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Thelema unites that which Christianity divided apart

January 26, 2010 31 comments

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

“The word of the Law is THELEMA… The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse.” -The Book of the Law

One problem with Christianity, and symptomatic of Western thinking in general, is its tendency to see opposites as completely irreconcilable: God is opposed to Devil, God’s will opposed to man’s will, Life opposed to death, and even saintliness opposed to sinfulness.

The Holy Books of Thelema assert the complementarity and even Unity of opposites over and over again. Constantly we are urged to accept all things including both high and low, good and bad, dark and light:

“My adepts stand upright; their head above the heavens, their feet below the hells.” (Liber Tzaddi)

Instead of striving merely to the heights and light, we must also strive to our depths and to darkness to be at complete equilibrium. The Beast 666 writes:

“The male must have completed himself and become androgyne; the female, and become gynander. This incompleteness imprisons the soul. To think ‘I am not woman, but man” or vice versa, is to limit one’s self, to set a bar to one’s motion. It is the root of the ‘shutting-up’ which culminates in become ‘Mary inviolate’ or a ‘Black Brother.””

The terms ‘Mary inviolate’ and ‘Black Brother’ are specific symbols used in The Book of the Law and Liber 418: The Vision and the Voice (which Crowley believed to be only second in importance to the Book of the Law) which can be studied therein. The basic idea of both these symbols is where the Ego shuts itself off from the world, insisting on a separate identity, proclaiming “I am I!” instead of the mystic statement of love under will, “Thou art That, and That am I!” This goes back to the idea presented in the beginning of this post: the person represented by ‘Mary inviolate’ or ‘Black brother’ refuses to accept the complementarity and even unity of opposites, including self vs. other.

This is also begins to show how people accusing Thelema of base ‘selfishness’ and ‘egocentrism’ are actually fundamentally incorrect. They would be closer to the truth, though, if they insist on ‘Willishness’ and ‘Willcentrism.’

We of Thelema do not divide but unite all things in “love under will” since Love is union. We unite in ourselves:

  • God & Devil
  • Light & darkness
  • Masculinity & femininity
  • Good & evil
  • High & low
  • East & West
  • Life & death
  • Virtue & vice, etc.

In this way, Thelema is a system of incorporation – Love that expands, assimilates, and includes all things – rather than castration, i.e. “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out” [Mark 9:47, Matt. 5:29]. In this way we heal the rift in ourselves that Christianity has caused along with the attending neurosis & obsession over sin & salvation.

In short, Thelema unites that which Christianity has divided – the Soul of every man and woman.

“For Perfection abideth not in the Pinnacles, or in the Foundations, but in the ordered Harmony of one with all.” (Liber Causae)

Love is the law, love under will.

Quotations on the Life of Thelema and the Death of Christianity (part 1)

January 4, 2010 25 comments
(NOTE: AL refers to Liber AL vel Legis, or the Book of the Law which is the central text of Thelema)
Every man and every woman is a star.” -AL I:3

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“The only possibility of ‘evil’ is that the Will may be hampered. On the contrary, to the slaves of ‘Jesus,’ there is scarce an act which is not of the nature of ’sin’. ‘Even our righteousness is as filthy rags.’ ‘There is none good, no, not one,’ etc., etc., ad nauseam — et praetor! To us, then, ‘Jesus’ is the very fount and origin of all possible ‘evil,’ for he synonymous with the idea of Restriction on every plane. The Christian conception of sin as the will of the natural man, the ‘Old Adam,’ is the basis of all internal conflict — of moral insanity.” (comment to Liber LXV)

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The word of the Law is THELEMA.” -AL I:39

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“I slept with Faith, and found a corpse in my arms on awaking; I drank and danced all night with Doubt, and found her a virgin in the morning.” -Book of Lies, ch.45

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” -AL I:40

The word of Sin is Restriction.” -AL I:41

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“There shall be no property in human flesh. The sex-instinct is one of the most deeply-seated expressions of the will; and it must not be restricted, either negatively by preventing its free function, or positively by insisting on its false function. What is more brutal than to stunt natural growth or to deform it? What is more absurd than to seek to interpret this holy instinct as a gross animal act, to separate it from the spiritual enthusiasm without which it is so stupid as not even to be satisfactory to the persons concerned? The sexual act is a sacrament of Will. To profane it is the great offence. All true expression of it is lawful; all suppression or distortion is contrary to the Law of Liberty. To use legal or financial constraint to compel either abstention or submission, is entirely horrible, unnatural and absurd. ” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

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Thou hast no right but to do thy will.” -AL I:42
Love is the law, love under will.” -AL I:57

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“Every star must calculate its own orbit. All is Will, and yet all is Necessity. To swerve is ultimately impossible; to seek to swerve is to suffer. The Beast 666 ordains by His authority that every man, and every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual, shall be absolutely free to interpret and communicate Self by means of any sexual practices soever, whether direct or indirect, rational or symbolic, physiologically, legally, ethically, or religiously approved or no, provided only that all parties to any act are fully aware of all implications and responsibilities thereof, and heartily agree thereto.” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

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Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me.” -AL I:51

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“The God-idea must go with other relics of the Fear born of Ignorance into the limbo of savagery. I speak of the Idea of God as generally understood, God being ‘something “not ourselves” that makes for righteousness,’ as Matthew Arnold victorianatically phrased his definition. The whiskered wowser! Why this ingrained conviction that self is unrighteous? It is the heritage of the whip, the brand of the born slave.” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

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Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us.” AL II:20
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” -AL III:60