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Greetings! Hello all!

I found this forum through a FB page called "Thelemic Satanism" and found many of the posts very interesting. I might be a lurker for a while, but only because I'd be busy digging through the forum to read the various postings.

Most of my knowledge comes from LaVey's writing, but I've recently begun delving into the works of Aleister Crowley, Michael Ford, Michael Aquino, Asenath Mason, and S. Connoly. The Satanic Bible and The Satanic Rituals will always be important to me, but I need more. I feel like I'm at a turning point in my studies, and that this would be a good place to figure out for myself where to go next.

Anyhoo, that's it for now!

November 07, 2019, 09:26:20 pm
Re: pacts with goetic demons
Agency refers to the perception that another being or entity has the capacity to act within a given environment. This perception is carried out by the frontal lobes. The part of your brain capable of this is always inhibited, otherwise, we would all be insane! DIS-inhibiting the regions of our brain through extended and forceful practices/rites/operations is what creates this 'connection' with Them/It.

Are you referring to Inhibitory Control within the self or is this a reference to the ability to recognize Inhibitory Control in another?

Recognition of the actions of another individual happens in 5 areas of the brain. The PFC plays a large role in processing and carrying that information down the DMN, as well as regulating Inhibitory Control in the self. This however is more a function of impulse control than initial action or perception.

edit: spelling
Nothing to do with Inhibitory Control. I am talking about disinhibiting certain areas of the brain which induce experiences of Agency.

Like filling in perceptual gaps?
Perceptual gaps? I'm confusing you obviously. Spiritual Creatures are contained within your mind, they are not external entities, they are experienced through temporarily shutting down (disinhibiting) parts of your brain. This experience is called Agency in neuroscience.

You are confusing me. But it's because your definition of Agency is different than that given in neuroscience. Agency is the perception of action leading to intentional change. The PFC is more responsible for thought than perception.
That is not the definition of Agency in Neuroscience. It's one of the typical definitions found in a dictionary.
Here . . .

Incorrect. This article is using Agency to describe a phenomenon of perception. This is much more akin to hallucination in response to activity in the amygdala. The entity perceived is defined as an Agent in the provided article, really just a neat word for another person.

Also, most of that stuff looks pretty unproven and theoretical. Using the same source standard one could provide this as proof to the contrary >

"Agency refers to the perception that another being or entity has the capacity to act within a given environment. This perception is carried out by the frontal lobes."

"A sensed presence is a very real, perceptual experience for those individuals who have experienced it, and it can be very hard to convince them that it was anything other than what they believe it to be. It is triggered by what is called the 'agency-detection mechanism'. "

Andrew Newberg, M.D. American neuroscientist, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

My original post stated this:
I've been working with the Lesser Key of Solomon and Solomonic Magic for around 20 years now. In my opinion, working in this tradition is a form of Theater of the Mind, a psychodrama intended to jar certain regions of your brain in order to produce various forms of Agency.
Neuroscience, neurotheology, in particular, uses the terms 'agency' 'agency-detection-mechanism' and 'sensed-presence' in regards to the feeling or sense that another entity, individual or being is present despite no clear sensory or perceptual evidence.

First let me explain that while I do not hold a doctorate, I do have a B.A. in Neurotheology as well as Musicology. I also want to explain that the practice of disinhibiting the necessary regions of the brain to induce/produce agency/senses-presences is practiced in our Order the Herald of the Dawn with very good results. The brain interacts within itself between the cortex, hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala and the limbic system. Parietal Lobe disinhibition can result in altered senses of the body in space, and dissolution of the sense of self. The Temporal lobes are involved in visual processing that creates vivid 3D representations (allows us to design the spiritual creatures we are seeking). Agency allows for the perception that such a spiritual creature is actually acting on its own accord.

November 29, 2019, 03:27:13 pm