I’ve been reading about Aleister Crowley lately. If you examine The Beatles’ Sergeant Peppers album cover, you will find him. He developed an entire system of occultism and religion called Thelema. “Thelema” is from the Greek and is translated as “will.”
If you’re on http://www.biblestudytools.com/, Thelema’s first definition from the Greek is “what one wishes or has determined shall be done.”
Now, that sounds a lot like the Possibility Amplification Process, if a bit stripped of the more holistic and compassionate nature that I believe is a part of its power.
Crowley created an entire religion around his concept of “The Law.” And here it is: “”Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.”
He created rituals, masses, prayers, texts, meditations, yogic and other practices, ethics, a requirement of scientific documentation, and much more to support and guide any initiate of Thelema.
One wonders at the prolific nature of his writings, particularly given the fact that he was a renowned drug addict, using heroine, cocaine, hashish, peyote and many other drugs. He wrote a novel called “Diary of a Drug Fiend,” and most believe it to be based on his own experiences, especially considering the admission in the novel’s preface: “This is a true story. It has been rewritten only so far as was necessary to conceal personalities.” Maybe his drug use kept him awake to the point that he was able to write as much as he did. Not a method I would recommend.
I can tell you that, until I did more research on Crowley, I was liking Thelema very much. Crowley was steeped in the Bible in his early years. He was given nothing else to read until much later in his life. Bible verses are seriously entwined in his own writing. He was offering a pathway to activate will and desired possibility through his rituals by creating an absolute and complete focus on that creation. I can’t argue with any of that. The Bible is a time honored historical document with great lessons and learnings embedded in it, and focus is a keen instrument in the creation process.
But when I began to understand his personality of self-involvement, sex addiction and egocentric behavior, I was totally turned off.
And sad. Because I loved the concept of “Magick.” I loved the concept of ritually focusing on bringing desired possibilities into reality. I wanted someone else to define them for me, give me a structure upon or within which I could exercise my possibility amplification powers.
Well, guess what? I’ve already got that. I wrote the whole process in my book. My readers and I have followed it and brought amazing possibilities to life in this universe.
We don’t need anything else. Our process is already laid out for us, if we would just choose to use the tools that we already have available to us in a serious and ritualistic way.
By ritualistic, I mean it has to become second nature. And really what I mean is that it has to become first nature. We have to become it. And in every minute that we relinquish our personal power and believe that something or someone is more powerful than us in the world, we are not running our process. We’re allowing the world to tell us who we are.
In this, Crowley and I are aligned. Our methods and purposes, however, differ widely. We don’t have to be ourselves to the detriment or belittlement or use of others or the rest of the world.
We can be ourselves and become ourselves by embracing not only our own possibilities but the possibilities that buttress and better the world, from where ever and whomsoever they may come.
We are all creators. Let us join together to amplify possibilities that will enhance all of our lives and our world. Looking forward to the journey!