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am 27. September 1995
Self-initiation unto the Golden Dawn is an interesting concept. It is a concept that
goes contrary to all of the teachings of the East and West, including those of
Israel Regardie. Israel Regardie had shared similar opinions with Chic in that
it is possible for someone to workout the energies of the elemental grades but
is essential for them to first go through a valid initatiory rite for 0=0, and 5=6.
Regardie believed that to access the current of energies of the Golden Dawn,
you need to be initiated by a valid Hierophant.
Let's start from the cradle of civilization. The Sumerians believed that priests
were the Viceroys of the gods on Earth and that they served as initiators unto
their mysteries. This ancient concept of initiation declared itself again in
the priesthood of Egypt, the Hebrews and the Hierophants of Eluesis.
Therefore, so did the mystery schools of our modern era in all of their traditions
continue this process.
In 1995, Chic attempted to start a new tradition!
From a spiritual standpoint, it has been written and proven throughout history that you can't read a book on self-initiation to achieve Adepthood. Some of the modern examples of this fact would be
Moses, Mohammed and Buddha. None of them purchased a book or a tablet on the topic of self-initiation. For it was even recorded that Mohammed was
illiterate. They were all guided by their Higher Genius unto the correct teachers and Hierophants until the final initiation unto Adepthood in a Holy
Mountain or similar place by their Higher Genius. At times the Hierophant was none other than the Archangel Gabriel or the Holy Spirit.<br>
Granted, many of us modern seekers of Truth living in today's world may not expect similar events to occur in our lives. So, in turn, we seek different
paths unto this truth in the form of the Western Mystery Tradition. To the student attempting to find guidance, first in a companion and beginners guide,
it is like a kid who is dreaming to be a pilot who has purchased either a book or a computer simulation game to teach him how to fly. It would be
idiotic to think that the child could ever be a real pilot through those means alone. Initiation is done by the Higher Genius but is usually through the
proper means and tools which are rarely found in a book. The tools are living energies and go beyond words, pictures or diagrams. In the Golden Dawn
tradition, it is in the Hall of the Neophyte where the energies are potently expressed.<br>
Let's presume that person X has just read couple books about the history of the Golden Dawn. He finds the book on self-initiation, and realization hits
home - it is a lot of work! It is not easy reading material. Discouragement sets in. Now let's say he is one of those rare individuals who has a very
high mental aptitude and reads the book in two to three months. If he is able to use the material to its fullest extent and invoke the proper energies, he
might as well be an Adept. The perfect formulation of all the god forms in the Hall of the Neophyte in itself is taxing and requires great skill, training, and years
of practice. But then in the self-initiation book, maybe it's not important to have these energies accurately present which helps provide the potent energy force.
Look at this from both a practical and magical standpoint, self-initiation is far less valid than an astral one. Yes, you can read the material, and anyone can perform the basic rituals, but if that was all there is to the Mysteries, there would be many more Adepts than chiropractors.
Let's not fool ourselves or others who are sincere enough to seek guidance in books with false hopes. What happened to the Mystery in the words Mystery schools? What happened to the concept of hidden in the terms tradition and Occult? Who is responsible for this mass confusion? Who here is
trying to sell what has been treasured for thousands of years as a jewel of the
I am not attempting to say that the book could not serve as an aid to students during their growth. I am just saying that to think that
a book can do it all is a misconception and a dangerous one at that. According to the printed original material on the Golden Dawn, it takes three Chiefs, three
major officers and three minor ones at least to be able to properly set the current in motion for the initiate and to allow the gods to be invoked in the
Hall to aid in the process. However, now we are lead to believe that a book will do it all for you.
I, therefore, call upon the student to judge for him or herself and question with diligence any work that carries similar titles to "Quick 101 Lessons for Black Belt in Judo", "10 Minutes to Mastery Over Astrology",
"How to Do It Yourself Heart Surgery ", and "Self-Initiation unto the Golden Dawn." I am not just a skeptic, but I am also a realist. My recommendation
is to seek out a good group.