Enchiridion of Thelema

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." (AL I.40)

Anonymous asked: How drastic of a change can discovering your True Will cause? If it's just realizing your most natural path through life, it shouldn't be much right? Also, can it change or end a relationship that someone cherishes very much?

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The discovery of your True Will may cause drastic change. In Magick in Theory and Practice, Crowley writes:

A man may think it is his duty to act in a certain way, through having made a fancy picture of himself, instead of investigating his actual nature. For example, a woman may make herself miserable for life by thinking that she prefers love to social consideration, or vice versa. One woman may stay with an unsympathetic husband when she would really be happy in an attic with a lover, while another may fool herself into a romantic elopement when her only pleasures are those of presiding over fashionable functions. Again, a boy’s instinct may tell him to go to sea, while his parents insist on his becoming a doctor. In such a case he will be both unsuccessful and unhappy in medicine.

If you believed yourself to be a doctor but your True Will lies in being a artist, you could experience drastic changes in your life as you brought it more in line with your unique will. As the matter stands, most people are not aware of their “most natural path through life.” And, there are a variety of factors that contribute to this, e.g. socio-cultural pressures and norms, gender roles and assumptions, economic and political factors, racial issues, etc. It takes a great deal of privilege to be able to fully realize a person’s True Will.

All of this holds true for a person’s relationships too. The degree to which a relationship is adored, appreciated or loved could prove challenging. In fact, Liber AL makes it clear that such adoration is misplaced. The object of a Thelemite’s affections is nothing other than their True Self with its True Will. Again, Thelema is an individualist philosophy. Thus, it is certainly possible for a cherished relationship to interfere with the carrying out of one’s unique will. And, if this is the case, the Thelemite has no choice but to end the relationship or in some way change the nature of the relationship so as to remove the conflict.

Love is the law, love under will.

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