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To: Internet From: tyagi mordred nagasiva
Subject: Re: Authority and the Christian Magician Date: Kali Yuga 49941109 Rules are very important things. They are ladders to some of us, allowing us to move from one level to another (up or down depending on our needs). At some point, however, we may outgrow the rules, they cease to be helpful and are more of an obstacle to us. At this point they become our cage, which we must leave behind in order to move on. To me vows are more like targets, places to aim. Why am I aiming there? Because I have found that that target yields a considerable degree of lasting satisfaction. I have looked at some mystical teachings, accepted elements of these, and am making of my life a living experiment. I'm playing with directions toward which I wish to live. Poverty, riches, debauch, asceticism, etc., etc. As I do this I try to watch myself carefully and where I go. I try to be fully in the experience of the result of my movement in results of these aims. So far I see that these which God has given unto me are very valuable. This is quite similar to magical oaths. A good example of one of these is in dedicating myself to the attainment of the Great Work. Now of course this aim is very lofty and therefore ambiguous. It is possible to use this aim as an excuse to do all sorts of nasty things in the name of 'the Great Work'. And yet if I am sincere in my quest, if I actually know the value of the goal, then there is no need of reigns, no need of cattle-prods, no need of barbed-wire fences to keep me from moving too far to the left or too far to the right. No, I will notice that I am drifting off-course (sometimes after a period of delusion at which I must reorient/repent). Such is the danger of the solitary course. The Holy Spirit blows in varying directions and I must listen to the mouth of God as She whispers which currents to follow, raising and lowering my sail, altering the position of the rudder. I did not say that I can always *feel* these murmurings (the shouts are fairly easy to hear :>). I am conditioned to disregard my emotions and these are a prime indicator of my role and route. I don't think that we need introduce any sort of mystical cosmology in order to understand the magical Quest. Becoming more human, I feel more deeply, love more consistently as a matter of course, and therefore my spirituality unfolds. 'Intuitive knowledge' is gained through Grace and so my actions, aside from being as humane and human as I am able, are of little consequence, as I see it. end
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