Initiation on the Energetic Level

Initiation on the Energetic Level


On the energetic level, initiation has two aspects. It provides us with a glimpse of our goal and helps us to start its practice.

Normally it is seen that in the presence of a person who is experiencing strong emotions, the same emotions are aroused in us. For example, we might feel fear in the presence of one who is terrified and angry near the one who is enraged. This being so, imagine the effect of being near the one who is completely at peace! Sitting in the presence of such a person can soothe our nerves for a while, and give us a taste of another way of being. Then we can strive to attain a similar serenity on our own.

Beyond informing us of our goal, initiation gives us a push in the direction of our goal. Initiation is said to be an infusion of energy form the spiritual source. Thus, in religious art all over the world, initiation is depicted as rays of light falling upon the initiate, often from above. In this sense, initiation is a spiritual jump-start given to make our spiritual engine run. A teacher, who has attained a deeper level of meditation, transfers a bit of this state to the initiate and  starts the practice. It is difficult t say more about this aspect of initiation because it is something that each person must experience and explore for herself or himself.

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