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Journals / Re: The Anthology of Km Anu
« on: October 14, 2020, 02:20:16 pm »
Some of my recent paintings. These work way better than journal entries for me. There's also a picture from the destruction ritual I did a while back.

Love you all. Most of you anyway.

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Current Events / Q Anon
« on: October 14, 2020, 01:15:26 pm »
I hate this dumb fucking ideology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca2DSsuE7jI&t=1535s

I.   Cognitive Dissonance is experienced by human beings when there is mental discord related to a contradiction between one thought and another. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people are averse to inconsistencies within their own minds. It offers one explanation for why people sometimes make an effort to adjust their thinking when their own thoughts, words, or behaviors seem to clash. And it may lead us to alter our attitudes to be more consistent. Study participants who complete an uninteresting task have been found to rate the task as more enjoyable if they were first asked to tell someone else it was enjoyable—an effect attributed to cognitive dissonance. Theoretically, dissonance may contribute to a variety of changes in behavior or beliefs.

•   In a basic sense, cognitive dissonance refers to a situation where someone’s behavior conflicts with their beliefs or attitudes. For example, when people smoke even though they know it’s pretty bad for them, they experience cognitive dissonance. Their behavior (smoking) is inconsistent with their beliefs (smoking is bad). The net effect is that they may experience feelings of discomfort, and this generally results in the modification of either their attitude/belief or behavior so that they feel less discomfort.

•   A psychologist by the name of Leon Festinger came up with the idea of cognitive dissonance way back in the late 1950s, and did a heap of pioneering work in the field. Festinger suggested that we each have many different attitudes and beliefs about the world, and that we each behave in a number of different ways. We are all powerfully motivated to maintain cognitive consistency, and it is this force that can sometimes result in us behaving irrationally, and sometimes even maladaptively.

Because the feeling of dissonance is uncomfortable most strive to reduce it. The reduction of dissonance can be achieved in one of three ways: either we change our attitude(s)/belief(s)/behavior(s) (e.g. give up smoking), acquire new information (“research is yet to definitively prove that smoking causes lung cancer”), or reduce the importance of cognitions (beliefs/attitudes) (“it’s better to live a short life filled with pleasures like smoking than to live a long one devoid of any such joys”).

The formulation of the idea of cognitive dissonance arose from Festinger’s observation of a cult/UFO religion (‘The Seekers’) active in the early to mid-1950s. When their prophesied apocalypse failed to be realized, committed followers adopted an array of bizarre coping mechanisms. To deal with their disconfirmed expectancy, most of the ‘heavily invested members’ (many had left jobs/spouses and/or given away money and possessions) re-interpreted the evidence (that the world didn’t end) as proof that they were right all along (“the world was going to be destroyed, but was spared because of our faith”). In other words, rather than dealing with the dissonance and discomfort arising from being really committed to something and seeing clear evidence opposing it, devout members adjusted their beliefs so that they were more consistent with the evidence.

Members who weren’t so committed simply felt a bit foolish and chalked the whole thing up to experience. Festinger suggested that for someone to maintain or become more fervent about a belief after a disconfirmation, certain conditions must be met:

•   The belief must be held with deep conviction
•   The believer must have committed themselves to the belief (they must have taken some important action that is hard to undo)
•   The belief has to be specific and concerned with the real world
•   The believer must have social support (e.g. group membership)
•   And the disconfirming evidence has to be obvious, undeniable, and acknowledged by the believer
II.   Cognitive Bias describes the inherent thinking errors that humans make in processing information. Some of these have been verified empirically in the field of psychology, while others are considered general categories of bias. These thinking errors prevent one from accurately understanding reality, even when confronted with all the needed data and evidence to form an accurate view. Many conflicts between science and religion are due to cognitive biases preventing people from coming to the same conclusions with the same evidence. Cognitive bias is intrinsic to human thought, and therefore any system of acquiring knowledge that attempts to describe reality must include mechanisms to control for bias or it is inherently invalid.

The best known system for vetting and limiting the consequences of cognitive bias is the scientific method, as it places evidence and methodology behind the idea that is under open scrutiny. By this, many opinions and separate analyses can be used to compensate for the bias of any one individual. It is important to remember, however, that in everyday life, just knowing about these biases doesn't necessarily free one from them. [https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases]

III.   Magical thinking is defined as believing that one event happens as a result of another without a plausible link of causation.  Magical thinkers believe that one’s ideas, thoughts, actions, words, or use of symbols can influence the course of events in the material world. Magical thinking presumes a causal link between one’s inner, personal experience and the external physical world.

However, In order to live we have to believe things without proof. If we refused to believe what our doctors, plumbers, electricians, barbers, or nannies told us without first being shown incontrovertible evidence our lives would come to a grinding halt. Furthermore, some questions we burn to answer aren't necessarily provable or disprovable. We can't escape the intrinsic subjectivity with which we experience and interpret objective events. The best we can do is rigorously question the criteria we use to decide something is true.

IV.   Magical Thinkers are more susceptible to indoctrination by Malicious Agents armed with Dangerous Ideologies. Magical thinking is likely to increase in an individual seeking relief from Cognitive Dissonance. In such a diverse and immense social climate this inconsistency between what people believe and how they behave motivates average people to engage in actions that will help minimize feelings of discomfort. Numerous actors provide a platform for malicious ideologies in their effort to validate dissonant beliefs, providing victims with relief from the aforementioned psychological discomfort, and in exchange the victim develops trust in the malicious agent. These malicious agents present false narratives or non-narratives in an attempt to gain power, money, or influence from multiple victims using various internet platforms.

•   “No matter how attractive a group is to a person it is rarely completely positive, i.e., usually there are some aspects of the group that the individual docs not like. If he has undergone an unpleasant initiation to gain admission to the group, his cognition that he has gone through an unpleasant experience for the sake of membership is dissonant with his cognition that there are things about the group that he does not like. He can reduce this dissonance in two ways. He can convince himself that the initiation was not very unpleasant, or he can exaggerate the positive characteristics of the group and minimize its negative aspects. With increasing severity of initiation it becomes more and more difficult to believe that the initiation was not very bad. Thus, a person who has gone through a painful initiation to become a member of a group should tend to reduce his dissonance by over estimating the attractiveness of the group. The specific hypothesis tested in the present study is that individuals who undergo an unpleasant initiation to become members of a group increase their liking for the group; that is, they find the group more attractive than do persons who become members without going through a severe initiation.” [THE EFFECT OF SEVERITY OF INITIATION ON LIKING FOR A GROUP, ELLIOT ARONSON Stanford &MILLS]

•   Subjects who underwent a severe initiation perceived the group as being significantly more attractive than did those who underwent a mild initiation or no initiation. There was no appreciable difference between ratings by subjects who underwent a Mild initiation and those by subjects who underwent no initiation.

Clear and sophisticated thinkers remain consistently wary of the influences that put them at risk for magical thinking, always cognizant that why they believe what they do is influenced by so many things besides their reasoning minds:
•   What their parents taught them from an early age.
•   What they want to believe is true.
•   What their experience suggests should be true.

So how can we stop thinking magically?

Magical thinking remains a subtle obstacle to making good decisions. But the more we observe ourselves, the more we can reduce our tendency to indulge in it:

•   Consciously identify your desires and biases. Write them down. Try to identify their cause. Work to free yourself from them to the best of your ability.

•   Demand proof when proof seems demonstrable. Try to remain intellectually "agnostic" toward what hasn't been proven or isn't provable, even if you find yourself emotionally inclined to believe it. Try to regard your belief as just that—an inclination—so that you're not tempted to act with more confidence in your belief than is justified.

•   Beware the tendency to let others think for you. This is as insidious as it is widespread. A journalist presents a position about a topic of the day and has his or her opinion accepted as fact. One friend makes a statement about another and everyone accepts it as true without bothering to investigate themselves. Though I don't agree with many of the principles espoused by Ayn Rand in her book, The Fountainhead, the point she makes about how so many of us subjugate our judgment to others is worth taking to heart (a great read, by the way, which I highly recommend).

We all tend to cling not only to the things we believe but the reasoning that leads us to believe them. Despite all my efforts, I've not yet been able to break through my patient's magical thinking about the cause of her constipation. So I continue to do what I've done: chant to manifest the wisdom to somehow find a way to succeed, having proven to myself many times over that chanting has the power to yield wisdom I didn't know I had—a power, however, that can only ever be proven by someone to themselves.


[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases] [ [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon]https://propaganda.mediaeducationlab.com/] [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon] [https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/happiness-in-world/200911/magical-thinking]

If this post was disorganized its because it was intended for my own reference and re-doing it would take time I can't muster ATM.

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Journals / Re: The Anthology of Km Anu
« on: October 13, 2020, 01:49:18 pm »
Illuminism is tits.

I'm still here by the way. I've been drawing this whole time so I have stuff for you in the near future.


Wonder if I should post more of my poetry here?



Working with the sorcerers Screed ATM. will send pics later.


With love,


A*A

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Satanism / Correspondences & Soul Complex
« on: October 13, 2020, 01:30:30 pm »
Hello everyone!

I wanted to open a discussion surrounding correspondences in relation to the self such as the mind body soul complex, the Norse soul complex, The Daemon and the scarlet woman, etc. I find it interesting that although we can find themes in ancestral correspondences, those relate to perceived parts of objective objects while soul complexes define and measure the subjective. I also was curious as to the value of soul-splitting across LHP practice.


Finally, I wanted to ask any Chaotes if they ever find permanence in these correspondences and if they 'feel' different from servitors and/or Tulpas in either form or sensation?

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Lounge / Re: Update
« on: October 06, 2020, 02:06:50 pm »
(Also still here)

My other professional and creative ventures have me pretty tied up, but I'm still stopping in  at least biweekly.

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Setian Philosophy / Re: Invocation of Set
« on: September 24, 2020, 01:17:26 pm »
Hi I read all of the post here and I love the transparency, im newbie and im in need help of set how can I invoce set. I would appreciate a guidance on how to talk to him.

Thanks

I would suggest researching correspondences, especially in modern LHP stuff. The old stories help with understanding the form of Set, and contemporary practice builds a personal connection to him. First and foremost, it helps to find a focused discipline, such as meditation, automatic drawing, etc. The imagery requires a mild meditative focus.

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Agreed. TST's 7 tenets inform morality enough for me to consider it a standalone religion, but there isn't as much of a focus on individual (or spiritual) development. Most actions appear aeonic in nature.

LHP traditions utilize the strength of the individual to strengthen tradition. TST uses the strength of its shared ideology. As time has gone on I've come to really appreciate the separation of my magic from my religious philosophies, and that very seperation is encouraged by the community.

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Quote from: idgo
Indeed, many rituals violate what we call logic by exploiting edge cases of the rules of what we think makes sense. TST's rituals, on the other hand, violate pollitical illogic by exploiting edge cases of rule sets that most (especially here) would conclude do not make sense to begin with.

I never really got into the TST movement, but your perspective here sharpens the focus in terms of how it might be considered "magical". Large-scale attempts at LBM seem problematic to me, but I'm not the "boss of the applesauce".

Nevertheless, there is only one abortion clinic left I'm aware of (nearby where I live) in the entire state. There is a lot of religious influence here these days. TST sells a lot of of merchandise to support their causes, but so do Christians.

These are interesting times.

I can tell you honestly and truly it's a case of a lot of big ass legal bills.

And though those bills indicate a lost battle, a lot of new projects have been released from the various campaigns.

The ones I'm in are doing a lot now. And things are starting to feel wayy more autonomous and free of unvetted checks and balances.

I've also noticed TST is real shit producing mature and knowledgeable leaders. It was worrying earlier on but it feels like there is a "graduation" of people taking shit seriously, acting like professionals, and undertaking MASSIVE amounts of...I don't know. Learning. It's a crucible. But yeah, when someone becomes more visible you can see them growing into a more caring and well spoken adult.

I think a big part of it is the volunteer work. Modern society doesn't shit on volunteer work, but it doesn't really emphasize it. And advocacy does a lot for self confidence and public speaking.

Its rebellion,  AH! THE DEVIL!

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That might be certainly part of it, they are more grounded in logic.

Currently I'm reading Infernal Geometry (stay tuned for a lengthy post on it soon) and for most of the rituals discussed in there I'm at a loss in how they could have the supposed effect even after reading the detailed explanations (which might just me lacking the relevant experience but still), yet with the one linked here it's obvious how and why it's supposed to work.

I'll keep an eye out, can't wait to chat about it!

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The rituals by TST and related groups tend to be much easier to understand for me and to intuit how and why they would work than the average ritual I encounter in other contexts.

The one linked is no exception.

It might be because they are based on such a simple framework of beliefs that one doesn't first need to initiate into anything really, but I don't think it's just that.

Its primarily a legal protection.

But the ritualization of expressing individual autonomy against the will of the state is very religious.

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Lounge / Re: Poetry
« on: August 15, 2020, 02:32:49 am »
A new beginning

Maybe

I feel myself grinning

Crazy

Back to the drawing board

Hazy

Something is amiss

Spacey

Got to stay strong

Daily

Compliance cannot be

Lazy

I can do this

Maybe

I love it!!

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Isn't it beautiful?

Things will only get better, stay tuned.

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Introductions / Re: Hello - potential new denizen
« on: August 15, 2020, 02:30:47 am »
Welcome! We're glad to have you, and I'm excited to see your take on things :)

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Ya I just noticed that too on the first page, the link goes to a defunct site. IIRC a member who left operated that arm right?

Yes, it has been down for a little while.  Do you need the pdf?

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Introductions / Re: Hey there
« on: August 15, 2020, 02:27:04 am »
I've escaped dad duty long enough to actually read your introduction! It's good to have you.

My experiences started in horrible ways when I was younger, and I had a very...Jung-esk episode of vivid, focused, and occult dreams around 18. At that time I started reading various research on parasomnia as well as "zen mind: beginners mind." Dropped my Christian-esk wiccan practice for two years of heavy eastern study and practice.

It was after that that I began to experiment with psychedelics at 22, first with mushrooms. At 25 I broke through on DMT and returned to a more serious study of ceremonial magic and alchemy,  then satanism. I've studied a lot of different works now,  and what I've figured is that there are no lines. You can be full LHP and only study eastern mysticism, as long as you don't hold moral convictions about identifying as such. The left hand path is freedom, RHP is following strict guidelines to keep what works working. The big difference is that most folks identifying as LHP study both schools without losing about sleep over being evil.

I had tried acid at like.....14? I had a horrible time. Returning to it at 26 was incredible. Dion Fortune defined magic as, "The science and art of causing changes in consciousness to occur in conformity with Will," and I can tell you, nowadays psychedelics make me become magic. Taking this time to categorize and control your thinking pays big,  unbelievable, and exhilarating merits if you return to the psychedelics much later. I read a couple of shamanistic books while researching the lesser work that helped a lot too. If I was to isolate what helped it was meditation, plant alchemy, and a little odinism found in setianism. The confidence and understanding,  the mindfulness,  it eliminates fear. Dmt was like a complete OBE, I felt myself accept death and my soul like squeezed through my nose. It felt like being crushed to the size of a point. I'm not sure if I'd call the sensations on acid that after studying for a few years vs before, it was like a ritual trance state that lasted 13 hours.  Clear,  in control,  perceptive, intuitive,  imaginative, and full of wonder. I'm glad I gave it another go.

Sorry if I rambled, I just find it so interesting that we're on similar paths but in a mixed up order!  It really was good to meet you!


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