Author: William S. Burroughs
Quotes of Author: William S. Burroughs
  1. William S. Burroughs _ The Western Lands

    The Ancient Egyptians postulated seven souls."Top soul {Vicarious}, and the first to leave at the moment of death, is Ren the Secret name. This corresponds to my Director. He directs the film of your life from conception to death. The Secret Name is the title of your film. When you die, that's where Ren came in.Second soul {Jambi}, and second one off the sinking ship, is Sekem: Energy, Power. LIGHT. The Director gives the orders, Sekem presses the right buttons.Number three {Wings/Days} is Khu, the Guardian Angel. He, she or it is third man out...depicted as flying away across a full moon, a bird with luminous wings and head of light. The sort of thing you might see on a screen in an Indian restaurant in Panama. The Khu is responsible for the subject and can be injured in his defense - but not permanently, since the first three souls are eternal. They go back to Heaven for another vessel. The four remaining souls must take their chances with the subject in the land of the dead.Number four {The Pot} is Ba, the Heart, often treacherous. This is a hawk's body with your face on it, shrunk down to the size of a fist. Many a hero has been brought down, like Samson, by a perfidious Ba.Number five {L.C., Lost Keys, Rosetta Stoned} is Ka, the double, most closely associated with the subject. The Ka, which usually reaches adolescence at the time of bodily death, is the only reliable guide through the Land of the Dead to the Western Lands.Number six {Instension} is Khaibit, the Shadow, Memory, your whole past conditioning from this and other lives.Number seven {Right in Two} is Sekhu, the Remains