In dealing with this question of the diversities of initiations it may be of value to
the student to remember that the great moment in which a man passed out of the animal
kingdom into the human, which is called in many occult textbooks the "moment of
individualization," was in itself one of the greatest of all initiations.
Individualization is the conscious apprehension by the self of its relation to all that
constitutes the not-self, and in this great initiatory process, as in all the later ones,
the awakening of consciousness is preceded by a period of gradual development; the
awakening is instantaneous at the moment of self-realization for the first time, and is
always succeeded by another period of gradual evolution. This period of gradual evolution,
in its turn, leads up to a later crisis which is called Initiation. In the one case, we
have initiation into self-conscious existence, in the other, initiation into spiritual
These realizations, or apprehended expansions of consciousness, are under natural law,
and come in due course of time to every soul without exception. In a lesser degree
they are undergone daily by every human being, as his mental grip of life and experience
gradually grows, but they only become initiations into the wisdom (as differentiated from
expansions of knowledge) when the knowledge gained is: 
- Consciously sought for.
- Self-sacrificingly applied to life.
- Willingly used in service for others.
- Intelligently utilized on the side of evolution.
Only souls of a certain amount of experience and development do all these four things
consistently and steadily, and thus transmute knowledge into wisdom, and experience into
quality. The ordinary average man transmutes ignorance into knowledge, and experience into
faculty. It would be helpful if all of us pondered upon the difference between inherent
quality and innate faculty; one is the very nature of buddhi, or wisdom, and the other of
manas, or mind. The union of these two, through a man's conscious effort, results in a
These results are brought about in two ways: First, by a man's own unaided
effort, which leads him in due course of time to find his own center of consciousness, to
be guided and led by the inner ruler or Ego entirely, and to unravel, through strenuous
effort and painful endeavor, the mystery of the universe, which is concealed in material
substance energized by Fohat. Secondly, by a man's efforts, supplemented by the
intelligent loving cooperation of the Knowers of the race, the Masters of the Wisdom. In
this case the process is quicker, for a man comes under instruction - should he so desire
- and subsequently, when he has on his part provided the right conditions, there is placed
at his disposal the knowledge and the help of those who have achieved. In order to avail
himself of this help he has to work with the material of his own body, building right
material into an ordered form, and has therefore to learn discrimination in the choice of
matter, and to understand the laws of vibration and of construction. This entails the
mastering, in some measure, of the laws that govern the  Brahma and Vishnu aspects:
it means a faculty of vibrating with atomic accuracy, and the development of the quality
of attractiveness, which is the basis of the building, or Vishnu aspect.
He has to equip, also, his mental body so that it may be an explainer and transmitter,
and not a hindering factor as now. He must likewise develop group activity, and learn to
work in a coordinated manner with other units. These are the main things that a man must
accomplish along the path of initiation, but when he has worked at them, he will find the
Way, it will be made clear to him, and he will then join the ranks of the Knowers.
Another point to be remembered is that this effort to make people cooperate
intelligently with the Hierarchy, and to train them to join the ranks of the Lodge, is, as
earlier pointed out, a special effort (inaugurated in Atlantean days and continued to this
time) made by the Hierarchy of the planet, and is very largely in the nature of an
experiment. The method whereby a man assumes conscious place in the body of a
Heavenly Man differs in different planetary Schemes; the Heavenly Man, who uses our
planetary Scheme as his body of manifestation, chooses to work in this particular way
during this particular period for his own specific purposes; it is part of the process of
vitalizing one of his centers, and of linking up his heart center with its connection in
the head. As other of his centers are vitalized, and come into full activity, other
methods of stimulating the cells in his body (the deva and human monads) may be followed,
but for the present the cosmic Rod of Initiation, which is applied to a Heavenly Man, in
much the same manner as the lesser rods are applied to man, is being utilized in such a
way that it produces that specific stimulation which demonstrates in the activity of man
on the Path of Probation and the Path of Initiation.