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Imperial Arts

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In Topic: The Myth Of The Evolution Of The Species, And Spiritual Supermen.

11 April 2019 - 05:01 AM

Whatever introductory literature you choose, realize that it is just that: a brief outline. If your concept of evolution requires a 285-page outline, you might have some standing, but right now you don't. Not that it matters, few do, but few choose to disregard the bulk of modern genetic science in favor of Genesis. It's not like you have the tip of the iceberg to examine. The iceberg is thousands of miles away and you are a Fiji native, you aren't even aware of what's out there to learn on the subject of evolution. But it's available, and most of it for free.

In Topic: The Myth Of The Evolution Of The Species, And Spiritual Supermen.

11 April 2019 - 04:12 AM

You might enjoy "Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin.

In Topic: The Light And The Dark

08 April 2019 - 05:38 PM

View PostR. Eugene Laughlin, on 08 April 2019 - 05:11 PM, said:

I say that no one overcomes their animal nature, because there is no other nature. We're animals and if we can do a thing, then its in our nature to do; I readily acknowledge the tautology there, as is necessary for any self-evident truth.

There is a feature of Mormon teaching which concerns the Natural Man. In a basic sense, this is the idea that we have savage inclinations that manifest and must be contained. It comes up most frequently in lectures about chastity and temperance, but there is a more esoteric doctrine which also accompanies the Natural Man idea. There is a quiet but widespread belief that the descendants of Cain, who died in the great flood, were made bestial and monstrously large, and that they delighted in everything but goodness. Similar things were later said of Sodom, then of Babylon, and of Persia, and finally Rome which also fell under the same faults. The prophets are clear that decadence, retreat into the impulses we would associate with our less-civilized inner selves who delight in selfish gains and petty feuds, will eventually lead to our total ruin.

We are all kinds of animals built on top of one another. My inner fish doesn't care about anyone's feelings, and yet it's sitting right in the middle of my brain and making some of the more important decisions that keep me living. No matter what kind of animal we might see within ourselves, all of the animals are really nothing more than massive linked colonies of cells, fighting their own battles in a microscopic world of massive unseen casualties. And all of the material, the living and the dead, are just very intricately arranged assortments of chemistry experiments. Yes, you are an animal, but you are also dirt. Where is the you that is you?

In Topic: Chaos

06 April 2019 - 03:08 PM

View PostSon of the Wave, on 06 April 2019 - 12:32 AM, said:

How about this for encouragement of proper use of language? Fuck you man!

It needs a comma between you and man.

In Topic: Does It Discredit A Famous Occultist To You, If They Ended Up In Obscure Rela...

24 March 2019 - 09:13 PM

View PostOrlando, on 24 March 2019 - 08:43 PM, said:

Absolutely, I agree.

That could be why many of the books, of the particular occult clique I am thinking of, are just rehashes of their previous works, just put through the sentence and paragraph re-mixer, so that they have something to sell to pay for their bills.
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That's just the thing: they're not making enough to pay bills, even if they were living in grandma's trailer in the Everglades. Some of the better-known among these people I have known for 20+ years, and their total income from occult sales in all that time would not even pay their car insurance, so they are smart enough to have real jobs too. The two biggest occult merchandisers on the market right now, who are very active in social media selling talismans, books, and spell-casting, both live on government assistance and can barely give their wares away for free. And don't get me wrong, they're both decent people, but the "successful occultist" thing is pure hype, it has nothing to do with reality.

I try not to be that. I have turned down offers from both specialty and mainstream publishers who want to carry my writings, so as to retain both content control and minimal advertising. My writing tends to be the kind of thing you don't get elsewhere, rather than a different version of the same story. Donald Tyson, one of the brighter occult lights of our time, had to watch as his work was twisted and repackaged by publishers who demanded that it go a different direction than the one he had envisioned, and despite being a best-seller in this field he is not exactly raking in the royalties.