By David Shoemaker
The process of religious attainment built by means of Aleister Crowley is notoriously demanding in its scope. tailored from the preferred podcast phase of a similar identify, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley's fabric, with no diminishing the intensity of the process. the writer makes a speciality of the sensible and experiential features of the trail of Thelema, permitting the reader to understand the genuine transformative energy of the approach.
Beginners and complicated practitioners alike will locate a lot valuable suggestion the following, as Shoemaker brings his attribute down-to-earth kind to undergo on issues reminiscent of ritual and meditation practices, intercourse magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the data and dialog of the Holy dad or mum Angel, and that top of attainment often called the crossing of the Abyss.
The author's heritage as a working towards psychotherapist permits a wholly targeted fusion of esoteric knowledge and cognitive technological know-how. Living Thelema is a useful guide for any sleek magician.
Here's what different well-liked Thelemic authors need to say approximately Living Thelema:
"Dr. Shoemaker's Living Thelema is in my view the main thorough and comprehensible exposition of the underlying theories and the sensible functions of the non secular disciplines of Thelema at present to be had to the general public. severe scholars of the magick of Aleister Crowley in most cases, and of the A.'. A.'. specifically, won't discover a extra masterful and authoritative paintings at the topic issuing from a post-Crowley commentator. My maximum suggestion for this landmark work."
—Lon Milo DuQuette, popular writer of The Magick of Aleister Crowley, Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, and plenty of different titles.
"In this pleasing and (dare I say it?) vigorous e-book, David Shoemaker reminds us that Thelema isn't just a philosophy or a research, yet a religious perform. From utilized 'how to' suggestion to thought-provoking 'how approximately' posers, Dr. Shoemaker bargains his own take—informed via 20 years of strolling the debate, with his incisiveness as a certified therapist—on how one can get the main out of the basic Thelemic practices of yoga and formality, either inside and out of the temple."
—Richard Kaczynski, writer of Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis and Perdurabo: The lifetime of Aleister Crowley.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part One: instruments for the Journey
An advent to the Qabalah
The Holy dad or mum Angel
the genuine Will
Getting all started with a easy Magical Regimen
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
The Lesser & larger Rituals of the Hexagram
Liber Resh vel Helios
tools of formality Construction
Asana & Pranayama
Meditation & Visualization Practices
Astral Projection & keep watch over of the physique of Light
Liber Samekh & the Invocation of the Holy dad or mum Angel
Sexual Magick & Sexual Mysticism
Part : views at the course of Attainment
The equipment & instruments of A.'.A.'.
Tarot & the trail of Initiation
Initiation & Tetragrammaton
The function of the Ego within the nice Work
The formulation of LVX and NOX
the precise Use of Magical Power
twenty first Century Alchemy
the sensible Use of Alchemical Symbolism
Part 3: lifestyles open air the Temple
Patterns & Cycles in Magical Practice
Qabalistic Coping Techniques
The Anima & Animus
Cognitive remedy for Magicians