Zones of Concentration

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: Can you explain the role of concentration in spiritual life?

A: Concentration means that you shrink the focus of your attention and hold it on an object. There are several levels at which you can apply concentration:

  1. Schema – this is a category in which you access stored knowledge about a particular topic. You use this in study and academic education. You might, for example, focus on the schema where you have learned rules for grammar. You would learn the new material about this subject and remember it in the frame of the schema, associating it to your current knowledge.
  2. Matrix of experience – You access this level when you ask your deeper mind questions and listen for the answers. You might ask for a particular incident (process meditation), a specific fact (mnemonic recall), how you feel about something (emotional inquiry), what something means (cognitive inquiry), what your options and choices are (personal inquiry), or ask for information about spiritual topics (metaphysical inquiry). You concentrate in this band when you are doing personal process, inner dialog, or psychotherapy.
  3. Reflection – You access this level when you think deeply about something and you want to solve a problem. This accesses your intellect, whereby you apply your intelligence to explore ideas and to solve problems. Those who are writers, scientists, and philosophers tap into this level of concentration.
  4. Archetypes and arrays – You access this level when you interface with elements in your Superconscious mind. You might encounter an archetype and reflect on the meaning of the form you see. You might explore the meaning of a myth or wisdom story. You might contemplate the meaning of a scripture. You might associate symbols in an array to do an intuitive reading. Theologians, metaphysical counselors, psychic readers, and transpersonal psychologists interface with this level.
  5. Nucleus of identity – You access this level when you focus your attention on one of the integration centers of your Superconscious mind. These centers include, for example, the Star Seed on the Psychic Realm, the Moon Soul in the First Planetary Initiation, Cosmic Consciousness in the First Cosmic Initiation, or the Supracosmic Seed Atom on a Supracosmic Path. Those following a religious or spiritual group focus at this level.
  6. Attentional principle – Focusing your attention at this level awakens your intentional consciousness. Once you can function at this level readily, you can perform inner work on your personality and in your Superconscious mind.
  7. Individual spirit – Focusing your attention at this level awakens the love and devotion of your spirit. Once you can readily focus your attention at this level, you can participate in opening the channels of the Nada through which your spirit returns to its origin.
  8. Ensouling entity – Focusing your attention at this level awakens the Soul. This brings about the experience of Samadhi and Gnosis. This conveys the Realization of the Inner Divinity within the Soul, and aligns you with the Soul’s Path of spiritual evolution.

Direct spiritual experience is contingent upon your ability to concentrate upon the spiritual essences at levels five through eight. We teach you how to tap levels 6, 7, and 8 in our intermediate meditation courses—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. We teach contemplation of nuclei of identity, level 5, in the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Developing facility with levels one and two is important for successful learning and adult functioning. Those who are thinkers and who are able to access the creative and intuitive channels of their mind learn to tap into levels three and four.

We encourage you to become familiar with each of these levels of concentration, and learn how to use these attentional foci skillfully and efficiently to bring success in your life and to awaken to your full spiritual potentials.

The Spectrum of Spiritual Ministry

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: There appears to be an entire spectrum of spiritual ministry. Where does Mudrashram® fit on this spectrum?

A: There are seven major levels of spiritual ministry. We will briefly discuss them:

Physical – Characteristic of the Subtle Realm and the Biophysical Universe, ministry at this level consists of rituals, sacred ceremonies, and pilgrimages. Individuals at this level may use idols to represent the gods and goddesses of their faith. Participants in groups that practice physical level ministry primarily identity as their body and their ego. They practice Karma Yoga—service to God, humanity, and their spiritual organization—and do little meditation. They may pray to God to help them in their lives with their problems. They may do practices like hatha yoga to relax and tone the body.

Etheric – Those who are in the Psychic Realm or those that do practices that awaken their cosmic consciousness or a Supracosmic seed atom may experience this level of spiritual ministry. Ministry at this level typically involves awakening the Kundalini to activate a selected spiritual essence. Those who operate at this level visualize the Divine as residing in the highest chakra on their Path, and believe that through opening the chakras, they can achieve union with the Divine. They may use techniques like Pranayama, focusing attention on different chakras, and practices that awaken the Kundalini to gain union with the spiritual essence with which they identify—and they may attempt to keep their attention in an altered state of consciousness in union with that spiritual essence. They may do practices like mindfulness and tratakam methods like candle gazing to focus their attention.

Lower Emotional – Those who operate in the three upper Subplanes of the Abstract Mind Plane—Akashic Records Subplane, Dynamic Creation Subplane, and Universal Mind Subplane—and the Psychic Realm focus on this aspect of ministry. They seek to fulfill their desires and be happy; they attempt to manifest or create what they visualize and intend in their human life. They may identify with the wave of the present time on the Akashic Aether, a Star Seed in the Psychic Realm, or the Soul. They use techniques like affirmation, process meditation, autohypnosis, claiming by faith, and visualization with intention to attempt to manifest what they desire. Some individuals at this level will invoke angels, Ascended Masters, saints, or their own Mighty I AM Presence to augment their efforts to achieve their dreams.

Higher Emotional – Those who operate at this level of ministry can be found in the First Mesoteric Initiation, and on devotional Paths of the First Cosmic Initiation, the Supracosmic Sphere, or the Paths of the Transcendental Sphere. Love for the Divine, devotion, and yearning for spiritual union with God are highlighted at this level. The experience of love at this level is quintessential, and they may engage in mystic Bhakti Yoga practices such as saying the names of God (Japa), practicing the presence of God and remembering God, performing worship and praise ceremonies for the Divine (Puja), using transformational methods that move the spiritual essence with which they identity closer to the Divine, and Nada Yoga.

Lower Mental – Those who operate at this level typically have reached the Third Planetary Initiation. This level undergoes discovering and enacting their Soul Purpose. They align their personality with the Soul so it can become an instrument of the Soul. They practice Raja Yoga, contemplation of ideas or seed thoughts, and listen to their Soul’s intuition to guide them. They may use practices to tune into the thought streams of the Masters of the Hierarchy.

Higher Mental – Those who operate at this level have awakened their Illumined Mind and can disseminate the teachings of the Masters. This level is associated with those who have taken the Fourth Planetary Initiation, or those who have entered into the state of Samadhi. At this level, the ensouling entity can operate as a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, and guide. These individuals can operate fully as their attentional principle to commune with the Masters and with their ensouling entity. They commonly practice Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga methods to connect with the ensouling entity and allow it to express through the personality through inspired discourse (Satsang) or writing.

Spiritual – This level comprises Light Ministry beyond words. It is associated with those who have achieved Mastery in their Path and the Divine has anointed them to send the Light. Our Light Sittings, Attunement Meditation, Agni Yoga, the granting of Initiation, Guru Kripa Yoga, and the empowerment of transformational mantras operate from this platform. At this level, the attentional principle, the spirit, and/or the Soul receive and send forth the Light.

Mudrashram® teaches methods in its intermediate classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—that assist aspirants at different levels. For example:

  • For those polarized at the Etheric level, we teach how to awaken the Kundalini and how to collect attention and to use the breath to augment meditation.
  • For those at the Lower Emotional level, we teach a variety of methods that assist people to manifest their desires and achieve their dreams, such as process meditation, affirmation, and autohypnosis.
  • For those at the Higher Emotional level, we teach Nada Yoga.
  • For those at the Lower Mental level, we teach them how to do Raja Yoga and tap intuition through the Jnana Yoga techniques.
  • For those at the Higher Mental level, we teach them to catalyze their Soul’s genius through Samadhi, which we teach in our Samadhi Weekend Program.
  • For those who can rise into the Spiritual level, we train them in Agni Yoga and Attunement Meditation, and allow them to experience the grace of the Divine and the Masters through Light Immersion and Guru Kripa Yoga. We also enable them to speed up their spiritual evolution through giving them a mantra keyed to their cutting edge of spirituality.

While the primary thrust of our ministry operates on the Lower Mental, Higher Mental, and Spiritual levels, we do have students who are primarily polarized at the Etheric, Lower Emotional, and Higher Emotional levels. We train them to gradually activate their innate love, wisdom, and power of their Soul and assist them to shift into mental and spiritual polarization.

What Is Integral Alignment?

By George A. Boyd ©2021

Q: How is your approach to spirituality different than the what is taught in New Age, Judeo-Christian, I AM Movement, Yogi Preceptor, and Supracosmic Guru Paths?

A: There are three aspects that condition spiritual perception:

  1. Identification with a spiritual essence
  2. The apparent path or track along which this essence develops
  3. The vision of the Source of this essence, which is the perception of the Divine in this spiritual tradition

In the Paths you mention, there is a fundamental difference in the spiritual alignment for their orientation to the apparent Divine Source and the spiritual alignment we utilize in Mudrashram®. To understand this, you may wish to imagine there is a spiritual body that contains each of these groups as centers:

Brain center – This center contains the seed atom of a Supracosmic Path, which is your identity state when you take initiation into a Supracosmic Path. This Supracosmic seed is what we call a nucleus of identity.

Point between the eyebrows – This center reveals the God Consciousness nucleus of identity of the Fifth Cosmic Initiation. My first spiritual teacher, Maha Genii Turriziani, who was a Cosmic Master, revealed this center to me. Most spiritual groups along this alignment typically do not work with this center.

Medulla – This center aligns you with the Cosmic Soul Awareness in the Second Cosmic Initiation. Light Masters activate this center.

Throat – This center awakens when a Yogi Preceptor from one of the nine platforms of Mastery in the First Cosmic Initiation unites your attention with your Cosmic Consciousness nucleus of identity. This track leads through the seven centers of Cosmic Man or Woman—you discover Brahman at the brain center of this Cosmic Body when your Cosmic Consciousness unfolds along its track.

Heart – This center is the seat of your Solar Angel nucleus of identity of the Second Planetary Initiation. I AM movement groups train you to focus your attention upon this spiritual essence and activate it through using a decree or power affirmation.

Solar plexus – This center holds the Moon Soul [also called the Christ Child] nucleus of identity of the First Planetary Initiation. Judeo-Christian traditions train you to focus upon this center and to identify with it. It envisions the Heavenly Father God as the spiritual Source, which has begotten the Moon Soul. Mystic sects of Judaism and Christianity employ transformational methods to move the Moon Soul upon its track closer to the Divine, as He is conceived in these traditions.

Navel – Some New Age groups anchored in the Psychic Realm teach people to identify with their Star Seed, which is the seed atom of your form in the fifth Subplane of this band of the Continuum. Some teachers in this realm show you how to unfold this essence, which leads to union with a form of Mastery in the Galactic Brotherhood/Sisterhood along one of twelve star pathways.

Base of the Spine – This center reveals the wave of consciousness on the Akashic Records Subplane on the Abstract Mind Plane. This center allows you to tap into the Soul’s “thought and intention” that interface with your human life through this center. There are a variety of methods that groups established in the three highest Subplanes of the Abstract Mind Plan—the Akashic Records Subplane, the Dynamic Creation Subplane, and the Universal Mind Subplane—utilize to lift your attention into union with this center. Discovery of this center enables people to realize that the Soul can create what it visualizes and intends in human life. This leads to a type of enlightenment and empowerment experience of the “eternal now,” where people come to believe they can manifest whatever they desire through aligning with the Universal Mind or Law of Attraction. Some New Age teachers will use this as a portal to guide people’s attention into union with their form on the Psychic Realm.

The Supracosmic seed atom of one of the Supracosmic Paths becomes the orienting center of Paths aligned with the axis of non-Integral alignment. A subtle current of energy runs from the Supracosmic seed atom to the wave of consciousness of the present time on the Akashic Ether; focusing on any of the spiritual essences in the centers of this form taps into this energy stream.

The Integral meditation approach we teach in Mudrashram® is instead founded upon the axis of being that runs from Satchitananda, the ensouling entity of the seventh Transcendental Path, to the lowest center in the Infraconscious mind—which we call the Wheel of Time center—below the waking state of consciousness, where attention dwells in its ground state. You can visualize the body in which the Mudrashram® system of Integral meditation does its spiritual work has the following centers:

Hridaya (sacred heart center) – This contains the Quintessence mantra or Alayic Divine Name through which the Divine Spirit flows to unfold the ensouling entity on the cutting edge of spirituality in synchrony with each other center along this axis of being.

Brain – This is the seat of Satchitananda, which is called the Infinite Consciousness. This is the polestar around which all spiritual development is integrated. It is the seat of the energy of ensoulment and sentience, which we refer to as the Alaya.

Eye in the middle of the forehead – This is the center where you encounter the Soul of the Bridge Path, which unfolds during the seventh stage of spiritual development in Mudrashram®. It is the “Master Soul” within that integrates the love, wisdom, and ability you gain as you develop each octave of being in the stage one through six of spiritual development.

Point between the eyebrows – You work at this level in the Mudrashram® system of Integral meditation during the sixth stage of spirituality. One of the ensouling entities from the First to the Fifth Transcendental Path moves along with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality—we call this spiritual essence that moves in synchrony with your spiritual development, your aligned Transcendental ensouling entity.

Medulla – This is the fifth stage of spirituality in Mudrashram®. This level of spiritual work unfolds your Supracosmic Soul and its aligned Supracosmic seed atom to Liberation. Since many people have written into their spiritual destiny that they must open only one Supracosmic Path, Mudrashram® disciples commonly find that this process of development of this ensouling entity occurs in the background while they unfold at their cutting edge of spirituality, and find to their joy that this essence has been Liberated—when this is the case, they can skip directly from work in the Cosmic Sphere to the Transcendental Sphere.

Throat – This is the Path of unfoldment of the Astral Soul in the Cosmic Sphere, which is the fourth stage of spirituality in Mudrashram®. This ensouling entity becomes your new cutting edge of spirituality when you have completed your spiritual development in the Subtle, Planetary, and Subtle bands of the Continuum.

Heart – This is the track of unfoldment of the Monad in the Transplanetary Realm. This is the third stage of spirituality in Mudrashram®. It leads the Monad through the Planetary Hierarchy to the Planetary Logos; through the Solar Chain to the Solar Logos; and through the seven solar systems of our Monadic Life Wave to the Pleiadean Logos, from which the Monad originated.

Solar Plexus – This is the pathway through the Planetary Realm on which the Planetary Soul evolves, culminating in its opening this track to the Nirvanic Flame. This is the second stage of spiritual development in Mudrashram®.

Navel – This is the corridor through which the Soul Spark, the ensouling entity of the Subtle Realm, travels in its journey of reunion with the Soul. This is the first stage of spiritual development in Mudrashram®. Not everyone starts here; most Mudrashram® students have already moved their cutting edge of spirituality into the Planetary Realm, as they have already completed the Subtle arc of their spiritual evolution.

Base of the spine – This is the locus of your Human Self. This is the zone in which you develop your human potential through using the executive functions of your personality—volition, personal intuition, intellect, concrete mind, conscience, persona, and commitment. Mudrashram® does not neglect this aspect of human nature, but puts into place programs to study its function, such as the Life Coaching, Dysfunctional Family Recovery Coaching, Cult Recovery Coaching, and Addiction Recovery Program to overcome the key life issues that hold people back from being able to enter the portals of the seven stages of their spiritual development.

Top of the feet – This is where your ego dwells, which is the integration center of your Conscious mind. This aspect of your nature is embedded in your human life, and experiences the unfoldment of your life moment to moment. The ego has a functional side, and a “dark side,” which is called the personal unconscious or Shadow. We do not demonize the ego in Mudrashram®, but teach you to train this aspect of your nature to be more responsive to the working out of your Soul’s purpose, and to cooperate with your higher nature instead of resisting it. This is the zone of practical meditation—we have designed a course, the Foundations of Practical Meditation, to help people who are learning to work with their ego to make it more functional and sensitive to the intimations of the deeper Self.

You learn how to open to your cutting edge ensouling entity and transform it, where it dwells in one of the seven stages of spirituality, in our Intermediate meditation courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Differences between Non-Integral and Integral Approaches

When we compare and contrast these two approaches, we find the following differences:

  1. Non-integral alignment is anchored in centers in the higher Planes. It seeks to manifest in human life through the Aethers. Integral alignment is grounded in your physical body, and manifests in your life and your behavior.
  2. Non-integral approaches train their students to identify with nuclei of identity or with seed atoms in selected vehicles of consciousness. This perceptual frame creates a sense of separation and detachment from human life, so that those on these non-integral Paths may regard their personality and ego as alien, unreal, or even as evil. Some types of non-integral spiritual development may lead to states of dissociation, derealization, and depersonalization. In the Integral approach, the connection is maintained between the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality and your human life, so there is no sense of separation; this perspective holds that human life is the instrument through which the Soul expresses in the world.
  3. Non-integral approaches may project utopian or apocalyptic scenarios upon the world. They may visualize ideal societies, if everyone becomes aligned with their spiritual perspective. They may believe in doomsday visions such as the Last Judgment or Divine Punishment of those who do not believe and follow the dictates of their doctrine. Integral approaches focus on constructive action in your life and environment. They hold that rather than project on the world your wishes and fears, it is more productive to improve your personality and your life so you can become a finer instrument for the Soul’s expression.
  4. In some non-Integral Paths, they may awaken the Kundalini to fix your attention in a nucleus of identity. If Kundalini remains fixed in this center, it may generate Kundalini syndromes that disrupt your ability to function in the personality. In Integral Paths, Kundalini is never raised beyond the cutting edge of spirituality, and it is lowered immediately after it activates and enlivens the vehicles of consciousness of your ensouling entity.
  5. Non-integral Paths may utilize transformational methods to unfold a vehicular seed atom or a nucleus of identity with an aim to gain enlightenment and wisdom, love and virtues, and spiritual powers that can be accessed as this essence moves along its track to its apparent origin. This generates imbalance, as this essence is moved off of the innate axis of being. Integral Paths unfold the cutting edge ensouling entity in synchrony with each other center along the axis of being. As a result, no imbalance is generated; no center is moved off the axis of being.
  6. In non-integral Paths, they invoke the form of God and the Masters apparent on the inner horizon of their cosmology, which is perceptible to the spiritual essence with which they identify and unfold. In Integral Paths, invocation is performed through your Supervising Initiate, who connects your ensouling entity with its Source, and steps down that Divine energy to minister to the ensouling entity, the spirit, and the attentional principle.
  7. In non-integral Paths, their outreach to others seeks to bring these aspirants to identify with the nucleus of identity or vehicular seed atom of their Path that they cultivate and transform it along its track. Awakening the spirit is typically not done in these Paths. In Integral Paths, the aspirant is introduced to their ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality. They are trained to unfold this ensouling entity and its vehicles, and to concurrently open the Nadamic Path of the spirit in alignment with the Soul. Integral Paths develop all four Poles of Being in synchrony.

Those who wish to learn about doing Integral spiritual work at the cutting edge of spirituality can do so in one of our Intermediate meditation programs. Those who wish a greater understanding of spiritual development in non-integral Paths will benefit from reading Religions, Cults, and Terrorism: What the Heck Are We Doing?

Q: How is your approach to spirituality different than the teachings of the Sat Gurus of the Transcendental Sphere?

A: Sat Gurus of the Transcendental Sphere teach their disciples to awaken the spirit on their Path and unfold the Transcendental ensouling entity of that Path. These teachers are able to awaken the spirit on one of the Transcendental Paths, but not others. In these Paths, the spirit opening the tracks of the Nada is the key method of transformation.

These teachers who work on individual Transcendental Paths dwell on the first though fifth and seventh Transcendental Paths. These include Subud (T1), Sant Mat (T2), Avatar Meher Baba (T3), the Paradise Path (T4), Eckankar™ (T5), and Brahma Vidya (T7).

Similar to non-integral Paths, they develop the spirit and ensouling entity outside the cutting edge of spirituality. Unlike the other non-integral Paths, they rarely activate the Kundalini.

During the sixth and seventh stage of spirituality in Mudrashram®, you progressively develop and liberate the spirit and ensouling entities on the Bridge Path and T1 to T7—so you do not simply develop the spirit and ensouling entity upon a single Transcendental Path, you develop and ultimately liberate all of them.

A Brief Primer on Stress and Resistance

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Have you ever noticed that some activities seem relatively easy to do, while others evoke reaction and resistance? It’s important to understand how this process works. We can start with a model of the psyche that graphically portrays this interplay between the conscious and unconscious zone of functioning.

chart of stress

0 is the transition point at the border of the Conscious/Unconscious boundary.

You experience the Conscious Zone of the mind as an area of light, where you are free to act. You experience the Unconscious Zone of the mind as an area of darkness, where you feel stress, anxiety, craving and desire, resistance, and dread.

When you are operating in the Conscious Zone of the mind, as the task becomes more difficult and challenging, you move from +7 to +1. Ease of action, even playfulness marks +7. The experience of challenge and having to operate at your maximum capacity indicates you have reached +1.

When you move to the 0 point, you reach the transition point between the Conscious Zone and the Unconscious Zone. You may feel a certain anxiety as you move across this border into operating from the Unconscious Zone.

At -1, you begin to feel stressed, like the task is getting to you and you are looking for something to lower the stress and demand upon you. At -7, you cannot function any more; you are experiencing your painful core emotions—such as suicidal depression, full panic attack, primal rage, or intense self-hatred.

The more time you spend relating and reacting from the Unconscious Zone, the greater physiological markers of stress you exhibit; the deeper you go into this layer of the mind, the greater emotional distress and misery you experience.

To expand your comfort zone, you need to engage activities that elicit a -1 response, and relax as you do engage in this activity. As you practice the activity more and it becomes easier to do, you may find that your stress response lowers and you are become willing to engage in the action without resistance or reaction. Through this means, you begin to open this area of your Conscious Zone to integrate new behavior; the Unconscious Zone yields this aspect of your behavior to the control of volition.

Methods such as Wolpe’s systematic desensitization, used in Behavioral Psychology; and mindfulness help this process of reintegration, as you are able to loosen the death grip of these reactive patterns of the unconscious and extend the zone of your conscious functioning.

In our intermediate meditation classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—we teach methods to work with material in the unconscious. These include methods like Process Meditation, the Mandala Method, and the Rainbow Technique. These methods empower you to work with unconscious material in the -1 to -5 range.

The deepest levels of core psychological pain and defensiveness at -6 and -7 are typically out of the range of effectiveness for self-help methods, such as we teach—these are deepest levels of the Unconscious Zone best addressed with professional psychotherapy—and sometimes, medication must be used to lessen the severe reactions and dysfunctional reactive behavior that arises from these deep wellsprings of the mind.

We encourage you to monitor your behavior and notice, which aspects of your behavior come out of this Unconscious Zone. When they come up, notice what you feel… notice what your thoughts and beliefs are when this arises… and notice any desire or aversion that accompanies this reaction. This will help you identify what your deep issues are—once you know what they are, you can work with them using the self-help methods you have learned, or seek professional help when these are beyond your ability to resolve using your own resources.

The Seven Ray Expressions of the Conscience

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: Does the conscience evolve? Are there core expressions of the conscience?

A: We see the full expression of the conscience in the following roles:

1st Ray – The Prophet manifests on this Ray, as the one who speaks the Word of Power as God inspires. The archetype for this expression is the Fire atop the Mountain that is the presence of the Divine.

2nd Ray – The Psychologist or Therapist adopts this posture, and seeks to bring about psychological wholeness. The archetype for this expression is the Soul at the core of the psyche.

3rd Ray – The Social Reformer aims to change others’ behavior so they live in a way he or she believes is best, through enacting rules, policies, and laws, and enforcing those laws. He or she seeks to compel others to follow the rules, using rewards for compliance and punishments for non-compliance. The archetype for this expression is the Horned God, the Lord of Matter.

4th Ray – The Saint exemplifies holy virtues and lives love and service. The archetype for this expression is the Christ, the fourfold image of the whole Self.

5th Ray – The Law Giver views the ancestry and phylogeny of human beings going back to the origin of life, and views the entire content of the ancestral unconscious. He or she brings moral rules to humanity based on their state of spiritual evolution. The archetype for this expression is the Manu, the guardian of the potentials of the human race.

6th Ray – The Devotee follows scriptural guidelines scrupulously, and attempts to be a perfect role model. The Devotee conscience style may be found as the good son or daughter, the exemplary student, the model employee, or the impeccable soldier. The archetype for this expression is the Crucified One.

7th Ray – The Theocrat attempts to impose his or her religious doctrine and morality on the entire society, demanding obedience. Those that do not comply may be threatened with excommunication, inquisition, torture, or execution. The archetype for this expression is Kal, the Dark Lord.

Most people do not reach these depths of development of the conscience. Instead, what you will see is character style.

  • The Prophet character style gives commands and expects obedience. He believes he is always right, and does not handle criticism well.
  • The Therapist character style is empathic, listens, and considerate. She may attempt to analyze your behavior and give you feedback on how it impacts her.
  • The Social Reformer character type tries to change the world. He may be involved in politics or advocacy for his chosen causes.
  • The Saint character style is self-effacing, modest, and humble. She finds things to be grateful for, to appreciate. She treats others with love and kindness.
  • The Law Giver character style is highly aware of the language, non-verbal signals, and culture of others and attempts to enter their frame of reference to reach them and communicate to them in a way they can understand.
  • The Devotee character style holds her self to the highest standards. She may be self-critical, perfectionistic, and seeks to please others. She may deny herself and neglect her own needs to be a role model of the behavior that is held out to her as ideal.
  • The Theocrat character style seeks to impose his religious or political values on others. He may be intolerant of views other than his own. He may seek to convert of others to share his beliefs and values through preaching or arguments.

It is sometimes hard to determine what character style a person embodies, as there are overlapping characteristics. For example, 1st Ray, 3rd Ray, and 7th Ray types may seek to force their viewpoints and values on others. Both the 4th Ray and the 6th Ray types may wish to be good and virtuous. Both the 2nd and 5th Ray types are empathic and work to understand others.

As you study these character styles in yourself, you may find that there are strengths that this type embodies, as well as some negative characteristics. You may wish to identify and strengthen the positive qualities this character style embodies through practicing that trait; and lessen the negative characteristics through choosing to not express them.

We do a lot of comparisons in our writing between the Seven Rays. We have an introductory section on the Seven Rays in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation. We recommend this book to those of you who want to have a resource that will help you understand the meditation types we introduce in Mudrashram® and many key meditation concepts.