Theosophy - one of the early foundations of non-mainstream spirituality
Date: Tue Dec 15 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
Theosophy are philosophy systems concerning, or seeking direct knowledge of, the mysteries of being and nature, particularly concerning the nature of divinity. Many theosophical writers covered topics at the core of Reiki.
Alice Bailey wrote over 24 books on theosophical subjects and was one of the first writers to use the term New Age. The majority of her work telepathically dictated to her by a Master of Wisdom, initially referred to only as "the Tibetan" or by the initials "D.K.", later identified as Djwal Khul.
The Rays and the Initiations (A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Vol. V)
The book is in two parts; the first part enumerates and details the Fourteen Rules for Group Initiation. These are the rules for disciples and initiates, paralleling on a higher turn of the spiral, the rules for applicants contained in the book "Initiation, Human and Solar". The second part of this volume is concerned with the Rays and the Initiations, those nine major expansions of consciousness through which the initiate becomes progressively liberated from the various forms of our planetary life, ultimately proceeding upon his chosen Path of development and service within the universe.
One of the outstanding principles unfolded through the pages of this book is that of the growth of the group idea--group service, group responsibility and group initiation. The possibility of group initiation seems to be one of the new emerging developments of the Aquarian era; therefore, the profound value to the disciple of the Fourteen Rules for Group Initiation. These rules embody great truths in symbolic form, into which the consciousness expands with the acceptance of occult obedience, and the meeting of all requirements on the Path of Initiation in a group penetrating together towards the centre of an ashram, and into the heart and will of the presiding Master.