The essence of independence has been to think and act
according to standards from within, not without.
Inevitably anyone with an independent mind must
become “one who resists or opposes authority or
established conventions”: a rebel.
If enough people come to agree with, and follow,
the Rebel, we now have a Devil.
Until, of course, still more people agree. And
then, finally, we have—Greatness.
If, like the Fool in the Tarot, you are ready to step off the edge of your cliff into something new, you are both moving toward something—traveling toward greatness—and, inevitably, leaving some things behind. And some of the people in your life won’t like it. You will be seen as a rebel, then a devil, causing problems by not being who you were. But if you stick with it, you will achieve your form of greatness, as Mr. Crowley suggests. Greatness in this case means the most authentic, effective, version of who you truly are and expressing the best of who you are in service and action.
The safety and security of the old ways of being will have to be released as you continue your journey. And the experiences you have will change you. It’s going to happen anyway, so let’s accelerate it. Grieving for the Old Mode of Being Your Higher Self is not the only voice claiming your mind’s attention. We have each spent many years constructing a persona that is a combination of what we have been taught to be and what we have chosen to be, in order to meet the expectations of our culture and the important people in our lives.
This is our single, most powerful spell—a Thought Form that protects itself and what it has acquired—the ego. The ego we have each created is immediately present and works to maintain its sovereignty through all kinds of resistance to transcending it. Our most powerful addiction may be the ego’s need to protect itself.
The first step in the journey is not a stride in a new direction. It is letting go of the safety of the cliff, releasing what no longer serves. Living a life of satisfying others’ expectations creates an energetic debt that can manifest as illness, depression, or a sense of alienation because while you are following another’s path, the journey to your own purpose is not straight or true. Your Soul will use every experience you have for positive growth, and if you follow your own path instead of that set by others, you can spend less time revisiting old lessons that have yet to be learned.