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Levels of Expertise
I thought I'd address the issue
of levels of accomplishment and pathwork advancement. So many
people ask me about where they are in the "standings"
and are confused. So in sharing with you
please understand this is my view of that process. As a rule
of thumb there are four levels of
accomplishment: novice, intermediate, advanced, and mastery.
Labels we assign as positioning
of our understanding and skills, not of hierarchy over others.
Based on these terms, let's define
the levels as we see them and see how those perceptions are
achieved. What defines the *basic*
stages of growth?
Novice: In my eyes this is one who is just learning about
spirituality and pathwork, a beginner
who may or may not have done some reading and discussion on
the subject, but is just learning
to take in the fundamentals. The capacity to instruct others
on basic theory, and recognizing the
presence of energy in one's life as well as honoring abilities
or gifts. Conversation at this level is
usually what has been gathered through books, social sharing,
and perhaps some discussions
with a teacher. There is a basic knowledge of different paths
before moving to the next level.
Intermediate: I see this as someone who has the theory
and basics down well. They are capable
of working independently and then reiterating their experiences
to their Teacher/s to assimilate
the knowledge properly and gain more insight. They have a basic
understanding of how things
work and what they are gifted with. The capacity to instruct
others will cover basic theory and
practice to hone their gifts as well as recognizing when to
use them or refrain from the work due
to competency levels...knowing when the work requires more experience.
Conversation at this
level is usually what has been gathered through additional reading,
social sharing, deep
discussions with a teacher. There is a deeper knowledge of different
paths before moving to the next level.
Advanced: At this level I feel people are more or less
on their own. They can respond to a given
situation well, handle it independently and make judgement calls
as to the proper way to form
those responses. They are still growing and expanding their
abilities but at this point more apt to
be relying on strictly the teachings they gain from the Spirit
World rather than at the feet of a
physical teacher. Some may be working with Masters, but that
is not a necessary requirement as
Spirit will provide guidance to those same teachings if a physical
teacher is not available. The
capacity to instruct others will cover theory, practice, and
accomplishments. Conversations at
this level usually move into a much more profound level of experience
to share and full
understanding of what those experiences teach. This is knowledge
gathered from more advanced
level reading, elite social sharing with others of this same
capability, extremely deep discussions
with a Teacher and the ability to take on that role in a major
way. The knowledge of other paths
has grown to an understanding that the teachings exist on all
paths and are a matter of culture and semantics.
Master: Here I see the role of one who has unified their
gifts and abilities into a single tool. They
can break them down or assemble them at will, and they are proficient
in all areas of their life.
Full understanding of their role and total independence from
further lessons has been achieved.
At this point the lessons to come typically come exclusively
through spiritual guidance and
working with the matter of expanding one's reach. The gifts
and abilities are fully developed and
functional with the capacity to instruct others in this work
from beginning to end. Conversations
at this level are more reserved and shared with a rare few since
the number of people achieving
this level are greatly reduced. The level of experience is set,
exclusive, and only those who have
achieved the same acumen are going to be able to comprehend
the subjects discussed. This
knowledge is gathered through experience and the ability to
unify all abilities as a functional
whole. The knowledge of other paths combines to simply express
the same cosmic truths.
Illusion and reality are understood fully, and there is a level
of competency which is
independently fully functional.
Let me conclude by saying that these levels are
ballpark classifications for those that need a
label. We can be at various levels in various areas at the same
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