Andrea posted a question on our facebook page about what was needed to partake in The Master Journey, and I realised for anyone who is brand new to The Prosperity Project, chances are you are wondering the same, so I thought I would write a post and make things clear.
So firstly, what is The Journey of The Master and The Apprentice?
It’s a style of learning which I was taught/learned over the course of the past 5 years which is similar to what we hear about in many stories of old.
An apprentice….or a young wannabe <insert whatever profession you like> wants to learn a trade and seeks out to find a Master who will train them to achieve their goals.
The Apprentice may or may not think, that if he or she had access to knowledge, or money, or resources, or people in high places that the Master has, that surely he or she would be able to achieve their dreams, or make some kind of impact in the world.
Over time, the apprentice repeatedly turns up at the doorstep of The Master, asking for the “instruction manual” in order to replicate this level of success and is most times turned away, ignored, or treated poorly.
Possibly The Apprentice consumes or studies the work of The Master , or is eventually taught and taken under their wing. What happens from there depends on the relationship which is built.
The Apprentice may move forwards or backwards depending on the story told and the players involved, and a good way to sum this up, is the way my daughter describes the players in the game of fortnite, where gamers find themselves playing the game dependent on their skill level.
These levels are made up by my daughter, they are not real fortnite levels, but still allows you to get a feel for what I mean.
Level 1 are people with no idea who have just started
Level 2 are people who are just getting started but have *some* idea
Level 3 are alright…and pretty good, They’re not bad and they’re not excellent.
Level 4 is when they know the whole game, know where they are going, they’re the best and the fastest and know what weapons or tools to use at the appropriate time
And then Level 5 is when they are so good at the game, they are super awesome (if not more awesome!) than level 4, because they are the ones in the game that help out other people while they play too.
We can think of The Prosperity Project- Journey of 1,000 Steps, similar to the gamers of fortnite.
Some people will get past level 1, 2, or 3 and some may drop out before.
And then there are those who hit level 4 and have a choice.
Take what they have learnt and keep it, or go back to the game and help the other players get through.
Depending on how much you love the game, will depend on what level you reach….and just like in fortnite, it takes a long time in the game to reach these levels.
Back to The Journey of The Master or The Apprentice…how does that translate now to how you want to play?
I’ll make another post going through the full list of:
The Apprentice Journey (click here)
The Master Journey (click here)
but a big determing factor between the 2 journeys is this:
A Master practices in public or shares their work openly to be scrutinised, taught or shared.
The reasons for this are as follows:
- When work is openly shared and scrutinised it opens up discussions on how to do it better.
- When work is openly shared it puts that work into the hands of more people, allowing it to be shared generously and comes in contact with the right people who need it.
- When work is shared publicly, it can help educate, inform or even entertain (think of the ballet, theatre or music etc) other people who may not normally have access to this level of knowledge, in arts or science, which in turn enables equality.
- When work is shared publicly, it leaves a trail….or a profile…making it very easy to figure out where something went wrong or right and how to correct course.
In our current age of the internet and data profiling, practicing in public has become a liability which could have severe ramifications for individuals and companies alike, so unfortunately we have lost many great “hands on” teaching resources and “Master’s” which once upon a time existed and transferred knowledge.
Going on a Master Journey in The Prosperity Project- Journey of 1,000 Steps means you are fully aware of the possible damaging consequences of publishing this work publicly, and yet you still make an informed decision to do it.
As this occur, what happens is that Apprentices will gradually seek you out.
Seeing the work you are producing and wanting you to teach them or mentor them.
For a long time, I Thought the reason that Master’s rarely took Apprentices any more was due to what I thought was “knowledge harbouring” where if they kept the information to themselves, it would keep others trapped in poverty or be easily controlled, but I have since realised this was wrong.
I believe Master’s rarely take Apprentices these days, due to the heavy toll on BOTH the Master and The Apprentice.
A Journey of The Master and The Apprentice is not all roses and sunshine and like a horse trainer, it is a very fine line between “breaking someone” in order for them to excel and “breaking them beyond repair” where they are so damaged that they never recover.
For knowledge to turn into wisdom, a lot of pain and suffering needs to be endured– either from what you are seeing, thinking, feeling or doing…and sometimes what the human psyche goes through can damage it to the point of no repair.
Like mindfulness or brain training, the person you choose to bind yourself to as either an Apprentice or a Master is a lifelong decision. Even once you part ways from each other, like a parent and a child, these teachings have become “part of you” and like a parent-child relationship, the only way to get rid of them is to “unwind the binding” originally woven which can take a very long time, and be filled with a whole lot of heartache.
In closing, The Journey of The Apprentice and The Master are both similar and yet both very different.
Has a huge amount of knowledge and transfers it freely (charitable giving)
Practices or teaches in public, even though they know their reputation is at stake (faith in the process)
Is committed to transferring all the knowledge they have and not just one portion of it (knowledge brings freedom to govern ones own life in accordance of what is right for an individuals own situation)
Has a love of humanity and the greater world at large and wants to do their part in supporting all life (love)
Although there are many other parts to The Apprentice Journey, this is the one I believe is worth noting:
The Apprentice has little knowledge on what they need to prosper in their life or trade and is seeking to learn more in order to better their life or the lives of the people they care for (hope/hoping for better days or a better way of doing things)
I’ll write some more posts to this over the coming days, and if you have any queries or want to open the conversation up for discussion, please feel free to reach out.