It really is not that hard for me to understand the concept of "The Bridge". And many of you put a lot of time, and money into your journey, just to be disappointed. I find that a high crime of the spiritual nature.
That was a crime committed against you, the seeker of truth. Those that mislead you, knowing it was a deception, will be punished accordingly.
Please do not think this is a condemnation of those of you that truly believed that you were helping your fellow members. Because, it is not. In my faith, those that act with the best intentions are not "punished" when it later turns out that they too, were deceived. This is important.
Which leads me to what I want to talk about.
If we must assign labels, up on to a few years ago I was simply a Celtic-Tradition Wiccan, solitary, and primarily self-taught.
Into my life came a formally trained Elder, who had studied all over Europe & the U.K. Being older than me, and having learned from some very well-respected teachers, it was an invaluable tool to have such a teacher available to me. His tradition was different from my own.
Now the important part. We use the visualization of doorways, to give us a focus, and a way of finding words to describe a spiritual growth.
Everyone's spiritual journey (and the search of knowledge) is their own. No one way fits everyone. If it did, we would have the answer(s).
O.K.-I am getting wordy again
The point is this, my teacher (and how I now teach my students), is we will walk beside you. We can show you the door. But when you step through it, it is by your own choice, and your own timing.
He (and now I) would never either push you through the door, nor would we stand on the other side and pull you through. YOU must take that step.
You will be welcomed on the other side, and the sense of pride is yours. We will celebrate it with you, but WE didn't do it. You did!! It is YOUR glory, and YOUR blessing!
We will not even hold your hand and step through the door with you. Because it is everything that I have stated above.
"Handle" you? Please. The only time someone is "handled" is if they try something that is dangerous to themself, or others. Even then, no one died and made us "God" on Earth. (Or Goddess). It would have to be something very extreme for us to EVER try to interfer with YOUR free will.
Now to apply it to The Bridge.
The Bridge is there for everyone. You may cross it at your own path, at your own speed. No one has the right, the authority to TELL you, what is right for you.
Trust your own heart, your own mind, trust YOU. And be it a step at a time, or a running start, you will pass through those doorways. You will cross that bridge.
And you will find your happiness.