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Thanks for the acceptance. Thanks for accepting my forum membership.  Looking forward to interesting reading and discussion.
March 23, 2017, 11:01:46 am
Re: Thanks for the acceptance.

And if you don't mind me asking crossfire, what is the essence or meaning that you ascribe to your avatar. I am reminded of the karmic cycle and the Eight-Fold Path when I look at it.
It's a form of the Star of Inanna that I specifically chose because I also happen to be Buddhist.

March 30, 2017, 12:25:53 pm
Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP?
If he pursues the will of his parents, he is following the RHP, following the will of others

This makes the LHP seem like a very Western ideology, which is probably the case anyhow. Many Eastern ideologies, such as Buddhism and Confucianism, seem to place the individual desire below that of the group.
Confucianism is very RHP, imo, and is very much concerned with groups over individuals.  With Buddhism, you want to be able to resist Maara, which can be likened to a collective egregore that propagates the cultural nomos (wiki link for nomos that can overcome an individual's mind, aka--antinomianism.

April 06, 2017, 02:16:54 pm
Re: Love "Love" is such a broad term.  What I consider to be love does not interfere with your mindfulness or overcome your mind.  Four components:

Loving kindness--to yourself first, then to others
Skillful compassion--it provides clarity of mind when activated, which allows you to be effective when helping yourself or someone else
empathetic joy--being able to celebrate ones own or another person's accomplishment without becoming jealous or envious
equanimity--evenness and stability of mind, lack of freaking out, calmness

May 25, 2017, 01:14:29 pm
Re: Mini rant - the judgement of others
So, I've decided to share with a few people offline, and on another website, my exploration of the Setian path. It has been met with pity and people feeling that I'm lost, and looking for answers. When you share your path with others, do they have an adverse reaction? I don't honestly care what they think, and I've said as much. lol I'm just sharing because this is a part of my life, exploring different belief systems. I can't believe how judgy so many people are simply because they don't understand another belief system.  :| The LHP is gravely misunderstood.
If you are looking for answers, it shows you have an open mind.  You know that you don't know.  Contrast that to those who think they know (and therefore have a closed mind,) but really don't know. 

August 20, 2017, 04:57:31 pm
Re: dealing with excessive pride and anger Here's an article I wrote a couple of years ago about transforming anger.  I hope you find it helpful. :)

Project Hephæstus' Forge: The Left Hand Path, Wrathful Emotions, and Greater Black Magick
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
 Anger doesn't seem to get any respect.  Many people try to avoid or repress the negative emotions like anger, envy, and jealousy, because they can take over your mind and influence you into negative behavior. However, some people get some sort of satisfaction from these emotions, in spite of the negative influence they have on our minds. Repressing these emotions can lead to extreme behavior when they finally do surface, so repression is not a satisfactory option. Satisfying these emotions as they arise makes you a slave to them with only short term satisfaction and often with long term problems that will have to be cleared up. So is there another way of dealing with the wrathful emotions? Indeed, there is. 
One aspect of the Left Hand Path is to examine the more negative aspects of your personality in order to understand them and transform them into something more satisfactory, so let's take a quick look at them to get some understanding, and then apply a bit of reasoning that may lead to a way to transform them.
The wrathful emotions are based upon dislike, and are useful in removing or getting around unsatisfactory obstacles. You can approach obstacles from an intelligent manner and skillfully resolve them, or you can try to use force to smash through them. Anger will give you an adrenaline rush that could be channeled into force, but is there another way to channel this extra energy? Let's examine anger a bit more closely:
When you are angry, the accompanying adrenaline rush not only energizes your body, but it also energizes your mind. Before you became angry, your mind was relatively clear and calm, like a lake or a slow moving stream. However, a myriad of energized emotions screaming for attention can quickly turn the calm waters into a cloudy, boiling rage that is anything but clear. {Blind rage} With an energized body and a clouded mind, it would seem that the option of dealing with obstacles by force would be the only way, as it is difficult to go the intelligent route by examining the obstacle when your mind in such a state. Your clouded state of mind is an obstacle to the intelligent route. {Wait a minute--aren't wrathful emotions useful in removing or getting around obstacles? Indeed they are!} 
Your first obstacle to deal with is your clouded, boiling raging mind. Direct the energy from the adrenaline rush there first, and remove the clouded state of blind rage from your mind first. Then you will be able to think clearly enough to take the intelligent route for the external problem. {You apply Greater Black Magick to yourself, first, and then you turn to the objective universe ;)
Anger is a quick and strong emotion. It can quickly silence the other disturbing emotions within your mind to still the boiling activity impeding your ability to think clearly. Once the mind has been cleared, the rush of energy can then be channeled into mental activity in order to find an intelligent solution to the external problem, instead of resorting to force. You have overcome not just one obstacle, (the external problem,) but two obstacles (counting the obstacle of the clouded mind.) When you realize and appreciate benefits of this, the disturbing emotions will welcome and respect anger, and energy will not need to be expended in silencing these disturbing emotions, as they will be pacified by anger. However, when this point has been reached, anger doesn't seem to resemble what it used to be. It has transformed so much that even the name "anger" doesn't seem to fit anymore.  So, what has this emotion formerly-known-as-anger become? What name would be suitable for this force that can quickly clear the mind, yet super energize it as well? {Wow! It sounds almost magickal, huh?} I have some names for what a thought-pacifying-mind energizing force can be used as a basis for, including:
⦁ Mushin (Zen)
⦁ Samatha (Eastern religions)
⦁ the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Rupa Jhanas (Buddhism)
⦁ Shyine (Tibetan)
⦁ Samadhi (Eastern religions)
⦁ Pure Awareness (Advaita)
⦁ Clearing the Grounds to Alaya (Yogacara)
⦁ The Magickal Trance described in Peter J Carroll's Liber Null (Liber MMM)
⦁ Kensho (Zen) 
The only real name that I have come across to describe this transformed anger is Great Mirror Wisdom. (If you know of any other names for it, please let me know.)  Whatever you may call it, it can be the platform/basis for all of the spiritual practices listed above and more, as well as the more down-to-earth tool for dealing with mundane obstacles in everyday life. So, even if you are not spiritually or magically inclined, it is still worthwhile to apply Hephæstus' Forge to your anger and transform it for the clarity of mind and problem-solving ability it gives in everyday matters, as well as liberation from being enslaved to its more base expression. 
Free your mind!

August 20, 2017, 05:05:06 pm
Re: Hi :) Welcome Liu!
September 01, 2017, 04:04:24 pm
Re: Is there an ideology outside the LHP which values the Self?
Whether seeking salvation and submission, disillusion, worship of the State, or simply reducing the self to deterministic meat, the vast majority of ideologies I have studied do not respect or love the Individual Self like the LHP. East or west, totalitarian or secular, and everywhere in between, something they seem to share is this trait of the self being bad, mistaken, an illusion, or even pretending it's simply what the brain does. Is there any group outside of the "Western" LHP that shares our respect for individual selves? Or is that a defining trait of our path?
Actually, Buddhism has the greatest respect for individual sentient beings, in that the Bodhisattva vows recognize sentient beings as being prone to delusion, yet capable of awakening, and deserving of compassion.  Individual sentient beings have Buddha Nature, which is like The Temple Of Set's "Gift of Set" of isolate consciousness/subjective mind.
Regarding the Self, Buddhism is careful to describe it by what it is not, rather than what it is.  Just because the basis for consciousness cannot be traced, it does not mean it does not exist.  It just means it cannot be defined accurately and with any certainty. (Which makes it even more wondrous!)
Here is the chapter from the Dhammapada about the Self, and how you are the caretaker of ones own Self.  With the Self difficult to grasp and define, you are the one who has the power to strengthen and evolve ones Self, or you can undo all the work you have done more effectively than the worst enemy can harm you.  Here are the last two lines of that chapter:
165. By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.

166. Let one not neglect one's own welfare for the sake of another, however great. Clearly understanding one's own welfare, let one be intent upon the good.

September 02, 2017, 12:16:24 pm
Re: The history of Lucifer
I would actually like to challenge this notion that Lucifer was a Roman God. There aren't any myths or records that I know of that depict a god called Lucifer.
While this isn't about a god, it is a story about the Morning Star from Buddhism:
When Buddha was meditating under the east side of the Bodhi Tree, he became enlightened upon seeing the Morning Star arise during the third watch of the night. The Morning Star is called osadhī tārakā in Buddhism, which means "medicine star" or "healing star." The Dhamma is the medicine for healing suffering.

“When I saw the morning star emerge, I was enlightened simultaneously with the whole of the great earth and all its sentient beings.”

Now, Christians misunderstood Lucifer completely. The word "lucifer" (lower case letter) is used ONCE in the Bible, referring to a Babylonian King. I can't remember who it was that lumped Satan and Lucifer together, and propagated the false myth.

I apologize if my post is rushed and all over the place; I'm in a hurry at the moment. If needed, I can expand on all of this later.
Actually, lucifer is also mentioned at 2 Peter 1:19
 2 Peter 1:19Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

II Petri 1:19Biblia Sacra Vulgata (VULGATE)

19 et habemus firmiorem propheticum sermonem cui bene facitis adtendentes quasi lucernae lucenti in caliginoso loco donec dies inlucescat et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris

September 04, 2017, 04:28:06 pm
Re: The history of Lucifer
I apologize if my post is rushed and all over the place; I'm in a hurry at the moment. If needed, I can expand on all of this later.

The thing that I am trying to tackle down is if the Christians borrowed this concept of Lucifer by classifying him as some evil being.
As Christianity became a powerful institution, the idea of enlightenment by ones own means and not through the Church was indeed seen as an "evil" thing.

September 04, 2017, 06:52:08 pm