The evolutionary journey on which we are engaged is marked off by five major points of crisis, major expansions of consciousness, the 5 steps to Liberation and Mastery. These are the five planetary initiations which free us from further incarnational experience on this Earth. All of the Masters have taken these five initiations (some have taken further, higher initiations), and Their presence in this world is the result of a conscious decision to serve the Plan of Evolution and not from any need, through personal karma, to incarnate.
The esoteric process we call initiation is an artificial forcing process introduced into our planet in mid-Atlantean times to speed up the evolutionary process. Without it we would inevitably arrive at the same point of development as we evidence today, but it would take millions of years longer to do so.
In those far-off days, a crisis occurred in another part of this solar system, which required the presence of some of the most advanced members of the Hierarchy of our own planet, Who at that time were from Venus. The process of initiation was introduced, therefore, to enable the most advanced members of Earth’s evolution to undergo this forcing process, and so equip them to take over the lower posts in the Hierarchy, thus releasing the Senior Masters for other work.
The highest initiation possible for an Earth man at that time was the third initiation, and among the first group to reach that achievement were the Christ and the Buddha, Who have remained at the forefront of our evolution to this day.
Excerpt: MAITREYA’S MISSION ~ Volume One… by Benjamin Creme