usa: hEY GUYS
world: oh shit
usa: GUESS WHAT
world: pls no
usa: HEY GUUUUYS GUESS WHAT
world: sit down america pls
usa: INDEPENDENCE DAY IS HERE
world: oh god
usa: BRING ON THE FREEEEDDDOOOOOMMM
Much of magic as I understand it in the Western occult tradition is the search for the Self, with a capital S. This is understood as being the Great Work, as being the gold the alchemists sought, as being the Will, the Soul, the thing we have inside us that is behind the intellect, the body, the dreams. The inner dynamo of us, if you like. Now this is the single most important thing that we can ever attain, the knowledge of our own Self. And yet there are a frightening amount of people who seem to have the urge not just to ignore the Self, but actually seem to have the urge to obliterate themselves. This is horrific, but you can almost understand the desire to simply wipe out that awareness, because it’s too much of a responsibility to actually posses such a thing as a soul, such a precious thing. What if you break it? What if you lose it? Mightn’t it be best to anesthetize it, to deaden it, to destroy it, to not have to live with the pain of struggling towards it and trying to keep it pure? I think that the way that people immerse themselves in alcohol, in drugs, in television, in any of the addictions that our culture throws up, can be seen as a deliberate attempt to destroy any connection between themselves and the responsibility of accepting and owning a higher Self and then having to maintain it.
Alan Moore (via sonofyggdrasil)
Self-maintenance is a huge issue in magick. And Enlightenment is a destructive process. While addiction is not necessarily always for the reasons Alan Moore describes, I think our culture does encourage the destruction of the Self. Don’t give in to that kind of thinking. Be aware of yourself, at all times. Be conscious. Be mindful. Know Thyself.
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