Getting closer, or maybe further away...
Now know that these are my words, and I take full responsibility for them.
Also know that this is a work in progress, and all I have are my experiences and observations as such.
This what I must speak.
These are my questions/issues.
Be warned, there is no censorship:
Spiritual initiations - I follow the regiment of practices and once completed, I am bestowed a grade/title of competence. Thanks. What next?
*This seems to me to be an evolution of control. Meet the new 'grade'ed school, of spiritual growth.
God forms - Learn the history and social tendencies of the people that worshiped said 'god'. Connect with the context of thought of the worshippers so you may learn more about the deity and eventually yourself.
*Cool, but that god form is tainted by the limitations of those who worshipped it. And let's be frank here, if you are subjugated to worshipping deities, you lack. You are of a scarcity mindset. I'd rather not connect to that mask or add more corners to the maze.
Grimoires - You have problem, I have elixir.
*Don't mind the mercury, and lets ignore the problem. The solution is outside right? Where's that damn dragon blood?
Lineage - Our rules represent the most divine of teachings. These teachings have transmitted to us by the ascendant ones. These teachings are truth from above.
*How much is the subscription? Which group did you splinter off from? How many members do you have doing the same ritual set, bringing energy to the form you charged me for, and ultimately proving the very concept you prophesized. Well I paid for it, figuratively and literally.
These are four issues I have with the general landscape of spirituality.
And these are patterns that can be observed in everyday life, from the professional life, to the home life.
One word, separation.
If it can be separated from the whole (the individual), then it can be monetized.
Currency, attention, time, choose your method of transaction.
I will make the argument that everything you need for growth of any kind, is already around you. Its there for you to experience. The universe provided it to you.
I would caution all when deciding which "path", "school", or "theology" to follow.
Know that there is something outside of these "frameworks" that turned your head to look for them in the first place.
Wouldn't it be a good idea to go back and understand what it was that brought you to the doorstep to begin with?
The framework is there for support.
Do not let it turn into a more divine jail cell.
The Individual Is Paramount
As Within So Without