Introduction to Initiation
Selfinitiation is a process that requires that the adherent develops who
they are, through their own efforts and endeavours. We can compare this way
of working to how we gain nutrition from the food that we eat. That is, each person
must seleect the food that they will eat and then their body digests and assimilates
that ingested food for themselves. In the same way, each person must 'digest' and
'assimilate' the text of the theorem  what we can call 'spiritual food'  according
to their particular nature and their own understanding, while at the same time,
discarding those things that do not agree with them.

Based on this principle, selfinitiation requires that the adherent must
first work through the text of the theorem, in order to discover the underlying
meanings that are expressed. We call this 1^{st} step analysis
because it corresponds to a process of 'taking apart' the theorem word by word.
The purpose of this step is to ensure that the meaning is clear.

The next or 2^{nd} step in this process is the proof of the theorem.
That is, the adherent proves to their own satisfaction, that the theorem is 'true'. It is
not enough to simply say, "I agree with the theorem", because we have to know and explain
'why' we agree with what it says. Actually the 'proof' is more
of an explanation of 'why' the theorem is true rather than a formal mathematical
proof.

This 'putting it back together' or synthesis, will also includes
the adherent's conclusions coming out of their study. These conclusions are of
particular importance for the third step below.

The final or 3^{rd} step on the path of initiation, is the
application of the conclusions that the adherent previously came to. This
is the real key of enlightenment  the application of what we have learned for
ourselves.

All healthy, open and free initiations will contain these three steps.

Initiation as practiced by the Order of the Lily and the Eagle, is 'free' because
the adherent is not told what they should do or not do. Further, the first 15 theorems
of our Order are given without any obligation.

On the contrary, it is the obligation of the representative of our Order to
guide the adherent through the theorems and help them to find and discover their own
conclusions. Through this guidance the adherent will determine and apply
their own daily exercises in a free environment.

With or without such guidance, it is only through application,
someone become master of themselves.

What we present on this web page, is the first theorem of our Order along with
a number of other 'commentaries'. Those by Dupré and Agathos can be considered 'official'
in any way, while the others represent the differing views and opinions of other
individuals.

Having said that, what is more important is that each person make their own
commentary on each theorem.

We therefore repeat the warning regarding the documents and texts
included on this web site: "the following commentaries must not be considered as being
definitive statements regarding the first theorem.
You should therefore make of them, whatever you will."


TEXT of THEOREM ONE
" Every human being has a personality of their own as dissimilar as are two beings of the same race and of a similar nature.
" This personality is more or less manifested and is more or less strong, depending on the degree of the individual’s experience.
" As for manifestation, it depends on the more or less free environment in which the individual was reared."

Commentaries on Theorem One
¤ Theorem 1  Dupré
¤ Theorem 1  Agathos
¤ Theorem 1  Katsoulis
¤ Theorem 1  Attica in the West
¤ Theorem 1  Haliotis
¤ Theorem 1  Cristofidis
