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.

The Three Threads

By George A. Boyd ©2021

Q: What is the difference between faith, philosophy, and meditation? Do they arrive at the same point ultimately?

A: To understand the difference between these transcendental functions of the mind, you need to become clear about the three threads.

The thread of faith and remembrance – This thread connects with the ego and tracks into the presence of the form of God in the First Mesoteric Initiation—this is the faith aspect of this thread. Then, it connects with each form of the Divine above the First Mesoteric Initiation from the Second Planetary Initiation to the Infinite Stage on the Seventh Transcendental Path—this is the remembrance aspect of this thread. So we believe in God up to the First Initiation; beyond that, we remember God. This is the conduit through which we pray to God.

The intuitive thread (Antakarana) – This is the thread that runs from your brain, through your conscience, your intellect, and the Superconscious mind to the Soul’s consciousness, what we call the Illumined mind. This is the thread that allows you to ask a question and receive an answer. Philosophers, theologians, psychics, and psychologists tap this thread to receive understanding and guidance—this allows you to dialog with your Soul. We teach you to tap into this thread in our training in Jnana Yoga, which we present in our intermediate classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and the online Accelerated Meditation Program.

The thread of consciousness – This thread connects the attention in its ground state through each focal point in every level of the mind—Conscious, Subconscious, Metaconscious, and Superconscious. You access this thread through isolating the attention (mindfulness) and guiding it to travel along this thread to specific locations along this thread. We teach how to accomplish this in the Raja Yoga portion of our intermediate classes.

The cord of faith is primarily emotional; the intuitive thread, mental; and the thread of consciousness, noetic. You use the thread of faith and remembrance when you want God to help you and guide you. You tap the intuitive thread when you want to gain insight and understanding. You travel on the thread of consciousness when you want to have direct experience of the object of your meditation.

We suggest that you need to be able to utilize all three threads effectively, when it is appropriate to use them. You are taught about how to have faith in God or to remember the Divine in your religious training, and how to pray to this Being. We point out that it is also important for you to be able to activate and utilize the other two threads.

Study and explore these three threads. Learn to apply them.

What is Progressive Spiritual Recapture?

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: What is progressive spiritual recapture?

A: Progressive spiritual recapture means that you unfold at your cutting edge of spirituality to the point where your ensouling entity and vehicles of consciousness aligned with the axis of being re-align with any nuclei of identity or ensouling entity that have been moved off of this axis through Light Immersion or transformational techniques.

In many spiritual traditions anchored in the Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental Spheres, the spiritual teachers of these Paths have their disciples identify with a nucleus of identity, spirit, or ensouling entity that is outside your cutting edge of spirituality. When these Paths initiate their students into a transformational method or move their spiritual essence along through directed attunements, it begins to move this spiritual essence out of alignment with the axis of being.

At a certain point of imbalance:

  • Some individuals can experience energetic imbalances or Kundalini syndromes.
  • Others separate from identification with their life and their personality, and experience depersonalization, dissociation, and demotivation.
  • Others may adopt beliefs and lifestyles that hinder them from making personal growth and achieving their dreams, as their spiritual teachers can program almost every aspect of their life.
  • Others learn that the personality or personal mind is evil, so they completely abandon the personality and keep their attention perpetually in union with the spiritual essence cultivated in this Path.
  • Others begin becoming messengers of the teaching and seek to convert others to join the group; they rarely communicate from the personal level, and become a mouthpiece of their teacher’s message. As a result, they may no longer communicate their personal feelings or desires, but are continually “preaching,” doing “shakubuku,” “teaching the dharma,” or “giving satsang.”
  • Others create a split inside themselves, so they have a pole of bliss and peace, and an ego that feels terrified, anxious, overwhelmed, and paranoid. They oscillate between their spiritual essence and this inner nucleus of pain and terror, and may continually struggle to suppress this aspect of their nature.
  • Others develop intense devotion bordering on obsession, and continually want to be drawing closer to the apparent spiritual source on this Path. As a result, they neglect their health and personal development; they abandon their duties to their families; they can no longer focus on education or employment; and they do not plan for the future, but live in a timeless now.
  • Others create a philosophical synthesis that justifies remaining in an altered state of consciousness and unfolding their spiritual essence along their delineated Path. This view narrows their perspectives to that one Path; aspects of the Continuum of Consciousness outside of this lightened corridor opened through the inner Planes appear as dark, deluded, or evil.

Through unfolding at the cutting edge of spirituality, gradually these aberrations affecting energy, emotions, belief, motivation, perspective, and identity begin to ameliorate. At a certain point, they may completely abate as they are reintegrated into the evolving cutting edge.

Progressive spiritual recapture is one of the options available to those who are struggling with Kundalini syndromes—and the other consequences of imbalanced spiritual development we have listed above. When imbalanced spiritual practice has eclipsed your ability to function at the level of your personality, and has warped your emotions and cognition, it will take time to reintegrate these split-off aspects of consciousness, but with practice of methods that unfold you at the cutting edge of spirituality, wholeness can be restored.

Some of those who have done Kundalini Recovery sessions with us have opted to learn to work at the cutting edge of spirituality. After two to three years of practice, they have reported their Kundalini syndromes have completely subsided.

While progressive spiritual recapture is not an instant fix, there are those who have found that it has allowed them to heal the split within them and become reunified with their innate spiritual core. This is an option you may also consider, if your current spiritual practices are wreaking havoc on your ability to function and your sanity.

Moving beyond Delusional Enlightenment

Moving beyond Delusional Enlightenment:
Exploring Potential Integration with the Higher Self

By George A. Boyd © 2021

This is a continuation of last week’s article, “Varieties of Enlightenment.” If you have not read this article, please go back and read it, as it will give you context for this week’s web log post.

Q: In the article, “Varieties of Enlightenment,” you speak of the state of delusional enlightenment. Is it possible for individuals to integrate this state of enlightenment, so it is not distorted and delusional?

A: In the Subtle Realm, during their initial enlightenment experiences, aspirants gain temporary union with their Soul Spark. Below the wave of consciousness of the present time on the Akashic Records Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane, aspirants are commonly drawn up to this level of the mind. Aspirants who have progressed beyond this stage might be brought up to gain union with a seed atom in the Psychic Realm (Star Seed), into the Moon Soul nucleus of identity, or the Solar Angel nucleus of identity. They may be alternately guided up to unite with the Soul.

Without having context for these experiences, however, the aspirant may receive distorted or false material in these altered states of consciousness—or misinterpret what the experience means. This warped lens of perception then forms the kernel of delusion and self-deception. Several elements have to be bought together to ensure these experiences become properly integrated.

  1. Awakening of the Kundalini – This raises the energy substanding awareness to activate each of the vehicles of the upper Subconscious, Metaconscious, and Superconscious mind up to the current stage of evolution of the Soul. This awakening allows the Soul to have full access to its knowledge, virtues, and abilities in each vehicle of consciousness from the system of chakras of the Subconscious mind to its station on the Path.

This awakening of the Kundalini Shakti needs to be methodical, level-by-level, and fully under the direction of the Soul—this promotes integration. In contrast, a sudden awakening of the Kundalini may give a glimpse of the Soul and a temporary enlightenment experience, but these experiences do not allow the Soul to gain exact knowledge of its vehicles, nor can the Soul identify where these experiences arise on the Continuum.

  1. Progressive movement of attention – Training attention to move along the thread of consciousness and recognize each focal point up to the presence of the Soul brings the ability to recognize the phenomena of the mind on the stratum where it arises.

Abruptly lifting attention into union with the Soul—or a nucleus of identity—does not permit a clear understanding of where this spiritual essence is in relation to the ground state of attention in the waking state of awareness. Instead this promotes confusion and mystification.

  1. Activation of the Antakarana – Activation of the cord that connects the intellect with the Soul’s intuitive vortex plays a key role in facilitating integration. Progressive awakening of this cord gives understanding of each step of development up to the Soul’s current station on the Path.

Skipping ahead, without tracking what is at each stage of development, can lead to viewpoints restricted to a narrow band of the Continuum. For example, if the experience that purportedly grants enlightenment illumines only a section of this cord, you perceive an incomplete picture of the Path your Soul has opened. Instead, your vision might only contain:

  • The worldview from the wave of consciousness on the Akashic Records Subplane
  • The perspective from a seed atom (Star Seed) in the Psychic Realm
  • The view from the Moon Soul nucleus of identity
  • The standpoint of the Solar Angel nucleus of identity

In Mudrashram®, we have students study each aspect of the Continuum in the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, so they have a thorough understanding of each stage of the Path. In contrast, jumping ahead into these restricted viewpoints can spawn distortions and delusional beliefs.

  1. Aligning the three conative streams – It is important to align the three conative streams—will, intention, and wish—with the Soul’s purpose. In integration, the egoic and human octaves of the will are in one accord with the transpersonal will of the Soul that enacts its Soul Purpose. The intention of the attentional principle supports this volitional stream, as does the wish of the spirit: Everyone is rowing together.

In non-integrated, delusional forms of enlightenment, the attentional principle anchors suggestion to fulfill desires or to manifest the agendas of a group to which it affiliates—apart from alignment with the Soul Purpose. These random, disorganized episodes of intentional creation are out of touch with the Soul.

  1. Grounded appreciation for your abilities at each level of functioning – This recognizes and appreciates the range of abilities that each octave of functioning contributes to human life and spiritual development. Understanding the range of abilities of the ego, the Self, and the Soul, and the band of the mind in which these abilities operate is crucial to permit integrated functioning and maintain appropriate boundaries, accurate self-knowledge, and congruent identity.

Jumping up into a purported state of enlightenment without clearly defining the operational arena of the ego, Self, and Soul can lead to self-delusion and grandiosity. These disorders of identity that arise in states of delusional enlightenment include:

  • Solipsism – This is the distorted notion that only the Soul is real.
  • Narcissism – This is the belief that only your desires are important and others only exist as a means to fulfill your desires.
  • Grandiosity – This conflates the ego with the Divine Atom within the Soul, so that you believe that your ego is God.
  • Boundary confusion – In this scenario, you do not know where your Self begins and ends, and where others begin and end. You believe you are other people: you can be readily controlled or manipulated when you adopt this enmeshed mindset.
  • Group identification – You strongly identify with a group, whose mission you seek to enact. As a result, you can become completely absorbed in the agenda of your political party, your religion, a religious cult, or a hate or terrorist group.
  • Codependency – You care for others without considering or honoring your own needs. You do not set appropriate limits.
  • Arrogance – You believe your vision of the world is highest and best. You believe this gives you the right to impose this view on others and attempt to convert them into seeing the world they way you see it.

Through clearly defining the operational zones of ego, Self, and Soul, you sidestep these distortions of identity, boundaries, and self-knowledge. We study these levels that are encapsulated with the ego, the Self, and the Soul in the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, and our other meditation programs.

  1. Synthesis – In this state, you have coherent and synthetic understanding that is grounded in the Soul, based on its progressive evolutionary experience.

In non-integrated and delusional approaches, they toss together information into the same basket—ideas picked from science, philosophy, New Age teachings of the Psychic realm, Judeo-Christian beliefs, and insights drawn from traditions that dwell in Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental Bands of the Continuum.

Instead of grounding each concept in its perspective on the Continuum, and recognizing that this is a description of the world from that vista, non-integrated approaches conflate disparate viewpoints as pointing to the same idea—when they clearly are depicting something else.

In integrated approaches, each idea is appreciated in its own context. You understand that the unified field theory portrayed in quantum mechanics really is not the same as the oneness the Yogi experiences when he or she is in union with Brahman.

  1. Absence of perceptual warping – Integrated approaches do not warp and bend reality to conform to your wishes or desires. In integrated views, you observe the world and the mind as they are—there is no desire to impose your agenda.

In delusional enlightenment, there is a hidden agenda to make things appear the way you want them to be or so the world will fulfill what you desire. For example:

  • Your group will enact its agendas so others will conform to its vision of the world
  • You will create what you wish to get what you desire, without considering its impact on other people and the world
  • You believe you are persecuted and under attack because you hold beliefs that you believe are true, but others don’t agree with your vision of the world. You desire that others will see the world your way and embrace your delusional vision of the world.
  • You want your political party or religion to take control and you will do everything in your power to impose your values on others.

If you can begin to tease out these different threads that distinguish integrated and delusional enlightenment—and increasingly shift into the integrated posture—you will come to find that your spiritual experiences will no longer be islands of disjointed insights, realizations, revelations, and impressions. Instead, you will make sense of your inner experiences, and they will become synthesized into your Soul. You will comprehend these experiences, and use them to bring forward your Soul’s purpose. These experiences will assist your Soul serve humanity in the way it was sent forth from Source to do.

Varieties of Enlightenment

This is the first article of two in which we will explore pseudo-enlightenment or delusional enlightenment. This week, we will discuss where delusional enlightenment fits on the spectrum of potential states of enlightenment. Next week, we will explore what is needed to ensure your enlightenment experience is truly integrated and genuine.

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: We usually think about enlightenment as the experience of the Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree, awakening to Supreme Wisdom and Knowledge and Boundless Compassion. But the term appears to be widely used outside of this context. Are there different types of enlightenment?

A: There are seven major varieties of enlightenment. Not all of them are similar to the experience that Lord Buddha’s enlightenment exemplified:

  1. Delusional enlightenment – Awakening as a higher spiritual essence—ensouling entity or nucleus of identity—or a state of consciousness without any context or understanding. This state of so-called enlightenment conveys a state in which an individual feels god-like and omnipotent, but they believe irrational things. This is the state of those who:
    1. Awaken to the so-called “truths” found in conspiracy theories
    2. Are swept away to become “true believers” in religious cults and in hate and terrorist groups
    3. Encounter a higher state of consciousness through the use of hallucinogenic drugs
    4. Discover the “enlightened state of mind of the wave of consciousness on the Akashic Records” and believe that they can magically “create” whatever they want
    5. Slip off into a psychotic state

While their attention may be in union with a spiritual essence, unconscious mind material and the false indoctrination from the groups that promulgate these states of consciousness contaminates and vitiates this experience. They believe they have found profound truth: instead, they have found delusion.

  1. Non-functional enlightenment – “Samadhic trance” characterizes this type, where aspirants behold a beatific state or encounter a form of the Divine in meditation, but they are locked in a state of trance and catatonia. They cannot move. They cannot speak. They cannot think. Their emotions are numb.

This type is commonly found in meditation systems that unfold a spiritual essence outside the cutting edge of spirituality, and creates severe imbalances—there is a wide gap between their development on this track and the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality.

  1. Enlightenment “Possession” – These are states in which individuals encounter a spiritual being on the inner Planes, who takes over their mind and consciousness. These individuals become channelers, shamans, and emissaries of new or novel sects of established religions.

They may be granted spiritual powers from this encounter. They may channel guidance. They may be empowered to bestow attunements or healing.

This state appears to be a blending with the being that possesses the individual, so that the individual undergoing this possession experience effectively disappears. The entity possessing them may come to dictate every action of their lives. Those who encounter them commonly observe these “God-possessed” individuals undergo radical changes in their beliefs and behavior.

  1. Incarnation of the Loving Heart of God – These individuals, who practice devotional meditation for sustained periods of time, merge into the Sun of the Divine Beloved, and lose themselves in the Ocean of Love. The greatest love and compassion for others and lives of selfless service characterize this type of enlightenment. They may not articulate teachings or doctrines, but their lives are a testament to their genuine encounter and union with the Divine.
  2. Creative enlightenment – This type results from the full awakening of the Illumined Mind or Buddhi. This type of enlightenment appears as the prolific inspiration of the Soul and expresses this in areas such as literature, music, invention, or poetry. At this stage of spiritual development, the Soul is awakened, and directly communicates its genius and mastery through this form of expression.
  3. Universal state of consciousness – A disciple enters this state of consciousness when an ensouling entity or nucleus of identity reaches this universal nexus on the Continuum. When disciples ascend to this state, great knowledge dawns. They gain access to spiritual powers. They have penetrating insights.

Yogis refer to this state as Sabikalpa Samadhi. Among the levels at which this type of enlightenment occurs include:

  1. The Light at the top of the Ideational Plane in the First Cosmic Initiation
  2. The Realization of Brahman in the First Cosmic Initiation
  3. Assumption into the golden lotus of the Yogi Preceptor in the First Cosmic Initiation
  4. Union with the Light Master at the top of the Cosmic Soul Awareness Plane in the Second Cosmic Initiation
  5. Awakening of the God Self in the Fifth Cosmic Initiation
  6. Fusion of a Supracosmic seed atom with the Supracosmic Soul on a Supracosmic Path
  7. Ascension of the Supracosmic Soul to the point between the eyebrows chakra on a Supracosmic Path, which opens a universal vista of consciousness
  8. Attainment of Supracosmic Mastery in the throne of Realization and Empowerment (Guru Padam) above the brain chakra on a Supracosmic Path
  9. Rising to a state of empowerment below the highest stage on a Transcendental Path, such as the Subud Master on the seventh Plane on T1; the Shabd Master above the second Plane on T2; the Brahmi Bhut on the seventh Plane on T3; the Maharaj above the seventh Plane on T4; and the Madhis on the fifth Plane on T5.

This is the type of enlightenment that Buddha appears to have attained, according to the popular imagination. [His attainment in this perspective would correspond to (h); the Bodhisattva to (g); and the Arhat to (f).]

  1. Synthetic enlightenment – This type combines several forms of enlightenment in one. In this type we see the combination of:
    • Incarnation of the Loving Heart of God as the Nadamic Master
    • Creative enlightenment as the illumined teacher and fount of inspired discourse (satsang)
    • Attainment of a universal stage of Mastery with empowerment and Divine anointing
    • Ability to extend guidance and Grace to aspirants and disciples

    We see synthetic enlightenment in beings that have become members of the Hierarchy of Light at Planetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental levels; Transcendental Path Sat Gurus; and Adi Sat Gurus (Multiplane Masters).

    In truth, Lord Buddha’s enlightenment was of this synthetic type. While his disciples see him in the context of his realization upon the Buddhist Paths of the Supracosmic Sphere, he possesses and operates through many other forms of Mastery. For example, he served as the World Teacher in the Hierarchy of Light before Jesus. He achieved the high throne of Sat Guru on several Transcendental Paths.

    We suggest that the delusional and non-functional types are not enlightenment at all, even though those who enter these states claim to have profound experiences. The groups that hold out these states of awareness as enlightenment believe that these rudimentary experiences are of the highest order, when they actually are not.

    Enlightenment possession has given us remarkable individuals with spiritual gifts and insights, but they do not possess these abilities and wisdom through the aegis of their own ensouling entity—these powers and inspiration are vouchsafed to them though the mediation of another being. Those who receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit are of this type: they preach under inspiration; they demonstrate supernormal abilities—but when the anointing goes away, so do the knowledge and abilities.

    Incarnation of the Loving Heart of God is associated with the highest development on Pole Two.

    Creative enlightenment typifies the highest development on Pole Three, representing the full flowering of the Illumined Mind.

    Attainment of universal consciousness is correlated with the unfoldment of the ensouling entity on Pole One. Varieties of this type of enlightenment may also be conveyed through a nucleus of identity, as is characteristic of universal consciousness stages (a) to (d).

    The synthetic variety of enlightenment combines Poles One, Two, and Three, plus the attentional principle on Pole Four is able to gain full conscious union with this blended nexus of Mastery.

    In Mudrashram®, we hold out the goal of synthetic enlightenment as being the goal of spiritual development. In our Integral system of meditation, we develop Poles One, Two, and Three in synchrony, and travel on the Fourth Pole as the attentional principle to witness this development. At advanced stages of discipleship, the attentional principle actively participates in spiritual ministry and initiation.

    Those who wish to learn the methods to ultimately develop synthetic enlightenment will benefit from taking one of our intermediate classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—where this training is imparted.