The seven levels of initiation is mastery of the seven planes:
The Seven Levels of Initiation
An excerpt from the book Beyond Ascension
by Dr. Joshua David Stone
In this chapter I am going to give a brief synopsis of the seven levels of initiation. For a more detailed account I highly recommend reading my first book, “The Complete Ascension Manual: How to Achieve Ascension in This Lifetime”.
The spiritual path really begins prior to the seven levels of initiation. This has been esoterically called the “path of probation”. It could be likened to the nine months of gestation in the womb prior to birth. This is one’s spiritual gestation, of course. The actual birth is the taking of the first initiation.
The first initiation deals with developing mastery over our most dense body or vehicle which is the physical body. To pass this initiation one is required to develop a beginning level of mastery over this body and its appetites, requirements, sexual urges, sleep habits, and so on in service of the soul or Higher Self, which at this point would hold the ideal of balance and moderation.
The second initiation deals with the need to develop mastery over our second most dense vehicle which is the emotional and/or astral body. To pass this initiation one must develop mastery over one’s emotions, feelings, and desires to a certain degree, in service of the soul and/or Higher Self. It is not so much the perfection in this regard that is required, but rather conscious intent and continual choice-making to move in this direction. Material desires are beginning to be transformed into the spiritual desire for liberation and God realization. The disciple is learning to not be a victim of their desires, feelings and emotions, but rather a master and cause. (See my second book called “Soul Psychology” for help in this area.) This is the level ofinitiation in which most people stay stuck the longest.
The third initiation is mastery of the next most dense vehicle which is the mental body. To pass this initiation one must develop some level of mastery over the mind and one’s thoughts in service of the soul. This initiation is the first more major initiation, for this initiation leads one to achieve what is called “soul merger”, or soul infusion. The mastery of the physical body, astral body, and mental body allow the disciple and/or personality on Earth to merge with their soul on Earth. This can clearly be seen in the disciple in their desire to be loving, forgiving, and to be of service, as well as to begin the process of liberation from the “Wheel of Rebirth”.
It must be understood here that initiation is a process. It doesn’t all happen in one moment. There is one moment when you receive the Rod of Initiation from the Lord Maitreya (the “president” of the Spiritual Hierarchy), however there are seven sublevels between each of the seven major initiations. When one takes any given initiation they become a kindergarten disciple or initiate at that level. You must then move through all seven sublevels to fully complete that initiation. This is what I was referring to in the introduction when I said I took my sixth initiation or ascension, however I really didn’t fully complete it until I realized the seventh sublevel of the sixth initiation and then took my seventh major initiation. It wasn’t until then that I really felt as though I had graduated and fully mastered my ascension.
Once one merges with their soul at the third initiation things begin to speed up very rapidly. The fourth initiation is a major marker point. It is at this initiation that the soul body, which is also esoterically referred to as the causal body, burns up and the Higher Self or soul, which has been your guide through all your incarnations, merges back into the Monad and/or Spirit. The Monad and/or Spirit has also been referred to as the “Mighty I AM Presence” in some schools. From this moment on, Spirit is your guide and teacher, not the soul. The soul was serving as an intermediary teacher until this moment.
The soul body and/or causal body previous to this initiation serves as the repository for all your good karma from all your past lives and your current life. This repository is burned up over a period of time as one moves through towards completion of this initiation.
The fourth initiation has also been esoterically referred to as the initiation of renunciation. This is so because, prior to taking it, one is required on some level to renunciate or let go of all attachments to the material world. This means the letting go of one’s attachments to fame, fortune, money, power, selfishness, people, family or reputation. I often think of this, myself, as the “Job initiation” in the Bible where everything is stripped away as a test to see if one remains righteous in the eyes of the Lord.
Even though in previous teachings we were told that the fourth initiation meant complete liberation from the Wheel of Rebirth, we now know that while this is an important step, initiates continue through the reincarnation process into another body at the close of this one or through the continuation of this life until full ascension is achieved. I, personally, have not felt fully freed from the Wheel of Rebirth until I completed my sixth initiation and/or the seventh sublevel of the sixth initiation. It was during this initiation ceremony that I finally felt fully freed for eternity. The fourth initiation requires 65% Light quotient in your four body system.
The Fifth Initiation
The fifth initiation is, in a sense, similar to the third initiation. In the third initiation one begins the process of soul merge. The fifth initiation is the beginning stage of “Monadic merger”. This could also be called “Spirit merge”, and/or “I AM Presence”. It is for this reason that this initiation might be considered the very, very beginning glimpse of your actual ascension which is the sixth initiation.
What ascension really is is where the personality on Earth, the soul, and the Monad all become one unified being on Earth. The fifth initiation merges the Monad in consciousness, however not in full actuality yet. At the fifth initiation one has to have 75% Light quotient in one’s field.
Another thing I want to say here about the initiation process that most people don’t understand, is that these initiations occur on the inner plane and are very subtle. I would say most people are not even consciously aware they have taken them. This is true very often even in the case of those people who are theoretically aware of the seven levels of initiation and are working on them consciously. This is even true of taking one’s actual ascension, which, I am sure will blow apart most people’s fantasies and conceptions of what ascension really is. I speak from direct knowledge and experience in saying these things.
I must admit that the process of completing seven levels of initiation was much different than I expected. I, personally, happened to be quite aware of all of my later initiations and they were all quite wonderful; this is rare as I am learning. I am acquainted with a great number of people now who are beginning to take these initiations. Everyone agrees, however, that the actual initiation experience is more subtle than they expected. This is not to say that they are not profound. I was profoundly impacted by my fifth, sixth and seventh initiations, but not in the way that I expected to be, and was most deeply affected by the seventh initiation. This is where I felt the largest and most extraordinary transformation took place.
The Sixth Initiation and Ascension
The taking of the sixth initiation is the actual ascension experience for which everyone is waiting and working. In the past, when a person took their sixth initiation they usually left their bodies and passed on to the spiritual world. On rare occasions they were able to dematerialize their physical body and take it with them; however this was more the exception than the rule. The new push of the Spiritual Hierarchy and Sanat Kumara is to have people ascend (take their sixth initiation) and continue serving on Earth to help bring in the “new age”.
Ascension is full merger with the Monad or I AM Presence, or Spirit on Earth. There is a ceremony that takes place on the inner plane involving Sanat Kumara; however in my opinion, most will not remember it. The actual experience is subtle, while the implications of taking this initiation are quite profound.
There are seven planes through which each of us must evolve. Each of these seven planes is connected with each of the seven levels of initiation.
As you can see from this little diagram, ascension is movement into the Monadic and Logoic planes. Each initiation you go through stabilizes you at the “next higher plane”. I am using the word “plane” here rather than dimension because there are seven planes and nine dimensions with which we deal here on Earth.
Ascension and/or the sixth initiation is movement into the fifth dimension. The seventh initiation is movement into the sixth dimension. As you can see, the dimensions are different from what we call the seven subplanes that make up the Cosmic physical plane. There are also seven Cosmic planes of which you can read more in my first book, “The Complete Ascension Manual: How to Achieve Ascension in This Lifetime”. Even taking the seventh initiation is less than one inch up a ten inch ruler in terms of how far we still have to go to fully realize God at the highest Cosmic level. Evolving through these seven major initiations is a major step, however.
The first Cosmic initiation, from the point of view of the higher university on Sirius, is the fifth initiation. The second Cosmic initiation from the point of view of Sirius is the sixth initiation and/or one’s ascension. The third Cosmic initiation being the seventh initiation. There are two more initiations that can be taken after we leave the Earth. These are the eighth and the ninth. The completion of the ninth is the movement and doorway to leaving the Cosmic physical universe altogether.
Getting back to the sixth initiation, when you take this initiation you are considered a kindergarten Ascended Master. You do have a choice as to whether you want to leave Earth or remain here and serve. Most are choosing to stay at this time. Just because one ascends does not necessarily mean that one can walk on water, raise the dead, or turn water into wine. These are potential abilities that can be developed, however most people won’t develop these abilities until some time after fully completing their seventh initiation.
You will also be happy to know that one does not have to have perfect health in order to ascend; one can even have chronic health lessons. I know this for a fact because I did. One also does not have to be totally free of all negative emotions and/or totally free of the negative ego and lower self. This may surprise some of you; however, I also know this for a fact.
I, personally, know people who have taken their ascension whom I would consider to be emotional victims. Now, they also happen to be extremely gifted in other spiritual areas. Their victimization by their emotional body and desire body, at times, did not prevent their ascension. Again, one only has to balance 51% of one’s karma to ascend.
After you ascend you will basically feel exactly like the same person you were before you ascended. You will just be at a higher octave or plane. You will be carrying more Light, and you will be more connected to Spirit and the Ascended Masters.
I had been under the assumption that freedom from the Wheel of Rebirth was at the beginning or taking of, the sixth initiation. If this were not the case, then why would people over the past centuries physically die when they took this initiation and ascension? Djwhal Khul said that the discrepancy here comes because freedom from the necessity of rebirth was actually at the completion of one’s sixth initiation. In my own personal experience also, it felt like true graduation was at the completion of the sixth. What I do know is that liberation from the Wheel of Rebirth is somewhere in the sixth initiation, either in the beginning or the end. It is also somewhat individual, unique to each person, with some even choosing to return again to resolve some of the small percent of remaining karma or strengthen some aspect of their being while continuing to serve the Earth and humanity.
Djwhal Khul has suggested that if you happen to physically die just prior to taking this initiation or during the middle of the sixth, that you should call to the Ascended Masters to help you to complete your initiation process. They can work with you on the inner plane to help you finish up. I should also emphasize here that, yes, you can physically die even though you are ascended!
Ascended Masters are not invulnerable and, in truth, are far from perfect. There are many different kinds of Ascended Masters. Some Ascended Masters (one may call themselves this officially upon taking the sixth initiation), will be emotional types, some mental types, some physical types. The same strengths and weaknesses you had in your four body system before your ascension will be there after you ascend. You will, however, have greater Light, energy, and consciousness with which to heal yourself more quickly.
To ascend and take your sixth initiation you will need 80 to 83% Light quotient in your four body system. This issue regarding the Light quotient is extremely important and I have dedicated the next chapter in this book to show ways of building it. The ascension ceremony most often occurs in a group situation, often at the Wesak festival which occurs at the full moon of Taurus (May).
As I wrote about in my first book, we are now entering a planetary window for mass ascension on this planet between 1995 and the year 2000. Ascensions will continue on a large scale after this, however this is the main window. In the past, it used to take whole lifetimes to just take one initiation. I know for an absolute fact that a person can move through whole levels of initiation in as short a time as five months because I did it. I am not saying everyone will evolve at that rate. It is all up to your commitment and focus. If you are really committed and super focused, I would intuitively say that, during this most extraordinary time in which we are living, if you use all the techniques in this book, and my first two books especially, it is reasonable to expect that you could move through initiations anywhere from one to five years per initiation. I am putting myself out on a limb by saying this because people are so different, however, if you specifically use the tools and ideas given herein, I think this is a reasonable prediction; especially given what is happening to our planet at this time.
The issue then is how one knows one’s level of initiation. Study the material in this book and in my first book carefully and your intuition can tell you. If you are proficient in the use of a pendulum, that can be a useful tool. Ask in your meditations. Ask for a dream to tell you every night before bed. As a last resort, you can ask a qualified channel of the Ascended Masters. This is not my favorite method because it is always better to get it from within yourself; however this can be useful at times.
In terms of the initiation process, I also recommend that you be very discerning as to whom to talk with about this subject. There is the great tendency to compare and compete and this is not good. It is totally antithetical to the whole process. There also is the tendency to judge yourself and others. It is essential to understand that all are God and the Eternal Self regardless of their level of unfoldment and should be treated as such. I am not saying that you can never talk about it, however, be extremely discerning and examine your motives for doing so.
This book is actually the first time I have openly discussed my own initiation process. I have not talked about it in our classes, workshops or seminars at all. I just kept it to myself and tried to be it instead of talk about it. My inner guidance, however, told me that for the purposes of this book and the benefit that might come to you, my reader, from my personal experiences it would be appropriate. The key question is always, “Is there a service purpose for sharing this information or is it for the gratification of the ego? Is it serving the Spirit to share or serving the negative ego?” If it is of service to the soul and Spirit, then so be it; do share. Just be discerning in this regard for we do not want others to feel “less than”. As the Bible says, “After pride cometh the fall”! In the Brian Grattan system of initiation in his “Mahatma” books, the taking of one’s ascension is still the sixth and the completing of one’s ascension is the ninth initiation. The seventh initiation, in Alice Bailey system of initiations, is the 9 1/2 level of Brian Grattan’s system. The completion of the seventh initiation would be the same as saying that one has completed the seven sublevels of the seventh initiation. It is at this point (or at the twelfth initiation in Brian Grattan’s system) that all initiations stop for the rest of the incarnation. One’s total focus from that point forward is service and helping humanity and the lower kingdoms share in this grace.
There is also a correlation between the initiations and the anchoring of the higher chakras. When one ascends, their 16th chakra has descended and is anchored in one’s crown. The 16th chakra is the beginning of the fifth dimensional chakra grid. This is chakras 16 through 22. At the completion of one’s seventh initiation the 36th chakra has descended and is fully anchored and actualized in the crown chakra. One of the most important ways of accelerating your spiritual progression is to call forth the anchoring of the fifth, sixth, and seventh dimensional chakra grids during meditation (and, I would say, before sleep every night). In a later chapter in this book I will give detailed explanation of how to do this.
At the time of writing this chapter I have installed all of my 36 chakras, however, I am currently actualizing up to the beginning of my 35th. The reason I bring this up is to share with you that the anchoring, activation and actualization of these individual chakras and the entire chakra grids are scientifically connected to the initiation process. In other words, each chakra can be associated to one of the seven sublevels between each major initiation. As each individual chakra is anchored, activated and then actualized, one is basically moving up another sublevel.
For a more detailed account of this whole process I have dedicated a chapter to explaining it. For the time being I will say that, prior to your ascension, during every meditation, you should call forth the full anchoring, activation and actualization of your 22 chakras, and your fourth and fifth dimensional chakra grids. The Masters will do this for you upon your request and invitation. Though there may be one, I don’t know of any technique other than Light quotient building that will accelerate your evolution more quickly.
It is at the sixth initiation and/or ascension that we also make the choice as to which of the seven paths of higher evolution we will follow upon leaving this plane. These seven paths are:
The Path of Earth Service
The Path of Magnetic Work
The Path of Training to become a Planetary Logos
The Path to Sirius
The Ray Path
The Path on which our Logos is found
The Path of Absolute Sonship
There is very little information on this plane about these seven paths. Djwhal Khul, in the Alice Bailey books, is almost the only Master to bring forth any information at all. One of the services I have tried to render in this book in a later chapter is to share with you my research, in easy to understand language, about what these seven paths are. This may be one of the most important chapters in this entire book.
Ascension is basically merging with the “Clear Light of God”, much like what is recommended that one do during the Bardo or after death experience. The only difference between this experience and the after death experience potential is that ascension is merging with the “Clear Light of God” while still retaining a physical body. The Monad, at the time of ascension, is able to fully anchor Light at the 80 to 83% level. As one completes their ascension the Light quotient is up to the 92 to 94% level. At the time of writing this book my Light quotient is currently at the 94 to 95% level. I have been guided that within three and a half months time, which falls on the 12:12 ceremony (December 12th, 1994) my Light quotient will be at the 97% level and I will be at the beginning of the seventh sublevel of the seventh initiation, and/or at the beginning of the 12th initiation in Brian Grattan’s initiation system. I have also been told that by the Wesak festival on May 14th, 1995 my Light quotient would be fully stabilized at the 98% level and I will have fully stabilized and completed the 7th initiation or, in Brian’s method, the 12th initiation. I share this personal information with you to give you a sense of how this process works and a feel for the time frame of how taking these initiations and building one’s Light quotient can work.
The Seventh Initiation
The seventh initiation has to do with the movement from the Monadic plane of reality, up to the Logoic or seventh plane of reality. Where the sixth initiation deals with merger with the Monad, the seventh initiation deals with greater merger with Sanat Kumara and Shamballa. Djwhal Khul told me that the seventh degree initiate is usually one who becomes a teacher on a global level in a very visible way.
Sixth degree initiates and Ascended Masters often have this service path, however it is not required. Djwhal Khul also said that much has been given and much is now expected. This is fine, for as A Course in Miracles says, “True pleasure is serving God”.
After taking my sixth initiation I asked Vywamus how long it would take for me to achieve my seventh initiation. At that time, He said from one to five years. He also said that the taking of our seventh initiation might be affected by planetary events. One element was the geographic location in which I live. (I live in Los Angeles at the time of this writing, energetically not the best place in the world to do this!)
Vywamus also said that a second factor is the fact that an asteroid is heading toward our planet that will not directly hit the planet but will pass very closely by. The exact timing was not clear; however He said that September 1997 was what He was seeing at the time of the conversation (early in 1994). Vywamus said it would cause a spiritual quickening for the planet. He said that a good metaphor for understanding its effects would be to imagine being in a car parked on a high speed highway. All of a sudden an 18 wheeler truck goes speeding by. I don’t need to explain the effects. This is the effect this asteroid will have on the Earth.
Vywamus said another planetary event that could have an effect on when we take our seventh initiation is the alien situation. He said that extraterrestrials will begin making much more overt contact with planet Earth, around September of 1995. Depending on how overt this contact is, this could send shock waves reverberating throughout the entire planet. I share these personal conversations with you because they may also affect you, my reader. Until now, I had never considered that these planetary events might have any effect on my own initiation process. As it turned out they did not. I took my ascension on March 23rd, 1994, and I took my seventh initiation on August 23rd, 1994. In my forthcoming autobiography, this book, and “The Complete Ascension Manual” I share exactly what I did in detail to move through this entire initiation so quickly.
The seventh initiation causes a complete implosion of energy in the heart chakra. It creates a whole new chakra system. All the chakras become one column of Light, connected with the antakarana and the ascension column. This whole new chakra system is metaphorically like the creation of a new star system where ascension of the sixth initiation is centered in the throat center. The seventh initiation occurs in the heart chakra; it is a merger with the Monad at approximately the 94% Light quotient level.
The seventh initiation is not truly complete until the Light quotient is stabilized at the 97 to 98% level. Djwhal Khul told us that the very beginning stages of the seventh initiation can occur when one reaches the 89 to 91% Light quotient. One really isn’t into the seventh initiation until one reaches the 94% Light quotient. I, personally, took the seventh initiation when I was at the 94% Light quotient level, Djwhal said that some could take it when they are between the 92 to 94% level.
The seventh initiation is truly the beginning of transcendence of all physical laws. It is also a complete and total commitment to service and a relinquishment of all negative ego. Djwhal also told us that even though the Monad is fully anchored into the four body system after ascension it would not be completely merged in its full totality until after taking the seventh initiation. The seventh initiation is merger with the sixth dimension of reality, and merger with the seventh dimensional chakra grid, or chakras 30 through 36.
The seventh initiation is divorced from all considerations of form and the initiate becomes a concentrated point of living Light. The seventh initiation gives the initiate the right to come and go in the courts of Shamballa. It has been referred to, esoterically, as the initiation of “resurrection”. Lord Maitreya took His seventh initiation on the cross at the death of the Master Jesus. Lord Maitreya, of course, shared Jesus’ physical body the last three years of His life. The Master Jesus took His fourth initiation on the cross.
The seventh initiation is where the son or daughter of God has found his way back to the Father and to his originating Source, or that state of existence known as Shamballa. The seventh initiation begins the full opening of involvement with extraplanetary existence with which our Planetary Logos, the Lord of the World is involved.
At this initiation Sanat Kumara is attended by two groups of beings. The first is called “Knowers of the Purpose, Custodians of the Will”. This is a smaller group. The second group is much larger and is called “The Wise Ones and Attractive Energies of Shamballa”. These beings operate on the high level of the Cosmic plane, correspond to the ajna center of mankind and embody the “Will-to-Good”. More succinctly, they are the ajna or third eye center for Sanat Kumara, the Planetary Logos. In a larger context, Shamballa is the crown center; the Spiritual Hierarchy is the Heart Center, and humanity is the creative throat center. It is also to Shamballa that the seventh degree initiate goes for periods of cyclic recharging.
At the seventh initiation, an even higher electrical force is transmitted to the master through Sanat Kumara’s Rod of Initiation which signifies full completion. The master has become a full fledged seventh degree Melchizedek (as the ancient Egyptian teachings described the process). This, again, is the highest initiation that can be taken on the Earthly plane.
After taking the seventh initiation, work still remains in terms of fully realizing or completing this initiation. One has moved from being an advanced sixth degree initiate to a beginning seventh degree initiate. It is most likely in the seventh initiation that the more advanced and transcendent ascension abilities will be developed. That is to say, those which defy physical laws. At the seventh initiation one’s Light quotient is high enough (minimally 94%) to master these abilities with more ease.
The eighth initiation has been referred to as the “Great Transition”, and will be taken on the inner plane after leaving the material world. The ninth initiation has been esoterically called “The Refusal”. It indicates the Master’s last contact with what has been referred to as cosmic evil as it relates to this planet.
I took my seventh initiation sitting on top of a physical mountain with my wife, Terri Sue. Upon the completion of a brief ceremony, Djwhal Khul said, “Welcome to the eighth school”. Each initiation you pass welcomes you to the school above. Melchizedek referred to this seventh initiation as going through the final seal, which reminded me of the seven seals of which Peter spoke in Revelations.
There was a tremendous feeling and experience of celebration, joy and congratulations after this experience. It really felt like a marker point and like a complete graduation. My wife at the time, Terri Sue, had a dream about three days earlier regarding the completion of our ascension or sixth initiation. In the dream we were both meditating together under the full moon when all of a sudden a sniper shot Terri Sue in the heart and she died. I picked her up and took her to a more comfortable spot and then I was shot in the third eye. (It is very significant as to where we both were shot.) I died and we both ascended. The completion of one’s ascension and the taking of the seventh initiation is like a death. Physical existence is never again the same, for one has “totally ascended” and is not just remaining in the physical vehicle as a Bodhisattva for service purposes.
More Information on the Higher Initiations
Third initiation = “Desire to know one’s true self”
Fourth initiation = “Desire for complete knowledge of self”
Fifth initiation = “Complete unification with peace and harmony”
Sixth initiation = “Service”
Seventh initiation = “Complete liberation from Earth bound functions. Development of advanced and transcendent ascension abilities.”
Just as we are going through initiations, so does the Earth Mother and Sanat Kumara, who ensouls the Earth as the Planetary Logos. The Earth Mother, or the heavenly body known as Earth, has recently taken her third initiation or soul merge initiation. This is why Earth has moved into what has been termed sacred status. This is a more recent occurrence, for in Djwhal Khul’s writings in the Alice Bailey material, this had not happened yet.
Vywamus told me a fascinating piece of information on this process that I had never realized. I asked Vywamus what happens when the Earth Mother completes her seventh initiation. He told me that the Earth Mother will experience a “Nova” or in other words, turn into Light. This means to say that the Earth Mother will ascend. We see that the planetary body known as Earth will experience a similar type of ascension as we humans will upon our completion of the seventh initiation when our work is complete here.
The other thing I asked Vywamus was about Sanat Kumara’s initiation process. For Sanat Kumara has recently taken an another initiation. When Sanat Kumara takes an initiation as the Planetary Logos, all evolution on the planet, human, animal, plant and mineral moves up another octave with Him.
I asked Vywamus to explain Sanat Kumara’s initiations. He was not allowed to explain too much. H,owever what He did say was that there were twelve more initiations on a more Cosmic level which He was in the process of working through. So there are the seven basic Cosmic initiations and then it seemed He was now beginning to work on the five higher Cosmic initiations that correspond to the five higher Rays on a more Cosmic level. I asked if these initiations related to what might be termed the first 24 initiations of the 352 levels that make up the Mahatma. Vywamus said that He was using a different system. It was interesting to me that the initiation process was still in effect at this more Cosmic level, at least for the training of a Planetary Logos.
Vywamus said that the Earth Mother was still relatively young, rather like a radiant adolescent, and the Earth being is a very sought after planet for the incarnation process. He also said that before Her actual ascension, the life forms on this planet would probably return to a more etheric state before the actual nova, or ascension, effect. This is interesting for this is also how life began on this planet in the pre-Lemurian times. Life was not always physical in the way that we now know and understand it. Earth is a very tough school, Vywamus said. However the potential for spiritual growth and evolvement is enormous and that is why it is sought after.
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