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The members of the experiment proposed an idea... by using extreme and prolonged concentration, they could create their ghost through a collective thought form: Non-physical entities which exist in either the mental or astral plane. In order to create this ghost and make it as 'real' as possible, it needed a life story; a background in which the ghost could 'relate' to.
They named the ghost they were attempting to bring into focus "Philip Aylesford" and created a tragic story, explaining to the fullest and in great detail, his life, and the few actions that lead to his tragic death.
Within a few weeks, Philip made contact. Although he did not manifest in spiritual form, appearing as an apparition or ghost, he did make contact through a brief rap on the group's table. "Philip" answered questions that were consistent with his fictitious history, but was unable to provide any information beyond that which the group had conceived. However, "Philip" did give other historically accurate information about real events and people. The Owen group theorized that this latter information came from their own collective unconsciousness.
There are for me two main aspects of magic; the parapsychological and the psychological. In enchantment and divination I believe that the magician is attempting to interact with nature via non-material causality. He is basically exchanging information with his environment without using his physical faculties. Austin Osman Spare precisely identified the mental manoeuvres necessary to allow this to occur. The manoeurvres are startlingly simple and once you have understood them you can invent an unlimited number of spells and forms of divination. The manoeuvres are sacred but the forms of their expression are arbitrary; you can use anything at random.
Bohr and Spare are for me Saints of the Church of Chaos.
...when a magician interacts with those apparently sentient sources of knowledge, inspiration and parapsychological ability that used to be called spirits, gods, demons and elementals, he is tapping into the extraordinary resources that each of us already contains. When activated they may also receive some input via non-material causality from outside. Yet since we all contain such a rich multitude within our own unconscious or subconscious and can also receive congruent information from the collective unconsciousness, as it were, then the possibilities are practically limitless. Given the correct techniques one can invoke or evoke anything, even things which did not exist before one thought of calling them. This may sound like complete
Chaos, and I have to report that my own researches confirm that it is!
Chaos Magic for me means a handful of basic techniques which must be adhered to strictly to get results, but beyond that it offers a freedom of expression and intent undreamt of in all previous forms of magic.
Ibid, pp. 12-3.
Liber Ate Information.
Sr. Ex LVX 963
Originally posted by werewolf99
Also chaos magic or many aspects of the occult do not require any belief in God. I was taught occult as set of tools: traditional witchcraft. It was not a religion. Although a belief in God was part of the persons beliefs. The power was seen as natural and did not rely upon any deity.
Originally posted by werewolf99
If people believe in chaos magic: we have to take this as an assumed principle which I admit may not be the case: then belief can create effects and create things. We could then conclude that many of the the inge we observe mystical and otherwise is created through belief. So many of these things are created like this.In fact I would say that if this were the case then most things living or appearing in anyway exist because of belief. But if this is the case then it is most likely that we are on of these things. Is it not likely that some of the mystical things which we think we created are actually our creators and that we existed first as their folk tales: becoming real through their belief?
Is it not therefore true instead of placing us in the centre of creating of many things like God's etc. That we are simply less central and among the mass of created? Where as chaos magic seems to imply a centralness and importance we do not have. We therefore either exist in a world of no Gods and simply powerful and less powerful beings: or a polythesistic society with many Gods.
Is the central assumnption that most take from it that we are special as humans completely false?
Originally posted by yampa
Yet another incident on this forum of someone trying to sell the idea that our mind creates reality. This is a misleading and dangerous idea which should not be encouraged.