By David Shoemaker
The approach of religious attainment built by way of Aleister Crowley is notoriously not easy in its scope. tailored from the preferred podcast section of a similar identify, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley's fabric, with no diminishing the intensity of the process. the writer makes a speciality of the sensible and experiential elements of the trail of Thelema, permitting the reader to understand the real transformative strength of the approach.
Beginners and complex practitioners alike will locate a lot necessary suggestion right here, as Shoemaker brings his attribute down-to-earth sort to undergo on issues resembling ritual and meditation practices, intercourse magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the data and dialog of the Holy dad or mum Angel, and that top of attainment often called the crossing of the Abyss.
The author's heritage as a practising psychotherapist permits a completely special fusion of esoteric knowledge and cognitive technological know-how. Living Thelema is a useful instruction manual for any smooth magician.
Here's what different widespread Thelemic authors need to say approximately Living Thelema:
"Dr. Shoemaker's Living Thelema is for my part the main thorough and comprehensible exposition of the underlying theories and the sensible functions of the non secular disciplines of Thelema presently to be had to the general public. severe scholars of the magick of Aleister Crowley quite often, and of the A.'. A.'. specifically, won't discover a extra masterful and authoritative paintings at the topic issuing from a post-Crowley commentator. My optimum suggestion for this landmark work."
—Lon Milo DuQuette, popular writer of The Magick of Aleister Crowley, Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, and lots of different titles.
"In this interesting and (dare I say it?) vigorous e-book, David Shoemaker reminds us that Thelema isn't just a philosophy or a research, yet a non secular perform. From utilized 'how to' recommendation to thought-provoking 'how approximately' posers, Dr. Shoemaker bargains his own take—informed through 20 years of strolling the debate, with his incisiveness as a qualified therapist—on tips to get the main out of the elemental Thelemic practices of yoga and formality, either in and out of the temple."
—Richard Kaczynski, writer of Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis and Perdurabo: The lifetime of Aleister Crowley.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part One: instruments for the Journey
An advent to the Qabalah
The Holy father or mother Angel
the genuine Will
Getting begun with a simple Magical Regimen
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
The Lesser & larger Rituals of the Hexagram
Liber Resh vel Helios
tools of formality Construction
Asana & Pranayama
Meditation & Visualization Practices
Astral Projection & keep watch over of the physique of Light
Liber Samekh & the Invocation of the Holy dad or mum Angel
Sexual Magick & Sexual Mysticism
Part : views at the direction of Attainment
The equipment & instruments of A.'.A.'.
Tarot & the trail of Initiation
Initiation & Tetragrammaton
The position of the Ego within the nice Work
The formulation of LVX and NOX
the fitting Use of Magical Power
twenty first Century Alchemy
the sensible Use of Alchemical Symbolism
Part 3: lifestyles outdoor the Temple
Patterns & Cycles in Magical Practice
Qabalistic Coping Techniques
The Anima & Animus
Cognitive remedy for Magicians
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