Friday, October 16, 2015

The WMT - Reincarnation and its Discontents

Reincarnation is a fundamental belief in the mysteries and one that has consequences if we take it to heart.  You will find references to reincarnation throughout the Hermeticlessons - thought experiments on things like retro-incarnation, recovered insights from past lives, etc.

In this post I discuss why one would want to recover their magickal memory and warn against the standard new age problems of remembering you are Cleopatra or that you know everything already. Working on your magickal memory helps communication between the lesser countenance and the greater countenance within you.  We are all at different stages in this journey and some people return to help others.  As I believe this I am not racist, sexist or ageist.  I value and listen to the opinions and wisdom of young people and older people alike.  I respect the fact that younger practitioners can advance far along this path and that older practitioners can have had their growth stunted by poor choices or late starts.   Being older does not automatically make you superior.  Wisdom depends on life (lives) experience and varies widely between individuals.

When I was perhaps too young I worked in a nursing home for ex-mental patients and saw the terrifying realities of aging and insanity, this certainly increased my understanding of the reality of the human condition.  I also worked in radiotherapy, cardiology and acute medical conditions for more experience.  After obtaining my degree in Biochemistry I worked in an Alzheimer's Day Centre for a long time before working in a secure mental ward with more advanced cases of mental disease. I also worked in an asylum for a time dealing with the victims of schizophrenia.  Even then I listened - the soul can speak out through these conditions and in fact can often be heard more clearly when the ''impatient'' ego of the individual is debilitated by the disease. I have learned a lot from both the old and the insane.

As I began work in education I also learned to listen to young people.  A progressive approach to education means that we don't belittle young people but see them as partners in a journey towards becoming a life-long (lives-long) learner.  This partnership is the secret to engaging that spark of the individual that will turn into a roaring inferno and its also the secret to reawakening the passion of the learner in yourself.  The default hierarchical thinking of the WMT, that older = wiser is a great impediment to the advance of our tradition and one that must be abandoned as rapidly as possible.  

We are in this, whatever it is, together - as peers.

During my life I have witnessed extremely wise and good young people taken from this world by tragedy.  Often I believe these people were angels in human form and simply too good for this world. Children are extremely sensitive from a psychic perspective and it is always worth considering their imaginings from that position - they can come out with absolutely precious nuggets of wisdom - conversely an older practitioner, weighed down with cynicism and a lifetime of failure and embarrassment can produce tosh and ignorance.

Here I discuss details of the kind of material that can be unearthed from the soul through the use of techniques aimed at recovering magickal memory - regaining one's former spiritual allies and esoteric knowledge.  My artist is still working on bringing this map to life but I hope to have it out in the next month.  In searching for and embracing memories from my past life and communication with my higher self I have made significant progress on the Western Mystery Path.  If you are on this path it is likely that you have been here before - you too would do well to search in the recesses of your soul.

Finally in this post I discuss the notion that there is no such thing as the present - and in some sense what we experience is all memory.  These are quite demanding ideas.  Throughout my experiments and discussions on time travel with Raziel it has become to clear to me that presentism is a deeply flawed philosophical basis for reality.  Presentism is actually one of the reasons that some people think, erroneously, that older automatically = wiser because we see things from the narrow perspective of linear time. Magicians who are presentists are a confusing bunch as so much of the mysteries speak of Eternalism.  Eternalism has scary implications for free willc so generally magicians don't thoroughly explore properly and end up with paradoxes buried in their philosophies that they are often unaware of.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The WMT - Teaching and Learning

Teaching is not an easy task and it is clear that some teachers of the occult have never actually learned to teach.  Just because you have mastered the occult does not mean you have mastered teaching.  Teaching is its own subject and your frustrations with the quality of students may be down to the fact that you don't really know how to teach. 
  • A good teacher is interested in and listens to the opinions of their students - if you do not allow them to voice their questions however banal or off-the-wall it is impossible to judge the efficacy of your teaching, if you are condescending or patronizing they will despise you.
  • A good teacher enters into a dialogue with their students allowing them to teach the teacher - from the very simple understanding that you as a teacher are learning more about the variety of students out there so you can continue to successfully adapt your teaching strategies all the way to ideas, insights and brilliant suggestions that sometimes emerge from students.
  • A good teacher plans their lessons in ways that make the information challenging but not incomprehensible.  Do not expect the millenial generation to sit in silence while you lecture them from the front for a few hours.  Make your lessons interactive.  Use different resources. Plan activities. Learn about teaching.
To be successful you also have to adapt to the changing culture when it comes to marketing yourself as a teacher - for instance Jason Miller is a brilliant example of this with his recent youtube video.  2016 is acknowledged as the year that videos and other visuals will dominate social media.  Access to the technology is so widespread that any teacher worth their salt will be exploring these new mediums.  If you don't - don't expect the students to be heading your way.  Jason Miller is clearly a fantastic teacher and personally concerned with the success of his students, celebrating their victories publicly and allowing himself to grow as a teacher within this dialogue - this builds a positive relationship based on mutual respect.  For all his pursuit of financial sorcery Jason is obviously motivated by love.

Another teacher who has adapted and who is also cherished is Josephine McCarthy who gives her course for free online at Quareia.  This widely respected individual has given of her own time to create and sustain a resource of immeasurable value for free.  She has done this because she cares about the tradition and knows that it must adapt if it wants to continue.

Why should I, as a potential student, buy your book on magic when I can read Iamblichus, Plato, Levi, Crowley, Newton, Fludd, Bardon, etc for free?  With all kinds of lectures available for free on youtube why should I pay for your course or pay for a convention which includes the cost of flying you to wherever it is being held?  You have to be able to answer these questions especially in economically challenging times. 

The millenial generation do have flaws as learners even if you plan and prepare as a master of teaching.  You can be delivering an excellent lesson and a modern student will still check their phone occassionally.  This is part of that student's internet addiction.  Often the student is doing nothing but nihilistically scrolling through banal adverts and reposted content from their friends.  Some are accumulating ''likes'' as social media continues its roll out of Skinneresque positive reinforcement strategies.  Obviously in the pursuit of wisdom there are students out there who are good learners and they adopt approaches to learning that help them get the most out of their lessons.  They know they have to check or at least minimize certain behaviours if they want to succeed.  They are the ones with the will.  They are the ones you should focus on.

The fact remains though that you as a teacher are going to be more successful and complain less if you embrace the new culture.  There are amazing students in this new generation with incredible potential and its your duty to attempt to bridge the divide.

More importantly lead by example.  Teachers who whine about their students don't cut very fine figures.  Teachers who whine about not having enough money or their students' unwillingness to give them money don't appear to be successful sorcerers.  This is not rocket science.

I haven't given up on learning.  I am a still a student.  I am also a teacher.  And ultimately a scientist not a scholar.  I post theories, experiences and experiments on this blog and I am not ashamed of admitting when I have made a mistake.  I will commit passionately to my hypotheses because those pursued with a full heart are the only ones that have really been given a fair test.  If we all did this together, as peers, we would see revival and regrowth of our community because the world we are exploring is a fascinating one and once you have glimpsed it, it is impossible to look away.  If your heart is not on fire with curiousity and in love with knowledge you were never meant for this path.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Theory of Knowledge - Paranoia and Hostile Spirits

The spirit that I have seen

May be the devil, and the devil hath power 
T' assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, 
Out of my weakness and my melancholy, 
As he is very potent with such spirits, 
Abuses me to damn me.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Is it possible that spirits are behind these mass shootings?  Or more globally is it possible that spirits are behind many acts of violence and crime in the world? Several magicians are suggesting that it is ridiculous to think this and these maniacs are only under the influence of their own demented ideologies and that ultimately people are responsible for their own actions.   I believe that knowing what we do as esoteric practitioners it is foolish not to believe in the existence of harmful and hostile spirits - as far as I am aware possession is very real and people are constantly being tempted by a variety of extra-dimensional entities.  Are they behind all violence?  No.  Are they behind some of the violence?  Definitely.

Accepting the existence of a spirit world occupied by a variety of beings with multiple conflicting agendas was something I avoided for a long time.  When I began my esoteric career I was certainly influenced by both an energy-matter model and a psychological model for my theory of magic.  I believed that it was possible to alter the magnetic fields around my body by will and effect change this way and that demons were largely neuroses and complexes.  As I moved through the study of the Qabalah and began to explore the Yetziratic world I moved more towards an informational model appropriate to a system based on a kind of astrosemiotics - by altering the code behind reality I could alter the reality itself.  Throughout this work I was summoning Archangels but included them in the informational model as sentient codes or archetypes.

Over the last five years I have also included the idea of non-physical entities that are as real and independent as I am, not ideas or concepts blown up to giant proportions or simply parts of my mind, but complex individual beings.  The reason I avoided the spirit-model for so long is that even to a highly rational mind it opens the door to a vortex of paranoia.  Believing that there are non-physical entities of which some are attempting to manipulate human beings in order to complete their metabolism is par the course in the esoteric world - as magi, we know that in offering a spirit anything from incense and incantations to blood sacrifice, that they feed on that attention and in turn cause manifestations in physical reality.   The giving and receiving of attention is the essential nature of the dialogue between spirit and man.

Just as there are a wide range of microbiological organisms on the planet that have evolved various different ways to feed - from symbiosis to parasitism - so there are a wide array of spiritual organisms, macrobes if you like, equally widespread in the completion of their metabolism.   Some seek out special individuals to work with, forming symbiotic and reciprocal partnerships that are largely mutually beneficial - this seems to be the way with relationships with gods.  In giving praise, and other forms of attention to the god-spirit its manifestations are its thanks for that praise.  On the other hand, parasitic entities provide nothing to the host and only siphon off its energy or effect its mind in such a way that it spreads chaos, fear or other forms of negativity that the entity that feeds off.

Just as I discussed the overlap between biology and folklore when its come to demonslaying,  your defense against possession can be informed by the same sources. Vampires can only enter your house if you invite them in.  What constitutes an invitation is something you need to think about.  Taking colloidal silver and garlic every day is the equivalent of protecting your temple with amulets made of these things.  Sunlight (and its astral equivalent) remains the best means of destroying the undead.  It took a long time to slay my sister's ear demon - in the end the use of lactoferrin which worked spectacularly was informed by my knowledge of the apotropaic effects of iron from Babylonian demonology.

The undead will take over the temple when either the defences are down-  fatigue, stress or trauma - or after direct invitation.  That there are people out there willing, and even crying out, for possession, is not hard to find evidence of.  Some people, as natural mediums, are more open to possession than others and always fare better inside a tradition where they garner its protection, than they do outside where they are often ridden by random and vicious entities.

The scariest thought to most people is to what extent these entities control the halls of power in this world and this is the one that most try to avoid. When I worked for DEFRA during the FMD crisis I thought to myself that building giant pyres of burning cattle would be a great way to perform a mass sacrifice for a god - that various governmental forces aren't doing the same kind of rituals whether it be great wars, entertainment spectacles or abusive rituals in secret basements would be a naive thing to believe.

However, I avoided the terms good and evil in this post for a reason.  I don't believe Yersinia Pestis is inherently evil, it is simply trying to complete its metabolism the way it has evolved to, and I feel exactly the same way about parasitic or pathogenic spirits - whether you call them reptilians or demons.  From their perspective the silver, the garlic and the sunlight are evil.  They are doing what they do to get attention, in the same way some humans are abusive, or vampiric, in their search for the social form of glucose.

My experiences at Edward Kelley's Tower, with its selection of low level parasitic psychic critters, terribly dangerous wraiths, nature spirits, archangels and astral alchemists confirmed to me that we are living in a complex and dangerous world the true nature of which is beyond our imagination.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Raziel - Time Travel II

I've been reflecting more on what Raziel has been teaching me about time travel.  The description of reality offered by Raziel suggests that we are in a sandbox time cycle which starts with the invention of time travel by Reptilians in the past and ends with the invention of time travel by Utopians in the future.  This beginning and end occur simultaneously and these two events are considered to be the pinch-points - the past, before its pinch-point with the present sandbox time-cycle, is populated by Reptilian time travelers and the future, after its pinch-point with the present, is populated by Utopian time travelers.  Time, as we understand it, from a linear perspective does not exist in these zones, as the primary sentient denizens of them are all time travelers and see time in the same way we see space - to them the 1890s would be a place rather than a time period.  Indeed in this model, time as our present period, is a circular river and when we approach the pinch-points, the flow increases, time seems to move faster but we can't get past the pinch-point* and are swept back into the past.  We can liken this to the journey of the soul and it would allow for retro-incarnation, i.e. being reincarnated into the past.  The events are fixed though and there is no such thing as free will on this level.

In exploring this further lets imagine that time travel is invented in 2200 and is widespread by 2250 - when time travelling into the future one would only encounter time travelers i.e. time travelers colonize the future. Imagining this is fairly simple but when we begin to contemplate how it must be for the reptilian time travelers of the present-past pinch-point its a little more complex as we must imagine this process in reverse i.e. the reptilian time travelers have colonized the past.  The reason it works backwards for them is due to the nature of retro-causality, since the future causes the past as much as the past causes the future the experience is in the opposite direction for the Reptilians.  Please let me know if this makes any sense!

Both sets of time travelers sample time from the sandbox of the present therefore how do we know that we are not, at heart, time travelers from these two opposing groups in the process of sampling time right now?  We don't.  In certain moments of my meditation or astral experiments when I am feeling most transcendent and not ''myself'' this is how I feel, that I am another being experiencing a time tunnel of this particular human's consciousness.  If this sampling is ultimately an aesthetic experience, then we could explain the fact that people lose themselves in ignorance of their true self and have to rediscover this inner time traveler as a way of heightening the experience.  At the level of the time traveler one could envisage different difficulty settings determining how hard it will be to know thyself in this incarnation.  Although this model of reality suggests that events in this sandbox are fixed and there is no free will, it does not mean that our opinions on those events are necessarily as fixed - what we take away from this experience of this particular tunnel is not predetermined, in what we take away we are free?  Perhaps we are taking away something more than simply aesthetic pleasure?  Perhaps post-present and at home in the future or past these experiences and opinions do have other implications?

When do these inventions occur and what then are the boundaries of our particular sandbox?  In my previous experiments with this I managed to project into the future, from a linear perspective, between thirty and fifty years to a heavily flooded village in Somerset where I met some entities in the attic of a mostly submerged cottage.  I understood, from them, that various parts of the world had undergone severe flooding and that the waters were not receding.  However the severe climate change had brought people together into a strictly controlled Ecotopia.  I have the sense that the future begins, in the sense that the pinch-point occurs, not too longer after this perhaps 2200?  Maybe this is too early? I can't be sure though and I need to experiment more.  I feel that the other pinch-point must occur around the extinction of the dinosaurs, say 65 million years ago - these two figures then would define the temporal size of our sandbox time cycle.

Are angels time-travelers, or is the entity claiming to be Raziel a time traveler?  Certainly when angels are encountered they have a very different feeling to other spirits or Gods - they do feel a little like concepts made star-flesh and not as human as other entities.  I don't think this means that they are not Utopians from the future though - I imagine that this crypto-fascist ecotopia could produce a very different kind of sentience over time so much so that the Utopians are radically different from humans - i.e. colder, more rational, more collectivised, perhaps merged with some kind of AI, etc - in this sense maybe humans become concepts made flesh, Utopians literally embody Utopian principles. 

In the same way our pinch-point with the past is to be found in our common link with the dinosaurs, Diadectomorpha, our pinch-point with the future may occur when humans transcend into Utopians.  There are certainly genetic (and astrogenetic) components to this sandbox and this probably does effect our ability to achieve various forms of time travel and projection from any given body - this kind of work would increase the range of potential sampling as well as present a new type of aesthetic experience.  As Tomasi said in a comment on the last post we travel in families (perhaps tribes or parties), and through esoteric work we transcend the local physical family in many ways, to begin with in our ancestor worship we build bridges to a deeper past and in spiritual work we build the connection of our family to all humans, to all mammals, to all organisms.  The more enlightened you are in this sense the more you can project into different vehicles in this life - whether they be animals, plants or even minerals.  Our connection with different points in time could be rooted in the memory of our genetics but I feel that there are more and less advanced ways to exploit these wormholes that exist inside all of our cells - travel could occur down gene lines but one could bridge across to another and then travel up allowing one to look out of a different set of eyes i.e. various forms of remote viewing.

Since the events will happen, they already have happened both in the future and in the past, therefore this sandbox time cycle universe was born this way.  In the bible the first line of ''in the Beginning'' we often interpret to mean as ''at the beginning'' and imagine a timeline proceeding from it into an uncertain future shaped by our free will.  But the first Beit of the word Berashith (in the beginning) could be read as within i.e. ''within the beginning'' i.e. the whole of this sandbox could be called the beginning since it all happens at once.  We are approaching creation as an eternalist not as a presentist.

There still remains this idea of a struggle between the Utopians and the Reptilians, struggle over the present and the way in which this struggle occurs is not clear to me, especially if the events are fixed and any time-travelers are only sampling as opposed to influencing.  Since Raziel informed me that due to the nature of the pinch-points future travelers cannot enter the domain of the past travelers and vice versa they regard each others veiled areas with some suspicion.  Perhaps the struggle is also played out in this notion of what we take away from the sandbox as opposed to what we do?  Is there a more vital mission behind the sampling?  What could it be?

*Or at least it is incredibly difficult and only achieved by those with a very high level of enlightenment.