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Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick Paperback – August 4, 2013
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About the Author
Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor and Prolocutor of the Temple of the Silver Star. He is also a long-standing member of O.T.O. and A.'.A.'., and has many years of experience training initiates in these traditions.
He is the Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O. in Sacramento, having succeeded Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He also serves as a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the order. David was the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild, and he is a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local O.T.O. events.
David was a co-editor of the journals Neshamah (Psychology Guild) and Cheth (418 Lodge). In addition to his essays in these publications, his writings have been published in the journals Mezlim and Black Pearl, and his chapter on Qabalistic Psychology was included in the Instructor’s Manual of Fadiman and Frager’s Personality and Personal Growth, an undergraduate psychology textbook. He was the compiler of the T.O.T.S.S. publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of Phyllis Seckler: The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings, and The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II, as well as Karl Germer: Selected Letters 1928-1962. His popular Living Thelema podcast appears regularly, and his latest book, The Winds of Wisdom, was published in 2016.
In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. He lives in Sacramento, California.
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Dr. Shoemaker lays out the theoretical framework of the A∴A∴ and provides you with basic exercises and practices. Each chapter has a bibliography including classics of psychology, mythology, and foundational Thelemic and occult texts. If you use this book as a starting point and read one or two books from each chapter's bibliography, it is a very good start.
As a psychologist, he ends the book with practical life advice which is sorely lacking from most other texts in this field. He gives an introduction to cognitive therapy techniques, and provides a system for dealing with interpersonal relationships from a more enlightened perspective. He provides advice on how to find a therapist, which for me was a stumbling block for many years.
I could go on much longer, but the simple fact of the matter is that I believe every serious seeker should read this book. I would've read it sooner if I had known.
The Silver Elves authors of The Book Of Elven Magick: The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves, Volume 2.
Dr.Shoemaker has produced the most brilliant work on the Thelemic path so far. What he has done is to strip away all the details which one does not need to know at an early level,(of course these more advanced details are available in Crowley's source works and online). He has made somewhat clearer the path to attainment. After reading and meditating on this book I have re-assessed the way I do my work and after only 3 weeks I feel the rewards, i am a sole practitioner. Quite literally I was doing rituals which I needed not be doing as yet, which was somewhat overworking my psyche. I feel clearer and fresher in the ones I am doing according to Dr.Shoemakers instructions. Of course he makes clear that if you are of a higher grade to which I am, not to change your regimen without talking to your superior. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in attainment in Aleister Crowleys system. Considering the author is a practicing Clinical Psycologist the wording is very easy to fathom. He could have blinded our senses with science, but that was obviously not his intention. Grab yourself a copy, I am sure you won't be disappointment ! We need more balanced Thelemites out there to carry the flame which "burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star". Yes, that is each and every one of you,(who is called). An extremely admirable work! I might finish by saying that there are no rituals(there is a sample), but there are several very useful exercises throughout, which I am sure you will find interesting and educational. Thank You Dr. David Shoemaker!