Axioms of the Will (I)

  1. Nothing resists the will of man when he knows the truth and wills the good.
    COMMENTARY. The Truth is the Idea identical with Being. Will means altering Being in conformance with the Idea. The True Idea is. To will the good is to will the Idea.
  2. To will evil is to will death. A perverse will is the beginning of suicide.
    COMMENTARY. Evil is disorder, chaos, formlessness, multiplicity. To will evil, then, is to will dissolution.
  3. To will good with violence is to will evil, for violence produces disorder and disorder produces evil.
    COMMENTARY. The Will of God is actionless action. Violence is its opposite and is destructive of order.
  4. One can, and one should, accept evil as the means of good; but one must never will it or do it, otherwise one would destroy with one hand what one builds with the other. Good faith never justifies bad means; it corrects them when one undergoes them, and condemns them when one takes them.
    COMMENTARY. Evil increases the virtue of the wise but corrupts the weak.
  5. To have the right to possess always, one must will patiently and long.
    COMMENTARY. Man must know how to wait.
  6. To pass one’s life in willing what it is impossible to possess always, is to abdicate life and accept the eternity of death.
    COMMENTARY. To will the transient, the ephemeral, the impermanent is to will death.
  7. The more obstacles the will surmounts, the stronger it is. It is for this reason that Christ glorified poverty and sorrow.
    COMMENTARY. A soft life makes man weak. The Will needs opposition and friction.
  8. When the will is vowed to the absurd, it is reproved by eternal reason.
    COMMENTARY. The absurd cannot be willed for long, because Reality will punish it.
  9. The will of the just man is the will of God himself, and the law of Nature.
    COMMENTARY. The will of God is Providence and is free. The law of Nature is Destiny and is determined. The Will of man is the mediating term. For the just man — or True Man — the three terms coincide.
  10. It is by the will that the intelligence sees. If the will is healthy, the sight is just. God said: “Let there be light!” and light is; the will says: “Let the world be as I will to see it!” and the intelligence sees it as the will has willed. This is the meaning of the word, “So be it,” which confirms acts of faith.
    COMMENTARY. The world as Will and Idea … only by seeing that I have willed my life and my world, can I then understand it.
  11. When one creates phantoms for oneself, one puts vampires into the world, and one must nourish these children of a voluntary nightmare with one’s blood, one’s life, one’s intelligence, and one’s reason, without ever satisfying them.
    COMMENTARY. It is man’s idiosyncrasy to create problems for himself in order to resolve them.

From The Key of the Mysteries by Eliphas Levi.

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