Before I begin, I'd like to point out this thread is my first and hopefully, at the very least, entertaining. Lets begin.
Despite my being very ignorant, I've noticed a great deal of pattern among those new to, and wish to study, the occult. I see a pattern of people who abandon fundamental thought-form because of personal distaste of being told what and how and why to worship to run into the arms of one of, if not, the world's broadest religious segments. These people are pilgrims of thought and what some would call truth. They wandering through a desert of ignorance so they go toward whatever mirage they see which fools them one after another as they search for that elusive well of knowledge in search of their cognitive water.
Some find paradises of knowledgeable and capable practitioners of the metaphysical such as this website and this is where my observation takes place.
These sites are chocked full of philosophical and metaphysical knowledge ready for the reading, but we insist on finding some belief system or some practitioner to follow and mimic their every belief. We thirst for knowledge, but instead of digging our own well, we sup forth from anothers.
It is apparent the tools necessary to dig this metaphorical "well of knowledge" are excessively provided through these forums and articles and books and YouTube clips, but I find more and more insisting to fallow a group or mentor as if they're some type of preacher employed to tell them what to believe, how to believe and why to believe.
I do not know whether to find this hypocritical or a subject of situational irony, but what I do see is an issue. I do understand that I am generalizing greatly and I do apologies, but I feel it is necessary to an extent because of the common occurrence. As a novice I have run into many occasions where I was disappointed because of some philosophy or metaphysical ideal I had conjured within my own cerebrum and dismissed due to my own belief in my excessive ignorance turned out to be a common subject of magic. This feeling is quite demoralizing when you find that you missed out on a great and life-changing epiphany.
I see many teachers reluctant to share too much too quickly and many do hold back for the proper amount of time, but some simply are too enthralled with the idea of helping us poor thirsty souls that they forget the value of restraint. You can just pop in midway through and watch months of videos meant to build up over months in a few hours in these YouTube series. Because of this, one neglects themselves time to ponder and take a mental journey for themselves when they do this. Most cannot be blamed, fore how are we to know what we are missing out on when we dont even know there is something to miss?
By no means am I claiming these video series and such are a menace, in fact I'm all for them, but perhaps a bit of a disclaimer is necessary...
I apologies if this appeal has been difficult to understand and in accordance, understand that it will be for many, so I'll just sum my point up in a simile. Spoon feeding the novice occult knowledge is like carrying Bilbo and the company upon the backs of the eagles throughout the whole movie. (If one had read the book theyd know it was because some political issues, but now I'm off topic.) If this were so, Bilbo would never have had to save the Dwarves and become who he truly was: a Baggins.
Before you bash upon me for a misguided and incomplete observation, I do believe, all things are relevant and subject to change under circumstance. This means these theories are just theories I'm putting out there as possible truth until disprove. You don't know whether or not youre immune to a sickness until youre sick. Nothing is written in stone because nobody wants to be the idiot who wrote a falsehood in stone. I do not wish to be that idiot, nor do I wish to be the freeloader who gains books of knowledge from this site and leaves nothing in return. Because of this I opt for the lesser of the evil.
Do with this what you will and once again, I hope you at least found this entertaining in some form. Blessed be and please point out and dependencies.