In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless. -Aleister Crowley
Back in the late nineties and on even today we find many in the Pagan and Magic community that would have attitude of being better then the “Muggles” a form of Aquarian Age Open Elite as Donald Kraig’s Modern Magic would say. even when they cannot hold down a steady job for more then a couple of years it would seem, this attitude of elitism seems to, occasionally, go away with the ending of adolescence but not always.
While the attitude tends to be a major turn off for people both in and outside our little corner of the cultural landscape I have started to wonder if the idea of a Magical Elite might be of use as a goal or maybe standard to aspire towards. To wish to be something, or someone worthy of the title of elite.
This got me thinking of a few things. My meditation training as one of Jason Miller’s Strategic Sorcery Students, a book I’ve been reading on habits recommended over at Nerd Fitness and Aleister Crowley. Crowley who’s writings have become a foundation for the modern Neo-Pagan and wider Occult movement; whether or not most of the current membership wishes to admit it. Crowley preached one law and that was “Do what thou Wilt” which he always made cleared was suppose to mean any Willed action and not just whatever struck ones fancy.
For now I no longer have a copy of Liber ABA, his massive tome down by many as the Big Blue Brick: But in the book was a statement by The Great Beast comparing intelligence with the actions of primates. The dumber ones acting frantically jumping around, screaming and so forth. While the more intelligent moved with slow deliberate action, this was before going into the importance of meditation in the book or totally misremembering the book.
These leads us to my mentor Jason Miller and his constant emphasis on meditation. One of the benefits of meditation I’ve learned is suppose to be greater self control as we can better identify our habits and stop ourselves from just blindly following the programming we have accumulated from birth as a result of genetics, upbringing and what has happened to us over the course of our lives.
An as I have learned from reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business almost everything we do is from habits more often then not. In fact habits can become so powerful that even a man who was effectively lobotomized with no ability to form new memories was able to live a simi-normal life just going off of habits, even new ones, he had formed.
So via meditation and the methods of self control we can learn in occult groups we can maybe become what an ‘elite’ person should be. Every habit one we wish to have that is working in our favor, every action we take one that in one form or another was Willed. It would seem it is true what some of the Wicca 101 Authors of the nineties said ‘The Greatest magick is to change ourselves.’ (However I would count being able to change everything else a super close second).
If we can almost at will, with some effort, change and alter our habits and act according to Will we would become worthy of the title of Elite and everything that comes with it. Perhaps even being able to move beyond caring about being elite and whether or not only magickal people can be part of this Elite, but rather being happy and grateful for having what the thing that makes us worthy of it.
But what do you think Dear Readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts.