How do you become an Adept?

Someone just asked me how to become an Adept. He was the third to do so, and this person was serious, knowledgeable, and highly intelligent. Since I seemed to have given an answer that was considered helpful, I figured I would share it with my friends at TDG.



Q. Is it possible to learn to read the 'Ether' (see the future and more clearly the present) and develop more mystical and healing skills, in other words, become an Adept? If so, how?

A. As to your question of if one can learn to become Adept, the answer is yes. The second question of how is much more difficult because unfortunately I have found that each person has their own way. Some get it through rigorous orthodox religious training (any denomination), some through tragedy, some though luck and fortune, others through drugs or booze or sex, a combination of all the above, and many more. Some gather slow and steady insight through meditation, but once your mind is open I think you could consider all things a meditation. In the end, if you have found a path that appeals to you then I would suggest you continue following it. If you are unhappy with your way, ask why? What makes satifactory progress for one cannot be used to gauge another, so you are the ultimate judge.

I can point to things that have helped me along the way. One example; I began to read about Eastern Philosophy, first a book on Tantric Buddhism, which isn't really about sex and all that similar nonsense that the media makes it out to be, but rather an outlook that says, in a nutshell, the fastest way to achieve enlightenment is to act enlightened. It's a tuff one, but it opened my eyes just a little. I then started to read more. Soon I was into Zen, then Chan Buddhism (Chinese Zen) and then I hit upon a work that continues to change me today: Tao Te Ching. I have several different translations, and I homogenize them together in my mind. Another great Chinese work, is called the 'Chaung Tzu'. It really is one of my all time favorite books. These books are over 2,000 years old and are very applicable to today's situations. I recommend them both highly. Choose a Tao Te Ching translation that appeals to you (I like Robert Hendricks), but for the Chaung Tzu, look for the Jane English and Gai-Fu Feng translation. It's the best by far of any I've seen, and I've seen quite a few. This is not to say answers are found in books, because they are not, but they can be like fingers pointing the way. The fingers aren't the path, but they highlight it.

There is no real secret to becoming adept. . believe in yourself, cultivate synchronistic experiences, never shrug off intuition, acknowledge mystery and actively look for it. . .open your mind to new experience and sweep floors and chop wood.

As for seeing tomorrow, I find that by knowing history, one can more easily know the future. People are people and you don't have to be a mind reader to know what most people are thinking in most situations. Learn about the situations that mankind has been in, see how people reacted, and by golly see if they don't react the same way when the same thing happens! If there is panic and stress, the people are thinking of how to save themselves. If there is opportunity, they are thinking of how to exploit it. If there is trouble in the family, they think of ways to try to alleviate it. If they are hungry, they are thinking of their next meal . . . Learn all the ways of mankind's history, all the good, bad, and ugly, and you will know the future too.

Don't get hung up on any 'model' of how things work, because in the end, it is all a model. The simple truth is you can't know the truth. We are trapped by the five senses, pushed inexorably forward in space/time, trapped in shells of meat and bone, forced to see the world through two jelly filled orbs . . and only tiny slices of the world at that! How could we possibly 'KNOW'. . .

Here's a great excerpt for the Tao Te Ching:

As for the Way, the Way that can be spoken of is not the Constant Way.
As for names, the name that can be named is not the Constant Name.

If someone says it or writes it, it is only partially true. Absolute truth cannot be communicated with language or structured thought. It's possible to analyze recollections of experience, and formulate language to approximate ideas, but they will always be approximations and not the real truth. When I say Blue Sky, what do I mean? Do I mean the baby blue of a clear afternoon? Or perhaps a the darker blue as sunset approaches, or maybe even midnight blue, from the starry nighttime sky . . or none of these celestial definitions but rather the defination of an idea that's a simple flight of fancy with no solid foundation? Language is imprecise. Math is much more precise, but it is also limited. What equation can encompass the feeling a parent has for their children? Or a child for their parent?

Knowing we are already in hell and must work to turn it into heaven is half the battle. None of us escapes suffering, and none of us gets out of here alive ;-)