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Wed, Oct. 7th, 2009, 04:52 pm
Preaching Thelema

I just got back from promulgating, street preacher style. Video excerpt here:



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It was a really interesting experience. There was a particularly serendipitous occurrence, caught on video, where I was walking past a musician just as he sang the Grateful Dead lyric, "a friend of the devil is a friend of mine." He had recognized the Great Beast 666 booklet in my hand and made smiling eye contact with me as he sang this verse. Afterward I talked with him and he said he had found a booklet at the local anarcho-syndicalist vegan café, Red & Black.

A few people listened with interest and took booklets afterward. I heard one student (apparently with prior exposure to the material) explaining to his friends what I was about. At the beginning it was clear that people thought I was going to say the same old "Jesus saves" stuff and a number of people had question marks over their heads as I read Liber OZ. I think this all stirred up some curiosity.

I plan to go back soon if the weather holds.

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
asicath

Thanks for sharing, I would be interested in hearing more about how these go.

Do you know what the campus policies are regarding this sort of activity? I remember seeing some groups like this back when I was in school and they had whole tables of books.

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
thiebes

Not yet. We have some literature in the spiritual center and a couple friends at the school are doing some asking around. Good suggestion!

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
ostia_pyrosis

This definitely put a grin on my face. Nice work :D Love the bit with the muso too.

Wed, Nov. 4th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
thiebes

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. A new video is up! I'm about to post regarding it.

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
sjo

Interesting approach.

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
paradoxosalpha

With your pants leg still tied up for bicycling, it looks like you're ready for a quick getaway.

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
thiebes

Not to Portlanders ;-) it's the height of fashion donchaknow!

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
stevensteven

Great Work!

Thu, Oct. 8th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
shivasanhita: Bravo Brother

Once I was in downtown PDX and there was this old man who would just yell " Two minutes after you die you are going to hell" and random verbal diarrhea pertaining to the worship of a dead man on a stick.

Everyone at the bus stop looked annoyed. I being a ballsy Minerval at the time opened up a copy of Liber AL and started reading "With my hawks head I peck out the eyes of Jesus.....". The old man screamed "YOU'RE THE DEVIL!!" then picked up his chair and display and ran off. Shortly after I was given a round of applause, smiles and thumbs up.

I believe it is truly refreshing to hear the Law of Thelema instead of the old Law of restriction on the streets.

Tue, Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
thiebes: Re: Bravo Brother

Thanks for the support! I appreciate your comments :) I have a new video up, and working on an LJ post for it.

Wed, Nov. 4th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
yezida: that is fab

I've always had in mind that if ever I came into money, I'd buy pallets of Liber Al and put it in hotel rooms everywhere.

The other thought was a bit of street theater: downtown SF used to have dour looking guys in sandwich boards that said "Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great..." etc. I thought it would be cool to have naked Thelemites in sandwich boards that sang the praises of Babalon to stand next to them.