The individual’s openness to the unlimited, to life as it truly is, with the purpose of reestablishing the union with the Whole, can be understood as spirituality.
Spirituality embraces teachings of great instructors of humanity, such as Hermes, Zoroaster, Krishna, Lao-Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, among others.
The experience of these teachings by pupils of gnostic initiation schools, also known as spiritual schools, is a significant example of spirituality.
A frequent question from a beginner in an initiation school is: is this my religion?
This question is legitimate because before entering an initiation school, that one has often participated in some of the great religions.
Until such a pupil understands the difference between an initiation school and religion, a long process of maturation and discernment will need to take place.
In an spiritual school of initiation there are no external authorities, the only master is within the pupil himself. Recognising the master within is the first task.
The wisdom of different peoples is transmitted in spiritual schools, which recognize the similarities in their deepest sense, their basis being the Universal Doctrine.
What is learned in an initiation school is not dogma or a ready-made formula but, on the contrary, something that is always renewed as a deeper understanding of the aquired truth.
This is why, no matter how advanced one is on the path of inner development, one is always a pupil in a spiritual school.
The pupil, at all times, will adopt an attitude of humility, which results from the transformation of his state of consciousness, from the vibratory key of his being, and not from the cultivation of any type of external behavior.
What leads a person to belong to a religion or to experience spirituality is the nourishment he or she receives to satisfy their hunger and thirst for the Spirit.
Those who seek religions seek to respond to a fundamental concern that leads them to approach the divine. In experiencing spirituality, in authentic initiation schools, the yearning for the divine turns inward.
Therefore, religions and schools of initiation fulfil important functions for seeking humanity.
Due to the baggage of experiences, it is possible that a person no longer wishes to belong to any religion yet, is somehow attracted to an initiation school.
In this case, some confusion may occur when the initiatory school uses sacred language to transmit teachings. This is overcome as one understands the inner nature of what is addressed in the sacred books, as they deal, in veiled language, with reports of experiences on the path of spiritual development.
Spirituality in an initiation school is letting the divine principle speak. In it, the foundation is to become a new being, supported by the divine seed that resides within the pupil.
What are religions and spiritual schools about anyway?
Well, searching to reconnect the human to the divine. And they differ mainly in the phase in which they act on this journey, going from the outside to the inside of oneself.