Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
for Meditation on the Vehicles to
By George A. Boyd © 1999
Excerpted from The Satsang Program
There is an entire array of methods used to access the inner vehicles, to become aware of them, to activate them and unfold them. These methods are summarized below:
(1) Present time monitoring accesses content arising in the present time without judgment or interaction with material.
(2) Concentration focuses the attention on discrete loci within the vehicle, such as inner centers, chakras, or the seed atom of the vehicle. The attention is held one-pointedly on this locus, and the content of the vehicle is passively observed as awareness awakens.
(3) Breathing methods these techniques, such as watching the breath, speeding up or slowing down the rate of the breath, breathing a mantra upon the breath, or breathing into the cerebrospinal axis of the vehicle, yield different energetic effects. Watching the breath passively absorbs the attention into deeper levels of the vehicle and into other, higher vehicles. Speeding up the breath (hyperventilative breathing) energizes the vehicle, slowing down the breath produces a calming effect. Breathing a mantra may selectively focus the attention on the spirit, the ensouling entitiy, or a discrete band of the Great Continuum of Consciousness (GCC); awaken the kundalini shakti; or unfold the spiritual evolutionary potentials of the ensouling entity, depending on which mantra is chosen.
(4) Reflective methods through inner listening for a response to questions (process meditation, receptive meditation), engaging in dialog with elements of the mind, or thinking through the implications of a concept (reflective meditation, inquiry), the meditator may derive information, insight, or guidance through the vehicle.
(5) Absorptive methods by focusing attention on the currents of inner light, inner sound, inner taste (nectar, ambrosia, soma or amrita), or the movements of life force, the attention is drawn to the depth of the vehicle, and can penetrate the bands of the GCC rapidly. Absorptive methods can be used to gain union of the attention with the spirit or ensouling entity without tedious, vehicle-by-vehicle ascension in awareness. Thought bubble mantras also utilize this strategy.
(6) Suggestive methods introduces suggestion through affirmation or auto-hypnosis to direct the vehicle to perform specified activities, or to create specific outcomes.
(7) Contemplative Union methods focuses the attention upon the presence of the ensouling entity directly or upon its reflections in its vehicles to bring about Gnosis and Realization.
(8) Command methods while in union with the ensouling entity or the Self, the meditator activates the Will current to specifically direct and utilize the abilities of each vehicle.
(9) Radiative methods after contemplating a virtue or idea (seed thought), the meditator radiates it as the energy of thought to others.
(10) Attunement methods a Master Soul attunes the attentional principle to the Light by, and the attentional principle in turn ministers this Light to others.
(11) Spiritual Ascension methods the spirit moves into each of its Nadamic channels, effecting an inner purification of its vehicles and opening the inner current of the Nada.
(12) Translation methods an initiate directs the Light to unfold the potentials of the ensouling entity and its vehicles, to direct the spirit into the Nadamic channels. This same Light is used to guide the attention, the attentional principle, and the spirit into union with the new state created by the transference of the Light.
Aspirants need to be fully familiar with methods one through seven, and method eleven. Disciples add methods eight through ten. Initiates gain the ability to use method twelve. It is important to know when to utilize these valuable tools for insight and transformation. Our instruction in this and later sessions of the Satsang Program will assist you to access the skills from the entire aspirant array. Gaining skill with these inner tools leads to full Mastery.