What Might The Great Work Look Like?

In my personal opinion, one Great Work appropriate for self-described Thelemites is to determine their True Will (which I’d equate with the Buddhist concept of dharma – the central purpose to be addressed during a particular incarnation), freeing themselves from all learned prejudices, points of view and received wisdoms and devoting all their time, energy and existence to serving that True Will. I’d suggest this means not following any of those influences blindly, but taking time to analyze them and actively discern whether they aid you in following your Will or no. It’s a tall order! I’d question whether actually doing this is a pleasant experience, though I don’t doubt it’s worth on a cosmic scale. And I don’t know that most of one’s fellow humans would necessary find it laudable. So, my attention was grabbed by this quote about controversial German artist Neo Rauch that I found in an in depth piece in the New Yorker:

“Jünger had a special name for the kind of figure who, with an abundance of sang-froid, purges all social norms from himself while outwardly upholding them: the Anarch. It’s an idea for which Rauch feels deep affinity.”

Read the whole thing: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/04/neo-rauchs-antagonistic-art.

It gives you a rough idea how this following True Will might actually look in practice. Like I said, some might find this character laudable, others cringeworthy – an perhaps they’d both be right… depending on the learned prejudices, points of view and received wisdoms their response might be based on.

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

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