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.

Premature Opening of Inner Channels

By George A. Boyd © 2022

Q: People seem to create imbalances of different types through opening channels along their axis of being, which moves some aspect of their nature out of alignment. You have discussed this relative imbalance and its consequences in the article, “The Cutting Edge of Spirituality.” When can you safely open these channels and when should you leave them alone?

A: When meditation is done in an Integral way, which means that no aspect of being migrates off of the axis of being out of alignment with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality, these channels open in their natural order and sequence.

The problems arise when people create misalignments through:

  • Moving a seed atom and its vehicle of consciousness
  • Moving a nucleus of identity and its vehicle of consciousness
  • Moving an ensouling entity and its vehicles of consciousness

As these essences move, they create an energetic channel behind them. The longer the distance this essence migrates from the axis of being, the more energy is released in this channel.

This heightened energy may produce the ability to access higher aspects of love with the emergence of compassion and virtue; higher aspects of wisdom that appear at that deeper strata of the mind; and higher aspects of power, which appear as the ability to access supernormal powers or siddhis.

When certain individuals reached the highest level of development along these pathways of imbalance—and they discovered the enhancement of love, wisdom, and power that accompanies this opening—they promulgated the techniques that enabled others to open these channels and gave teachings to explain what typically occurs as meditation students progress on this Path.

Theoretically, any center along the axis of being can be moved off the axis to open the channels behind it. The more common places where this imbalance is engineered are at the following locations:

  1. Seed atom of the Subtle Etheric Subplane – employed in Taoist meditation groups through techniques such as microcosmic circulation
  2. Seed atom of the Fifth Subplane of the Psychic Realm – used in New Age groups of the Psychic Realm, often generated through the Merkaba method
  3. Moon Soul nucleus of identity of the First Planetary Initiation – activated in Christian and Jewish monastic and mystical sects, and certain of the Mystery Schools through mantras, specialized breathing, or attunements
  4. Solar Angel nucleus of identity of the Second Planetary Initiation – this is awakened in “I AM Movement” groups, who disseminate mantra-like decrees and attunements.
  5. Cosmic Consciousness nucleus of identity of the First Cosmic Initiation – Yogi Preceptors unfold this essence through mantras, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini, and attunements.
  6. Cosmic Soul Awareness nucleus of identity of the Second Cosmic Initiation – Light Masters move this essence through imparting the “five secret names” —mantras keyed to open the track through its vehicles of the Second Cosmic Initiation and to move the Cosmic Soul Awareness through the 22 worlds of God—and making attunements.
  7. Astral Soul (the ensouling entity of the Cosmic Sphere) – The teachers of the Risen Christ Ashram Foundation—George’s first teacher, Maha Genii Turriziani, was the founder of this organization—channel the “Light of Translation,” an attunement that unfolds the Astral Soul directly, and can also be directed to other essences of consciousness to align them with the Astral Soul.
  8. Seed atom of one of the active Supracosmic Paths – Advanced Disciples and Supracosmic Masters activate and develop the Supracosmic seed atom of those who embrace their Path through mantras, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini, and attunements.
  9. Ensouling entity of the Transcendental Paths (T1 to T5 and T7) – Sat Gurus transform the Transcendental ensouling entity upon their Path through Nada Yoga and attunements.

As these imbalances increase, they move through a series of states where:

  1. You experience relaxation and pleasure, as you lower everyday stress.
  2. You dredge up deep issues from the unconscious mind and process them.
  3. You experience inner struggle, during which your identification is transferred from the ego and the Self to the spiritual essence you are developing.
  4. You become fully identified with the spiritual essence—you realize it.
  5. You begin to channel the love, wisdom, and power of this spiritual essence.
  6. You gain the requisite Mastery and empowerment to awaken and unfold this essence in others.
  7. In some cases, your initial activity will be to remove the veil over this essence and open a track that unites with it. Once you have united with it, then you will unfold it on its track, out of alignment with the axis of being. Mantras, or contemplation of successive stages of the track connecting with this essence—often accompanied by attunements—are typically employed to open the channel through which attention can gain stable union with the essence.

    When you achieve stable union, it becomes easy for your attention to unite with this essence. Examples of methods that are used to unite attention with some of these spiritual essences are:

    • Moon Soul nucleus of identity – contemplation of the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, confession of sins, or ecstatic identification with the Moon Soul through receiving the Holy Spirit
    • Solar Angel nucleus of identity – use of centering decrees, attunements that open the track to the Solar Angel
    • Cosmic Consciousness nucleus of identity – awakening Kundalini through Shaktipat, direct contemplation of cosmic consciousness [vide Jaggi Vasudev’s Sambhavi mudra], use of specialized breathing, and centering mantras to unite attention with Cosmic Consciousness, attunements, and chanting
    • Cosmic Soul Awareness – opening the tracks to Cosmic Soul Awareness through the repetition of the five “secret names,” riding the current of the Nada into the presence of Cosmic Soul Awareness, chanting, and attunements
    • Astral Soul – awakening Kundalini through Shaktipat, centering mantra, and attunements
    • Supracosmic seed atom – chanting, repetition of targeted mantras, use of specialized breathing, contemplation of the essence, and attunements
    • Transcendental ensouling entity – contemplative mantras to remember the spirit, opening the channels of the Nada, and attunements

    Safe opening of these channels occurs when you unfold your ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality with co-resonant development—where higher octaves of being are moved in synchrony with the ensouling entity at the cutting edge. You can activate this type of unfoldment through repetition of the Alayic Divine Name, or through achieving attunements that unfold each aspect of being along the axis of being, as the Mudrashram® Masters impart in our Light Sittings.

    The aspects of the Continuum you do not develop during your initial unfoldment of your innate spiritual evolutionary pathway can be revisited when you become a Multiplane Master: at this stage, you can isolate and develop that essence to become integrated into your mantle of eternal Mastery through Bodhisattva Projects. You could, for example, develop the Supracosmic seed atoms to Liberation on each Path of the Supracosmic Sphere—those that reach the upper reaches of the seventh stage of spiritual development on the teacher empowerment track in Mudrashram® are introduced to the infinite possibilities of Multiplane Mastery.

    We encourage you to understand the difference between integral development that does not deviate from axis of being and the other varieties of spiritual development that do. If you can avoid opening channels prematurely, you can avoid spiritual imbalance.

Concerning the Expressions of Realization

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: What are the ways we can know someone is a Realized Soul?

A: There are several expressions of a Realized Soul:

  1. Identity, declaring one is Realized
  2. Expression of Grace and Virtue (giving blessings)
  3. Using powers and Attunements to uplift, enlighten, and transform others; manifesting the inner guide form
  4. Giving teaching or Satsang
  5. Exemplifying service to others
  6. Sending love to awaken the spirit
  7. Giving Shaktipat to awaken other’s Kundalini

The presence of these expressions in an individual does not necessarily indicate that he or she is a Realized Soul, as those who are aspirants and disciples may have the ability to express in one or more of these capacities. Those who are genuinely Realized typically dwell in the Presence of the Divine, and have purified their nature to allow the presence of their spiritual essence to radiate out.

Stages of the Path where someone might experience Realization include:

  • Wave of consciousness on the Akashic Aether – you gain realization of the nature of the Soul
  • Fifth Planetary Initiation – the Soul realizes its nature above all coverings
  • Planetary Adept – the Soul is liberated in the Nirvanic Flame, and you awaken as the Monad
  • Brahman Realization – Cosmic consciousness opens the seven chakras of the Cosmic Man or Woman and realizes oneness with Brahman
  • Fifth Cosmic Initiation – the Astral Soul liberates each of its nuclei of identity of the Cosmic Sphere and realizes its own nature above all coverings
  • Supracosmic Path Realization – an individual transforms their Supracosmic Seed Atom to the level where it fuses with the Supracosmic Soul
  • Transcendental Path Realization – On the Bridge Path and T1 through T7, the spirit opens the Path to the stage where the ensouling entity awakens on its own Plane, above the worlds of mind, energy, and matter.
  • Brahma Vidya – When you experience liberation of an ensouling entity or the spirit, you glimpse the presence of Satchitananda, which is the source of the Alaya. In this experience of Nirbikalpa Samadhi, you realize this eternal and infinite consciousness within you.

You would need to ascertain that someone expressing these characteristics of a Realized Soul was in fact established in one of these states of Realization. This requires the ability to read the ensouling entities of others to identify where they are on the Path and whether they have attained one of these states of realization.

We teach the art of Soul Reading to our students who complete the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation. Those that master this skill can genuinely tell whether someone is truly Realized, or whether they may be deluding themselves into believing they are Realized, when they are not.

We suggest that among those who claim to be enlightened, all that glitters is not gold. You need to gain the inner discernment to recognize whether someone is Realized or not.