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Israel Regardie on the union of psychotherapy and spiritual exploration

Discussion in 'Human Potential, Self Discovery' started by Veda, May 21, 2010.

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  1. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    In 1937 a book titled, 'The Middle Pillar' by Israel Regardie was published.

    Wrote Regardie:

    "[Psycho-therapeutic] Analysis is the logical precursor of spiritual attainment and Magical experiment... Not until the mind and the emotional system have been cleansed and unified by the cathartic process... can the full spiritual benefits of magical work be reflected into the mind of man.

    "...We should remember the parables of the archaic philosophical religions whose fundamental tenet was that within man was a spirit, a dynamic center of consciousness which, because of its contact and association with matter, had been plunged into a profound sleep, a kind of somnambulism...

    "By endeavoring to extend the horizon of consciousness, to enlarge the field of awareness so as to embrace what previously was unconscious, is obviously a logical method. To become aware of all our actions, our thoughts and emotions and unsuspected motives, to regard them in their true light as actually they are and not as we would like them to be or as we would wish an onlooker to perceive them. It requires, to take this step, an extraordinary degree of honesty and courage... The more of this suppressed and forgotten material stored in this at one time unknown or dormant side of our nature that can be raised to the clear light of day, by exactly so much do we awake from the inert stupor into which we have in the past been plunged."

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  2. Leon

    Leon Gold Meritorious Patron

    Seems a very sussed guy. Thank you for that.
  3. namaste

    namaste Silver Meritorious Patron

    Wow, 1937.
    It sounds a lot like what Ekhart Tolle speaks of today.
    He suddenly realized, at one point, that he was not this mind, rather he was the observer of it.

    Similar, it seems, to Dianetics where one observes unconsciousness and causes it to blow.
    A big difference that I see here is that it doesn't always have to be pain or loss that one observes. It can be things like habits that have set in as well.

    Thank you for that, Veda.
  4. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    The categories of "spiritual attainment" and "magical experiment" cover a pretty broad range, from Zen Meditation to Yoga to Aleister Crowley's Magic(k) to rock climbing.

    As is fairly well known, by those with an interest in Regardie's work, he had been associated with Aleister Crowley before going his own way.

    Crowley, in his 'Eight Lectures on Yoga' (divided into two sections: 'Yoga for Yahoos' and 'Yoga for Yellow bellies') provided the most concise explanation of Yoga that I've yet to encounter:

    "Sit still. Stop thinking. Shut up. Get out!"

    As for the "getting out" part, Crowley added the following, which was published in his "The Equinox' in 1913.

    Quoting from John Symonds and Kenneth Grant, who were, years later, compilers of some of Crowley's writings:

    "It ('Batra', etc.) deals with the magical practice of expanding consciousness to the stars and the planets... in which the mind is freed from its ordinary bounds. Consciousness - so the theory goes - is exalted to infinity by this method."
  5. uniquemand

    uniquemand Unbeliever

    Israel Regardie is heavily quoted by Robert Anton Wilson, a contemporary of Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna who I greatly admire and who died a few years ago.

    The idea that psychotherapy would be a precursor to magick, or to exerting your will (effectively) makes a great deal of sense to me.
  6. Infinite

    Infinite Troublesome Internet Fringe Dweller

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