“II:58. Yea! deem not of change: ye shall be as ye are, & not other. Therefore the kings of the earth shall be Kings for ever; the slaves shall serve. There is none that shall be cast down or lifted up: all is ever as it was. Yet there are masked ones my servants: it may be that yonder beggar is a King. A King may choose his garment as he will: there is no certain test: but a beggar cannot hide his poverty.
59. Beware therefore! Love all, lest perchance is a King concealed! Say you so? Fool! If he be a King, thou canst not hurt him.
60. Therefore strike hard & low, and to hell with them, master!”
Being a King does not mean always concealing the ego so that the ego may never be attacked. It is part of the process of getting through the ordeals;
The important thing to remember is that even a fearful/reactionary response that arises due to these keys is a beneficial one; more beneficial than “feeling nothing,” which indicates that the individual is probably residing in the gateway of Da’ath and has become adept at being unaware of their own ego’s defense mechanism (indifference, apathy, dissociation with the ego for fear of being hurt).
The ego should be wounded from time to time in order to remind us that it does not constrict us; it reminds us of our mortality which is a part of life that should not be forgotten–but accepted, and made peace with.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is why the sign of every healthy relationship in which there is Love involved, also comes with the potential of being hurt, due to the vulnerability of the position of Receiving Love. If there are no arguments and no ego-hurt allowed, the individual is not capable at his/her full capacity of Giving Love. When we strive towards Unity from separation, the ego will always react in defense of this unity. Either you are giving up Love to conform to the ego, or you are surrendering your ego to Love.
People that posit, ‘I’m not hurt by you because I don’t care what you have to say,’ are reacting based on the ego’s defense mechanism of shielding itself from the potential of being destroyed in Unity. Not only is that an ego-judgement upon someone else (their ego), it is specifically stating that this person is ‘not worth caring about,’ and is in direct opposition to Loving that person. Similarly, it is a sign of false love to avoid arguments with ones you do love; those that love you back will understand that the attacker is always coming from the position of Love For You. Those that don’t love you back will perceive your attack as an attack to their ego by your ego.
“The fact of engagement demonstrates love. We ignore our enemies.”
The King is immortal in that he can always regenerate himself (his ego), and therefore does not fear intimacy or the possibility of being hurt; “he canst be hurt” means he is able to understand the nature of the illusory chains of ego, no matter how close and personal his combat is.
Above the Abyss, the HGA and ego are one; the magician realizes that although the ego is real and necessary, he is no longer chained to it, nor is he attached to whichever manifestation of ego is present.
Nothing ever works in a single, linear, and one-direction way. The King will therefore be more godly, and more human.