Wisdom to Joy - On_Mastery
On Mastery
The transition from being an expert to mastery involves a quantum leap, and a balance between disciplined activity and open receptivity. In the end, one relinquishes the very ladder one has used to climb. It is crucial to distinguish an adept magician with mastery of knowledge from one who guides toward spiritual progress. Numerous organizations with secret, inner circles claim to be guided by masters and require vows. Caution and vigilance are required for organizations to stay true to their missions. All human beings have access in our souls to our divine Creator. Dominance-hierarchy is typical in spiritual organizations but is not optimal. Experiencing the effects on oneself over time is the only way to determine whether someone is a spiritual master. Uncritical submission to someone is foolish, especially on hearsay without experience. Mastery always includes resonance with the One Source.
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Current revision: December 7th, 2020 (first version 2020 July 23rd).
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The brilliant spectrum in the banner is the closest representation of the absolute joy of a realm of which I have memory since childhood. No one owns the spectrum. It is used here because of its joy.
In case it seems that considerable work occurred to make these multi-media presentations, it is absolutely nothing compared to what was required to acquire the content.
Artist acknowledgements: Johnny Automatic (ladder), Jon Phillips (cloud), GDJ (circle of people), Tzunghaor (nuclear explosion), unknown artist (pyramid outline) @ openclipart.org; Grand Failure (forest), Prashanthande07 (sadhu), Patrimonia Designs (genie) @ dreamstime.com; Pike Picture (Utanka), Pavel Naumov (peacock feather), Tudor Antonel Adrian (spiked helmet), Lorelyn Medina (bowing) @ 123rf.com; TheKing1066 (British helmet), Marcel Hébrard (French helmet), Daderot (American helmet) are in the public domain; Vetriano (Italian helmet), Johnbod (German helmet) Creative Commons 4.0; Fred Romero (Austrian helmet) Creative Commons 2.0.

On Mastery, op. 18
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