The Bulgarian master Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov used to tell a story about the old Egyptians and their initiations.
The deep knowledge of the Egyptians made people like Plato and Pythagoras spend many years of their life there to learn their secrets. They where initiated and had to prove their will, their courage, their endurance, justice, wisdom, purity etc. through different tests or initiations.
An initiation was to learn something deep within your soul. Not only an understanding or perception, but an acknowledgement and inner-realization, an internalization a realization from within making it your own knowledge and a property of your own soul.
The old texts often read the pharaoh expressing; I am Horus, I am Ra, I am Osiris etc.
This was to say, I have the same abilities in my soul as Osiris or as Horus.
If you are as Osiris you know how to revitalize yourself, how to make the dead parts in you more vital and alive. This requires steps of evolution that only a few masters attain. To be like Horus is a degree of autonomy where your one and only project is to become the golden Horus, to achieve the gold of the soul the inner virtues.
And initiation did not aim at telling you things as a lecture, but experiencing it with your soul, when your soul was ready.
The story Omraam would tell is about one of the first initiations of the searcher.
Dark night outside the temple, the searcher or neophytes, as they often are called were waiting with anticipation looking at the stars.
One of the priests they already had been introduced to, approach in silence and the initiates one by one were taken into the temple.
In a room only lit by a burning torch, the neophyte was asked to wait. One of the high-priests appears after a while bringing two glasses, one in each hand.
First, he receives a glass that has a nice sweet taste in the rim. Eager to taste more he discovers the content being bitter and not very pleasant. Then he receives the other glass tasting rather bitter on the rim, the neophyte tastes the rest carefully to discover the most delightful drink.
Nothing is explained and the seeker on the way is left to ponder and think and understand that the things in life that taste sweet first might give a bitter result, while the things in life that are bitter and challenging give a sweet after taste.
Or that if you eat a lot of good food and sweets, you will get a foul taste or smell from the mouth and stool. While if you eat simple food, even things that have a strong taste like onions, cabbage or endives they have a sweet after taste and cleanse the system leaving you with a nice taste in the mouth.
If you live in the slope of a valley, going down to the bottom is ease but you have to climb back, if you climb to the top you have a nice walk back afterwards.
Doing exercise, practicing, taking a walk in the cold rain etc. is followed with a pleasant state. If you sleep long, relax on the coach with your smartphone and lie sleeping in the sun, you get drowsy and lax and tired.
Two small glasses with a deep wisdom behind, letting the seeker understand what he or she is ready to realize within their soul.
You can read more articles like this here.