The Psychology of Hashish has 47 ratings and 0 reviews. Crowley’s mystical and magical study of the drug. Nature teaches us, and the Oracles. The Psychology of Hashish by Aleister Crowley, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. COMPARABLE to the Alf Laylah wa Laylah itself, a very Tower of Babel, partaking alike of truth both gross and subtle inextricably interwoven.

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His parents belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a strict fundamentalist Christian sect, so he was raised with a thorough knowledge of the Bible. Stoop not down, for a precipice lieth beneath the Earth, reached by a descending Ladder which hath Seven Steps, and therein is established the Throne of an evil and fatal force A classic essay on cannabis, its effects on psychology and consciousness, and its connections with mysticism, religion, spirituality, and alchemy.

As I said, there is but one remedy; we all more or less subject to this wandering of thought, and we may all wisely seek to overcome it; that remedy is to train the mind constantly by severe methods; the logic of mathematics, the concentrated observation necessary in all branches of science, the still more elaborate and austere training of magic and meditation.

Open Preview See a Problem? Nihil rated it liked it Aug 26, An important but, as I hold, heterodox school of adepts employ the forefinger.

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The Will and the Ego become alarmed, and may be attacked and overwhelmed. I am not to be understood as asserting that the results of this introspection are psychologically valid. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. In the mystic world, we come to those strange metaphysical ecstasies which I am convinced lie behind many philosophical dogmas.

The Psychology of Hashish : An Essay on Mysticism

Next, the perception itself is seen to be dependent on the nature of the observer, and his tendency Sankhara to perceive. The narcotic effect C.

Non-Euclidean geometries, for example, are possible, and may be true. Not surely enough to guarantee results to other people without a lengthy series of experiments, still less to recommend them to try for themselves, unless under skilled supervision. As one would expect, such forms leave little impress upon the memory. A similar fire flashingly extending through the rushings of air, or a Fire formless whence cometh the Image of a Voice, or even a flashing Light abounding, revolving, whirling forth, psycho,ogy aloud.


It finds then that from the idea cat to the idea mouse is a journey through the million dying echoes of cat to the million dawn-rays of mouse, and that the journey takes a million times as long as crowleh. The Soul, being a brilliant Fire, by the power of the Father remaineth immortal, and is Mistress of Life, and filleth up the many recesses of the bosom of the world.

He was a prolific writer, who published works on a wide variety of topics. To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide us with the items specified below. Of mystic phenomena we may notice the immense class of devotional apparitions.

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Is it fair observation to use lenses, which admittedly refract hwshish and distort vision? And that is where the joke comes in. By which time he might not impossibly have discovered one of his own. Marcin Pe rated it really liked it Oct 24, I smoke tobacco, the strongest tobacco, to excess, as I am told; yet a dozen times I have abandoned it, in order to see whether it had any hold upon me.

Plainly, we know so very little; so few ever attain this class of experience that one is perhaps hardly justified in maintaining as I always have maintained and that stoutly that the reward is according to the work.

Oh, there are a thousand questions to ask! The Light-hating World, and the winding currents by which many are drawn down. There is only one remedy for this state of affairs, the discipline of thought which we call in its highest forms meditation and magic.


My dear Professor, how can you expect me to believe this nonsense about bacteria? Such are the trained thought-currents of educated man. Also there is the vision of the fire-flashing Courser of Light, or also a Child, borne aloft on the shoulders of the Celestial Steed, fiery, or clothed with gold, or naked, or shooting with the bow shafts of Light and standing on the shoulders of the horse; then if thy meditation prolongeth itself, thou shalt unite all these symbols into the Form of a Lion.

The limitations of this stage are first, its absorption in self; secondly, its almost always insuperable tendency to self-limitation and narrowness. A paper at the Chemical Society is often completely intelligible only to some three or four of the odd hundred distinguished chemists in the room. But, with the Buddhist, Samadhi, though the state of mind meant is the same, is not an end, but a means. The existence of the disease, it will be noticed, indeed perfectly explains the nature of thought-wandering as observed by me in simple meditation without drugs.


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Why should the rules of golf govern the mechanics of the flight of a golf-ball? These messages formed the first three chapters of The Book of the Law, which introduced Crowley’s main concept of Thelema. The irresponsible and aimless chatter of women and clergymen is the result of weak thoughts constantly drowned by their associated critical glyphs. All this is true enough in the merest exoteric necessity of adult civilisation.

Yet they are seductive enough, and I am afraid that the very great majority of mystics live all their lives wandering about in this vain world of shadows and of shells. These forms are more solid and real, much more dangerous, and are excessively difficult to obtain. Clairwil Oh rated it liked it Jan 30, I think that for the first time of experiencing a Dhyana it is necessarily single. Vi Veri Vniversum Vivvs Vici. Let the investigator study his own brain on the lines I have laid down, possibly in the first place with the aid of hashish or some better physical expedient, to overcome the dull scepticism which is begotten of idleness upon ignorance; it is useless to study the no-brain of another, on the strength of a reputation for fraud, as the spiritualist investigators seem to do.

Psychologically, the result is that one is thrown into an absolutely perfect state of introspection. It may be that my experience of hashish is even more imperfect than I have supposed, and that more gifted experimenters might fill this gap. I find that they play with me! It is useless to label the whole lot as insane: Thou wilt not understand it, as when understanding some common thing.