What Is Synthesis and Why Is It Important?

By George A. Boyd © 2022

Q: What is synthesis? You mention a Synthesis Center during the Light Sitting, but I’m not sure what synthesis is and why this is important.

A: Synthesis occurs at different levels of the mind:

  1. In the physical body, a metaphor for synthesis is the state of homeostasis, where the body creates the optimal balance between acid and alkaline blood chemistry.
  2. In the mental center of the Conscious mind, synthesis appears as the common area of two overlapping shapes in a Venn diagram.
  3. In the intellect, synthesis is the resolution of an argument in a common point of agreement that transcends, yet includes, the viewpoints of both opinions.
  4. In the Temple of Philosophy on the Abstract Mind Plane, synthesis is the next stage of thesis and antithesis, in which the apparent conflict of these two opposite positions is harmonized.
  5. In the Psychic Realm, synthesis reveals the nature of the Soul above the conscious zone of the mind and the unconscious zone of the mind, as the transcendent essence that reconciles both polarities.
  6. On the Wisdom Plane, synthesis occurs as an emergence phenomenon that reveals a new level beyond a current condition and the forces that hold you in dynamic stasis in that condition. Synthesis in this context occurs when you move to the next level that you cannot truly grasp when you are in the container of the level before it.
  7. In the First Planetary Initiation, synthesis takes the form of rebirth as the Moon Soul nucleus of identity, which the Holy Spirit awakens through Grace. This is the holy essence that transcends both virtuous and sinful actions.
  8. At the entrance to the Second Planetary Initiation, synthesis emerges as the powerful creative vortex of the Mighty I AM Presence, which appears as a third transcendent force that resolves the conflict between conscious volition and the unconscious motivation that opposes it: this inner Divine command breaks this impasse between these levels of the mind and clears the way to move forward.
  9. In the Greater Mystery School Subplane of the Second Planetary Initiation, synthesis is shown to be the activity of the Fourth Ray, which harmonizes the pairs of opposites.
  10. In the vehicle of the Manasic Vortex in the Third Planetary Initiation, synthesis exists as an inner center in which each octave of the mind is actively aligned with the Soul’s purpose, turning the personality and the higher vehicles of consciousness of the Superconscious mind into an instrument of the Soul.
  11. In the Buddhic vehicle of the Fourth Planetary Initiation, the downpour of the Illumined Mind purifies the mind, brings about mental healing and harmony, and re-establishes the attention in union with the Soul again—transcending the sense of separation.
  12. On the Monadic Plane, upon liberation of the Soul in the Nirvanic Flame, the Monad appears as the reunifying essence transcending both the Soul and the portions of the mind it has turned into light and the darkness of the karmic accretions of the unconscious mind.

When the mind is in conflict and turmoil, this hinders making decisions, generating forward movement in life, and allowing clear expression of the Soul’s gifts. Synthesis resolves this conflict, and allows physical and psychological tension to relax—freeing up energy for constructive use.

Whether this conflict arises as arguments in intimate interpersonal relationships, discord at work, disagreement in the political area, or a clash between nations, synthesis is a way forward beyond the deadlock. Learning how to achieve synthesis is the goal of mediation and its efforts to reach conflict resolution.

We teach the Synthesis technique as a supplemental exercise for our Intermediate meditation classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. We encourage you to find the key to produce synthesis to resolve internal and external stress in your life, and make progress, both personally and spiritually.

Formulating Questions for Journaling

By George A. Boyd ©2021

Q: I seem to get the same material when I am journaling and inquiring—asking questions to my Higher Self? I keep exploring these same issues, like I am continually re-hashing the same stuff.

A: It depends on what question you ask. Different questions evoke discrete responses from the Subconscious and the Subconscious mind. For example, if you ask:

How do you feel? You’ll dredge up the emotional issues you have been dealing with in your life. [This question is often used as a segue into psychotherapy—it focuses you on your poignant emotional issues and concerns.]

What do you really want? You’ll tap the core of your desires that motivate you. [This is a good one to use if you are experiencing boredom and ennui with key areas in your life—your relationship, the people in your social network, your classes in school, your career, or your spiritual or religious organization.]

What fears hold you back? You’ll examine the obstacles fear puts up to block your success. [If you have not been moving forward on your dreams and aspirations because of fear, this is a beneficial question to ask.]

What doubts don’t allow you to move forward? You’ll look into how lack of belief in your Self, or a deficit of faith and hope influence your ability to achieve your dreams. [This helps you confront your inner critic and begin to dismantle it.]

What are your core fears? You’ll probe into the root of your egoic complex that clings to survival and runs away from danger and death. [You’ll want to use this one when you seek to make a spiritual breakthrough, to leap across the great chasm and allow your spiritual life to be awakened in you.]

What action can you take to move forward? You’ll employ this question to identify steps you can take that will free you from inertia and feeling stuck. [This is helpful when you are dealing with procrastination and feelings of not knowing what to do to create movement.]

What’s the next step? You’ll make use of this one when you want to know where you are going in your life in a particular area. It lays out a step-by-step plan for you to reach the goal or purpose for this area of your life. [Those of you who are unaware of the purpose for engaging in a particular endeavor will find this sheds light on your what to do next to actualize that aspect of your nature. We use a structured exercise to gather this guidance from your Higher Self in our intermediate meditation classes.]

What do You require of me, Oh Lord? You’ll utilize this question when you want to know the Divine Will for your life. [We discuss the elements of what the Divine Will is in our article, “The personal octave of the Divine Will,” which is in our Library, and also in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation.]

How may I serve? This reveals your Soul’s gifts that it can express in you, the wisdom and intuitive knowledge that it wishes to share, and the love and compassion that it feels that it wants to do bring out. [This frees the deeper life within you to express in your life.]

How do I make progress on the Path? This clarifies what are your next steps spiritually. [We assist aspirants to answer this question with our Soul Purpose Reading, which reveals the highlights of the Path ahead.]

What is my purpose? This requests your Soul to reveal the facets of its Purpose that it is implementing in your life. [You begin this inquiry when you have established a partnership with your Soul to enable it to express in your life.]

How do I fulfill my dreams [or overcome this challenge to reaching my dreams]? This question guides you to the steps to achieve actualization—making your dreams come true. [You would bring out this question when you are already clear about your personal zone of operation and your Soul’s zone of expression, and you seek to chart a course to personal fulfillment.]

Alternate Ways of Finding Answers to Your Questions

When asking questions does not yield fruitful or actionable responses, here are some alternatives you can use:

Practicing the Presence – In this method, you place your attention into the inner presence within you that declares, “I am God.” You listen for any guidance that it may give you. You would adopt this method if you do not know what question to ask to overcome an obstacle or move forward in your life.

The feet of the Master – In this approach, you sit at the feet of your inner spiritual Guide, and listen to what he or she tells you. You would draw upon this method when you cannot get constructive, actionable material during your dialogs with your Soul or in responses to your prayers.

The Light upon the altar – In this technique, you contemplate the Light of the Holy Spirit anchored in your Moon Soul, or the Shakti that broods upon your cosmic consciousness. This alternative comes into play when you cannot contact the Guide within, or your attempts to get guidance from the Soul or in response to prayer is not fruitful.

Journaling Specific Areas in Your Life

You also can journal to look into your goals for each of the areas of your life. Areas you can explore in your process include:

  • Your health
  • Your home and environment
  • Your emotional issues
  • Your relationships
  • Your education
  • Your career
  • Your finances
  • Your creativity
  • Your moral values
  • Your engagement with your community
  • Your learning about other cultures and travel
  • Your recovery from addiction or trauma
  • Your quest for meaning and understanding
  • Your spiritual journey
  • Your personal dreams for your life

Journaling is like a crowbar that pries open the inner depths of the mind. It lets you uncover your truths. We encourage you to journal with the appropriate questions upon relevant topics to reap the full benefits of this practice.

Our meditation students who are taking or have completed one of our intermediate classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program, are eligible to obtain The Mudrashram® Home Study Workbook, which gives you the information and resources to prepare a personal and spiritual journal. We recommend that you obtain this book, if you gravitate to doing a journal as a way of gaining insight and clarifying what decisions to make.

Reflections on Genius

By George A. Boyd © 2005

Genius, in academic testing protocols, is defined as scoring on an intelligence test greater than two standard deviations from the norm. Whether the correct responses are learned during elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, or whether some superior innate faculty of discernment or judgment allows these individuals to score significantly above the norm, is putative.

We may speculate that if education is geared directly to improve test performance on standardized testing—learning the intellectual skills necessary to pass tests such as the state high school exit exams, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may also increase the scores on intelligence testing.

Aside from this consensual empirical measure, genius may have other definitions that we will discuss briefly here.

  1. Expanded ability to use the faculties of the intellect – The faculties of the intellect (see our article, “The Seven Chords of Jnana Yoga” available in our online Library) may be opened to a greater extent in some individuals than in others. This allows them enhanced access to problem solving strategies of greater complexity. This may be the result of spiritual evolution that concomitantly awakens the vehicles of the personality.
  2. The result of prior learning or experience in other lives – The phenomena of the gifted musical prodigy, for example, is used as a [rationale] for this theory. To develop the nearly instant facility for music and accelerated acquisition of mastery of the most complex musical repertoire, it is argued, points to lifetimes of prior practice and progressive mastery of the rudiments of this art.
  3. The result of powers gained by spiritual practices in present or past lives – By certain types of meditation practices, including Jnana
    Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Agni Yoga—We could add, by the use of selected bija mantras invoking the goddess of learning, Saraswati—the individual may purportedly refine certain talents on this substrate in the Superconscious mind. This gift is, in turn, anchored in the personality. The individual then asks for the gift to operate, and poetry, music, or whatever gift the Soul bestows flows into the mind to be recorded and expressed. Through study and reflection (Jnana Yoga), contemplation (Raja Yoga), energization and activation of specific vehicles of consciousness (Kundalini Yoga), and anchoring these abilities through attunement (Agni Yoga),these powers are progressively awakened, mastered, and expressed in the personality. [We teach each of these types of meditation in our intermediate classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.]
  4. The result of the bestowal of a gift by a supernatural agency – As a result of prayer, penance, great charity and good deeds, intense worship, and other means of pleasing the Higher Power, angels, gods, goddesses, or the Divine are held in this view to anchor a gift in the individual during the current life.
  5. Merit based bestowal – In this scenario, the gift is anchored by supernatural agencies prenatally or at birth as a reward for good deeds in past lives. Unlike (4), the individual does nothing to invoke them by prayer, worship, or meritorious deeds in the current life. Also unlike (3), the individual does not perform specialized meditation practices to develop them, either in this or in previous lives.
  6. The result of vehicular awakening – In this model, gifts or powers are automatically bestowed as the Kundalini Shakti opens and awakens higher chakras. Unlike (3) where the powers are progressively refined by meditation practice, then anchored—in this model, the native intelligence of the Kundalini is sufficient to awaken the powers, and they burst forth, fully active, as the progressive rising of the Kundalini force opens the chakra or higher vehicle of consciousness.
  7. The result of spiritual evolution – In this viewpoint, the evolution of the ensouling entity and its vehicles concurrently tunes up the vehicles of the personality, opening the faculties of each vehicle. In this schema, only transformational methods that unfold the spiritual evolutionary potentials of the Soul produce these effects. Meditation practices described in (3) access and awaken faculties that exist in the Superconscious mind, but do not concomitantly unfold the spiritual evolutionary potentials.

In the Mudrashram® System of Integral Meditation, we underscore that genius can be developed as a synergy of methods (3) and (7), and use specific attunement practices to unfold the faculties of the vehicles of the personality (1). We see that genius is the dynamic expression of the Soul’s innate abilities of love, wisdom, and power that are present in the Superconscious mind, and are actively and purposely anchored in the personality.

Bestowal of good fortune from good deeds, spiritual practices, or the beneficence of your Higher Power may underlie your current high intelligence or giftedness in certain areas of human endeavor. We point out, however, that it is possible to develop these capacities further as the consequences of activating your spiritual evolutionary potentials and moving forward the process of refining these abilities by learning selected meditation practices.

The Kundalini will rise and activate powers and abilities naturally as a part of spiritual evolution, as in (6), but we do not advocate heroic measures to attempt to force open these higher centers or chakras. We do advocate the use of the Kundalini to awaken, activate, purify, and ready the higher vehicles for the Soul’s expression—but not as an agency of transformation, which for many individuals, produces imbalances of vehicles and may actively interfere with personality functioning.

Genius and Talent

Talent is a different order of mastery of a skill. Talent may be understood as a step on the path to mastery of the skill, where it becomes fully incorporated into the Soul’s repertoire of abilities.

These stages in the acquisition of talent, genius, and mastery are shown below.

Level of Mind




Initial practice of the skill

Stage of learning


Automatization of parts of the skill

Stage of habit


Easy practice of the skill with creative innovation and style

Stage of talent

Understanding the skill and its acquisition so that you may guide another in gaining talent

Stage of teaching


Gaining unique insights or revelations about the skill so that you are able to advance the skill in new directions, e.g. to invent new derivations or application of the skill

Stage of intuitive revelation

Developing the skill to the point where the Soul can fully express the skill seamlessly, utilizing the faculties of the Superconscious, Metaconscious, Subconscious, and Conscious minds

Stage of genius

Developing the skill to the point where it can be anchored in others as a gift

Stage of Mastery

Gaining access to the Superconscious mind is requisite to develop the three highest aspects of a skill, for which meditation
plays a key role. This aspect of skill mastery transcends the personality by creating a tunnel of ability into the Superconscious mind.

  • When this tunnel is opened all the way to the presence of the Soul, true genius is born.
  • When this tunnel is opened to the presence of the Divine Spirit, which dwells universally in all lives, it bestows the ability to minister the skill as a Grace, a gift, or an empowerment—and it imbues another Soul with ready understanding and insight into the skill. When the skill is developed to this level, this is a sign of Mastery.

Whereas one with talent can train another to express talent, one with Mastery can activate the octaves of the Superconscious and can draw out inspiration and genius in another.

We encourage the reader to reflect upon the possibility of genius and what may bring it to fruition, and the stages of development of a skill.

We propose to you that genius may not be a rare genetic gift bestowed on the few by some special twist of fate, but rather the potential for any of your skills should you devote the time, energy, dedication, discipline, and perseverance to develop it fully—so it may allow your Soul to express through this ability in your human life.

The Two Orders of Validation

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: It seems both reason and intuition have the capacity to generate error. Can you shed some light on this?

A: Let us tease apart the verification processes of reason and intuition:

Reason arrives at tentative, consensual truth through a process of analysis and critique, and testing.

  • It starts with facts, data, or evidence.
  • It generates a hypothesis to explain the fact.
  • It tests the hypothesis to determine whether it is true or not.

It observes, measures, weighs, detects, tests, and sets criteria for the statistical probability that the hypothesis is likely true.

  • This estimate of the likelihood that something is true can range from five out of 100 in social science to one in 100 billion in physics.

Empirical verification is a step-by-step algorithmic process, which is subject to peer review, analysis, and critique.

Intuition reveals truths that dwell in the sphere of the Soul’s consciousness.

  • It uses the faculty of discernment (Vijnana) to locate the object in the inner mandala of the Soul’s consciousness and recognizes it and labels it.
  • It employs the faculty of contemplation (Dhyana) to gather information about the object of meditation through observation, reflection, comparison, and identifying analogies or correspondences.
  • It is founded upon the Soul’s consciousness, which is the anchor of spiritual law and the foundation of inner Truth (Dharma).

Finding the ground of intuitive truth enables you to identify the stable markers of Subplanes, Planes, and Divisions of the Continuum, and to locate your spiritual essence in inner space.

Intuitive discovery or revelation is a heuristic process, which explores meaning, realizes possibilities, makes associations with other ideas, finds correspondences, and examines the changes that transformation produces.

When this rational and intuitive process goes awry, it gives rise to two forms of distortion:

Conspiracy theories – In this distortion of your rational process, you make assertions without validated facts, you create a hypothesis to explain your assertion, and you believe this hypothesis is the truth without subjecting it to tests. This arises from a failure to conduct empirical verification.

Delusion – In this distortion of intuitive discovery, you assume something is true in error. You use discernment to incorrectly confirm your erroneous belief. You only admit information that supports your belief, and you deny, ignore, or attack information that is contrary to your belief.

Disciples need to correct both types of distortion, and identify what is true behind conspiracy theory and delusion.

You can ask questions like these to examine these patterns:

Is this an intuitive or empirical truth?

How do I know this is true? How can I verify this?

What are the consequences of holding this belief?

  • How does it affect my behavior?
  • How does it shape my emotional reactions and attitudes?
  • How does it color my perception and worldview?
  • How does it alter my beliefs?
  • How does it influence my values?
  • How does it sway my choices?

When I make these choices, how does it impact my life, my relationships, and my career?

The Gentle Art of Spin

Q: What is the process through which truth is perverted so it gives rise to conspiracy theories and delusion?

A: This is both an active process and a passive process:

In the active process, you choose to lie and deceive others. Criminals, con-men, and dictators utilize the active process to control others and make them do what they want.

In the passive process, you start with a logical error and then you begin to justify and defend it. The passive process is generated when you receive incorrect information and you believe it is true. This can result from exposure to those who are telling you lies and you believe them; it can also stem from having incomplete information and making faulty conclusions based on this limited data.

These active and passive “truth cycles” are described below:

The Active Process

In the active process, truth is progressively eclipsed. The dichotomy is between choosing to tell the whole truth as opposed to the choice to lie.

  • The downward cycle for the active process moves from omission to misstating the facts to active distortion to feeling initial anxiety and guilt to rationalization to outright denial.
  • The upward cycle for the active process moves from breaking denial, stopping rationalization, to finding the source of anxiety and guilt to correcting distortion to stating the correct facts to revealing what was omitted.

The Passive Process

In the passive process, rationality is perverted into delusion through warping of information.

  • The downward cycle for the passive process moves from making a logical error to covering up this error to accepting false information to making judgments based on this false information to precipitating a change in mindset to a descent into paranoid thinking.
  • The upward “recovery” cycle for the passive process includes taking responsibility for what you can control to examining your mindsets and rejecting erroneous beliefs and perceptions to rejecting incorrect judgments and founding subsequent judgments on correct information to identifying and rejecting false information and finding correct information to admitting your errors to identifying the source of logical error and correcting it.

To deconstruct a rational or empirical belief, reflect upon:

  • What is the evidence for this contention?
  • What is your belief about the evidence (hypothesis)?
  • How do you prove this is true?

If there is no evidence, it does not exist in the physical universe.

To deconstruct an intuitive belief, reflect on:

  • In what nodal point is this truth anchored?
  • What is your criterion for assuming this is true? [Is this a mathematical proof? Is this a sensory proof? Is this an emotional or experiential proof based on faith or conviction? Is this a proof based on authority or scripture? Is this a revealed (revelatory) truth? Is this a proof based on analogy or correspondence like Gematria, numerology, astrology, or tarot? Is this a proof based on symbolic or linguistic analysis?]
  • How can you verify that truth is reliable?

Truth has many facets. What is true depends upon the means through which you derive it or arrive at it.

Notice how this process of spin can move both ways: you can descend into error; you can correct yourself. You may wish to apply this process of truth recovery to deconstruct your false beliefs.

Spiritual Principles of the Current World Teacher

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: In the former Dispensation of the World Teacher, Jesus taught as his highest spiritual principle, the Law of Love. Given that each World Teacher builds on the foundation of his or her predecessor, what are the principles that the current World Teacher, Maitreya, brings to the world under his Aegis?

A: As you correctly observe, the foundation of Maitreya’s principles is the Law of Love. To this platform he inherited from Jesus, he adds the following additional principles:

  1. Common Purpose – when humanity—all the nations of the Earth—can unite towards a unified purpose that affects the welfare of all, we can build the bridges of cooperation and establish a foundation of peaceful relations.
  2. Sharing Resources – when those who are wealthy can share their wealth and resources, it can uplift those who are impoverished and maximize the human potentials of humanity and bring about greater equality
  3. Ecological Stewardship – to preserve the diversity of life and optimal living conditions for all of the Kingdoms of Nature, humanity must find ways of providing for its energy, food, and water requirements in a way that does not harm the ecosphere and the environment. Humanity’s challenge is to discover and implement non-polluting methods to farm and feed a growing population, and to generate energy without harming the earth and the atmosphere.
  4. Illumination and compassion – Rather than look outside to scriptures and Gurus as their source of guidance, wisdom, and enlightenment, the chelas of the current Age will be empowered to discover their own illumination and bring out their spiritual gifts to share with others. Out of their compassion, they will share their gifts to uplift others.
  5. Recognition and expression of inner Divinity – As the new Dispensation emerges and becomes increasingly integrated into the collective consciousness of humanity, individuals will found their behavior less on the motivations of the ego and the life plans of the Self, and function more from the purposive and creative platform of the Soul.
  6. Synthesis – People will use synthesis to resolve the conflicts that divide humanity, and will usher humanity into an enlightened period of universal brotherhood and peace.

As you contemplate these principles as seed thoughts, you will connect yourself with the thought streams of the Hierarchy and the World Teacher, and feel them gently turning the great ship of humanity towards these new spiritual principles for our time.