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Vehicles of Consciousness (Swarupa)

 

By George A. Boyd © 2007


Many beginning meditators have difficulty in grasping what is a vehicle of consciousness. This fundamental principle is key in learning to meditate and navigating through the inner strata of the Great Continuum of Consciousness (GCC). A vehicle of consciousness can be characterized by seven functions:


(1) Form
(2) Energy
(3) Quality
(4) Focal point
(5) Ability, intelligence or power
(6) Field of perception
(7) State of identification

Form is the “body” of the vehicle of consciousness. In some cases, form looks like an ellipsoid or spherical field of energy. In other cases, it will appear as a translucent human form. Sometimes it will resemble a replica of the physical body. Sometimes it will take a celestial appearance, like an angel or other archetypal form.


When you move your attention out of the waking state of awareness you will encounter a series of forms. Some of these forms you will recognize as the embodiment of your ego, your Self, and your Soul, but other aspects of your nature have no center of integration.


Energy fills these inner forms. In some cases, the energy will seem to you like the pulsations of an electromagnetic field. In other forms, you will sense the steady current of life force (prana). In other forms, you will feel the fiery, blissful resonance of the Spirit (Shakti).


Quality is the emotional experience emanating from the form. Some forms will emanate different qualities such as love, courage, or compassion. Quality gives forms their numinous, otherworldly “aura.” The aura consists of these emotional emanations from a form, which can be seen clairvoyantly as a field of colored energy surrounding the form.


The focal point is the point within a vehicle upon which you focus your attention. Common focal points are the seed atom of the form, or the centers or “chakras” of the form.


Ability, intelligence and power – When we speak of ability, intelligence or power, we refer to the volitional component within the form.


Ability may express as a dominant faculty within a vehicle, such as sensation or imagination.


Intelligence is a term that captures cognitive functioning of the form, embodying elements such as reasoning, judgment, or discernment.


Power is the ability to activate an ability or intelligence, using the volition or through intention.


The field of perception refers to the aspects of the form that have become “conscious.” Each form appears to have an area that is clear or full of light. This is the conscious zone of the form. The remainder of the form is darkened, obscured by the karmic substance that comprises the unconscious mind. This perceptual gestalt imposes a frame upon this vehicle, delegating part to “self” and part to “not-self.”


The state of identification within many vehicles is the “I AM statement” that is your experiencing of being and functioning through that vehicle. This affirmation of “what I am” and “what I can do” in this altered state of awareness is central to your sense of ownership and control of the vehicle.


Certain vehicles are carriers of nuclei of identity (NOI) or ensouling entities (EE). These vehicles embody an integrating function for this level of the mind. Common integrating centers are shown below.

Band Of Mind

Integration Center

Type of Integrating Center

Level of GCC Where This Operates

Conscious Mind

Ego

NOI

Personality

Metaconscious Mind

Self

NOI

Personality

Subtle, Superconscious Mind

Soul Spark

EE

Subtle Realm

Planetary, Superconscious Mind

Psychic Seed Atom

NOI

Psychic Realm

Planetary, Superconscious Mind

“Moon Soul”

NOI

1st Planetary Initiation

Planetary, Superconscious Mind

“Solar Angel”

NOI

2nd Planetary Initiation

Planetary, Superconscious Mind

“Manasic Vortex”

NOI

3rd Planetary Initiation

Planetary, Superconscious Mind

“Augoiedes”

NOI

4th Planetary Initiation

Planetary, Superconscious Mind

Planetary Soul (Atma)

EE

5th Planetary Initiation

Transplanetary, Superconscious Mind

Monad (Paramatma)

EE

Transplanetary Initiations

Cosmic, Superconscious Mind

Cosmic Consciousness

NOI

1st Cosmic Initiation

Cosmic, Superconscious Mind

Cosmic Soul Awareness

NOI

2nd Cosmic Initiation

Cosmic, Superconscious Mind

God Consciousness

NOI

5th Cosmic Initiation

Cosmic, Superconscious Mind

Astral Soul

EE

Entire Cosmic Sphere

Supracosmic, Superconscious Mind

Supracosmic Seed Atom

NOI

Along the track of a Supracosmic Path

Supracosmic, Superconscious Mind

Supracosmic Soul

EE

On a Supracosmic Path

Transcendental, Supracosmic Transcendental Ensouling Entity EE Bridge Path, T1-T7

Attention placed upon the seed atom of a vehicle stimulates awareness of the content of a vehicle. With sustained fixation, it will bring up associations or memories related to that vehicle. Continuing to hold the attention upon that nexus, it will lead to a state of absorption and union. Finally, it will produce identification with the form.


Holding your attention upon integrating centers leads to a sense of identification that encompasses all vehicles controlled by that essence. This global identification mediated by an integrating center ties together the functioning of each associated vehicle, coordinates activities of these vehicles towards the accomplishment of a unified purpose, and creates a seamless fusion of their abilities.

Studying Your Vehicles of Consciousness


You can begin your own study of your vehicles of consciousness. Start by contemplating key integration centers such as your ego, Self, and Soul. You can gradually explore the other vehicles associated with this integration center and extend your knowledge of the multiple facets of your consciousness.


We also provide formats for studying the vehicles of consciousness in the Mudrashram® teachings. For example, in The Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, we study each vehicle of consciousness to gain greater knowledge of its functions and to grant greater mastery of its operation. We explore selected vehicles of consciousness in the Satsang Program Home Study Course. We introduce the meditation student to key integration centers—the ego, the Self, and the Soul—in the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation; The Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation includes the nuclei of identity in Planetary, Cosmic, and Supracosmic levels, plus the ensouling entities of these higher bands of the Great Continuum of Consciousness—the Monad, Astral Soul, Supracosmic Soul, and Satchitananda.

 

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