How Do You Find a Genuine Guru?

By George A. Boyd ©2016

Many seekers ask, “Can you recommend a Guru?”

One of my friends says, “No I can’t recommend a Guru. Many of them are fake…” Yes, there are fakes and pretenders, but there also are genuine Gurus.

So how do you find a genuine Guru? There are really two parts of this question. One is, “What is a Guru, anyway?” And the second part is “What is it that you are looking for?”

What is a Guru?

To answer the question — What is a Guru? — You need to think about the meaning of the word Guru. One of my spiritual teachers gave this explanation: “The word Guru means one who brings the Light into the darkness.”

So where does that Light come from? It comes from God. Just like there are different divisions in school that you have to complete to move onto the next stage of your education, there are different divisions in spirituality—and there is an anointed, empowered teacher that operates at each level. The form of God that dwells at each of these levels empowers them to minister and guide others. [To understand these references described below, it will help if you read the two articles, “The Great Continuum of Consciousness,” which locates these levels on the Continuum; and “Understanding Nodal Points and Nuclei of Identity,” which explains what are nuclei of identity and how they are different than what we call the ensouling entity.] Here’s the breakdown:

  • In the Transplanetary Realm, the Adept and Adept Master has Mastery over the entire Planetary and Subtle Realm. These teachers have the ability to awaken and transform the Soul Spark (Jivan Atma) and the Planetary Soul (Atma).
  • At the highest level of the Transplanetary Realm, whose scope of Mastery spans the entire Transplanetary Realm, the Transplanetary Adept unfolds the Monad (Paramatma) to the Pleiadean Vortex, where it becomes liberated.
  • In the First Cosmic Initiation, the Yogi Preceptor, who holds sway over the First Cosmic Initiation, transforms the Cosmic Consciousness nucleus of identity.
  • In the Second Cosmic Initiation, the Light Master, whose mantle of Mastery extends through the Second Cosmic Initiation and the 4th Path of the Nada, unfolds the Cosmic Soul Awareness nucleus of identity and the spirit upon the 4th segment of the Nada.
  • In the Cosmic Hierarchy dwells the Cosmic Master, whose aegis is over the entire Cosmic Realm, translates the Astral Soul and its vehicles of consciousness.
  • In the Supracosmic Sphere, the Supracosmic Master exhibits Mastery over one Supracosmic Path, reaching from its roots in the Cosmic to the 7th Supracosmic Chakra on that Supracosmic Path. The methods this Master imparts will activate the Supracosmic Seed Atom on that Path—and sometimes, this will unfold the Supracosmic Soul, if it dwells on this Path.
  • In the Transcendental Sphere, the Sat Guru Bhagwan demonstrates Mastery over one Transcendental Path (T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T7). He or she liberates the spirit and the ensouling entity upon that Transcendental Path.
  • Also in the Transcendental Sphere, the Multiplane Master or Adi Sat Guru’s Mastery comprises all eight Transcendental Paths (The Bridge Path plus T1 to T7), every Path in the Supracosmic, the Entire Cosmic, Transplanetary, Planetary, and Subtle Realms. He or she can liberate all 13 ensouling entities and the spirit in all 12 segments of the Nadamic Path, starting where the individual is in their spiritual journey, which we call the Cutting Edge of Spirituality. [The Master teachers of Mudrashram® are Multiplane Masters.]

So the form of God that dwells at each of these levels empowers those intrepid individuals who have completed the requirements to function as an instrument of the Light—which may include the ability to [depending upon the tradition]:

  1. Initiate – unfold the ensouling entity, nucleus of identity, the spirit, and associated vehicles of consciousness upon their Path
  2. Guide – lead the spirit and/or the attentional principle on the inner Planes
  3. Convey Path Knowledge – teach about what is in the content of the inner vehicles and the Planes that make up their Path
  4. Facilitate Discernment – bring the attention of the aspirant into union with the spiritual essence(s) that form the core identity of their Path
  5. Inculcate Virtue and Compassion – give ethical teachings to inspire the aspirant to lead a moral and compassionate life, and to reform character
  6. Train – teach the aspirant how to meditate and pray and commune with the spiritual teacher and the Divine on the inner Planes, and show them how to carry out inner ministry
  7. Awaken Awareness, Enlighten and Empower – activate the Kundalini Shakti and raise it to the spiritual essence that is cultivated in their Path, and unite attention with that essence

So these anointed and empowered beings—who are the genuine “Gurus” at each level—are ready to serve whoever comes to them. But they don’t teach the same thing.

Like in school: if you go to a chemistry teacher, he or she will teach you chemistry; or if you go to an economics teacher, he or she will teach you economics. Each of these different orders of “Gurus” is going to teach you something else.

What is it you are looking for?

This brings us to the second question, “What is it you are looking for?”

  • If you want to learn to go to heaven after you die and live a good, moral life while you’re alive, a Christian pastor, a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam, or a Hindu Brahmin priest will be what you need.
  • If you want to learn how to gain psychic powers and commune with departed spirits, angels, “Ascended Masters,” and extraterrestrials, a Psychic Guide will serve you well.
  • If you want to learn about the arcane teachings of a Mystery School, you need to find a Hierophant of that Mystery School.
  • If you want to tune up your Solar Angel and ascend to higher vibrational levels, you could seek an Ascended Master to show you how.
  • If you want to just complete the Planetary Initiations and become an Adept, you could locate an Adept or Adept Master [e.g., an Adept Master is one whose Monad had ascended into the Planetary Hierarchy; an Adept is one who has united the Soul with the Monad and has become fully realized at that level—at the ground state of the Monad.]
  • If you yearn to realize the Supreme Self (Brahman) and ascend as cosmic consciousness into the Presence of the Lord of the Yogis (also called The Supreme, Yogeshwar, or Ishwara), you need to get hold of a Yogi Preceptor.
  • If you want to ascend as the spirit and unfold your Cosmic Soul Awareness through the 22 worlds of the Divine, acquire a Light Master.
  • If you want to unfold your Astral Soul through all five Initiations of the Cosmic Sphere, search for a Cosmic Master.
  • If you wish to realize one of the forms of the Divine that dwell on the Paths of the Supracosmic Sphere, you need to hunt for a Supracosmic Master who specializes in getting you to that form of the Divine [e.g., there are 64 active Paths up here, so you have quite a variety of conceptions of the Divine from which to choose].
  • If you wish to realize the Light of God from which your spirit was born on a Transcendental Path, look for a Sat Guru who has returned to the Source of the spirit on that Transcendental Path.
  • If you want to complete your spiritual work on all of these levels, then seek out an Adi Sat Guru.

What Guru you’re going to seek depends on what you want. If you want to go back to Sach Khand (the highest Plane) on the Second Transcendental Path, you’re not going to find that if you go to a Kundalini Order Yogi Preceptor. You have to look in the right place.

Criteria for selecting a Guru

So the first thing to ask yourself is, “What am I looking for in a teacher? Where do I want to go? This is going to determine what tradition you investigate.

The next thing you want to determine, “Is the tradition empowered? Is the Light of God working there? If they are just offering ancient rituals, sacred ceremonies, long pilgrimages, and sonorous prayers, having you read scriptures and holy books, and maybe having you sing some nice songs—but the ethers are as dead as a used up coal mine—you might want to go somewhere else.

Next, you need to check in with your conscience to discover, “What are your criteria for a spiritual Master?”

  • Does he or she have to be alive?
  • Does he or she have to have a sinless and spotless character? Or can he or she still have some quirks?
  • Does he or she have to talk about God that looks like [fill in the form of God you want]?
  • Does he or she have to give discourse on specific spiritual Planes [fill in the cosmology you want]?
  • Does he or she need to have reached a particular stage of spirituality [fill in what that looks like]?
  • Does he or she need to manifest a guide form to accompany you through the inner Planes?
  • Does he or she have to remain merged with a state of ecstatic consciousness 24/7, or can the teacher also be a human being?
  • Does he or she have to manifest miraculous powers [e.g., flying instead of driving]?

But it also might be that you don’t know what you want or what to look for. That’s OK. Just start with where you are… in your confusion… with all of the yearning inside… with an open mind and heart… and listen. Notice what resonates… what lights you up inside… what makes you say, “YES!!!!!!!” in the very core of your being. And go there.

Maybe you’ll find some fakes, some frauds, some people who are just out to make money on spirituality… get involved with some cults… in the process. In spite of this, resolve you are going to find that Path that is right for you… no matter how long it takes.

Because that’s what it means to be a seeker or aspirant. It’s not easy. There are genuine Masters. And yes, dear aspirant, there are fakes.

But because there are fakes, frauds, charlatans, and cults, it doesn’t mean you should slam the door on the Light… on your Soul and spirit… and just wait out in the darkness for death to come.

It means you will not let go of the hem of the garment until the Master reveals Him or Her radiant being to you, and you know you have found what you have been looking for.

And if you’ve made some detours… taken some side roads… wasted some time… it will be worth it when you have found the True One you’ve been looking for—and you see, and hear, and taste, and smell, and touch, and know that you have found the Living Light… you will know it was well worth the ordeal you have undergone.

What is a Lineage Holder?

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: What is a lineage holder? How do people become lineage holders? Are there bogus lineage holders?

A: A lineage holder carries forward a spiritual tradition. He or she may continue an existing tradition, or found a new one. There are ten major types of lineage holders. The first three of them are not empowered; the fourth develops subsequent empowerment, but it is not passed through the one that initiates him or her; and the remaining six of them are Divinely empowered through the Initiate that supervises them. Let’s examine them:

  1. Imaginary Lineage Holder – As the result of visions after taking a psychedelic drug or receiving guidance from spirits in the Psychic Realm, someone believes he or she is the representative of a lineage—based on visions and voices. This individual is clearly delusional, and no spiritual power is conferred upon him or her.
  2. Ceremonial Lineage Holder – In groups that conduct sacred, spiritual rites, an individual may be appointed or elected as its leader. For example, the Pope in the Roman Catholic Church or the Grandmaster of Masonic Lodges are installed in this fashion. No Divine Anointing occurs, however, but the individual may assume a teaching and leadership role, and pray to the Divine on behalf of those in the group he or she oversees.
  3. Spiritual organization successor – These ones take over stewardship of a spiritual organization to preserve revealed teachings. The organizational successors may act as teachers and interpreter of these writings, but they do not formally initiate anyone. Those who lead the Theosophical Society or the Lucis Trust are examples of this type of organization successor.
  4. Independent Disciplic Preparation – This occurs when an Initiate prepares a disciple to achieve a similar state of spirituality as the Initiate has attained, but the Divine anoints the disciple—there is no passing of the flame of anointing from Initiate to disciple. These types of preparation for Mastery with direct anointing from the form of the Divine at the level the disciple achieves occur at the stage of the Occult Adept, the Saint, the Ascended Master, the Adept, the Adept Master, the Cosmic Master in the Cosmic Hierarchy, and those who assume stages of Mastery in the Supracosmic and Transcendental Hierarchies.
  5. Yogi Preceptor Successor – Upon the disciple’s attainment of the Hridaya Chakra in the First Cosmic Initiation on any of the nine Yogi Preceptor Platforms, an established Yogi Preceptor can pass the power, so the disciple can teach, guide, and initiate disciples of his or her own. These create networks of lineages on each of these Yogi Preceptor Platforms. For example, there are many Kriya Yogi Preceptors who can initiate others into Kriya Yoga—and each Yogi Preceptor may pass the Light and empower several others to become Kriya Yoga Adepts. These second generation Kriya Yoga Adepts likewise initiate disciples, and may empower some of these to become Kriya Yoga Adepts.
  6. Light Master Successor – The current Light Master selects one disciple, whose cosmic soul awareness has reached the 22nd world of God, to carry on the work of the Light Master. The current Light Master anoints this individual to initiate, guide, and teach at this level. The cosmic soul awareness of those disciples in the Second Cosmic Initiation, who are not chosen to be a Light Master, pass into the abode of the Liberated Ones.
  7. Supracosmic Master (Guru) Successor – The Guru of a Supracosmic Path passes the Light to one disciple, whose Supracosmic Soul rises into the Guru Padam above the brain chakra on a Supracosmic Path, to carry on the tradition. Two conditions must be met for this transference to occur: (1) the disciple’s Supracosmic Soul must dwell on that Path, and (2) the disciple must have liberated the Supracosmic seed atom of that Path at the top of the Supracosmic brain chakra.
  8. “Low Throne” Transcendental Mastery – There are orders of Mastery on T1 to T5 at an advanced stage of the Path that are below the highest stage. A “Low Throne” Master can initiate, manifest a guide form, and can lead the chela to the same stage of the Path he or she has attained. On T1, this is the Subud Master. On T2, this is the Shabd Master, who operates in the Brahmandi Man above the top of the Second Plane. On T3, this is an Initiate who has attained the first Mental Plane. On T4, this is the Maharaj stage, above the seven Superuniverses. On T5, this is the Madhis, who has ascended to the Soul Plane. In each of these stages, an Initiate of this stage passes the Light and the Divine confirms the new Initiate. Like the Yogi Preceptor Platform, these Initiates can create their own lineages—each newly empowered Initiate can similarly empower a successor to succeed him or her.
  9. “High Throne” Transcendental Mastery (Sat Guru) – These are beings who have liberated their spirit and their ensouling entity has risen to the origin of the spirit on T1 to T5. One individual is chosen as the successor to the current Sat Guru to carry on the lineage. These “High Throne” Sat Gurus have all the abilities of the “Low Throne” Transcendental Adepts, plus they can lead the spirit back to its origin and liberate it. These include the T1 Sat Guru, the T2 Sat Guru (Sant Sat Guru), T3 Sat Guru (Perfect Master), the T4 Sat Guru (Paradise Master), and the T5 Sat Guru (Mahanta).
  10. Multiplane Mastery (Adi Sat Guru) – These are stages of Mastery on the Bridge Path, T6, and T7 that appear as a lineage on the highest Plane of the Bridge Path, Adi Sat Guru Desh. The representative of these Multiplane Masters is directly below this lineage—this is the living lineage holder for the Mudrashram® lineage.

In the future, as our most advanced disciples reach Multiplane Mastery, they will form a network with the original lineage of Mudrashram® Adi Sat Gurus and with other beings who have ascended on the Bridge Path to the Transcendental Hierarchy.

Q: What constitutes genuine assumption of the state of a lineage holder?

A: We can characterize seven markers that are associated with a lineage holder, which vary according to the tradition:

  1. The Supervising Initiate’s and Divine acknowledgement of attainment of the state of consciousness of the lineage holder. This can be publicly proclaimed or announced, or the disciple rising to this station on the Path may receive an inner confirmation, taking the form “Thou art [state of consciousness].” This state of realization and identification precedes empowerment.
  2. Passing of the flame of anointing from the Divine and the Supervising Initiate. This enables the disciple to teach, guide, and initiate on behalf of the lineage.
  3. Assignment of a dispensation and/or taking responsibility for the spiritual development of the aspirants and disciples that this lineage serves.
  4. Authorization to lead the organization supporting the lineage. In most lineages that have established temples, schools, retreat centers, or ashrams, the lineage holder will assume leadership of the organization.
  5. Ceremonial installation as the lineage holder. In some lineages, quite elaborate ceremonies have been instituted to acknowledge the formal passing of the “Rod of Power.”
  6. Passing a symbol that represents lineage empowerment to the successor. This might be a crystal, a thunderbolt wand (dorje), a turban, or other object that carries the charging of the lineage. As the successor takes possession of this object, there is a shift of the etheric resonance that transfers the fulcrum of power from the current lineage holder to his or her successor.
  7. Putting on ceremonial garments that are reserved for the lineage holder. In some traditions, there may be special robes and power objects that only the lineage holder is authorized to wear.

Markers one to three comprise the core authorization and empowerment of a lineage holder. Mere attainment of the state of consciousness of a lineage holder (marker one) is not sufficient to establish a disciple as a lineage holder; the Initiate and the Divine must also convey the Divine anointing and give the disciple responsibility for the lineage’s dispensation and those who are within its mantle of ministry.

Assuming responsibility for an organization (marker four), or any of the ceremonial elements (markers five through seven) do not make someone a lineage holder—as there are individuals who could seize power in an organization and proclaim themselves as its lineage holder. They might show evidence of his or her leadership role; undergo the installation ceremony; take possession of the lineage’s power object; and don the robes or talismans reserved for the lineage holder.

Only the living transference of Divine Power and Grace, and ownership of the teaching and ministry of the tradition genuinely establishes someone as a lineage holder. If markers two and three are not activated and functioning in you, you are not a real lineage holder.

When you asked what constitutes a bogus lineage holder, look to see if he or she has the genuine anointing; he or she is engaged in active teaching, ministry, guiding, and initiation; and he or she is working on fulfilling the Dispensation bestowed upon the lineage holder [if this is part of the lineage’s Divine Plan]. If that’s not there, you have an organizational leader, who has been inducted into the role of a lineage holder through ceremony—either conveyed through misguided disciples or usurped.

A ceremonial lineage holder can sustain a movement, but the actual power of transformation—not just the recitation of prayers and credos, inculcation of moral values, discourse upon the scriptures, and ritual invocation of the Divine through worship ceremonies—has to be there to for the lineage to truly awaken, enlighten, and unfold the spiritual potentials of its adherents.

We encourage you to reflect on these ideas. Whatever Path you embrace, we urge you to work with a genuine lineage holder and not waste your time in rituals and ceremonies.

The Six Levels of the Mind Beyond the Brain

By George A. Boyd ©2017

Our modern scientific worldview identifies the mind with the brain. There are, however, six additional orders of mind that dwell beyond this neural surface of cognition. These seven layers of the mind are shown below.

  1. In the waking state of awareness, it appears the mind is the activity of the brain. This is the empirical viewpoint that modern Science holds.
  2. In the next octave of cognition, you activate the astral brain. When this occurs, you become capable of lucid dreaming. Your imagination is enhanced. You are able to do astral travel and remote viewing. You can produce voluntary hypnotic phenomena through giving suggestions to your astral body. You can learn to perform psychic or impressional readings, which gather information not accessible through the physical senses. You become aware of other beings in their astral bodies and of the Astral Planes or worlds of dimension.
  3. At the next octave, you become aware of the lighted area of human consciousness embedded in the matrix of the unconscious mind. You become aware of distinct forms or vehicles of consciousness that have discrete functions that they carry out. You may begin to have experiences of the Kundalini awakening the etheric chakras. You may obtain glimpses of your Higher Self in peak experiences.
  4. At the next order of mind, you become aware that you are attention—a ball of mind-stuff—that observes the activity of the mind and the content of these vehicles of consciousness. You become aware of the thread of consciousness that allows your attention to travel through a series of focal points to deeper bands of the mind. You become capable of mindfulness and contemplation at this stage.
  5. When you move to the next level, you become aware of the Self, which integrates and coordinates the activity of all of the levels of your Conscious, Subconscious, and Metaconscious mind. You discover your volition, which enables you to take charge of your life and create your personal destiny. This is the stage of personal empowerment.
  6. Once you awaken your Superconscious mind, you become aware of the vehicles of consciousness that your Soul has activated. You rise into the vast vista of you your Soul’s consciousness, which grants intuitive knowledge about the vehicles of consciousness you have opened and the bands of the Continuum in which they dwell. It also stirs the unconditional love of the Soul, and the love and devotion of your spirit. It animates the higher abilities of your Soul at each stage of the Superconscious mind that you have opened.
  7. When your mind fully awakens, you realize the essential nature of your Soul and your Illumined Mind becomes fully active. This grants wisdom, understanding, highest discernment, the ability to become aware of every level of the mind (mandalic reasoning), and bestows Gnosis—where the Soul realizes its own true nature.

You normally experience the mind as the brain when your attention dwells in the waking state of awareness. At this level, habit largely governs your functioning.

The astral mind operates during the states of sleep, hypnosis, anesthesia and intoxication, and astral projection. Most people experience this state through dreaming, but have little control over their experience.

You typically tap into the etheric mental helix during deep sleep, when your attention is drawn deep into the unconscious mind. The causal body operates in this state: it consolidates your daily experiences into long-term memory and sets into motion the regenerating and recharging processes of deep sleep. You may also tap into this matrix if you practice hatha yoga, martial arts, or breathing meditations, or if you do exercises to awaken your Kundalini.

The state of inner alertness or mindfulness occurs when you collect your attention and become present at the entrance to the thread of consciousness that travels through all vehicles of the mind. This is the gateway to meditation.

Centering techniques enable you to unite your attention with the Self. This activates the entire personality, and enables your Self to operate its vehicles of consciousness at full efficiency.

You reach into the Superconscious mind through uniting your attention with your intentional consciousness, which we call the attentional principle, through the practice of Raja Yoga. You can learn to raise the Kundalini through the higher vehicles of consciousness of the Superconscious mind and stir then into full activity.

Through the practice of intuitive meditation, Jnana Yoga, you gain discernment and Gnosis. When you achieve the state of Superconscious Illumination, which is called Samadhi, you fully activate your Illumined Mind, which teaches you about the mysteries of the Soul and about matter, energy, mind, and consciousness.

We introduce you to your vehicles of consciousness, traveling along the thread of consciousness, and activating the Self—levels three through five—in our beginning meditation class, the Introduction to Meditation Program. We teach you how to access and awaken levels four through seven in our intermediate classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

We encourage aspirants to familiarize themselves with these deeper layers of the mind beyond the physical brain. Meditation is the master key to unlock these other zones of the mind veiled to this surface mind of the cerebral cortex. We invite you to learn how to meditate with us, to transcend your brain, and experience these other six levels of the mind.

Decisions

By George A. Boyd © 2017

We can identify different levels of decisions that people make. Some arise from the strata of the personality; some arise from the transpersonal levels of the mind. These seven orders of decisions are listed below.

  1. Emotional decisions
  2. Poorly considered decision
  3. Well-thought-out decisions
  4. Inspired decisions (transpersonal) – wisdom, intuition or a sense of purpose guides these decisions
  5. Higher order decisions – these arise from the Superconscious mind; they enact an aspect of one of the higher octaves of the will—this is usually a decision to operate a spiritual gift.
  6. Inspired decisions (Transcendental) – a decision taken to obey the order or commandment of your Spiritual Master (Agya)
  7. Core Decisions (made by the Soul) – these include decisions to serve in the Hierarchy or select Liberation, decision to travel the path to reach Liberation and Mastery, decision to reveal itself and awaken the personality from its sleep, or the decision to take initiation in a spiritual tradition.

Types one through three are personal decisions. We can characterize the three levels of personal decisions as follows:

You make emotional decisions out of passion and ignorance. These decisions arise under the influence of greed, lust, or anger; you may act on erroneous beliefs or conspiracy theories. These types of decisions come from your defensive ego and personal unconscious; they are primarily reactive. Demagogues and cult leaders prey on this this level of the mind, and use these emotions to drive decision making and behavior. Politicians and sales people also try to manipulate this zone of the mind to get your vote, get a donation, or make a sale.

Poorly considered decisions stem from only considering one or two factors, and not looking at the “big picture” of the multiple interacting factors inform better decisions. You might choose a pair of shoes based only on the design and how they look. Getting them home, you may find that they really are not comfortable and rub on the top of your foot and your ankles.

Well-thought-out decisions consider all relevant factors and determine the pros and cons of several options. You engage personal intuition to check in with the different facets of your Conscious, Subconscious, and Metaconscious mind to ensure that you are not ignoring an important factor that impacts the outcome. You gather as much information as needed to be able to make a cogent decision, without considering extraneous or irrelevant data.

The challenge for the personality is to make fewer emotional decisions and poor decisions, and increase the frequency of well-thought-out decisions that yield successful outcomes.

Once the personality has reached a certain level of integration and self-control, it can begin to open the Antakarana bridge to begin to commune with the Superconscious mind and the Soul. As this bridge to the Soul is progressively built, the Soul begins to guide the personality to carry out its purpose and participate in the development of the Soul’s abilities. Usually by the Third Planetary Initiation, this link has been strengthened to the point where the Soul can begin to overshadow the personality and express its ministry and service in the world.

Types four through seven arise from the transpersonal zone of the mind.

Type four, inspired decision, comes from your Superconscious mind—it is the first order of transpersonal decisions. Reception of this type of inspiration is typical of the aspirant stage of spirituality. It might be conveyed to you through the inner voice of intuition, or the impress of the Holy Spirit. Alternately, you might receive this information through a structured psychic reading like a tarot card or astrology reading, or the from a channeled message or inspired discourse (satsang). Some of this material is vague and ambiguous; it sometimes founded upon spurious notions—decisions made from this level sometimes yield poor results.

The three highest forms of transpersonal decisions, we see in advanced disciples.

Type five, the election to use the powers of the Superconscious mind, or siddhis, often appears when the disciple has reached the Cosmic Sphere in their meditations. Most disciples activate selected powers for healing, spiritual guidance and ministry, or awakening the spiritual potentials of others.

Type six, overshadowing with guidance from the spiritual Master (Agya), typically occurs when the disciple has begun the Transcendental Sphere leg of his or her journey. The Supervising Initiate gives guidance to enable the disciple to carry out spiritual ministry, fulfill their Soul Purpose, or to engage in compassionate action to help others.

Type seven, the core decisions of the Soul, occur at key junctures on the Path that enable it to complete its purpose and fulfill its spiritual destiny.

Many sojourners on the Path discount the role of developing the personality to make effective and prudent decisions. Instead, they may come to rely upon a relatively underdeveloped intuitive faculty to guide them, seek the counsel of channeled entities, consult their astrologer or tarot card reader, or live in the moment and see where serendipity leads them.

As a result, they my defer or avoid important life decisions, or come under the spell of a charismatic cult leader, who is only too happy to make all of their life decisions for them. They dread failure, embarrassment, and having to explain why they are not successful—so instead, they remain in altered states of awareness, and never engage the difficult task of constructing a meaningful life, one decision at a time.

We suggest it is possible to use meditation to evaluate your outcomes and select better options for the future. The ability to introspect and honestly evaluate the results of your behavior will allow you to make positive changes in your life.

Those of you who have difficulties with making successful decisions in your life may wish to consider a structured program to help gain greater self-mastery: we would recommend our Life Coaching Program as a means to build a stronger foundation for a more fulfilling life.

Operating on All of Your Cylinders

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: What does the expression, to operate on all cylinders, mean?

A: We can draw an analogy between the awareness and functioning of human beings and the operation of a 12-cylinder car, like a Jaguar. These inner shifts in awareness and functioning appear to take 12 postures:

  1. Only senses function – You are aware of your body and the world around you. You dwell in the world of consensual reality at your waking state of awareness.
  2. Senses interface with memory – You activate the faculty of imagination. You are able to tell stories and express your creative ideas.
  3. Ego activation – Your desires are highlighted. The world revolves around you. You may wish to present the best impression of yourself to others, which may engage your defenses and lying to not show others any weakness or vulnerability.
  4. Mindfulness – You are able to collect your attention and observe the contents of awareness. You become aware of what is arising in the present time.
  5. Attentional travel – You are able to shift your attention and examine the focal points within your mind, and consciously shift perspective.
  6. Third eye opening – You awaken as the attentional principle, and you are able to use intention and suggestion to work on your life issues.
  7. Conscious life direction – You awaken the Self, which directs your entire personality through volition. You take charge of the direction of your life.
  8. Awakening of the heart – You become aware of your spirit. You awaken your inner wellsprings of love and devotion.
  9. Archetypal identification – You awaken a nucleus of identity and identity with it. You express the native virtue, abilities, and intuitive knowledge that this essence holds.
  10. Enlightenment – You become aware of the Soul and identify with it. You experience enlightenment and Gnosis.
  11. Higher octave awakening – You awaken an ensouling entity, spirit, or nucleus of identity in the Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, or Transcendental bands of the Continuum. You identify with the essence and express it.
  12. Satchitananda – You awaken as the Infinite Consciousness, and behold each of these other octaves within you.

Those that meditate open the possibility to activate cylinders four to twelve; those that don’t awaken their witnessing faculty, commonly are delimited to operating only with their first three cylinders. We teach you how to awaken cylinders four through ten in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. We introduce you to cylinders eleven and twelve in the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Through awakening your awareness and learning how to do inner work, you can activate each of your human and spiritual potentials, and begin functioning on all of your cylinders. If you are interested in learning how to do this, we can teach you how.