What Is the Fifth Dimension?

By George A. Boyd ©2023

Q: What is the fifth dimension? I hear a lot of the New Age people talk about the third dimension, and the fifth dimension. They advocate that people relate to the world from the fifth dimension. What the heck are they talking about?

A: It appears their description corresponds to discrete locations upon the thread of consciousness.

The third dimension appears to be what we call the waking state of awareness. You are aware of the world around your body and the actions of your body in the environment. From this perspective, the world seems to be real and the law of cause and effect operates—you can create changes in the world around you through your actions.

The fourth dimension looks like it is the wave of the present time on the Akashic Records Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane. At this level, you are aware of the Soul’s thought and intention influencing human life. From this standpoint, it appears that through doing Process Meditation, you can trace issues back to their origin and have the Soul re-create a new pattern. This is the dimension of experiential time.

The fifth dimension, from what they describe, is a state of the union of the attention with the Soul and identification with this spiritual essence. It gives those who abide in this state the conviction that they are a godlike being, who can create anything they desire.

Many New Age teachers tell their students to perpetually remain in union with the fifth dimension. We take issue with this, because this godlike state—if you remain in it continuously—can yield unintended consequences:

  1. Grandiosity – Remaining in attentional union and fully identified with this Divine Atom within the Soul leads some people to feel they are superior to those who are not in this state of consciousness, and they look down on those who are not at this level. Conceiving of one’s true nature as a godlike being, moreover, may influence others to expect that others will worship them and fulfill their every desire.
  2. Delusion – Maintaining this mental frame spawns magical thinking where you believe you can always manifest whatever you visualize. If you carefully study the results of this conviction, you will likely find that you do not manifest 100% of the time; you might have successful manifestation 20% to 30% of the time, if you can set up optimal conditions.
  3. Distorted beliefs – Without subjecting your intuitions and impressions to careful examination, you can come to believe really strange things, which cannot be verified. Keeping your attention fixed in union with the Soul makes you susceptible to believing in conspiracy theories and truly odd ideas.
  4. Avolition – You may stop setting goals and making plans to achieve them. Instead, you are absorbed in the flow of consciousness, where you are continually processing and gaining insights. You do not take constructive action, however, so you do not move forward in your life to achieve worthy personal goals. You spend your time drifting and dreaming; as a consequence, you accomplish little or nothing in your life.
  5. Obsession – Since you continually hold your attention focused within, you may come to obsess over metaphysical ideas. You may contemplate the meaning of symbols and dreams, and use divinatory systems to make sense of your life—such as astrology, numerology, or tarot—or use hermeneutic systems like Gematria or language analysis to find hidden meanings. Meanwhile, you achieve nothing practical in your life.
  6. Emotional disruption – The emotional component of constant fixation on the Soul is emotionalized beliefs that color your mood and attitude. This may contribute to emotional lability, where you rapidly shift from depression to euphoria. For some individuals, they may paradoxically no longer be able to feel their emotions, and they dwell in the state of dissociation and detachment.
  7. Unreality – Some individuals experience sustained union with the Soul as a Cosmic Joke. They may come to feel the world is unreal (derealization) and their personality and life are unreal (depersonalization). It is hard for them to make a commitment to personal goals, for human life seems like an illusion to them.

In Mudrashram®, we counsel our students to not remain in an altered state of consciousness for any longer than is necessary for you to accomplish the objective of your meditation—for example, spiritual transformation, working with personal issues, or receiving intuitive guidance. Coming back to ground avoids many of the negative consequences of consistently dwelling in “the fifth dimension,” and enables you to move forward in your personal life, and not merely “float in the air.”

The Psychic Realm is called the World of Illusions or the Realm of the Divine Imagination. Without discernment, it is easy for well-meaning aspirants to get caught up in the illusions and distortions of this level of the Continuum, and spend many years of their lives in fantasy. Those who wish to learn more about this Plane may wish to read our book, The Psychic Realm: Finding Safe Passage through the Worlds of Illusion.

Understanding Astral Projection

By George A. Boyd ©2008

The term astral projection is used in a variety of New Age, Occult and other spiritual groups to denote the phenomenon of the astral body separating from the physical body and traveling in the physical universe, or in the Astral Universe that lies beyond that. As we study this phenomenon, we see there are eight major states of projection; only some of them affect the astral body and produce the astral projection. These eight states are shown below:

  1. Attentional projection – You move your attention progressively through a series of focal points in the conscious or unconscious bands of the mind. This method is used in Raja Yoga. In this practice, the astral body does not move.
  2. Passive astral projection – The astral body moves out of confluence with the physical body due to the influence of a psychotropic medication, anesthetic, or hallucinogen; or during delirium or coma. In this case, you do you will or intend for your astral body to move, but it disengages due to exogenous or endogenous influences upon the physical-etheric matrix.
  3. Intentional astral projection – You command your astral body according to your suggestion, often to carry out a specific task of viewing (e.g., remote viewing) or listening (e.g., telepathic communion with a guide).
  4. Conjoined astral projection – this type of projection occurs when the astral body moves out of conjunction with the physical body while your attention is held within it. This gives rise to the classic out-of-body-experience (OOBE), where you are “in” your astral body, looking down at your physical body from above. You can passively induce an OOBE with drugs, or you can actively train your attention using relaxation with suggestion in self-hypnosis. Some contend that exposure to brain entrainment equipment or specially designed music can also produce an OOBE.

In an OOBE, you have little control over where your astral body goes—this type of astral projection gives rise to dream-like experiences. The dream-like nature of these experiences has led some people who have studied astral projection to speculate that the astral body separates from the physical body during the dream state and wanders.

  1. Guided astral projection – The suggestion of another person using hypnosis or “guided meditation” guides you into states of astral projection. Through suggestion, you are led to visit a physical location such as a beach or forest. You might receive a suggestion to visit an earlier time in the present life or in a past life (past life regression). You might be asked to interact with an unconscious personality element, a symbol or an archetype, or to encounter your spirit of your Higher Self. In this type of projection, you give permission for another person to guide your astral body, who guides your astral body and attention to accomplish a specific therapeutic or insightive purpose.
  2. Direct projection – In this method, you place your attention on the attentional principle. When attention is united with the attentional principle, the attentional principle travels upward out of its ground state in the pituitary center of the Subconscious mind into higher states of consciousness. The astral body assembles around the attentional principle during its ascension and rises with it. It will travel with the attentional principle, until it reaches the top of the Psychic Realm; here the astral body is dropped into its origin. This is an advanced practice of Raja Yoga.
  3. Projection of the spirit – in this method, your spirit opens the channels of the Nada. In these meditations, you place your attention upon the spirit, as it journeys upward in the Nadamic current. Here you become aware of an astral body that encapsulates your spirit; this form is dropped at a particular location on the Path.
  4. Command projection – In this type, you use a higher octave of your will in the Superconscious mind to command your astral body to carry out a specific task. These command centers include the center of Magical Will, which is activated by Occult initiates on the Lower Astral Plane; the Psychic Will, used by psychic guides; the Solar Angelic octave of will, empowered by Ascended Masters and their disciples; and the Cosmic octave of will, which Yogi Preceptors and their disciples stir into activity to perform miraculous powers (siddhis).

It is important for the aspirant to identify each of these types of projection. We teach types (1), (6) and (7) in the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the Accelerated Meditation Program. We also use type (5), guided astral projection, during our training of a technique for self-hypnosis in the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the Accelerated Meditation Program.

Through your study of projection, you will ultimately gain complete control over your astral body; you may then use it as readily as you do your physical body. Once you achieve this mastery, your astral body will become a valuable tool for your Soul’s Great Work and you will be able to utilize all eight forms of projection.

The Sublimation of Love

By George A. Boyd ©2023

Q: Why do some people equate love with sex? Isn’t real love spiritual?

A: Many people start out in their experience of love viewing it as Eros, or sexual passion. However, love sublimates through seven levels:

  1. Sexual desire and romance (Eros)
  2. Infatuation, romantic fantasy
  3. Idealization, making your object of love larger than life
  4. Caring and compassion for others (Agape)
  5. Spiritual love and devotion (Bhakti)
  6. Unconditional love of the Soul (Karuna)
  7. The fiery, healing, Divine Love (Shakti)

These seven levels of love express in distinct ways:

In sexual and romantic love, there is primarily a desire for conjugal relations to release and satisfy libidinous passions.

In infatuation, you look to your partner as someone who will fulfill your dreams and complete your life. The popularity of romance novels testifies to the fascination with the dream of finding their ideal partner.

In idealization, you cast the object of your love as a perfect, godlike being. Here you see your partner as an ethereal or spiritual being; someone who is flawless and radiantly beautiful. Those who idealize their partners—but who live with him or her for any period of time—realize their idealization of their partner was a delusion.

In caring and compassion, you respond to another’s needs. This may take the form of parenting, caring for the sick or infirm, or doing volunteer service to assist the needy. This is love in action that seeks to help others and assuage their pain and misery.

Spiritual love and devotion comes from your spiritual heart. To experience this type of love, you need to contemplate your spirit and enter into union with it. Many people are cut off from their spirit, so they never experience this level of love.

Unconditional love streams forth from your Soul. When you are able to tap into this inner fountainhead of love and compassion, it becomes a powerful force for healing and releasing your emotional pain.

The fire of Divine Love—some call it the Holy Spirit, Shakti, or Grace—you send as an attunement to the Soul or spirit in others, and to connect them with the Divine Will, the Illumined Mind, the Loving Heart of God, the healing force within, and to bring remembrance and to reawaken their connection with the Soul. To access this level of love, your attentional principle receives a beam of the Light from an Initiate or Master; you, in turn, send this Light to others through an attunement.

The spiritual love of which you speak requires sublimation of love to levels five through seven:

  • To sublimate your love to level five, you need to tune into the experience of your spirit and regard others from its perspective.
  • Sublimation to level six requires that you gain union with the Soul and allow the Soul’s unconditional love to pour forth through you to others.
  • In order to sublimate love to level seven, you need to function as your attentional principle and be able to receive the Light from your Supervising Initiate.

We teach you how to activate the spirit, Soul, and attentional principle in our intermediate mediation classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. This enables you to experience and express these deepest wellsprings of spiritual love within you. Without being able to contact these three immortal principles, you never experience these three highest aspects of love.

We encourage you to study these levels of love within yourself and what evokes that aspect of love in you. You might like to regard another person through these different frames of love and see how you perceive them and relate to them in each perspective.

The Spectrum of Types of Spiritual Development

By George A. Boyd ©2023

Q: In your writings you talk about balanced spiritual development, imbalanced spiritual development, and ascension. Can you clarify what is the difference between these different types?

A: We can identify three levels of development that correspond to the imbalanced platform; five that correspond to balanced development; and two that correspond to the ascension work.




Imbalanced Development


-2.0 to 2.99

Soul is present. Selected vehicles of consciousness are misaligned with the axis of being. There is re-identification with the spiritual essence in that vehicle of consciousness, with ascension of this essence to Mastery on that track. This grants the ability to awaken this spiritual essence in others.


-1.0 to -1.99

Soul is present. Selected vehicles of consciousness are misaligned with the axis of being. There is re-identification with the spiritual essence in that vehicle of consciousness. The spiritual essence has moved along the track towards the inner horizon that demarks completion on this Path.


0 to -0.99

Soul is present. Selected vehicles of consciousness are misaligned with the axis of being, but there is no re-identification with the spiritual essence in that vehicle of consciousness.

Balanced Development


0 to .99

Soul is present. All vehicles of consciousness are aligned with the axis of being. Identification is with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality.


1.0 to 1.99

Soul is present. All vehicles of consciousness are aligned with the axis of being. Identification is with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality. The Soul is aligned with its crown of purpose.


2.0 to 2.99

Soul is present. All vehicles of consciousness are aligned with the axis of being.Identification is with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality. The Soul is aligned with its crown of purpose. The White Lotus of Immortality is building a bridge to the Light of Nirvana.


3.0 to 3.99

Soul is liberated in the Light of Nirvana. All vehicles of consciousness are aligned with the “service point.” The Initiate ministers through the Soul’s essential vehicle, which is attuned to the “service point,” via a ray emanating from the Light of Nirvana.


4.0 to 4.99

Soul is liberated in the Light of Nirvana. The Initiate liberates selected vehicles of consciousness, retaining only those vehicles of consciousness germane to his or her ministry.

Ascension Track Development


5.0 to 5.99

Soul is liberated in the Light of Nirvana. The Initiate liberates selected vehicles of consciousness, retaining only those vehicles of consciousness germane to his or her ministry. The Initiate begins tuning up the vehicles of the personality to attain full conscious ascension.


6.0 to 6.99

Soul is liberated in the Light of Nirvana. The Initiate liberates selected vehicles of consciousness, retaining only those vehicles of consciousness germane to his or her ministry. The Initiate has tuned up the vehicles of the personality to attain a terminal conscious ascension form [Ascended Master, Maha Siddha, or Maha Avatar].

The bulk of humanity’s collective spiritual development nests between -.99 and +.99: they are either meditating upon a spiritual essence outside the cutting edge of spirituality without re-identification (-1) or they are identified with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality (+1). This first cohort encompasses approximately 68% of the ensoulment profile of humanity. In this cohort, we can estimate that about 37% are in the (-1) group and 41% are in the (+1) group.

About 41.7% of humanity’s ensoulment profile is in the range of -1.0 to -1.99: these have identified with a spiritual essence outside the cutting edge of spirituality (-2). Many of those who are identified with this spiritual essence are actively developing it along its track.

Of the remaining .3% of humanity, the largest group operates in the +1.0 to +1.99 zone: these are individuals who are aligned with their crown of purpose (+2) and are carrying out the Soul’s preordained mission.

The scenarios for Mastery at the level of imbalanced spiritual development (-3), and the liberation profiles for the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality (+3 to +5) are exceedingly rare: there are perhaps only about 1,200 individuals on the planet who operate from one of these platforms.

Only those who are Initiates at the level of the Planetary Hierarchy (Adept Masters) or above have the ability to activate platforms +4 and +5: they have the ability to operate through the Soul’s essential vehicle through the “service point” when the Soul is liberated (+4) or to liberate vehicles of consciousness on selected Planes (+5).

As for the Ascension platforms (+6 and +7), only a handful of individuals in human history have allegedly developed themselves on this final track. Legends say that Jesus, Saint Germaine, Enoch, and Mahavatar Babaji embarked on this Path, and attained full conscious immortality.

The Multiplane Masters of the Mudrashram® lineage describe the Ascension track in great detail in our book, Discoveries on the Path. We go into greater depth in the consequences of imbalanced spiritual development in our book, Religions, Cults, and Terrorism: What the Heck Are We Doing?

You may read about an overview of the progression of imbalanced spiritual development in our article on the Open Stacks page, “The Cutting Edge of Spirituality.” This article is also in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation.

We encourage aspirants to reflect upon what is the difference. between spiritual development at the cutting edge of spirituality and the different varieties of imbalanced development. Those who are interested in this subject may wish to read the books and article we have mentioned to gain greater understanding of the spectrum of types of spiritual development.

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