Concerning the Three Threads

By George A. Boyd ©2022

Q: You speak of three threads that connect with the Superconscious mind. What are these threads? Can you explain how these threads function?

A: The three threads are the thread of faith, the thread of consciousness, and the thread of remembrance, also called the Antakarana.

The thread of faith connects you with the Self, the Soul and the form of God in the First Mesoteric Initiation. This is activated when you believe in your Self, your Soul, and God. This thread is associated with praying to God.

The thread of consciousness is the track on which attention travels in meditation. It passes through each level of the mind and every level of the Continuum. It runs through each vehicle of consciousness and through each active ensouling entity. The attentional principle and spirit can be accessed along this track. Raja Yoga meditation trains you to move your attention along this thread.

The thread of remembrance contains your insights, revelations, realizations, and inner experiences that you have had at each nodal point of the Path. When you open this track, you contemplate upon the knowledge and understanding that you have gained at each step of the Path. In response to your questions, this thread gives you answers. It can channel its knowledge through you via automatic writing, intuitive transmission, and inspired speech. Jnana Yoga meditation taps into this thread, and allows you to access its intuitive knowledge for each of its seven chords:

  1. The first chord accesses the conscience. You activate this chord through introspection and values clarification.
  2. The second chord opens into the intellect. You utilize this chord through study, using problem solving skills, conceptual thinking, and review and testing.
  3. The third chord unlocks your worldview. You enter into this level through philosophical inquiry, journaling, and inner dialog.
  4. The fourth chord channels your psychic guidance to inform your decisions and promotes finding meaning and understanding of your life experiences. You turn on this chord when you ask for guidance for your life, using Reflective Meditation.
  5. The fifth chord taps into your Soul’s wisdom to gain insight into the meaning of ideas, symbols, and archetypes. You awaken this level when you reflect on the meaning of symbols and archetypes, scriptural passages, or evocative ideas, applying Reflective Meditation and contemplation.
  6. The sixth chord brings remembrance of the true nature of the Soul. You commune with this chord when you use advanced Jnana Yoga practices that promote discernment, enlightenment, and Gnosis.
  7. The seventh chord tracks across the unconscious mind. It connects you with the origin of your vehicles of consciousness, your spirit, and ensouling entity. You go through this thread when you practice advanced Jnana Yoga practices and consciously move through the unconscious band of the mind.

You learn to employ the thread of faith in religious groups, who train you how to pray and invoke the form of the Divine known in that tradition.

You can learn how to activate the thread of consciousness and the thread of remembrance in our intermediate meditation classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

What Is A Supervisory Initiate?

By George A. Boyd ©2022

Q: What is a Supervisory Initiate? What role do they play in spiritual development?

A: Your Supervisory Initiate is the Master in your spiritual tradition that is responsible for leading you through every step of the spiritual Path on which you are developing to the state of completion.
Completion can take the form of Mastery, Liberation, or Fusion with the Divine.

Mastery means the ensouling entity or nucleus of identity that transforms in your tradition enters the Presence of the Divine that is know in your spiritual cosmology, and is anointed to initiate, guide, and teach others.

Liberation means your ensouling entity or nucleus of identity drops into its origin.

Fusion with the Divine means your ensouling entity or nucleus of identity moves into perfect attunement with the form of the Divine on your Path, so you feel a perfect oneness with this Divine Being.

The major forms of Mastery, and their dominant spiritual essences—ensouling entity (EE) or nucleus of identity (NOI)—are shown below:

The Adept Master dwells in the Planetary Hierarchy as the Monad (EE).

The Yogi Preceptor dwells in the one of the nine platforms that surround the Lord of the Yogis in the First Cosmic Initiation as cosmic consciousness (NOI)

The Light Master dwells in the Word State at the Cosmic Soul Awareness Plane in the Second Cosmic Initiation as cosmic soul awareness (NOI)

The Cosmic Master dwells in the Cosmic Hierarchy as the Astral Soul (EE)

The Supracosmic Master or Guru dwells in the Guru Padam center above the Supracosmic brain chakra on a Supracosmic Path as the Supracosmic Soul (EE)

The Transcendental Master or Sat Guru dwells at the origin of the spirit as their Transcendental ensouling entity (EE) on one Transcendental Path, T1 to T7.

The Adi Sat Guru or Multiplane Master dwells on the highest Plane of the Bridge Path, T6 or T7 as the ensouling entity of that Path, and exhibits Mastery throughout the Transcendental, Supracosmic, Cosmic, Transplanetary, Planetary, and Subtle bands of the Continuum. [This is the major form of Mastery in the Mudrashram® lineage.]

You experience Liberation at the origin of an ensouling entity or nucleus of identity. In the Transcendental Sphere, they also look to the origin of the spirit as spiritual liberation, or salvation. Some examples are:

The Light in the First Esoteric Initiation from which the Moon Soul (NOI) originated

The Light from with the Soul (EE) originated in the Planetary Realm, which we call the Light of Nirvana or the Nirvanic flame

The Light from which cosmic consciousness (NOI) originated at the top of the First Cosmic Initiation; we call this stage, Kaivalyam

The Light from which the Astral Soul (EE) originated at the top of the Cosmic Sphere, which we call Brahma Jyoti or Parinirvana

The Light at the top of top of the Supracosmic brain chakra from which the Supracosmic seed atom (NOI) of one Supracosmic Path originated

The Light at the top of the Supracosmic Sphere from which the Supracosmic Soul (EE) originated, which we call Mahaparinirvana

The Light in the highest Plane of a Transcendental Path from which the spirit of that Path originated

Fusion with the Divine constitutes a state of God Realization, in which someone incarnates a form of the Divine in human life. This state is much more rare than Liberation or Mastery. Two examples are:

Union of cosmic consciousness (NOI) with Brahman in the brain chakra of the Cosmic Man or Woman in the First Cosmic Initiation

Union of the ensouling entity of the Third Transcendental Path (T3) with the form of God at the highest stage of T3— in their tradition, this stage of development is called the Avatar

What a Primary Initiate does

The Divine, as it is known in your tradition, anoints the Primary Supervising Initiate to:

  1. Initiate – reveal the methods of meditation used in your tradition
  2. Guide – lead your attention, attentional principle, or spirit along your Path and show you the landmarks or stages of your Path
  3. Illumine – awaken the Illumined Mind or Buddhi surrounding the ensouling entity or nucleus of identity your tradition unfolds to reveal this spiritual essence’s innate wisdom, knowledge of the Path, and to promote discernment of the true nature of this essence
  4. Teach – explicate the meaning of the scriptures and other written and oral ideas disseminated on the Path and to enhance insight and understanding
  5. Counsel – give practical knowledge to guide behavior, improve character, and to enhance prosperity and success
  6. Minister – send the Light to minister to the spiritual needs of aspirants and disciples; to translate the ensouling entity or nucleus of identity of the disciple; to comfort, heal, and awaken aspirants and disciples; and to purify their heart and mind
  7. Empowerment – awaken the ability to initiate, guide, illumine, teach, counsel, or minister to others

The Secondary Supervising Initiate

Your Secondary Supervising Initiate typically is an advanced, empowered disciple, who dwells at a station on the Path where they can initiate, guide, illumine, teach, counsel, or minister to others. This Secondary Supervising Initiate may be given responsibility for training, teaching, and overseeing development of aspirants and disciples on the Path.

Some examples of Secondary Supervising Initiates are:

A disciple of a Yogi Preceptor, who has united cosmic consciousness with the Light at the top of the Ideational Plane, the sixth chakra in the body of the Cosmic Man or Woman, may be authorized to act as a Secondary Supervising Initiate for those below that stage on the Path

A disciple, who has reached the Fifth Cosmic Initiation as the Astral Soul, a Cosmic Master may empower him or her to act as a Secondary Supervising Initiate to those in the first four Cosmic Initiations

A disciple, whose Supracosmic Soul has risen to the sixth or seventh Supracosmic chakra on that Path, a Supracosmic Master (Guru) may allow him or her to act as a Secondary Supervising Initiate to those below that station on the Path

A disciple, who has reached the Mahatma stage of the seventh Transcendental Path (T7), the Sat Guru of this Path may give power to him or her to act as a Secondary Supervising Initiate to those below this stage of the Path

Roles of the Primary Supervising Initiate

Your Primary Supervising Initiate typically assumes the following roles:

  • The Lineage Holder of your tradition
  • The Initiate whom God anoints, who is responsible for supervising all spiritual development on your Path
  • A Master who is part of the Hierarchy of Light in its Transcendental, Supracosmic, Cosmic, or Transplanetary levels
  • A Master who is part of an empowered spiritual network [in Mudrashram®, one if our externalized Multiplane Masters—Swami Prem Dayal, Swami Charan Das, or Swami Prabhu Maharaj—is assigned to be the Primary Supervising Initiate for our Mudrashram® aspirants and disciples. See the article on the Lineage to learn who are the Multiplane Masters that make up our spiritual network.

Initiation in the Mudrashram® tradition occurs at the time of impartation of the Quintessence Mantra, which unfold the cutting edge ensouling entity through the Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, and Supracosmic stages of the Path. Your Primary Supervising Initiate begins overshadowing the aspirant at this stage.

You receive this mantra, together with an entire toolbox of techniques in our intermediate meditation courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Those of you who want to know if Mudrashram® is an appropriate next step for your spiritual development may request a complementary spiritual discovery session with us.

Working with Scattered Emotions

By George A. Boyd © 2022

Q: I have been noticing my emotions are becoming scattered after doing meditation. What can I do to remedy this?

A: Scattered emotions occur when you are attempting to reconcile different points of view. They are common when, for example, you may have joined a new spiritual group and it has different morality, cosmology, and spiritual aims than the former group to which you belonged. What has to happen is you need to establish a synthesis that allows you to hold each divergent perception in context, and to discern when each perception is appropriate.

Q: I sense that my emotions have deep roots, but I cannot penetrate to their core. It is like a barrier presents itself to me when I try to get to the bottom of my emotions. Am I blocking or sabotaging myself in some way?

A: There are seven major layers of emotions. Most people get stuck at the fourth layer, when they hit the wall of their defenses. It’s important to grasp the range of your emotions:

  1. Reactive emotions – At this level, environmental stimuli trigger emotional reactions. For example, you find yourself getting mad at someone who cuts you off when you are driving.
  2. Retrospective emotions – At this level, you are reacting to an event in your lived experience. You commonly experience this level as regret for something you did or said, or getting mad at yourself for doing something stupid. The marker of this level is you are ruminating about something that happened in your past.
  3. Motivational emotions – These are the desire-laden emotions that motivate you to carry out action. These emotions drive you to seek out pleasure, reward, or happiness, or press for successful achievement of something you desire. For example, you might strongly desire to visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona: you are counting the days until you can take your trip.
  4. Defensive emotions – These emotions arise when you attempt to hide specific behavior about which you feel ashamed, or when you attempt to fend off attacks on your character or reputation. For example, you might deny that you were at a party where a crime took place, because you are afraid you might be accused of wrong doing and arrested.
  5. Core emotional pain – These emotions reside in your personal unconscious, or Shadow. They contain the core issues of emotional pain that take the form of shame, guilt, rage, desires for revenge, fear, lack of trust (paranoia), self-hatred, and wanting to die (suicidal ideation). For example, you might recognize your alcohol drinking is beginning to spin out of control, but you keep this a secret from others—the defensive layer of emotions may deny, distract, minimize, or rationalize your behavior to keep others from knowing you are an alcoholic.
  6. Altruistic emotions – These emotions come from your deeper nature; they transcend the core emotional pain of the personality. They are founded upon love, kindness, compassion, and caring. These emotions become a part of the expression of virtuous character. For example, you might find an injured dog and nurse it back to health.
  7. Sacred emotions – These emotions connect you with your spirit and your Soul, The emotions that arise from the spirit include devotional love, gratitude, faith, and spiritual longing to return to God. Emotions that arise from the Soul are unconditional love, compassion, mercy, courage, and munificence. Sacred emotions emerge in meditation and prayer. For example, you might worship God when you are in your religious gathering.

Many meditators can readily recognize reactive, retrospective, and motivational emotions arising when they monitor their emotions. When they hit the layer of defensive emotions, however, they may feel like they are hitting a wall or barrier.

This emotional wall aims to protect you from becoming aware of the core issues that make up your emotional pain. Some people experience anxiety, nervousness, and discomfort when they try to move through this layer of the emotions.

If you can transcend this layer of resistance, you can directly encounter your deep wounds, and can begin to heal them. In Mudrashram®, we have our students use Emotional Vipassana, the Mandala Method, Process Meditation, and the Rainbow Technique to work with these issues that dwell in the Shadow. We teach these techniques in our intermediate meditation courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

In many spiritual groups, they teach you methods to assist you to move your attention beyond the Shadow, and they focus you on developing a virtuous character, being of service to others, and expressing your sacred emotions. We teach several of these methods to transcend the issues of your Shadow in our intermediate meditation courses.

Q: What layer do scattered emotions come from?

A: We like to use a different model when explaining scattered emotions. Instead of layers, you may wish to consider the seven postures of emotions, which examines the interface between emotions and how they influence your behavior. These seven emotional postures are:

  1. Focused – When you operate in this posture, you know what you want and you go for it directly.
  2. Scattered – This posture arises when you are in conflict about what is the right thing to believe, or the right thing to do.
  3. Defensive – You adopt this posture when you perceive that you are under attack: you believe that your body, possessions, family or loved ones, your livelihood, or your reputation are threatened.
  4. Playful – You may enter this emotional posture when you are having fun: you engage in playful banter and you may tell jokes and puns.
  5. Dramatic – You slip into this posture when you feel you must strongly advocate or argue for something you believe in. In this posture you may defend your own point of view and attack the viewpoint of others; alternately, you may attempt to persuade others to adopt your point of view. When you are operating in this posture, you speak with urgency and poignancy, as you are protecting what you hold is meaningful and important to you.
  6. Serenity – When your emotions settle down, you move into this posture. Here your emotions are calm and peaceful. You are present and mindful. You experience living in the present moment.
  7. Exultation – You move into this posture when great art or music uplifts you, when you experience the beauty and majesty of Nature, or when you have a spiritual “peak experience,” where you feel that you are one with the Cosmos.

We say that aspirants and disciples commonly work on reactive emotions (layer one), retrospective emotions (layer two), defensive emotions (layer four), and core emotional pain (layer five). They aspire to increase the amount of time they can devote to developing good character (layer six) and to channel their sacred emotions (layer seven) through ministry and service.

They strive to work out and transcend the conflict of scattered emotions (posture two) and the stress of defensive emotions (posture three), and spend more time in the emotional outlook of serenity (posture six) and experience the ecstasy of exultation (posture seven).

Q: Are there specific things I might do to work with these layers and postures?

A: For working with the troublesome layers of emotions, there are some things you can do:

  • Reactive emotions – Monitor your behavior, and notice what triggers you. Dialog with the part of you that reacts and get to the bottom of its concern—Rainbow Technique is helpful for this.
  • Retrospective emotions – Use Process Meditation to work out these issues; identify what you could have done better, and forgive yourself for any mistakes you made.
  • Defensive emotions – Identify what is under attack. Take steps to lower you risk and get out of harm’s way when this is possible. Diffuse your reactions of anger and revenge through Process Meditation and Mandala Method.
  • Core emotional pain – You can use Emotional Vipassana, Mandala Method, Process Meditation, and Rainbow Technique to engage each specific issue. If these core emotions are too overwhelming to work with using these self-help methods, you may wish to seek out psychotherapy.

For difficult emotional postures, you can use the following approaches:

  • Scattered – Identify what are the conflicting beliefs, values, desires, and perspectives. Use dialog methods like Voice Dialog, Gestalt two-chair methods, Psychodrama, or the Synthesis Method to identify both polarities of the conflict. Use the Synthesis Method to identify what transcendent synthesis satisfies the conflict and finds a way to honor both perspectives—this creates, as it were, a win-win scenario, where the conflict is resolved.
  • Defensive – Identify a course of action that allows you to navigate out of the threatening position in which you find yourself. It is important to find ways to resolve your situation that do not involve lying, deceptive, violent, or criminal behavior. Working with a trained counselor can help you identify workable solutions that do not make your situation worse.

Realize that the immortal core of your nature—your attentional principle, spirit, and Soul—transcend your emotional pain and conflict. When you can shift into operating from these higher perspectives, you can work on your emotional issues, and you can express the deeper levels of altruistic and sacred emotions—and you can function more often from the emotional posture of serenity and commune with the inner wellspring of bliss and joy through exultation.

Reflections on Ancestors

By George A. Boyd ©2022

I attended a West African ceremony on October 31, 2022—a day called Halloween or Samhain in different cultures—that was in honor of people’s ancestors. I was asked to give a short talk on this topic. This is the text of that talk that I gave:

There are many levels on which you can interface with your ancestors:

  1. Physical – your living relatives of former generations and the bodies of those who have died and are buried or cremated
  2. Etheric – the lives of your ancestors recorded on the Akashic Records
  3. Astral/emotional – the emotional attachment bonds you have to departed relatives
  4. Mental – the experiences you have had with these relatives and what you have learned about them and from them
  5. Higher mental – your intuition about the essence of your departed relatives
  6. Genetic – the DNA you have inherited from your ancestors
  7. Phylogenetic – the forms of your ancestors you encounter on the Phylogenetic Subplane of the Biophysical Universe; you recapitulate these forms during tantric sex
  8. Noetic – you directly encounter the attentional principle of your ancestor with your attentional principle
  9. Spiritual – you encounter the spirit of your ancestor in full consciousness
  10. Ontological – you behold the Soul of your ancestor
  11. Reincarnational – you trace your ancestors back through their former incarnations and you note their new incarnations that succeeded the incarnation when they were your ancestor
  12. Cultural – the rites practiced to remember and revere ancestors, and to ask for their blessings

On the phylogenetic platform, we can appreciate our human ancestors connect through the pre-human species all the way back to the first cell that is the original progenitor of every living organism in the worlds of protists, fungi, plants, and animals.

On the spiritual platform, you can communicate with their immortal essences.

Let’s explore your relationship with your ancestors with some evocative questions:

  • In which of these ways do you know and appreciate your ancestors?
  • What have your ancestors contributed to your life?
  • In what ways do you draw strength and encouragement from your ancestors?
  • What aspects of genetic and psychological karma do you derive from your ancestors?
  • What do you need to communicate to your ancestors?
  • What do you feel you owe your ancestors for giving you their seed essence and for transmitting their knowledge and wisdom through the generations? How will you honor them in your life?
  • What is your synthesis of your experience of your ancestors? What will you take from this and make a part of your life?
  • In what ways are you part of the collective world of the ancestors? In what ways do you have the unique experience of your Soul, individuated from the collective? In what ways do you function in each perspective?

It is important to understand and appreciate the role your ancestors play in your life, but also to actualize your individual personal and spiritual potentials.

Those who wish to learn how to actualize your personal and spiritual potentials may wish to take one of our intermediate meditation courses: the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail or online Accelerated Meditation Program.