A call to the left hand (personal opinion)

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Hello all,

Forgive me for the delay, I have been plagued with real life issues lately. But I am back and do not intend to stay away that long again. Today’s blog will be a bit different. In a moment of clarity an old essay that I wrote popped into my mind. I reread it and spruced it up a bit and realized that it would fit very nicely here.

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In today’s modern world, I, like many others assume that life revolves around work, bills and when the time is available, family and friends. From the bustling people I see around me, this is the conclusion I have drawn. But still, in this age of less time, but more technology and education there are social and cultural wars being fought around us daily. And I don’t mean the big wars in the Middle East or the gang wars in the large cities. I mean the stigma wars that take place in so called religious societies. In the eighties this country had a shameful and childish “Satanic scare” that was a media circus version of the Salem witch trials. And now in the new millennia there are conspiracy theories infiltrating the minds of the general population. Some are silly and laughable but some have lead normal suburban type people to hatred and violence.

Those who consider themselves Right Hand Path followers have the luxury of a bigoted point of view. They are surrounded by a like-minded culture where they can pick and choose who they decide to treat as a peer. Not to say in any way that everyone who follows the right hand path is bigoted, that would be an unfair generalization that I in no way intend to make. There are many who are educated, civil and loving people who feel that is the path they belong on, and I salute them for being shining examples of humanity. But they are all too often surrounded by people who are uneducated and far from civil and who feel nothing but fear and hatred. These people have become far too abundant. Their strength lies in their numbers not in their message.

Now my opinion may be biased, but, as a solitary follower of the Left Hand Path I do not have the option of only associating with those who share my views. And I think this is a good thing, I think that such isolation would lead to closed minded thinking, it would cause a halt to my personal evolution and it would make it far too easy to view “outsiders” as enemies or as something to be fearful of. Rather, I think it is better to immerse myself in a culture of multiple viewpoints. Not only does it give me opportunities to learn and experience another way of viewing the world but it allows me to see my own belief system through different perspectives. Doing so keeps me honest. It builds my personal faith; it does not destroy or weaken it. I do not fear that understanding another person’s idea of god is going to weaken my faith in my own, but rather it helps me to see my gods and my faith as a whole in a way that I may not have looked at it otherwise.

To be fearful of another belief or of another’s god would mean that I believed there was a weakness in my faith, or a weakness in my god that would give them access and allow them to “lead me astray”. What these bigoted right hand path followers don’t understand is that their actions show that their personal faith is weak. They believe that they as humans need to protect their “omnipotent” god from outside ideas that could weaken and destroy him. It is as if they don’t even realize that they are disrespecting their god more than any outsider ever could.

I believe Lucifer is strong, I believe he was born out of chaos and that his adversarial ways give him an inner strength that he wouldn’t have had he the option of sitting back and basking in the worship of his followers. I know that living my life as a quiet adversary to the culture around me has made me a better person. It has made me look at my morals from every angle. It has allowed me to play devil’s advocate with my faith (excuse the awful pun). Through doing so, I have found my personal weaknesses and have had no choice but to rectify them. Those of the Right Hand Path have condemned themselves to a culture where they are never questioned. When questioning stops, learning stops, evolution stops and humanities advancement is utterly halted. People become compliant and fearful of losing their comfortable place in the safe center of the social ladder, where all of their misunderstood regurgitated words allow them to be accepted within a culture of spiritual stagnation. But acceptance is acceptance I suppose.

Now, though I am thankful that I do not have the option of becoming stalled and compliant it does not mean that ignorant violence is to be tolerated under any circumstances. This stagnated culture wants a shock; it wants the adrenaline rush that it’s primal instincts need and it will create monsters to fight even when such monsters do not exist. Now those of us who stand as adversaries know that we are possible candidates to become their new monsters. In their minds we are far more fearful than ever logically possible. Some of the Left Hand Path relishes this position, but all of us must understand that such misunderstood thinking is infectious. The more we hear of small random acts of violence the more we must come to realize that there is a chance, always a chance of organized violence against those of us who choose to walk another path. Such behavior calls to mind images of the stake.

As much as many on the left hand path may enjoy playing the part of the adversary, it is essential to know when and where to allow such behavior to take over your personality. Do not fall victim to the mistakes that many make in allowing themselves to become aloof or to feel invincible. Be yourself while also being members of society on some level. I say this as a plea to all on the left hand path, I do not wish to see anyone victimized by hatred or misunderstanding. I in no way mean back down or hide your beliefs. Stand for them until the end. My intent is to say that you must on occasion field the questions of those on the right hand path; do not play mind games, answer them honestly. For everyone on this path who has said some idiotic comment to terrify an already frightened mind, another of our path has likely been persecuted.

We as followers of the left hand path will never be fully understood by the mass population, and we would have it no other way, but, we can save ourselves and others from unnecessary violence if we make an attempt to be educated and civil. Many of this path know this already and to them I owe my gratitude, but there are, unfortunately, many more who feel that it is necessary to play the part and speak theatrically to the “sheep” they see around them. They think that it is a way of rebelling; an amusing game. But, it drags everyone’s name down. It gives fuel to the fires of such intolerant bigotry. I do not respect the sheep mentality but I understand that we on the left hand path must choose our individual battles while still respecting the others of our path, even if we have never met them.

 

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This quote by Aleister Crowley can be found in “The Book of the Law”, and is a main tenant of his belief system; Thelema.

Thank you all for stopping by again =) As always, comments and feedback are most welcome!

6 thoughts on “A call to the left hand (personal opinion)

    1. That is a good point. I did not mean to be misleading in anyway. Crowley was in no way a satanist or a Luciferian but I do draw inspiration from some of his theories quite often. I only added the quote because I felt that the idea of each person being a star in their own right, may help enhance a sense of understanding and respect.

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      1. To be fair, he did say some very libertarian things. Too bad it’s pretty dishonest on his part. After all, what’s the point of being a shining individual in his system when in his system you surrender that in the end? And if that’s not enough, if you don’t do this, you’re singled out as a Black Brother.

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      2. I agree. I don’t agree with his personal life at all, nor his temple politics,and actually, it was that very reason that I avoided most of his teachings for a long time. It’s only been in the last 2-3 years that I was willing to give his ideas much thought. I think Thelema has some good philosophy but, no I think you are correct, it gets very contradictory toward the end and his “legacy” is often an example of what NOT to do.

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      3. His “satanic” image was actually pretty fun for a while. There’s an article by Vadge Moore that sold it well, but once I dug deeper, well you know the rest.

        And guess what, I actually imagine Satan (or Beelzebub, whoever you decide to call him) fighting against both Jehovah and Babalon.

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  1. Your writing puts someone’s “sermon’s” to complete shame. I’m glad you decided to freshen this essay up and post it; you’ve pointed out many issues that I wish I could have my friend bring to light to her former “friend,” but the said former friend is already far too gone. Regardless of their being lost, their path completely in hatred and intent on violence and destruction, I know I can direct others to your blog for a realistic view of Satanism, the LHP and proof that not all Satanist are sitting home putting death curses on everyone they fear/people who are different than them and trolling the internet for the next religion or race of people to hate so they can create a ritual to spiritually destroy them (or kill their children) instead of actually focusing on bettering themselves and their spiritual relationship with their god(s). I don’t ever recall a single factual mention in all my reading where Lucifer states it’s his wish for followers to be bigoted, racist, homophobic sheep—and to praise Hitler. Since this said person joined up with JoS, many people have become not only fearful, but hateful towards Satanists due to seeing only the one version from the brainwashed JoS member (and her aliases) and not knowing that the majority of Satanists denounce this cultified, bastardised version.

    You have a strong faith and an open mind. You are able to express your beliefs and Satanism in a manner that outsiders can understand and hopefully be able to put aside their ignorance. Kudos!

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