Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Note: this was written a LONG, LONG time ago. Haven’t updated it.
Over the last two months, I have been studying hypnosis in as much detail as I can, since I am working towards attending a course on hypnotherapy. Doing that, I have read almost everything there is to know about hypnosis from a neurological standpoint, as well as I have developed a simple model of the mind which I use when hypnotizing people.
Now, please bear with me, as this is something I want to explain in as precise a manner as possible, and it’s rather significant to what I mean.
The mind consists (at least functionally) from the Maintenance unit (basically breathing, heartbeat, everything that happens automatically that keeps us alive), the Memory, Perception, and the Decision-making faculty. The last of which also, in its process, causes us to be conscious; there can’t be a decision made if there is no-one to make it, and us being conscious, having an identity (regardless of what it is), allows us to make decisions and have some degree of autogenic control.
To make any decision, we need to connect two things: our memory (which holds our identity, experiences, skills, and everything else we know), and our perception. Then on their basis the brain automatically (in the ACC and DLPFC) generates consciousness (because someone has to make a decision), in order to justify itself in making a decision. The brain operates on logic.
Here’s where it all comes together (sparing you the dozens of studies and declassified mind-control documents):
I have experimented with eliciting various visions in myself, and two other people, and we have so far to see any difference whatsoever between them and ritually reached ones. The way we induced these was through Autogenic Training methods, combined with the Automatic Imagination model.
Here’s an interesting chain of logic if we apply this to the A.’.A.’., however. In that context, the outer college is all about straightening out ones psyche (ritual, yoga and memorization as passive psychotherapy) and getting a grasp of abstract concepts (being that the A.’.A.’. is rooted in a symbolical model of the mind, rather than a functional one). Then, for the first time at Tiphareth, one achieves direct contact with the “other”, as Levinas called it. Essentially perceiving the automatic mind. Since the brain is insanely powerful, it isn’t beyond it’s power to maintain and induce growth in itself (the “Will”).
Then at Chesed, we straighten out our philosophy entirely. This is crucial, as it implies that we simplify the consciousness, and our decision-making process into nothing, intellectually. It is what allows ones mind (personality) not to be distorted in the automatic process. There isn’t any space left to do anything about anything after this at all.
What follows is, we cross the Abyss (the Amnesic barrier, so called), becoming without consciousness (as there are no more decisions to make, we have oriented ourselves, and everything else follows), and allowing the automatic brain to simply take over and act.
What really connected this idea to the A.’.A.’. for me was chapter 32 of the Book of Lies, which clearly shows that consciousness is not something to “expand” or “awaken”, but rather a symptom of internal conflict (only a person completely without doubt or internal conflict can just act without having to make conscious decisions). Not to mention that conscious decisions are comparatively slow, as the conscious sensation of making a decision has to be elicited in the brain.
Another connection is the fact that Crowley clearly states that the trance “Nirodha-samapatti” is the key to the attainment of the grade of Ipsissimus. This would mean that Kether doesn’t represent the “first spark” at all, but rather the constant neuronal activity which keeps us alive by keeping our heart beating, our gastric tract working, and our diaphragm moving, the “spirit of life”, so to speak.
Which makes me wonder whether the system of the A.’.A.’. is, indeed, the most efficient. Especially given the seeming lack of attainment, and madness which surrounds most lineages.
At this point, I don’t know. It does seem to me that it’s all the brain. The only thing this doesn’t account for is astrology and divination. I have, multiple times, divined things for people. The chances of doing that are astronomically small, and yet somehow that worked well.
Furthermore, I am quite fond of this bit, as it does imply that it’s mostly a neurological process (as he does in the introduction to the Lemegeton):
In this book it is spoken of the Sephiroth and the Paths; of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes, and many other things which may or may not exist.
It is immaterial whether these exist or not. By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.
–Liber 6 Cap I;2.
I hope this gives you guys something to think about and consider. It’s been an interesting journey for me through the years. Post your comments, thoughts, and critiques, if you have any. I’m always open to have my ideas challenged, and this is as good an opportunity as any.
Love is the law, love under will.