Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The WMT - What I believe

Its not a bizarre idea..?  Tell it to me... Come on.  You can't tell it to me in one sentence they can't put it in TV Guide.  What is this movie you are going to make?  Come on, ''A Boy Joins a Cattle Drive and Learns to Be a Man''..?  ''A Couple Finds a Million Dollars Buried in their Yard...''?  Come on, come on... What is this movie?  Tell me the story.

Charles Fox, Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet

So I was watching a documentary on Scientology the other night and looking down on the egomania, gullibility and general collective insanity that must be necessary to connect with this cult.  Then I had a moment of clarity turned to my partner and confessed that for all my rational over-tones my beliefs are themselves deeply weird and outlandish and I was not one to judge:

 - There is no matter and we exist inside hyper-spherical cells of consciousness that overlap forming a tissue of consensual reality through collective observation

- We have never moved in our entire lives, have always faced forwards, have never perceived anything but our own perception, and have always (felt like we) remained in the effective centre of our cells

- Beyond the edges of the cell membranes of our consciousness lies the bloodstream of time, accessible by lucid dreaming and astral projection

- That this cellular nature extends to the world we seemingly inhabit

- The nature of our being, stripped to the core, is the intertwining of time and anti-time, with anti-time being ''consciousness'' and time being ''matter'' as we know it

- Our imperfect anti-time/consciousness is used to interpret the present, remember the past and predict the future, and work on the Philosopher's Stone thus constitutes refining/perfecting anti-time with the end result of producing universal remedies, elixirs of youth and ultimately time travel

- Our individual characters/personalities/physiologies derive from the ten principles of time necessary in order to digest a single moment and that these characters persist at all scales of existence from simple cells to animals to higher beings

- That you can name/identify a character by looking at their face and body - physiological features being time signatures

- All magickal phenomena including manifestation of spirits result from temporal entanglement - with elementals being a product of entangling with the deep past and angels being a product of entangling with the deep future

- That the future(s) pre-exists and our belief in general free will is an illusion generated as a side effect of anti-time, the free will that we do have rests in being able to select from a small variety of surviving alternate futures at certain key moments with most of the time-stream being effectively dead/non-realisable

- That the world will end by time traveller swarm


As Occulture becomes more and more absorbed by the mainstream and we see various forms of peer pressure, vapidity, chat, bullying and conformism explode in the community it might be worth reminding yourself what you actually believe and doing a quick check for logical contradictions as you go about policing normality. And as our community is increasingly overran by ''spirit-workers'' I can't help but liken it to a Biological Sciences faculty staffed only by Zoologists - cute/fierce animals living in ecosystems with bizarre and interesting feeding habits are fascinating for sure, but do you guys really know what is going on?  If so I have seen precious little evidence of that.  Maybe its time to alter our recruitment policy and bring in a few more who are exploring what's going on on a molecular level, figuratively speaking.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The WMT - Literature, Theatre, Mathematics, Kabbalah

All these little people, out there, that we see.  Y'understand? Fellow asks ''what are they there for?'' Well, Charl, We Don't Know.  But we think, you give the thing to your boy, he gives it to my boy, these people get to eat , they don't have to go beg and get in everybody's face at the airport the whole time.

Bobby Gould, Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet 

Leaders, mentors, teachers and authors have all contributed to the decline in the quality of Occulture by spurning the Blogosphere in favour of other social media in their various attempts to privatise parts of the community.  I do not think that these attempts are inherently bad nor am I condemning attempts to cash in on occult services but the way in which they have manifested have had negative as well as positive implications. Most of those who attempted this, failed, but they did their damage anyway and in their cases there was nothing lasting gained.  The Blogosphere is the single best gift Google could give us, a platform which allows for a diverse spread of different approaches - journalling, essays, theses.  It provides a level playing field, in that you don't have to already have an existing ''brand'', but requires a certain level of sophistication to use and doesn't fall so readily to the lazy demon of chat which has claimed so many of my fellow bloggers. I arrived fairly late to the Blogosphere and was amazed at its richness/diversity and am now unsurprised by the nostalgia for it as Occultniks face another day of interacting in Facebook's generic and demeaning Skinner boxes. People were moving in the opposite direction though - to other platforms more ''accessible'' than Blogging - as on the one hand Facebook allowed authors/teachers who had a product to sell to massively increase their traffic (although it inevitably deflated their allure/mystique and drew traffic from the blogs) and on the other it gave an equal voice to everyone, since it requires no skill or thought to use. I can completely understand those with a financial interest as I use Facebook myself (as an  effective marketing tool in a non-occult area) but I have to ask  - at what cost?  I restrain myself as much as possible from chat, or futile political statements, but I watch with horror at the degrading effect facebook conditioning has had on the quality of my peers and their thinking.  If Blogging is the gym, then Facebook, my friends, is McDonalds.

The ''Third method is the Dramatic,'' perhaps the most attractive of all; certainly it is so to the artist's temperament, for it appeals to his imagination through his aesthetic sense... In the third, identity is attained by sympathy.  It is very difficult for the ordinary man to lose himself completely in the subject of a play or of a novel; but for those who can do so, this method is unquestionably the best.

Magick in Theory and Practice, Aleister Crowley

When Gordon talks about literature as a possible high ground to retreat from the encroaching homogenate I think he is on to something but I would like to add a few other points.   I have been involved with the Theatre scene in Prague for the last ten years and have established myself as an actor and director.  Theatre is an interesting alternative/complement to literature as it allows like minded people to meet in public and the conversations that are stimulated by a particularly interesting play are really rewarding.  Its like literature/philosophy sports for the extroverted active learner. Back in the financial crisis Gerald Celente, in one of his ''recession proof'' economics rants, discussed theatre as one thing that would do really well - as people would be insecure in their atomised state and actually crave the real social network that theatre brings along with the entertainment.  It turned out to be true. This said you have to shop around and I think Theatre of the Absurd has really come of age.  If you can't access the likes of Pinter, Albee, Ionesco, Havel, Stoppard etc on stage then you can always read them (and sometimes watch the National Theatre in the cinema).  I accept that a lot of theatre is a bit shit, but then so are most tv shows, bands, video games, films, etc etc etc.

If you really want dry land then go where virtually no one wants to go - Pure Mathematics.  Various philosophers have made attempts to suggest that maths is a form of language (and therefore proofs could be considered a kind of literature) but I would argue that language is really a form of maths. Think about all the words that describe position in space and time, or sequential order or size, etc - if you include physics then even such qualities as colour/sound can be considered numbers. Other philosophers criticise maths in the same way they criticise science -  as an ideological construct of capitalism which attempts to quantify and qualify everything on the planet and ends up robbing the world of meaning through number.  Maybe this is why there is no love lost for our dynamic duo in this ''animist'', ''shamanic'' contemporary Occulture.

For me the elephant in the room in these kind of discussions always remains Kabbalah.  Such an amazing melting pot of mathematics, science, literature and mysticism that has been left relatively unexplored.  To be fair I would rather the Grimoire hipsters didn't go there but I am still surprised by those ''western'' magi who don't know anything about Kabbalah.  I appreciate there are resources you can access without Kabbalah but, to my mind, those going into areas which are inherently heavily Kabbalistic while lacking basic understanding score very high on the Sphinx test on daring and dangerously low on knowing.  Kabbalah, for me, remains one of the great barriers in Occulture as without a solid foundation in science, linguistics, semiology, history, philosophy, mathematics its not easy to do much with it.  After that the hours of analysis, comparison/contrasting, memorisation and practical work is enough to put off most of the twats. The air is thin up there and thankfully so is the population.   Back in the glory days of Dee, Kelley and Shakespeare - Theatre/Literature, Mathematics and Kabbalah/Alchemy rubbed shoulders freely and they continue to make fine bedfellows.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The WMT - Newton vs Dee, Jupiter vs Saturn

The history of magic is like a Greek tragedy, a parade of incredible minds who paid a heavy price for trying to crash Olympus.  John Dee is a good example. Paracelsus is another.  More recently, we have Crowley and Parsons.  All of these guys were brilliant polymaths and under different circumstances probably would be sitting in the history books next to Newtons, Galileos and Einsteins.

Christopher Knowles, the Secret Sun

Dee saw further than Newton and he paid the price.  Dee was one of the giants, no titans, upon whose shoulders Newton stood, but the Queen's conjurer still maintained a better view.  The people of Saturn are different from the people of Jupiter.  They have sacrificed personal prosperity and the favourable gaze of history to risk staring deeper into the Abyss.  Dee 'read every book in the world' and so was forced to channel one from the future, Liber Logaeth, in order to satisfy his biblio-mania.  They may not remember him that well in the 21st century but Dee is a household name in the 31st.

There's a danger in judging people who were absolutely blown out by magic to have failed in some way.  People dismiss Crowley sometimes saying words to the effect of ''well he died a penniless heroin addict so he can't have been much of a magician.''  Crowley did not haggle for the egg, the price was his sanity, health and personal wealth and he paid it in full.  For a moment the vortex abated, he gazed clearly and knew.  If I am not willing to be stripped to nothing, a skeleton in a cell, then can I ever see what they saw?

Unlike Dee and Crowley, I consider myself, largely, of Jupiterian spirit.  I am committed to prosperity for my community, service to others, easing the labour of my friends, enriching their lives and, most importantly, having fun.  I spend a great deal of my time every week creating comedy with a group of actors and making people laugh.  I have responsibilities to my tribe and my loved ones that I cannot freely abandon to chase Chronos across the cosmos - however much I feel I might want to.  In my mind, Einstein and Newton, like a great many gentlemen scientists, were Jupiterians too - harnessing the forces of the universe, bending them to the service of mankind and dying as men of honour forever enshrined in history.  The Kabbalistic Tzaddikim, the Righteous Ones, could be translated as Jupiterians.

Do you understand anything about electricity Richard?  Well neither do I, all I do is establish a theory about it based on a natural observation.  I write down this theory in the mathematical idiom and obtain several formulae.  Then the engineers come along.  They don't care about anything except the formulae.  They treat electricity like a pimp treats a whore.  They simply exploit it.  They build machines - and a machine can only be used when it becomes independent of the knowledge that lead to its invention  So any fool nowadays can switch on a light or touch off an atomic bomb.  And that's what you want to arrest me for Richard, and its not fair.

Newton, the Physicists, Freidrich Durrenmatt

On this blog, I exercise my secret passion for the Saturnian.  The vast majority of material here is devoted to dealing with life, death, consciousness and time - all Saturnian themes and not those I can freely discuss with the people around me.   The eye will only see what the mind can apprehend and I have learned not to drag people into the void who are not willing to let go of the Earth.  I have a great deal of respect for those who do push out on the path of Divine Melancholia in order to more closely apprehend the truth.  I know that I lack some bravery in this respect and during 2013-2014 the Saturnian dangers of magic were made very real to me - death, madness and heresy.  I fled and lived to try for the mountaintops another day.  To dare is a power of the Sphinx, and without daring, without risk, without challenge, reward, whatever it is, is surely meaningless.  I am reminded of Pan's Labyrinth - here on Earth the lives of Dee et al seem incredibly tragic, on the Astral though, the place they truly called home, their deaths were but the conclusion of a wonderful romance.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Legendary Magick? Curb Your Enthusiasm!

I have noticed a disturbing trend amongst my peers over the last few months - a ''limit your expectations'' screed that is being applied to both magick and technology.  Those on the technological side are telling people to not get excited about the possibilities of virtual reality, etc and that science is entering a period where there will be no genuine innovation and on the magickal side they are telling people that magick is generally a very subtle influence on probability so please don't get into this expecting too many fireworks.

Going back in the day a bit here, there was an argument between various magicians about the manifestation of spirits and what to and what not to expect when it came to them materialising in the room with you.  I was, and still am, on the side of Fr. Assan Chassen who believes that if you don't see them (or sense them in some way) you are not doing it right.  I am not disputing that you can experience results from the work without observing the spirit its simply that you are only experiencing a portion of what is out there.

The truth is that if you are not getting extremely interesting and perhaps ''legendary'' experiences you are probably doing it wrong.  You have ''haggled for the egg'' and therefore cheapened your magic; you have made various compromises in the acquisition of the specific ingredients - which are important moreso as a test of your wits and determination than any intrinsic material quality. You will have cut corners when it comes to ritual purity, astrological timing, repetition of your spell, etc and the experience and results have become weaker.  ''Enflame thy will'' means just that and when you are immolated by this will, this intense blinding focus, this devotion, then your results will not be those of the half-assed casual magus.

Believe me, I understand the need for the screed.  I understand that many delusional people wander into the world of magick and need to learn to discern between reality and their imagination. However, imagination is as vital a tool in the magus as the will and the way in which we curb the enthusiasm should not be deleterious to it.  Wonderful things are possible.  Aspire to them!  Such visions, such splendour, such wisdom.  You will learn to remember the deep past, project into the future, into other worlds, into other souls.  Spirits will bring you knowledge you never had, you will learn to think outside of your mind.  Your life will be alchemically transformed.  Fate will twist in upon itself and carry you to secret places within it.  The skies will open and thunder will crack in ecstasy but only if you are elite. If you are not there, then to get to there you will need a montage.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Theory of Knowledge - The Archdruid and Parmenides

When I first started writing the Hermetic Lessons, I assumed the readers would have a great deal of knowledge that simply isn't there.  Subject knowledge that I thought was effectively required by the WMT, namely Mathematics, Science and Philosophy, isn't there at all or is way below the level that one would need to seriously navigate the field.  The adage of ''What they do not know they fear and what they fear they destroy'' explains a lot of the bizarre animosity against science and mathematics that occasionally emerges as anti-intellectualism in our community and is further revealed by the way these topics are assiduously avoided in mainstream occulture.

On that note over at the Archdruid Report JMG is taking his readers through a powerful introduction to  Philosophy of Mind and I highly recommend reading his work as a refresher if you are well grounded in the topic and as a solid foundation if you are not.

For those who are reading it there are a couple of points I'd like to address.  A lot of the arguments that JMG is discussing, and partially critiquing, are based on a development of core ideas in philosophy that may or may not have been fundamentally misunderstood at the outset - similar to the way in which errors and misinterpretations totally destroyed understanding of the Kabbalah in the WMT.  For instance to be able to distinguish between Plato and Socrates is itself a challenging task and to interpret exactly what either of them meant is problematic due to translation. Compounding this the problem with working with the Pre-Socratics, for example Parmenides, is that the work that has been passed down to us is extremely fragmentary.

In a book called ''To Think Like God: Parmenides and Pythagoras, the Origins of Philosophy'' Arnold Hermann argues that Parmenides was actually a lawyer so that when he was distinguishing between Truth and Opinion in ''On Nature'' he was not developing a metaphysical argument but a legal one. To what extent Socrates/Plato knew or did not know that is up for dispute (they may have reinterpreted this for their own needs) but all the way up to Popper etc we have been reading this [fragment of a] text as metaphysical in nature.

As Hermann argues, in Elea, Parmenides' home town, they enjoyed legal disputes and had a bizarre method of legislation by hanging, where the legislator stood with a noose around their neck and if the court didn't like the legislation then they would immediately be hanged.  Situated on this litigious peninsula what Parmenides was really talking about was what really happened (i,e. the truth) in a given crime as opposed to what witnesses thought they observed (i.e. opinion).  In his discussion of the logic that follows what he is really doing is laying the foundation for the cross examination of witnesses and the way in which lawyers will attempt to expose logical loopholes in their testimonies to disprove their worthiness.  In the final sections of the fragments we have he discusses how science (as it was back then) is still in the realm of opinion - this is why scientists etc at court are referred to as expert witnesses.

We can, and many Gnostics and Kabbalists do, believe the universe is a crime scene or at least the aftermath of some tragic accident or catastrophe.  Here I think there is mileage in continuing to transfer the legal explorations of Parmenides to a more universal metaphysics and indeed the system of Cellular Consciousness and the Metabolism of Time  relies heavily on his work ''On Nature''.  JMG argues that to suggest there is no such thing as movement or size, as Parmenides does, is fairly ''questionable'' but when you connect with Cellular Consciousness and understand that the universal substrate is Thought (like Anaxagoras) then you can easily show that the representations are made of one immobile undifferentiated substance.  The system of MoT then builds on this as its foundation, in fact the Allegory of the Cave does too.

The truly tricky problem is what we mean by thought, or mind or consciousness and by focusing on Schopenhauer JMG is certainly pointing us in a good direction to a more advanced discussion of the topic even though based on the Archdruid's other posts I don't think I am necessarily going to agree with his conclusions.  Although I agree that there is a ''thing out there'' I do not believe that it is ''matter'' persay but an interstitial fluid existing between the cells of consciousness, a bloodstream of time, which is co-created consensually from the stuff of the cells themselves  i.e. according to his definition I am a reductive or possibly an eliminative idealist.

I must admit though that the work with Raziel and fully grasping that matter and consciousness can be best understood as time and anti-time (which is in fact the same thing, going forwards and backwards simultaneously) may shift my position as it unveils itself - probably ending in something truly esoteric like Zurvanism, which, in the way JMG is suggesting this all results in high end mysticism, I may in fact be proving his final point.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Small Movements in Time - Response to Golem Builder

At the starting of the week
At summit talks you'll hear them speak
Its only Monday
Negotiations breaking down
See those leaders start to frown
Its sword and gun day
Tomorrow never comes until its too late

Six Days, DJ Shadow

As explained in the Metabolism of Time the human being/body is quite literally the expression of the necessary steps in the Metabolism of Time.  From this perspective the head is located in the future, planning and anticipating, the torso is located in the present (heartbeat, breathing and appetite) and the lower abdomen and genitalia located in the past (digestion, excretion and reproduction).*

By placing the diagram of Feelix the Perfect Helix next to the diagram of the Metabolism of Time one gets a sense of exactly how this breaks down - for instance it relates the function of the immune system (and the position of the thymus gland) in our reaction to the present, or the action of the kidneys (salt retention, cleaning the blood) in our ''forgetting and remembering'' of the past.  In Secret Powers of Time posted by Trainee Golem Builder, the presenter discusses six archetypes of time-based personality (2 present, 2 future, 2 past) and argues for differentiation of type being largely the result of culture, education and to some extent exposure to technology.  As you can see above, the system espoused in the Metabolism of Time differs in that it is based on ten archetypes (3 future, 3 past, 2 present and 2 bridges - the inner mind, and the experience of the moment) and that differentiation between types occurs mainly as a result of genetic and ultimately temporal factors.**

In the quote from Abraham Abulafia in Small Movements in Time we see that the great Kabbalist believes that the body, cycle and world are created with 10 sefirot each and that these are scales reflected in the 4 worlds model of Kabbalah.  The total of 30 Sefirot discussed in the quote are 10 x 3 so we have a Tree of Life of Atziluth, a Tree of Briah, a Tree of Yetzirah etc but if we included Assiah this would correctly be 40.  As time is the primary axis of the Saadia Tree (Depth of the Future, Depth of the Past) I relate the property of time to Atziluth and understanding time in the way explored in the diagram is an attempt to understand the activity of the so-called ''highest world''.

The world of Briah (Self/Consciousness - Depth of Good, Depth of Evil)) is populated by the ten character archetypes that are derived from the ten temporal archetypes of Atziluth so we have the character of the Altered Future (known as the Ignorant Genius) or the character of the Altered Past (known as the Many Mannered Mind Man).  This idea of them being derived is important in Kabbalah - temporal factors first, then genetic factors, then social factors - in the same way Atzilith can be considered the highest or perhaps more accurately deepest world which the other worlds emerge from.

The world of Yetzirah (space) is where we have this sense of characters interacting and therefore building into communities, or if we want to use a more Kabbalistic term from the world of Yetzirah - hosts.  For the purposes of getting closer to understanding the population can be split into ten, with a host of people gravitating towards one of these archetypes, and another host gravitating towards another, the range of the host and the specific distance individuals are from the pure type, spawning the 22 paths or spectra.  In the 3rd Act of the Metabolism we look at the way in which communities of differentiated individuals work together in order to complete their metabolism.  Any group - a company, a military division, a country - can be expected to contain all of the archetypes although not always in equal measure and this may lead to problems.***

In Assiah we have these three components (time, self/consciousness and space) working together to form our personal sense of the world.  In the final act of the Metabolism of Time we discuss the way in which the individual can both complete their metabolism as a part of the host and how to begin to seek the whole within themselves and begin rectification, Tikkun, and ultimately achieve return, Teshuvah.

To conclude Time is indeed the fundamental property of the four worlds and the only property that runs throughout them all.  The spiral of our DNA is in fact the literal expression of the world of Briah, derived from Atziluth, the root of consciousness as a crystallisation of the principles of time which then goes on to form individuals and populations that interact with each other in space or Yetzirah.

Ten Sefirot of Nothingness
Their end is embedded in their beginning
And their beginning in their end
Like a flame in a burning coal
For the Master is singular
He has no second
And before one what do you count?

1:7 Sefer Yetzirah, Gra Version

*Your experience of your body is in fact a map of the mind that contains it.  Thus your memory is located in the physical sense of your gonads, your ''present awareness'' is located in your breathing your heart beat etc.  In the same way you never feel anything only feel the feeling.
**There are some overlaps in type between the video and the MoT - for instance present based hedonist translates to ''Shellfish'' * (archetype of Chesed or ''reaction to the moment'') although I would argue that the tendency to be that way comes from an underactive immune system which will come with a whole host of other problems, advantages and physiognomic qualifiers.
***Certain groups like the police would be expected to have more ''Confused Venutians'' (immune cells with a ''crime detection'' speciality) than other types and in fact a shortage of Confused Venutians in the police force would be considered a bad thing.  Similarly an athletics team may be expected to have more ''Jays'' (i.e. adrenaline based characters) than average - maybe even exclusively ''Jay''.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Teaching the Metabolism of Time

Last year I presented a three part series of lectures on the Metabolism of Time at a local teahouse with a reputation for hosting esoteric speakers.  The lectures were very well attended and I learned about the various challenges presented by delivering this material and also reflected on the idea of teaching and learning within the community and to the public at large.  Although a number of people expressed an interest in wanting to study the material further I decided that no candidate was suitable. As I embark on more student hunting this year its useful for me to go over exactly what it is that I am offering.

When I first received the Metabolism of Time, it appeared to me as a vision of characters living alongside a double helical river (perhaps the Euphrates and the Tigris) and as I contemplated the dream language of this vision and related it to the world around me it began to reveal its secrets.  I learned the cosmogony and the outer edges of the physiognomy.  During university I encountered the Western Mystery Tradition alongside my studies in Genetics and Biochemistry and began working towards a grand fusion of the ideas that culminated in a channelling of the text in 2001. This appeared in the form of 4 Acts, mirroring the notion of the 4 Kabbalistic worlds.  Over the last 15 years I have studied QBL in depth and harmonised a rectified Tree of Life with these discoveries through the use of the Sefer Yetzirah and the consultation of Raziel.

In Act 1 (Atziluth) - The Metabolism of Time - we find the explanations of the hyper-spheres of cellular consciousness: the sensation of the physical body, the sensation of physical reach, the sphere of perception and the sphere of consciousness which completes the occupying being.  Closely examining the occupant we discover how each individual moment of time has to pass through ten steps in order to be understood and how these steps differentiate into characters.


In Act 2 (Briah) - The Book of Fantastic Lies - we find the physiognomical descriptions of the characters, i.e. The Cast, their underlying associations with the endocrine system and also various details of how those characters interact with other characters, i.e. the Scenes. The Scenes describe a shattering of the primal self (the Fool) into a collection of characters that seek unification through dialogue around the two rivers which are the personification of the Metabolism of Time itself.

The Cast
  • The Ignorant Genius - Pituitary
  • The Ignorant Fool - Pineal (serotonin)
  • Mr Fernando, the Bloodless Being - Pineal (melatonin)
  • Bobblepin the Treefrog and her woolly unicorn - Thyroid/Parathyroid*
  • The Shellfish - Thymus (immune recognition of self)
  • The Confused Venutian - Thymus (immune recognition of foreign bodies)
  • The Prisoner and Anarchist - Pancreas (insulin and glucagon)
  • The Mime - Adrenal Cortex (cortisol)
  • The Semi-psychic Jay - Adrenal Medulla (adrenaline)
  • The Many Mannnered Mind Man - Gonads*

The Scenes**
  • The Early Works of an Ignorant Genius
  • The Treefrog's Hopeless Quest
  • The Observations of the Shellfish and the Principles of Trade
  • From Conversations with Mr Fernando
  • The Prisoner's Voice
  • Compassion in the Face of the Jay
  • The Final Works of an Ignorant Genius

In Act 3 (Yetzirah) - Conflux and the Zeitgeist - we find descriptions of the processes that all spheres of consciousness undergo (on any scale) and how the occupants now differentiated into characters interact with other characters to acquire nutrition and to complete the metabolism.  We also encounter the concept of masks and how through spoiling/abuse a small percentage of the population do not have ''masks'' that fit with their underlying genetic structure.  We learn how to identify this and to provide healing.

The Processes

  • Flux - Change, Energy, Fuel - glucose, Experience, Cycling
  • Shards - Stored Energy, Fat, Memory
  • Rifts - Imbalance, disharmony, exhaustion, starvation, stress, infection, breach
  • Veil - Mortality, finitude, apoptosis
  • Colour - Infinite experience derived from the finite, archetypes derived from mortality 

The (natural) Masks

  • The Director - The Ignorant Genius
  • The Angel - The Ignorant Fool
  • The Timelord - The Bloodless Being
  • The Magus - The Shellfish
  • The Demon - The Confused Venutian
  • The Dreamer - The Prisoner
  • The Lover - The Mime
  • The Immortal - The Jay
  • The Vampire - The Many Mannered Mind Man
  • The Gambler  The Treefrog

In Act 4 (Assiah) - Interactive Theatre and Strategic Drama - we find a selection of various practical activities based in the idea of removing/countering blockages or knots in the soul (similar to the Yogic concept of Granthis).  The magickal applications discussed in this section are almost entirely medical, in the sense that they seek to heal the self/other people and the approach is firstly bio-psychological building towards the psychic as we move people from a material model towards a Mind model***.  The idea of initiation as healing is discussed and we see that as ''blockages'' are removed various powers are released, unlocked or tapped.  These powers include charm/magnetism, enhanced memory and referencing from ''outside the mind'', discernment, mind control/telepathy, remote viewing, astral projection and time travel.

I think the material contained in the lessons is useful for a number of reasons a) It provides an illustration as to how spirits and/or magickal memory can communicate ideas/abilities across time and between incarnations and b) it updates a lot of the material we have with the modern findings of endocrinology and biopsychology providing unique bridges in understanding and solutions for problems in healing.

*In the crossover to The Kabbalistic Tree of Life, The Treefrog (Thyroid) occupies the position of Daath because of where Briah (the 2nd world) is in relation to the Shattering, i.e. ''Malkuth'' has not ''fallen''.  In Yetzirah there is no position for Daath and the mask of the Gambler, the Natural mask of the Treefrog is in the position of Malkuth.  This is complicated :-)
**The scene list was incomplete in that it did not deal with all possible interactions between the characters leading to the idea of ''secret paths''.  Some interactions are highly unlikely in natural conditions although various strange hybrids and distortions of nature can be created in synthetic ''high pressure'' environments.
***I don't mean psychological I mean panpsychic.