These exercises have been compiled from a variety of sources, and possibly have little inherent value of themselves, though they could be fun to try and may have far-reaching consequences. One acquaintance of mine began his foray into Chaos Magick by taking on the belief-system of being a Born-Again Christian. He's still a Born-Again Christian, but seems to be happier.
1. When obtaining any magical result (including 'failure') always think of several explanations for it. These explanations should contain at least one each of the following types:
1. An explanation based on the parameters of the magical system that you have been employing.
ii.Strict materialism iii. Something exceptionally silly.
2. When you have been experimenting with belief-shifting for a while, try contemplating two which appear to be mutually exclusive such as Christianity and Tantra, Islam and Radical Feminism, New Age Celtic Revivals and Marxism.
3. Meditations in Menzies. Read specialist magazines that you have no interest in, especially those written by enthusiastic amateurs. Also read publications with oppposing views in quick succession, such as Playboy and Spare Rib, or Andrea
Dworkin and the Marquis de Sade.
5.Every one else in the world is a buddha except you! And they are all waiting for you to get your act together, so get out of bed and get going! (Buddhahood is especially manifest in all the people you carefully avoid on the street).
6.Try being consistently wrong - make wild statements and then, when someone pokes a hole in your argument, admit your mistake, profusely, if necessary. You can be wrong about the time, the day of the week, any expressed political statement, etc.
7.Gods & Gurus
Possession by an entity (God, spirit, drug etc) allows you to do things that you would not ordinarily feel able to. So, to some extent, does the confidence of having a Guru. Such figures provide the confidence that you can walk a tightrope without falling off, play in the deep end of the swimming baths without drowning or run around wearing orange robes and banging a tambourine in a busy shopping centre. Sanity is 'out there' rather than in your head. Most people tend to say that they are mad 'compared to the rest of them' (likewise, most people will affirm that they are stupid. Few will admit to being crap at sex though - why?). Chaos Magick allows you to send your mad thoughts out for a night out occasionally. Contrary to what comes over in books, magick is a street-level activity (gutter-level, even). Look at the zig-zag path of the trickster as expressed by Crowley, Cagliostro, Simon Magus, and the rest. Learn to juggle, mime, pull rabbits out of hats. Pass the top hat and get a laugh or two. In space, no one can
Oven-Ready Chaos hear you giggle, but chaos is nothing less than Laughing Matter. If you want to see true magick in action, watch a Marx Brothers movie. Harpo could blow up a glove and milk it. How the hell could he do that?
8. Chaotic Attractors Occasionally you will be sure to run into someone who seems to attract chaos wherever they go. Obviously they have some strange and mighty power, but are often unaware, or merely embarrased by the frequency of weirdness that always abounds in their vicinity. Study them carefully (if from a safe distance), and you might learn a thing or two.
9. Deconditioning As I pointed out earlier, it is relatively easy to shift between magical beliefs and produce concordant results. This is not to say, however, that all belief-shifting is so simple. Some levels of our attitude/belief structure are remarkably resiliant to conscious change. Indeed, some structures are able to 'resist' change by remaining elusive and 'invisible' to conscious awareness, and must be dragged, kicking, into the painful light of self-revelation.
If I may use the analogy of beliefs as buildings (the city of Selfs) , around the walls of which howls the wind of Kia, then the continual process of Deconditioning may be likened to chipping away at the towers, with the occasional 'nuke' provided by recourse to a powerful form of gnosis such as sexual ecstasy, pain overload, or Albert Hoffman's elixir. Deconditioning is a continual process - even as you discard one set of limitations (in Tantra, this is known as Klesha-smash-ing), you may find that you acquire new ones, usually unconsciously. Often, belief-structures are 'nested' within each other, and may have their roots in a powerful formative experience. Timothy Leary calls this process 'Imprint Susceptibility', where
Phil Hine the imprint forms a baseline response to experience, and establishes the parameters within which any subequent learning takes place. Leary's 8-Circuit model of Metaprogramming can be employed as an aid to deconditioning.
Be mindful that the Deconditioning Process is not merely an intellectual experience. It is relatively easy to 'intellectually accept' some experience or belief which you have previously rejected or dismissed. It takes more resilience to take action from your new position, and risk the emotional upheaval that may result afterwards. For example, a young male magician of my acquaintance examined his own beliefs about his sexuality, and decided that he would focus upon his own distate/ fear of homoeroticism. He found that he could accept 'intellectually' his repressed attractions to other males, and thus thought himself liberated. He then went on to have several homosexual encounters which he said, did not give him any physical pleasure, but merely fed his 'belief' that he had sexually liberated himself. Deconditioning is rarely simple. Often people who have had an experience of 'Illumination' report that all their old repressive structures have dropped away. Tear down a building in the city of identities and it grows back, sometimes with a different shape. One of the effects of intense Gnosis is the shattering of layers of belief structure, but it is generally found that unless followup work is done, the sense of shattered belief-structures is transitory.
You should also consider the effects this process is likely to have on others - see Luke Rhinehart's "The Dice Man" for an amusing and instructive tale of one man's approach to deconditioning. The Ego, a self-regulatory structure which maintains the fiction of being a unique self, doesn't like the process of becoming more adaptive to experience. One of the
Oven-Ready Chaos more subtle 'defences' that it throws up is the sneaking suspicion (which can quickly become an obsession) is that you are 'better' than everyone else. In some circles, this is known as 'Magusitis', and it is not unknown for those afflicted to declare themselves to be Maguses, Witch Queens, avatars of Goddesses, or Spiritual Masters. If you catch yourself reffering to everyone else as 'the herd', or 'human cattle', etc, then its time to take another look at where you're going. Myself, I prefer the benefits of empathy and the ability to get on with other people than the limitations of being a reclusive would-be Raskalnikov dreaming of the serving slaves. While we might echo the words of Hassan I Sabbah that "Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted", acting totally from this premise is likely to bring you into conflict with those individuals and authorities who have pretty fixed views on what isn't permitted. Thus, despite the glamour, Chaos Magicians are rarely completely amoral. One of the basic axioms of magical philosophy is that morality grows from within, once you have begun to know the difference between what you have learned to believe, and what you will to believe.
Some excellent pointers towards the process of Deconditioning can be found in: Liber Null by Pete Carroll, Magick by Aleister Crowley, and Tantra Magick, the collected grade papers of the east-west Tantrik order, AMOOKOS.
10. Keeping A Diary Despite the glamour of Chaos Magic as being spontaenous, do-what-you-like, smash-the-sephiroth and loose your demons "git 'ard" magic, it's generally considered that keeping a diary of experiences & magical experiments is essential. A magical record charters your progress, failures, experiments and insights. If after a brain-crunching ritual, you have a flash of illumination, and don't write it down, chances
Phil Hine are you'll forget it, and that particular pearl of wisdom will be lost forever. Morever, it's a good discipline to get into, and I often find that, when writing up a summary of a working, I often recall things that haven't previously occurred to me. It's also one of the few times when you don't have to censor your thoughts, though names may have to be changed to protect the privacy of other participants.
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