Thelema Quotes 11: Interdependence

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

Thelema is often said to be highly individualistic, which is certainly true but not to the exclusion of balance with interdependence. Thelema Quotes number 11 looks into this subject. All quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“…Since I am Infinite Space, and the Infinite Stars thereof, do ye also thus. Bind nothing! Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing; for thereby there cometh hurt. But whoso availeth in this, let him be the chief of all!”

The Book of the Law I:22-23

Quotation #2

“The greatest, like Rembrandt, paint a gallant, a hag, and a carcass with equal passion and rapture; they love the truth as it is.  They do not admit that anything can be ugly or evil; its existence justifies itself.  This is because they know themselves to be part of an harmonious unity; to disdain any item of it would be to blaspheme the whole.  The Thelemite is able to revel in any experience soever; in each he recognizes the tokens of ultimate Truth.  It is surely obvious, even intellectually, that all phenomena are interdependent, and therefore involve each other.”

-Commentaries to The Book of the Law

Quotation #3

“Find thou thyself in every Star.”

The Heart of the Master

Quotation #4

“But there is one other solution, as I have endeavoured to shew.  We may accept (what after all it is absurd to accuse and oppose) the essential character of existence.  We cannot extirpate or even alter in the minutest degree either the matter or manner of any element of the Universe, here each item is equally inherent and important, each aequipollent, independent, and interdependent.

We may thus acquiesce in the fact that it is apodeictically implicit in the Absolute to apprehend itself by self-expression as Positive and Negative in the first place, and to combine these primary opposites in an infinite variety of finite forms.”

-Commentaries to The Book of the Law

Quotation #5

“Abstain from all interferences with other wills. ‘Beware lest any force another, King against King!’ (The love and war in the previous injunctions are of the nature of sport, where one respects, and learns from the opponent, but never interferes with him, outside the actual game.) To seek to dominate or influence another is to seek to deform or destroy him; and he is a necessary part of one’s own Universe, that is, of one’s self.”

-“Duty”

Quotation #6

“[The O.T.O.] combines monarchy with democracy; it includes aristocracy, and conceals even the seeds of revolution, by which alone progress can be effected. Thus we balance the Triads, uniting the Three in One; thus we gather up all the threads of human passion and interest, and weave them into an harmonious tapestry, subtly and diligently with great art, that our Order may seem an ornament even to the Stars that are in the Heavens at Night. In our rainbow-coloured texture we set forth the glory of the whole Universe–See thou to it, brother Magician, that thine own thread be strong, and pure, and of a colour brilliant in itself, yet ready to mingle in all beauty with those of thy brethren!”

-Liber CXCIV: An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order

Quotation #7

“For Perfection abideth not in the Pinnacles, or in the Foundations, but in the ordered Harmony of one with all.”

-“Liber LXI vel Causae”


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Love is the law, love under will.

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