The Power of Initiation
Written by Elkin Vanaeon
completion of the Ritual of Change 2002
In the various Orders, Traditions, and Religious practices of this world
there are invariably processes of Initiation that are performed in order for
the initiate to be recognized as having proved his or her worthiness and acceptance
by their peers!
In Wicca though, initiation is a complex process of learning and change of
the Body, Mind, and Spirit! Enabling the initiate to process and channel the
power in all its various forms! Endeavoring to become a master of the teachings,
tradition, and craft through the understanding and changes in concepts, enabling
the shaping of oneself to handle energies of self and deity, to merge and become
one with them!
True teachings are sacred and few are chosen to undertake rituals of change,
to open and travel the pathways between worlds, to seek and understand sacred
knowledge of the realms, and to attain the wisdom to use the power justly, even
As in ancient days, High Magick may only be taught under the tutelage and
guidance of the Higher Authority of Deity, of God and Goddess, or Authority
held in trust by High Priest and High Priestess! The sacredness of those Initiates
and their journeys are found to be true over time in their thoughts, words,
actions, and deeds; needing to be respected by those whom, in truth, started
their journeys in similar fashion.
The purpose and reasons of higher forms of Initiation must be determined
in advance by the Initiate as well as by those participating in such Rites,
the Initiate must understand the undertaking and be in full agreement before
beginning such a journey, that he or she must be willing to:
- · · Be dedicated to the path -
for traditions that are taught should be re-taught if they are true to the essence
of what is to be learned!
- · · Be dedicated to the journey
- for once started the initiate will find the journey never ends, reaching newer
heights of plateaus of consciousness unseen from below! Finding a testing of
your faith, strength, courage, and determination - beyond what you may feel
capable of, yet tempering you within the fires of life!
- · · Question everything on the journey
in order to learn from it, uncover the truths of illusion!
- · · Be totally true to oneself
with as little conflict as possible-for you cannot truly believe in something
if you cannot believe in yourself, remember always that love heals and bridges
- · · Apply what is learned - otherwise
you are standing still and the magick of life passes you by!
- · · Shed the bindings and fears
that keep you from attaining your desired goal, respect fear but do not be bound
- · · See the truth of actions in
those who have traversed the journey before you, learn and respect the experience
of others as well as your own!
- · · Learn to bear your own burdens,
not the burdens of others unless you choose to do so!
- · · Understand the actions that you, and
others who are connected to you, have taken in life and see the truths
of responsibility of those actions in the ways of regrets, learn from them!
- · · Seek the truths of actions and causation's
in the history of humanity and release yourself from the false bindings
of improper actions by others who have caused harm in the past and present!
- · · Respect the teachings and knowledge
of others that may be different from your own, each in their own form
are true to themselves, bound to their own teachings, you do not have to like
their systems in order to work towards a common goal!
- · · Learn all that you can in order
to teach, provide tradition, and benefit yourself and your people!
- · · Be responsible for your own
life and interact with all things responsibly!
- · · Shape your own destiny instead
of being shaped by it!
- · · Evolve without giving up of your humanity
and enhance your life and the lives of others by what you have learned!
- · · Be guided by inner truths without
illusion, in order to find truth, trust, and love in the sacredness of
Deity - reach out to find guidance and tutelage of Higher Authority for in reaching
out to touch you are touched in return, it is invoking and being invoked!
- · · Understand that initiation is the
evocation and invocation of both the initiate and of deity! Harm none
in your endeavors; respect that the power may be used for good or evil, love
or hate, life or death, that use of the power in any form binds you in its application,
actions, and reactions! Just as the sending hand holds the radiance that reaches
to shape without, the receiving hand holds the luminosity that embraces one
to receive the power to shape within. When joined together the power is kept
within, whereas when joined with others in circle the power is shared, focused
by all in mind, body, and spirit!
- · · Experience the death of your previous
self; for as in myth of old, the phoenix rises from the ashes of it's
previous existence as a new being that is you! The degree of experience within
the Initiation is determined by what is needed, not only for yourself, but also
for your people in the measure of time!
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