Che cosa è l'iniziazione?
Within the structure of the initiation symbolic exist, facing the outer or external to the exoteric, some preliminary almost indisputable. To be initiated need of a facility or means allowing this initiation, a teacher or figure that has previously been the recipient of that tradition and also, a ritual symbolic meaning fill time. This structure is usually organized and designed to not die in time, but, for the perpetuation of infinitely and can be the primary transmission link, the way in which remains uninterrupted continuity of the "chain of initiation ". However, the ceremony itself, is a mere formality, or there is an arbitrary formula in it meaning and importance beyond the superficial? So says Aldo Lavagnini and each receiver responds by saying that initiation is privileged to respond individually in proportion to their understanding and initiation will be for him what he recognizes it and perform. If it is true what they say, behind the veil of symbolic initiation, there is a real initiation, a spiritual initiation that opens the door to a reality than even the already known or received by the rite: a profound reality that constantly hidden under the outward appearance of things, an echo of the Lost Word spread and still persists.
People often speak of two types of initiation: the traditional or symbolic, which is achieved in the structure of an initiatory order or group which in turn has been the tradition, that is, we are here talking about a human initiation and referenced within of a small frame, discipline and constant study which aims to stimulate the initiation rite or ongoing work which would be the second type of initiation: initiation spiritual, mystic or solar depending on who's behalf, in which the forces involved and cosmic laws, the structure developed from the subjective consciousness of each subject in the effort of their daily lives.
There would therefore many initiates who do their work in silence of daily living without being aware of their condition or degree or not show her off. The first condition is not the second, but can go perfectly hand in hand. Initiation symbolic and actual initiation. There orders like the Freemasons in specific rituals that come to have an infinite number of degrees to designate perfection or perfectibility of man. At the time of the Enlightenment, it was common rationalizing all human fields, always searching existing order. The psychic unity of humanity, progress and perfectibility not only be explained by evolutionary sequences as those of Darwin for biology, but also cultural and spiritual. Anthropologists such as Morgan and Tylor developed their own theories of evolution, with Tylor's father animistic theories, which developed the concept religion from the earliest stages to the more developed, through polytheism, monotheism and ending in science as the culmination of that religion. These sequences beginning from the simplest to the most complex, saw his reflection in such initiatory orders.
In the Scottish Masonic rites as there are up to 33 degrees, and some Egyptians over 90 degrees of initiation. The Illuminati used to use a dozen degrees and the Rosicrucians infinity of them., And the Martinist, the Templars, Theosophical, etc. Some schools added the formula of self-initiation, a process by which the neophyte, through their efforts, is able to reach certain levels of spiritual aspiration. These doctrines are largely influenced by the teachings of Aleister Crowley, who told us that the initiatory degree could be conferred only but was acquired by the initiatory work and discipline. Contrary to these assertions, we had the postulates of Rene Guenon, where in his "Appreciations on Initiation" speaks of the impossibility of self-initiation or initiation by correspondence, as many schools practice today. To understand both positions, should be filled with meaning and added all that the word implies initiation. Still, many schools say the symbolic initiation only explains an episode that really takes place in subtler planes. When a neophyte left the secular world to jump right into a new stadium or sacred place, their actions do not necessarily reflect the true degree interior.
The symbolic initiation may be accompanied by a true spiritual initiation, and touches on what some call the Path and the Occult Hierarchy of the planet. Within these rituals, we must consider the symbolic connotation of the whole process. A new initiate receives no light all at once, as a divine revelation that will lead to a high degree of awareness. The method is much more complex. Initiation schools initiatory mysteries or orders is an approximation of the mystery we must be revealed through the efforts and hard work. The initiation process reveals a great, great transit and purpose to be followed with patience and rigor. The symbols, allegories, passes, passwords, contact with other initiates, another view, another way of seeing and experiencing life, and is itself a revelation consummated.
Receive initiation is a process that has served to perpetuate the great truths hidden time. Upon receiving the initiation, the neophyte, with effort and dedication will be ready one day to be giver and instrument of that company. Initiation gets perpetuated in space and time that for which it was formulated. If one link dies, others replaced. The instrument will die, but not the tradition. In the words of Aldo Lavagnini, "we consider these fraternities and movements such as the soul of the Holy One multiforme universal tradition that has come directly and without interruption to us from the ancient Mysteries." Therefore, an initiate is the direct heir of the whole tradition from ancient times, from the origin of all civilization. He who has been admitted to the ceremony of death and resurrection, is partaker of knowledge to be shared with a limited group and for some privileged. It will be the birth of a new life phase or period, a phenomenon of transformation in which there will be a destruction of the old role and a retreat in which, on an anonymous and voluntary, will examine the meaning of initiation and responsibilities with her acquired . The first to enter a new stage of social consciousness, to a new reality, is what determines the function in context, it is always preceded by a genuine desire for knowledge, inner transformation and evolution. Many orders start practicing as a reference, condition and essential principle to belong to it, as they talk about initiation ceremony by which the candidate receives the light and takes an oath of secrecy and obedience to this institution in an active and natural. After receiving the Light, the neophyte passes automatically and forever belong not only to the Order that you print this ritual in the flesh, but to the great family of Insiders issued by the face of the Earth.
In the process irrevocably undertaken status accompanied to the day of his death. When defining the initiation, there is a constant chasing all traditions, and this is the symbolic use of the word death. Getting started is born into another reality, and to do first is requisite die in another. The applicant wishing to enter the Mysteries, must first know and be able to die well, like a new man, born to new consciousness is what is called the Second Birth.
The rite of passage is a ritual of death, as is practiced in some tribes to move from child life to adulthood: the child dies, a man born with their full moral rights, of family, of marriage. Often this plays an important symbolic death experience - some organizations even represent graves, coffins or objects that remind us that death is prepared exclusively for it-and the consequent resurrection in later grades. Alice Bailey in his book speaks of the resurrection as actual initiation; too mystical Christian schools, such as the Rosicrucians speak of the symbol of the cross and subsequent resurrection as an act of higher initiation. Max Heindel emphasized that glorious moment. Some of these symbolic representations made reference to the return to the womb and its corresponding rebirth. Many tests and symbols have to do with this new rebirth. Recall maze tests to which they refer. What do we find in the center of the maze? Dying to be born.
Before entering the disciplines that comprise the initiation and be heir to those old watches of knowledge, the neophyte is exposed to a series of tests or interviews to check with all kinds of rigor that is ready. The esoteric talk about the person who after passing the probationary path, beginning to be introduced by the Masters of Wisdom in the knowledge that there is hidden behind the veil of Isis, behind the world of appearances, as Plato tells us in his famous allegory of the cave. This is prepared with the utmost rigor, giving the necessary tools to better interpret the symbols. Once started, you must enter gradually into the world of meaning through study and meditation, and eventually transform that knowledge and wisdom in service to the community that develops as soul started. They say that in ancient Egypt, initiates in the mysteries, the spiritual children of Hermes Trismegistus - the thrice-great, teacher-teacher, traveled the world transmitting knowledge. Passed by India, by the borders of Asia and Europe to reach every corner where knowledge could be protected in the secret. Thanks to the eastern Greek influence who received this knowledge, when you start talking about secret societies, mysteries and rituals during times and with different signs and forms have come down to us from various sources. There are many interpretations of the meaning and use of the word initiation. The etymology comes from the Latin initiare, which has the same origin of initium, start or beginning, coming both from in-tere, go inside and enter.
In tribal societies, as we explained anthropology, marks the transition from childhood to adulthood, so that the individual gains the full rights. In stratified societies, ritual becomes complex and appoints new values, new intentions, new purposes to be achieved through rites of mortification, accreditation tests, in some societies practicing circumcision, tattooing, fasting and moral and religious instruction that will motivate one radical change in their present situation. Is in developed societies where the foundation initiation represents a deeper and more complex meaning. The initiate is not the passing of a childhood to a healthy sex life, but it is taught in some ceremonies and in a sealed and guarded mysteries that until now had been inaccessible. The initiation takes an esoteric, mysterious instilling avid curiosity for knowledge. A process that invites reflection, analysis and research not only external, but internal.
It is difficult to discuss the historical origin as esoteric speculations that each school has on the transmission of spiritual influences that take as support succession rituals and initiation. Each must build the story itself. The eternal return to the "primordial man", a condition that was lost after degradation is known in traditional language as the "fall", the search will find the neophyte to the initiation process, long process approach that state after successive stages. "What time is it?" Said Prior. "The dawn," said The Guardian. "The time in which rent the veil of the temple and darkness spilled dismayed by the earth and the light was eclipsed and broke the helpful builder and hid the flaming star and the cubic stone shattered and lost the Word ".
That word has been lost since the beginning of time remote ambition of those who wanted to tread the secret of secrets. Some thought found in the temple of Delphi, where he prayed that "Noscete Ipsum", others, the spiritual children of the Argonauts who knew the route the garden of the Hesperides, wrote their messages on the stones hermetic, incomprehensible signs for those who had not been initiated into the deeper mysteries and whose discovery and aware interpretation of consciousness endowed enough to reveal the laws of energy, matter and spirit. They say that the historical origin of all those trips in search of the lost word may find it again in the heritage tradition has retained during all the centuries. Initiation would be a prelude to this discovery and has been only to that single, narrow portal and possess the courage to go through it, you can take the road to the meeting, to awakening, to infinity.