In Response to the mental / objective / hallucinatory debate in Magick

The main problem with any model or system soever is that it is either not inclusive of the total available reality, or reduces multiple co-arising realities into a single form or limitation.

There is so much confusion on what is actually happening when we do magick, that it is very difficult to tease apart the roughly 5 conversations that happen all at once when this topic comes up. I will do my best to be clear, although that usually never guarantees anything.

We can start by stating that as far as ‘hallucinations’ are concerned, everything is in its own way a hallucination. Granted, the gross matter reality we dream when we are awake and grounded in our bodies is a very difficult one to realize fully as illusory; but a good start is to recognize how a normal human being without any higher development or awareness lives completely and absolutely within their own illusion, with faulty ties at best to the consensus reality we inhabit as a society and multicultural planet.

One very important truth that gets people confused is that a ‘spirit’, or a spiritual being has a correspondence with some aspect of your make-up as a human being. This is usually where people who work with, see, or otherwise believe in spiritual entities get their panties in a bunch. The simple reality is that everything that exists outside of us, is in truth internal to our own existence. This doesn’t necessarily mean ‘mental’. Plant spirits are an excellent example. Communion with plants is possible based on the fact that the plant world is a component to the existence of mammals, and humans, and mind. Without plants, and plant spirits; your physical body would not exist … and as well, your mind would have no basis of life to grow out of, and so would also not exist.

This is the only thing that should be meant when we talk about dealing with spirits in terms of them being internal to our nature.

The second point is that spiritual entities can manifest in any suitable body that you give them to manifest in. This can be wind, rain, sunshine etc.; or plants, herbs, trees, fungus etc.; or animals, minerals, or other organic materials and foods, etc.; and they can even manifest in other inert objects like incense smoke as in traditional grimoire work. If you charge an energy field through magick and evocatory ritual, using all the proper correspondent tools and signs, and induce a magickal state in your own awareness … all these components taken together are the vehicle given to the spirit to manifest in, its body.

All of these things are matters of scale. When working with nature spirits, you don’t necessarily need to have a ‘conversation’ with them in a standard mental way. Since they correspond directly to components of your own being, their shared vibration communicates with your body directly. Perhaps the mind is used to translate this information into something more strictly human; but the congress between man and nature spirit requires no higher level cognition. These are matters of instinct and primal feelings and wisdom.

When we scale up to something like a Grimoire; its important to observe first the difference in materials required for that kind of work. Now instead of being in Nature, we are in a formal ritualized setting, using tools like a lion skin belt, wands, daggers, incense, chalk, and all kinds of other crazy man-made objects. The scale has increased to the mental. 

Just as nature spirits (natural entities) correspond with frequencies in your body’s vibration, grimoire entities; chaos magick servitors, etc., have correspondences in the psyche. This does not mean they are purely mental and in the operators head. They simply have a corresponding vibration in the mental capacity of the operator which is required as a component for the vehicle in which the spirit manifests in.

The problem always arises when we insist that it is either or.

Further, just as I stated that a massive amount of humans live in an illusion because they have no developed awareness to perceive reality as it is; the same is true for magicians. This leads us to a totally different aspect of the topic, which has to do with technique, and whether or not spiritual contact between a magician and a spirit has truly been initiated, or if it is being faked.

Most of the time, a magician who is even concerned about whether or not spirits/entities are ‘real’ or ‘in your head’ is only confused because they haven’t made actual contact yet. The stark duality and insistence that “spirits are either true or false” betrays the fact that no developed awareness is present, and the magician is under an illusion; and this is the true hallucination in magick.

The astral plane is simply a hallucinated projection of the contents of the mind. It can be very useful, but the same problem arises between astral travelers who can perceive reality as it is, and astral travelers who project a false reality onto their experience. If you can’t do some really spooky shit on the astral; like get information that you couldn’t possibly have known otherwise, or compel a person or event to present itself to you, etc.; than you are probably not seeing reality clearly, which means your imagination cannot properly compose the astral plane itself. Instead you get shells and shadows and you don’t even know it.

Same issue with entheogens. Some people have a light show and see the most useless garbage from their own baggage and stress … but people who know how to do spiritual work have deeply internal and permanently transmutational experiences.

The difference is in the awareness.

What’s My Name

The True Artist develops pseudonyms (masques) not as something to be thrown away, but as constant components to her complex existence to be integrated and transcended. When a completely new and radical unfolding in the artistic vision becomes apparent, where all old rote and rituals are suddenly and often violently rendered (not useless but) null; it becomes a sacred honor to consecrate this new awareness with a name.

In so embodying (inhabiting, remembering) this new transcendence, the artist must remain totally aware that the previous personalities of her now transcendental vision are still required as components in the maintenance of the new Genius thus attained thereunto. And the ultimate first calculation is a karma person such as it stood when the artist first began the habit of redefining and naming herself … apropos, all Genius requires the component of the original person you were programmed to be before you got to play your hand at hacking your own awareness.

By giving these states of awareness attained a name (masque), we can investigate their character by a process of objectification. In integral jargon: “the subject of your current state of awareness (subjective perception) becomes the object in the awareness of the higher transcendent state”. The proof of this occurrence is the negation of all conflicts experienced at the previous states. These conflicts may remain within the older, deeper, and component masques (pseudonyms); negation simply means they cease to leave a karmic trace … they now equal zero. This ‘equaling zero’ of the spiraling architecture of artistic personalities is called ‘transparency’. The metaphor here being of divine light, stained glass, nakedness and vulnerability, etc.

This process of the artistic evolution of Intellect has been alluded to everywhere by the wise because it is purposeful and is a process which is more accurately described as an operation (fnord). Some of my favorite axioms pointing to this secret can be found in Crowley’s “Love Under Will”, Wilber’s “Transcend and Include”, Falco’s “Arrow of Complexity”, and Dee’s “Hieroglyphic Monad”.

But what is important in Dancing the Masque is that there is a thread of continuity. That the Transcendent state comes ‘back to market’; befriends all the demons and enlists them in the honour guard; loves, embraces, maintains, and cares for all the previous states of personhood which are still so essential to the complex expression of artistic genius as it is right now. All masques must be given their proper timing and groove on the ballroom floor.

This may seem like a lot of work … and it is. But this way of working does not cost energy when the entire proccess is accounted. The act of transcendence radically liberates energies that had been locked away inside our unexplored kinks. This way of heaven, this way of immortality, purity and superiority was summed up by the most interesting man in the world when commenting on Masquerades:

“If the only thing that comes off at the unmasking hour is the mask, you have done something wrong.”

This is a good metaphor for transparency, and is a kind of vulnerable nakedness much more difficult than nudity. Its presense emits the sweet perfume of genius, intellect, myth, and artistry into the air like inscense. This is the eros and eroticism of all true sapiosexual potion; because the consciousness (soul) is the seat of transcendent wisdom. And the infinite of consciousness can paradoxically contain the void incomprehensibleness of pure Intellect; pure Wisdom, and that is Big Love. And the body in gross matter, ludicrouslly paradoxically can contain all of this; and that is power and bliss, and force and light.

This is why having the names of yourself and others remain in your pure heart is power. This is how developing a relationship with your global-centric self can allow you to put the entire planet and its complex symbiotic ecosystems into your pure heart. And this is how wisdom inhabits courage and acts in power. Through alignment, through timing, groove. Heat and Moisture, Vital Force and Subtle Electricities; the transmutation happens right on time.

Stay Thirsty, Stay Foolish.

On the Body, the Heart, and the Mind

In life we have passions. These passions become colored and get in the way, or propel you along the way. The duality of methods for dealing with the passions involves either detaching from them, or diving into them.

Between these methods of the universe is the human being. The human being having the sole and perpetual responsibility of never coming down hard on either side of duality. This is the deeper meaning of the classic Yin/Yang symbol. Not that duality exists, but that Yin is always Yin, and Yang is always Yang. To neglect the wide vision which encompasses both results in disruption from the unseen, or the unknown. This is the purpose of strategy.

This here being the way of the chariot, of contemplative and tantric action, what then is the essence of this tantra? That the electric charge between poles of duality are annihilated in Bliss. And this is the true nature of all passions; Bliss. Such Bliss is the nature of the Body.

The Body notwithstanding, must be attended to with the utmost care, concern, and responsibility. However, what good is any practice soever if our bodies are not strong enough to embrace and embody our passions? In such a case as weakness in the Body, the passions themselves devour the Body from the inside out, either through repression or obsession. This is the true nature of disease as a perfect plasticity and strength of body renders it immune to disruption.

If Supermind is, than disease is not.

The passions are oft confused with the Heart. Doing this is narcissistic, as true passion is biological and again, strategic. Bliss is something that tingles inside your living tissues, the satisfaction of getting what you want. One of the clearest insights is to realize you have a human right to feel wonderful and seek the living wonders of biological life. One cannot do this if you do not train and discipline the Body to have a capacity to embody the living wonder and Bliss of the universe. Which universe, in its factual and objective entirety, exists within you as component parts to your complex biological existence. What is above is not “The Above” of the alchemists, but rather the within of the Delphic Maxims. Each human being contains even the earth itself inside her body for without it, we are not.

Consciousness, your conscience, resides in the Heart. The true genius, the guardian angel, the daemon, the soul, the sun, and the son are all names given to the Heart energies. Wrapped in the bovine love of breath and charged with the lions beat. Supported by the satisfaction of the feminine/earth body, and the unquenchable thirst to wander, to discover, to plant seeds, and grow dreams. And True Love, which Love is the creator and gamer of the passions.

It is in the Heart that we transcend. For the opening of the Heart goes to infinite, and this great knowledge of infinite is both the source of all our sorrow and the summit of all our seeking. The Heart expands its sensitivity out into the physical universe, and can communicate and forge bonds with forces and powers alive in our objective world, both beyond and within the capacity of our physical senses, out in the galaxies and on other planes of existence, and the fellow humans surrounding us right here.

It is the essence of community, family, fraternity, sorority.  The Heart penetrates the body with True Love and fuses to it its subtle force, its subtle body which can then serve as an antennae and attractor for events, musings, dreamings … in a word; Myth.

It is in the Heart Consciousness that we are ourselves. Our true identity outside the stream of time. Never born, undying, pure and eternal is the Heart. The quality of each moment measured forever against the backdrop of eternity, quanta by quanta, moment to moment, Loving the Bliss of aeternity, Loving the Body, is Consciousness forever there. To know one another on this level of existence is to be dancing together in the eternal Garden of Souls, celebrating in Paradise whilst suffering Bliss on the earth.

If Supermind is, than sorrow is not.

Thought is often confused with the Mind. Doing this is nihilistic, as thoughts are a result of our biology, and specifically our complex triune brain. True Mind we will term Intellect. This Intellect is simply present, it simply is. Radically empty, but yet, full of a nothingness connected outside of this universe, outside of any way we can know reality itself. Beingness, presence, truly and fully living in the moment comes from Mind. Similar to the way the Heart penetrates the Body, the Mind is all penetrant in Body and Heart. You could say that Mind is before, and will be after, but this is saying too much. True Mind, the Intellect, is beyond any conceptions. Our conceptions; the way we conceive ideas are merely thoughts created by the penetration of the Heart energy influencing the passions of the Body. The Heart has a relationship with the Body, with time, with duality … it is involved in its own game for its own success, its own reasons, its own delight, which are transcendent and divine. The Mind IS all these things, is always everything and all things.

The Mind penetrates the Body and Heart until both become totally and permanently aware of its presence … this is actually what we term ‘awareness’. The Heart is the basis of our transcendence, the Intellect is the basis of our evolution. From Intellect, information from outside the universe can be brought into the moment to accelerate the development of the Body and Heart. This is the essence of Art. True Art is known as Art because it is Intellect that has successfully and completely penetrated the Body and Heart with unique/original information that originated outside the universe as we know it. It is the way of Original Heaven, and the True Immortality. This Art can be consummated in the Body through Works (acts/behaviors/etiquette), in the Heart through Love, and in the Mind itself through self-referencing Gnosis, which reflects out into the world as great artifacts of genius.

If Supermind is, than confusion is not.