Determining One’s Will (Flowchart)

Commentary:

  1. Achieving K&C is the only appropriate Will to have until that operation is complete. All else is prerequisite work toward that single-minded goal.
  2. “What my ego wants to achieve” should probably read “what my ego + HGA agree to achieve” (but that didn’t fit in the box).
  3. Many people assume that whatever you come up with in conjunction with your HGA will be your Will, but that is not always the case. Some Adepts come straight out the gate wanting to do anything they can to improve the living conditions on this plane of existence. But many others decide to instead focus the work either inwards or on amassing a large personal power reserve. The difference is whether you decide to start disavowing the ego at this time or whether you decide to double-down and fortify it. I recommend the former. The latter is a surefire way to become a “black brother”.
  4. While everyone’s Will is unique and no other person can say what exactly your Will is, it can’t be just anything. There are certain parameters it must fall within in order to logically avoid conflicts between people who are honestly doing their Wills.
  5. The general characterization of the Will as being something one does to benefit the world outside themselves is rooted in certain mysteries of the Supernals. But these mysteries are reflected in our understanding of the Monad and of the Hermetic Principle of Correspondence (5=6). Since there is ultimately no distinction between any thing and any other thing, improving the world is the ultimate initiatory act (aimed at improving oneself).

Magical Experimentation

When I was first becoming interested in the occult and studying practical magick, one of the biggest questions I had was “What is possible?”

It became one of the driving forces of my early work to determine what things could be done and what couldn’t. To that end, I explored with great interest people’s claims about being able to evoke physical entities that touched, burned, or scarred them. Also, I wanted to cast lightning bolts from my fingers as much as the next guy.

But over time, as I tracked these claims and tried to reproduce their results, I realized that most of those things aren’t possible and a lot of people talk a lot of BS that isn’t true to make themselves sound “powerful” to others. Almost always, this is really just a ploy to sleep with young women and/or men.

At a certain point, one can question what “real” means. Certainly, not all of the things I consider real are things that one could document with a video camera. However, my criteria was that it must be possible to derive a method which multiple people can follow, independently, and achieve similar results. With that criteria, I found several very interesting things to be ‘real’.

There have also been cases where a philosopher has made a seemingly impossible assertion about the nature of the world and/or mind, only to have it later proven correct. One such example can be found in Madame Blavatsky’s seminal work “Isis Unveiled” (1877) where she claimed that it was possible to change the structure of your DNA through meditation. I remember being disheartened when I read that and thinking “…and she was doing so well up to this point”. However, in just a few years’ time, she was vindicated. Recent research into the workings of DNA has shown that many organs in your body do not contain all identical DNA, as was previously believed. In particular, neurons seem to have very different gene patterns from one another and there is evidence to suggest that thoughts can influence the DNA in newly-produced neurons.

Of course, this begs another question: How did she know?!