Energy is the Sacramental Motive of Event: it is thus
omnipresent, in manifestation by interruption and
compensation and otherwise by the corresponding withdrawal.
(In this connection let there be remembered the full
formula of Tetragrammaton.) There are, however, three main
types of special experience which are noteworthy landmarks
in the process of Initiation, and of urgent practical value
to the Magician. The symbol of the Sacrament being observed
they differ as do the three participants therein: the God,
the Priest, and the Communicant. In the highest, that is of
Kether, the Energy radiates wholly from oneself: that is,
one is entirely identified with Hadit. In the middle, that
of Chokmah, the Energy passes wholly through oneself: that
is, one assumes the functions of Tahuti. In the lowest,
that is of Geburah, the Energy impinges wholly upon
oneself: that is, one absorbs it as a man. In all cases,
the Energy of which it is here written is not particular or
personified; it is Energy in itself, without quality. The
highest mode can only be fully apprehended by an
Ipsissimus: it is the final attainment. It is the active
counterpart of the higher form of the Beatific Vision. The
middle mode is proper to a Magus, or to one aspiring to his
prophetic function. it is described, and the method of
attaining it set forth, in the Book called Opus Lutetianum.
The lowest mode is the peculiar task of a Major Adept. It
is best accomplished by means of the Secret of the
Sanctuary of the Gnosis. (IX`O.T.O.) Of the highest mode it
would be neither fit not useful to treat more intimately:
the middle mode concerns each Magician in his peculiar and
private relations with the Infinite, and demands from each
of its Adepts a special preoccupation: but of the lowest it
is convenient to make further mention. It is strangely
convincing proof of the true care of Nature for Her
instruments, despite the superficial evidence to the
contrary on which the doctrines of pessimism are based,
that the most precious, the one ultimately essential Grace
that can possibly be bestowed on mankind is, of all Magical
benefit, that which may be attained with more ease and
certainty than any other. For Energy is itself all that is:
and we vary with the quantity and quality thereof, which we
can call "ourselves." The price which She demands is
without doubt heavy enough for a certain class; but it is
equally to be paid, in varying degree, for every type of
Mystical and Magical Adventure. This price is in essence
the full Understanding of the Mind of Nature Herself, and
complete sympathy with Her Way of Work. All the moral codes
of mankind, for all their absurd diversities, have one
common factor: they pretend to have found motives and
methods which are superior to Hers. That is, they presume a
conception of the End which is beyond Her view: they assert
the possession of an Intelligence loftier than that which
has produced the Universe. Consider only that the highest
manifestation possible to the rational mind is the
discovery of the Laws which summarize Her manner of
operation! We may then say at once that all such
pretentious arrogance is impudence and absurdity; and it
must be surrendered, nay more, uprooted and calcined before
any serious progress can be made in the Royal and
Sacerdotal Art. Hence also any aspiration of a partial
order, any which depends for its wisdom on the justice of
our perceptions of our own needs, is almost certain to be
tainted with the very poison of which Nature would purge
us. There is in fact only one Magical Operation of whose
propriety we may always be sure; and that is the increase
of our sum of Energy. It is even indiscreet to try to
specify the kind of Energy required, and worse to consider
any particular purpose. Energy being increased, Nature will
herself supply clarity: our Vision is obscure only because
our Energy is deficient. For Energy is the Substance of the
Universe. When it is adequate, we are in no doubt as to how
to employ it; witness the evident case of the will of the
Adolescent. It is also to be well noted that moral
obstruction to the right use of this Energy cause at once
the most hideous deformations of character, and determine
the gravest lesions of the nervous system. Let therefore
the Magician divest himself of all preconceptions as to the
nature of his True Will, but apply himself eagerly to
increasing his Potential. In this discipline (moreover) he
is beginning to fit himself for that very abdication of all
that he has and all that he is which is the essence of the
Oath of the Abyss! Thus then do we find one more of those
paradoxes which are the images of the Truth of the
Supernals: by destroying our own highest morality, and
relying upon our natural instinct as the sole guide, we
come unaware upon the most simple, and the most sublime, of
all ethical and spiritual conceptions. 


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