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"The false concept of 'being' acts as a word virus, scrambling our thoughts, for nothing consists of other than what it does. I think, therefore I think that I think, nothing more!" -- Peter Carroll, PsyberMagick.
"E-Prime and Chaos Magic": an article on the Whys and Hows of using EPrime (English Prime) as a language medium for those operating in Chaos magic by Su Leybourn (Sor. Wile_e_Chaote).
1) CONSIDERING E-PRIME: In the convoluted, cascading memes of Chaos magic, you might come across the occasional mention of the term "E-Prime", or English-Prime. A quick use of ye olde arte of Googlemancy reveals that E-Prime relates to language and some manipulation of grammar where the verb "to be" gets tossed out the proverbial door. Boring! We hear you say. Why bother? You might well ask. Do you want to exploit the nature of your mind to the max? Do you want to boldly go where you have never gone before? Do you want to DO magic with a flexible, fluid mind that can warp speed, or turn to tango? Well … settle back, make yourselves comfortable, and let us take you on a magical ride that just might shift your thinking into warp drive. Consider the following quote by Peter Carroll from his "PsyberMagick": "Some philosophers and psychologists bemoan the disintegration or fragmentation of the self in the contemporary world. We celebrate this development. The belief in a single self stems from religious monotheisms having only a single god. Let us throw the baby out with the bath water. If you consider yourself an 'individual', in the sense of 'indivisible', you have
masochism. known as the Sapir-Whorf-Korzybski Hypothesis. IF you have yet to explore the multiple aspects of the selves in extremis . Given the premise that a change in language can alter our perception of Life. be. Bizarre. which basically means "am.. if you wish to achieve any sense of fulfillment and remain sane. Universe et al. shades of Star Trek's Mr Spock and Vulcan logic in the making. let us first explain a little about E-Prime: 2) A POTTED HISTORY OF E-PRIME: The idea for E-Prime started back in the 1930's by Alfred Korzybski who felt that our language structures often led to muddied thinking . David Bourland. do we hear you say? Why on Earth would anyone do this? Ignoring such flash thoughts as lunacy. to eventually create this new form. we suspect. a significant number of physicists have adopted this medium for written communication. and we wait on other disciplines to get the picture.. is.. He proposed the exclusion of the verb "to be" in an attempt to remove vague and misleading concepts from our language. Now some folk have noticed that we write in a very particular (some might say peculiar) form of English language known as E-Prime or English-Prime. might come in handy to keep at the back of your mind. been" and their contractions. wanting to stand out from the crowd or a sadistic bent to torture folk with ripples of subliminal content . was. One hypothesis.not lived. The selfs must allow each self a shot at its goals in life. Jr.. we use a form of English that excludes the verb "to be".. D." Does this message from Pete Carroll resonate with you? IF you want to explore the meta-selves potential within . To date.. If you merely consider yourself as a single being capable of playing various roles. eccentricity.. However it got left to Korzybski's student. as powerfully as some hallucinogens. then E-Prime might just hold the key. are. In the simplest of terms. were. we feel that E-Prime must have more to it than meets the eye. then you have yet to play them in extremis. then E-Prime might just place you on the fast track. .. Academic papers and theses would improve for getting written in E-Prime.
we refer to "ethical" as "balanced".. metaphorically speaking. that E-Prime equates to an ethical stance in language usage. the ability to cheat. 3. Many people get caught up in the glamour of "Being" and end up seemingly encased in glass houses of their own devise. and able to move. Problem solving seems easier when the mind flips into E-Prime. We find that we can use the expression "Eureka!" more often.In magic terms. This means that no way in hell would marketing companies want to write their slogans in this format. and then decide whether you want what they have. in all its fiery. perceive. 1. 2. think. E-Prime. Peter Carroll writes an enigmatic magical work called “PsyberMagick” . produces a new shiver to the hairs on the back of the neck. manoeuvre. Wilson with articles like "Quantum Psychology" and "Towards Understanding E-Prime". Perhaps we could even say. E-Prime seems to activate a wide-angled lens to mind. stage left . or convert someone does not happen so easily.. on the other hand. negotiate and change. enter R. 6. quietly.. written using (you guessed it) . "I am my own worst enemy". E-Prime. removes the stultifying little box/prison that we could call I AM i.e. deceive. raising their arms to the sun. Here. 8. In space/time. E-Prime. Enter . the Chaoist's anathema.. when used to the max. who bypass . We. glory. 3) WHY E-PRIME: Consider whether any of the following statements interests/intrigues you. Imagine "Coke is it" (Coca-Cola) and "A diamond is forever" (De Beers Consolidated) re-written as "Coke seems it" or "A diamond equates to forever" and selling so well! 4. expanding... we muse.e. observe. the old adage. When operating in this language medium.. impress. The use of E-Prime brings us back to what we do best i. 5. Read these works. NOW the field goes for warp drive. as in fluid. A. deduce and theorise.. 7.
E-Prime takes you more and more into the scientific model of actual experience. you can experience levels hitherto unimagined to your thoughts. id of self. albeit with gargantuan effect. where you can see. . and because you know your own determination. and beliefs. the emerging E-Prime form.> Doing-IN Interested? Want to learn more in just three easy lessons? Now if you stay focused in the next ten minutes. rather than permitting you to wander off into New Age fluffy thinking.S. Given that adopting E-Prime only equates to a slight alteration in language. It might just come down to exploring and using a little magical formula that looks like this: Being-OUT < -. we might find that useful in the achievement of results to the nth degree. You can even think in E-Prime. we shall start with the writing aspect.this snare. that you shall do so to examine its potential advantages.e. treatment (Keep It Simple Stupid). in the capable hands of the ceremonial magicians with a bias for Aleister Crowley. fortress-bound. you can write virtually anything in E-Prime. solitary. with a lot of practice and determination thrown in. One word of warning though . we shall send to you. connect. This would make doing research easier.> E-Prime < -. a reading list for additional information. your perceptions. Please note: The following exercises do NOT require you to punish yourself if you slip up..I.S. You can talk using E-Prime. We shall leave such antiquated responses where they belong i. Operating in chaos magic. and probably useless as pick-up lines at the local pub. and all this for the amazing low cost of your current attention! 4) MASTERING E-PRIME IN 3 EASY STAGES: Contrary to what you might expect. Theoretically. we shall avoid getting down deep and dark into linguistics and go for the K. and do. This would seem a far cry from the old well-worn. in front of you. We anticipate that if you take up the challenge to explore E-Prime. in a somewhat dot-to-dot fashion. ABSOLUTELY FREE.. have the power to use diversity of role to its nth degree. Once connected. or so. These aspects can.
appeared very frequently in our early efforts. try this format in e-mail and whenever participating on electronic discussion forums. could look like this: "We Do Now Will to …" (insert your specific target/goal).e. e) ain't 2. chat-rooms etc. was. for starters. being. were. when reading. 8. b) am. A. for example. Messenger. You might also notice that your writings have a tone of authority about them. R. for reference purposes.4a) STAGE 1 – WRITING: 1. and keep that list handy when you type or write. Likewise. Observe and make notes of words that you might overuse. . she's. Make a list of these words. 5. 7. isn't. Decide that you shall remove the following words from your vocabulary: a) be. 6. Note that an effective choice of wording for magical Intent. 3. Why? The language chunks generally remain very short and therefore manageable. We found that the words "seems" and "equates". Construct rituals and guided meditations in E-Prime. In 6-12 months you should hardly need to think about the words that you use at all. is. c) I'm. You also get repeated practice to develop speed and fluency. One of the most efficient ways to practice E-Prime happens when one starts engaging others in electronic chat via typing messages i. d) he's. See the Bibliography at the end of this document. weren't. it's ("it is"). you're. we're. aren't. are. to pencil in quotation marks around any use of the word "is" so that you can examine the confusion that such a word can cause. Use E-Prime for all your journal and/or dream diary entries. Read articles on E-Prime to gain familiarity of the basic concepts. they're. We would estimate that you should feel reasonably proficient in the rudiments of E-Prime within 3 months or so. been. using E-Prime. 4. wasn't. in this first level of exploring E-Prime. Wilson suggests.
Keeping the language chunks short helps. "Slow and steady" makes the best maxim. Continue writing in E-Prime. Now we begin the task of raising the metaselves aspect. b) am. Retain the same word list as per Stage 1. 2. wherever possible. e) ain't 3. 5. Switch to E-Prime when you have a problem to solve and see what happens. 1. me. Curiously enough. people conversed with do not seem to notice when it gets used. It seems interesting to note that the brevity of speech allows for effective nonverbal communications to happen at the same time. weren't. they're. This means that you can stop worrying now about whether you appear. was. d) he's. been. Continue with the writing and speaking as given in the earlier two levels. mine" from your vocabulary. 8.4b) STAGE 2 – SPEAKING: 1. isn't. For anyone working alone on these practices. to others. being. 4. 3. Communicating in E-Prime conveys meaning and intent more readily. but now begin the task of speaking without these same words: a) be. c) I'm. is. Attempt a variety of styles. Additional studies in auric magic and the eight magics (see Peter . my. were. aren't. talking whilst you type etc. are. 4c) STAGE 3 – MINDSET: 1. it's ("it is"). anecdotes to humour etc. 6. you could utilise telephone calls. 7. or not. from short essays to stories. Start with 20-60 minutes daily allotted to speaking in E-Prime and increase as you feel more confident. you're. she's. as some blithering idiot. we're. chatting with the cat (or any other available creature). talking monologues. wasn't. Extend your list of omissions with the removal of the words "I.
Underneath the words came the challenge. Look at what happens when you use E-Prime to negotiate. even the movement of evolution! When things change. This has an E-Prime base and function. but that very few actually communicated in this medium.Carroll's "Liber Kaos". in granular absolutes. A very seasoned operator in Chaos Magic pushed all the right buttons.The Atreides Manifesto. We find problem solving easier. you deny movement. 8. Ouranic-Barbaric. It actually impacted at a deeper level than we envisaged. Now. with EPrime at our command. your absolute universe vanishes no longer accessible to your self-limiting perceptions. Start thinking in terms of probabilities instead of identified facts or certainties. What and How of anything." -. "E-Prime and Chaos Magic". at this point. it has taken a quantum leap. If you have not worked with this already. owes a debt to the catalyst that opened our eyes to the wondrous hidden potencies of language for . Examine the Who. for starters) would come in handy. We would learn that Chaoists generally used E-Prime for writing out their Intent and when working with Ouranic-Barbaric. If we thought that our thinking seemed fluid before. our thoughts seem faster than a speeding bullet. "By your belief in singularities. 5) LAST WORDS: When we started using E-Prime we took this up as a challenge. Consider quietly translating the speech of other people and exploring the nuances of what they attempted to communicate. This document. The universe has moved beyond you. Dune series. Why does E-Prime seem to heighten empathy? 6. or arbitrate. 4. Part 2 The Psychonomicon. 7. Frank Herbert. more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap anything we set our mind to do. check out the modern magical language. We can analyse more effectively. Where has all the Paradox gone? 5.
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Case -Su.htm "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" -Arthur C. A. Towards Understanding E-Prime http://www. Clarke Medusa161 -This is great.as in Lovingkindnesses? Catingness mattingness. .showing that things were actively beingness The problems we found were mainly of inelegance. have multiple systems so personal pronouns are useless. There is a staccato quality to change which needs some seasoning to make it feel right so have often thought that there needs to be some inclusions in order to maintain a sense of rhythm. When I have more time i'll have a closer look and see if I can get my head round this more. Some years ago my partner was studying philosophy and we both got caught up by Gilbert Ryle and I guess what is called e-prime we thought about it a gret deal and made a lot of experiments with changing languageMostly with using adverbs rather than nouns . R. but havent quite got the head for working on it. A while ago lived in a commune where we tried to combat gender assumptions by using the new pronoun 'co' instead of she he it.nobeliefs. One of the best language experiments we made was of not saying anything pointless but saving up words for whatever was necessary or meaningful.com/eprime.having done an Enlish degree at university this stuff really interests me.Wilson. Still stumble over words as communicate with others who like selves. found that easy as was only one thing to think about and lots of peoepl trying it out. the language we first leared has a sense of (false?) rightness about it which we negotiate I guess in terms of rythm and flow. Su .
Mewe theewe Uswe .soemthing needs to happen about the fixation with nouns as well. laura .ie.The best have found is using a system of different pronouns which are inclusive.The feel of the words sometimess makes alluswe start to write in gemanic/archaic form .hast theewe? Thinking that language really is important but that maybe e-prime for mewe doesnt reach critical mass in terms of change .
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