The Unconscious Mind

THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND.

 

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:

Flux&Stillness Diagram

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].

Love Under Will Diagram

The collective unconscious of the macrocosm:

 

  1. LOVE – Self defined through Law: awareness and equal appreciation of all things, the unity subject and object.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

time vs eternity diagram

In summary,

 
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.

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Hate Sex

THE WIFE-BEATER

I BRUISED your body with the whip
Its wheals stand out in ridgéd azure.
The savage blood upon your lip
Images hurt, and hurt’s erasure.

The pain transmuted into passion;
And passion.s ruin was not pain;
But my pain wears another fashion;
My dead men do not rise again.

You hurt me, and the silent skin
Whispers no word of bleeding bruises;
Your subtle hate, your cunning skin
Brands and corrodes me where it chooses

I fear not them that kill the body,
But rather them that hurt the soul:
My soul with your disdain is bloody;
Your stripes are none to make me whole.

Could you but see my vitals torn,
My nerves on rack, my tortured spirit.
Of all the ills to mortals born
This is the sorest to inherit.

If you could see the branded token
Of your invisible whip, the scars
Of your intangible knife, the unspoken
Agonies, silent as the stars!

Then you should count the agéd lines
That wrinkle up my boy’s blithe beauty:.
The Judge of all the Earth divines
My wrongs and yours, and does his duty.

For you in heaven shall bloom and burgeon,
And I in hell shall howl and groan.
Ah! God is an unskilful surgeon;
We both shall weep to be alone!

For we are one and may not part;
And though we hurt, we love, believe me!
Nor would I in my inmost heart
Of one of all your stabs bereave me.

No man can hurt the indifferent stranger,
No woman wound the casual friend.
There is a glory born of danger;
What anger gat, desire may end.

Give me the phrenzy of your lip!
My heart accepts your usurpature.
Your body leaps beneath the whip;
Our pain is in love’s very nature.

It is enough. The woe is over,
The woe begins; the vial brims,
And all the anguish of your lover
And you is hidden in wrestling limbs.

Drain the black cup of bruiséd blood!
Its bitter shall beget devotion,
And Bacchus sweep its frenzied flood
Into the Eleusinian ocean!

 
Elaboration upon the dualities of Love and Hate:

 
These two emotions are not actually opposites in the normal sense, since the opposite of both love and hate are indifference; both love and hate are on the extreme end of the emotional scale itself. Love is the acknowledgement and acceptance of both parts Beast/Babalon within another person. It is a constant balancing effort on both parts within the self, and with another, which if genuine, is the perfect balance of pleasure for the ego/Beast and non-ego/Babalon. Hence, Love under Will. Hate occurs when there is an imbalance; if regarding the Beast/Babalon within one’s self, this hate is directed inwards. When there is an imbalance regarding another person, this hate is directed at them. Most people will react in anger, perhaps even hate, towards the external trigger which does not do anything but show the internal imbalance there was, prior to the trigger. If there was no imbalance present, there would not have been any defensive reaction.

 
“Love” and “hate” both require some level of attachment to that which is the target of our emotions. The difference being that Love contains both the Will to Live/Dove/henosis/(development of Babalon and self-sacrifice of the Beast in order to accept another’s Beast) and the Will to Die/Serpent/apotheosis/(development of Beast and suppression of Babalon in order to be consumed by another’s Babalon).

 
Hate directed at a person drives us to get away from them as far as possible, because the nature of the Beast is fueled by ego. It is undesirable for a sensitive/developed ego to be poked at; more specifically, the individual’s ego is recognizing itself in another, and attempting to compete. If given a worthy enough challenge, the ego will either be required to submit (die) or recognize the futility of its efforts and also die. There is nothing more provoking nor fearful for the ego than the death of itself. Therefore, external hate usually occurs if one person’s Will to Die comes into conflict with another’s Will to Die. Beast vs Beast. A forced reflection upon the ego where the only escape is death either way–the progression into the Right Hand Path for balance.

 
Hate which occurs internally is due to a misalignment in Will and Action; this is usually due to external oppression of the individual’s Beast, which leads the ego to attack itself. It is not a true development of one’s Babalon, and the individual will most likely require a lot of Left Hand Path workings before finding his/her way to achieve balance.

 
The nature of sex is always an interplay of the permutations between Beast and Babalon, and results in death. From these two dynamics also comes an odd mixture of pleasure: the Babalon in one person gets along with the Babalon with another; the nature of Babalon/Nuit is passive, accepting, and all-encompassing. If two people are Babalon-dominant, there is no need for sex. Metaphorically speaking, they are neither alive nor dead and therefore have no inclination to die. This is why it is important to emphasize that Babalon =/= women and Beast =/= men. When two women have sex, they either take turns unleashing their Beast, or one woman has a inclination towards Beast, and the other towards Babalon. However, when two separate (worthy and equal) Beasts meet and are unable to escape, they will fight and suffer–but also seek to die together; in other words, they have hate-sex. There comes a time when both see the futility of their actions and decide that the only way to achieve joy together is to surrender together.

 
The frustration that arises with any energy-expending battle can easily be transformed into sexual tension. The attraction is not always due to physical appearance, since the attraction itself is from the fact that both Beasts have been forced to surrender, causing them to seek each other for pleasure.

 
Usually, hate-sex happens when one Beast is able to recognize the power of the other, or in momentary stalemates instead of the end of the battle. The acknowledgement of one Beast from another is what is labeled “sexy;” it is the awareness that the other person has within them, the potential to kill the individual’s ego. Nowadays, society has brainwashed people into accepting an image/form of what’s sexy, causing a reinforcement loop within their minds so concrete that when one asks someone what they believe to be sexy, they can only explain through prescribed imagery. Prescribed imagery, if never questioned, will never allow the individual to see beyond their social accretions.

True Fear & True Love

A jealous god is a feared god, and I see now the relation between True Fear and True Love. These dualities apply to the dualities of the ego and non-ego; the contradiction occurs in the minds of those who, because of fear cannot face fear and cannot move past towards love.

Exodus 20:4-5. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…”

I:51. “…Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, and with whom ye will! But always unto me.
52. If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks saying: They are one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!”

“Jealousy,” and “direful judgments” all directly address the individual’s ego, and are not to be mistaken as corresponding to the non-ego/Higher self/HGA/God. (The latter obviously does not apply; the non-ego is devoid of ego/judgment/jealousy). The individual’s ego fears retribution from an external “higher power,” whether it is a parent when one is young, society, societal laws, deities, etc.; but what it is actually fearing is the Union with the Higher self/HGA/God within them, once again, because the ego knows it must submit.

The psychological process that occurs (usually when dealing with the monotheistic God) is opposite to Identifying-Objectifying-Banishing a demon/aspect of ego. Here, what is occuring is the automatic ego Objectification (of the HGA into external deities)-Avoidance (denial of external deities)- Incomprehension (of what was actually the issue).

The declaration of any given god to appear ego-full and not just ego-less, therefore, either causes the individual to react with more Mercy, or to Objectify-Avoid-Incomprehend the issue. (Then again, all attacks against the ego can invoke this response.) The individual who is aware that they feel fear regardless of how ludicrous the stimulus (like words on paper from a god), is then given the chance to be honest and inquire within themselves; if they feel fear, there is something to be afraid of (a higher power); and there is something that is feeling the fear (their ego). This is also the function of the Tunis Comment.

The appearance of contradiction in an ego-full and ego-less God have been elaborated upon: when you Love everyone, you hate everyone. Love supersedes all facets of the projection of existence. The individual whom accepts God’s Love sees no contradiction between his jealousy and his Love. One understands that this jealousy is merely an attack upon the individual’s ego, and it is only the ego whom acknowledges this jealousy.

Love, in Regards to Kings

“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.