On Becoming a Spiritual Guide

By George A. Boyd © 2017

Q – How do you learn to become a spiritual guide?

A – There are different ways you can meditate:

  • You can absorb your attention into an energetic stream (Laya).
  • You can concentrate your attention on a focal point within a vehicle of consciousness, a nodal point along the path of the Soul, or a Nadamic tone on the path of the spirit (Dharana).
  • Once your attention is focused there, you can contemplate the content arising in your awareness at the focal point, the nodal point, or the Nadamic tone (Dhyana).
  • You can listen to the verbal and intuitive downpour of the Soul listening in the verbal intuitive channel of the Soul, which identifies stages of the path, intuits correspondences on different Planes of Light, and gives teachings to guide the personality.
  • You can focus your attention on your spirit, and travel with it as it opens the channels of the Nada (Udgit).

As you contemplate your vehicles of consciousness, over time you will begin to differentiate the demarcation between the conscious and unconscious portion of the mind, viewing it as a form embedded in the unconscious.

You will identify the seed atom or focal point within your vehicles.

You will witness the intelligence and volition that operate within your vehicles, and sense the qualities that emanate from them.

You will discern the integrating and energizing centers, or chakras, that organize the operations of these vehicles.

As you study your vehicles of consciousness, you will begin to sense the shells of energy and consciousness that surround your Soul that interpenetrate the physical body—the etheric, the astral, the causal, the mental, and the higher mental body—and the Soul’s essential body.

When you become more advanced in these practices, you will build a clear inner map of the portion of the Great Continuum of Consciousness that you have traversed, and you will gain the ability to guide others through the levels you have opened:

First, you will cognize discrete inner landmarks. You will do this through identifying the stable visual images, Nadamic tones, colors, and sense of the quality and energy for a selected nodal point on the Path. For example, for Trikuti, the three mountains center on the Second Transcendental Path, you might see three mountains, hear a sound like a drum, see colors of what resembles an orange-red sun, and feel the energy of great peace combined with great compassion.

Next, you will label this landmark. You give that landmark a name, “This is Trikuti.” You might wish to add a short description as to why it is a significant point on the Continuum, so you might additionally add, “It is the top of the Causal Plane, the origin of the casual covering of the spirit, and the place where the spirit first transcends the realm of the Negative Power, Kal Purusha.”

You will then remember the sequence of key landmarks along a particular segment of the Great Continuum of Consciousness. You will build an inner map for this level. You will then guide your own attention through that segment, and then guide the attention of other people through that segment.

As your inner Mastery grows with your Soul’s expanding consciousness, you will be able to guide others through entire regions of the Great Continuum of Consciousness.

Eventually, you will recognize and be able to guide others through all levels of the Continuum depicted in A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation.

This map can also be viewed on our web site in our article, The Great Continuum of Consciousness.

For those who wish to gain the requisite inner clarity and discernment to be able to guide others, we recommend that study of the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course. This course enables you to develop the detailed knowledge and make the fine distinctions that allow you to guide others through the inner worlds of dimension.

Those that advance in our meditation training to the level where they can teach the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation, after taking Teacher Training Two, learn how to manifest the inner guide form.

It is not easy to become a guide, but if you persevere in meditations, you will reach the inner state of discernment where you can act as a guide for others.

Transformations of Memory

By George A. Boyd © 2016

The recent research in the study of memory at the neurological level reports that there is an actual transformation of the cells, and as these cellular changes persist, these memory traces remain. They also have discovered that there are different types of memory—such as visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile, kinesthetic, and emotional—that are stored in different locations in the brain, and are tied together to create the composite of memory.

This memory composite appears to be different each time it is recalled: different aspects of the remembrance are called forward, so what we remember each time is different than the imprint of the original incident. It has also been shown that with the skillful, intentional suggestion of an interviewer or interrogator that a subject remember something that they didn’t do, or having a subject do exercises that utilize visualization and imagination while they are relaxed, these memory traces can be changed, and false memories implanted.

The emotionalized component of memory—which is implicated in causing the affective dysphoria in phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders—can be separated from the other components.

One novel method used to treat arachnophobia involves exposing a patient to the phobic stimulus, and then giving him or her a small dose of propanolol, which blocks the action of norepinephine. This appears to strip out the emotional component that either freezes someone or makes him or her want to run away in terror—and the patient can then approach the spider without any terror, and can touch it.

It was further suggested that as psychologists learn more about this actual working of memory, they would be able to apply these insights to actually cure phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders. This application has been portrayed in movies such as “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Inception.”

The new concept of memory has changed with these new discoveries. It is no longer viewed like a collection of books in a library, but rather it is like a dynamic hard drive in a computer, where data can be recalled or modified as new input comes into the mind.

Meditation and Memory

Meditation builds upon these discoveries about memory that neurologists and psychologists have made. Meditation sees that memory can be utilized and transformed in ten ways:

  1. Memory retention and recall – this aspect of memory is the foundation of learning and experience, and is embedded in the neurological substrate of memory.
  2. Imagination – this creatively combines the components of memory composites in new ways, to come up with novel constructions.
  3. Praxis –this uses remembered motor skills to carry out a behavior, or remembered data to solve a problem or communicate an idea. This is the skillful application of memory.
  4. Life recall – this is the autobiographical aspect of memory that appears to be layered in six temporal zones—that which is being recalled in the moment, the life narrative back to the first conscious memory, the memory traces arising the zone before the first conscious memory to birth, the organismic memory of embryonic experience going back to conception, and the experience of eternity, where the Soul views the entire life as a detached observer. This is the aspect of memory that is encountered in the first layer of the Subconscious mind.
  5. Intuitive memory – This is the categorical summarization and application of experience that takes place in the chakras of the Subconscious mind, which enables you to synthesize your associations to create correspondences, analogies, and metaphors, and to group similar associations together. For example, in one of the petals of the second chakra, your diverse and varied associations related to courtship are brought together in one place. This is the aspect of memory that is encountered in the second layer of the Subconscious mind.
  6. Applied etheric memory – This aspect of memory utilizes the dynamic, computer-like functioning of the etheric body of the Metaconscious mind, which has access to the knowledge and experience stored in each band of the mind up to this level. This interface between the Subconscious mind and the executive functions of the Metaconscious mind—commitment, persona, conscience, concrete mind, intellect, personal intuition, and volition—enables you to dynamically draw upon your skills and knowledge to carry out the activities of daily life and work.
  7. Stored etheric memory (Akashic Records) – This aspect of memory is found on the fifth Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane, and it records each moment of life in multiple dimensions—sensory, emotional, cognitive impressions are all recorded here. Process meditation can tap this level. This zone is the level at which you can access remembrance of past lives. This level records the lives of this Cycle of Time; at higher levels of the Continuum, there are bands that retain the experiences of even more ancient Cycles of Time.
  8. Karmic memory (Samskara) – In the causal body of the Soul—and layered on the inner helix that makes up the unconscious mind—the impressions of karma are stored. These desire-laden impressions that underlie motivation and craving influence thought, emotions, and behavior. Transformational meditation transmutes and integrates the positive impressions, and dissolves the evil impressions that are stored in this zone of the mind.
  9. Illumined memory (Buddhi) – This is the eternal knowledge that the Soul retains throughout eternity. As the Soul ascends of the spiral of spiritual evolution, it expands this sphere of illumined knowledge. This zone of the mind has been called mandalic reasoning, spiritual discernment, and viveka.
  10. Gnosis and Path Knowledge (Bodhi) – This is the Soul’s remembrance of its eternal essence and the path ahead to Liberation. Accessing this level of consciousness confers enlightenment.

Those who meditate access the deeper aspects of memory that are contained in the inner vehicles of consciousness. Types 1 to 3 operate in the Conscious mind. Types 4 and 5 come from the Subconscious mind. Type 6 functions in the Metaconscious mind. Types 7 through 10 arise from the Superconscious mind.

If we do not alter our awareness from the waking state of awareness, it appears that all aspects of memory, behavior, affect, and cognition are products of the operation of the brain and nervous system. Those that move their attention on the thread of consciousness behold the working of these inner vehicles and the subtler aspects of memory, conation, emotion, and thought that operate within them.

Those who meditate will be enriched to learn of the neurological substrates of memory and the other functions of consciousness shown to us in the patient and methodical research of the scientists. We encourage them to begin with these foundations, and explore the vehicles of consciousness to extend these understandings into the core of being.

Those who wish to explore the Conscious, Subconscious, and Metaconscious mind can do so in greater depth in our beginning meditation course, Introduction to Meditation. Those who wish to extend their journey of inner discovery into the Superconscious mind will benefit from taking one of our intermediate courses, the in person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Environmental and Mindset Factors Influencing Human Life

This article comes from our coaching theme materials. We have now put up the Breakthrough Meditation Program for students who are enrolled in or who have completed one of our intermediate courses—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—our students can order this from their level one or level two completer pages; active students who wish to augment the class they are currently taking with this program should contact us. We have also completed our Life Coaching Program and Cult Recovery Coaching Program: these will soon available for you to enroll for those of you who wish to work on these areas—these two programs will be available to members of the general public: you do not have to be one of our meditation students.

By George A. Boyd © 2018

External environmental factors and internal mindset factors condition what you experience in your life. Understanding these factors and learning how to work with them to enhance your life is the key to promoting greater success and happiness.

Environmental factors include:

  1. Physical space where you live and work – this is the impact of the lighting and layout of your house on your mood, your creativity, your productivity, and your ability to relax and rest.
  2. Objects placed in your physical space that have meaning for you – this consists of artwork and objects that inspire you or elicit memories of people who are important to you.
  3. People who positively influence you or who distract/hinder you – this is what you experience in your relationships with your spouse or lover, your children, relatives, friends, co-workers, and relatives.
  4. The information in your environment that influences you – this incorporates what other people tell you, your sources of news, expert opinions that shape your beliefs, what you read in books and the internet, and social media.
  5. Cultural expectations of what you are supposed to do – these are the set of rules for dress, manners, and situational behavior passed down through your ethnic or cultural group.
  6. The political and legal environment that governs what you are allowed to do – this my allow you great liberty or it may severely restrict your ability to communicate and your personal freedom.
  7. The secular or religious framework that influences politics, laws, and culture – this is the largest frame that impacts the societal collective to which you belong.

Mindset factors include:

  1. Where you are developmentally – this comprises the life skills, education, and training you have received in your life, and where you perceive you are blocked in your growth.
  2. The four-fold wheel of identity, desire, meaning, and will – these are the different ways you conceive of yourself, what you want, how you construe life’s meaning and purpose, and your perception of your ability to change to achieve your goals and dreams.
  3. The implicit order (the Divine Law) – this embraces each Law from subatomic particles to the Divine Spirit. This is the ordered consciousness of the mind that mirrors the world and each spiritual Plane as it is, and as you are a part of it. This is your internal viewpoint on reality, your unique perspective.
  4. The mental gestalt – this is the interplay between integrated and non-integrated aspects of your personality, and the whole picture of you incorporating both aspects.
  5. The levels of communication – these are the modalities through which you are able to interface with others’ mind and consciousness though non-verbal behavior, speech, and writing.
  6. The mind as a solution-seeking mechanism – this views both fantasy and applied intelligence as ways the mind seeks solutions to perceived problems.
  7. The mirror of the Divine Plan for human life – this is the blueprint of what you must do to complete your Soul’s Purpose for this life, and to carry out its mission to serve humanity.
  8. We encourage you to contemplate each of these environmental and mindset factors to discern which are areas that you can change to improve the quality of your life. Surprisingly, even small modifications in the areas that are within your capability to change can result in significant enhancement of what you experience in your life.

Getting Value from Our Teachings

By George A. Boyd © 2014

There are seven elements that allow you to gain value from the Mudrashram® teachings. These include:

  1. Theory – Learn what a practice is and why we do it.
  2. Technique – Learn how to practice the technique correctly.
  3. Practice – Use the technique in your daily life to work on personal issues, or to activate and unfold your spiritual potentials
  4. Create meaning – Reflect upon your experiences in meditation. Capture these insights in a journal. Creatively express these insights as writing, poetry, song, or visual art.
  5. Integration and transformation – Notice the changes that occur to your personally and spiritually as a result of doing these practices.
  6. Share – Tell your friends about the value you receive from the teachings, so others may benefit from them.
  7. Advance – Take our available advanced training classes—for example, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation is the next training step after completing one of our intermediate courses. Read our books. Study the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course and the Satsang Program Home Study Course.

We encourage you to get the maximum value from our teachings through incorporating these seven elements into your personal and spiritual life.

Challenges and Mastery of Your Faculties

In beginning your practice, you will face three major challenges. These are language, navigation, and discernment.

Language – the challenge of language is to understand what essences our words describe.

Navigation – the challenge of navigation is to locate and put your attention on each spiritual essence—your attentional principle, your spirit, and your Soul, a nucleus of identity, or a vehicle of consciousness—and do your spiritual work there.

Discernment – the challenge of discernment is to identify what is the content and the edge of a vehicle of consciousness, what comprises your sphere of consciousness, and what are the markers of a focal point, a nodal point, Subplanes, Planes, and Divisions along the Great Continuum of Consciousness.

After you have overcome these initial obstacles, your next objective will be to gain the four masteries over your inner faculties. These four masteries include:

Inner sensing – this is the ability to see, hear, and feel in your inner vehicles of consciousness

Intuition – this is the ability to access correct, valuable inner guidance from your Soul

Heart travel – this is the ability to travel in full consciousness as the spirit though the inner channels of the Nada

Attunement – this is the ability to travel within as the attentional principle, contact a spiritual Master, receive the Light, and send the Light to others

We give you the keys to understand spiritual terminology, traveling to discrete levels of the Continuum, discerning the levels of the Superconscious mind, developing inner sensing, connecting with your intuition, traveling as the spirit in the channels of the Nada, and learning to make attunements in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—so if you have not yet begun to study with us, this is where you will learn the core techniques and understanding to overcome the challenges and progressively master the inner work of meditation.

For those of you who have never meditated or have had not had success in meditation may wish to begin with our Introduction to Meditation program, which prepares you to make the big step up into our intermediate courses.

Actualizing Your Potentials

Once you have begun to gain mastery over these four faculties, you will begin to actualize six of the seven types of potential. The first type of potential—genetic—is achieved through control over your diet, minimizing ingestion of toxins and environmental poisons, breathing, sunlight, and exercise. Meditation supports and augments the other six potentials, which include:

  1. Physical (athletic) – achieving optimal performance for your body in your selected sport, exercise routine, martial arts, hatha yoga, or dancing
  2. Academic – optimal learning, reaching the most advanced education with your innate intelligence
  3. Emotional – optimal expression of native empathy (emotional intelligence), caring, and compassion
  4. Mental (creative) – optimal actualization of the talents within the layers of your mind; expression of your inner abilities and gifts in career, hobby, or as volunteer service
  5. Mental (psychic and intuitive) – optimal activation of the inner senses to see, hear, and feel with crystal clarity and accuracy; ability to access intuitive knowledge for self-guidance and wise counsel for others
  6. Spiritual – optimal unfoldment of the ensouling entity, spirit, and vehicles of consciousness to the greatest extent possible, with full actualization of the Soul’s love, wisdom, and power

As your actualize your potentials, you will experience the most fulfilling life. This is the one of the great gifts of meditation.

Reflections on Dualism

Given the intractable nature of modern politics in many countries, I thought this article would shed some light on alternate ways to deal with conflict. To be able move beyond impasse and arrive at a higher synthesis is an important skill that each of us can employ in our relationships and career.

By George A. Boyd © 2009

The natural polarities you perceive in your mind construct an inner dualism. This dualistic gestalt portrays a lighted zone of integrated, conscious functioning, and a darkened zone of chaotic, desire-driven urges that arise in the unconscious mind. There are several different perspectives that people hold about this interplay between light and darkness.

  1. Light wars against darkness; darkness seeks to destroy the Light. Darkness is the enemy of the Light.
  2. Light and darkness alternate over time in a never-ending cycle.
  3. Light and darkness are relative to the Infinite. Light grows as the Soul moves closer to the Source and darkness recedes; the further you are away from the Source, the greater the darkness that is in you.
  4. Light and darkness are complementary: each is required for the other to exist. The light contains an aspect of the dark; the dark contains an aspect of the light. They are the dual faces of Nature, yin and yang.
  5. Light and darkness are thesis and antithesis in an eternal dialog. Synthesis transcends this tension of opposites, and combines and unites the apparent contradictions.
  6. Light is the fullness of holy virtues that the darkness veils, and expresses as negative passions such as egotism, ignorance, attachment, envy, jealousy, greed, anger, and lust. The Light, sent forth as the Holy Spirit, transforms these dark passions into holy virtues.
  7. Darkness is the raw material that the Light must be transform and shape. This inchoate matter of the mind must be “saved,” “redeemed,” or transmuted and refined through the Power of the Light.

The propensity to demonize another arises when you see darkness is a force that you must battle against. Demonization gives rise to prejudice, bigotry, racism, intolerance of differences, and intractable argument. Over time, this can degenerate into cruelty, violence, and war.

While it is a natural response to approach that which you perceive as evil from this reactive, defensive, eye-for-an-eye stance, it may be beneficial to switch perspectives and view this emergence from the unconscious mind of another in another way. For example, where outright warfare is not required for collective protection, it may be judicious to see if a synthesis can be found between the polar perspectives of the two parties.

Alternately, it might be helpful to see the potential of what the opposing side can be if the issues creating the conflict can be resolved. Diplomacy, constructive dialog, and mediation seek to find this common ground that can back down this conflict from the brink of violence and war.

Psychotherapists apply this principle to work with the internal conflicts within their clients’ psyche. Through therapeutic exploration of issues, they stop the inner arguments within the mind and the forces that formerly in opposition and tension now work together towards a common purpose.

Aspirants and disciples will find they can diffuse the dualistic, polarized, and antagonistic perspectives within them through active contemplation and reflection. This will enable them to defuse the ego’s reactive propensity to anger, condemnation, and revenge when it encounters opposition or frustration of its desires. The ability to change perspectives, to see the problem in a new light, may help to change these antagonistic beliefs and belligerent behavior. This can lead to constructive resolution of issues and frustrations without escalating to hatred, violence, and war.