Working on the assumption that our readers wish to advance their Occult knowledge and abilities, we have stated in every issue of DL that the first vital step is the understanding and control of the subconscious.
If you take a stance that is your subconscious manipulating you; it has caused you to give a response without analysing the circumstances. We are quite accustomed to receiving letters which say ‘yes, I have my subconscious firmly under control’ and then go on to say ‘have you seen that nonsense which So-and-so wrote?’ or ‘why do you have an exchange advertisement with a magazine that I don’t like? Or some remark which makes it obvious to everyone except the letter-writer that his subconscious is still in the driving seat.
So there is another built-in safeguard to the system. No-one likes to admit that there is a power within his own mind over which he has no control and which, in fact, controls him, much to his detriment.
But the admission does not have to be publicly made. It is for the aspirant himself/herself to achieve sufficient self-honesty to acknowledge that there is a problem which he shares with ninety-nine point nine recurring percent of the population of the world. Then he has to decide whether or not to do anything about it.
Without control of the subconscious, nothing can be achieved. The first step is to accept the truth of that statement. Not easy? And it gets harder.
From the Dark Lily Journal No 5, Society of Dark Lily (London 1988).