This 18th printing of Initiation Human and Solar is published only by Lucis Publishing Co. It includes all of the text provided in the original 1922 edition plus an index of key topics covered in the book.
The theme of "initiation" appears in various relationships throughout this series of books. An initiation is an expansion of consciousness--a means of opening the mind and heart to a recognition of what already exists in reality. It is, therefore, a result of the ability to transcend those glamours and illusions which veil the truth and limit the consciousness.
As a living process, initiation is experienced by all forms of life, large and small, from the universal to the particular. The process of initiation in our solar system is based on a pattern which is duplicated and reflected within the whole, and throughout all its many parts. It could be called the thread of living energy, accepted and woven into the whole tapestry by each unit of consciousness in the creation of an ultimate synthesis. The Path of Initiation, therefore, is the Path of the Antahkarana.
From this somewhat abstract realisation, the individual must concretise the process in an effort to perceive and to understand how the diverse and distinctive forms of life included in a whole organism perform a vital individual function which, in relationship with all other parts, contribute to the all-encompassing plan of evolution. Even this effort to stretch the mind beyond its normal limits towards comprehension of planetary purpose, plan and process, evokes a more inclusive awareness of relationships within the whole, and forces growth. A mind so stretched never quite returns to its original dimensions.
One of the great values of this book is that it does stretch the mind towards a new conception of the intense activity involved at all levels of consciousness on the planet to create conditions in which evolutionary growth can proceed. The work of the planetary Hierarchy, and of some of the responsible workers within the Hierarchy, is outlined in a way which brings everyday human life into focus as an outer expression of qualified purpose through the Ashrams of the Masters. The three departments of Hierarchy form important planetary focal points of cosmic energy flow, each one imbued with purpose and responsible for an aspect of the Plan of God. The inter-relationship and interaction of the many kingdoms and centres of consciousness are revealed as tending towards the complete integration and alignment of our Planetary Logos within the systemic whole.
The detailed procedures of initiation rituals revealed here stimulate the imagination; but essentially the individual aspirant treading the Path of Discipleship is thrown back on his own inner spiritual resources as the only means by which progress can be made and consciousness expanded. This he does to the extent that he becomes sensitive and responsive to energy wielded and projected by Hierarchy.
A disciple is "one who serves"--eventually one who serves "the One". So the vast, dazzling and glorious process of evolution and initiation opens out in the depths and in the silence of the soul, and the disciple learns to relinquish all self-seeking--even for personal spiritual experience--and becomes absorbed with others in the service of the Plan.
Alice A. Bailey
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This book was the first written of the 24 books by Alice Bailey. As such, this book addresses some essential spiritual and esoteric ideas. Its theme is that of initiation, or spiritual crisis--moments of spiritual realisation and evolutionary change. In many ways this theme is the centre and essence of all spiritual study, because the spiritual crises, or initiations, that all beings experience are the great moments of their existence and, in many ways, embody and express the purpose and meaning and quality of that existence. The book also touches on the life of the disciple (person consciously treading the path) and the two main stages of the spiritual path, the later stage being called the Path of Initiation. The book contains a fair amount of esoteric and technical detail of the processes whereby initiations are undergone. Whilst these technicalities can be evocative and inspiring to some readers, for those who would not find it so, it nevertheless presents an expansive...
This is one of the most inspirational and insightful spiritual books I have ever read. It always cracks me up, because I'll read this book, and then read it again a year later, and I swear that I've never read half the stuff in it -- that's how many details there are in it. And these are mind-blowing details, which is why I can't believe that it feels like I've never seen those points!
If you are interested in the topic of initiation, this book goes into points you've probably never read anywhere else. While reading some sources that speak with this kind of authority you can get turned off; but this is such sincere material, and you can corroborate enough by experience, and it all fits together so well ... you can't help having such an authority to guide you!
To be honest, there is no writer who more inspires me to live as ideally as possible like D.K. can (through this author, Alice Bailey). This was my first introduction to the writer, and still ranks as my...
This book adds a truly remarkable insight into the previously stated but obscure theosophical texts on initiation. It is non-sectarian and inclusive of all people in its approach. It seeks to expound facts about human life and in some sense it is a forerunner of many New Age philosophies and groups' belief systems. It is a crucial key for the modern disciple's understanding.
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