So, WHO SAYS increasing "personal consciousness" is NOT about such admittance and indulgence taken to higher and higher levels? Listen up and you can hear all the pseudo-gurdieffians, pseudo-buddhists, pseudo-christians, pseudo-muslims - the Pseudo People - rising up in their heart-of-hearts, their mind-of-minds, and elsewhere-of-elsewheres, with many logical- and rational-sounding arguments against even the possibility that such admissions and indulgences serve a higher purpose in the Grand Scheme of Human Life on this here little Blue Planet - Third Rock of Sol, the Life-Giver.
Most have attended rap-sessions with other people who claim to have some small access to (what is called) "higher knowledge" - presumably gained from years and decades of experience in these matters - who would blanch at such an idea as this, but as soon as one realizes there is almost no chance whatsoever gaining anything like "higher knowledge" from such people it is probably best to set sail on a course which can actually lead to the path that cleanses the Doors of Perception -
"Understanding" and "Wisdom" are not so easy to define utilizing the ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, standard-issue, routine (to say the least) "mind" that is still caught up in the pseudo-world... of things and objects and beliefs and theories and suggestions and definitions provided by all those psilly pseudo-people, who apparently first said them and possibly even wrote them down so that the rest of the human species who came afterwards could read all about it once they reached the age of "pseudo-reason" - around the age of 14-17 or whenever it finally (if ever) occurs -
You can easily spot the pseudos because they always come representing somebody else - some other smart guy/friend/teacher/guru who suddenly appeared in their short personal history and then, usually, disappeared - but NEVER themselves, ALONE.
This is simply incorrect. They don't actually DO anything. In fact, it all just HAPPENS to them, and they don't realize HOW and WHY it happens to them (being the first big clue as to what is actually going on!) One can not see the incorrectness for themselves, until they discover that Understanding and Wisdom does not "come from" anything at all, unless it can be wisely understood to be an intricate part of their natural being which can not be expressed until the Path taken cleanses the Doors of Perception clouding access to Higher Mind.
To clarify this a bit further, the previous division of ideas (ID vs ToE) does not even break along those simplistic lines - that is, there is certainly something going on here, on Earth, but it did not happen "because of" ID, or ToE, but something... certainly... and it is always and everywhere up to the Work of the Individual to figure it out for themselves. These kinds of large dualistic ideas (including the first one presented here - admission and indulgence versus denial and restraint, or whatever the other side is perceived to be) break down in the ordinary human mind in highly predictable ways, and most (99%) never realize that what is really "at issue" is how the ordinary mind operates, NOT what the mind says the two sides actually are at any given time in history. It is never the contents that are important (well, contents have their place, but that "place" is not being discussed here), but the PROCESS that produces those contents, and that process is virtually NEVER seen, perceived, realized, activated, accelerated, or otherwise, because of the instantaneous identification with the obvious contents.