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from the wand-of-trouble-power dept.
I've recently been enjoying a book by A.H. Almaas called The Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization. His idea of narcissism, in brief, is that it "involves being identified with relatively superficial aspects of the self, as opposed to being aware of one's identity as Being." It's a marvellous work that I'd recommend to anyone interested in spirituality or psychology.
But this passage, early in the book, caught my attention right away: "When a person is working on self-realization, this narcissism is increasingly exposed; in fact, it is usually aggravated for some time. When we approach the dimension of essential presence we inevitably confront the narcissism inherent in our disconnection from that presence. The success of the work on self-realization depends, to a great degree, upon successfully resolving the arousal and intensification of narcissistic manifestations."
This seems relevant to Thelema. Most of us have probably had this experience of the intensification of "veils" as we progressed through magical work, or if not, surely all of us have known others who have. Some Thelemites refer to these experiences as "ordeals." What I'm not familiar with is any method native to Thelema of resolving these ordeals.
The magical orders with which I'm familiar generally handle ordeals only at a political level: it's your own business until you create an administrative problem, and then the administrative problem is addressed.
Are there groups out there who have had success in helping aspirants through these tough spots? How is it done?
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