posted on Feb, 24 2013 @ 03:05 PM
Originally posted by Aleister
And then, of course, my namesake Aleister Crowley stopped using the words "I", "me", etc. for a time after realizing that so much of the ego
became present through use of those identifying words. He went as far as to cut himself whenever he said one of them (if anyone tries this, pinching
oneself may be less drastic, although not as compelling). The gain from this exercise might become profound and obvious after awhile. "I"'ve never
tried it, but writing this gives temptation.
I don't want to tangent too much here, but your post made me feel compelled to add my two cents here:
First of all, if you want to try this interesting technique, you might use the method Donald Michael Kraig suggests in his book "Modern Magick"--
that of replacing self-cutting with a sturdy rubber band around the wrist, which you can *SNAP*
when you use the offending word.
Second of all, I'd caution against following Crowley too closely. With him being your "namesake" this may fall on deaf ears, but if have to try (if
only for those other curious members reading). Crowley was, in certain ways, somewhat brilliant. His book of associations is an excellent reference
(777 / sepher sephiroth) and the man lead a very interesting life. However, anyone who knows anything about the man also realizes that he was slightly
insane, had too massive an ego (ironic, given how this topic came up) , and may have recklessly played with forces he should have left
And if one needs any "proof" of this, the "great magician" died in poverty, a drug addict. Which does not, to me, sound like the
condition of someone who had mastery over his life, his will, or had conversation with his "holy guardian angel" or anything like that.
So I would take much of Crowleyanism and "Thelema" with a big grain of salt and a skeptical eye. i would use most of his techniques tentatively, if
at all, and throw away anything that didn't seem right. IMO there is much better out there. And do understand that here I am speaking of crowley
specifically, and that is not meant to reflect on the Golden Dawn or any other groups he was associated with....