is the formal admission into an
organization or society;
Spiritual initiation has
often been known as gnosis or enlightenment. In other words, is the
ultimate outcome or at least a major step on the path of those
seeking spiritual enlightenment.
In the ancient or Medieval world there were groups of people who were looking for a spiritual experience that they called "gnosis," a Greek word that meant a kind of knowledge only gained through a spiritual initiation. The people who would have used this word to describe their spiritual goal included groups of Jews (such as the Essenes), groups of Pagans (such as the people who wrote the Hermitic texts), and groups of Christians who later came to be considered heretics by the orthodox Christians. Originally, historians used the term to refer to all of these groups. In Christian mysticism we find four initiations or baptisms. Earth, (birth into the material world), Water (puberty), Air (the Gnosis) and Fire, (the ordeal). They may not occur in this order