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A genuine New Age revelation
on 14 December 2004
The subject of Initiation is one which, even in the current era of plethora of New Age writing, has remained largely unexplored. The fact that Initiation is a ceremony conducted within the internal consciousness of an individual and that disclosure of Initiate status has hitherto been forbidden, may well have inhibited public disclosure. The modern demand that any statement, hypothesis or conjecture be built on the foundation of independently verifiable fact, and the fact that the Initiation process offers no external data for examination, may also have contributed to the paucity of information on this important subject. This book breaks the silence and addresses that deficiency. Those who are willing to accept the content as an interesting hypothesis - which will stand or fall by the test personal experience - will find that that content offers a unique and invaluable window on a process which, allegedly, lies ahead for all of us no matter where we stand on the ladder of infinite evolution.
Initiation is a ceremony which takes place, not on the physical plane, but in the mind. The mind is the 'organ' of reception, with access to "facts which are [as] substantial and real" as are any obtained by the exercise of the physical senses. (Anyone who has had a lucid dream, or a hypnogogic image while in the borderland between sleeping and waking can see that the physical senses of sight and hearing have their non-physical analogues within that organ of reception). The results of Initiation are not confined to the mental plane; they have their effect, and are felt, in the lower - astral and physical - bodies.
The ceremony itself consists of many parts and is conducted by a Hierophant Who, with two others, forms a triangle of force around the candidate for initiation. Through "direct sight and vision" the candidate becomes aware of his real Self and of the part he has played, and will continue to play, in the forwarding of the Plan of God. The Rod of Initiation, "charged with pure electric force", is applied to the candidate's bodies to eliminate any remaining impurities. He takes the Oath of Initiation "never to reveal ... any occult secret". Next, the words of power, which control the creative processes and the direction of energy, are confided to him. Finally, to the new initiate, is imparted one of the seven secrets of nature.
Additionally to the title subject, this book brings to our attention the existence of the Spiritual Hierarchy of the planet:- its work; its founding; its three departments under the Manu, the World Teacher, the Lord of Civilisation. We learn of the principal players within the Lodge of Masters:- Their names and, in some cases, who They were when They came before us before in the record of history. The Paths of Probation and Discipleship are described, and the work needed to prepare ourselves for the first two Initiations. "... all are disciples from the humblest aspirant up to, and beyond, the Christ Himself ... ." Finally we're shown that even the members of the Spiritual Hierarchy have the opportunity of spiritual advancement - there are Seven Paths of further evolution open to the Masters of Wisdom. All are evolving. All are progressing.
This book is the first in a series of 19 intended to awaken humanity to the spiritual realities and possibilities behind its earthly existence. The series represents, to quote the Tibetan Master Who gave it to the world through the amanuensis of Alice Bailey, "but the ABC of occultism" and more detailed teaching is unlikely to be forthcoming until man has assimilated the knowledge therein and applied it for the general good of all. It would be of great service to the young if a copy of IHaS was placed in each school or college library. It's surprising how easily the content is absorbed to become part of ones everyday thinking.
With the books in this series the achievements of Caxton and Gutenberg are silently honoured. With this book the aspiration of man is raised, from the plough and the pulpit, to the stars.