Pathwork to Mastery: Mastery's place in Western Magick & Spirituality Part 4

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Generally how far you get will be determined by how hard you focus/study during a period of time.

  • Interest: Reading, Study, Little to no Action
  • Hobby: Aimless Study & Action when you feel like it (.5-1 hr/wk)
  • Amateur: Purposeful study/action without commitment to schedule (1-4hr/wk)
  • Professional: Regularly Planned Study/Action fulfilling a schedule. (5-16 hr/wk)
  • Career: Primary Focus of your life. (Avg 17-48hr/wk)

Additionally, it is important to recognize that while you are practicing something there is a difference between passive practice and active learning. If I go to work and do the minimum required to do my job that would be a maintenance level of effort and does not count toward actively attempting to learn and grow as I do my work.

Generally to obtain a level of mastery requires a certain period of active learning:


  • Obtain Apprenticeship: 6 mo Hobby, 3 mo Amateur, 1 mo professional/Career
  • Obtain Journeyman: 2 yr Amateur, 1 Year Professional, 6 mo Career
  • Obtain Mastery: 3-5 years professional, 2-3 years Career
  • Obtain Grand Mastery: 10+ years professional, 5+ years Career
  • Obtain Adept: 20+ years Career


Notice how I said “Obtain Apprenticeship”? There is a point of study where one has formed a solid enough understanding that people with experience realize you are doing more than mere dabbling. That your interest is sincere and solid... even if limited. That point is when people usually recognize you as an apprentice.

Generally to maintain a level of Mastery requires:

  • Maintain Apprentice: Interest
  • Maintain Journeyman: Hobby
  • Maintain Master: Amateur
  • Maintain Grand Master: Professional
  • Maintain Adept: Career

You only have so many hours in a week. People who sleep normal hours can schedule about 80 of them for work. For a period of about 7 years in my life I did so on and off. It is amazing what you can accomplish in 80 hours of scheduled work.

Before I started Polyphasic Sleep I scheduled about 80 hours of ACTIVITY a week as well as 1 day of fuckoff time and one day of “do the work I feel like” time. However, this doesn't mean I have 80 hours a week of work time. Realistically it looks like

activity - hour cost - remaining hours

Total hours = 80

Meditation/Reading/Spirit Talking Time (-5) = 75
Ifa Training/Divination Practice (-5) = 70
Gym Time/Prep 4 Day (-10) = 60
Meal Time (-10) = 50
Chores (-5) = 45
Pre-Scheduled Events (-15) = 30
Family time (-10) = 20
Time available for projects (If not claimed by store customers or priest duties) = 20 hours!


Unfortunately 20 hours a week to reach toward my dreams and/or build a business doesn't cut it. Thus it is common for me to use my days off to add another 10-20 hours of project work and steal 10-20 hours of project work from other things like family time, gym time, chore time or meditation time. This schedule is a schedule that affords me balance when I follow it. I have a very full life and feel grateful at all of the time and opportunities I have. However... how much time of this is available for maintenance or improvement toward masteries?

  1. 5 hours/wk of Ifa/Divination

  2. 11 hours/wk of General Magick Scheduled Study/Practice

  3. (unscheduled) 5-10 hours/wk of Ifa/Divination Practice/Study for clients

  4. (semi-scheduled) 5-20 hours/wk of Website Design & Business Management Practice/Study

  5. (unscheduled) 5-20 hours/wk of Store Owner Practice/Study

In NONE of these am I spending the time/effort necessary for grand mastery. In few of these am I spending enough time for even mastery. In the name of life balance I am continuing my decision to be a Jack of Trades and master of few.

A young man who is also studying Ifa recently came down for work. He is an excellent young man who is well studied in Ifa. I am his senior in age and time in faith and he treats me as such, but he is FAR more educated in the concepts, history and techniques of Ifa. We are both studying with Awo Falokun and this young man has a talent and love for Ifa that I can simply marvel at from a distance. The questions he brought forward to Falokun not only taught me what Falokun's response to the question was, but the very question taught me details of the practice I was unaware of. I'm sitting here plodding along toward eventual mastery and he is running full tilt toward it. I am helping Awo Falokun republish his books and I can barely squeeze 1-2 hours/wk in to read them while this young man has clearly consumed not only Falokun's books, but also other Authors. It is inspiring and humbling at the same time.

However... I have made my decision. I am committed to only a specific level of focus and sacrifice, and I have to accept the consequences of that decision. I am on a very slow path toward mastery of Ifa (if I ever reach it).

This article and being mindful of what level of commitment you are willing to express you can set realistic objectives for yourself. If you are a big talker (like I tend to be) these realistic expectations will help you learn to trust yourself about a project... and as a nice side effect people won't roll their eyes when you tell them your new goal.

Coming Soon: Pathwork to Mastery: Mastery's place in Western Magick & Spirituality pt 5

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