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The Inner Anatomy of Fanaticism


By George A. Boyd © 2003

Imbalance is produced gradually when

  1. the vehicles are misaligned by non-Integral spiritual practice, which often produces changes in the alignment of a nucleus of identity or of the ensouling entity

  2. an ensouling entity is developed that is not at the spiritual cutting edge

  3. the spirit is developed either beyond the spiritual evolutionary station of the ensouling identity or in another domain altogether

This inner shift moves through seven zones in which different symptoms may temporarily dominate, alternating with symptoms arising from other zones. These seven zones of imbalance are described below:





Physical symptoms

Shaking, dizziness, swooning, temporary inability to move, feeling that the body is not one’s own (depersonalization)


Etheric (energy) symptoms

Numbness, tingling, burning, feeling that energy is rising up (sublimation), sudden rushes of energy, spacing out


Emotional (mood) symptoms

Elation, enthusiasm, euphoria, alternating with terror, intense anxiety, guilt, shame, rage, self-hatred and despair


Cognitive (belief) symptoms

Extreme suggestibility: can be programmed to love or hate, to sacrifice one’s life, to give all of one’s wealth and possessions, to obey without thinking, to commit terrorism or other criminal acts in the name of one’s cause or faith


Volitional symptoms

Sensation that a deeper aspect of one’s nature is acting through one, personal will may be overshadowed or suspended by this deeper sense.


Vehicular malfunction/misalignment

Sense of inner splitting into two separate selves: e.g., a higher self and a lower self, an inner angel and outer demon, or a battle between holiness and carnality. The two selves seem to be at war with each other – this is a symptom of the disintegration of one’s nature.


Re-identification with a nucleus of identity

These varieties of re-identification bring in their stead a clear sense that one is not the ego or the Self, but one is a nucleus of identity, an ensouling entity or the spirit, depending on the avenue by which the imbalance is produced


Re-identification with an ensouling entity


Re-identification with the spirit

Fanaticism may be seen to arise when imbalance reaches zone 4 and the believer is programmed to believe the doctrines of hatred, intolerance and fear. These types of fanatical beliefs may be seen to arise in sects that emphasize development of the nuclei of identity, leading to full re-identification with this center. More common examples include:

Groups, Sects and Faiths

Nucleus of Identity Development

Christian and Jewish fundamentalist sects

Moon Soul (Nucleus of Identity of the 1st Planetary Initiation)

I AM sects

Solar Angel (Nucleus of Identity of the 2nd Planetary Initiation)

Devotional yoga groups

Cosmic consciousness (Nucleus of Identity of the 1st Cosmic Initiation)

Supracosmic anchored faiths that adopt patterns of fundamentalist beliefs, such as Muslim, Nicheren Buddhist, Vaisnavite movements, etc.

Supracosmic Nucleus of Identity

Imbalance is produced in a nucleus of identity by a variety of methods. The two most common methods are the transformational type and the attentional/cognitive disruption type. These are shown below:

Examples of the transformational type include:

  • Invocation of the Holy Spirit by prayer and supplication to translate the Moon Soul (or other nucleus of identity through the invocation of the spiritual ministry of the Initiate supervising this particular faith)

  • Use of transformational mantra or chanting

  • Use of breath techniques to awaken the kundalini or activate cerebrospinal life-force currents (Kriya Yoga)

Examples of the attentional/cognitive disruption type include:

  • Holding one’s attention continuously in union with the nucleus of identity

  • Anchoring suggestions, affirmations or decrees, while identified with this nucleus of identity

  • Labeling aspects of one’s nature as good and evil, creating a cognitive perceptual split

Religious movements and spiritual sects do not induce imbalances maliciously – they are simply not aware that the practices that they are using are problematic or are producing these effects in the first place. They honestly believe that the symptoms of imbalance are not only natural and expected markers of spiritual development (because they are regularly seen as a result of the spiritual practices that they use), but also eagerly invite and encourage them as evidence of increasing faith, holiness and spiritual progress. Unwittingly, religious groups may breed the very fanaticism that gives rise to intolerance, fear, hatred, terrorism, war and genocide that their apocalyptic beliefs predict—in effect creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The answer for this is that religious groups must learn how to bring out inner growth and transformation in a proper and balanced way. When this happens, and these principles are implemented, the world should see a concomitant decrease in fanaticism and its many evil fruits.

Halting the Slide into Fanaticism

We also point out that religious groups must be very sensitive to what they are programming their adherents to believe, especially when their followers enter into altered states of awareness through the prayer, singing, chanting, ritual invocations, dancing or meditation utilized in that group. In the state of suggestibility during altered states of consciousness, the faithful can be programmed to love or hate—to sacrifice their lives, to give all of their wealth and possessions, or to obey their leader without thinking. It is not a far reach to see how believers can be inspired to commit terrorism or other criminal acts in the name of their cause or faith—and they do it willingly, believing that it is pleasing to the Divine.

If the symptoms of imbalance can be recognized and halted early on in its progression, then the deleterious aspects of belief and character change that imbalance produces can also be prevented. Faith can cultivate the best in human beings: altruism, compassion, purity, charity, and mercy. It can also bring out the worst: intolerance, hatred, cruelty, and violence. Those who act as the teachers and ministers in both the exoteric and esoteric faiths need to think long and hard on these things, and change what must be changed to avoid them.



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