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Paul Devereux : The Long Trip: The Prehistory of Psychedelia
Paul Devereux : The Sacred Place
Also check out the visionary T.C. Lethbridge who has an amazing selection of readings L:
In particular :
Gogmagog: The Buried Gods (1957)
Ghost and Ghoul (1961)
Witches: Investigating an Ancient Religion (1962)
I wouldn't say I'm quite an atheist either, as I am not firmly materialistic, but in the literal sense in believing in any traditional form of God, then yes I probably am.
I am critical of religion but still respectful to some degree of what it can mean to others, if that makes any sense. I saw one gay guy tearing into atheists(at least atheists that weren't him) and them being all "I wish my Christian friends a happy easter" on facebook, I thought it was so transparent he was trying to earn brownie points with a group he'd traditionally as an agnostic gay man have some rivarly with, but disowned people like me and atheists in the process. Basically any atheist that actually actively disagreed with the concept of religion, or made Zombie jesus jokes of any sort, was an immature COOL GUY, hurr other people's beliefs I believe he typed.
I hate this sort of stuff. It's important to be respectful to some degree but that also extends to the right to disagree conceptually with religion(or atheism, if it comes to it, perhaps).
...oh yeah, and taoism's pretty cool. i used to consider myself taoist, back when i was brute-forcing myself into beïng a stable person.
Philosophically I believe the following:
That pleasure is more important than physical health.
That no act can be said to be immoral unless there was harm or fraud involved.
That the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few is never a good thing.
That childbirth is ultimately pointless, as there's no real reason to perpetuate the species.
The fact that something is "Natural" DOES NOT make it any inherently better than something which is "Unnatural".
If your reason for doing something involves the words "chi", "energy", or "spirits", it's probably pretty stupid.
I guess my naturally gloomy and pessimistic outlook on life could have been shaped by my atheist upbringing. There weren't the comforting rituals that many religions and philosophy sets have (using the term ritual loosely here, mind you), and there was never a greater being I could blame.
It's a very personal journey. I know it sounds cheesey as fuck, but you don't get to a place by constantly looking at the signpost(s). You need to walk alone and look inwards to yourself. I respect and admire anyone who does that.
all of the above are practices that i have found fun. as far as actual spiritual beliefs go, i am not sure if i actually have any, because i don't believe that concepts of true/false or real/fake apply on a absolute level, only on a relative one.
I'd just consider myself Agnostic, however, as I love to learn about different beliefs and spiritualies and sort of build up my own as I go along... I have no faith in anything, but I think there are a lot of nice thoughts out there which would be lovely if they were definately true. I believe that there must be something more than the obvious reality we are all experiencing as a collective.
Pretty much anything by Jacques Vallee that I've read is top-notch UFO material. I think the UFO phenomena that we see now are much more likely to be spirits, demons, fairies, ghosts, angels, whatever you like, rather than aliens in spaceships. Vallee is one of the UFO researchers who isn't obsessed with the ET theory. Another book in the same vein is the well known (?):
Hopefully this isn't drifting too far off topic, but here's a classic work that ties in well with the UFO books I just mentioned:
Another similar one I just recently purchased is:
As far as actual occult lore, I'm not as well versed, but I think I'm pretty safe recommending:
You might notice I'm a bit heavy on Golden Dawn-related material, but they were my entry point into ceremonial magic (as one could also say of Crowley).
This book I've bought but haven't been able to talk anyone into actually joining me in occult practice, so I can't yet speak on its efficacy:
And a few bonus items:
Poke Runyon's DVDs:
And I haven't even mentioned
I ascribe to Chaos Theory and the belief that for everything that happens there must be an equal and opposite reaction, that everything is guided by probabilities, and that patterns will always emerge because everything is interconnected.
Wikipedia explains it better than I ever could :
My book shelf:
The point is that a meaningful discussion in a philosophy of religion forum must begin with an understanding of what is meant by "God," and atheists in this forum generally dont know what the f theyre their talking about--or even care to know. The excerpt makes that clear.
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