There are many references to “The Light” dating back thousands of years with one of the most well known being “Let there be LIGHT“. This is of course a reference to the start of creation which gives a clue that light is obviously important but in spiritual terms there is a much more fundamental understanding of Light. Light is energy, in fact it is one of the most fundamental of energies.
This energy emanates from The Source; from Unity; from God, but in reality these are just words to you unless the truth behind them can be discovered for yourself. It is the discovery of spiritual truth rather than just the understanding that we encourage you to seek. But how does one discover spiritual truth? Unlike learning which is a mind based activity of discovering facts and information, discovering spiritual truth is not about information but rather about the revelation of states of consciousness. The mind cannot take you on this journey, it is a journey for your spirit. It is the purpose of the spiritual journey and the journey begins with the revelation of inner spiritual light for light reveals and the energy moves you.
This spiritual light has always been present throughout higher dimensions but it is too high in vibration for anyone to access since it is much faster than any part of you including your mind, your emotions or your body. In order to access it you need a consciousness that is as fast as the light. This is achieved during a special process called “initiation” in which an enlightened Master or teacher working with higher spiritual beings known as the Spiritual Hierarchy create a higher consciousness for you and then attune your chakra system such that your spirit and soul can go into higher dimensions to join with this higher consciousness.
There is a lot more that is known about this process and some of it is explained further in Guidance for the Seeker of TRUTH and in even greater detail in book #3 which is to be published in the near future (today is Jan 2020). Below however is a brief summary of the spiritual journey and the vital role that spiritual light (and sound) energy plays within that journey. For those who wish to know more the journey will be fully explained in book #3, but knowing how it works should never be mistaken for having access to this amazing light, without initiation there is no illumination. Knowledge cannot move you, only inspire you.
I remember my first meditate, I got my stop watch out and timed it. It lasted for ages and I was blown away by the experience. When I finally opened my eyes it was about 2 mins and 30 seconds! How could anyone sit for hours? In the years to come I would sit easily for 2 hours a day and would look forward to longer meditates. When we first start anything new it can seem a challenge to do more, but then look at how much time people can spend doing things like watching TV or sitting in the cinema and we soon realise it is not about the time, it is about what you value and prioritise. Start with whatever you are comfortable with, forget about time and instead just enjoy and value the many benefits you get from being stiller, relaxed and tapping into inner peace and love, who wouldn’t want more of that?– Mark Zaretti, meditation teacher.
Common FAQs About Initiation (5)
In order to be initiated a person must be at least 18 years old. Although in rare situations it is possible if the person is a little younger it is inadvisable. It is only once a person is 18 years old that their aura is suitably formed to allow initiation.
As you read the information in this website and the books you will discover that initiation is a gift and it comes from higher spiritual beings. Ultimately it is a gift through them from God and it starts the journey of your spirit returning to Unity, to God. The decision to initiate is made by these higher spiritual beings, known to some as the Ascended Masters. The energy of initiation cannot flow unless the higher spiritual beings release it.
Before you can be initiated a senior teacher of The Way Back consults with the Ascended Masters to ensure that they approve of the initiation. Their decision is final. It may be “no” or it may be “not yet”.
Initiation is a gift, it is not however a right or something that can be demanded by anyone. Since the highest spiritual goal of any human is to be initiated and to attain enlightenment, then the Ascended Masters would only indicate that initiation should not proceed if there was good reason. Not every person is ready for initiation in this lifetime even if they believe they are. This is why humility and trust are so essential since they prevent ego from being the reason initiation is desired.
Many people use the word initiation to mean lots of different things. For example some people talk about being “initiated into TM” meaning they were taught how to do mantra meditation and received a mantra. Others talk about it in terms of being given secret postures or attending a ritual.
Mantras, mudras (postures), mindfulness, breathing techniques, chants, rituals, postures, ideas, visualisations and so on are all fundamentally activities that you do either with your body or with your mind. Initiation is not a doing thing although there is a prescribed process, the process is not the initiation. Initiation is the opening of the crown chakra and the creation of higher consciousness along with the revelation of spiritual light and sound energy.
Because it is an ancient thing then there have been a number of teachers and awareness of initiation exists in many cultures. This means there are many teachers who use the word and some who even perform a ritual or process. But despite the fact that there are about 65 groups claiming to be doing light and sound initiation, the reality is most are ritual and process without the actual substance.
Consider it like this: a person could talk about initiation, they could do the process of initiation on you and you would not be initiated. The reason is simple. Initiation requires the higher spiritual beings of the Spiritual Hierarchy to be involved and to allow the flow of energy and to create the higher consciousness. Without there involvement there is process, there is knowledge but there is no initiation.
Since initiation is accessing spiritual energy you have never accessed before using a consciousness you have never had before via a crown chakra that has never been open before then it because easy to understand that mantras, mandalas, words, postures, rituals and the like are not initiation, even if the teacher uses such a word. This is not said to devalue such activities but rather to help the seeker of truth understand that all activity has a limit and it is only via initiation into spiritual light and sound via the cooperation of the higher spiritual beings that support humanity that it is possible.
Since the spiritual journey is always moving forwards into the unknown then you cannot know if you are ready for what is to come next. Your teachers, having already progressed, will have a better appreciation for what “ready” means and they can guide you.
Readiness for initiation requires several things including:
1) That you are practising The Six Virtues in your everyday life.
2) That you are spiritually developed. This has nothing to do with philosophical or intellectual understanding. It has a lot more to do with humility and a desire to let go of “self” and discover “truth” through experience.
3) That you are in good mental health and old enough.
4) That it is in accord with your life-plan and the wishes of the Spiritual Hierarchy.
5) That you are practised in basic meditation and can sit comfortably in stillness.
As you review the list above you may realise that some of the things are under your control but some of them are not. Ultimately it is not up to you and cannot be judged by you but keep in mind that your teacher wants you to be initiated IF it is what is meant to happen.
As you read the different information on this site you will understand that the spiritual journey runs in parallel with your soul journey and both are amazing, essential and of great benefit. Experience has shown that the best approach is to be open to the possibility of initiation but to focus on the part of your journey you are already on, because every step is vital. If you are meant to be initiated then everything will line up and things will happen naturally and harmoniously. If you try and push things forwards you ultimately create tension and resistance where there was none. Trust.
It stands to reason that a lot of meditation experience should mean that you are more ready for initiation compared to someone with little or no experience. But experience over many decades has shown time and again that sometimes those with the most experience struggle to progress. This may surprise you but it makes sense when we truly understand that true initiation reveals access to energy and consciousness that is beyond the comprehension of your mind. In fact the single biggest obstacle to meditation on light and sound is the habits of the mind.
A person who has practised meditation, such as mindfulness, mantra, TM, kundalini, yoga, affirmations, visualisations and the like has been working in the mind and creating a powerful and repetitive mental habit. That does not mean they cannot progress, but often what is seen as a support is actually a crutch. Another challenge faced by those who have been students of some “spiritual meditation” groups is that they have been given a lot of information and ideas which may not actually be relevant or helpful for spiritual light and sound meditation. There is often a lot of letting go of ideas, expectations and dogma before they are neutral enough to start preparing properly for spiritual progress.
So whereas an inexperienced meditator must learn to meditate, an experienced meditator must unlearn how not to meditate. Prior experience does not mean you are more ready, though it may help. This is good news for those of you who have never meditated. Many who have attained enlightenment started meditation on light and sound having had little to no prior experience. They were pure like a blank canvas.