Do we prepare the house for the arrival of the master?
Yes, that is a good analogy. With a caveat, as must be the case with all analogies.
The house is the personality and the body. The arrival of the Master is the event of the Realization of our True Nature. And if the house is indeed in good shape the Master can stay and live there. Otherwise, she cannot.
The personality must be in good shape. The basic physical needs and stability must be addressed first. Then there must be sufficient psychic maturity and strength, that is: sufficiently free from false beliefs and false ideas (imagination) and negative emotions, and a degree of detachment must be present.
Then, if the house is clean, if the realization occurs it can “stick”. If the personality is “dirty” the realization will not stick. The master will buzz off. Just like surfaces do not stick together if there is dust or dirt between them.
That is why there usually is a Glimpse of Truth before the realization. It is like a demo for the seeker.
The Glimpse reveals what the seeker is seeking. Until then the work was all done in the dark; for a “me” that does not exist in the first place. If the personality is still unbalanced the Glimpse remains a memory and then more work is required until the personality is clean enough. Then realization can occur and “stick”.
After the Glimpse the process of elimination and cleanup becomes a priority and steps up a few notches. Fueled by the seeker’s desire to see the process through.
This is not some random process that is subject to opinion. The patterns are known. The forces at play are predictable. Marseilles Tarot depicts this process very clearly and it can be corroborated in the experience of many people. Rare is the case where realization comes “out of the blue”. And when it does it really is not out of the blue. Much work was done in previous lifetimes, it simply is not remembered now, due to basic limitations of incarnation. The process remains the same.
The caveat of the analogy is that the “arrival of the Master” is not something in the future. No Master arrives. No real “I” arrives. The Real never went anywhere and you were never separate from It. That is the limitation of the analogy. Like any concept it cannot depict Truth.
Inevitably, due to the very nature of the mind and identification the seeker must project it into the future. After all, the suffering is present and does not go away, so we must hope and project that at some point it will not be there. But that can change.
What Is Being Sought is here and now. Always and everywhere. Period. There is no “but”. That is the crux of the whole drama.