In my essay regarding the Drive of Self, I concluded – “the True Will of every man is ultimately to unite his consciousness with his own unconscious mind.” Here, I will aim to elaborate on the nature of the unconscious mind/personal unconscious and what this means in relation to the central tenets of Thelema. This essay will first begin with linear diagrams and a theory to how a singular individual’s unconscious mind functions in relation to his subconscious and consciousness, and show this model mirrored in the macrocosm’s collective unconscious, that which we call “reality,” and the present moment.
For quick & dirty reference to a previous post titled Flux & Stillness:
The conscious mind/consciousness of the individual is, more or less, synchronized with the present moment. Our attention functions as a mirror reflecting the mind/microcosm and the universe/macrocosm. Nothing can be revealed to itself without opposition – without the context of either side, the self/ego cannot exist. By definition, the ego is the result of the separation of heaven and earth. Its utility lies in its ability to balance and affect both parts.
The unconscious mind/collective unconscious informs and creates the subconscious and reality, from which consciousness can alter the subconscious/reality by taking (or if you prefer, “remembering”) directly from the unconscious/collective unconscious. The subconscious tends to perform its tasks quickly, hence the appearance of time passing quickly when one is overcome with emotion, or letting the mind wander freely. Reality being both the seen and unseen patterns, memes, and sensory data appears to move quite slowly; the sun passing overhead, the seasons changing, the economy pulling itself above water, and so on. Hence the ego’s usual offense and seeking to influence the world we see, to speed it up, avoid boredom, and satisfy the subconscious mind. Even when we mean well, there are unforseen consequences because our conscious sight is so narrow.
Hence, the advice to keep one’s ego in check in order to do one’s True Will relies upon learning to expand one’s sight (seeing in LVX) to encompass rays from the unconscious mind (mirrored/mirroring the collective unconscious), the source of True Will.
The unconscious mind is comprised of three parts which influence each other. The first, Self – is awareness of these processes. The second, Imagination – is the reformation of ideas. The third, Symbolism – is the ideas themselves and the formation of them.
The nature of the collective unconscious is as follows; the first – Self defined through Law [LOVE]. The second – [LAW], being the ethics of the language. The third – language, to express the Law [WILL].
The collective unconscious of the macrocosm:
- LOVE – Self defined through Law: awareness and equal appreciation of all things, the unity subject and object.
- LAW – the ethics of language: “ethics” here refer to the principles of the universe that guide language in order to express the need for all things to return to unity, and that they are united. These principles themselves are reformations of symbols and ideas that stem from the One. Love is the law – the Law is the necessity of Love put forth through communication.
- WILL – language, to express the Law: Language here is to mean the representation of all things as they are, including separation, no thing, contradictions, and that which is inconceivable by our minds. In order for language to exist, there must be an Other to comprehend. This Other is not “us,” per say, but our unconscious minds.
In the unconscious mind, this part is Symbolism – symbols have a language of their own, the language of WILL. This is the unknown factor of True Will we struggle to reason with and attempt to put into words. Will sometimes requires us to take “leaps of faith” – because we cannot yet understand the language of the Law, usually until after the “leap.” This discourse also gives rise to synchronicities of our being and the universe to help us strive ever to more.
Liber AL II:26. I am the secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is joy. If I lift my head, I and my Nuit are one. If I droop down mine head, and shoot forth venom, then is rapture of the earth, and I and the earth are one.
II:27. There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall make a great miss. He shall fall into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason.
The top half of the diagram is of the macrocosm/heaven, the bottom half being the microcosm/earth. The three parts of each half refer to the supernal triad Kether-Chokmah-Binah. I will leave the details of the sephiroth of the microprosopus/macroprosopus as they correspond to the rest of the diagram in another essay, but from above the Abyss lies the first emanation to be reflected into the next triad Tiphareth-Chesed-Geburah, and the Veil of Paroketh further reflecting down to Yesod-Netzach-Hod. That which is above is like that which is below.
When we begin the Great Work “in the interior of the earth,” we notice these mirrors more and more. We perceive reality mixed in with the contents of our subconscious minds. It takes mindfulness, and therefore internal reflection to realize the subtle differences. The conscious mind constantly constricts and allows aspects of reality based on what the subconscious desires. We train to separate the two in order to change.
In the microcosm, Love is under Will; Love is Self – the awareness of the processes in the triad. Law is Imagination – the reformation of ideas, and Will is Symbolism – the ideas themselves and the formation of them. It is commonly accepted that through Law “sprang four Rays or Emmanations,” these being Light, Life, Love, and Liberty which correspond to the points of the pentagram, powers of the sphinx, elements, kerubs, etc. These are examples of the “reformation of ideas,” as there were four rays and not none. “Rays,” “four,” “existence of,” etc. are all ideas residing in the unconscious mind, a reflection of the language that the universe uses to aid us in understanding it. Will is the vector which binds the properties of each ray so that they may be rays, and because that which is done for the sake of itself IS itself, the individual whom does his Will is his Will. Love is all matter; and all matter is the motion of light. It is literally everything and everywhere.
“…this Love is the force that uniteth things diverse, for the contemplation in Light of
their Oneness.” Liber 150.
DO WHAT THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW – The individual must listen to the language of his unconscious mind expressed through symbolism, i.e. the Voice of the Silence. In order to listen to the Silence, he must train all his faculties to pick up, filter, rearrange, prioritize, transmute, and align the aspects of his mind with that of the universe.
LOVE IS THE LAW – The message/ends and the means/acts of communicating the message are one and the same. This is the creation cycle of the breath-in (compressing everything by dividing an area into parts and focusing both to a point) and breath-out (where their union releases their compression and they expand to the area from which they began.)
LOVE UNDER WILL – From awareness of unity comes the Will to unite. Love powers Will, and we become aware of unity when we listen to and follow Will.