We live in an instant world. With the advances of the information age, everything is about speed. Shops are in decline as customers take advantage of home deliveries. Cinema attendance is down as on-demand services take over (although the quality of films has also declined and as has such contributed to the decline in cinema audiences).
Every aspect of modern life has become how fast an individual can obtain that which they seek.
Well, it is time for a reality check.
Knowledge, real knowledge, is never acquired in such a manner. To learn anything of real value and power, then it takes time and effort. There is no simple plug-in system which imparts knowledge — this is not the Matrix and you are nothing like Neo. In a world where people think that the first answer given by Google reveals the entirity of wisdom on a subject, those same people think that they can become occult masters by watching a video, reading a book, and paying a membership fee to a society. A perusal of forums on the occult mysteries rapidly reveals the vain hope for instant occult knowledge: ‘What ritual do you have that will unlock the secrets of…’; ‘What does this system reveal about…?’; ‘Will this group make me a…?’.
To answer those questions, and all forms of such: Nothing. This group/book/ritual will teach you nothing. You expect instant knowledge and there is no such thing. The occult arts are like training to fly a high-end stealth bomber with a nuclear pay-load. The answers are in the manuals, yet you need some practical experience before that manuals make sense. To acquire such knowledge as you seek takes effort and devotion. A master can utter the most profound wisdom in only a few words, yet such is only discernable to those attuned to it — to the plebian, it is mere words. When you seek instant adepthood and mastery, you are both blind and deaf to all wisdom.
Occult societies have, in the most part, carefully constructed systems which allow the initiate to gradually reveal the wisdom that they knew all along — they simple had no awareness of it. Every ounce of occult knowledge is widely available — you simply have to see it. In order to acquire wisdom of any kind, especially in the occult, you have to work at it. It takes effort and time. It is a process for which there is no search engine result. If you are unprepared to put in the work and prove to your masters your worthiness of such knowledge, then why would they hand you the keys to the stealth bomber? Think about that the next time you are searching for instant answers and empowerment.
Likewise however, there is no guaranteee that an experienced individual has acquired a degree of mastery. All too often, individuals are dismissed as having only years of experience in the occult, whilst purported masters claim decades. Someone with five years of experience can have more wisdom and mastery than an idiot with thirty-years of dabbling. When stumbling in a dark room — some people find the light-switch sooner than others.
So what is the answer? Well, judge for yourself as to who knows anything which resembles the knowledge you aspire to. Select the sources of your education carefully — learn from an array of masters and teachers. Ultimately though, only you can attain wisdom. Others can educate and guide you as to the processes and components, but it is up to you to construct the results and such takes work. You can give the parts of an engine to both pigs and engineers — only one group is likely to build an engine. It is up to you to ensure that you are up to the task. Train yourself: physically, mentally, emotionally. When you are ready, you may attain mastery.