Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Concerning Magical and mystical orders. I wrote the following in a facebookgroup after a question about what group or order would be the best choice.
Its important to remember that all Orders and groups are vehicles on the Path of Return, or the Great Work so to speak. As with everything in life it all depends on your own personal effort and dedication to the Work how one progress. Sometimes one needs an order to learn sometimes an individual teacher, some both or a mix with different other groups too. It is very depended on the nature of your own mindset and what works for you. Orders and groups are not a matter of good or bad, its more a question about what one should learn in our mundane life and on the path of occultism and how to integrate and balance in our daily lives. Sometimes we need a so called ‘bad’ group in order to grow and sometimes a so called ‘good’ group. The question is, what makes it good or bad? No one can say actually. So you have to discover for yourself. Its a part of the process as well.
Taking steps on the path of occultism (magic mysticism etc) is not something that should be taken lightly. The first thing one should do is have everything in balance with your mundane life. Many people tend to go to groups or try to practice magic with a messed up life and mind, or just one of those. When this is the case this Path is dangerous since it will not help really. On the contrary it sucks people deeper into problems. This is what I see very often, or people tend to inflate their ego as big as our universe and claim they are the only ‘right’ order or group. There are hidden groups on other planes and when one is evolved enough after many years of testing and trials they will reveal themselves to the aspirant. But first real hard work has to be done in all our aspects of our being. No part of the foundation of the pyramid may be forgotten.”
We should take this quote from the preliminary section from the Holy book of Thelema seriously into consideration. And deeply meditate on that. This text every time shows its value to me and open my eyes and peel away my illusions.
” THE PRELIMINARY LECTION”
In the Name of the Initiator, Amen.
In the beginning was Initiation. The flesh profiteth nothing; the mind profiteth nothing; that which is unknown to you and above these, while firmly based upon their equilibrium, giveth life.
In all systems of religion is to be found a system of Initiation, which may be defined as the process by which a man comes to learn that unknown Crown.
Though none can communicate either the knowledge or the power to achieve this, which we may call the Great Work, it is yet possible for initiates to guide others.
Every man must overcome his own obstacles, expose his own illusions. Yet others may assist him to do both, and they may enable him altogether to avoid many of the false paths, leading no whither, which tempt the weary feet of the uninitiated pilgrim. They can further insure that he is duly tried and tested, for there are many who think themselves to be Masters who have not even begun to tread the Way of Service that leads thereto.
Now the Great Work is one, and the Initiation is one, and the Reward is one, however diverse are the symbols wherein the Unutterable is clothed.
Hear then the history of the system which this lection gives you the opportunity of investigating.
Listen, we pray you, with attention: for once only does the Great Order knock at any one door.
Whosoever knows any member of that Order as such, can never know another, until he too has attained to mastery.
Here, therefore, we pause, that you may thoroughly search yourself, and consider if you are yet fitted to take an irrevocable step.
For the reading of that which follows is Recorded.
From the Holy books of Thelema Liber LXI vel Causae.”
Love is the law, love under will.