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Questionnaire response 18

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1. Name (optional):


2. Age: 22


3. Nationality: British


4. Gender: male


5. How would you explain your path to someone else with no knowledge of it?


It is almost impossible to explain in entirety all the nuances and facets of my personal path. I also have no specific name for my path. In a very broad sense it may be possible to quantify myself as both a Gnostic and a Thelemite. In essense I see my path as about balance of soul - one strives to keep the soul as balanced as possible throughout ones lifetime in the hope of achieving Gnosis or coming closer to this end in the next lifetime, Gnosis being the reunification of the soul, the divine spark that resides within each person, with the universal consciousness. For the purpose of this description "balance" should not be confused with "good deeds". Should the soul not achieve Gnosis in its current body it is reborn continuously, hopefully coming closer each time.


6. How is your path expressed in practice?


I do not believe in any form of rigid protocol when expressing my path. There are occasions where one may wish to perform ritual activities but I try to avoid getting into a situation where one believes it is an absolute must to perform certain activities at certain times regularly in order to express a particular path. I express my path through a variety of means that feel correct to me, these mainly include ritual and meditation - but there is no set pattern to these activities.


7. How do you know if your practice is successful?


I'm not entirely sure how to approach this question. My initial response would to be take this as "how do I know if my magick practice has been successful?" in which case the answer would be: you don't know, unless it is extremely obvious, and it seldom is. From my experience magick rarely results in a simple A to B outcome. My secondary take on the question would be "how do I know if my path practice as a whole has been successful?" and if anything this one is the easier of the two to answer. The closer I move to my spiritual goals the greater the sense of inner peace I am able to achieve as well as a stronger connection with the hidden aspects of the universe. With the eventual goal being Gnosis as stated above.


8. Why have you chosen the particular path you are following?


I was brought up as a Christian but was not able to accept the dogma presented to me within the orthodox bible because a logical mind refused to allow me to do so. I soon realised that I needed to seek a far greater understanding than what was presented to me within Christianity and this began by researching into the origins of Christianity itself. This in turn led me to discover the Nag Hammadi library and what I believe to be the real truths behind the origins of what we call Christianity and in turn to my many Gnostic and in some cases Thelemitic views. I avoid holding unchangeable views and am happy to change and adapt within logical parameters that make sense to me in a spiritual way.


9. What is your experience of otherworld beings? Could you give some examples.


I do not disbelieve in the existence of otherworld beings but I have no experiences of note to bring up at this time.


10. How do you see your relationship with them?


This would depend on exactly how one defines an otherworld being. My initial reaction would be to interpret that as beings from a different plane of existence, or the astral plane or possibly other planes. I have no personal experience with this that I wish to bring up here but I would say that primarily caution is required when dealing with said otherworld beings along with a healthy dose of respect for one's actions in communicating with these beings. Exactly how they relate to us would depend on what type of otherworld being is in question.


11. How does your path relate to other areas of your life?


My path infiltrates all aspects of my life and is a factor in many of the decisions I make. I feel compelled to take my life in a direction which allows me to achieve the greatest sense of balance.


12. How do you see the relationship of life and death?


Life and death are an ongoing circle of progression towards Gnosis.


13. How do you see time?


As a parallel running through all dimensions simultaneously.


14. How do you handle ideas of good and evil?


I dislike to look at classic values of good and evil. I do not believe that souls are intrinsicly good or evil but rather evolve towards a place on a scale of good and evil depending on the experiences of that soul. Much like the brain is formed, much is dependant on the experiences of that person while growing up and during their lifetime. The brain becomes programmed to behave a certain way and this programming can be difficult to change, the same can be said for souls on a larger scale spanning many lifetimes. Most evils are the result of the ego. We must accept that we are all divine sparks of the same universal whole and that by doing "evil" we are hurting ourselves. We do not always see repercussions of this within a single lifetime, it is therefore hard for people to escape from the hold their ego has over them.


15. How do you view different spaces and objects in your practice or experience?


I do not view any as vital for the progression of my path but there are undoubtedly significant objects or places. There are a limited number of objects that are important within ritual but I do not place a huge deal of importance on these. Moreover the importance for me is placed on sacred geometry, there is much hidden with geometry of the landscape and other objects both man-made and otherwise that holds keys to hidden truths.


16. How do you feel about other religions?


I would like to say that I am open-minded and tolerate of each and every religion but this would not be entirely true. Religions which hold strict regimes over their followers I see as little more than hollow vessels used for mass control. These religions do not promote free thinking of the mind, it is not allowed to explore and experience when it is so confined. In turn I have issues with monotheisms. I do not believe it is possible to be balanced within a monothemism as it involves placing too much emphasis on the male (or in some rare cases the female) where as what is actually required is an equal balance between both male and female.


17. How do you feel about science?


Science is vitally important and I fully support scientific research. The problem we encounter is that the world's govenments use science simply to further their own ends in an eternal power struggle and this taints the true value of science. To me true science and spirituality are most certainly linked.


18. How do you feel modern Paganisms relate to ancient paganisms?


As we evolve and adapt so must our religions. I think it is only right that we should update our views and beliefs as we continue to grow as a race. It is important to honour what we can learn from ancient paganisms but I believe it is ultimately pointless and impractical to attempt to practice paganism in exactly the same way in which our ancestors did.

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