About the Open Minded Path Lineage

The Open Minded Path (OMP) is a spiritual lineage for all those who believe that any path can lead one to become closer to divinity and enlightenment. Here, we do not believe in censorship or limiting information, instead desiring to give knowledge freely (check out our resources tab for more information). We organize our learning along disciplines of various religious or spiritual affiliation, with only a handful being considered required for advancement along the path. We believe in open, honest communication and open-mindedness, with a heavy emphasis on taking an academic approach to spiritual learning.

Spiritual identities are meant to be preserved amongst followers of the Open Minded Path, which is why there is no central belief or practice within the OMP, nor is membership restricted in any way (see the Creed for details). Instead, the OMP is versatile, allowing for adjustments which better suit the needs of individual seekers. That said, only those formally recognized can be considered Open Minded Leaders (OMLs). This ensures a well-rounded and wholly beneficial spiritual education, focused on enabling the continued learning in others independent from personal faith or practice.

The Coven of the Open Mind does not have the resources to formally train anyone from any path. For example, there is no way for the Coven of the Open Mind to fully certify someone as a Christian Pastor. Any such interested individual would need to pursue such a degree in an external institution. However, whatever skills they learn there and whichever titles they achieve in that way can be transferred here, with no need to start over and work up the ranks. If they work with a Full OML and ensure they have all the required skills and the right mindset, then they may one become an OML themselves (in this case, an Open Minded Pastor) and lead an Open Minded Organization (OMO) of their very own (in this case, an Open Minded Church, where "Open Minded" just takes the place of the denomination, and would take the place of the lineage for Wiccans, etc).

This process drastically differs from the traditional coven, which requires new members to start over and re-learn things in a specific way as recorded by some coven record, ordinarily called a Book of Shadows. In the OMP, there is no standard for practice or belief, and instead, skills and experiences speak for themselves. This means there may be members trained in particular paths who, for whatever reason, are now solitary. These may have titles like High Priestess themselves, but if they are not certified as an Open Minded High Priestess, then they are not qualified to start an Open Minded coven. We would expect that they instead start a coven in their own lineage, should they choose to leave and start a coven of their own.

Joining the Open Minded Path Lineage

Outer court members who have been active for at least 1 moon can seek sponsorship by an OML to join the inner court community (see how to join the outer court here). Those interested should approach any of our OMLs listed here with an application for membership into the lineage (Application to Join the Open Minded Path Lineage). Spend some time talking to each, and checking out their blog posts and Youtube videos first to get a better sense of who they are and what they have to offer as a spiritual leader.

For more detailed requirements, see here:
Dedicant Requirements
Acolyte Requirements
Leader Requirements

Detailed Steps for Applying:

  1. Answer the Questions in the application form
    • This is not a quiz!
    • The Open Minded Path does not discriminate based on religion, magical practice, or for any mundane reason
    • The purpose of the application is to get a little information about you, to ensure that you come in at the right level and work with the right teacher, while also gathering your agreement to uphold the Creed in writing
  2. Email the Application Form to CovenOfTheOpenMind@gmail.com
    • Please include "New Applicant" and your name in the subject line
    • Expect a response within a few days
    • Reach back out if you don't receive a response, or direct message an Open Minded Leader for help. Sometimes messages get lost in the ether
  3. Participate in an Online Interview/Orientation
    • The Open Minded Leader best suited to work with the new student will then reach out to schedule a time to chat online or over the phone
    • Not every magical family suits every seeker, so this is the time to make sure we are right for you too
    • Assuming it is a good fit, new member information will be provided and roles for access to the private, lineage-member-only spaces granted

Please don't hesitate to reach out to covenoftheopenmind@gmail.com with any questions!