Freedom Flight

our hand now holds the wisdom of the ages, the map to the gateway of the Universe. It is small in size but large in wisdom and knowledge. It is intended to be simple, but do not hold it in contempt as all great wisdom is simple. Yes, it is intended to be simple, for the Rock of Stupidity is large! Those who listen and try to understand will grow in strength and stature and eventually find their way to their own “Safe Harbor” and ultimate spiritual fulfillment. Those who scoff will continue on as a frog trying to climb up the wall of a slick-sided well, laboring all day trying to gain a few feet only to slide back down each night only to find themselves in the same dreary situation in the morning. However, there is help if the seeker will but listen for the Gnosis and remember their revelations. This then is the book of the Children of the Black Rose, The Family of Lucifer, and when seekers learn the Gnosis, they will belong, be successful and know fulfillment. Their limitations vanish, and they are free to grow in stature.

They will also prosper and live in harmony with one another in a land of plenty. You see, there is more to all this than meets the eye, and the ignorant man is much less than his ancestors who once had the Gnosis because he has forgotten many of the great truths and principles apportioned to the race of men when its days were short. Yes, man has been deceived and cheated by the purveyors of mysticism and deceit. Today, ignorant man lives in the Realm of Choices and confusion, but instead of choosing to seek the Power of the Force for himself, he has instead traveled the hot, dusty road that ends in failure, deceit and submission to mysticism. He has let the profane mystics talk him out of his inheritance. Because of this, ignorant man has been mistakenly battling against something within himself which he doesn’t understand, and the harder he fights, the more his situation deteriorates. The reason and answer to this dilemma is that ignorant man, at least in this physical world is incomplete, as the guidance and benefits of the Force is purposely withheld from him until the realization of his adverse condition becomes eminent and the Gnosis is asked for and seriously desired by the person who then separates from the herd in the eyes of the mighty. Yes, when a person realizes that they have been lied to and deceived and has the fortitude to stand up, shake their fist at the sky and demand their inheritance returned, they get it and become one of stature among their peers.

THE GREATER PERSPECTIVE

The object is to combine all senses and faculties and input from the greater self into one great awareness that functions as a unit. When this new sense is combined with the power of the Force, the results are often spectacular. This is one solid reason why adepts seek the Force and rely upon its power to complete the circuit. Anyway, once this new faculty is acquired, it is especially useful in the presence of other people. Seldom is an adept taken by surprise as he senses what the others are going to do before they do it, even if they are a ways away. Perhaps, what we call seeing might be better defined as expanded consciousness, but that is a big term for such a simple book.

THE AWAKENING

When an adept is fully awakened, he experiences what we call The Knowing. He simply knows. The knowledge flashes into his mind like a bird that flies in through an open window. Some say that they hear a bell ring as the knowledge appears. We adepts call this the Bell of Node. Almost everyone has either experienced or knows of someone who has experienced this phenomena, as it is as old as the human race. The trick is to know what to do with it. It is a talent that can be developed by making use of the old three Ps: Prudence, Patience, and Perseverance. Mostly, it just takes practice, and most adepts work at it on the side until it begins to appear often enough to be of value to them. Our intent is to first elevate the self and fulfill the self. Then, that done, an adept then draws others to him/her and commences to open them up and make them aware. Remember, there is strength in numbers, and we realize the value in ranking the numbers in our favor.

STUMBLING BLOCKS

It is often said that a person should know his or her limitations. However, we don’t have to be carried away with them. Many of our limitations really belong to someone else. Take time to list your limitations in your journal. Just jot them down as you encounter them or they encounter you. Once you have your list of limitations, ask yourself from whence each one came. Chances are that you will have learned most of them from other persons who taught them to you. Once you realize that a limitation is really someone else’s limitation, you can cross it off your list, for it doesn’t really belong to you. See, your load is getting lighter already.

However, the majority of us will probably still have a few limitations left even after returning those that belong to others, so a portion of your CBR adept’s training will of necessity deal with ridding yourself of those few left on your list. This is an early step in the process of awareness. When we are free of limitation, we are free of fear. Then when we are free of fear, we can remove our heads from the sand and take a close look at what is around us. More than that, we can do more than wait for something to happen to us. Yes, we can take steps to change endings. In fact, we may shuffle things around and create endings much more to our liking. However, before we begin making changes, we must first learn to see their outcomes. Remember, the Rock of Stupidity is large, but we may still trip over it if we can’t see it.

THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND

We become aware by seeing; think about seeing. Ask yourself what is a seer. The simple answer is: someone who sees. Rest assured that there is more to it than that. Look out of your window for ten seconds, then try jotting down what you have seen without looking back at the object of your study. Then, after you are sure that you have written down everything you have seen, compare your notes to the actual scene and discover all that you have missed. Most of us will record the obvious, but neglect the fine detail. Many will be unaware that any detail exists at all. Try to discover the depth of your discernment. More than that, consider how the shadows deceive you. Where is the wind going? Why do sun drops dance on water? What did the clouds try to tell you, and why was there anything out there anyway?

Often have sages expounded on the difference between looking and seeing. Once there were two Indian boys who were rivals, and each tried to outdo the other. As they grew older, their contests grew more exacting, and the difference between them became harder to discern. One of their favorite pastimes was target practicing, one trying to out-shoot the other with bow and arrow. However, it soon became obvious that their scores were about even. What they needed was a real tie breaker. One morning, they met a medicine man, and one boy asked this old sage’s advice on their dilemma. The old man simply said, “Go you hunting, one East and one West; he who brings me meat by day’s end shall have a powerful charm, and all will know of his prowess!”

This seemed like a fine idea to the boys, and they quickly followed the old sage’s advice, one traveling East and one traveling West. In his own way, each boy tried his best, traversing meadows and valleys in his quest. While the boys hunted, the old seer waited and peered into the shadows of today to see the bright light of tomorrow. Then, as those shadows lengthened and the moon rose pale in the evening sky, the boys returned to the old man. He stood waiting for them on the little hill where he lived near the stream his father had discovered so many moons ago. Later that evening, the boys came in from different directions, but long before they arrived, the old man could see that one of them proudly carried something over his shoulder- the other, only carried his bow and arrows.

It was clear to the old shaman that while both could shoot equally well, one boy could see while the other could only look. Then the wizened old man, true to his word, presented the successful boy with his prize in exchange for the meat. Indeed, he was a great hunter. However, in the end he gave the other boy the greater gift. He taught that boy to really see. So, who turned out to be the great hunter? Who was the next medicine man? Could the hunter see at night? Could the medicine man see in spite of it? Who became really aware? Who could see the color of tomorrow from the shadows of today? What did the old man perceive in the boy who had not yet learned to see? The natural hunter already had his gift. Though he brimmed with ability, the other boy’s heart was not in hunting, but the old man saw a spark of magical ability in him. All that was necessary was to slowly develop that spark into a flame and then into a white-hot star of purpose, intent, focus and will.

THE CLEANUP PROJECT

Do you keep a journal? No? Then you have some catching up to do. This is as good a time as any to begin. Get yourself a loose leaf notebook, some paper and a pen. The task is to try to remember everything you can about your life to date. Just jot down what you can easily remember, leaving plenty of room between entries for those lesser events you will remember later. The idea is to clean up your mental house and in the process, learn more about who and what your are. Don’t worry, as no one but you will ever know the results. Just for fun, picture yourself standing in a large attic, cluttered with many boxes stacked one upon the other. These old boxes contain the sum total of your experience. Many of the boxes are open and the contents easily viewed. However, a few are closed and tied up, their contents a mystery. Now, the idea is to bring everything out of the darkness and into the light so that you can see what it is and figure out what to do with it. The idea here is to get rid of all the hurtful memories, so think of this experience as you would cleaning out your attic.

Make yourself an inventory of what you can find right off and jot each memory down in your journal. Soon, you will have quite a list and can make some choices of what to keep and what to toss out. The process is to view and review all that you find, examine it closely, figure out how it effects your life right now, and jot the results down in your journal. Your job is to transfer memories, both positive and negative from your mind to your journal. This is thought transference is it not? We are removing data both helpful and harmful from your mental file and placing it on paper where it can’t squirm around and hide. Now once this is done, we can make some choices as to what to do about all those memories that might be hurtful to you. The good memories are no problem, but the mistakes are another matter.

However, this job will not be as easy as it looks. Be aware that within your mental attic there are many stumbling blocks with which you must deal, either now or later. The human mind, especially the subconscious mind is capable of many tricks and ploys to keep the conscious mind from unraveling its mysteries. Events of long ago that have been totally forgotten by an individual’s conscious mind are often boxed, indexed, and kept by the subconscious mind as a series of checks and balances (read limitations) to control the actions of that individual. The main thrust of the subconscious mind is defensive in nature as it wishes to avoid pain. Do you now fully understand the importance of clearing your mind? Do you see that there would be little benefit in filling a cluttered and therefore limited mind with further knowledge it couldn’t use because of built-in limitations? Good, keep on writing everything you find in your journal!

Once you have gone as far as you can, remembering everything possible for the time being, look it over very carefully, and consider its effects upon your here and now. More than that, look for chains and links that might lead down other avenues of your past. Next, take up a clean sheet of paper and write an essay entitled, “Why am I screwed up in the head?” Step two entails waiting a day or two before reading it. Never will you have read such a pack of lies. Should you believe them, you have a problem; no, you have many problems. However, if you can smile at the contents of your essay, there is hope.

Apply your gained knowledge and keep on sorting through your memories even if they are harsh until you have transferred all memories that might drag you down or lift you up into your journal. Do not be afraid to open any box no matter how dark and smelly it might be as its contents can hurt you more while covered than when out in the clean air and sunlight. Even if the box is sealed up tight, your subconscious can see right through the carton as if it were clear glass. You see, the subconscious mind is very defensive and has a marked tendency to compartmentalize anything it fears, disapproves, or doesn’t like. Never underestimate the latent power of your subconscious mind; it can make or break you. So, run down any lead you can find and transfer it to your journal.

Well, aren’t we going to a lot of trouble here, making a big deal out of looking under the corners of your mental rug… However, wouldn’t it be a shame to be kidding yourself or hiding something from yourself. Then when you are right in the middle of perpetrating a high magical act which includes trashing a cheating lover, a member of the opposition jumped up and said, “But you have done the same thing yourself!” Well, then. Instead of commanding the entity to crawl off and die as you should, you go blank, wondering what to do next. You cannot afford such a loss of power at a critical time. No kidding, clean out your head before it’s too late and you wind up daemon dung.

KNOW YOURSELF

Take the time to get acquainted with yourself. We know that sounds odd, but few students have ever paid enough attention to their thoughts and actions to actually have any insight into themselves. Often others know the student far better than she knows herself. That means that they can predict how she is going to act and react better than she can. That is why people develop what is called a reputation. People are known by the way they conduct themselves and handle situations as well as their skills. That is why we admonish student brothers and sisters to monitor their thoughts and edit them before they pass into existence. Even though an idea seems like a fine one at the time, examine it carefully before acting upon it. Try to see if it can backfire on you, causing pain to yourself and those around you. After all, the idea is yours, and you may give it birth or bury it. The choice, oh creator is yours. Therefore, consider well your words and deeds. Words are like small seeds; once cast upon the wind, they cannot be called back. Deeds are stronger yet, for they have a toehold in the here and now. An idea can arrive in a blink, be executed in a flash, and take years to undo. Here is wisdom: the closer an adept draws near to the Force, the better their ideas become.

This lesson is especially important to the serious magician as acting upon whim when performing in the circle can bring unexpected results. There is much upon the Astral planes that is not on your side. Your opposition would relish the opportunity to cream you where you stand. Another way to look at it is that you want maximum return on your magical efforts. Anything else is mediocre.

AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM

Attitudes are really mind sets. Some are bright and happy, some are cynical and some are pretty bleak. They are also habitual and can be easily improved one way or the other. There are those of us who have an attitude problem, and therefore lead miserable lives. This shows a lack of discipline and self control and is nothing to be proud of. The side effect of this aberrant condition is that such persons are inherently unhappy and make everyone around them miserable in their turn. Naturally, as time turns around, the victims tend to retaliate, and the problem is compounded. It is said that we are the sum total of all our experiences. Unfortunately, the experiences of some folks are worse than others, a lot worse. However, one of the great truths is that THOUGHTS CHANGE THINGS. You create your own environment with your thoughts. It is all in how you look at it. Realize that your happiness and the happiness of those in your circle of influence depends upon how you look at a given situation or a series of events. Here is wisdom: a mind set can develop into a life set. “The mold must first be created before an object may be cast in it.” Another way to look at this truth is if you don’t like the object, change the mold. Human beings are ever malleable and can be changed either from the inside or the outside. Adepts are spiritual warriors, and any warrior in order to survive must always be cognizant of his or her mental and physical condition. He or she also must always be aware of his or her assets. Should a brother or sister have an attitude problem, he or she likely won’t have many assets.

Positive thoughts concerning yourself and others will produce positive results, and negative thoughts will result in just the opposite. Usually, people’s thoughts are mostly about themselves and how they are being treated. Be it known to you that any negative thoughts will cause disastrous results. On the other hand, positive thoughts will bring satisfaction and happiness into your reality. Now try to expand your thinking to include others and their welfare, but do it in a very positive manner. Remember: learn to pay attention to your thoughts, for the thoughts you dwell on today will surely later manifest themselves in your own reality. You are an accident waiting to happen until you become aware of the power in your thoughts.

Your attitude is important: any task you approach or any transaction you make or any interaction you have with others in this realm or the next will most certainly be affected by your attitude and how you present yourself and your ideas. A bad attitude is like a cloud of stink, and it will follow you, permeating all you touch until you rid yourself of it. In other words should your attitude be negative, dark, evil or selfish, failure will loom upon your horizon. On the other hand, if your attitude is open, light, fair and honest, your chances of success are greatly increased. We don’t say assured, because you may just have a less than perfect idea. If you do, it will become increasingly obvious.

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

All the world is a stage, but you are just an actor. Even so, it is possible to adjust the script to your liking. Remember, all adepts are spiritual warriors, and what do warriors do? They prepare for battle. One of the most important single variables of which an adept has control is attitude. Here is a secret. We are all living an illusion. Call it a grand stage play if you wish or compare it to something that makes more sense to you. Whatever it is, you can rewrite the script simply by changing your attitude. Even the tone of your voice can have a profound effect. Try it and see… All great stage plays are made up of many scene changes, each one requiring a different attitude. Is life not treating you as well as you would like? Well, perhaps you need to become a better actor.

LEARNING THE WAY

Does some of this sound repetitious? Do you know a better way to learn? Stick around and watch your rose unfold. Perhaps, now would be a fine time to remind you that knowledge without experience is worthless. You guessed it, you have to practice what you learn for it to be of any value. The more you do, the more you can do! That is a very selfish reason for teaching your down line. Just remember, the stronger they are, the better they can support you. Of course, you don’t have to get carried away. There is nothing wrong with keeping a couple of tricks out for yourself. “There is much to learn, much to teach, and so little time in which to do it.”

TAKING CONTROL

Here is something to ponder: Adepts who practice the right way to live also practice the right way to think. They have learned to work hand in hand with each other and in harmony with the Force. They have also learned to adjust their thinking accordingly. Being chips off the Old Block, they realize that they are creators, some to more extent than others. Of course, all of this comes with practice.

Here is an example of right thinking, and an experiment that you can do: when you need to park on a busy street and know that a parking place will be hard to find, just ask for a space to be waiting for you, one just big enough. Visualize it, and you will know it when you see it. After all, you have made known your request to the Force and room has been made for you. Why not? It works for us. Is this magic? Yes. By the way, don’t forget to say thank you! Here are other experiments that you can do: when you are out in the midday and become too warm, why not ask for a cloud to shield you from the sun? It’s a plausible request isn’t it? After all, there are a lot of clouds hanging around doing nothing. Why not have an elemental move its cloud over a bit and shade you with it? Oh yes, don’t forget to say thank you, as you may grow warm again. Get the idea? Want a breeze? How about holding back the rain for a few moments while you get inside? Stock market tips and such come later to those who persevere.

AN ADEPT GOES WITH HONOR

We live in the Realm of Choices, and we consider ours well. Our intent is to bring wisdom and knowledge to mankind in hopes that they will grow tall enough to reach their greater selves and become well and whole. All that we do is for the benefit of ourselves, our fellows, and our communities. When we rewrite the script of life, we do it for the benefit of ourselves and where possible, mankind. When we remove (cull) a bad apple from the barrel, it is for the betterment of mankind, and when we improve the lot of our fellows, that too is for the benefit of mankind. Therefore we are an honorable people who are looked upon as pillars of our communities. Even if we are a bit different.

Our word is law. We assess a given situation, consider our options, assets and abilities, make our choices, and then follow through. A promise made is a promise kept. When a person asks us if we will do them a favor, we first find out what it is before we commit ourselves to their service, for we live our lives to owe nothing to anyone. The feasibility of anything we do must first be assessed and considered before we commit ourselves to it. Therefore, we would not make a deathbed promise before considering it, let alone promise to do an unknown action that might be against our principles. The reason our word is law is because we always take our word seriously.

Our intentions are honorable. We CBR addicts have strong backs and are not overly proud as we understand our place in the All. We stand upon the middle ground of the Realm of Choices where both right and wrong are possible, and we must choose our own direction and alignment with the Force. Moreover, we know from gained experience that intent is a powerful force in itself and must be controlled from start to finish or the results of our actions might be far different than expected. Therefore, we must focus upon honorable intent and constantly compare our daily actions to that perfect model. Consistency is the one true key to success, so we continually practice, applying the Three Ps in all we say and do, never allowing ourselves to slip across the line into dishonor and the darkness of stupidity.

We are to be trusted. It is this long range consistency that earns the trust of our fellows, as they know from experience that we will make the right choices and have the fortitude to carry them through to completion. We will not change sides in the middle of any fray or betray our fellows to an enemy spy. We do not ever attempt to be everyone’s friend as that is not possible, and our strong suit is finishing jobs according to plan. That is why all adepts who practice the Seven Principles will continually grow in stature among mankind.

“Adepts plan their life, first one day, and then another. They also examine the various bits and pieces that make up the whole of their existence. They look ahead to what the future might hold, all the while figuring out how and when they can improve upon what the winds of fate have cast before them.”

“Every time you break your word or fail a trust, you have lost a little of yourself. Lose enough of yourself, and you will dry up and blow away in the winds of time, forgotten, because you have never accomplished anything respectable or memorable. You will become the invisible man, and not trouble the memory of the human race.”

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

The time has come once again to pause and catch our breath. We have traveled a fair way up the path, and we must now reflect upon what we once were and what we have currently become. We must ask ourselves if we can see a difference and try to define just what it is that we have accomplished in these past weeks. More important, we need to assess how other people are now looking at us, and how their attitudes toward us have changed. True, our growth has been rather gradual, but the cumulative effect should be noticeable. We should be now perceived as persons of true substance whose opinions are valued, and we should be looked upon as one who knows. Our stature should have increased, and it would be in no way presumptuous to suspect that we have accumulated a following of persons who wish to learn by observing us as our light shines a little bit brighter than most. This is as it should be, but with the knowledge comes the responsibility.

This is a time for smoothing off many of our rough edges and polishing our qualities and abilities until they shine like a well honed sword. Let us not only examine our strengths but also our weaknesses, for there is much to be gained by hard work. Regardless of what we have been told by other people, perfection is possible; it just takes practice and self discipline. What we can’t accomplish today will be easy tomorrow thanks to the application of the Three Ps and our own determination. Besides, we should be feeling vague stirrings in the Force as it learns to recognize us as one of its own.

Let us now take time out and ask ourselves what lessons have been hardest for us to accomplish. We must be totally honest with ourselves, for as in the game of Solitaire, we can cheat no one but ourselves. Our hardest lessons, the ones that elude us or grant us only marginal success, graphically point out our weaknesses. We must now list our weaknesses in our journals and confront them toe to toe. We must see them for what they really are and assess their qualities, listing their difficult points one by one. We will then use the old divide and conquer strategy to overcome them, as conquering the fragments will bring us victory sooner than taking on the whole at once. That is why we have broken the Keys of Wisdom into many small lessons. However, there is no reason why the concepts of each lesson can’t be broken down further into their component parts for ease of handling. Remember, we want all adepts to succeed and overcome their limitations. We also desire that they should become strong and focused in both their lives and their endeavors.

WELL BEING

So far, we have concentrated upon the basics of perception, awareness, mind and character. Now, let us consider our physical bodies that actually tread the dust of the Earth. Often our adepts are so wrapped up in their mental and spiritual selves that they forget about their physical body and allow it to atrophy. We wish to point out that this is not a sound practice as the mobili The time has come once again to pause and catch our breath. We have traveled a fair way up the path, and we must now reflect upon what we once were and what we have currently become. We must ask ourselves if we can see a difference and try to define just what it is that we have accomplished in these past weeks. More important, we need to assess how other people are now looking at us, and how their attitudes toward us have changed. True, our growth has been rather gradual, but the cumulative effect should be noticeable. We should be now perceived as persons of true substance whose opinions are valued, and we should be looked upon as one who knows. Our stature should have increased, and it would be in no way presumptuous to suspect that we have accumulated a following of persons who wish to learn by observing us as our light shines a little bit brighter than most. This is as it should be, but with the knowledge comes the responsibility.

This is a time for smoothing off many of our rough edges and polishing our qualities and abilities until they shine like a well honed sword. Let us not only examine our strengths but also our weaknesses, for there is much to be gained by hard work. Regardless of what we have been told by other people, perfection is possible; it just takes practice and self discipline. What we can’t accomplish today will be easy tomorrow thanks to the application of the Three Ps and our own determination. Besides, we should be feeling vague stirrings in the Force as it learns to recognize us as one of its own.

Let us now take time out and ask ourselves what lessons have been hardest for us to accomplish. We must be totally honest with ourselves, for as in the game of Solitaire, we can cheat no one but ourselves. Our hardest lessons, the ones that elude us or grant us only marginal success, graphically point out our weaknesses. We must now list our weaknesses in our journals and confront them toe to toe. We must see them for what they really are and assess their qualities, listing their difficult points one by one. We will then use the old divide and conquer strategy to overcome them, as conquering the fragments will bring us victory sooner than taking on the whole at once. That is why we have broken the Keys of Wisdom into many small lessons. However, there is no reason why the concepts of each lesson can’t be broken down further into their component parts for ease of handling. Remember, we want all adepts to succeed and overcome their limitations. We also desire that they should become strong and focused in both their lives and their endeavors.

A GREATER REALITY

By now, if you have taken your Keys of Wisdom to heart and actively sought the Force, you should sense a change in it. You should notice that it is taking on a personality, and is interacting with you. This is as it should be, for it is joining you to your greater self as quickly as you will allow it, forming you into a whole, well, person who is rapidly learning who and what you are. The opposition fears this manifestation of The Force whom we call Lucifer as once we perceive it we are totally lost to them as we have the knowing and have no need for their mysticism and deceit. Actually, it is all very simple. You called attention to yourself, and the Force answered. It works like that.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCE

The Force is balancing your physical self with your greater self, and soon, there will be one of you instead of many of you. No longer will you be out of focus, one image here and another there. No longer will a war of forces rage in the same person. This is to show you the importance of balance which is the only acceptable condition. Balance never hurts one to help the other, and that is the beauty of the Force. When we are truly balanced, the sum of our whole is greater than the sum of our parts. Balance is the center line of all that is acceptable, and anything away from center is thus unbalanced and therefore aberrant. The Force is balanced and desires that all things else be balanced, and so it is that the Great and glorious, Old One which men call Lucifer and the Force are one. The important difference is the way in which adepts perceive and interact with this grand entity that is unique.

CONCLUSION

These are mere excerpts from the Order in which I Master. You can apply these “Traits” to your every day life. In the above, it does occasionally mention a “God” or “God-Form”, but again, these attributes can still be applied. From reading these excerpts you may, or may not get a better understanding of both yourself and the path that you, yourself are currently on – be it on a course to change or better yourself, to spiritually grow and develop, or just to simply read and learn to gain knowledge and wisdom of what CAN be!

FOOTNOTE

Most of what you have read above can be taken either one for two ways; Literal and/or Allegorical.

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