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Teaching The Path

In response to a recent issue, I felt it necessary to discuss the issue of teaching and The Path. It seems that novices ranging from honourable, well-intentioned souls to power-hungry manipulators feel that they can master a few techniques and meditations and feel this is license to open up their own branch or school relating the information of the path. This, quite simply, cannot be done. As with all other skills and talents, it takes years of extremely hard work and experience to reach the level of mastery that is necessary to impart knowledge. This does not exclude anyone because of age or speed of mastery, this reality simply acknowledges the fact that one must have a long-term understanding of what The Path is and everything associated with it.

The desire to teach so early is actually representative of a phase of development. For lack of a better description, this phase is the “power trip” phase. Regardless of the morality of intent, a novice in the power trip phase wants to express their newfound abilities in some public and grandiose manner. All who walk the path go through this phase. This desire to display ability is no different than a novice martial artist who, after mastering a few of the basics, desires to open up their own private “study group” or even challenge the instructor over perceived grievances. Just as in the martial arts analogy, the results of these efforts inevitably and predictably end in failure.

There is another phase of spiritual development that must be endured at least once before anyone who walks on the Path must survive before even considering teaching with any modicum of professionalism. This phase is the “crisis” phase. The crisis phase entails some long-term, extreme trauma that tests the person’s very belief systems and conception of reality. This rarely occurs in the early phases of development, but always happens just before the student is ready for the truly advanced methodologies. While the form and function of the crisis is unique to each individual, the basic paradigm is the same. The crisis takes the form of a series of traumatizing events that challenge and confront the very core beliefs of the person. The crisis is designed to break the person and drive them insane or confront them with physical death. The rewards of success and the price of failure are equally extreme. Success in overcoming the crisis almost always leads to an evolutionary enlightenment that signifies that the person is ready for actual master-level studies. Failure is equally extreme. Insanity and death are very real “rewards” for failing the crisis phase. No one can really consider themselves ready to teach unless they have survived at least one crisis phase. I already hear people quoting the last statement and ‘no’ I did not make a typo. It is VERY possible to endure the crisis phase more than once. Surviving multiple crises is the hallmark of an actual master of the path.

While rarely discussed, another trait that is a prerequisite of teaching is mastery of astral projection and astral senses. True teachers spend a great deal of time speaking with beings that can only be reached through the astral. Without mastery of projection, one cannot even find them or remain displaced long enough to search. If astral senses have not had the time to develop, the person will be easily deceived by any entity that they encounter and all sorts of trouble will result. To refer back to my martial arts analogy, a master is expected to have a full understanding and proficiency of the prearranged forms of their respective art. If a student has not mastered these forms, they have no right to be considered a master, let alone a teacher. Since astral projection is necessary to truly communicate with the Old Gods, this prerequisite is quite obvious.

Another aspect of the person who has experienced enough to teach is completion of what I call the “wanderer” phase. At some point in the person’s life, they must explore the Path alone with absolutely no support from anyone else. This can be experienced at any time in a person’s life and at any time during their development, but occurs AFTER the person has begun walking the path. The quixotic search everyone endures to FIND the path is not the same thing as the experiences of this phase. The person must spend a certain amount of time completely alone in regards to their spiritual development. While this phase can vary with each person, a common factor I have observed is that it lasts AT LEAST one year in length.

One final aspect required for a good teacher is actually rather mundane. This is the necessary skills and talents to actually teach. It may seem silly, but not everyone who masters knowledge has the skills or personality that are needed to establish an educational environment. Teaching requires a certain mastery of understanding, wordplay, adaptability and patience, along with subject mastery, to succeed. Those who fail at teaching lose students or worse, teach them improperly.

To anyone who truly desires to teach other about the Path, I admire your decision. However, one must acknowledge the realities I have stated above. If one hasn’t mastered their material, been tested in earnest, mastered the abilities and learned how to impart knowledge effectively, one cannot be a teacher. Seekers of the teaching path should seriously consider these prerequisites and work hard to prepare themselves. However, there is a time to be a student and a time to be a teacher. Those who have not experienced what I have stated should be content to be a student until they have succeeded all of the challenges aforementioned. Certainly, there is a need for teachers, but those who are not ready that begin teaching presumptuously always do more harm than good.




© Enki Ea 28th May 2007 / ©  2007, 2008, 2009