Monday, January 8, 2018

The 231 Gates Project 2018 - Skepticism

I have been studying how I may compare
This prison where I live unto the world:
And for the world is populous
And here is not a creature but myself
I cannot do it: Yet I'll hammer it out.

Richard II, Act V Scene V, William Shakespeare

Definitions of magick range from ''everything is magick'', ''magick is the influence upon probability by strange attractors such as spells, altars, amulets, rituals'' to ''magick is the contact of and entreaty with otherworldly entities''.  Being skeptical as I was analysing what is considered to be a result  in such work was useful in that it let me question how much of my magickal experience was hysteria or delusion and challenge the usefulness of loose versus tight definitions.  If your identity and status are built around the quality of your demonstrable magickal experience it is less likely that you would want to question it as you are questioning the foundation upon which you stand both from a social and from a mental health perspective.  A certain brand of magician is keen to seize on anything and everything as success in contact or results so much so that what magick is ends up becoming highly diluted. 

For those of you who have been following this last couple of months of renewing purpose and consolidating the work on time travel you will know that I have also been pursuing extreme skepticism when it comes to the WMT's notion of what a spirit is.  According to my theory there is no such thing as an otherworld (or even astral plane persay) where spirits (elementals, demons, djinn, fae, angels, etc, ad nauseaum) ''live'', but spirits are all living entities in their own time and communication and effects are the result of temporal entanglement, both conscious and unconscious, as opposed to ''spiritual energy'' from ''another dimension'' or whatever.  I am a ''spirit'' as much as an angel, elemental or faerie is and I can be ''summoned'' knowingly or unknowingly.  The astral plane is the ''reversiverse'', where time flows backwards - although it might appear or feel, to our senses, to be something else.  As the temporal entanglement theory requires the future to exist it also casts doubt on one of the assumptions of modern magickal theory i.e. that what you are ''affecting'' with magick is probability of a given thing happening.

Thus play I in one person many people,
And none contented: sometimes am I king;
The treasons make me wish myself a beggar,
And so I am, then crushing penury
Persuades me I was better as a king;
Then am I king'd again: and by an by
Think that I am unking'd by Bolingbroke
And straight am nothing: but whate'er I be,
Nor I nor any man that but man is,
With nothing shall be pleased, till he be eased,
With being nothing.

Richard II, Act V Scene V, William Shakespeare

These exercises culminated in my yearly bus trip to England, a quality 19 hours with myself, the German night and the contemplation of time travel.  Moving around in my own mind felt so much more free and my thoughts more dextrous after such skeptical de-cluttering.  I used to ''joke'' with friends that I had deleted lots of memories from my childhood in order to free up room for ''other stuff'' and this felt very similar - in the space created new ideas could blossom.  I spent the hours reading about philosophical presentism vs eternalism alongside a particular interpretation of quantum mechanics and a lot of what Raziel had been talking to me about began to come into sharp focus.  I felt ''possessed by myself'' and was actually afraid of even thinking the theory that was beginning to form in my mind as I thought the thought alone might be enough to trigger the ''timetraveller swarm''.

In conclusion then, I have one more post on evidence to make before we begin the 231 Gates Project for 2018 and this is rooted in this analysis (and adaptation) of quantum mechanics.  This is not the Many Worlds idea (as Raziel already said this was highly misleading) but a different way of explaining the evidence we observe in science which links to concepts Raziel was sharing and which supports my theory of magick.  I'll post links to the material that I am working with but it won't be fun for those of you who prefer your magic loose, woolly and snugly, as opposed to tight and restrictive like a strait jacket.  Bearing in mind what has been outlined above - redefining magick and spirit(s) and abandoning probability - for some of you this may feel like a Theory of Anti-Magic.

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;
For time hath made me his numbering clock.

Richard II, Act V Scene V, William Shakespeare

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