The Four Quadrants of Volition

By George A. Boyd ©2013

There are four quadrants of human activity:

  1. The zone of voluntary personal action – This zone encompasses the operation of the first three octaves of volition: personal will, habit, and the desire driven will of the ego. This quadrant aims to fulfill goals and desires. The individual senses that this zone is fully within his or her control, and can determine the outcomes. This is sometimes called the zone of free will. Coaching and counseling address this level.
  2. The zone of involuntary action – This zone comprises the operation of the unconscious mind, which is out of awareness and functions autonomously to the control of the will. Compulsive or impulsive behavior, as well as self-sabotaging behavior, arises from this zone. Hypnosis and psychotherapy tap this zone.
  3. The zone of transpersonal volition – This zone comprises the activity of the higher octaves of volition in the Superconscious mind, up to the level of transpersonal will, which is anchored in the Soul. It also includes the activity of intention of the attentional principle, and the wish of the spirit. This operates outside and beyond the control of the personal will; it is the higher order of will that permits the Soul to express its gifts, its wisdom, and its love and compassion. Meditation enables access to this zone.
  4. The zone of Divine aegis – Those Initiates and accepted disciples, who have entered the presence of the Divine, know this zone—and they have been empowered to teach, to guide, and to minister to others. This brings them the knowledge of the Divine Will directly—these Initiates communicate this Divine Wish to their disciples, aligning them with their purpose and the Great Plan for their spiritual development, and leading them progressively to Mastery and Liberation. Masters reveal this Supreme Direction to their disciples.

It is important to recognize what can be done voluntarily, and what operates outside of that zone. Personal volition can shape human life and situational behavior; it can express those talents that have been learned through education and training; and it can learn new knowledge and skills. If skillfully used, it can lead individuals to personal fulfillment.

It does not control the octaves of the transpersonal and Divine Will; however, these octaves of the will can come to overshadow the personality to express the Soul’s gifts and genius, and to reveal the Soul’s purpose. It may only partially control those elements of the unconscious mind, which operate autonomously.

At certain levels of the Great Continuum of Consciousness, it appears that all consciousness is a product of the brain, and that volition and the sense of self are nothing more than products of the firing of neurons, and the construction of language. Those who meditate, however, find they readily transcend this “brain consciousness,” and encounter the will as a dynamic force that expresses through the brain and activates the vehicles of consciousness beyond it; and discover the Self, attentional principle, spirit, and Soul far beyond the confines of the skull. They directly gain union with these essences beyond the webs of language: they experience these essences wordlessly and immediately.

Aspirants and disciples should meditate on these four quadrants, with an aim to discern what aspects of their lives fall within each zone, and whether or not the Will Divine has been intimated to them. They should aim to expand the zone of voluntary personal volition, learn ways to cope with and resolve those issues that arise from the unconscious, and cooperate with the transpersonal will so that the Soul’s gifts can be shared with others.

Life Plans that Govern Humanity

By George A. Boyd ©2013

Q: What are key passions that motivate people? What is it that drives them? What is it that gives them a sense of meaning and purpose—a reason why they are living?

A: These dominant passions come to dictate what we call their life plan. A life plan is the overarching schema that defines what is the key objective for their lives, and what guides or directs them.

Much of humanity—we estimate perhaps 97% of humanity—follow one or more of the following life plans during their lives. These life plans provide a sense of motivation and direction, and give them a reason to be alive.

  1. They follow the guidelines of their families or their cultures, and do not deviate from these directives.
  2. They follow the guidelines of religion, and do not deviate from these rules for living, and the moral codes inculcated in this religion.
  3. They seek pleasure, adventure, and entertainment.
  4. They seek to become wealthy, though legal or illegal means.
  5. They seek worldly power, and may go into positions of leadership in business, the military, or the political arena.
  6. They seek popularity, celebrity, and fame.
  7. They seek self-transcendence and spirituality, which they may pursue through the shamanic path of using drugs; through the religious path of prayer, worship, and invocation; or through the mystic path of meditation.

Another small group of humanity is inwardly inspired, and brings their Soul’s gifts into expression. Perhaps only slightly less than 3% of humanity is guided by their Soul in this manner. Unlike the life plans of the great masses of humanity, they are inwardly directed to bring forward the Soul’s visions and creations. These people are the visionaries, the intellectual luminaries, the inspired artists and writers, and the thought leaders of the rest of humanity.

Those that adopt this life plan must surrender, postpone, or sacrifice some of their personal dreams to allow their Soul the time to develop their gifts, and channel their inspirations, creations, and visions. Much dedication is required to enact this Soul-guided life plan; in some cases, the requirements of this life plan become too much, so that they individual retreats into addiction or madness.

The rarest group is those who are guided by the Divine Plan and Purpose. Perhaps less than one in ten million individuals enacts these Divinely inspired life plans—those that do, often become spiritual Masters or Avatars, Prophets, founders of new religions, spiritual recluses, or provide the impetus for world movements.

These individuals sense that they are fulfilling a spiritual destiny that they enact in their personal lives. It is not driven from the desires of the their personality or their spiritual longing; rather, it is sensed as an inner command (Agya) that the Soul directs the personality to carry out.

This life plan requires the highest surrender and sacrifice of personal dreams and desires, and complete obedience to the inner command. They sense the Will of God overshadows them, and directs what they are to do, what they are not to do, and when they are to defer action on something they have been directed to do.

As they enact the segments of this inner-directed plan, they sense that it is unfolding a track through the Superconscious mind. The personality does not dictate what it shall pursue here; rather, it is the Soul that commands, and guides the personality to enact this plan, which is written in the spiritual Plenum.

We encourage aspirants and disciples to meditate on these nine different life plans to determine which of them might be playing a current role in their motivation and sense of direction for their lives, and which might have formerly guided them in other phases of their life. Discovering these guiding passions will give you a clearer sense of what ultimately drives your life, and what gives structure to your desires and aspirations.

The Journey to the Discovery of Purpose

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: How do people discover their purpose? It seems many people have no clue as to why they are here.

A: Many people just follow other people. They look to celebrities, “social media influencers,” “authorities,” and “experts” to tell them what is the right thing to do. This is inherently confusing, because no one seems to agree what is the right thing to do.

Those who do stop following the herd commonly undergo an inner revolution, where they question everything they believe. They seek to arrive at core knowledge of who they are and what they stand for.

The journey from following others to being consciously established in your purpose appears to follow seven steps:

  1. Following others – At this step, you emphasize conformity. You don’t dare to be different. You have an abiding fear of being rejected or not loved if you violate the group norms—and this blowback from the group can be intense—for in some social settings, you may be ostracized, punished, imprisoned, tortured, or even killed if you disobey the dictates of those around you.
  2. Confusion – At this stage, you find flaws in what others are telling you and doing, so you are not clear what is the right thing to do. You search your mind and heart to discover what is true—to know who you are and what you stand for. You may be susceptible at this stage to those who offer “solutions” to your quandary: you may begin to embrace conspiracy theories, or join a political or religious cult that offers you a sense of identity and purpose advancing the agenda of the group and its leader.
  3. Taking the first step in your authentic life – After you have made a deep inquiry, you discover one goal that is aligned with your true values, and you act on it. This requires faith and courage, as the groups with which you affiliated may not approve of your choices and may try to dissuade you from taking this step—indeed, they may attempt to actively deter you or interfere with your decision.
  4. Generating your life map – At this plateau of growth, you visualize how you want your life to be in all areas. You gain clarity about what you want in your life, and you work to make that happen. Your intention and volition align, so you begin to manifest what you want. You become what you want to be. You acquire what you want to have. You do the things you want to do in your life.
  5. A vision of greater possibilities – When you reach this level, you receive intuitive guidance, inspiration, and a stream of ideas from your Superconscious mind that opens the door to creativity, innovation, greater efficiency and productivity, invention, and improved outcomes for your projects.
  6. Overshadowing – As you advance to this station, you intuitively receive direction from your Soul and the Divine. You may hear the whispering of the Divine Will, which leads you to carry out your service to others, or to engage in ministry to the capacity of your skills and understanding. You develop faith and trust in the Divine. You obey what the Divine Will asks you to do. You dedicate your life to service.
  7. Discovery of your purpose – When you reach this deepest encounter with your reason for living, your Soul is established in its crown of purpose. It guides your personality to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out this objective. It actively enacts this Soul mission in your life.

There appears to be a parallel between the state of spiritual evolution and the ability to embrace steps four to seven:

Those who reach the Universal Mind Subplane at the top of the Abstract Mind Plane gain the ability to visualize a clear map of everything they want in their life, and align their intention and will to carry this out.

Those who sojourn into the Psychic Realm often tap into guidance that reveals new possibilities, and uncovers insights that were previously veiled or hidden. This revelatory storm does produce some distorted, non-useful, or misleading ideas, but some of the possibilities revealed do turn out to be valuable and worthwhile.

Divine-Will-overshadowing usually first appears in those who are taking the First Planetary Initiation. Those Souls who are natively established in this band of the Great Continuum of Consciousness are immersed in the Light Stream coming from the Divine, and become innately sensitive to the Divine Direction, which whispers in the silence.

Those who prematurely activate their Moon Soul or Christ Child nucleus of identity through focusing on this essence and identifying with it can sometimes tap into the source of guidance that the Holy Spirit communicates within this center, but this method introduces some distortions—so it is not uncommon to find various religious enthusiasms and odd beliefs and doctrines arising in those who jump ahead into this sacred heart before their Souls have evolved into this level.

Those who have a preordained role in the Divine Plan will typically have a crown of purpose on the Plane of New World Servers in the Third Planetary Initiation. Once their Soul becomes established in this crown, they begin to guide their personality to enact their purpose.

Those who don’t have a crown of purpose have as their Divine Plan, the full development of their Soul to Liberation in the Nirvanic Flame. Some of these ones have as their calling to embody the Monad as a Planetary Adept, and minister to those who are moving on to their next step in the Planetary Realm.

Those who practice the transformational mantra we impart to them in our Integral meditation system speed up the rate at which they progress from step four to step seven. Some of those who practice this method report that they have a much clearer understanding of their Soul Purpose, and readily become established in their crown of purpose.

If you are interested in learning how to accelerate your spiritual evolution using the transformational mantra keyed to your cutting edge of spirituality can find out how to use this key technique in one of our intermediate meditation classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

You may also find the Purpose Workshop webinar helpful. This is available on our Public Webinar platform. It will help you differentiate your core Soul Purpose from other layers of purpose that are commonly confused with your genuine mission.

Concerning Patterns of Spirituality

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: What is the optimum strategy for maximizing personal success and spiritual progress? It seems like people adopt a variety of patterns of spirituality, but these don’t seem to yield the best results.

A: There appear to be several patterns that people portray in their spiritual life, ranging from repression of their spirituality to clear focus. Seven major patterns aspirants adopt include:

  1. Resist the Light with all your might – Those that operate from this platform typically are atheists. They repress the inspiration of their Superconscious mind, and only listen to the voice of their own reason. Assuming this posture blocks communion with their higher mind. From this standpoint, they believe that their reason can derive all truth—and others, who operate from other perspectives—are deluded or insane.
  2. True believers – These have a spiritual experience that powerfully affects them. Based on this experience, they believe that they have found the ultimate truth. They may be so touched by this experience that they wish to bring everyone else to have this experience. Those who undergo conversion into a religious group or get have a powerful initiation experience commonly become true believers. They may feel compelled to proselytize or evangelize others.
  3. The polemicist – These seek to change the beliefs of others so they align with their own. They delight in debating with others and challenging others’ beliefs. You might find among this type, prolific writers, lecturers, teachers of exotic doctrines, and podcast and radio show hosts.
  4. Be here now – These “abide in the present time.” They follow the “flow state” and let the Spirit guide their actions. They don’t plan. They let their life and destiny unfold. As a result of this “completely open to experience” mindset, they have many interesting personal and spiritual experiences. Many of them do not achieve much in their lives, but they have many stories to tell.
  5. The syncretists – These ones adopt beliefs and practices from multiple traditions, and follow what feels right at the time. One moment, they may do a Krishna mantra; in another, they invoke the archangels; and in yet another, they might do a magical or shamanic rite.
  6. The spiritual addict – These use meditation to get high and stay high, so they won’t have to deal with painful feelings and the difficulties in their lives. They may get multiple initiations from different traditions to experience bliss and ecstasy—they chase this high in each meditation. If their meditations do not yield ecstatic light shows or drown them in bliss, they may readily leave the group and go to another, seeking this constant cascade of euphoria and phantasmagoria. Anecdotally, we note that some of those who adopt this strategy may experiment with hallucinogenic drugs, or may be in recovery form other addictive drugs.
  7. Laser Focus – These use techniques to achieve specific personal and spiritual objectives—in example, for personal or spiritual transformation, for communion with their higher mind, to work on their personality. They use this laser focus to manifest desired outcomes. Those who can spend time in this focus can be highly productive and achieve much in their lives. [This is the strategy we advocate in our system of Integral meditation.]

At the outer edge of this continuum of spiritual patterns, we have those who don’t have spiritual experiences, and consider those who have them as deviant or pathological. These ones typically are atheists. They embrace an empirical and materialistic mindset in their worldview.

Those that undergo a conversion experience may come to believe that the religion or spiritual group to which they belong is the one and highest Truth. They may feel an urgency to get others to have this experience and join their religious sect or spiritual group.

Others like to wrestle with ideas to arrive at the discovery of truths through disputation, analysis, and synthesizing disparate points of view. These ones become teachers, lecturers, writers, and media hosts: they seek to widely disseminate their ideas.

Those that live “in the flow” have a variety of serendipitous experiences, and follow a breadcrumb trail of coincidences to discover their next insight or realization. These ones become storytellers, musicians, and poets in an attempt to communicate their mystical experiences.

Syncretists put together a toolbox of methods, but they lack a coherent sense of what is their Path and purpose. They have a wide range of things they can do, but they lack clarity on how to tie these skills together towards a coherent purpose.

Spiritual addicts will do anything they can to stay high and dissociate, so they will never have to encounter their pain, shame, and misery. Spiritual addicts commonly present as their “good and spiritual” selves; they will never let you know them personally or intimately.

Finally, there are those that operate from a spiritual laser focus. They achieve this one-pointedness of mind through:

  1. They are clear about their innate Path back to Source.
  2. They are clear about their spiritual objective and purpose.
  3. They have the tools to reach that spiritual objective, and they use these tools in a regular and methodical way.
  4. They reflect upon each stage of their unfoldment to mine the hidden truths and insights, and to awaken their latent abilities.
  5. They consciously own their problems and emotional issues, and they work with them until they are resolved.
  6. They have one-pointed commitment and resolve to achieve their objectives, personal and spiritual.
  7. They establish regular habits that promote productivity, and achievement of their personal goals and their targeted spiritual attainment. This strategy yields success in their personal and spiritual life.

Clearly, you will get the best results if you are able to achieve laser focus. Through establishing laser focus, some of our Mudrashram® students:

  • Have done the spiritual work of 10,000 lifetimes in this very life, progressing from their original station in the Subtle or Planetary Realm to the Bridge Path—moving from the first or second stage of spirituality to the seventh
  • Have dissolved their stored Kriyaman, Sinchit, and Adi Karma from the Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, and Supracosmic levels of the Continuum, and from their aligned Transcendental Path, and the Bridge Path
  • Have opened each of their vehicles of consciousness on each band of the Continuum, readying them to be an instrument of their Mastery
  • Have progressively liberated their ensouling entities and spirits on each band of the Continuum

If you choose to learn our system of Integral meditation—and you can maintain this consistent laser focus—you can achieve these same results.

Q: How do you attain this laser focus?

A: Realize each of these spiritual strategies has some strengths and benefits:

  • The first strategy of remaining in the waking state of awareness and relying upon your reason and senses strengthens rationality. This posture is good for the scientist, who must analyze and study phenomena objectively, to arrive at new truths and insights without subjective bias
  • The true believers gain the ability to convince and persuade others. This leads to facility with sales, which is the foundation of commerce and political advocacy.
  • The polemicist guides people to think, and see new perspectives. Teachers, philosophers, and thought leaders capitalize upon this skill.
  • Those that embrace the present moment can deeply process their experience to break up old patterns, to accept change, and to promote growth.
  • Syncretists can adopt solutions others have discovered to deal with many types of personal and spiritual issues.
  • The spiritual addict can kindle the spirit’s devotion, which is the true motivator for spiritual advancement.

Each of these strategies, when utilized, develops important aspects of your human nature. To break through to laser focus, however, you need to answer some key questions for yourself:

  1. What is my purpose for being alive? What is my Soul purpose?
  2. Who am I?
  3. What do I stand for? What are my core values?
  4. What is the source of my consciousness and intention? [What is my attentional principle?] How do I operate from this platform effectively?
  5. What is the source of my love and virtue? [What is my spirit?] How do I express this aspect of my nature?
  6. What is the nature of my Soul? How do I actualize its potentials?
  7. How do I bring about transformation in my personal life and for each of my spiritual potentials?
  8. What Path will enable me to know and actualize these seven levels?
  9. What is the highest objective of spirituality that ultimately turns all of the darkness of the unconscious mind into light? How can I dissolve the accretions of karma that holds me back from spiritual liberation and Mastery at each level of the Continuum?

[You may find the article, “The 14 Questions of the Seeker,” which is in our online library, will help you explore these key, life-changing questions. This article may also be found in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation.]

If you can answer these questions for yourself, you will facilitate gaining the laser focus that will optimize your time and make the most of your human life.

You cannot guess at these things. You cannot take others’ answers for them, because they purportedly are experts or authorities. You cannot rely upon channeled guidance.

You must know. You must be able to verify all things. You must plumb your mind to its depths and arrive at the Source.

When you do this, you will gain the key to Mastery. Upon attaining this key, you will complete your spiritual journey, and fulfill the aspirations of the countless lives you have lived, but have forgotten. You will fulfill your spiritual destiny, and become a blessing to us all.

We can start you on this journey in our intermediate meditation courses—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. Will you let us take you there?