The Esoteric perspective in this context means the "inner" (eso-), in the sense of the inner consciousness or gnostic, perspective, as opposed to the "outer" (exo-) or Exoteric, i.e. the outer or everyday consciousness. Esoteric and Exoteric are the two basic ways of looking at reality - the intuitive and the rational.
(I am of course naturally aware of the use of the term "esoteric" in the colloquial sense; e.g. "esoteric mathematics", meaning dense, abstruse, extremely specialised and little-known. But I am here using the term is a more metaphysical sense of altered states of consciousness, and non-mundane realities. In this latter sense, even the "esoteric" aspects of science, etc are "exoteric").
Esotericism therefore means pertaining to the esoteric dimension or sphere of insight. Here "esoteric" means inner and spiritual rather than outer and mundane, sacred rather than secular, subtle rather than gross, mysticism rather than conventional religion.
Different people may arrive at an esoteric understanding in different ways; some through spontaenously awakening to gnostic (as happened to me at age 20) or other experiences, or through individual meditation, or initiation into an esoteric group, or personal metaphysical study, or grace of a genuine guru (or even of a fake or ambigious guru), or taking of psychedelic drugs (which I do not approve of, but anyway) or just a general broadening of the mental being, or in any other of numerous ways.
However it happens, and whatever the type of esotericism, the person has made a great step forward, in that they are no longer bound to the exoteric religious or secular belief-system, but now have a far greater understanding of things. They may still be bound to thoughtforms, but the thoughtforms are not as limited as those they held previously.
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