Although this post is titled, “Truth,” its contents are going to deal with its opposite: the Ultimate Illusion. I hope to keep the Truth sacred and unspoken by this attempt to provide an accurate description of Falsehood below.
First, Soror N.O.’s lessons from Liber E vel Exercitiorum sub figura IX:
Part I: Record meticulously and don’t lie to yourself.
Part II: The harder one tries, the more out of sync the results. Also; that you don’t know what the hell is happening but the more you do it, the more variables in the operation are known (i.e. superstitions are being created, and thus, useful to you). Siddhis appear when these variables are in the right condition.
Part III: Sheer mental willpower dies in the ass of the person who fails to unite body with mind (i.e. you’re better off trying to sleep through the discomfort than to treat it like the last kilometer in a marathon). To absorb energy is to conserve that which is already present in the body.
Part IV: The anticipation of the count decreases your capacity for breathing, so breathe first, count second.
Part V: Tighten the sphere of thought gradually so that a ten random thoughts become a few and by that time, you realize that those few thoughts can be eliminated (or altered) as one.
Part VI: There is a difference between what you can override your body to do with the mind (and vice versa) and that which is natural to your body.
Part VII: (A Course of Reading)
These lessons are relevant because one learns the effect of the consciousness in processes of thought, emotion, and body; and therefore, one learns how to not interfere in them. A special thing happens with siddhis, or “supernatural/psychical feats,” like predicting the future, moving things with your mind, etc: the experience of them leads to the awareness of the One Moment through the overlapping of things like time — past, present, future all in One.
Because this ties into a few more things like free will and determinism, here is an excerpt from The Brazen Serpent, for the Path of Lamed:
By now, there should be a rather concrete understanding of how the world works according to the magician’s influence on it, and how it influences himself – even if this understanding is not explicitly bound by language in his mind. In a nutshell, it can be summed up like this: Good work leads to more work. When one ascends a plane of consciousness, there are more difficult and more subtle tasks, both in the higher planes and the lower. Theurgy is all about expanding both the heights and depths of the planes in which one travels, eventually purifying them thoroughly enough to bridge them all together. And yet, it may seem in one perspective that this leads the individual nowhere, and certainly not closer to Divinity – but in a more encompassing perspective, one sees that the path to Divinity is not in a straight one-way elevation up the Tree, but rather is embedded in the Circle of the Infinite which surrounds all of manifestation. By performing the Great Work, the Great Work performs “us.” The Work creates in the individual more relations that he is to grasp and understand, therefore making these relations automatic in his processing and in turn, make him more sensitive to his own missteps as he refines his being. The individual becomes stronger in his flexibility and adaptation yet with each task accomplished, his senses become more sensitive and therefore more prone to more work. The closer one gets to performing True Will, the more “free will”, yet less “free will” one gets.
What is “free will?” The mundane kind of conception of free will is actually of the Illusion of free will. E.g. all is determined ahead of time, and because one cannot consciously relate every factor and variable affecting his every move, there is this feeling like the “I” really is making things happen. However, by taking into account not just a linear, two-dimensional understanding of existence and learn to perceive in the higher planes, there lies a few curious observations:
1. The linear timeline of one’s physical existence in the world of Assiah from birth to death is determined, because we have only learned to see the past.
2. When one’s consciousness rises from Assiah to Yetzirah, we are able to see a little ahead of the linear timeline called life, either through divination, direct feats of psychism, the acquisition of siddhis, etc – giving one a chance to change an event that was “prescribed.” By refining the senses to pick up on these chances, and learning to follow them, one breaks through to Briah.
3. As one reaches Briatic consciousness, we not only see a little ahead of our timeline, but begin to witness the forces which create the timeline. The individual lives in conjunction with these forces, establishing the link between his consciousness and the timeline as a whole.
4. At the level of Atziluth, viewing the entire timeline of our mundane existence, one becomes the forces which inform Briah, which propels him to take action in Yetzirah, which changes the course as it appears in Assiah.
In conclusion, the linear timeline of one’s physical existence in Assiah is absolutely determined, but it is determined by the individual himself, assimilating both concepts of determinism and free will. In Atziluth, the entire timeline appears as a single moment. In Assiah, the individual places themselves at a point somewhere on the timeline, unaware of what the future holds. Spirit always firstly “moves downwards” into manifestation because manifestation is simply the grossest form of spirit. How else can we attempt K&C with the HGA, seeing as how the HGA is but our higher selves? As the spirit within learns (or, more accurately, remembers) how to rise back up, the lower planes are automatically affected, therefore leaving us with the duty of assimilation above and below.
The True Will is thus both determined by its equations, and free because those equation are simply its own name, spelt out fully. His sense of being under bondage comes from his inability to read it; his sense that evil exists to thwart him arises when he begins to learn to read, reads wrong, and is obstinate that his error is an improvement.
To “see into the future” is to prove a certain degree of synchronicity, but more importantly, it shows that the Truth is Maya and that we all share it. The siddhis show us the simulation of the One as all these things and that this is what we call “reality.”
So what is “reality”?
Now, returning briefly to Liber E: personally and through the discipline of meditation, I know it takes me approximately 46 minutes for any kind of emotion (whether it is anger, excitement, anxiety, etc.) to naturally cycle out of my consciousness. The thought remains if not changed but the feeling itself wanes regardless of what I was thinking. What that means is that whatever I thought was really worth starting a fist fight with someone twice my size for, will fade by the time I’ve been pulverized and have been left lying on the floor.
This also applies to less dramatic but still damaging situations like choosing to insult someone instead of staying quiet.
The bottom line is that we must attempt to treat others as if they are to die tomorrow.
The convergence of time not only means that to be rude to someone is being rude to yourself but to fall prey to the Ultimate Illusion of reality, and the nature of that reality, being Separation.
And when we must shun someone away, we should do it solely with the intention of directing them towards a path more suitable to their Will, and not out of our own fear, hatred, jealousy, or anger.