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Outsiders might have wondered about the quiet public forum. In the Members section we had some more things to discuss, which were better discussed there. But I think this is one more topic which can be discussed publicly.
I am wondering about something this morning. (I said I wanted to work on something with discipline, but today I got an appointment and my time management is not good enough to continue my project today). So somehow I got aware of a problem in contemporary magical philosophy, which I had not thought about for very long. I remember that years ago I already had this idea in mind, I probably forgot about it because I couldn't be certain enough about the axioms of these thoughts. But today I know more about Magick/Parapsychology and it seems I was right with worrying about it.
We know the phenomenon of Egregores. A group communicates a belief about a fictional being, and does a ritual, which is more or less an "acting as if the being is real" by the group. The whole group joins in this belief in a being. A parapsychological experiment like this is described in the book "Conjuring Up Philip". A fictional being made this way shows capable of causing real physical changes to happen, something I understand as determining which possibility becomes reality (because I am (still) an Existentialist).
Simplified it only means a joined belief of a group can determine what happens, or it can at least influence what might happen, as there can be different factors with the same or greater force but another goal exercised by someone else or any cause on the possible event.
Now this morning I got aware of the fact that actually groups with prejudices, groups who keep reaffirming prejudices in calumnizing and talking shit all the time, actually do this very kind of ritual. Their group belief should be strong enough to cause corresponding real effects.
That is a fuckin' tragedy. The most stupid yobs and semi-nazis constantly practice this form of Magic without even knowing. When you're educated about these phenomena you can't deny it.
What a hero am I? When I was younger I used to be a victim of such groups, and maybe that was even a cause for my being so ill most of the time then. I fought and escaped, and fought and escaped and on and on to largely free myself from such influences. And I even managed it mostly on my own. Of course sticking to people who had a more postive image of me, which I did, should have helped, too.
I know there are many people in the world who are victims of this effect, and confidence and making your confidence factitious is such a hard thing which takes so long. Those who manage that while growing up are just heros to me - exercising their own freedom against the power of a group belief!