So many people seem to spend their lives trying to appear normal, predictable and consistent to themselves and those that surround them. They just end up bored with themselves, bereft of any depth of inner resources, suffocated by the inhibitions that defend their own monolithic identities.

β€” Peter J. Carroll

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In Chaos Magic, beliefs are not seen as ends in themselves, but as tools for creating desired effects.

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Enforcing equality to compensate for the monstrous unfairness of nature destroys liberty. But total liberty leads to various forms of "aristocracy" and decay. Yet total equality leads to oppressive statism and decay. However, equality of opportunity leads to a vibrantly chaotic and creative meritocracy.

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Matter can be conveniently divided for descriptive purposes into space , time , mass, and energy . However we can only describe any one of these phenomena in terms of the other three. Any definitions we care to make about matter are thus tautological .

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Every new form of liberation is destined to eventually become another form of enslavement for most of its adherents.

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The only clear view is from atop the mountain of your dead selves.

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Only through absolute loyalty to each other can the few control the many.

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Flat Earth theory serves well enough for a trip from the cave to the water hole and back, and a third dimension going up into the sky and down underground serves to accommodate gods and devils A lot of people still think like that, believe it or not.

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Junk food, junk religion, and junk products just leads to excessive numbers of junk people living junk lifestyles.

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In Chaos Magic , beliefs are not seen as ends in themselves, but as tools for creating desired effects. To fully realize this is to face a terrible freedom in which nothing is true and everything is permitted, which is to say that everything is possible, there are no certainties , and the consequences can be ghastly.

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In a stagnant environment the body-mind creates its own adversity – disease and fantasy.

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Can we find "The Universe in a grain of sand"? Well perhaps, but a stone seems easier to visualize.

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As a great master once observed: "There are two methods of becoming god, the upright or the averse." Let the mind become as a flame or a pool of still water.

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About Peter J. Carroll

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Birthday January 8, 1953

In certain tantric rituals the candidate is first beaten by his guru, hashish forced down him, and he is taken at midnight to a dark cemetery for sacred sexual intercourse. Thus he achieves union with his god.

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If only one fifth of your spells work you have real power.

If only one fifth of your divinations work you have a serious disability.

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It has taken us two million years to elevate politics from the level of a monkey squabble, to a level comprehensible to a six year old child.

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If someone claims to have free will, ask them, free from precisely what?

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Space , time , mass, and energy originate from Chaos , have their being in Chaos, and through th agency of the aether are moved by Chaos into the multiple forms of existence.

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Physical processes alone will never completely explain the existence of the universe , life , and consciousness . Religious answers are just wishful thinking and wanton fabrication cast over a bottomless pit of ignorance . To explain their occult and mystical experiences , magicians are forced to develop models beyond the scope of materialistic or religious systems .

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An old joke puts its thus, "when a man speaks to a god its prayer , when a god speaks to a man its schizophrenia"... Many people hear voices without suffering any of the debilitating and dysfunctional effects associated with schizophrenia, some treat these as sources of inspiration of develop religious ideas around them, others become mediums or occultists.

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All Philosophy is Biography

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He who is doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe.

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I regard physics as that subset of magic that works fairly reliably.

I regard magick, in the traditional sense, as a kind of physics that we strive to understand and render more reliable. So it all comes down to the same thing, a quest to understand and manipulate the world with a self-consistent and coherent theory .

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Science has brought us power and ideas but not the wisdom or responsibility to handle them.

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Indeed, linear extrapolations make no large-scale sense in a universe that has spatial and temporal curvature.

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Always consider the qualifications of anyone who assumes or professes authority, what do they really know? Authorities on spirituality can rarely give a half coherent explanation of what they persuade us to believe they know. They achieve authority by stage management and then exploit audience suggestibility. Same old trick they have pulled for thousands of years.

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Apophenia means finding pattern or meaning where others don’t.

Feelings of revelation and ecstasies usually accompany it. It has some negative connotations in psychological terminology when it implies finding meaning or pattern where none exists; and some positive ones when it implies finding something important, useful or beautiful. It thus links creativity and psychosis, genius and madness.

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The pseudoscience of astrology has no place in magick.

Astrology has already died twice: once with the classical gods, and a second time after the Enlightenment. The complete failure of contemporary psychology to create anything other than a vocabulary of intellectual rubbish has encouraged astrology to resurface.

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Magic doesn't suit everyone. Only those prepared to take full responsibility for themselves should apply.

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Laughter is the only tenable attitude in a universe which is a joke played on itself.

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We doubt that any facts actually exist.

We only have observations and interpretations. Most of the interpretations remain questionable.

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We can only escape the bloody and ignorant nightmare of history by exploring alternatives which today look frighteningly weird.

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That which is denied gains power, and seeks strange and unexpected forms of manifestation.

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Some have sought to avoid suffering by avoiding desire.

Thus they have only small desires and small sufferings, poor fools.

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Chaos, the life force of the universe, is not human-hearted.

Therefore the wizard cannot be human-hearted when he seeks to tap the force of the universe. He performs monstrous and arbitrary acts to loosen the hold of human limitations upon himself.

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No left wing parties have any respect for liberal economic values;

and most centre and right wing parties merely promote a paternalistic stateism. Does it thus fall to the self-reliant students of the ruggedly individualist philosophy of magick to champion a certain measured libertarianism?

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