12 January 2012

KChPh - A Formula of the Universe

Here are three things I think I can take as more or less granted:
  1. There is a universe. It is vast, and comprised of (for all practical purposes) an infinite number of entities.
  2. The nature of the universe is interaction. It is shaped through cause and effect.
  3. Individual (living) entities have a subjective consciousness.
For practical use in ritualistic contexts, I'll give these concepts fancy names in an ancient language (Greek, in this case): Kosmos (κόσμος), Chaos (χάος), and Phantasia (φαντασία). Or, because occultists love obscure formulae, KChPh for short. More discussion follows.

5 January 2012

A Handful of Truths about Religious Worship

Religious worship has been part of human nature for thousands of years. It is natural to feel drawn to worship.

The world we perceive today is vast and built on interaction, driven by cause and effect. Yet by its very nature it is indifferent, and direct response to worship is rare, or altogether non-existent.

Indirect response to worship and ritual through our own consciousness, and actions shaped by it, is undoubtedly true. But this requires dedication and practise.

Herein lies a great dilemma. Whilst perceiving value in theory, we may find it difficult in practise to worship what we recognise as merely an aspect of our consciousness.

Why is it that we perceive the contents of our minds as less real than external entities, when we are all composed of the same particles and mechanisms of cause and effect? After all, within our minds no entity is without meaning!

Is ignorance truly the key to religious experience? If this is so, we, who yearn for the spiritual yet refuse to view this world blinkered, incapable of blind devotion, are screwed.

Our subjective experience of the world is vital to us. We are both individuals and part of a larger whole, microcosms in a vast macrocosm.

Much of this should not matter. But it does.