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Living in the Sunlight

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Living in the Sunlight: Making a Forgotten Meditation an Atomic Habit [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] by Steve King.

King Living in the Sunlight

This recent short instructional text from Australian OTO Grand Master Steve King concerns a specific practice documented in the writings of Aleister Crowley and Charles Stansfeld Jones, and attributed by them to the ingenium of Jeanne Foster (m.k.a. Hilarion). Br. King demonstrates a responsible and constructive approach to the study of century-old occult texts, as well as setting forth the technique in question.

The material has never been under any seal of secrecy in OTO, and it is practicable by non-members and even non-Thelemites. At the same time, it is relevant to the Order’s mysteries and especially pertinent for initiates of the Minerval and Magus of Light degrees.

The exposition here is quite vernacular, and it avoids occult jargon and magick technicalities. Experienced magicians should pick up on various quiet cues to how their knowledge will be useful in any effort to “personalize and develop” (42) the method given in this helpful book.

The meditation on love will overcome in you all hatred and wrath … So very powerful is this method of meditation, that a very short practice will give results — results that you will find working in your life and thoughts, bringing peace and happiness to you, and to all around you.

Allan Bennett, The Training of the Mind

Hermetic quote Bennett training mind meditation love overcome hatred wrath very powerful method very short practice results working life thoughts peace happiness to you all around

Even those dreadful periods of “dryness” and of despair seem but the necessary lying fallow of the Earth. All those “false paths” of Magic and Meditation and of Reason were not false paths, but steps upon the true Path; even as a tree must shoot downwards its roots into the Earth in order that it may flower, and bring forth fruit in its season.

Aleister Crowley, John St. John, Prologue

Crowley John St John Liber DCCCLX 860 even dreadful periods dryness despair seem necessary fallow earth paths magic meditation reason not false steps true

Hadit is hidden in Nuit, and knows Her, She being an object of knowledge; but He is not knowable, for He is merely that part of Her which She formulates in order that She may be known.

Aleister Crowley, eds Symonds and Grant, The Magical and Philosophical Commentaries The Book of the Law, II.4

Hermetic quote Crowley The Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on The Book of the Law hadit hidden nuit knows object knowledge not knowable part may be known

Let all men obey me, The Beast, the Prophet of Nuit! For my number is 666, the Number of the Sun. That is, I am the Light and Centre of their system of Stars; and my Word is as a ray to them who are of Earth. Let them obey the light, and Impulse of that which I am in Truth, although I lie deep hidden in a body of flesh. Seek ye to know Nuit! Seek to enjoy all that may be, although ye loathe it in your souls. This is your ordeal, which ye must pass in order to be free and whole; to know all things alike, to try, to do, to love and to rejoice in all.

Aleister Crowley, The Djeridensis Comment on Liber Legis, I, 32

Hermetic quote Crowley The Djeridensis Comment on Liber Legis I, 32 seek know nuit enjoy all ordeal be free whole all things alike try do love rejoice in all

The essence of a Man and Woman—each being a Star or sovereign God poised in Space by its own act—is clothed in thoughts and deeds as is its Nature, hidden by them. This essence is all-worthy; adore it, and the light of all that may be shall be shed upon you.

Aleister Crowley, The Djeridensis Comment on Liber Legis, I, 9

Hermetic quote Crowley Djeridensis Liber Legis essence man woman star sovereign clothed deeds acts nature hidden all-worthy adore it light of all upon you

Mysteries of other worlds, hidden forces, strange revelations, mysterious illnesses, exceptional faculties, spirits, apparitions, magical paradoxes, hermetic arcana, we shall say all, and we shall explain all. Who has given us this power? We do not fear to reveal it to our readers.

Éliphas Lévi, trans Aleister Crowley, Liber XLVI The Key of the Mysteries

Hermetic quote Levi Crowley Liber XLVI The Key to the Mysteries other worlds hidden forces strange revelations magical paradoxes hermetic arcana say explain reveal

This war is as ancient as the world; the Greeks figured it under the symbols of Eros and Anteros, and the Hebrews by the antagonism of Cain and Abel. It is the war of the Titans and the Gods. The two armies are everywhere invisible, disciplined and always ready for attack or counterattack. Simple-minded folk on both sides, astonished at the instant and unanimous resistance that they meet, begin to believe in vast plots cleverly organized, in hidden, all-powerful societies. Eugène Sue invents Rodin; churchmen talk of the Illuminati and of the Freemasons; Wronski dreams of his bands of mystics, and there is nothing true and serious beneath all that but the necessary struggle of order and disorder, of the instincts and of thought; the result of that struggle is balance in progress, and the devil always contributes, despite himself, to the glory of St. Michael.

Éliphas Lévi, trans Aleister Crowley, Liber XLVI The Key of the Mysteries

Hermetic quote Levi Crowley The Key to the Mysteries war eros anteros cain abel titans gods two armies everywhere invisible necessary struggle order disorder