posted on Oct, 16 2013 @ 12:46 AM
I asked about your background because there is Christian Cabala that is a lot easier for someone to get into without having to learn Hebrew,
its conceptually similar and fits into a Christian paradigm easier.
The Hebrew thing does not turn me off. Study of hebrew was a big part of what I studied when I was going to convert. I by no means am een close to
fluent, but I do know the alphabet, and know and am familiar with a decent amount of Hebrew, in the religious context. Actually, that period of my
life included the idea that Hebrew is a holy tongue, special and having depth of meaning if you can comprehend it. Not that I still view it the same
way, as a divinely sent perfect language, but it still does interest me, and I actually do believe there may be something truly special about it.
I might be looking at the Crowley/Tim Leary connection too superficially--The whole chemical experimentation thing; But I never read Leary, I
just know of him. As you can tell I don't take Crowley as a master of the occult, his understandings of Kabbalah IMHO are distorted by his ego
and drug-fuelled psychosis, something that could be also said about Leary in relation to levitating the pentagon.
I don't fully understand the Crowley/Leary connection, just know Leary himself spoke of it often, even going so far as to say he was Crowley
re-incarnated(not that he necessarily meant it literally, but shows the affinity he felt). Also, you really have to read his books to appreciate and
understand Leary. People talk bad about him wihout having read his work, but you really can't have an informed opinion without doing so.
You mention the Tree of Life in the OP--emphasised early on in my studies of Kabbalah was the other tree. Knowledge is neutral, how it
is applied is good/evil; I feel Crowley ignores/misinterprets this... I'm trying to remember if its in the Talmud or Genesis where God says about Adam
and Eve "well at least they didnt eat from the other Tree" (referring to the Tree of Life).
edit on 14-10-2013 by cartenz because:
I never heard that exact quote, but in Genesis the tree of the knowledge of good and evil IS said to be right next to the tree of life, eating from
which is said to give you eternal life.
edit on 16-10-2013 by TheJourney because: (no reason given)