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Occult science and why I reject the notion of authority.

Updated: Jan 8

In society, it is common to view authorities, particularly in the field of research and science, as reliable sources of information. However, this approach is counter-scientific and can lead to the deterioration of knowledge and flawed teaching. Scientists must be skeptical of everything presented, develop a discerning mind, and evaluate the evidence before concluding. Furthermore, science is a progressive field, which means that while a few scientific truths have been thoroughly tested and verified through repetitive experimentation, most of what we currently consider scientific "truth" will likely be disproven by future generations of scientists. Examples of scientific truths that have stood the test of time include Newton's laws of mechanics and Darwin's theory of evolution, which a wealth of evidence has supported.

In the field of the occult, it is common for specific individuals to be considered authorities and treated as such. However, it is essential to recognize that these individuals may not have absolute knowledge and that their understanding of the subject may be flawed or incomplete. This is especially true for the pioneering generations of occult scientists, who often had limited resources to draw upon and may have relied on corrupted translations or unverifiable information. In light of modern research and practices in fields such as archeology, Buddhism, and psychology, it is clear that many of these earlier teachings were largely incorrect or significantly lacking. For example, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has a reputation for altering systems to fit its ideology. Their version of the Enochian system has been known to be problematic for practitioners. Therefore, it is essential to be critical of authority figures and to carefully evaluate the information they present rather than blindly following their teachings.

Crowley's system of correspondences, which involves taking complex and intricate concepts and haphazardly combining them, has some practical value but displays a lack of deeper understanding and a biased attitude toward other cultures. In addition, he was heavily addicted to drugs like heroin and cocaine, which would have impaired his ability to deduct clearly. Despite these flaws, many occultists and magick practitioners continue to follow Crowley's teachings because he is considered an authority in the field. However, many modern practitioners have a deeper understanding, better resources, and teachers. As a result, they can scratch the surface of mysticism and magic in a way that Crowley and his peers could not.

As a native Hebrew with a high level of scholarly knowledge of the language, I found it frustrating to encounter people who claim to be knowledgeable about Hebrew sources but reject my explanations because it differs from the interpretation of their "authorities." These predecessors often relied on translations of complex Hebrew sources into Greek and Latin, then translated into French and German before being translated into high-level English. However, these translations were often simplified and downgraded for religious reasons leading to a less accurate understanding of the sources. While some knowledge from this period is still valid, much of it was "channeled" and unreliable. It takes a person with the dedication and focus of John Dee to gain valuable knowledge through spiritual divination. However, even Dee received questionable instructions that led to a difficult life. Therefore, it is essential to question "authorities" and be skeptical of "spirits" to avoid misinformation.

Modern occultists have primarily been influenced by their religious upbringing and the narrow-minded thinking of their time. They were often punished for using their imagination and were restricted in their thinking. As a result, their psychological state was better than occultists in medieval times, who only saw visions of demons and angels and had no understanding of polytheistic cultures. However, their minds were still limited in comprehending spiritual information and graphic images. As a result, they were prone to insanity and psychic breakdown when attempting to access the "lunar reservoir of images."

In contrast, we can now comprehend parallel universes, habitable planets, extra dimensions, singularities, and one-night stands. Their understanding of the world was limited to the belief that the earth was flat, the center of the universe, and controlled by a single deity and that masturbation would lead to blindness and deformity. The impact of movies, heavy metal music, psytrance, fantasy and science fiction literature, and video games on our minds has dramatically expanded our ability to draw on imagery and understand metaphysical concepts. Even a basic understanding of computers can give an occultist an advantage in explaining the metaphysics of the mind.

It's essential to approach any field of study with a critical and questioning mindset and to be aware of the limitations and biases of those who have come before us. While it can be helpful to draw on the knowledge and experiences of others, it's important to be independent in our thinking and not blindly accept the ideas of others without examination. It's also important to be aware of the potential adverse effects of specific beliefs or practices on our well-being and to take care of our mental and emotional health. It's ultimately up to each individual to decide what information and practices are helpful and relevant to them and to approach their studies with an open, discerning mind.

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