What Does Initiation Mean?
As Souls we are infinite beings of Light and Joy. But in the human world we are confined to a body and limited by the mental and emotional programming of our thoughts, feelings, and belief systems until we begin to awaken and to clear out these programs.
For most people, these limitations allow us to only access a small portion of who we are. Science reveals that even on a good day, we only use 8% to 10% of our brains.
Initiation is the process through which we gain more and more access to our true Soul Self, our higher wisdom and abilities, and begin to slough off the emotional and mental debris that holds us back. When we become initiated at the First Initiation, we establish a hook up for ourselves with the Light and Sound of God.
Then, at every subsequent Initiation, we open up our subtle energy bodies to increase that flow to greater and greater streams of light, allowing us to become a stronger and clearer channel for God.
On A Technical Level
Many have asked how this process works, and in this short introductory overview we wish to take a moment to explain. In the human body there are three major nervous system: the central nervous system (CNS), the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).
Each of these three systems have different functions, but when they work together with the use of spiritual energies, they facilitate the process of energetic or Kundalini awakening and enlightenment.
The ancient Sages knew this process. Thus they taught that by clearing out, and then expanding our capacity for higher energies to come through, these three nervous system will allow us to be better channels of Light. But to do this, we must first increase our capacity for the Life Force of the Universe to transmit its energies to us.
Becoming A Hollow Reed
The central channel or CNS is called the shushumna in the wisdom of the Vedic teachings. Think of this channel as a hollow tube whose diameter is the width of a tiny coin. That hollow tube can normally only hold a small amount of water, but if we widen the tube, it can hold much more.
With each Initiation the diameter of the tube increases, allowing the student to become a stronger and stronger channel for the Light of the Creator to come in.
This means that you can not only receive more of the Life Force of Sugmad or God, but you can then connect more clearly to your Higher Self.
However as we enlarge this channel, we must also clear out any emotional or mental blocks in our energy systems. These old patterns or blocks are often stuck in our chakras.
The seven major chakras are repositories of energy where the subtle energy bodies are connected with the physical body. When we experience traumas, they get stored there.
Thus the thoughts, beliefs, limiting programs and emotions can clog up our subtle energy bodies and prevent creativity, ease and flow in our lives. In order to be the most effective channel for Spirit, we must clear out these old programs.
As we take the various Initiations and do our spiritual exercises, this will gradually start to happen. But if we go too fast, the new Life Force energy will come into your field and hit these blocks, sometimes creating big outer dramas to bring your attention to what needs to be cleared. Doing emotional clearing work along the way thus becomes very important to our spiritual and physical health, so that you can grow with the least amount of drama and pain.
At each new Initiation this spiritual quickening occurs, so you will often be challenged to release these old engrams and programs that no longer serve you. These may include self destructive habits, rigidity, judgments, lack of forgiveness, addictions, dependencies, bad eating habits, and negative attitudes. It can also include anger, lust, greed, vanity, fear, self worth issues, or the desire for power, attention or control.
None of these qualities work for us in the service of Spirit. They only prevent us from moving to the next level of our evolution.
It's A Journey, Not A Weekend Holiday
So remember that the spiritual journey you are on is not a sprint. It is a marathon. Each of you have been around for a very long time. You have each had many lifetimes, as male and female, black, white, yellow, red, and maybe even polka dot. You have lived on other planets and other planes.
But now, in this life, you have been lucky enough to connect with a powerful Council of Elder Brothers and Sisters who are Masters in their own right. They have traveled the road that you are traveling now, and with love, insight and compassion they can help you on your journey.
Stay in the heart. Love yourself. Do your spiritual practices and give thanks for the gifts of Spirit that lie around you every day.
You are more loved than you know.
How Do I Become An Initiate?
Becoming an Initiate on this spiritual path is really quite easy. Once one joins the Way of Truth, during your first few months, you will receive your First Initiation on the Inner Planes simply by practicing your spiritual exercises. This usually happens in the Dream State, but it can also happen during mediation or contemplation. This means it can occur spontaneously during any spiritual exercise while you are sitting in your favorite armchair, under a tree in a park, or even meditating in your garden, your bed or in a hot tub.
Whether awake or asleep, this First Initiation occurs when your Conscious Mind, the Beta Brain, has stepped aside, and you are beginning to tap into the deeper aspects of yourself. During our Dream State this happens on a nightly basis, so often the First Initiation takes place there.
During sleep we naturally drop into a deeper aspect of who we are, connecting with our Subconscious or Alpha Mind, our deeper Subconscious or Theta Mind, where we experience REM states (Rapid Eye Movements made while dreaming), and then go into our deepest mind (Delta), long associated with our true connection to the Soul itself.
While very few individuals are aware of what occurs each night in Delta states, this connection is crucial for each human being, for this is a time where we connect to the deepest aspects of our Soul. This connection is beyond the Lower World of the mind, and so cannot be remembered by the mortal self when we return to consciousness in the morning.
Some six, nine or twelve months after you have begun to work with your spiritual practices, and been established in working with the Light and Sound, then you will be contacted by an Initiator and offered your Second Initiation.
The Second Initiation takes place on both the Inner and Outer levels, establishing the Soul on the Astral Plane, which is the next vibrational dimension above the physical world.
Like all realms of the Sugmad, the Astral Plane is very vast, and it has many levels or sub-octaves to it. In fact, many of you may have been visiting the Astral Plane for many years, although quite randomly. This is because you didn’t have a roadmap or a Spiritual Guide to help you. However when you join the Way of Truth, you will have a roadmap to these Inner Realms, as well as a Guide to assist you in learning of these realities.
Traveling With The Living Master
This is the Living Sehaji Master. He or she is in a unique position to be able to work with a countless number of Souls on the Inner Planes at the same time. This is because she holds the Rod of Power.
The Rod is a gift of grace given by the Grand Council of Masters to only one individual at a time. It is a Universal vortex of immense power that acts as an amplifying instrument, allowing that individual Master to take on a Mantle of responsibility and act as a direct agent for the Sugmad, elevating Souls across the galaxy who are seeking their next step in spiritual enlightenment.
Through this power, the Living Sehaji Master is able to accelerate the learning for innumerable Souls and to work with other Masters and divinities on multiple planes of creation to assist in the growth of others.
During the course of your many years of study the Living Sehaji Master may take you to Temples of Golden Wisdom, Libraries of learning, spiritual gateways, and Halls of discovery. You will read books on the Inner Levels, meet and study with other Masters of knowledge, go to Galleries of Invention, and find yourself in classrooms of learning. You may discover yourself in a classroom that teaches art, science, astronomy, sacred geometry, sound healing, or the arts of levitation or flying.
You may also find yourself meeting tests and challenges on the Inner Levels that pertain to spiritual principles that you can use in your everyday world. So take your time. Explore. Travel. Journal. Connect and pay attention to the revelations that are brought to you. Enjoy your lessons, for you are learning to master each plane in its own time.
Once a year, when you mail in your Initiate’s Report to the Living Sehaji Master, she reviews your spiritual progress. Then if you are ready, you will be invited to take your next Initiation. But to do so, you need to be firmly established on the plane of your last Initiation, so don’t rush. Take the time to truly “mine” the gold of each Initiation along the way.
Remember, you have had thousands of lifetimes. If you persist, then you will make great progress in this one, have a chance to resolve any past karma, and come into the fullness of your spiritual gifts in this lifetime. But we cannot skip any steps. If we do, we set ourselves up for failure.
There is an old saying that the “Higher we go, the harder we fall.” This refers to the misuse of power or ego that can happen if we have not done our emotional homework. We must be humble about this journey. We must be strong, and kind to ourselves and others, and brave, for this is the Journey of All Journeys, the journey to becoming the true God Self that we really are. And in the end, only Love will see us there!