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MKampe: Adept Signs

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick,talk.religion.newage
From: tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com (nagasiva)
Subject: MKampe: Adept Signs
Date: 14 Sep 1997 12:28:04 -0700

[from alt.magick: Mark Kampe ]

Ignoring, for a moment, the question of why it might be important to 
be able to recognize an adept ... my inclination when trying to
answer any question about magick is to rephrase the question to
be about something mundane, and look at the answer, and then ask
why the answer should be any different for magick.

So, how does one recognize an adept in a mundane art?

I find it much easier to deal with specifics than to deal with
questions in the abstract, so I am thinking about four people
I know who are clearly "adepts" in very different mundane arts:
a watch-maker (mechanical), a rock-climber (physical), a 
programmer (intellectual), and a therapist (emotional).  What
qualities do these people seem to share?

	(1) when faced with problems that seem to challenge
	    neophytes, they seem to automatically and effortlessly
	    deal with them in simple and effective ways.

	(2) when faced with complex problems, they seem to quickly
	    (and with little thrashing) find their way to the heart 
	    of the matter.

	(3) they predictably achieve high quality results with
	    seemingly little strain, and even their informal
	    and spontaneous efforts care carried out with a
	    high degree of skill and polish.

	(4) their discussion of a wide range of events and 
	    phenomenon is illuminated by non-trivial insights
	    that derive from a mature and well integrated world
	    view (obtained from their art).

	(5) they can successfully apply principles from their
	    art to a wide range of situations, but very seldom
	    try to apply them where they are not applicable.

	(6) wherever they go, they see craftsmanship and beauty 
	    all around them ... in places that you or I would 
	    never notice.  If they can express themselves well, 
	    they can enable others to see and appreciate it as well.

	(7) they may take pride in their work, but they are under
	    no delusions about the extent of their abilities.  They
	    are more interested in talking about the work than about
	    themselves.  They are more interested in accomplishment
	    than recognition.

	(8) they take pride in their technique, but have little
	    trouble admiring other techniques.  They can find 
	    fault in even master performances, but they can
	    also find beauty in what would seem to be totally
	    inept performances.

	(9) their practice is a well integrated part of their 
	    whole life.

Now, I ask myself how I would change these answers if the art in
question was Magick.  They all still look pretty good to me.

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