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Communion with the Holy Guardian Angel. How shall Vdl indite songs, when even the memory of the shadow of thy glory is a thing beyond all music of speech or of silence? In the language of Thelemic Mysticism, the Adept and the Holy Guardian Angel are united like lovers, they meet and interact and enjoy one another but they remain separate as Adept and Angel. The persistence in this Love so that it becomes complete and perfect, so to speak, leads to the next stage.
Liber LXI vel Causae
The Nature of the Second Stage: Dhyana also can be felt as a union of subject and object but not a complete union where both are annihilated. The are various secondary characteristics of this Illumination: Also his body shook and staggered with the burden of that bliss and that excess and that ultimate nameless.
That is, they do not constitute Illumination itself, but they often accompany Illumination. Conversely, many of the anxieties, worries, and fears that plague the Mystic will fall away or seem petty in contrast to this Mystic vvel. This is the faculty of under-standing the Word of Chiah [True Will].
It is the intelligence or intuition of what Jechidah [True Self] wishes to discover about itself. Things seems to fall into place without much or any effort. But in this, as oxi all other effort to name it, is the root of every falsity and misapprehension, since all words imply some duality.
Therefore, though I call it Light, it is not Light, nor absence of Light.
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Many also have sought to describe it by contradictions, since through transcendent negation of all speech it may by some natures be attained. Also by images and symbols have men striven to express it: The incidents of life become a harmonious unity; one is lost in a rosy dream of romantic happiness.
One may compare it to the effect produced by wine on some people. There is, however, no unreality in the vision. One is not blinded to the facts of existence. It is simply that the normal incoherence and discrepancy between them has been harmonized. Typically, the Mystic will perceive a certain sense of beauty in all things. This is sometimes called the Beatific Vision by Crowley. The Mystic caisae and effortlessly cause the Divine permeating all things in the world.
If one persists to the third Stage, one comes to identity with the Absolute itself rather than being simply a part thereof. Because many of these by-products of Illumination are overwhelming and enrapturing, the Mystic is liable think that vek is the end of the Path. It is helpful to remember that this is only the middle pylon along the Path, and that the true Unitive Life has still not been achieved. Uniqueness of this Experience: One may see this as becoming the Bride of Christ, and another may see this as being pierced by a Divine sword; one may see this as a blinding Light, and another as a joyful Darkness.
Vvel set up expectations as to what Illumination or Knowledge and Conversation may entail is, in a sense, an impediment to being open and surrendering to what truly is. The descriptions of these Mystic states are, therefore, simply to be used as guideposts along the Path, not as absolutes to construct an intellectual system around. It is typical of a Mystic at this Stage to think that she will never again see herself as separate from the Divine, that she will always be one with her True Will, that she is perfected, but the time always comes where this Illumination slowly fades away.
One must therefore be always vigilant to bring oneself to live more and more in this Light of Illumination, continuing the work of Purification and Consecration until All is One. Book 4, Part Evlchapter 6: To Cross the Abyss, one must surrender all that one has and all that one is.
In order to surrender all that one has and is, though, one must first build oneself into a Whole. The Work of the Lover, after having achieved Knowledge and Conversation, is therefore one of Equilibrium: He [must] complete the formation of himself as an image of the All. Obviously, they miss the music. This means that all aspects of the self must be balanced, especially the moral and intellectual aspects of the self.
If one clings to the light and ignores the darkness, veo is not equilibrated; if one clings to virtues and ignores vices, one is not equilibrated; if one clings to one belief and ignores its opposite, one is not equilibrated.
In fact, one is seeking the Whole, both upright and averse, and not simply the Highest. This is what is generally said by Mystics to be the necessity of having a Love of All.
In the broadest sense, this Love is acceptance.
In the emotions, a lack of Love or acceptance shows itself in the feeling of disgust. Subdue thy fear and thy disgust.
The way to destroy demons is through Love. Francis of Assisi visited lepers, the sight of which disgusted him. This is why Buddhists meditate in the presence of decaying corpses.
He must learn to endure them, then to become indifferent to them, then to analyze them until they give pleasure and instruction, and finally to appreciate them for their own sake, as aspects of Truth.
When this has been done, he should abandon them, if they are really harmful in relation to liiber and comfort. The Ordeal of this Grade is a crucial one, known as the Crossing of libef Abyss, and it will be discussed in the next section as the prelude to the third and final Grade or Stage of the Mystic Path. De Lege Libellum 5 Light: The Wand To Cross the Abyss, one must surrender all that one has and all that one is.
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