04/20/09 – 2:35pm (angel love, bohagape)
“Love is the law, love under will.”
NOTE: Love under will does not mean that love is secondary to will, but that love is under the impulse of will. In other words, love should be active . . . Will is the drive to do a thing, and love is the method for doing it.”
But wait… seems Nuit’s message does not end with this one simple sentence. She goes on with: “Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well!”
Crowley wrote: “The Love of Liber Legis is always bold, virile, even orgiastic. There is delicacy, but it is the delicacy of strength. Mighty and terrible and glorious as it is, however, it is but the pennon upon the sacred lance of Will, the damascened inscription upon the swords of the Knight-monks of Thelema.”
He also said: “While will is the law, the nature of that will is love. But this love is as it were a by-product of that will; it does not contradict or supersede that will.”
In his many essays on this subject, Crowley concluded that our tasks, as followers of Thelema, is to learn our will, and then do it with one-pointedness and detachment. “Then and then only, art thou in harmony with the Movement of Things, thy will part of, and therefore equal to, the Will of God. And since the will is but the dynamic aspect of the self, and since two different selves could not possess identical wills; then, if thy will be God’s will, Thou art That,”
This explains why each of us can be compared to the billions of stars in space. If we are all doing our will, or that task that became our reason for existence, then we are in perfect orbit and never in collision. Chaos and confusion does not exist in our world. We are in harmony with the world. (*please ignore the man behind the curtain… just swallow the pill*)
But the Book of the Law isn’t just about will. Nuit, the creator, constantly declares her love for us and her desire to have us understand and practice love for one another. But it must be love on her terms. It must be love under will.
Does this mean it must be our will to love her other creations or there can be no love? I do not think so.
Remember in Verse 53 we learn that Nuit declared the Earth “my sister, my heart & my tongue, unto whom I send this kiss.” Nuit, who is the entire universe, also is the planet under our feet. Thus this planet is a sentient being and is quite aware of everything happening on its service.
Thus Nuit exists in everything, including the rocks under our feet, the trees in the forest, and the birds in their nests. She also exists in each of her stars. Thus when she asks that we “Sing the rapturous love-song unto me!” she is demanding that we understand her presence in all things. We are all one. Thus it must be our will to love Nuit. It must be our will to love the Earth. It must be our will to love one another with equal fervor. (*seriously… just swallow the fucking pill.*)
But it must not be blind, obedient love like the kind taught in religious circles. There is entrapment there.
“There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well! He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God,”
Love, as Crowley so eloquently suggested, can be harsh. While we can love the individual, we must despise what some people do. If they are not of us, we must either separate ourselves or force them, sometimes with strict discipline and a double edged tongue, to learn the Way.
Here is an example of what I am trying to say: Among our biggest enemies is personal ego. (*go rent the movie “Revolver.”*) – Ego is a mask that all humans create for themselves as little children. It serves to hide the real self from the rest of the world. Before we can understand our will and understand love under will, we must learn to control ego, not GET RID OF IT. that’s impossible and in no way is the point. And therein cometh hurt. It is uncomfortable to remove the mask and expose ourselves. It is even harsher when those around us remove it for us. (*a good woman will pick you apart*) – Fellow mages will sometimes do this out of love. We tend to view such action as anything but love under will. But that is all it is.
Be forewarned: The Beast will be harsh when he arrives. That is probably why he is referred to as the Beast. Yet his every action will be performed out of love under will.
This is what Nuit means when she says: “He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God.”