Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Sith Path: Resources for Self-Conditioning

Honorary Sith master Bruce Lee said "As you think, so shall you become," and this is one of the core tenets of the Sith Path – to which I would add: “As you will, so shall you think.” If your will is to become a Sith master, you must make your thoughts subservient to that desire; you must condition your conscious and subconscious minds so that they may make of you a Sith Superman.

How can this be achieved? Here is the approach I recommend: expose yourself only to those ideas, individuals, arts and activities which promote Sith consciousness. Strive to remove all anti-Sith influences from your sight and to effectively brainwash yourself to the cult of the Dark Side. Below are some resources I use for this purpose.

Martial Arts and Yoga:

Any good martial arts program will teach you self-discipline and cultivation of "ki" or "chi", which are common names for the Force in our universe. I am partial to Ninjutsu because it is the Sithiest of the martial arts, though finding a Ninja master outside of Japan may prove difficult. The books of Haha Lung have some interesting nuggets of Sithy lore, though they tend to be highly redundant. You may also find the esoteric art of Kuji-Kiri of interest. Any rigorous Eastern or warrior training system will be of value in strengthening your will and deconditioning you from Western anti-Sith culture. Like master Lee, your ultimate goal should be to transcend every system and to kill your masters in Sith fashion.



The great old television show Kung Fu, along with Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, sparked a wave of interest in the martial arts, Taoism, Buddhism and other Eastern ideas that continues to this day. The legendary 1500 year-old Shaolin Temple sets an inspiring example for our order. Sadly, Hollywood turned a Shaolin warrior into something of a California hippie, but the show still has many enjoyable moments. The episode "Blood of the Dragon" is my favorite, with its depiction of assassins from the very Sithy "Order of the Avenging Dragon" hunting down Kwai Chang Caine all the way from Imperial China.


Yoga is the original training system for cultivating the Force ("prana" or "kundalini") and producing psychic Supermen. I am an avid practitioner of Hatha Yoga, which gives excellent results for general mind-body health but tends to be somewhat superficial as practiced in the West. If you would like to delve deeper into Yogic disciplines, you may want to investigate Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga for realizing the Supermind, Tantra or Vajrayana Buddhism.

Philosophy:

Sun Tzu and Machiavelli: The Art of War and The Prince are of course mandatory reading; their timeless advice to emperors and kings will be essential when the time comes for the Sith to apply our mental mastery to the problem of wielding worldly power. The 49 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is an excellent modern take on similar subject matter.

Nietzsche: The original Dark Side philosopher of the Western world, I regard Nietzsche as this planet's most important proto-Sith prophet. You can safely throw most of your other books of Western philosophy in the trash once you've read and understood Nietzsche! 
"What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man. What is bad?  All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power increases – that a resistance is overcome." –Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist
Howard Bloom's The Lucifer Principle is another must-read work of proto-Sith philosophy:
“The nature scientists uncover has crafted our viler impulses into us: in fact, these impulses are a part of the process she uses to create. Lucifer is the dark side of cosmic fecundity, the cutting blade of the sculptor’s knife. Nature does not abhor evil; she embraces it. With it she moved the human world to greater heights of organization, intricacy, and power.”

Mental Training and Self-Improvement

Each of us is given at birth the most complex and powerful technology in the known universe – a human brain – yet we are provided neither an owner’s manual nor training in its effective use. The lack of emphasis on mental training in modern education is criminal; mind mastery enhances all forms of learning and is the best measure of one’s progress toward superhumanity. As Princess Irulan observed: “Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn."

Meditation is the simplest and most important method of mental training in the Sith Path. Meditation enhances all aspects of your mental functioning, including willpower, Force powers, thought control, emotional control, vitality and battle readiness. Some Sith meditations are described here.

PsiTek.net is an outstanding source of classic New Thought self-improvement texts, many of which contain Sithy ideas and exercises. I particularly recommend Think and Grow Rich and The Master Key System, which contain words of wisdom such as these:
“This much the author does know - that there is a power, or a First Cause, or an Intelligence, which permeates every atom of matter, and embraces every unit of energy perceptible to man - that this Infinite Intelligence converts acorns into oak trees, causes water to flow down hill in response to the law of gravity, follows night with day, and winter with summer, each maintaining its proper place and relationship to the other. This Intelligence may, through the principles of this philosophy, be induced to aid in transmuting DESIRES into concrete, or material form. The author has this knowledge, because he has experimented with it- and has EXPERIENCED IT.” –Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
“Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power. This is the power which is being used by those who do not believe in the virtue of poverty, or the beauty of self-denial. They perceive that this is the talk of weaklings.
The ability to receive and manifest this power depends upon the ability to recognize the Infinite Energy ever dwelling in man, constantly creating and recreating his body and mind, and ready at any moment to manifest through him in any needful manner. In exact proportion to the recognition of this truth will be the manifestation in the outer life of the individual.” –Charles Haanel, The Master Key System
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is not a system I have studied extensively, but its advocates claim to be able to program their own minds and the minds of others using its techniques. If their claims are to be believed, NLP masters can alter their personalities at will and perform real Jedi mind tricks, so this is certainly a mental technology worth studying. Even if NLP is fraudulent pseudo-science, the mere fact that it has become so popular and lucrative is itself an impressive feat of Sith sorcery worthy of attention!

Mentalist and NLP master Derren Brown demonstrates real Sith mind tricks

Parapsychology and the Occult

This is a vast field which contains an enormous amount of rubbish, but there are a few brilliant thinkers, fascinating stories and nuggets of insight scattered among the chaff. A good place to start is Colin Wilson’s book The Occult. Wilson discusses many proto-Sith occultists such as Gurdjieff, Crowley and Rasputin and provides copious references for further study. Wilson’s thesis that man is asleep and that by his efforts he may cultivate higher powers, which Wilson calls “Faculty X” is precisely the message of the Sith.

Parapsychologists use scientific methods to investigate real Force fields and powers. There is a lot of interesting research in this realm by scientists such as Russell Targ, Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin and Brian Josephson that is worth keeping a Sithy eye on.



Religion & Spirituality:

The Sith Path is at attempt to create a new kind of anti-Christian spiritual order, inspired not only by the Star Wars mythos but by creative geniuses like Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, Anton LaVey and Michael Aquino. The 600 Club, where Mr. Aquino is an active member, has some interesting discussions of "left hand path" spirituality.

While most LHP thinkers appeal to ancient myths and mysticism, I prefer to look forward to a cosmic future in which psionic supermen have built a galactic empire under the banner of a new Nietzschean religion. In that spirit I recommend the writings of cosmic visionaries such as Stapledon, Clarke and Sagan. Like them, I believe expansion into space is essential for human evolution and expect that new revelations and powers await us there which we can barely conceive of down here in our terrestrial prison.

Video and Role-Playing Games:

There are numerous games available which give you the opportunity to explore the Star Wars universe, take on the role of a Dark Lord, engage in superhuman combat, build empires and partake in other Sithy activities. These games can be a powerful aid to visualizing life after the Sith Singularity, but I would caution disciples from engaging in too much of this. Games can all too easily become an addictive form of escapism. The Sith Path is not a fantasy game; we use imagination as a tool for molding reality and acquiring power here and now.

Science Fiction: 

The transformative power of visionary art is another application of the principle “as you think, so shall you become.” Every new spiritual order or empire begins with a vision, and the leading visionary arts of our time are science fiction & fantasy novels, films and comic books. Here are some SF stories that have influenced my vision of the New Sith Order and the Galactic Empire.

Star Wars: Need I say more? Beyond the films, there is a vast Expanded Universe to be explored; a good place to start is here.

Frank Herbert’s Dune series was a huge influence on George Lucas; in many ways it is Star Wars for grown-ups. Herbert’s vision of a galactic empire in which thinking machines have been banned in favor of advanced mental training schools is one that I find particularly inspiring. In our age of Google-driven mental degeneration and encroaching human obsolescence, I consider some kind of “Butlerian Jihad” to preempt the enslavement of human minds by machines a likely and desirable development. The Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild, Mentat and Bene Tleilax are awesome visions of superhuman potential; Paul Muad’Dib and Leto II are two of the most impressive supermen in science fiction; Leto's Golden Path is a rather Sithy strategy to avoid human stagnation and extinction.
“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them." –Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
The Bene Gesserit are a very Sith-like sisterhood, with their prana-bindu trained mental superpowers, political intrigues and age-old breeding program to produce the Kwisatz Haderach the super-being. Female Sith disciples in particular should take great inspiration from the Sisterhood.

The original Star Trek series explored Nietzschean themes on numerous occasions. Khan Noonien Singh from “Space Seed” and “Wrath of Khan” is one of the better portrayals of an übermensch in all of science fiction; “Mirror, Mirror” has the Terran Empire, a brilliant Dark Side version of the Federation; “Whom Gods Destroy” features Garth of Izar, a wonderfully unhinged Nietzschean superman reminiscent of Colonel Kurtz.
“Gentlemen, you have eyes...but you cannot see! Galaxies surround us, limitless vistas. And yet the Federation would have us grub away like some ants on some, somewhat larger than usual ant-hill. But I am not an insect, I am master of the universe and I must claim my domain.”
The story ends with the beast Garth being transformed into a docile herd animal by an anti-insanity treatment – a tragic metaphor for our age of medically prescribed mass mediocrity and Last Man ascendancy. Every Sith must fight this Federation mentality and cultivate his most extreme genius, though the sleepers call us madmen, monsters and megalomaniacs.

The logical Spock vs. emotional Kirk/McCoy dichotomy is a mild form of the Jedi vs. Sith cosmic conflict, and it seems that logic comes up short in the Star Trek universe. Just imagine how powerful Vulcans would be if they jettisoned their miserable logic-worship and embraced the Dark Side! This idea was explored in the novel Star Trek: The Lost Years, which featured Zakal, a Vulcan Mind-Lord who rejected the Light Side teachings of Surak and developed awesome, Sith-like mental powers.
"Surak's utopia of peace is a childish fantasy, a refusal to face reality. All creatures must prey on others, and compete among themselves; this is the way of survival, the way of all life. Surak would have us deny what we are." –Zakal the Vulcan Mind-Lord, Star Trek: The Lost Years
Sybok from Star Trek V is another anti-Surak Vulcan who used his mental powers to found a religious cult and seek god himself. Even Spock showed occasional glimpses of Sith consciousness, as in the first movie when he sensed V’Ger from across space and subsequently refused his Kohlinar ritual to purge all emotion.

Other science fiction of interest: anything featuring mental supermen, such as Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, The Power by Frank Robinson, Slan by A.E. van Vogt and Odd John by Olaf Stapledon. Older stories in this vein are listed here. A list of comic books with transhumanist and Nietzschean themes is available here.

At some point I intend to organize resources like these into an actual Sith training course. To me they form a fairly coherent set of ideas which haven't been put together and presented in a compelling way before. If the "Sith" label proves untenable for copyright reasons, I will be forced to call my system for training "Nietzschean psychic space ninjas" something else. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

3 comments:

  1. Good to see you back and undaunted by recent blogosphere adventures. If you keep this up, you could become America's answer to Alexander Dugin.

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  2. Nothing can daunt me; I am Sith. Inevitably I find myself in blogospheric battle with the likes of John C. Wright and Charlie Stross, because both Christians and Marxists are anti-Sith weaklings who must be memetically annihilated before the Empire can be born.

    I don't know much about Alexander Dugin, but I did live in Moscow ten years ago and have undoubtedly been influenced by similar Russian ideas. Russia is a fascinating place; their Cosmist, mystical tradition and recent rejection of both Christianity and Marxism makes them perhaps humanity's best hope for a Sithy Empire in the near future.

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  3. This was an interesting read, but isn't evil just a fleeting satisfaction and lasting joy comes from goodness? I'm afraid I don't understand the point of evil as surely if we have infinite desire then everything we do will just be enjoyed, then seen as a new baseline from which we'll have to jump to even higher limits to feel the same level of satisfaction again?
    Do you believe that Buddhism's loving approach can lead to enlightenment, or is there something along the lines of an 'endarkenment'?
    I'd like to know more about why you would want power or why an Aeon of torture and killing is something you'd want, it is an interesting and unpopular concept after all. Good website :)

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