L.O.O.N. - Apikorsus An Essay On The Diverse Practices Of Chaos Magick
Shipping calculated at checkout.
Gnosis is the key to magical abilities - the achievement of an intense state of consciousness known in various traditions as No-Mind, One-Pointedness, or Sartori. Awareness is emptied of all information except the object/subject of concentration. Various methods of achieving gnosis can be resorted to, from frenzied dancing to the rapt contemplation of an idea. Whatever method is chosen, the practitioner continues it until s/he is taken into Ecstasy. Reaching gnosis can result, for the religiously-oriented, in 'mystical experiences' - visitations by Gods, Demons, or the revealing of Divine Truths. For the magician however, the contents of such an experience are less interesting than what can be done with it - it is during moments of gnosis that sigils may be hurled; that the magician can reach through layers of space-time to manifest her will, and Gods can possess their devotees. Historically, many of the techniques of gnosis have been augmented by the use of drugs - from witches' flying ointments to the LSD & sensory deprivation experiments of John Lilly.