Emotional (and physical) pruritus; another balance to be sought–pain is so often times intense and brief that one finds humor in the situation more quickly than a drawn-out instance of itch, or boredom. These sensations are one in the same, and also the opposite of one another; the only remedy for either is by quieting the mind and detaching significance from the body. Life is suffering; both painful and boring, and humans have long since admired tragedy and drama as counter-measures. What is ingeniusly ironic is that the act of enjoying a tragedy brings evokes suffering within one’s self; it reaffirms one’s own existence and allows the individual to acknowledge their own frailty.

Catharsis works the same way as medicines do; in small amounts, a poison is a poison. In large amounts of poison, the structure is apparent; the cure is within the poison to be extracted and synthesized from in order to produce a beneficial effect. The key to catharsis is in suffering itself, and the nature of suffering is that of existence.

To perceive Joy as merely occurring during times of good health, or favorable events is to misconstrue it. The individual is only busy, their mental capabilities occupied, distracted, and their brain releases chemicals that tell it that it’s happy. The nature of Joy is that it has the potential to be present all the time, and it only depends upon the individual to allow themselves to experience it. Happiness is being completely in the present moment, regardless of the situation, without emotional attachment.

The Spirals of Life

1. One Abyss experience is enough, given it was a deep enough experience. Life being a spiral, the Crossing of the Abyss is the full cycle of the first spiral of one’s life – after it has been done, you are already familiar with the spiral, therefore you never stop spiraling. People who never Cross are always held in a closed circuit loop; they may at times rise higher, but only an Abyssal experience breaks them out of the loop permanently. Similarly, those who have Crossed sometimes dip back down, but already have the momentum of their attainments to rise back up and keep spiraling. (By “spiral” I mean coming back to the same points in life, but each time around, you gain a higher understanding that changes your being and adapts for the better).

2. Nostalgia is important, not only because you can learn from the memories that arise in dreams, but you can also reflect back upon your life. This seems rather obvious and simple. By following True Will, you are activating the forces which lead you to spiral/Cross. I look back on my life and there were many times where I can say, “I could have been happy there.” And it wasn’t even that I wasn’t happy at that time – I just trusted in my HGA and as it turns out, I became happier. Not because I ended up in a different place, but because of my experiences to get there. It is not until anyone goes anywhere that they realize just how happy or unhappy they were to begin with. So I thought to myself, what happens if in years after my journey in magick I find myself wanting to have never begun, i.e. that I had made the mistake of leaving that first point – the thing is, this is the true meaning of “happiness is a journey, not a destination.” And this stupid little saying often repeated flies in one ear and out the other of the people who claim to accept it but have never left their happy places in fear. It takes work.

3. Nobody “gets anywhere” in magick, (in conclusion of numbers 1&2) and the point against syncretism is this: too many people are trying to mutate things, not leaving enough time for themselves or others to fully explore each facet. These mutations are best left for the individual, in Silence, since they are what it’s actually for. It’s just mixed in with the aim of seeking recognition for self/one’s work, which is an ego-want, but one best sought out in terms of personal relationships. Not the world which is already muddy with ill-informed theories.