The Gentle Art of Concretizing the Soul’s Insights

By George A. Boyd © 2011

For some meditators, when they contact the Soul through dialog and receptive meditation, the Soul sits silently like a sphinx—knowing, in its impenetrable mystery, the secrets of the Ages, but not revealing them. This occurs because the Soul has not activated the intuitional stream, which manifests through the thalamic center; and the octave of speech that communicates the Soul’s insights (satsang), which operates through the throat center.

Once the Soul begins to communicate, meditators often find that the Soul’s profound insights are highly abstract and vague, like cotton candy. To spin down this cognitive fuzziness into something that is concrete and useable, there are several steps that you can take.

Step One – Use a Journal. Write down whatever your Soul tells you verbatim. Write down anything you saw in meditation; anything you heard in meditation.

Step Two – Drive the process of gathering information. Once you have some initial output from the Soul, drill down to greater clarity by asking it pointed questions that elaborate and clarify these abstract concepts.

For example, if the Soul says, “be more loving,” you might ask the Soul, “In what ways do you suggest I be more loving?” “Are you suggesting I change my behavior? If so in what ways?” “In what specific instances am I being not loving, and what might it look like for me to be more loving?”

Write down these more specific responses, if they are forthcoming.

Step Three – Expand upon these initial insights. Take the initial abstract concepts and use reflective meditation.

Use the little sun technique on vague concepts, to flesh them out. Extend any unclear extensions with mind mapping.

If the Soul points out to you a character weakness, e.g., “you are too lazy,” do the mandala method to explore this.

If the Soul uses the future tense regarding one of its fuzzy suggestions, such as “you will become wealthy,” use the stepping-stones method to discover the next steps to obtain wealth.

Step Four – Wax philosophical. Use philosophical and process-style inquiry to further elaborate these ideas, so that you examine (a) their meaning; (b) how these are expressed by different people, who might be an example of how it has been operationalized; (c) how you might implement the idea in your own life; (d) what might be the consequences of implementing this idea on your self, your family, your work, your community, and the world; (e) noting the pros and cons of carrying it out, (f) noticing your willingness and reticence towards carrying it out, and exploring the rationale for each position, and (g) notice if you feel ready to make a decision to act on it.

Step Five – Make a plan. Once you have decided to operationalize the Soul’s idea, you will break it into specific behavioral sequences. Set each behavioral sequence into a time frame; set a deadline for the accomplishment of each behavioral sequence. Develop some contingency or fallback plans in case things do not work out as you have planned for each behavioral sequence, and specify one or two alternate ways you might accomplish this objective.

Step Six – Check back in. Review the plan with your Soul, to see if (a) you have correctly captured the essence of its request, (b) whether you have its permission and support to carry out the plan at this time, [or if not at this time, when it is to commence] (c) whether there is anything else that you are not considering that you need to add to your plan, (d) what will be the marker that the plan has been accomplished successfully, (e) what will be the consequences for not succeeding in the plan, (f) asking for its blessings and empowerment to move the plan forward, and (g) asking it to give you the “go” signal.

Step Seven – Make It So. Once you have clarified and operationalized what you Soul wants, you have made a plan to operationalize it, you have checked in and gotten the go-ahead from the Soul, then act on it. Your action actualizes, or makes real, the abstract, ideal concept the Soul has given you.

If you will use this process of capturing and concretizing the information that your Soul gives you, you will be able to translate the abstract idea you have received from your Soul into (a) something you understand, and (b) something you can act on that has clear objectives. Your milling of the rough diamonds of your Soul’s insights into the finished jewels of knowledge and purpose-driven action will bring your Soul’s purpose into manifestation in your life.

We teach the Little Sun Method and mind mapping and the Stepping-Stones Method in our intermediate meditation programs, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Those who have completed one of these programs can learn more about philosophical and process style inquiry in our book, The Fundamentals of Meditation. Also available to intermediate course completers is a complete program on developing a personal and spiritual journal called The Mudrashram® Home Study Workbook.

Deconstructing Mindsets Revisited

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: In the New Age community, they talk a lot about how the mind creates reality. In what ways does the mind create reality? How does this happen?

A: There are a variety of ways that we create mindsets, perceptual frames through which we view reality. Here are some of the views on how this works:

  1. Neurological gating – In this theory, some neurological mechanism is conceived to hold certain sensations out of the conscious awareness of the cerebral cortex. Beliefs are purported to construct this filter. An example is that if you are looking for a hairbrush, your nervous system will exclude other sensations that are not a hairbrush. Similarly, if you believe you are impoverished, you will perceive those cues that tell you that you don’t have enough money.
  2. Cognitive bias – In this view, you tend to label some perceptions as more true of your identity than others. You might exclude any negative beliefs about your identity, which will raise your self-esteem and give you an inflated sense of self. Alternately, you might exclude positive beliefs and view your self as flawed, unworthy, inferior, or unlovable.
  3. Developmental influences – This standpoint holds that you learn information about yourself through the significant people in your life—parents, relatives, friends, teachers, and mentors—and this is what you unconsciously believe about yourself. These liminal patterns keep arising in your life and confirm these deeply held beliefs about yourself, until you uncover them and re-create more realistic beliefs.
  4. Physiological armoring – In this perspective, you wall off issues in your body-mind as islands of pain, muscular tension, swelling, and inflammation. These split-off aspects of your body-mind contain painful emotional issues that condition the way you see reality. So while you might hold you are successful and doing well in the part of your organism that is free from these symptoms, these armored aspects of yourself contain a completely different belief, which you unconsciously enact.
  5. Subpersonalities – In this point of view, you contain elements of your personality that are integrated into the Self, and those that are relegated to your unconscious. These non-integrated issues personify as subpersonalities or voices. While much of the time you may act voluntarily through the agency of the Self, there are times in which you act out the issues that your subpersonalities embody.
  6. Plateaus of growth – This stance holds that as you develop personally and spiritually, you transition to new plateaus of growth. Each plateau appears to have inherent strengths and weaknesses, possibilities and limitations. These mindsets allow you to do, be, and have what is possible within that perceptual frame; as you expand this perceptual frame to encompass the next plateau, new possibilities open up for you—you can do things that were not possible on your former plateau.
  7. The Mandala of the Mind – This vision conceives that you are unfolding your spiritual potentials and uncovering layer after layer of what is stored in your unconscious. As you dissolve, transmute, and integrate this material, your unconscious mind progressively plays less of a role in conditioning your behavior, belief, and perceptions of reality. Through this crucible of transformation, you uproot these liminal mindsets and have a greater say in what you will create in your life and in the world around you.

So what you believe conditions what you will pull out of the lens of perception. Conversely, how you perceive something shapes what you believe about it.

So mindsets are deconstructed through either (a) changing your beliefs that limit or distort what you perceive is true or possible; or (b) shifting your perception so that you transcend the limitations of a particular perceptual frame.

An example of (a) is you change your beliefs, so that you are no longer believe you are a victim of what happened to you in the past; you now believe that you can create a new future, regardless of what happened to you in the past.

Perceptual shift, or reframing (b) is demonstrated by moving from the standpoint of the ego in which you feel limited and inadequate to the perspective of your Higher Self, where you are free to create whatever you envision.

Q: So what is the actual process of deconstructing a mindset?

A: You uncover successive layers of the issue until you reach the core. This deconstruction strategy resembles a technique we call the Mandala Method. In this deconstruction process, you take each belief, examine its outcome, and then segue to the next position on the ladder of belief.

Here’s an example, from one of my clients, who was working on an emotional pattern of overwhelm, based on the belief that certain actions are too hard:

INITIAL BELIEF POSITION: I can’t do this; it’s too hard.

  • Frame 1: If I believe I cannot do something, I won’t want to try. It seems too hard.
  • Frame 2: If I believe that something is too hard, I will feel overwhelmed if I try to do it.
  • Frame 3: If I believe something is overwhelming, I will give up making any effort.
  • Frame 4: If I give up on the effort, the task will never get done.
  • Frame 5: If the task never gets done, I will feel like a failure.
  • Frame 6: If I feel like a failure, I will feel terrible shame.
  • Frame 7: If I feel terrible shame, I will hate myself and feel like ending my life.
  • Frame 8: If I feel like ending my life, I want to die to escape the pain and the shame of being a failure.
  • Frame 9: If I die to try to escape the pain and the shame, I won’t complete my life’s work, and I truly will become a failure.
  • Frame 10: If I truly am a failure, I will have to come back again [reincarnate] and face the misery in a new birth, which might be under even worse conditions
  • Frame 11: If I have to face the misery again, it will motivate me to discover how I can stop making myself miserable. I would resolve to genuinely face my misery and learn how I create it.
  • Frame 12: If I learn how I create my misery, I’ll stop creating it. I’ll be at peace. I won’t be miserable.
  • Frame 13: If I’m at peace, I’ll want to help others find peace and joy, and escape their misery.
  • Frame 14: Peace and joy is my true nature.

In this sequence, this client uncovered a key insight at frame 12: “If I learn how I create my misery, I’ll stop creating it.” If the client focuses here and tries to uncover the origins of his misery now—and he is successful in doing this—this entire emotional pattern is dissolved, and he will abide in frame 14, “peace and joy is my true nature.”

The takeaway from this deconstruction process is that if mindsets are constructed, they can be deconstructed. There is a place on this chain of emotionalized beliefs, where change is possible. If the client embraces and operates from this place where change can emerge, the pattern can be uprooted and the mindset can be shifted from a negative and helpless stance to a positive and empowered one.

Types of Boundaries

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I have had an issue with keeping appropriate boundaries with other people. As a result, others have manipulated me, exploited me, and abandoned me after using me for their agendas. Can you give some advice about restoring and maintaining boundaries?

A: Boundaries are based on the rules you set and the decisions you make about what is an appropriate boundary. If you do not have any rules and you don’t make a decision as to what is appropriate and what is not, your boundaries are permeable, and others can take advantage of you.

First, let’s describe the types of boundaries that you have.

  1. Physical limits or boundaries – These are the rules you have set about touching, sexuality, or harm to your body. This is your zone of physical discomfort and vulnerability.
  2. Vitality limits or boundaries – This is the amount of energy you have available to expend on a project or to carry out the activities of daily living until you must stop what you are doing and rest. This is your zone of endurance, strength, and resilience.
  3. Emotional limits or boundaries – This is your “personal space.” This is the level at which you decide what type of relationship others will have with you, what you are willing to disclose to them, and what feelings you will share with them. This level also includes what you will allow others to say to you—you communicate to them to stop when they are saying something that is offensive, inappropriate, or hurtful. This is the zone of your emotional sensitivity and relationship parameters.
  4. Mental limits or boundaries – This is the field of your current knowledge, intelligence, and skill. This boundary puts a filter on what information you will admit into your awareness. It acts to keep out material that you cannot currently integrate from your unconscious mind. It operates as a valve on the information you will accept from others. This is the zone of your active mindsets through which you engage with the world around you and other people.
  5. Volitional limits or boundaries – This is the range of choices you find morally acceptable and you give yourself permission to do. It gives you the capacity to say “no” to others, when what they propose to you is outside of your ethical guidelines that make up your character, define your Integrity, and set limits on the behavior you will let yourself perform. Once you have defined these moral rules for yourself, you can also set behavioral standards, rules, and policies for the behavior of others that you supervise—for example, children, dependent adults, or co-workers. This is the zone of your moral choice.
  6. Personal limits or boundaries – This comprises your total personal capabilities that enable you to respond to the issues and events of your own life; the coping skills you have to deal with the behavior of others; and the relative risk you are able to tolerate when your situation requires you to change. This is the zone of your human potential, where you can generate personal transformation and life change.
  7. Spiritual limits or boundaries – This is the totality of your consciousness in the Superconscious mind—the relative amount of the unconscious mind behind your Soul, your vehicles of consciousness, and your spirit that you have transformed into light and made conscious. This purification activates your innate love, wisdom, and power, enabling you to express your extrinsic Soul Purpose and share your Soul’s gifts with others. This limit is the boundary between the conscious and unconscious levels of your entire mind. This is the zone of actualization of your Soul’s spiritual evolutionary potentials. Spiritual teachers need to respect others’ spiritual boundaries.

There are five major ways people experience boundaries.

  1. Violated boundaries – You experience this when you have known physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and the perpetrator may or may not continue to breach them. You feel violated, abused, de-valued, used, and abandoned. Your self-esteem is degraded.
  2. Threatened boundaries – You feel discomfort and alarm that someone is trying to violate your boundaries. They may make physical taunts, threats, or engage in sexual harassment. They belittle you and criticize you. You are in a state of vigilance and you actively defend yourself.
  3. Intact boundaries – You feel that you are respected and honored, and believe no one will harm you. You feel safety, trust, and that others care about you.
  4. Expanded boundaries – This is an increased awareness of your potential abilities that occurs when you enter an altered state of consciousness through ingestion of psychoactive substances, or through hypnosis or meditation. You feel euphoria and that you have access to enhanced abilities.
  5. Dissolution of boundaries – This is the experience of ego-death or loss of your sense of Self. You may feel your spiritual essence is merging into its origin; concurrently, your sense of personal identity disappears. You can experience engulfment from the unconscious mind in this state; this leads to psychosis. Alternately, you can experience Mystic Union, or union with the Divine; this grants full spiritual freedom and spiritual empowerment.

Your experience of these five boundary zones has characteristic signs:

Generally, if you have experienced violation of your boundaries, you will benefit from psychotherapy and support from those who have experienced the same traumas that you have. It is essential that you separate yourself from the perpetrator to avoid further harm.

If you are experiencing threatened boundaries, it will be helpful if you learn assertiveness skills, and learn to document and report behavior that is threatening or abusive to those who have the authority and ability to check those who are acting inappropriately.

Intact boundaries are the “sweet spot” of interpersonal relationships. Hopefully you have some relationships in which you can experience unconditional positive regard, support, and respect.

Expanded boundaries give you a glimpse of your higher potential. You must exercise some caution here: Many people attempt to remain in these altered states of consciousness through continued drug ingestion, or staying in a hypnotic trance or union with a spiritual essence in meditation. If you do this, you run the risk of generating hallucinations and delusions, and you can readily slip into a grandiose, manic state, or a defensive paranoid state.

Given that these are highly suggestible states, you can readily come under the control of cult leaders and spiritual teachers that are all too willing to program your values, beliefs, perception, and behavior to their specifications, and completely take over your life. We recommend that if you enter an altered state of awareness, ensure that you return to your grounded, waking state of awareness again.

The state of dissolution of boundaries is the most challenging of states. Repeated assaults on personal boundaries beyond their ability to cope can trigger psychotic decompensation in susceptible individuals. This state can also be triggered when significant spiritual and psychological imbalances occur though using inappropriate meditation techniques. They also appear when well-meaning aspirants trigger Kundalini syndromes tampering with dangerous meditation methods.

Those who are approaching merger with their Divine Ideal (Ishta Devata) must carefully manage their progress unto Beatific Union. A wrong step in these sublime heights can lead to a spiritual fall into nightmarish realms, where they are under perpetual psychic attack and they no longer have any personal boundaries.

To reconstruct your boundaries you must first be clear what levels of your boundaries have been breached. You need to get away from those who continue to violate your boundaries. You must determine what needs to be in place to avoid this boundary being broken in the future, and you need to learn whatever skills you need to protect yourself.

If you are aware that you are currently in the violation of boundaries or threatened boundaries condition in certain areas of your life, you need to do what you must to get to a place where you are safe and respected, and people care about you. If this means you have to move, move. If this means that you have to say goodbye to abusive and dysfunctional people in your life, say goodbye and edit them out of your life. If it means you have to get therapy to heal the wounds these people have wrought in you, get therapy. Do whatever you must to restore your boundaries and regain a state of emotional poise.

If you have been dabbling with altered state of consciousness, make sure you come back down to ground after each experience. Take the time to reflect upon your experiences and integrate them. Avoid fooling around with meditations that you don’t know what they do. Carefully set limits on those who want to reprogram your life to meet their own spiritual agendas, and steer clear of those who ask you to remain in altered states of awareness.

If you follow these general guidelines, you will begin to rebuild your boundaries and experience greater control over who and what you let into your life.

Those of you who grew up in a dysfunctional family or are recovering from an abusive relationship commonly have issues with boundaries. They may find our Dysfunctional Family Coaching Program helpful: it has now been released.

What Is the Antakarana?

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I’ve heard many spiritual teachers speak about the Antakarana. What is this? What does it consist of?

A: We describe what the Antakarana is in one of our articles in our book about the Psychic Realm. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

Building the Antakarana

Excerpted from The Psychic Realm: Finding Safe Passage through the Worlds of Illusion

By George A. Boyd ©2009

The Antakarana is the bridge between the intellect of the Metaconscious mind and the wisdom faculty of the Superconscious mind. It is a progressive recording of reflection, contemplation, and spiritual experiences ultimately forming a link between self and Soul. It consists of the following faculties:

  1. Speculation about the nature of the Cosmos – this questioning process leads to scientific curiosity. It is a quest for answers and evokes a sense of awe, reverence, and wonder at the majesty and mystery of the universe.
  2. Discovery of stable laws or principles – with further study and inquiry, the individual learns about stable laws that underlie the apparent diversity of phenomena. The law of gravity, the electromagnetic spectrum, the subatomic field, and the metaphysical principles of the Universal Mind Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane are examples of some of these universal principles underlying both physics and metaphysics.
  3. Encounter with the essential principles of consciousness, sentience, and existence – with deeper self-exploration, the individual encounters the attentional principle, the spirit, and the Soul. This confers inner awakening and illumination.
  4. Deposition of progressive spiritual experiences – as the individual begins to meditate on the structures of the vehicles of consciousness, a progressive laying down of meditative insights are anchored on this inner thread connecting Self and Soul.
  5. Core inquiry – as the individual begins to have rudimentary spiritual experiences, poignant and heartfelt questions arise in the mind, such as “Who am I?” What is my purpose? [See the article, “The 14 Questions of the Seeker,” which is in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation. You may also find this article in our online Library.]
  6. Ontological and Theological insight – when the essential questions are answered, the individual forms the foundation of a coherent and integrated philosophy about the nature of existence and the origin of all things, which is the understanding of the Nature of the Divine. This initial insight and understanding is augmented by the study of philosophy, scriptures, and insightful commentary on those scriptures.
  7. Revelation of the still small voice – when the Antakarana has been fully purified, the vortex of the Soul’s intuitive wisdom can speak directly to the personality:
    • To provide guidance and direction to make wiser decisions
    • To clarify moral dilemmas
    • To discern the meaning of symbols or archetypes
    • To dispel confusion over conflicting ideas or values
    • To grant discernment and understanding of abstract ideas
    • To give a rationale for faith
    • To identify a purpose for living

Q: What is the composition of the Antakarana?

A: The Antakarana has seven layers. The inmost core of the Antakarana comprises layers six and seven: we call this the Wordless Knowledge of the Heart. The next three layers—three through five—comprise the Soul Expression component of the Antakarana. The outermost two layers—one and two—are the Personality Linking component. These layers are described below:

Layer one (Intellectual communication) – This is the translation of layers two to seven into words, speech, symbols, and images. This substands the ability to give spiritual discourse, to write down received intuitive guidance, and to explain spiritual ideas.

Layer two (Memory of spiritual experiences) – This is the recording on the Akashic Records of each meditation’s insights, revelations, realizations, and perceptions of the spirit and attentional principle. This is the aspect of your meditation experiences that you can recall.

Layer three (Practical Wisdom) – This enables you to give practical guidance to the personality via psychic readings, verbally channeling the Soul’s wisdom, and sharing the realized truths of your heart wisdom. Those who have a psychic ministry build this layer to a high degree. This is the level you access with the meditations of the Fourth Chord of Jnana Yoga—we teach you how to tap this layer in the Jnana Yoga modules of our intermediate mediation programs, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and the online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Layer four (Empowerment) – These are the manifestation of your Soul’s gifts that are related to spiritual development. These include:

  1. Thaumaturge – This ability uses the Divine Fire to purify the mind’s dross, and bestow a variety of attunements
  2. Spiritual teacher – This ability enables you to share your spiritual knowledge and realizations with others in a way they can understand them.
  3. Spiritual guide – This ability lets you manifest a inner, radiant form to the attentional principle and/or the spirit of others, and to show them the structures of consciousness, the strata of the mind, and the landmarks of the inner Planes
  4. Healer – This permits you to send the Light of Healing to the etheric body, the emotional body, and mental bodies of others.
  5. Counselor – This ability helps you facilitate personal and spiritual decision-making in others. You explain the options available to them, and let them decide which option they choose.
  6. Coach – Those of you who develop a life coaching ministry assist others to change, to transform their lives into the next step of their personal growth; the spiritual coach helps others overcome obstacles they experience moving to the next level in their spiritual development.
  7. Psychotherapist or hypnotherapist – You assist others to work with issues in their unconscious mind to promote integration, to overcome limiting or self-sabotaging patterns, and to clarify values, and to discover their authentic Self.
  8. Awakener – You awaken the Kundalini Shakti of others to help them realize their Soul.

Layer five (Illumination) – You activate this layer when you open your Buddhic capsule or Illumined mind, which grants understanding of spiritual ideas, awakens discernment, and expresses your Soul’s compassion. You tap this layer when you access the fifth and sixth Chords of Jnana Yoga, which we teach you in our intermediate classes. We teach the deeper level of Chord Six in our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Layer six (The Mirror-like wisdom) – You can access this aspect of your Antakarana when you contemplate the mandala-like knowledge for each nodal point the Soul has opened in the brain center of the Soul’s essential vehicle. This appears like a series of concentric circles or concentric spheres.

Layer seven (Soul Realization) – You experience this as Gnosis, the Soul’s realization of its own essential nature. The practice called Gnosis, in which you penetrate to this level, we teach in our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Most people are aware of the Antakarana through the Personality Linking component. They have spontaneous knowledge that comes to them when they are asked spiritual questions and they are able to explain spiritual ideas (layer one). They also are able to remember their spiritual experiences (layer two).

Those who journey through the Psychic Realm through the top of the Third Planetary Initiation begin to open layers three and four. As layer three dawns, you may be able to do psychic readings, communicate inspired messages, receive intuitive guidance from your spiritual guide or the Holy Spirit, and share your Soul’s realizations.

Level four marks the dawning of your Soul’s gifts. You are able to channel these abilities through your personality. You use them to help others. You start to uncover these extraordinary abilities in the Psychic Realm; you can access the full complement of these abilities when you reach the Third Planetary Initiation.

Layer five begins to fully blossom when your Soul—or White Lotus of Immortality, a center that awakens in those whose Soul is established in its Crown of Purpose—purifies the Planes of the Fourth Initiation.

Layers six and seven unfold as your Soul undergoes the process of Initiation. Layer six, which is the scope of your Soul’s knowledge mediated through the brain center of its essential vehicle, greatly expands as you take progressively higher Initiations. With sustained meditation on the Soul, you experience Gnosis—this is the awakening of level seven.

For certain disciples who accelerate the unfolding of their Soul and its vehicles of consciousness through transformational techniques and reception of the Light of Spiritual Translation, they may not immediately develop the elements of their Soul Expression component. During this frustrating period of their spiritual development, they experience a Sphinx-like silence within, as if their Soul’s Wisdom was locked up in an inner vault. In this stage:

  • Their questions to their Soul go unanswered.
  • They have the experience of opening and inner movement, but they have no understanding of what has occurred to them.
  • Further, they do not discern where they are on the Path.

With the brooding of the Light upon the latent abilities of their Manasic Vortex—the vehicle of consciousness that the Soul awakens and inhabits during the Third Planetary Initiation—the Soul’s abilities gradually mature, and they become able to express their Soul’s gifts and ministry to others.

While this inner transformation and awakening is occurring, Mudrashram® students will benefit from studying the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, and reading the books of the Initiate’s Library. This will stimulate their inner discernment and activate their Illumined Mind.

We also recommend that Mudrashram® students attend Light Sittings, as this immerses you in the Illumined Stream from the Masters. During Light Sittings, the Masters directly send the Light to your Buddhic capsule and activate each of your Soul’s budding gifts through your Manasic Vortex.

Through this ongoing process, you begin to construct your Antakarana.

Q: As you mention the Soul’s gifts that awaken during layer four of the Antakarana, you mentioned the term, Thaumaturge. I’ve never heard this term before. Can you shed some light on this?

A: Thaumaturgy is the ability to access the Inner Light Fire to make attunements. Certain disciples, who have a robust connection with the Agni Yoga lineage, powerfully develop these abilities. Certain teachers on the First Ray will also train their disciples in these techniques.

[We introduce the rudiments of Agni Yoga in our intermediate meditation courses. In our Teacher Training One (Form of the Disciple Stage) and Two (Mahatma Stage), we introduce and empower our spiritual teachers to use many of the higher order attunements that Thaumaturges employ.]

Most disciples who receive training in these advanced components of Agni Yoga will not develop all of these powers, but will rather be trained and empowered to manifest a subset of the abilities listed here. Some of abilities that a Thaumaturge develops include:

  1. The ability to burn away karmic impressions from the helix of the mind
  2. The ability to burn off entities clinging to the aura.
  3. The ability to purify and awaken the abilities of the vehicles of consciousness of the Superconscious mind
  4. The ability to bestow the Holy Spirit and bring about the awakening of heart wisdom; to anchor the Comforter in the core of human suffering
  5. The ability to anchor the Divine Light upon the tracks of the Manasic Vortex, and awaken and unfold the seeds of the latent skills of the Soul
  6. The ability to purify the veil of ignorance over the Soul and awaken the Buddhic capsule
  7. The ability to transform a nucleus of identity along its track of development; some of those anointed with the ability to bestow translating attunements can also unfold selected ensouling entities.
    • Adept Masters can unfold and liberate the nuclei of identity of the Planetary Sphere—the Moon Soul, the Solar Angel, the Manasic Vortex, and the Augoiedes. Some Adept Masters also develop the ability unfold the spiritual evolutionary potentials of the Soul Spark, Soul, and Monad up to the level they have attained in the Planetary Hierarchy.
    • Yogi Preceptors can unfold the nucleus of identity of the First Cosmic Initiation, cosmic consciousness.
    • Light Masters can unfold the nucleus of identity of the Second Cosmic Initiation, cosmic soul awareness.
    • Cosmic Masters can unfold and liberate the nuclei of identity of all five Cosmic Initiations—cosmic consciousness, cosmic soul awareness, the triune center, Avataric consciousness, and God consciousness. Selected Cosmic Masters have been anointed to unfold the Astral Soul throughout the Cosmic Sphere [George’s first spiritual teacher, Maha Genii Turriziani, had this ability.]
    • Supracosmic Masters can unfold and liberate the Supracosmic Seed Atom of the Supracosmic Path in which they have attained Mastery. Some Supracosmic Masters can also unfold the Supracosmic Soul through Translation, and raise it up to the seat of the Guru of that Path.
    • Sat Gurus of Transcendental Paths one through five can purify the capsule of the Illumined mind of the ensouling entity of their Path and awaken it. They can also purify the impressions of the unconscious mind at that level, and cleanse the coverings surrounding the spirit on that Path.
    • Adi Sat Gurus of the Bridge Path, and Transcendental Paths six and seven can purify the inmost impressions of the mind that hold ensouling entities back from Liberation at each band of the Continuum—Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental Paths one through five. They can also return each vehicle of consciousness and each nucleus of identity to its origin, purifying the stored karma layered behind it on its track.
  8. Light Masters, Sat Gurus of Transcendental Paths one through five, and the Adi Sat Gurus of the Bridge Path and Transcendental Paths six and seven also gain the ability to yield the fiery power of Translation upon the Second Pole of Being. These Masters have the ability to move the spirit(s) over which they have aegis along the tracks of the Nada and purify the karmic impressions embedded in that track, to lead the spirit to Liberation in the Light from which it was born.

If you develop a form of Mastery on the Continuum, you will be trained in the arts of Thaumaturgy for that level of the Path. Because even the most rudimentary of these applications of Agni Yoga have benefit to aspirants and disciples, we include an introduction to Agni Yoga in our intermediate classes.

We teach several additional introductory applications of Agni Yoga in our Agni Yoga Workshop, which is available to those who complete one of our intermediate classes. [Level One completers can access this workshop through their dashboard.] Those who complete one of these courses can also read about these methods in one of the books of our Level One Initiate’s Library, The Fundamentals of Meditation.

Those who have developed the fourth and fifth abilities of Thaumaturgy can assist you develop your Antakarana. You are exposed to these enlivening energies during Light Sittings.