“Throughout the 31 dynasties of Egypt, from 3100 B.C. to the Ptolemies, human consciousness reached ITs peak (to this point) in ITs Magick relation to the divine spark within. Man not only believed in the immortal nature of the soul, but actively sought ITs realization in the body. Life became a sacred process. And the practice of mummification is proof of their resolve. The esoteric truths, once hidden in shadow, were illuminated in the blazing rays of Ra. There is no civilization on Earth, before or after, that can compare to Egypt’s magnificence, glory, refinement, beauty, and pure soul-force. Even thousands of years ensuing ITs fall, one need merely stroll through the ruins of Karnak to witness first-hand ITs unbelievable might and power.
In Ancient Egypt, the gods were real and experienced in the flesh. Any statue could be animated at any time by their presence. This was accounted for by literally thousands of eye-witness accounts throughout this period. Jung characterized these phenomena as participation mystique. This is a condition whereby the collective would join in on the “mental projections” of the individual. For example, if one individual were to witness a spirit, everyone around them would witness this spirit as well. If the High Priest was to see Horus animate one of His monolithic statues and speak in a voice of thunder, all of those individuals present would witness this EVENT with their own eyes, and hear His words with their own ears. Modern psychologists view participation mystique as a psychological disorder that has been overcome. But the truth is, these beings lived by a Universal Wisdom: the Universe is Mental. Or in other words, IT is exactly what you think IT is.
For this understanding, Egypt was the land of Magick — the origin and source of the Ageless Wisdom, and achieved the very pinnacle of human creative expression. IT is “from her Secret Doctrine all nations have borrowed. India, Persia, Chaldea, Medea, China, Japan, Assyria, ancient Greece and Rome, and other ancient countries partook liberally at the feast of knowledge whihc the Hierophants and Masters of the Land of Isis so freely provided” (The Kybalion). IT was here, the “Master of Masters,” Hermes Trismegistus lived and taught, as he introduced the principles that would guide and “electrify” the elect hencefoth… (Excalibur).
The subject of Magick and Thelema is treated fully in ‘Excalibur‘: