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Guiding Principles of the LHP

Discussion in 'Left-Hand Path Religions DIR' started by Adramelek, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Adramelek

    Adramelek Setian
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    OK the rest is over, it's time to reactivate this DIR. As a LHPather, Satanist, Setian, Luciferian, what are some of the principles or philosophies you have found that have helped guide you successfully in your quest in the great Work of Life?

    Xeper.
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    Gnothi seauton!
     
  2. Adramelek

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    I'll give you three Principles that have influenced me successfully in my personal quest:

    1. Black Magic = the Art of altering or disrupting the equilibrium of the subjective universe in order to produce a proportionate change in the equilibrium of the objective universe; occurring in lesser and greater ways in accordance with the desire and will of the Black Magician/Sorcerer.

    2. Xeper = "To Evolve", "To Become", or "I Have Come Into Being". Xeper is that moment in which one enters into a new, higher state of being. It is the establishment of a higher mode in one's existence, the extension of the horizon in the realm of one's psyche-centric Evolution. Xeper is the cultivation and coming into being of the very embodiment of one's own Truth of Being. Thus, transforming the Self into a potent, immortal, Set/god-like force of mind and will within the Universe.

    3. Remanifestation = is the act of continually practicing the powers and abilities which one has thus far attained through Xeper. Remanifestation is that which states that change has occurred within the Self and is that which makes Coming Into Being a continued occurrence and not just a one time event. It is by applying the knowledge, wisdom, essence of being, force of mind and will which one has thus far attained through Xeper, to his continuing Work, which enables him/her to uncover even deeper mysteries and further extend the horizons of his/her individual Path of Darkness. In essence Remanifestation is the Key to immortality.

    Xeper and Remanifest.
    /Adramelek\
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    Khaibit, eh? :cool:
     
  4. Adramelek

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    Actually, I'm not sure how you relate Khaibit with Remanifestation. Please explain. Also, please, people, no one liners here. Let's not be lazy. If you can, please explain or define those principles or philosophies that have helped you along your individual Path. For instance:

    A good picture of the process of Xeper and Remanifest can be found in what one might experience when learning to play and master a musical instrument. The same technique holds true in learning and mastering the creative Art of Black Magic, which is an essential part of the great Initiatory Work of Self-deification. Practice makes perfect, and practice often. :cool:

    Xeper and Remanifest.
    /Adramelek\
    Gnothi seauton!
     
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    There are many things I could list, but I'm going to limit just to the ones that I feel pertain to the spirit of this DIR. My "darker shade of Pagan" is in some respects a reaction to a couple of trends I sometimes notice amongst other Neopagans: 1) continuously harping on magical ethics as if everybody should abide by certain principles, and 2) focusing far too much on the 'light side' of reality and giving little to no worship to the 'dark side' of reality. From that, I could derive a couple of principles:

    Do what you feel is right. This is actually the first elaboration of my Code of Honor, but in the context of LHP, it's also about trusting in yourself. If you need some bogeyman principle like 'whatever spells you do will come back to you three times' or some black-and-white moral precepts to guide your behavior, to me that's indicative of poor self-worth, poor self-confidence, and most of all, a lack of trust in the self. And if you can't trust yourself, what are you left with? If you feel something needs to be done, then do it. Trust yourself to make that judgement, and trust yourself to deal with the consequences that follow.

    Honor and appreciate the loathed and hated aspects of reality. Honor that which your culture regards as taboo or reproachful. Know beauty in what others find horrifying. See the value and the worth in it; understand that it has its place. And never make it all about the "light" to justify its worth (e.g., none of this 'we need darkness to appreciate the light' nonsense).
     
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    This is a good point. LHPathers are accustomed to finding beauty in what most in mundane society might find ugly or horrifying. We live in a completely different paradigm and mind-Set. I know people who could not even fathom a world where God did not exist. H.P. Lovecraft once wrote:

    "We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the peircing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."

    Xeper.
    /Adramelek\
     
  7. Iti oj

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    Some good answers up here. I would like to revist the idea of blasphamey, I know I have rgued against it in the past but some recent relizations have chaned my perspective. As a chaote black magician a big part of my path is absurdism. Summoning beatljuice invoke the gods of norath or forgeten realms etc. Is in its self blasphemy.

    Another thing though touched upon in other posts here is change
     
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    First of all I have to tell you Iti, out of love, you are a very bad typist. You are right though, summoning "Beatlejuice" is in the realm of the absurd, but I don't see it as "blasphemous". If the psyche can conceive of it, on a magical level it can be brought into meaningful existence by the Magician. To me Beatlejuice would be more like an eggregore one would create to say protect something like a ritual chamber. :D Furthermore, change is what Magic is all about. Be it creative or destructive change. Sometimes you have to destroy in order to create. Like demolishing an old useless structure in order to replace it with something new, something more advanced. You know that age old saying that "it is easier to destroy than to create" - there is only so much you can destroy until there is nothing left to destroy but yourself. However, creation and change are limitless in their possibilities.

    Xeper.
    /Adramelek\
     
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    Khaibit is your habits, your engrained/conditioned muscle memory, no? When you master something to the point that it is engrained in your muscle memory, is that skill not actually remanifesting in the flesh/material?
     
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    Well, when you define it like that Crossfire, then yes! :D Just like when learning and mastering a musical instrument like the piano, the muscles in your fingers, hands, arms, and upper-body are engrained/conditioned to the techniques. And every time you perform, your mind and body are remanifesting all that you have learned. But it's not like riding a bike, in music you must keep practicing and developing your talents and skills, else you loose your endurance. Virtuoso pianists and other musicians are known as upper-body athletes. Ballet dancers are also known as athletes and the same principle applies to them - if you don't use it (remanifest), you'll loose it. And the same principle applies to the excersice of your Magical muscles in the practice of Magic.

    Xeper and Remanifest.
    /Adramelek\
     
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    The O9A understanding is that it is:
    "The amoral and individualistic way. In the LHP there are no rules: there is nothing that is not permitted; nothing that is forbidden or restricted. That is, the LHP means the individual takes sole responsibility for their actions and their quest, and does not abide by the ethics of mundanes. In addition, the LHP is where the individual learns from the practical deeds and practical challenges that are integral to it."​

    The contrast is with (a) the 'group/guru/religious' mentality, (b) the moralistic, approach, and (c) the bias toward theory, ideations, and dogma, of the RHP.
     
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    Keep it simple.

    Treat others the way you want them to treat you.

    Somewhere someone or something will always contradict you.

    Black and white don’t exist. Get comfy in the gray zone.

    Contradictions make the world go ‘round.

    At least one of your more cherished beliefs lacks any evidence whatsoever, but you may never know which one.

    You've made mistakes, and you’ll make them again.

    No one thinks more highly of you than you do.

    Relax.

    Don’t take yourself so seriously.

    You can change your mind.

    Only in England can you drive on the LHP.
     
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    My favorite idea has been the emphasis on doubt. Doubt really does seem to lead to wisdom.

    Another is the idea that what I do is not what I am. That is to say I detach my identity from the experiences, including my body and mind, I use. It's ego transcendence on a healthier scale, without ditching the ego. Really helps me step back and see a wider perspective on self and outer issues.

    Also the importance of being an individual having sensory experiences, and placing my sense of self behind my eyelids at the literal center of my universe. Helps to put me in the 'driver 's seat' and be more awake in the present. Those are a few principles I find useful with the practices that I do.
     
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    I agree, and well said. I think you've summoned two of the most important things about esoteric quests in general, as well as the LHP.
     
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    what is this general life adivce or an lhp discussion. Haha
     
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    I have also found it important to try to maintain a healthy balance between your subjective universe and the objective universe. For instance, if I do a Magical working and something good or positive happens in my life afterwards, I almost never look for the "hand of Set" as the reason behind the positive results or unusual happenings. Just like if something bad or unfortunate happens in my life I never look at it as "Oh no, I've been cursed". Too much importance placed upon the SU can lead to delusional and paranoid thinking. Which can and has lead some very good Magicians down paths of destruction. The practice of Black Magic causes distortions in reality, so it is a good idea to land your feet firmly back down to Earth when leaving the ritual chamber. However, always keep an open mind, but also a firm grip on objective reality. This is also a good reason why Universities of the Black Arts such as the Temple of Set exist. Not just to learn and understand the Art, but also serve as an outlet for practicing Black Magicians to work and associate with one another and who can help each other stay "grounded" and not go off the deep end of the abyss of delusion and/or insanity. It is a fine line that must have its checks and balances.

    Xeper.
    /Adramelek\
     
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    Yep! Lavey called this the Balance Factor. :)

    Actually if you do a magical working and get what you desired, from a training POV (if one desires to train themselves in magical skill) it is more useful, and perhaps honest, to acknowledge the results of your magic (whether or not it "really" was coincidence). Teaching the unconscious that you can act on the world seems to be an important key in developing real magical ability. Mentalist Doc Shiels made a curious observation during his mentalist shows that after a while of fake psychic demos, the audience began to be much more susceptible to real ESP. And after a while of positive enforcement you may find it easier to distinguish your increasingly real magical success from 'coincidences' or failures. But it always starts small, and dismissing those is very much like digging up a seed to check on whether the flower is growing. This is also called the 7th Satanic Rule of the Earth. :cool:
     
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    I think both points are true. Thus I have trained myself to hold 2 contradictory paradigms at the same time, it was better then make complicated trains of cause and effects, and more honest too. That being said part of being a good magician is to take credit for everything.
     
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    In the 2 paradigms idea the gist in the way I see it is to enter into a worldview in which you absolutely know magic is real when enacting it. Outside the ritual chamber, you don't have to hold that view at all, but you also shouldn't discount the possibility of it either. In other words, in ritual, magic is absolutely real. Outside ritual, maybe. In the later you use much more of your 'maybe' mental filing cabinet and need not make assumptions. In the former you suspend disbelief and take momentarily the assumption of magic's potency and reality.

    If on the other hand you engage in ritual magic Friday and on Saturday you drive down to the Debunker's Society you're wasting your time and making progress largely difficult.

    Only in the beginning when training ritual magic ability. If you get hit by a car that you didn't see coming, taking credit for it would be pretty neurotic.
     
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    Ha. How do they differ? I don't draw distinctions between my general life and the LHP. Do you?
     
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