I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well.
Eastern (Asian) Esoteric Schools seem to believe that the human mind has well defined limits. As some wise said: the mind can help you on the path of illumination but not beyond that! Actually you need to quiet your mind and leave it behind to go beyond the duality.
On the other hand, the Western Hermetic Tradition (European and American), teach us that the human mind is dynamic and able to unfold itself through dimensions of consciousness.
That big difference in approach has one solid foundation, the concept of oneness or no distinction between Consciousness and Mind.
When Eastern Esoteric schools emphasize that distinction, they say that you need to leave the mind behind, or the consciousness needs to take over as separate function or process of the human energy anatomy. That’s why most of their techniques target the control of the mind in a way to put it aside of the process.
But thanks to the hermetic Kabbalah that view was transformed and expanded to include both mind and consciousness in one big process towards illumination.
Ritual Magic associated with the meditation techniques such as raising the planes of consciousness using the Tree of Life as a paradigm opened up to the Westerns an infinite path of ascension towards the unity, or the Path of Return.
This is accomplished by the integration of our Lower Self (Mind) with our Higher Self (Consciousness) in one beautiful process of illumination, living the Universe as a whole as we became.