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Initiation (1960)

by Elisabeth Haich

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Well I read this a long time ago and frankly didn't know what to do with it. Hair stands up on my neck thinking about it. Wild book. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Nov 2, 2013 |
this is the book that made me first think about the three times and how the past the present and the future really happen all NOW ( )
  aurelia_author | Oct 3, 2011 |
Initiation is a strange book. A novel set as an autobiography of a bodhisattva, it hits all points of the readability spectrum. Initiation is engaging and witty when dealing with the character as a child but stilted, flat, and preachy once the character becomes an adult.

It is sad that this was Haich’s only work of fiction. This novel shows that she has potential. Writers aren’t supposed to reach their potential with their first novel. Unfortunately, Initiation was published six years after her death.

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  hermit_9 | Jul 19, 2008 |
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Written at the request of her advanced students, "Initiation" is an illuminating autobiography that connects the twentieth century European life of internationally beloved teacher Elisabeth Haich and her lucid memories of initiation into the hidden mystical teachings of the priesthood in ancient Egypt. A compelling story within a story emerges detailing the life experiences that catalysed her spiritual path. In an earlier life in ancient Egypt, a young woman is prepared for initiation into the esoteric secrets of the priesthood of the High Priest Ptahhotep, who instructs her step-by-step, consistent with her development, in the universal truths of life. Throughout this extraordinary book, Elisabeth Haich reveals her in-depth insights into the subtle workings of karma, reincarnation, the interconnectedness of individual daily life choices and spiritual development.Elisabeth Haich shares usually hidden truths that only a few rare individuals in any generation, seek, find and communicate to others, enabling the reader to awaken within the essential understanding necessary to enlighten any life no matter what events manifest. In twentieth century Europe, from childhood to adulthood, through war and remarkable meetings, she demonstrates the power of turning the searchlight of one's consciousness inward and using every life event towards expanding consciousness. "Initiation" is a timeless classic communicated in modern terms inspiring generations of spiritual seekers globally. Whether read as an autobiographical novel unveiling mystical truths or as a unique glimpse into Elisabeth Haich's exceptional journey to initiation, the personal impact on the reader is profound. To read "Initiation" is to be part of the initiation itself.
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