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from the magical-Mister-C-tour dept.
What is dispersion?
I would tentatively define it as losing one's Will in some momentary or partial fascination. Choronzon (restriction be unto whom in the name Babalon) is referred to as the Lord of Dispersion, and if The Vision and the Voice is any guide, the attainment of the Magister Templi grade entails victory over this Lord.
For most of us, it is too much to expect to be free of dispersion altogether, at least in our current condition. What's more, the intention to be free of dispersion can easily turn into a fascination of its own, and thus a source of further dispersion. Some would claim that this indicates that the proper approach to dispersion is to embrace it. But embracing it could mean different things.
It could mean simply accepting the role dispersion plays in our lives. This, I think, is the approach of ordinary life. "Of course I get distracted sometimes. Doesn't everybody?" But distraction is far more pervasive than most people realize.
Alternatively, one could embrace particular instances of dispersion in order to transmute them, and ultimately move beyond them. This could be what is meant by "Choronzon (restriction be unto whom in the name Babalon)." For fascination is an act of partial love, a love that moves us away from the totality of ourselves. Babalon desires to achieve union with the object of our fascination also, while retaining the desire to achieve union with all other things -- bless her heart! So in Babalon there is no isolation from our totality.
It seems to me, then, that the intention to gradually diminish dispersion is an essential part of the Thelemic path.
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