By and large, we were taught to perceive in a way that would make us unhappy and alienated from our genius. Why? Because such perceptions validate and perpetuate the status quo of separation and competition, the state that the teacher Don Miguel Ruiz has called “the dream of hell” and which I call the mad world.
“Astral” Beings may thus be defined in the same way as “material objects”; they are the Unknown Causes of various observed effects. They may be of any order of existence. We give a physical form and name to a bell but not to its tone, though in each case we know nothing but our own impressions. But we record musical sounds by a special convention. We may therefore call a certain set of qualities “Ratziel”, or describe an impression as “Saturnian” without pretending to know what anything is in itself. All we need is to know how to cast a bell that will please our ears, or how to evoke a “spirit” that will tell us things that are hidden from our intellectual faculties.
Aleister Crowley, Book 4, Notes for an Astral Atlas
So let’s call it “my meaning, this time around,” instead of “a meaning.”
Patrick Meaney & al., Our Sentence is Up
He would crouch at the threshold, and call, call, call, call her Knock, knock, knock at the door; no more held back, but wild This is the place where he put pen to paper
Uvi Poznansky and Zeev Kachel, Home
O City of Pyramids, I hear your call
To play and rejoice in the garden of All!
Free of deception and gross illusion,
I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!
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