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General LHP Discussion / Re: dealing with excessive pride and anger
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:05:06 pm »
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!



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General LHP Discussion / Re: Mini rant - the judgement of others
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:57:31 pm »
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. 

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Love
« on: May 25, 2017, 06:14:29 pm »
"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

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I thought that this was so remarkable that I had to share it. Even though this is a Pure Land Buddhism memorial service, the technology can easily be applied to other practices from other faiths. How would you like to have a ritual chamber like this? (Of course, with your own symbolism.)

This is from the Shin School of Pure Land Buddhism: a Techno Memorial Ritual
Opening--self explanatory--trance induction
San-Bujo--"The Three Respectful Callings." In might be likened to parallel opening the four gates meditation or calling on deities.
Hyo-Byaku--Ritual pronouncement--setting intention for the main working
Amitabha Sutra--talks about Pure Land of the West (and what one must do to be reborn there)--guiding deceased there as the main working.  You might be able to pick out the nine grounds of preparation and  Pure Lands of the Four directions here (represented by different colors,) as well as guiding the spirit of the departed to the "portal" hanging from the ceiling.
Ending--closing gates




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General LHP Discussion / Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP?
« on: April 07, 2017, 10:20:09 am »
I think that there are two inherently different yet equally valid forms of Thelema. The most common is more appropriately called Crowleyanism, because it follows Crowley and his interpretation of the Law of Thelema, rather than what AL actually says. This is obvious because Crowley brought about a very solar based religion, yet the Book of the Law goes to great lengths and imagery to show it is stellar based. Crowley, despite his imagery, very much sought do dissolve himself into the All, losing his isolate consciousness in favor of the will of Nature/God. AL, on the other hand, is an elitist text that draws heavily on the symbolism of the Pyramid Texts. The individual is elevated to godhood, the gods bow before them, the focus is on the night sky, and so forth. So while Crowley seems to have interpreted things as RHP, Thelema can equally be seen as LHP.
If the gods bow to you, how is that any different than humans bowing to the gods, except that the roles are reversed? (collectivism centered) Isn't elitism just glorifying those who are the best at following and embodying the collective ideal?  (collectivism dependent)

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP?
« on: April 06, 2017, 07:16:54 pm »
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.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Discussion on Thelema: RHP or LHP?
« on: April 06, 2017, 07:09:35 pm »
I'd say it's mostly RHP. The idea of every man and woman is a star, is indeed quite LHP, but Crowley's central philosophy was that each person needed to first gain the knowledge and conversation of his HGA, and then work with that HGA to cross the abyss and annihilate the ego. To me that's as RHP as it gets.

I think as a person Crowley was quite confused, and himself was partially LHP and partially RHP, which I think is reflected in Thelema.
Here's a link to Chapter XII of Magick Without Tears to back up what you say.
https://hermetic.com/crowley/magick-without-tears/mwt_12

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Thanks for the acceptance.
« on: March 30, 2017, 05:25:53 pm »


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.




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General LHP Discussion / Re: Thanks for the acceptance.
« on: March 25, 2017, 02:49:03 am »
Welcome Crossfire, thank you for signing up , and feel free to post new topics etc.
-Joe
Thank you
Awesome Crossfire, welcome aboard!  :D
Thank you

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General LHP Discussion / Thanks for the acceptance.
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:01:46 pm »
Thanks for accepting my forum membership.  Looking forward to interesting reading and discussion.

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