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November 22, 2014, 08:26:55 AM
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I'm going to be initiated into the Ordo Templi Orientis within the coming month. The Divine Science looks interesting but I live in Sweden & feel I'd like to be able to meet in person other people who study & practice the Great Work.

You made a great decision and I'm glad you are aware of the importance of being able to make friends on the path and interact with them often.

Someone once asked the Buddha if having friends on the path was necessary for success. The Buddha said not only is it necessary, is it essential. That's why Buddhists are assigned Tao brothers to speak with on a regular basis to discuss the mysteries. Even Pythagoras would make his students get together and go for a walk to discuss after he gave his lectures.

I'm really happy for you  :)
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December 16, 2014, 10:41:38 AM
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This is a great idea. If there is anyone who would like a study partner, I would be willing to pick a weekly reading with them and have a weekly discussion about it. I'm very busy with other works at the moment so the reading would have to be under 100 pages. A small book like the Kybalion or other small works, like those of Sivananda would be perfect. Or we could try to make our way through IIH, discussing 1 step per week.

Any bodies interested?

December 16, 2014, 07:38:54 PM
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I'm definitely interested! Either option sounds fine to me, though I'm making very slow progress in the IIH; completing a step per week would be too optimistic for my timeframe, but I would love to read and discuss them anyway.
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December 17, 2014, 01:00:50 PM
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I just want to stop by and agree that a week per step is far too short.

Most of the practices build on each other, and if they are not mastered, then there is no guarantee that future practices will work as intended, and the moment that your practices become ineffective is the moment your progress becomes dubious. What's more, if you rush ahead you will put yourself at risk because of your own imprecision. Maybe this will take the form of making clairvoyance lotion with a fire element corrupted by some vice. Maybe this will take the form of accepting daydream and hallucination as true perception or communication due to an uncontrolled mind. Whatever the case, it is not good.

I think that specific timelines for development often do more harm than good, but I am personally skeptical of anyone claiming to have spent less than several months on each step - just to be sure, if nothing else.
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December 19, 2014, 12:48:35 AM
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I'm new here but I'd love to take part in the IIH discussion group.  I'm assuming Tradition doesn't intend to try to actually spiritually master the whole book in ten weeks, but to simply discuss a chapter every week so we can all understand it better?