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This Essay examines certain psychological foundations relative to

Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law



The beginnings of Life are associated with problems.

The Buddha said, "Birth, incessant Birth!"
He also said, "Life is Sorrow. And the root of Sorrow is Desire."

Oh well, we're here and alive, and we might as well make the best of it.

Physical, emotional, and/or mental trauma experienced by a fetus during intrauterine development or during the birth process directly influences an individual's basic character and general outlook on life, and determines their psychological reactions to stress-producing events.

In self-exploration, we do not always experience each matrix in its natural order. Instead, perinatal components are chosen by our own internal detection system. Therefore the order in which each person approaches these components is highly unique.

A BPM, or Basic Perinatal Matrix, is the time-composite that relates to a specific, childbearing stage:

BPM I is in the womb before the start of the birth process.

BPM II starts when the birth contractions begin.

BPM III starts when the birth canal opens.

BPM IV is the birth experience.

Each perinatal matrix has its specific biological, psychological, archetypal, and spiritual aspects that are associated chains of emotional reactions that extend from the present, back along a track of the same response, to the imprint that generated the complex in the first place.




Trauma or discomfort experienced during any of the BPM time-zones leads to the formation of an imprint. Such an imprint serves as the nucleus of a psychological complex. Few (if any) journeys through the womb into the world are without some sort of unpleasant experience.

Discomforts include, but are not limited to, physical pressure, physical shock, pharmaceutical induction from the mother's bloodstream, loud noises, emotional disturbances of the mother, mental aberrations of the mother, transitions from one BPM to another BPM, etc.

The BPMs were discovered and classified as follows:

Dr. Grof started out with no particular structural presumptions. Over thousands of sessions with clients, he determined that this work exhibited what he called Condensed Experience Systems, or COEXs. This is what psychologists and NLP practitioners call gestalts - linked chains of emotional reactions that go back from the present along a track to the imprint that first generated the complex.

Like timeline workers and metaphysical practitioners, Grof accepted the (possibly subjective and thus useful) reality of previous existences and ancestral memory imprints.

Grof noted that the profoundest and most universal COEXs he observed are what he called Basic Perinatal Matrices, or BPMs. He observed these manifesting at the interface between personal and transpersonal states of consciousness.

In other words, they are patterns generated by traumas that occured around and during one's own birth. The imprints gather enormous chains of reactions around them. These immense and all-prevalent COEXs rule one's life until the opportunity comes to completely re-experience and re-imprint these primal, pre-verbal levels of fetal and post-fetal consciousness.



The Book of the Law, technically known as Liber AL vel Legis, was dictated by the entity Aiwass to Frater Perdurabo (Aleister Crowley) in Cairo, Egypt on April 8,9 & 10, 1904.

. .

Crowley said, "This book introduces a new Law for Mankind."

He also said, "The study of this Book is forbidden. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire."

and . . .

He also advised people to read the Book and adopt whatever passages they felt were applicable to themselves.

Many passages in the Book are indescribably beautiful, mystical prose. Other passages are horribly terrible and violent.

Well, that's what we are here to explore: The deep-seated source of this majesty and this savagery, as defined in the elucidation of the BPM.






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