Post Reply 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
William S. Burroughs’ 7 Occult Techniques for Smashing Reality
01-10-2020, 05:49 PM
Post: #1
William S. Burroughs’ 7 Occult Techniques for Smashing Reality
William S. Burroughs was one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent magicians, and spent a lifetime experimenting with obscure techniques for altering consciousness. Here’s his seven favorite occult techniques for destabilizing control and smashing reality.
One of my early magical heroes, who I read obsessively in high school and college, was the author William S. Burroughs.

Burroughs is known not only for his prolific literary output but for his lifelong heroin addiction, as documented in his novel Naked Lunch, a perverse, hallucinatory satire of 1950s America inspired by Burroughs’ addiction, his transient and often grim life, and the visions induced when Burroughs ventured to South America to try to kick heroin by quaffing Ayahuasca. Naked Lunch made Burroughs a household name when it was brought to trial for breaking obscenity laws, and Burroughs won, setting a new precedent for free speech in the US.

Naked Lunch only marked the beginning of William S. Burroughs’ career as a writer, however, and over the coming decades he began to produce stacks of novels aimed at “destablizing control,” created using the cut-up technique he had learned from his occult mentor Brion Gysin, and increasingly engaged in using the techniques of applied magic for breaking the boundaries of 20th century life—as Burroughs and Gysin put it, “storming the reality studio.” This makes Burroughs’ entire output—particularly his non-fiction books The Job and The Third Mind, critical reading for any magician. Burroughs, who dressed not in silly robes but in a sober gray suit, like a Midwestern bank manager, used his appearance to present a striking contrast to his dangerous ideas and the raw, homoerotic, occult chaos of his books.

It’s no wonder he ended up inspiring nearly half a century of counterculture
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Wicked! Modern Art’s Interest in the Occult mecheeta 0 43 22-10-2020 06:46 AM
Last Post: mecheeta
  Led Zeppelin’s Foray into the Aleister Crowley Occult had Grave Consequences mecheeta 0 299 02-09-2020 06:16 AM
Last Post: mecheeta

Forum Jump:

User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)