What’s An Ascended Master?

By George A. Boyd ©2022

Q: In the New Age teachings, they talk about Ascended Masters. What is an Ascended Master?

A: People experience Ascended Masters in different ways on the Psychic Realm:

  • They receive a telepathic message from the Ascended Master, and this being identifies that it is coming from him or her.
  • They see the form of the Ascended Master in dreams or meditation.
  • They receive a channeled message from someone who claims to be a mouthpiece for that Ascended Master.
  • They read about Ascended Masters in books.

An Ascended Master is a form that dwells on the Fifth Subplane of the Second Planetary Initiation. They exist in three types:

  1. A Soul that has opened to that level and animates this form.
  2. A Master in the Hierarchy of Light’s reflected form.
  3. An individual who has tuned up their vehicles of the personality, so that they dwell as an Ascended Master, after undergoing the Sixth Initiation.

The first form is not a genuine Ascended Master. This form grants certain knowledge and abilities, but it is not the full stage of Mastery.

The second form is a genuine Ascended Master, and they can minister fully to from this form to those undergoing the Second Planetary Initiation and the First Esoteric Initiation.

The third form is the attainment of conscious immortality. Only very rare beings have undergone this inner transformation that leads to conscious ascension—this form is not awakened until the Master has completed full spiritual development in every world of the Continuum.

Communications from the Ascended Masters in the Psychic Realm may be distorted or misunderstood, as those sojourning through this realm may not have developed the requisite discernment to clearly grasp what the Master has conveyed. Sometimes, outright fantasy may be wrongly attributed to the Master, when the aspirant warps the message during reception.

To learn more about gaining discernment in the Psychic Realm, we recommend our book, The Psychic Realm: Finding Safe Passage through the Worlds of Illusion.

To actually spiritually evolve to the Fifth Subplane of the Second Planetary Initiation—if you have not reached this stage already—you need to learn how to transform your Soul to this level where you can actually behold these beings carrying out their ministry to those in the Second Initiation and the First Esoteric Initiation. You can learn how to transform your Soul in our intermediate meditation classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

What is Focal Awareness?

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Focal awareness means your attention is fully focused upon an immortal essence of consciousness—attentional principle, spirit, or ensouling entity. Seven stages mark the attainment of focal awareness:

  1. Nescience – you don’t know the essence exists and you don’t know what and where it is
  2. Conceptual knowledge – you learn about the essence, so you know it exists, but you don’t know what and where it is
  3. Map – you are given a description of the place you find the essence, but you are unable to go there and merge with it.
  4. Remembrance – you locate the essence along the thread of consciousness and you acquire it as a meditation target.
  5. Traveling to it – you move your attention along the thread of consciousness until you come into its presence and you mentally touch it and feel it
  6. Union – you use micro concentration to merge into the essence at its brain center and look out from its perspective
  7. Fusion – you become one with the essence so observer and observed become one. You are the attentional principle, spirit, or ensouling entity and experience what it experiences.

How do you learn focal awareness?

To gain focal awareness, you need to enter stages six and seven.

You achieve stages two and three by reading our articles and books.

In our intermediate meditation classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—you learn to remember the essence and move your attention into its presence, which enable you to reach stages four and five.

In our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation, you learn about the fine points of gaining union and fusion, which help you experience stages six and seven.

Focal awareness is key to:

  1. Having a depth experience of meditation
  2. Seeing and hearing within
  3. Traveling the Path in full consciousness
  4. Having conscious communion with your guide and Supervising Initiate
  5. Being able to contemplate and study your essences of consciousness, your vehicles of consciousness, and the bands of the Continuum
  6. Consciously carrying out Attunements and spiritual ministry
  7. Performing the work of transformation and experiencing the downpour, feeling your ensouling entity and its vehicles unfold, and sensing your spirit opening the channels of the Nada

If you are having difficulty achieving focal awareness, you may want to schedule a meditation consultation to learn ways to overcome your difficulties identifying and traveling to these spiritual essences, so you can shift into union and fusion. We stand ready to assist you reclaim this core meditation proficiency that will allow you to move into your next level of spiritual experience.

If you don’t know how to reach these spiritual essences and you have never taken our classes where we show you how to focus on them, we recommend that you sign up for the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the Accelerated Meditation Program. If you are not sure whether that is right for you or not, schedule a spiritual discovery session with us.

Tricks of the Mind

Tricks of the Mind: Things that Appear to Be
the Highest State of Consciousness, but Aren’t

By George A. Boyd © 2022

Q: Why do people believe that they have reached the highest state of consciousness, when they haven’t?

A: There are several elements at play here that make individuals stop at a certain level and not go beyond it:

  1. Their technique does not allow progress beyond a certain point. For example, those that unfold the Supracosmic seed atom on a Supracosmic Path can only develop it to the origin of that seed atom in the brain chakra on that Path.
  2. They reach the Presence of the Divine in their cosmology. For example, a Christian monastic that practices the Jesus Prayer unfolds his or her Moon Soul nucleus of identity into the Presence of the Father God in the First Mesoteric Initiation, and assumes the form of the saint in the Courts of the Lord. They are devoted to this form of God; believe this form of the Divine is the only True God; and consequently, they have no desire to go to any higher level.
  3. They do not see any higher level because of the inherent curvature of inner space on the Continuum. For example, Yogis who unite their attention with their cosmic consciousness see Brahman, at the brain center of the Cosmic Man or Woman as the highest state of consciousness, which they believe confers Supreme Self Realization, Enlightenment, God Realization, or Nirbikalpa Samadhi. When they move beyond Brahman into the Void, which is experienced as a Great Ocean of Peace (Shanti Desh), they see their Path reveals a new segment that connects with the Hridaya chakra, where their inner Yogi Preceptor dwells and the Lord of the Yogis oversees that inner throne of Mastery.
  4. They become identified with a vehicular seed atom, a nucleus of identity, a spirit, or an ensouling entity, and can only view the inner Planes from that perspective. For example, those who practice the Taoist microcosmic circulation technique become identified with the seed atom on the Subtle Etheric Subplane; those that practice the Merkaba method become identified with their seed atom on the fifth Subplane of the Psychic Realm (the Star Seed). Those that practice selected decrees or use attunements to open the inner track that connects with the Mighty I AM Presence become identified with this nucleus of identity. Those that practice a mantra to remember their spirit (simran) become identified with the spirit. Those that awaken Kundalini to the presence of an ensouling entity, receive attunements to unite their attention with it, or practice sustained contemplation of that ensouling entity become identified with it.
  5. The map of consciousness they utilize does not describe anything beyond that particular segment of the Path. For example, Baba Muktananda describes the cosmology of the Supracosmic portion of the Shiva 8 Path in his book, The Play of Consciousness, but only that Path. Sant Mat Masters use maps of consciousness to describe the Path of the spirit on the Second Transcendental Path (T2), but do not describe anything beyond; the Eckankar™ Masters similarly employ maps of consciousness to describe only T5.
  6. Their belief in and devotion to a form of God or to a spiritual Master makes them not want to go to any higher world, even if they know about these higher levels. For example, Mahara, the wife of my first spiritual teacher, Maha Genii Turriziani, only aspired to reach to the Cosmic Hierarchy where Maha Genii dwells.
  7. They are locked into an altered state of consciousness, where they see their spiritual teacher as the highest Initiate or the World Savior. For example, in many religious cults, members learn to keep their attention in an altered state of consciousness, where they see their cult leader on the inner horizon of the mind, which appears to them to be the highest level. Those experiencing Kundalini syndromes may be involuntarily fixed in a higher spiritual essence, such as their cosmic consciousness or a Supracosmic seed atom; they behold the Initiate who awakened this essence at the apparent summit of spiritual development.

The Mudrashram® Multiplane Masters brought to the world a complete mapping of the levels of the mind—Conscious, Subconscious, Metaconscious, and Superconscious—in their groundbreaking Mudrashram® Correspondence Course. From the standpoint of an Adi Sat Guru, every Path is visible from its beginning to its origin—and the root teacher of the Mudrashram® lineage is established in the Infinite Stage (Param Moksha Desh), which views the Great Continuum of Consciousness in its entirety.

Because of the Mudrashram® Masters’ comprehensive map, they can identify when individuals become locked into the limited perspective of a particular Plane, a band of the Continuum, or an isolated Path. The Mudrashram® Masters lead individuals to complete that segment of their spiritual development, and take up the Great Work of finishing their spiritual development in the Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental levels of the Continuum, and ultimately guide them to reach the Infinite Stage.

These tricks of the mind are on full display on the Bridge Path, when the Soul of the Bridge Path reaches the causal ring that surrounds the Light of Liberation from Birth and Death: here wave after wave of entities appear before the inner eye of the Soul of the Bridge Path announcing, “Oh Lanoo, you have now reached the Highest Stage… you have now reached the Light of Liberation… you are now freed from birth and death…” in an attempt to have the Soul of the Bridge Path stop its upward journey to the True Light that genuinely bestows freedom from birth and death.

Perspectives on the Mighty I AM Presence

By George A. Boyd © 2022

Q: Why is it that people describe the Mighty I AM Presence differently? Some New Age teachers seem to equate it with the Higher Self, while others point to it as some kind of power center that you can tap into through decrees.

A: The Mighty I AM Presence is the nucleus of identity that is located in the right side of the chest of the Solar Angel, which is the form your Soul activates as it is taking the Second Planetary Initiation. This nucleus of identity is experienced differently on each of the Seven Rays:

First Ray – This views the Mighty I AM Presence as an all-accomplishing force—the Word in Manifestation—that has the power to dissolve evil and darkness, and to manifest whatever you decree. In the Bible, there is the story of the Roman centurion, who said to Jesus, “If you will only speak the Word…” he believed that this power in Jesus would fulfill his prayer.

Second Ray – From this viewpoint, the Mighty I AM Presence actively ministers to (1) your life, (2) your health, (3) your relationships, (4) your career and finances, (5) your duty, (6) your ministry, and (7) your service. In our Light Sittings, we call upon the Mighty I AM Presence to minister to those in attunement and treat these seven areas of their experience.

Third Ray – In this perspective, the Mighty I AM Presence appears as the inmost of three orders of being: (1) embodied being, comprising life and personality—the human Self controls this; (2) the Christ consciousness, which is experienced in the First Planetary Initiation; and (3) the Divine Solar Being, in the Second Planetary Initiation. This inmost aspect of being can be activated and unfolded through specific decrees that the Ascended Masters reveal. Several of the “I AM Movement” groups and the Church Universal and Triumphant approach the Mighty I AM Presence through this lens.

Fourth Ray – In this standpoint, there is no separation between the Mighty I AM Presence and its creation in human life. Those who embrace this mystical perspective experience a spontaneous manifestation of intention and desire through a series of mysterious coincidences and apparent miracles.

Fifth Ray – This point of view finds the Mighty I AM Presence is in the Hridaya center of the Solar Angel—on the right side of the chest. You activate the Solar Angel and its integration center, the Mighty I AM Presence, through placing your attention on this nucleus of identity and making your request; the Mighty I AM Presence speaks the Word concerning what you have brought to its inner altar of Light. This is the way that we describe the Mighty I AM Presence in the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course — our special training given to those who are undergoing the Second Planetary Initiation teaches our students to activate this essence using this method.

Sixth Ray – Those that adopt this perceptual frame only regard their Mighty I AM Presence in relationship to an Ascended Master, who overshadows it, teaches it, sends it Light and Grace, and unfolds it. Those who fully identity with this highly devotional relational spiritual dyad find that their Ascended Master progressively unfolds this nucleus of identity until it is established in the abode of the Ascended Masters—with the one who sends it the Light.

Seventh Ray – Here, the core of the Mighty I AM Presence is progressively revealed through a series of realizations, which bridge from egoic awareness to a state of ecstatic, detached illumination. Each higher state of consciousness is mirrored along this track; those that complete this opening of this corridor fuse into the Mighty I AM Presence. Those that reach this core realization may believe that they have reached the summit of spiritual attainment, and mistake their realizations for the actual attainment of exalted spiritual stations in higher octaves of being. This thread connecting the ego with the Mighty I AM Presence can be opened through Agni Yoga attunements—often coordinated with awakening the Kundalini—or through using mantras. Some groups in the New Age community look to this perceptual transformation as “the ascension;” this opening, however, does not unfold the Soul.

It is important to distinguish the Soul and Higher Self from the Mighty I AM Presence:

The Higher Self is the form through which the Soul expresses—we call this form, the Soul’s essential vehicle. This Higher Self takes a series of noumenal forms: it may appear as a Christ-like being, or a god or goddess.

The Soul is formless, dwelling in the Void beyond Creation; the Soul’s essential vehicle is its form in Creation, through which the Soul operates its vehicles of the Superconscious mind, and guides and aligns its human Self with the Soul’s Purpose.

The Mighty I AM Presence is a nucleus of identity, which is an integration center in the Superconscious mind. The Soul lines up with this nucleus of identity, when it takes the Second Planetary Initiation.

We teach our students who take one of our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program how to unfold their Soul through each level of the Planetary Realm— and each higher level of the Continuum: Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental. When they move through the Second Planetary Initiation, they activate their Mighty I AM Presence.

We invite you to join us on this inner journey of spiritual discovery and transformation. Schedule a complimentary spiritual discovery session with us to find out if one of our intermediate courses is right for you.

What Happens When People Take Psychedelic Drugs?

By George A. Boyd © 2011

Q: What happens when people take psychedelic or hallucinogenic drugs?

A: You can visualize the effects of ingestion of these substances on seven different layers of the body-mind.

  1. Biochemical/Neurological – This appears to generate passive movement of the astral body through the deeper layers of the mind when the electrochemical action of the drug overwhelms the normal homeostatic mechanisms, and breaks through the protective etheric veil.

  2. Attentional – Absorption of attention into altered states of consciousness and loss of ego awareness. While under the peak influence of the drug, it may be difficult or impossible to return to the waking state of awareness.
  3. Movement – When energy and awareness open into the unconscious bands of the mind, there may be a variety of involuntary motor behavior, including jerking, tics, spasms, or spontaneous posturing. This may also take the form of involuntary speech, such as uttering mantras, making organismic sounds, or speaking in an unknown tongue (glossolalia).
  4. Sensory – Hallucinogenic drugs are known for their rich tapestries of visual displays, sensory illusions, and temporary synesthesia—a blending of the senses.
  5. Emotional – During the psychedelic experience, the person taking the drug may experience a wide range of deeply repressed emotions, such as rage, terror, anxiety, depression, and grief.
  6. Reason – When reason turns off during the depths of the experience, the person may experience the loss of reality testing and inability to identify what is real. This temporary reason-suspending effect of psychedelic drugs is called psychotomimetic, which means, resembling psychosis.
  7. Kundalini – Some individuals experience an awakening of their Kundalini. This powerfully focuses their attention and awareness into altered states of consciousness during the height of the intoxication.

What happens when these different layers are activated during the psychedelic experience?

Layer one is common to many classifications of drugs that overwhelm the homeostatic mechanisms of the brain and passively move the astral body into deeper levels of the body-mind. Similar to hypnosis, these substances appear to readily open the portals of perception into the Subconscious and Superconscious levels of the mind.

Layer two occurs when attention is irresistibly absorbed in the psychedelic experience. Those ingesting these substances may experience that their attention is drawn to a particular center of the Superconscious mind, and may become fixed in it. Depending on the environmental setting, attention may become absorbed in different nuclei of identity, the spirit, or the Soul.

Layer three appears to indicate that the Kundalini has penetrated the unconscious layers of the mind, which produces the involuntary movement and speech characteristic of emergence phenomena. This usually occurs when the Kundalini moves beyond the cutting edge of spirituality.

When Layer four is opened, the normal sensory veil that restricts sensations to the physical environment is transcended, and the individual undergoing the psychedelic experience may temporarily be immersed in the subtle impressions arising from the astral, attentional, attentional principle, spirit, illumined Mind, or Soul octaves of the mind.

Layer five is a direct encounter with deep layers of emotion that are normally secreted in the unconscious mind. The individual undergoing the psychedelic trip may simply experience what is there in the hidden vaults of the mind, or something seen during the drug high may evoke powerful emotional reaction. For example, visions of a demon or extraterrestrial during a trip may evoke terror; beholding an angel or spiritual guide may bring up joy and exultation. In the rare case where the individual experiences temporary possession states during this visionary journey, the fear can become overwhelming.

Layer six appears to occur during powerful psychedelic experiences, which temporarily shut down the rational mind and lead attention to transcend and disidentify with the ego. If these functions are not restored after the drug has worn off, the individual may be left in a sustained delusional and dissociated state.

Layer seven, Kundalini awakening, appears for some people taking the psychedelic substance—not everyone experiences this. When this energy is drawn to levels beyond the Soul—which we refer to the cutting edge of spirituality—the Kundalini energy may move beyond the Soul’s ability to control it, and the individual may experience a full-blown Kundalini emergency syndrome. If the energy is not brought back down, these symptoms may persist beyond the trip.

In Mudrashram®, we recommend that seekers avoid using these powerful psychedelic drugs. Instead, we advocate that they learn to control their attention and intentionally open their awareness to encompass each of the levels that they might encounter during a drug-induced trance, and visit these realms in full consciousness.

Those wishing to learn how you might do this, we teach these methods in our intermediate meditation classes, in in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.