If you are reading this then you are most likely at the start of your spiritual journey and are preparing for initiation. What we share here are practical considerations and the steps you can do to help yourself get ready for this most sacred of spiritual events. In all aspects of meditation and life in general it is great practice to make sure your physical vibration is as balanced as possible. But particular attention to this should be given in the several days before you are going to receive initiation.
The advice above really relates to the few days before initiation. This is assuming that you have already gone through the steps preparing you for initiation.
Initiation was traditionally done over 2 or 3 days but it can be done in 1 day if you have been preparing well for initiation. The idea of having more time is to allow you time to sit in and enjoy the deeper stillness that initiation unlocks the potential of. However initiation can be done in a single day in which case a typical day might be:
09:00 Everyone gets together and guidance and instructions about the day are provided by the initiating teacher.
10:00 Start meditating: A mix of guided meditations, receiving the energy, learning advanced meditation techniques, gentle discussion/feedback.
14:00 A very light lunch although some people opt to avoid eating during the day as they find it can distract them from meditating. We believe it is most important that you are comfortable and at ease and leave it to your judgment. (Please do let your teacher/host know in advance if you have special dietary needs though, like gluten free). All food would normally be vegetarian/vegan.
14:30 More sessions of meditation, and gentle feedback.
18:00 Finish and gentle advice on how to progress.
Obviously the above is just an example and each teacher will have their own favoured approach. But typically the day will be at least 6 to 7 hours long. There will be plenty of opportunities for toilet breaks and to drink water, but ideally you must be able to sit for at least two hours without interruption.
Here are some practical things that will really help you to enjoy and get the most from the day where you receive this truly amazing spiritual energy. By knowing these things in advance it can help you practically when preparing for initiation:
Initiation is a beautiful and natural event during which your lower vehicles are permanently connected with spiritual energy, which can then be experienced in meditation as inner light and sound energy. Everyone starts in the same place, which is their lower vehicles (mind, emotions, body, personality, ego), and it is only natural that some people may believe that because they have been given the opportunity to receive initiation, that it means they are “special” or they are being “rewarded” for their efforts. The spiritual journey is a chance to become limitless love (Enlightenment) rather than to identify with those limits which need to be loved (personality), so as you are preparing for initiation it is important to appreciate that every soul is special because they are a part of the whole.
Being given the opportunity to receive initiation is not a reward and is never earned. It is an absolute gift of grace from God and by embracing humility and gratitude we can create vibrations within our lower selves which align more closely with the vibration of light and sound energy which comes from unconditional love. The more humble a person is, the more ease they have in experiencing the light and sound energy and being guided back to love, this is because it is not the personality which is initiated.
In the run up to initiating people I regularly check to make sure it is appropriate to initiate each of them. Sometimes, if a person is not ready, for example if they are more focused into their personality than into neutrality and love, then I may be asked to wait more time before initiating them. A person who has been given a date, may then be held back, not out of judgement, but simply to give them more time to create the best opportunity for them to align their lower self with love by embracing The Six Virtues, and to strengthen their ability to meditate.
It can also go the other way where I am told to bring forwards an initiation. I always trust the guidance I receive since it is only ever motivated by love and kindness. Any feedback is always an opportunity for everyone involved (teachers and those aspiring to be even more spiritual) to learn and grow towards love. As a person becomes more ready for initiation and begins preparing for initiation they will naturally be experiencing and integrating with humility, gratitude and respect for the process.
These loving qualities can be fostered through intention and a sincere desire to align with love. Humility is empowering as it really can help a person to have the courage to fully let go and explore higher consciousness, since the vibration of humility helps more love to flow through them and behind everything is love.