"Ancient initiation rested on a conception of man at once grander and healthier than ours. We have separated the education of the body from that of the mind and of the spirit. Our physical and natural sciences, though advanced in themselves, do not deal with the principle of the soul and its diffusion throughout the universe; our religion does not satisfy the needs of the intelligence; our medicine will know absolutely nothing of either soul or spirit. The men of the present day look for pleasure without happiness, happiness without science, and science without wisdom. The ancients would not allow the possibility of separating such things, in every domain of life they took into account the triple nature of man. Initiation was a gradual training of the whole human being to the lofty heights of the spirit whence the life could be dominated. 'To attain to mastery,' said the sages of the past, 'man needs a total remodelling of his physical, moral, and intellectual nature. Now, this remodelling is possible only by the simul- taneous exercise of will, intuition, and reasoning. By the complete agreement of these three, man can develop his faculties to incalculable limits. The soul possesses buried senses which initiation rouses to life. By profound study and constant application, man can place himself in conscious relation with the hidden forces of the universe. By a prodigious effort, he can attain to direct spiritual perception, open out for himself the paths of life beyond the grave, and render himself capable of travelling along these paths. Then only can he say that he has conquered destiny and acquired his divine liberty even here below. Then only can the initiate become an initiator, prophet, and theurgist, i.e. a seer and creator of souls. FOR ONLY HE WHO RULES HIMSELF CAN RULE OTHERS, ONLY HE WHO IS FREE CAN SET OTHERS FREE."
- Hermes and Plato, by Edouard Schure, pgs. 17-19