Initiation is a passage from one type of life to another type of life, and the movement is always presumed to be from a lower to a higher level.
But there is no up or down in the universe & the spiritual voyager often finds herself in a hell rather than a heaven.
Consider Balberith, ex-princess of the heavenly Cherubim & now, after the Fall of Satan, high priestess & mistress of ceremonies in the infernal realms.
Balberith is spoken of as an evil demoness, inciting men & women to murder. But this is not so. Balberith is an initiator; she oversees the transition as the human being moves from one type of life to the next.
And Balberith, perhaps, will be with you if you summon her to protect & guide you on your quest. Not from this life to Hell, but from this life to Heaven & and then to whatever lies beyond.
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