An Approach to Magick
by Frater Y.V.
January 1992 e.v.
Revised September 2000 e.v.
"Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change
to occur in conformity with Will."-- Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice
"Magick is the Science of understanding oneself
and one's conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding
in action."-- Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
- The Totality and each of its component parts
are composed of different levels of existence which vary in subtlety.
At the "lowest" or least subtle level, the components
are perceived as individual, conditioned things, which are subject to change. At the "highest"
or most subtle level, there is only One Thing which is No Thing,
which is not conditioned and not subject to change. The Totality,
the Resultant of all levels, is Consciousness.
- Each individual person possesses a True
Will, which extends across all levels of existence. It is unique
with respect to other individual persons, yet identical with the
single Ultimate Will.
- The uniqueness of the individual True Will
is due to the conditions and contexts of individual, separate
- At the lowest level of existence, the True
Will cannot be perceived, because it is overwhelmed, obscured
and fragmented by changing conditions and contexts. Existence
at this level is reactive, not voluntary. The will appears to
change from one moment to the next. If the individual is only conscious at this level, he will perceive himself
as being at the mercy of uncontrollable and unpredictable external
forces, now lifting him up, now casting him down; taking him nowhere.
- If the individual is inspired to examine,
analyze and understand his conditions, he may obtain a glimpse
of his True Will. If he does, he will become conscious on a slightly
higher level. The True Will, as initially glimpsed, will be shrouded
in conditions. Such a vision is often expressed as "life
purpose" or "destiny." Even such an imperfect
vision of purpose enables the individual to aspire to act voluntarily;
to act because he believes the action is in accordance with his
True Will, rather than because he believes his conditions require it.
He may now begin to act to influence his conditions,
to bend them to his Will, rather than to propitiate or attack
them -- to begin to cause "change to occur in conformance
with Will." This is done by applying all the energies available
to him within the confines of his conditions toward the harmonizing
of said conditions with his perception of his True Will.
Because temporal conditions are so powerful
on the lower level, his efforts are unlikely to produce satisfactory
results unless he becomes able to apply his energies upon the
media of higher (more subtle) levels, where he may influence powers
which determine the manifestation of conditions on the lower level. Success in this is ultimately only arrived
at by personal experimentation. The chances of failure are high,
and he is unlikely to make significant progress unless he receives either gnosis or
the instruction, guidance and inspiration of someone with experience and insight.
His success in this changes his conditions,
and thus changes his consciousness. It refines his perception
of his True Will. As the blinding clouds of temporal conditions
part, he perceives the Light of his True Will more clearly. This allows him to perceive and begin
to act upon the media of still higher levels of existence. Acting
upon the media of these higher levels in accordance with his refined
knowledge of his True Will, the individual increases his conscious identification
with the Totality and his harmonious dominion over his circumstances.
- Perfect knowledge of the True Will comes
as a result of perfect perception of all levels of existence,
wherein the True Will is perceived to be identical with that of
the Totality, which includes the unchanging and unconditioned
Ultimate Will and all individual Wills, as well as all things
which condition the individual Will. Perfect perception is reflection.
- The increase of the ability to perceive
and act upon subtler levels of existence, and acting voluntarily
in accord with the increased knowledge of the True Will gained
thereby, is what we know as Magick.
Love is the law, love under will.
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