Common steps and sub-activities


Another method Lewis Carroll hints at is the use of  constant contradiction of your ideas by someone else – ‘no it isn’t’.

Alice through the looking glass – Lewis Carroll

'I only wanted to see what the garden was like, your Majesty--'

'That's right,' said the Queen, patting her on the head, which Alice didn't like at all, 'though, when you say "garden,"--I'VE seen gardens, compared with which this would be a wilderness.'

Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went on: '--and I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of that hill--'

'When you say "hill,"' the Queen interrupted, '_I_ could show you hills, in comparison with which you'd call that a valley.'

'No, I shouldn't,' said Alice, surprised into contradicting her at last: 'a hill CAN'T be a valley, you know. That would be nonsense--'

The Red Queen shook her head, 'You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, 'but I'VE heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!'

Aleister Crowley used this too:

Aleister Crowley – Book of Lies

Falsehoods upon falsehoods whose contradictions are also false.

Aleister Crowley – Book of Lies

The number 31 refers to the Hebrew word LA, which means "not".  A new character is now introduced, under the title of IT, I being the secret, and T being the manifested phallus.  This is, however, only one aspect of IT, which may perhaps be defined as the Ultimate Reality.  IT is apparently a more exalted thing than THAT.

This chapter should be compared with Chapter 11; that method of destroying the reason by formulating contradictions is definitely inculcated.

The reason is situated in Daath, which corresponds to the throat in human anatomy. Hence the title of the chapter, " The Garotte" .  The idea is that, by forcing the mind to follow, and as far as possible to realise, the language of Beyond the Abyss, the student will succeed in bringing his reason under control.

As soon as the reason is vanquished, the garotte is removed; then the influence of the supernals (Kether, Chokmah, Binah), no longer inhibited by Daath, can descend upon Tiphareth, where the human will is situated, and flood it with the ineffable light.


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