The inquirer eventually will change into the candidate; if all is in order with the lodge and if the members and inquirer see and feel a good fit. This is also an inner process on both parts, for “something” has to spark the questioning process.
Freemasonry has the power to change the willing candidate. If the candidate is ripe, the change will take place as a natural seamless process.
First of all, let us understand the word ripe; one who have arrived at such a stage of growth or development as to be ready for eating, or one who has an urge to feed the soul. To be completely matured.
When speaking of change; one can see, something different from what is…to vibrate at another level. Subtle changes are all around us. From the changes of the seasons, the earth rotates on its axis in its orbit, our skin cells rejuvenate and a multitude of other minor and major developments in nature, which also includes humanity.
The candidate within their Masonic Career will stay a candidate since there are always more degree’s and experiences.
Let’s look deep inside the word candidate, which is a derivative of the Latin “candidus” (shining white) Or to shine. Eventually, the candidate will emit light, as the ancient hermeticist said “As above, so below, As within, so without!”
This ability to emit light will not happen all at once or from the beginning for most….because; I believe, we get “Aha moments,” later down the road in our career staying in sync with the motto “As within,So without,” in other-words, as the light from the Sun take eight minutes to travel from the orbs center of the planet Earth; perhaps, it takes time for a specific experience to illuminate our minds in Freemasonry.
In Conclusion, we will never know or have gnosis, about this phenomena unless we start the process from the inquirer to the candidate.