Well, the spiritual journey of progress has many ways to be considered opening one up to it. In the classical traditions conveyed since ancient times there exists a mouth to mouth system that goes from one to the other. Often using a system of diciples and masters. Depending on the principle these had various degrees and levels, and one of the, in these days, more common system structures is that of disciple, hierophant and “practitioner” where by the word “practitioner” whould be replaced by the name of ones craft (Alchemist, Necromancer, Priest, Seer, etc.) This tripple folded system carried over into medieval times, and is in fact re-invented throughout the ages, making it difficult to progeniate it to the source.
This principle also carried over into the so called “initiation rites” that where concieved by some to be… genuine… The idea of “initiate” or “adept” is an concept that has dwelled around the occult history of humans for quite some time, but in Western Esoterics this became only the “standard” in the late 19th century. Along with the four layer principle of: formalising, learning, opening, and ascending… Also from that same time period… It is often by the uninitiated named in many ways yet if wanting my personal opinion on that matter, it is quite debatable to be residing in absolution as The Way, despite the sequential aspects of it (the logic of doing it and the experience of messing it up in more ways due to it offering the complexity to do so) turned it into a golden standard to be more often than not copied by the masses…
Personally I tend to not really do much with progress or the velocity of it, some aspects happen naturally without any effort given, something in stark contrast to more populist opinions of people who sell books or services (as they enjoy having “followers” because they often benefit create dependancy on themselves), other areas of study that require some effort, or a consistent effort, to make it functionable, read working, reproducable and accurate.
The grand majority of esoteric globetrotters has no bloody clue what the sheer tensions where when these type of constructs where invented. I can provide one with, often to be considered to be, quite severe and cruel documentation (by todays standard) of its practices that give insight in how desperate and dark these times where of the Dawn Era after the dark ages came into conclusive and the ecclesiastical normalisation faded onto the shivers of the mundane world; these records dating back many centuries.
To state my sight on the topics on how to speed up, I would say that rites are feastable if ones own Art benefits from it, but not the only way for euhemerism (interpretation of mythology based on acclaimed history) does not Sway to Time; (a crucial element to a rite since it holds a start and an end, and I am not referencing to recorded time in this regard) Usually I interpretate this as spiritual progress being advanced by the interconnectivity of ones Way. Ripping out ones own corner stones will cause Replacement. Not Wandering is to me similar as an oscillative, yet doing is for me more like moving of ones Occult Horizon.
I usually do not have the feeling of progress on my spiritual side of things, but often I do feel it with projects or activities I undertake. Something that often does work for me is to get myself inspired by others and pausing it till my mind is ready. Over the years I have often heard from people that they say they made “bad choices” or “things they would have done differently if given a second chance”, because of enforcement of their own Kettle… Sticking Spoon in the Elixir, so to speak… The Taste of the Spoon in ones Elixir will affect the Elixir. People often plug out the Spoon and start Sipping with their Tongue instead… delicious!
But even ones who prefer Spoon over Tongue, a good Spoon is one you love using… that familiar Feel and Grip… It can be extremely rewarding if ones preference is towards it, and in some situations one is preferred over the other, myself included doing this. Spiritual Progress is equal to measurement, but to measure one needs a model of absolutation, and understanding ones own ways and frequencies of usage I consider to be very important towards that. If feeling somehting is missing, a question could be to ask what you seek to measure it against, I tend to ask myself that question fairly often, and it usually kicks off more questions to the point I have to spread it out over multiple brain storming sessions. Hope it helps!