The pasha of delusion derives from a life-style that is inconsistent, without a center, and constantly gravitating around external factors into which the empirical subject draws its sense of identity: hence hope and its counterpart, delusion, which take place when one’s hopes and goals are not fulfilled, and when one’s expectations are not met.
The vira rescinds this bond and purifies his will, since external circumstances do not dishearten him but always find him active and invulnerable. Obviously, this rescindment requires a flexible and agile will, if one is to let go and to subsequently keep going, without dwelling on negative factors and thus allowing them to break one’s spirit.
In a wider context than a mere strengthening of the will, besides the capacity of accepting all things as unavoidable, it is a matter of understanding. It is taught that delusions, adversities, personal tragedies and failures, even catastrophes may play the role of a hidden guru, of a spiritual teacher sui generis; they may be interpreted as signs to discern the right path.
J. Evola — The Yoga of Power
Phaethon from the Four Disgracers series
The National Gallery in Prague
“I will dissolve into air and become nothing
so I can reach my Beloved.”
“There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood… And understanding someone else.”
— Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle
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life will break you. nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. you have to love. you have to feel. it is the reason you are here on earth. you are here to risk your heart. you are here to be swallowed up. and when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP
“A long time ago, when you were a wee thing, you learned something, some way to cope, something that, if you did it, would help you survive. It wasn’t the healthiest thing, it wasn’t gonna get you free, but it was gonna keep you alive. You learned it, at five or six, and it worked, it *did* help you survive. You carried it with you all your life, used it whenever you needed it. It got you out—out of your assbackwards town, away from an abuser, out of range of your mother’s un-love. Or whatever. It worked for you. You’re still here now partly because of this thing that you learned. The thing is, though, at some point you stopped needing it. At some point, you got far enough away, surrounded yourself with people who love you. You survived. And because you survived, you now had a shot at more than just staying alive. You had a shot now at getting free. But that thing that you learned when you were five was not then and is not now designed to help you be free. It is designed only to help you survive. And, in fact, it keeps you from being free. You need to figure out what this thing is and work your ass off to un-learn it. Because the things we learn to do to survive at all costs are not the things that will help us get FREE. Getting free is a whole different journey altogether.”
— Mia McKenzie, creator of Black Girl Dangerous, author of The Summer We Got Free
“In truth, you like the pain. You like it because you believe you deserve it.”
— Marya Hornbacher
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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
James Turrell, Roden Crater (Sunset), 2009. Color carbon print, 29-3/4” x 38-1/4” Image via the Pace Gallery.
From the Pace Gallery’s Press Release:
James Turrell: Roden Crater and Autonomous Structures will be on view at 32 East 57th Street from March 15 through April 20. The exhibition will focus on the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in the Painted Desert of Northern Arizona that Turrell has been transforming into a monumental work of art since the 1970s. One of the most ambitious projects ever envisioned by an artist, Turrell’s masterwork will convert the inner cone of the 400,000-year-old crater into a massive naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for viewing and experiencing skylight, solar, and celestial phenomena. Pace will present bronze and plaster models of spaces within the crater, as well as photographs of the project by Turrell, including the first known aerial photo of the Roden Crater, taken from the artist’s plane.
The Magus, at his highest level of interpretation, indicates the intricate and complex web of influences that binds the Universe to itself, and to all else. This is essentially a card about communication, but on the subtle levels beyond the material world.
If you want to manifest your heart’s desire into the mundane world, you will have to come to terms with the actuality, the workings and the efficient manipulation of this web, understanding its laws and vagaries.
This web is what causes so-called ‘coincidences’, or those freak connections that we make right when we most need them. It is this system that brings the teacher to the student at exactly the right time, puts the very book we need on the bookshelf just when we needed it, draws the right person into our lives at the opportune moment.
You can see, therefore, how essential it is if you want to achieve your highest possible destiny, that you develop your understanding of the web of life. And in so doing, become a magus of sorts yourself.
So on a day ruled by the Magus, we need to be experimenting with the way this web works. We need to look at the thoughts we are transmitting ourselves - because what goes around comes around, remember? What we put out eventually finds its way back to us - coloured by everything it has touched along the way. This is the single most practical reason for positive thinking!!
We need to consider our overall direction and the things we are doing to fulfil our aspirations. We need to look at how every single action we take can be made into an act of magick. People miss this concept all the time. Yet holding the idea in the forefront of your mind changes the way that you approach your daily activities.
So acting with intent is another thing we can practise on the day of the Magus. For instance, if you cook a meal, cook it with the intention that it will sustain the very spirit of those who eat it. If you do the washing up, do it remembering that you are washing away the stains of the world. If you are driving to see a friend, regard the journey as another step in your growth and development. Get the idea? Practise everything with intent. From personal experience, let me tell you it really gets the mundane stuff done quickly, efficiently and with a full heart.
Also when working the affirmation for today, remember one thing - if you aren’t happy with your life the way you’ve made it so far, the Magus releases the power within you to make it something happier and more satisfying. All you have to do is begin……..
Affirmation: My life is everything I make it.