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The substance cannot be abused if the substance sustains the person. Let this resound loudly in the halls of critics who choose to denounce the consumption of psychoactive compounds. I don't need to tell most of this board anything here because this is all stuff you probably already know. Does it deserve to be documented and discussed on this board? I believe yes.

Every other religion has procured a large amount of it's number as a result of broken promises regarding substance abuse treatment. I see this as an abuse of other people's self improvement. Does Satanism have an answer to this? no. Satanists accept that every Satanist handles their issues on a personal level different from every other. These are simply some observations I have made, that when properly noted have kept me from suffering ill effects from my own vices. I respectfully present these ideas as a simple example. There will never be a Satanist rehab facility because helping other people over come something nobody else but them can understand is a pointless endeavor.

The problem constantly presented by the establishment is the elimation of the chemical agressor and not the psychological problem. Before anyone can hope to alter a habit with any victory, they must first win a victory over themselves rather than over a substance. For example, if you drink too much, and embarrass yourself, the only solution is to become the most civil and well controlled drunk you can be, before dare attempting sobriety. How can a conflicted, depressed, and misplaced person hope to stay sober? You know full well your problems did not begin with boose, cigarettes, pills, meth, coke, whatever you began using to make your problems hurt you less on the inside.

The problems have been around long before you got high, and they will still be there to greet you when you come down. Rehab cannot help you. Sobriety cannot help you. Confidence, self-awareness, and knowledge can. You shouldn't ask yourself :"why do I get high?". That's a stupid question with a stupid answer. What you should ask is much more direct. "What can I do about these problems, OTHER than get high?" If you pursue this course of thinking, you may find yourself so occupied you have no time for your addiction anymore. This is however, unlikely to be easy at first. But you should always be your own master, and accept help from nobody. Only you can make yourself master of yourself. If you seek somebody else's authority, that authority will be there to stay.

You must appoint yourself judge, jury, and executioner in you're life. That is the only path to true freedom.

If there's a problem, it's your fault, if there's a victory, you got lucky, make sure and record the environment in which it has happened. I claim little credit for many of my victories, I more claim credit for making possible the environment in which they happened. The random aspect of life should not be ignored. It governs far more than the averge person is aware of. Your victories in life are a cast of lots and effort, nothing more. Understand this, and you WILL be victorious every time.

No cult, no social circle, not even one so well informed as this one, will be any help to a struggling addict. Isolation from people and things associated with the object of addiction is only a small relief, one which is made redundant very quickly. Isolation from the self cannot further the goals of the self, or one's true will. The fact is, mental strength wins mental conflicts. Don't let the god squad take over your life just because you like your drugs a little too much. Everybody I've met that quit anything with success did it alone. The people getting piss tested and praying are just a stone's throw away from ODing on their first relapse. 

Fuck god, your family already hates you, and shrinks don't understand you. YOU can do it.

Free thinking is the gift every satanist gives to themselves. If we take the world at face value, we lose it's real value. Their are many wheels and cogs that function together to create everything we see before us. Understanding these is the free thinker's mission. I can only speak for myself, My view of free thinking could also be called non-directed thinking. For example, teaching yourself skills, in my opinion, is an act of free thinking. You didn't take a class, you weren't employed to do it. You learned it simply for yourself. By yourself.

Have you ever been to a magic show? I love magic shows. There are many people, (Mainly other performers) who hate magicians. These people don't like a challenge. I've loved magic, in all it's forms since I was 10 and saw gandalf in lord of the rings. Actually, that might be the first time I began to doubt christianity. My mother hated the fact that he was my favorite character. She made sure I knew wizards and magicians were evil and served satan. I know this not to be true in every case. But the idea of magic planted a seed in my mind. When I go to a magic show, I'll stay up all night afterwards sipping scotch trying to figure out how the fuck that little bastard levitated a rubber ball.

Some people would say "Why the hell do you care what he does with a rubber ball?" and I would answer, why do people climb mountains? The challenge. We must challenge everything as satanists. Religious dogma, societal dogma, personal dogma. We must find out what makes it tick, so that it doesn't take advantage of us...

Dogma sometimes hides inside doubt. If you for example, Doubt anything that doesn't go with your accepted world view, you are therefore guilty of propagating dogma. I had to tangle with this when I left the pentecostal movement at the tender age of 14. To say that all faith healers are fake for example, is actually not accurate if you understand the placebo effect. I would be lying if I said every faith healing I witnessed at conferences was a lie. MOST of them were. Some however, did happen. I know there is no god at least in the abrahamic sense, call me a fool if you like. I know the resurrection of jesus was a fraud, call me evil if you like. I came to that conclusion from careful research. But you can watch a few documentaries and save yourself the time I wasted. It was never the "healer" that actually healed anyone. The statement every faith healer makes "I did this not of my own power" Is essentially true (In the case of legitimate faith healings, which always come about accidentally). I can explain.

The people that benefit from faith healings are a small group. It's rather a comedic callback to how medicine worked many years before any of us were born. Before we had surgery, before we had antibiotics, we had only the self and a desire for mental and physical health that didn't involve technology. I believe this is interesting because it brings us to the question, what is belief? Where do we pigeon hole belief so it doesn't hurt us? More importantly can we harness belief to our benefit? These questions have been asked for thousands of years. Accurate answers are available. We just don't chose to accept them.

The fact is the human mind is capable of incredible things. Theoretically the mind is in charge of the body and all of it's functions. The brain is the governing body in the human body. If the brain is properly motivated, I have no doubt it has the ability to attack disease and infection. I'm sure if properly motivated it could even regrow limbs. Unfortunately this level of power is so frustratingly unavailable.

What we do have is a huge body of evidence for that thing which we call the paranormal. We have evidence that proves part of it, and debunks part of it.

The paranormal is not proof of god. A free mind recognizes this.

But a free mind is also self aware. You must predict how you will react to information before you become aware of it. After all the propagandist is no liar. He very often speaks the truth. The price he charges for the truths he knows is your obedience and support. His craft is made redundant when you steal the truth from him and walk off with it, holding your nose in the air and leaving his ideology in the dirt where it belongs. Throw off the group! What did they ever do for you? Think with impunity and selfishness. Think with no regard for who you are, who you aren't. Think outside the box, outside yourself, and outside the pleb braincage society will attempt to lock you in!

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