No amount of money can purchase mastery. Mel LLeras, C.Ht.
It’s interesting. Coming to the US, I was introduced to a world where unless you were certified in a particular skill-set, you are not considered adept. So myself, my brothers and sisters from various countries around the world, bringing our practices that we simply grew up with, find ourselves in a country where our own cultures are emulated… often “tweaked”, even executed and taught without full understanding or honoring of the culture behind it. Meanwhile, us who have lived it, must now pay for a certification that… in its course… barely scratches the surface of the knowledge we bring from our own experiences, practices, and cultures. A weekend workshop that titles one as “master”… or even if the course is a year or more long… does not, imho, entitle us with such an honor.
To me, mastering anything is not determined so much by $ (accessibility) or even time spent. Instead, it is dedication… not just to the process, not just to the skill, but to honoring of the history, the culture in a way that lifts the world. Until we are masters, we are practitioners. And as practitioners, we learn from many sources around us. There is no need to take the title that may be sacred to a culture foreign to your own. Instead, apply what you learn to your authentic self and name your particular brand of magick of yourself – giving credit to whom taught you. This is the first step towards mastery.
No amount of money can purchase mastery.
Mel LLeras, C.Ht.