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Annihilation, Sacrifice and Perfection
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:06:01 pm »
Category: Philosophy, Theology, Lifestyle.  [Overview]


If I'm honest, the only things that matter in this life are these two skills:

1. The ability to joyfully work hard and suffer

2. The ability to be compassionate towards other beings

(i.e being able to offer them tolerance, patience, regard, and that kind of love which does not ask for anything in return.)


Do not concern yourself with the promise of the afterlife; do not spend effort in the attempt to make thy soul immortal. These are but vain dreams and lies propagated by those who would sow and exploit this profitless hope in those who have not discernment.

Do not hope to leave behind great monuments so that thy life may be celebrated and remembered for all time. Do not seek to write thy name on eternity, and thus to be immortalized in the minds of men.

This is the realm of finality, and here all things without exception are reduced to nothing in the course of time. Whenever your heart longs to to extend yourself indefinitely either in this realm or in any other, you only succeed in robbing yourself of what is most essential - and in torturing yourself with delusive thoughts and desires. Whenever you are troubled by such things, remind yourself of the total impermanence of all manifested things and allow your soul to be quieted.

Meditate on how your body, however strong, shall be rendered unto filth and the food of worms; on how all friends you make shall meet the same fate; on how all knowledge you gain shall be lost; on how all things you build shall be crumbled unto dust; on how even this whole world shall be reduced to ash floating on a great cosmic wind; on how time itself shall be unraveled and dismade; then you will begin to see your life in a right light.

There is no hereafter - there is not even a tomorrow. There is only this moment. Always the regular sounding of consciousness continues while you live. And as it does so, it lights upon much pain and varieties of suffering out of number.

If this were not so, men would have no reason to search for writings such as this, or for those spiritual practices promulgated by wise sages which, at great length and difficulty, can allow a being to attain a measure of peace with his condition. If it were not so, all beings would live happily and without deception.

Since it is true that all lives are marred by great suffering - even the most powerful, the wealthiest, and the healthiest; and since it is also true that there is no separate individual existence wholly apart from this realm of miseries; and since there is also no afterlife, no justification, and no reward for this experience; it becomes clear that the only way for a woman to attain peace here, is for her to realize that suffering is her only purpose in this existence. And therefore that she must take on this responsibility willingly - and to bear it fully and joyfully - rather than shirking away from it. In this way she will go about her days blissfully and without anxiety. And in those moments in which she rests from her work, she will abide in truth, self-knowledge, and that complete mindfulness which can transmute each moment into beauty and her own being into jewel-like perfection.

There are two methods of pursuing this, which is really one method revealed in two forms:

1. Renunciation of all action.

2. Devotional action

(i.e. Action which does not expect a result or reward.)

In both of these practices, one cannot do better than to think of herself and all that she does as a sacrifice - sweeter than the most fragrant incense. She should offer these sacrifices of vital essence to her ancestors, to her deity of choice, or to that unborn primal chaos which is totally transcendental to all manifested things. But in whatever name she sacrifices, the recipient is in truth always the same: her own self - her higher self. And every offering brings her into closer accordance with it.


Two maxims oft repeated go as follows. "Know Thyself," and "Do as thou Wilt." Now the real meaning of each stands naked before us.

To know oneself only means knowing what type of work one can willfully and joyfully sacrifice herself to perform. For all work is sacrifice, and all sacrifice is work. All people who would have peace or who would perfect themselves, must find a way to sacrifice themselves that is palatable to them and therefore in accordance with their Will.

And so "do as thou Wilt," means simply to labor ceaselessly in service of that which is in accordance with one's true self. The second part of the phrasing "Love is the Law, Love under Will," affirms that one should learn to perform this unceasing labor lovingly; that is, joyfully.

All this being understood, only one question remains to answer. What is Artemism for? What is it that the daughters of the Moon will to do? For what work do we sacrifice ourselves?

The object of our work is the same as its subject - our very own selves. We do not wish bring ourselves into union with any thing or project or person. We labor to transform and explore the essence of being. We sacrifice, that we may sail the uncharted psychonautical waters at the far reaches of experience. And indeed, even to find, behold, and reflect that sublime and sanctified void at the very core of existence!

Ours is the purest sacrifice in that it requires nothing, it can never be taken from us, and it is eternally offered alone! Our work earns us no praise or reward from other men, but in that we revel. Others may obtain perfection by exhausting themselves among dust and demons, but our perfection lies in unseen and secret places.

How naturally then, we choose the Moon, that celestial representation of the Holy Spirit, as our object of devotion? She who returns to nothingness and yet returns, waxing until she shines with that light most undefiled! Ruler of all darkling things, even as we shall be!

Though few, there are others that tread this path. But we alone will not whisper comforting things in your ear. There is no such comfort that you could find here. You must understand the cost, and then choose of your own volition to accept it, to move forward. You must step forward and throw yourself into the pyre - with a smile! Render yourself unto annihilation without a moment's hesitation! It will cost you nothing less to ascend to the highest heavens. Then you shall no longer have any further questions to ask, for you will have answered them all.


Hail to the Immaculate One!

Hail to the Pale Goddess!

Hail to the Virgin Queen!
    Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth,
     Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth, -
And ever-changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Re: Annihilation, Sacrifice and Perfection
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 01:30:33 am »
I would also add Action with no attachment to Result. Performing a Action from your heart, sometimes with little to no notion of the why. Afterwards you can asses but we must be careful to not limit it to an assessment. This also means you may not be able to share this Action with an Other because there was no words surrounding the Action.

Yes, to accept your happiness you must accept your suffering, to accept your suffering you must accept your happiness. To see the word through an amoral lenses, it is neither good nor bad. This creates a balance in your heart and a hum of joy is felt beyond the to and fro of emotion.

Nothing is truly lost, only transformed, yes the body will eventually become dust but the imprint of your life will recycle through the world.
The Rose of the Palace of Fire