Q: Do I have to spend years of studying before I will realise any real benefits?
No. Almost immediately you will begin to see your life in a different light. A mind stretched by new knowledge can never go back to its prior form. And with this knowledge you will begin working on whatever areas you need or want to improve upon. Furthermore, through our early exercises, you will begin developing parts of your mind that have been left dormant throughout your life. This will facilitate even greater knowledge and ability to deal with situations.
You might ask: "Why does it take so long?" Two important points come to mind.
First, although the studies do take several years to complete, you will almost immediately enjoy knowledge with which to help you to better yourself and in many cases to overcome long standing difficulties.
Secondly, ask yourself: "In what field of study does a person receive instant attainment?" When you are learning something new, whether it is another language or how to play a musical instrument, it takes time to develop the basic skills and even longer to master them to the best of your ability. The same holds true for mastering your life.
Yet, in time, through the Rosicrucian teachings you will be able to accomplish this, and once you do, you will never regret the time you spent in this endeavour.