ORDER OF DEACONS
a wellspring of spiritual sustenance
The Exercitia Spiritualia (Spiritual Exercises) is a pilgrimage of active meditation/prayer and spiritual conversation.
Peace, Tolerance, Truth; Salutation on all points of the triangle;
Respect to all those who journey to the city beyond the desert.
To my beloved companion: Greeting and health.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
There is no possibility of assuring you the material in this notebook will be beneficial to you. Of course, we believe it will be an experience of worth just as it has been for us. Each of us has our own pilgrimage to take through the old, grey land and we do so with a map in hand given to us by the Prophet himself.
Along the way, I’ve found, there comes a time when a practice reveals itself to be masterful and motivating in ways that remind you to smell the roses along the way. They are there, to be sure. However, it is true that every pilgrim will have different needs and different experiences along the path to that city beyond the desert. No handbook of any kind could possibly cover every contingency, every possibility, every necessity that could arise. It is no matter. The job of the Exercitia Spiritualia, the Spiritual Exercises, is not to provide answers but it is a guidebook that offers a gently directed, structured, and personal approach to developing discernment and spiritual depth through study and application of the Law of Thelema.
In his profound work, Eight Lectures on Yoga, the Prophet suggests the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola “are in their essence really admirable Yoga practices” with “a tinge of magical technique.” For Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises was not merely a devotional method for priests and monks over a course of weeks but could be expanded for the faithful into a series of months in what has come to be known as “Annotations Eighteen and Nineteen,” depending on the depth of commitment intended, the former being even more brief and variable in content than the latter. The Spiritual Exercises was never intended merely for the learned, but for anyone wishing to set out on such an undertaking: hence the modifications. Indeed, Ignatius would send off those with whom he had just finished a course of the Spiritual Exercises to immediately direct others in those same Exercises merely from their own notes.
Ignatius never waited on anyone to become an expert in the subject matter.
And neither do we.
What you will find in this notebook are the suggestions and experiences that we have put together for you. They form the bulk of the Institutio Exercitia Spiritualia Peregrini Ignoti. Annotate them as you go along. Make them yours. Pass it along when you are finished. Along with the Exercitia Spiritualia is included the Private Meditations of an Unknown Pilgrim, a set of abbreviated exercises that may prove useful for those with limited time.
Love is the law, love under will.