"The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is." -Jeremiah 17:9
"Mind is devoid of mind. Mind is clear Light." -From the Eight Thousand Verse Prajñāparamitā''
What I'm doing in juxtaposing these is showing the truth of them, the truth of Goat's words, that "They are all liars."
Self, or ego, or, our mind, is produced from causes and conditions. If you truly understand this, if it sinks way down in, you experience ego death or Jung's psychic death or the Nigredo of the alchemists, the dark night of the soul of Saint John of the Cross.
Here then is Void. This is the Hermetic dissolution. Here is Choronzon, the Devil, Mara, Baphomet as initiator. Here people can lose their shit and never come back. Nietzsche and other Westerners knew just enough about Nothingness to bring the existential crisis of it to the masses.
Many people say that Buddhism teaches only that all forms are nothing and nothing is all form. That's to stop where Nietzsche stopped. Hell, it's where I've been camped out. It is the trauma that Goat brought me face to face with, but that deep down I already had known to be the truth of nothing. It explains my life.
Ah, but now we are getting somewhere. Within the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, the 3rd pertains to the mind as clear light. Here then Daath is traversed. Through the cloud of unknowing, through the dark night, and into eternal and uncaused light. Here is the New Birth of the Christian. Here is the coagulation of the alchemists. Here is where conceptual thoughts cannot corrupt the mind of clear light. Here is Buddha nature. Here is freedom from samsara. Here is freedom from the demiurge and archons.
People are trapped here in forms causal. They mistake the causal mind, ever in flux, for who they are. This is the ego. The false self. This is why the world is as it is. This is why I am having the experiences I am.
The first step in the recovery of your soul, to couch it in Jungian terms, is to seek her. The alchemists taught that without first the Prima Materia there could no work begin. Baphomet is a representation of the Prima Materia. Just as when you step forth on this path the Shadow will emerge - all the horrid parts of your ego you are unconscious of - Baphomet or Choronzon or the Devil Atu 15, or Satan or Mara - pick a name - but he is the god who thought he was God. He is the mass Shadow. But also very real, just as Mara with his demons and daughters. All he has is the causal mind. There is no light within him, no thing of eternity. He is the Lord of the Gates of Matter, Child of the Forces of Time. I have beheld with my own eyes his darkness and with my mind have struggled with his truth.