“Spiritual initiation is never granted unto persons in the physical world, but refers to developments and awakenings within the individual soul based on specific conscious works.

In preparation for entering into the higher mysteries, disciples must face tests and ordeals to prove their worthiness, enduring numerous difficulties and psychological temptations.

When the disciple has proven his or her ability to withstand such tests with patience and fidelity to the divine, such a person transforms the lower qualities of egotism into the luminous characteristics and virtues of the awakened consciousness.

Such a person, by law of cause and effect, witnesses their own entrance into the communities of the higher dimensions through transcendental experiences.”
-Chicago Gnosis