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  Status Anxiety

General Thelema Posted by Martin Hettland on Thursday January 17, @10:08AM
from the taughtology dept.

2002 will be a year of slowdown, perhaps a year of profound recession. It is no coincidence that in the U.S., the country that has most firmly embraced a meritocratic ideology, the two most successful publishing genres are books on how to get rich and books on how to recover one's self-esteem. Expect strong sales of the latter in 2002. It will be a year when many people's self-esteem will suffer along with their economic fortunes. Our troubles will be part of a global downturn, but this won't help to shift the humiliation of being fired.

Reading Crowley's Magick Without Tears helped me recover my self-esteem, and I wonder if it might be a good idea to reprint this book in big numbers, both to help people recovering their self-esteem and to get an introduction to Thelema.

Crowley said that the most valuable of the writings of Eliphas Levi (whom Crowley considered to have been his prior incarnation) were his letters of instruction to his students.

In my opinion the same can be said about Crowley's writings: that his most valuablewritings are his letters of instruction to his students.

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**Re: Status Anxiety**
by <Xnoubis> on Thursday January 17, @10:10AM

I'd be interested in hearing about some of the things you've found most helpful in Magick Without Tears.

  • |Re: Status Anxiety\\
    by Martin Hettland on Sunday January 20, @11:08AM

    I found the book in the the biggest second\\
    hand bookshop in England, located in the county Kent and the town Chatham of Charles Dickens fame.\\
    The paperback quality of this second hand book was\\
    bad(most Christian Bibles have a much better quality, also when published as paperbacks).\\
    This is the reason why I do not have the book anymore, it started to fall apart, and I put it to the flames.\\
    What I found helpfull in Magick Without Tears, is that “Aleister Explaines Everything”(this is the title Crowley wanted[ and i want]for this book,\\
    if “Magick Without Tears” where to be republished as a selfhelpbook with this title, and had Leon\\
    Kennedy's idealised “guru-portrait” of Crowley(\\
    http://www.thelema.co.uk/crowley-yoga.htm) as its cover illustration, it would be a great marketing tool for Thelema, greater then this selfsame book is now with the title “Magick Without Tears”, and using the title “Aleister Explains Everything” would allso be in line with Crowley's own will for this book,)important about Thelema in laymen terms in this book, not making it to complicated to understand the text and the meaning behind it for the firsttime reader.\\
    Refering to your posting above, about Crowley and faschism, Magick Without Tears-/Aleister Explains Everything is the only one of his books - as far as I know - where he clearly comes across to the reader as being against faschism.\\
    Trying to market Thelema to people with any of his other books where he is more ambivalent towards faschism, would be bad PR for Thelema.\\
    Personally I found Crowley's writing about turning “everything is sorrow”, into “everything is joy”, and that this was more in line with the original idea behind Christianity(as described by Crowley in “Magick Without Tears”), to be the most helpful thing in Magick Without Tears-/ Aleister Explains Everything.\\

  • |Re: Status Anxiety\\
    by Martin Hettland on Monday January 21, @04:38AM

    The parts of the book where Crowley is describing the one important thing in life(to find ones way), pluss his interpretation of the Tao, as a method to avoid distractions from the joy of life that is in the going([that is:in the ongoing process of living your life]and not in reaching a set goal).\\

**Re: Status Anxiety**
by <Javelin> on Thursday January 17, @11:32AM

Magick w/o Tears is a guide to a magic(K)al
sojourn in life.
I used Liber vel Jugorum.
Selfcontrol was gained, while self-esteem
remained superfluous as it ever was.

As with the soul: this self which one
has to have with self-esteem on the side,
wat is it about?

I feel tears coming on… zeJav_

by Burke Devlin on Thursday January 17, @12:51PM

I agree with you that MWT is a great book. I am keenly dispointed though, that the most available edition is one that was censored (or edited) by Israel Regardie. The orginal edition is the best.

There is a succinct quality to MWT that represents the best of the mature AC, similiar to what one finds in “The Book of Thoth.” It's sort of a summing up of his life and career.

**Re: Status Anxiety**
by peter grey on Wednesday January 23, @05:42AM


Little bit late on this discussion but I'd like to add my opinion.
MWT is a great book, but mass market it aint. Like Aiwass said, 'few and secret'.
AC had the nous to say Magick is for all, the idea is sound, the terminology is not.
IMO propogating the Law of Thelema can be done in a more culturally relevant way without dragging AC and the full bells and smells of ceremonial magick in it's wake.
Few people relate to the idea of Magick, many of those that do are uncritical flakes who may be happy with a white light fluffy bunny velour spellbook. They aren't going to get thorough MWT.
AC was almost incapable of writing for the common man, in MWT he is at his clearest, but it's still high over the heads of the 'average' reader.
If you want to market Thelema use the right weapons, talk to people in their language, NLP, psychology, whatever works. By any means necessary.
Magick will continue to turn people on, but they are always going to be the few. Tune into modern culture if you want to turn people on or transform society, spread the ideals of love, life, and liberty.
I'll stop ranting now.

93 93 93

Peter Grey

Re: Status Anxiety\\
by <Xnoubis> on Wednesday January 23, @09:24AM
Two things:\\
…had the nous to say…\\
What a great expression! Is that yours?\\
in MWT he is at his clearest\\
Wow. Nowhere near his clearest to me. I'd probably nominate the first two parts of Book 4.\\
But otherwise, I couldn't agree more.\\

  • |Re: Status Anxiety\\
    by <Mordecai> on Wednesday January 23, @10:41AM

    If judged by sales and wideness of availability then one would conclude that the Book of the Law and/or the Book of Thoth are Crowley's most accessible works. Personally I think his clearest effort is Little Essays Toward Truth.\\

**Re: Status Anxiety**
by Fra THA;M on Tuesday January 29, @11:39PM

I agree that MWT has proved one of the most lucid explanations of Crowley for myself. Alas, I almost wish he had remained more cryptic. Many chapters in that tome foster within me some mistrust of his theories and dislike of the man, like his categorizations of women. But I guess you take what you need, and dismiss those polemics which don't make sense to one (I seem to recall him encouraging that in MTP).

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