Critical responsibility of initiatory praxis
« it seemed to me that about many subjects (recent letter on “breaking
tradition”, Reiki and Douglas Beker) you expressed quite critical observations,
certainly based on personal experiences, that could have hurt people believing
in that kind of things, or people who, legitimately, are following alternative
(even though leading to the same goal) paths. »
by reporting events for experience I couldn’t hurt anyone apart the
case in which another one would impose his faith on me. As for “alternative”
paths, I don’t know which ones you are referring to. But unfortunately
in past times I’ve been hurt a lot of times by too many “personality
worships” to be not immunized against every “boasted exoterism”
virus, even the most sophisticated ones.
Boasted exoterism is a huge and bristling “human habitat” where
I reached an experience to add to that of hundreds of other researchers with
whom I’m in contact through a “certain kind” of Chain. This
Chain can’t belong to any exoteric institution that will consider itself
distinct and separate from the others.
From experience and from knowing, even in a partial way, I have put myself in
a quite clear picture about what happens in the sphere of initiation, in Italy
as well as abroad. By screening the evolution of the opinion inducements that
are trying to assert an identity of their own (?), I express thoughts derived
from direct confrontation with any kind of experience. Therefore I don’t
speak in “faith” or for emotional push or hope, but I keep close
to what is believable because really possible.
Of course years of contacts and tests anywhere make us become more realistic
than uncritical persons. But the experience of many other oriental and occidental
Brothers allows me to get to the point in every occasion, both in the east and
in the west. And when I see people “toying” with terms and pettily
debating on their meanings, when they waste their time or, worse, when they
sweep money, then I’m on alert, listen, reflect and compare.
And if comparison is doubtful, even discussion comes to be more careful, as
long as a speaker doesn’t prove the truth of his statements.
And if this isn’t proved, as it often occurs, it only remains not to trust
him or any similar “prototype”.
But before distrusting an interlocutor or a prototype, it is possible to apply
a praxis that is ruled and codified with canons. These are appointed to check
if any supposed initiatory “acknowledgement” exists. If this acknowledgement
is not immediate, we can go on and verify any proved relationship between the
proponent and a real initiatory Institution. A follower’s “conformity”
depends on the “Conformity” of his initiatory descent. And descent
rightness depends on the tradition it’s related to.
Anyway, who will ever accept for his sons a teacher he knows nothing about?
Who will ever accept to be operated on by a “do it yourself” surgeon?
And if education and therapy are not to be invented, why anybody should invent
his own initiatory path? Even tour operators don’t recommend do-it-yourself
travelling, certainly we won’t do the same for an inner spiritual travel!
People usually appeal to freedom of research. That’s correct, but where
every element is invisible and unknowable, walking in the dark, even if we don’t
fall down, is permitted but often useless. More than other people, the exoteric
researcher must be moved by some practical, and above all realistic, spirit.
That’s because what is really important it’s not talking about this
or that, but clearly reaching one’s own goal. We’re not able to
see this goal until the end, and in any case we are not allowed to imagine it.
As a matter of fact, who gives way to the temptation to imagine what he doesn’t
know, then he surrenders to illusion, and Maya is a “negative god”
always waiting for a weak to grab at.
That’s why we need both experienced watchmen, being always on the alert
to preserve their Brothers’ and Sisters’ safety, and guides showing
them that initiatory tradition is the only reality a true applicant can refer
to. In fact, it’s impossible to keep any form of “initiatory transmission”
without a link between an Initiate and the tradition that made him like that.
Without any “initiatory transmission” the energetic stream among
the eggregore (one of the possible thought forms), the Initiate and the Postulant
doesn’t take place. More, without any evocation of energetic stream, there’s
not even any ritual “realization”, then we have just a useless sound
of pretty words. Flatus vocis, as the Templar Rule founder used to say.
The causes of such different interpretations of the only Model of initiatory
System are evident, because mental diversity is one of the human individual
What we said a lot of times will not slip our readers’ attention: there
is no system better than another one, because every diversity arises from our
habit to stay “grabbed” to our own natural and psychological language,
often believed by many people to be unique and the best possible.
Different languages ended up by misunderstanding the original form of all kind
of principles, making them appear always different or even totally opposed,
according to their style and appearance. Every interpretation is just a branch
of the same tree. By standing on one of them we can lose sight of the whole
tree. The branch is a symbol of individualism and private nature; then only
the whole tree can be taken to be a symbol of itself and of the nature it shows
and represents. That’s why every follower turns to east and west during
his education, avoiding any useless branch.
We call them useless because the idea of the “relative” draws our
attention far from the sense of the “whole” and it could be useful
just to satisfy uncertain and temporary curiosities.
They teach us that we have to drop our own habits and aim to Self-synthesis
in order to rise from our separate and personal nature. There’s some truth
in this teaching. The Self is transpersonal, and it reflects many supermundane
principles. Each of them can become a personal model. If, paradoxically, we
take an impersonal model for instance, the follower’s personality will
become impersonal too. And this is an important goal in our “liberation”
from material chains.
Finally we can conclude that it isn’t the model that should demean itself
to the Postulant’s level, but it’s the Postulant that must rise
and reach the initiatory model. There’s nothing “humble” in
this. It’s just a “practical” concept.
The initiatory Path is clear because it comes from soul and rises back to it,
whether it moves a feminine or masculine body.
It’s an inner elevation path that no applicant, disciple or candidate
could be asked to humble in, because this path is a part of his spiritual nature.
Humiliation isn’t clear because the Sons of Light recognize the truth
with no need to bow and adore it.
Bowing is a symptom of a wet and passive path. It’s an emotional feeling
belonging to devotional natures, neither useful nor necessary to reach initiatory
On the contrary, it can be useful to practice its models: intellectual, then
abstract and finally spiritual. Then following the Path means to practice initiatory
principles, while it doesn’t mean to adore them, get them alive in themselves
or let them replace any personal “choice”. If someone wants to walk
out of the path, that will not be a problem. But it’s free choice, not
Free Will. Then in this case, please don’t look for fictitious alibis
to hide personal pushes. The clear path is a common way that is not open to
any form of individualism.
Anyway, the individualist can follow his own road. He has the right to grope
or go on alone, but diverting other people is a different matter.
Turning other people out of their certain path is with no doubt a great karmic
fault, so before “filling space with the sound of our words” or
“engrave them on paper” (like oriental Brothers use to say) we must
be sure of - costs and proceeds – of every action able to affect someone
else’s destiny (dharma).
This is the initiatory “responsibility“ each of us assumes every
time he addresses anyone else to a different branch of his path.
How many of them are really aware of it? But every fault remains, even if it
isn’t intended to hurt, and its lasting scar remains, too. Then you’ll
agree with me that it’s no more matter of dogmatism or respect, but everything
has to be reconsidered on a responsibility level. From a positive side, responsibility
is extremely important. On the other hand it could have very serious consequences,
both for who leads and who is led to do wrong. I keep thinking what they taught
me: in case of doubt better not to say.
Many thanks for your kindness, it’s the same for me.
Esonet Editorial Staff