face with Adonai, he becomes a prig addressing a mass meeting in the Albert Hall, rationalising about irrational qualities.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

(Article) Hexagram of Magick - David Cherubim


Each line of the Hexagram or Hexalpha indicates the number 111, since a single line of the Hexagram contains three equal parts, each of which may be represented by the number 1, so that the number 111 can symbolize every line. There are six lines in all, so that 111 x 6 = 666, the Most Holy Number of the Sun.

The Hexagram of Magick...[represents] the seven-lettered name ARARITA. ARARITA is a Notariqon. In other words, it is a word which is composed of seven letters formed from the initials of a Hebrew sentence meaning: "One is His Beginning: One is His Individuality: His Permutation is One."

Concerning the word ARARITA, Aleister Crowley wrote: "The use of this Name and Formula is to equate and identify every idea with its opposite; thus being released from the obsession of thinking any one of them as "true" (and therefore binding); one can withdraw oneself from the whole sphere of the Ruach [intellect]."

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

(Quote) The Temple of Solomon the King - Aleister Crowley

Thus it came about that the greater the Master the less was he able to explain himself, and the more obscure his explanations the darker became the minds of his followers.