“To become Initiated involves dying – not a physical death, but a moral way of dying in which the spirit, loosened from the body and the sensitive life, becomes temporarily detached and freed to enter a world of Eternal Light. In the ancient mysteries this change was brought about first by drastic preliminary disciplines, followed by a state of trance. It was done under the supervision of duly qualified Masters and Adepts who introjected the candidate’s liberated spirit into its own interior principles until it could reach the Blazing Star, or Glory, at its own Centre.”
– Robert Lomas. The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation.