Criteria for Assessing Spiritual Experiences

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: How can I know my spiritual experiences are genuine, and not the product of my fertile imagination?

A: There are a number of criteria that you can use to assess spiritual experiences. These include:

  1. Ontological – Your ensouling entity becomes one with the nodal point at which a particular ability, intuitive wisdom, or virtue is anchored.
  2. Spiritual – Your spirit ascends to the Nadamic tone where a particular ability, intuitive wisdom, or virtue is anchored.
  3. Vehicular – A seed atom of one of your vehicles of consciousness or a nucleus of identity is tuned to a nodal point at which a particular ability, wisdom, or virtue is anchored.
  4. Ideational – As a result of you focusing your attention in your ensouling entity, spirit, vehicular seed atom, or nucleus of identity, you can perceive and describe the content of the nodal point where a particular ability, wisdom, or virtue is anchored. This enables you to teach others about this state of consciousness.
  5. Operational – As a result of reaching this station on the Path, you are able to use the octave of will at this level to express the particular ability, wisdom, or virtue that is anchored. You may express this directly from that higher octave of will; empower your attentional principle or spirit to utilize it; activate an inner center through which you can access this ability, wisdom, or virtue in an altered state of consciousness or channel it directly through the personality as a gift.
  6. Imaginal – You imagine what it would be like to have this ability, wisdom, or virtue. You may create myths or stories to reveal the content of this state to others. These mythic stories, when written down, may form the basis of scriptures. When they are transmitted as oral traditions, they can become embellished, exaggerated, or distorted. When these stories are translated from one language to another, there can be a loss of the original meaning.
  7. Conceptual – You study what others have written in books and scriptures, and communicated through other media, and you summarize what you have learned in a scholarly paper, journal article, or essay. You may communicate your findings in a seminar or lecture. This approach typifies the scientific and academic approach to uncovering the meaning of a scripture or book describing a particular spiritual experience.
  8. Mystic experiential – You place your attention on this state of consciousness in your Superconscious mind, and you attempt to gain insight into the ability, intuitional wisdom, or virtue that is anchored at this nodal point. Your ability to see and hear within and your ability to receive intuitive information circumscribe the information you acquire through this type of contemplation. In some cases you may gain clear information about this state; in other cases, you may not get any impressions at all.
  9. Doctrinal – In this scenario, you learn about the experience from clergy or “spiritual authorities,” who teach you about what scripture says, and ask you to believe what is said in those scriptures as Divine revelation. You are asked not to question the teachings you are given, and you are to accept the teachings as truth.
  10. Analytical – In this perspective, you take an empirical, skeptical, materialistic, and atheistic perspective, and attempt to explain away spiritual experiences as epiphenomena of the brain, as self-delusion, or mental pathology. Those who approach spiritual experiences from this standpoint maintain an active bias that does not allow them to believe in these states of consciousness as real and valid, but seek to debunk them and invalidate them.

Criteria one through five are the inner experiential core of this state of consciousness. Criteria six through eight represent attempts to penetrate these states from without. Criteria nine and ten are based on a cognitive mindset that does not permit actual appreciation and experience of this state where this particular ability, wisdom, or virtue is anchored.

Assuming these experiences are not illusory products of your imagination, you could inquire:

  1. Where do I have this experience on the Great Continuum of Consciousness? In which exact nodal point does it reside?
  2. On what Path, track or Ray do I have this particular experience? If this an experience that my attentional principle is having? My attention? My spirit? Is it the intuitive prehension of my Illumined Mind?
  3. How do these abilities, aspects of intuitive wisdom, or virtues express in me?
  4. What knowledge or perception is contained in this inner nexus? What does this state communicate or reveal to me when I dialog with it?
  5. Does the product of this state of consciousness affect my behavior, beliefs, or values? In what ways does it shape my character?
  6. If this state arises from karmic purification, from what layers of the mind has this karma been removed? What types of karma have been purified to allow my spiritual nature to enter this state of consciousness? What discrete sections of my karmic reservoir have been dissolved to enable me to enter into this state?
  7. If I have entered into this state through using a transformational method that dissolves karma, will anyone who uses a similar method and enters this same state of consciousness have a similar experience?
  8. How do I identify the exact location where this state of consciousness exists? Are there analogous experiences on other bands of the Continuum that might be conflated with this state? How do I ascertain I have located the genuine source of this experience?
  9. If I do not attempt to create or visualize this experience through exercising my imagination, how do I verify that I have genuinely contacted this state of consciousness, and I am experiencing it as it is?

Ultimately, you will need to verify for yourself that these states of consciousness exist independently from:

  • What you imagine about them
  • What you visualize they are like
  • What theories you use to explain them
  • What sensory impressions these states evoke in you
  • Any preconceived beliefs you may have that does not permit you to experience these states for yourself

After much meditation, you will tease out stable landmarks and identify these states of consciousness as they are. You will begin to contemplate them and know them—you will be able to express them and improve the quality of your life.

Those of you who wish to learn how to have spiritual experiences of types one through five will benefit from taking the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program, where we teach you how to access these bands of the mind where you have direct experience of your spiritual essences.

The Gentle Art of Concretizing the Soul’s Insights

By George A. Boyd © 2011

For some meditators, when they contact the Soul through dialog and receptive meditation, the Soul sits silently like a sphinx—knowing, in its impenetrable mystery, the secrets of the Ages, but not revealing them. This occurs because the Soul has not activated the intuitional stream, which manifests through the thalamic center; and the octave of speech that communicates the Soul’s insights (satsang), which operates through the throat center.

Once the Soul begins to communicate, meditators often find that the Soul’s profound insights are highly abstract and vague, like cotton candy. To spin down this cognitive fuzziness into something that is concrete and useable, there are several steps that you can take.

Step One – Use a Journal. Write down whatever your Soul tells you verbatim. Write down anything you saw in meditation; anything you heard in meditation.

Step Two – Drive the process of gathering information. Once you have some initial output from the Soul, drill down to greater clarity by asking it pointed questions that elaborate and clarify these abstract concepts.

For example, if the Soul says, “be more loving,” you might ask the Soul, “In what ways do you suggest I be more loving?” “Are you suggesting I change my behavior? If so in what ways?” “In what specific instances am I being not loving, and what might it look like for me to be more loving?”

Write down these more specific responses, if they are forthcoming.

Step Three – Expand upon these initial insights. Take the initial abstract concepts and use reflective meditation.

Use the little sun technique on vague concepts, to flesh them out. Extend any unclear extensions with mind mapping.

If the Soul points out to you a character weakness, e.g., “you are too lazy,” do the mandala method to explore this.

If the Soul uses the future tense regarding one of its fuzzy suggestions, such as “you will become wealthy,” use the stepping-stones method to discover the next steps to obtain wealth.

Step Four – Wax philosophical. Use philosophical and process-style inquiry to further elaborate these ideas, so that you examine (a) their meaning; (b) how these are expressed by different people, who might be an example of how it has been operationalized; (c) how you might implement the idea in your own life; (d) what might be the consequences of implementing this idea on your self, your family, your work, your community, and the world; (e) noting the pros and cons of carrying it out, (f) noticing your willingness and reticence towards carrying it out, and exploring the rationale for each position, and (g) notice if you feel ready to make a decision to act on it.

Step Five – Make a plan. Once you have decided to operationalize the Soul’s idea, you will break it into specific behavioral sequences. Set each behavioral sequence into a time frame; set a deadline for the accomplishment of each behavioral sequence. Develop some contingency or fallback plans in case things do not work out as you have planned for each behavioral sequence, and specify one or two alternate ways you might accomplish this objective.

Step Six – Check back in. Review the plan with your Soul, to see if (a) you have correctly captured the essence of its request, (b) whether you have its permission and support to carry out the plan at this time, [or if not at this time, when it is to commence] (c) whether there is anything else that you are not considering that you need to add to your plan, (d) what will be the marker that the plan has been accomplished successfully, (e) what will be the consequences for not succeeding in the plan, (f) asking for its blessings and empowerment to move the plan forward, and (g) asking it to give you the “go” signal.

Step Seven – Make It So. Once you have clarified and operationalized what you Soul wants, you have made a plan to operationalize it, you have checked in and gotten the go-ahead from the Soul, then act on it. Your action actualizes, or makes real, the abstract, ideal concept the Soul has given you.

If you will use this process of capturing and concretizing the information that your Soul gives you, you will be able to translate the abstract idea you have received from your Soul into (a) something you understand, and (b) something you can act on that has clear objectives. Your milling of the rough diamonds of your Soul’s insights into the finished jewels of knowledge and purpose-driven action will bring your Soul’s purpose into manifestation in your life.

We teach the Little Sun Method and mind mapping and the Stepping-Stones Method in our intermediate meditation programs, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Those who have completed one of these programs can learn more about philosophical and process style inquiry in our book, The Fundamentals of Meditation. Also available to intermediate course completers is a complete program on developing a personal and spiritual journal called The Mudrashram® Home Study Workbook.

What Is the Antakarana?

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I’ve heard many spiritual teachers speak about the Antakarana. What is this? What does it consist of?

A: We describe what the Antakarana is in one of our articles in our book about the Psychic Realm. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

Building the Antakarana

Excerpted from The Psychic Realm: Finding Safe Passage through the Worlds of Illusion

By George A. Boyd ©2009

The Antakarana is the bridge between the intellect of the Metaconscious mind and the wisdom faculty of the Superconscious mind. It is a progressive recording of reflection, contemplation, and spiritual experiences ultimately forming a link between self and Soul. It consists of the following faculties:

  1. Speculation about the nature of the Cosmos – this questioning process leads to scientific curiosity. It is a quest for answers and evokes a sense of awe, reverence, and wonder at the majesty and mystery of the universe.
  2. Discovery of stable laws or principles – with further study and inquiry, the individual learns about stable laws that underlie the apparent diversity of phenomena. The law of gravity, the electromagnetic spectrum, the subatomic field, and the metaphysical principles of the Universal Mind Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane are examples of some of these universal principles underlying both physics and metaphysics.
  3. Encounter with the essential principles of consciousness, sentience, and existence – with deeper self-exploration, the individual encounters the attentional principle, the spirit, and the Soul. This confers inner awakening and illumination.
  4. Deposition of progressive spiritual experiences – as the individual begins to meditate on the structures of the vehicles of consciousness, a progressive laying down of meditative insights are anchored on this inner thread connecting Self and Soul.
  5. Core inquiry – as the individual begins to have rudimentary spiritual experiences, poignant and heartfelt questions arise in the mind, such as “Who am I?” What is my purpose? [See the article, “The 14 Questions of the Seeker,” which is in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation. You may also find this article in our online Library.]
  6. Ontological and Theological insight – when the essential questions are answered, the individual forms the foundation of a coherent and integrated philosophy about the nature of existence and the origin of all things, which is the understanding of the Nature of the Divine. This initial insight and understanding is augmented by the study of philosophy, scriptures, and insightful commentary on those scriptures.
  7. Revelation of the still small voice – when the Antakarana has been fully purified, the vortex of the Soul’s intuitive wisdom can speak directly to the personality:
    • To provide guidance and direction to make wiser decisions
    • To clarify moral dilemmas
    • To discern the meaning of symbols or archetypes
    • To dispel confusion over conflicting ideas or values
    • To grant discernment and understanding of abstract ideas
    • To give a rationale for faith
    • To identify a purpose for living

Q: What is the composition of the Antakarana?

A: The Antakarana has seven layers. The inmost core of the Antakarana comprises layers six and seven: we call this the Wordless Knowledge of the Heart. The next three layers—three through five—comprise the Soul Expression component of the Antakarana. The outermost two layers—one and two—are the Personality Linking component. These layers are described below:

Layer one (Intellectual communication) – This is the translation of layers two to seven into words, speech, symbols, and images. This substands the ability to give spiritual discourse, to write down received intuitive guidance, and to explain spiritual ideas.

Layer two (Memory of spiritual experiences) – This is the recording on the Akashic Records of each meditation’s insights, revelations, realizations, and perceptions of the spirit and attentional principle. This is the aspect of your meditation experiences that you can recall.

Layer three (Practical Wisdom) – This enables you to give practical guidance to the personality via psychic readings, verbally channeling the Soul’s wisdom, and sharing the realized truths of your heart wisdom. Those who have a psychic ministry build this layer to a high degree. This is the level you access with the meditations of the Fourth Chord of Jnana Yoga—we teach you how to tap this layer in the Jnana Yoga modules of our intermediate mediation programs, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and the online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Layer four (Empowerment) – These are the manifestation of your Soul’s gifts that are related to spiritual development. These include:

  1. Thaumaturge – This ability uses the Divine Fire to purify the mind’s dross, and bestow a variety of attunements
  2. Spiritual teacher – This ability enables you to share your spiritual knowledge and realizations with others in a way they can understand them.
  3. Spiritual guide – This ability lets you manifest a inner, radiant form to the attentional principle and/or the spirit of others, and to show them the structures of consciousness, the strata of the mind, and the landmarks of the inner Planes
  4. Healer – This permits you to send the Light of Healing to the etheric body, the emotional body, and mental bodies of others.
  5. Counselor – This ability helps you facilitate personal and spiritual decision-making in others. You explain the options available to them, and let them decide which option they choose.
  6. Coach – Those of you who develop a life coaching ministry assist others to change, to transform their lives into the next step of their personal growth; the spiritual coach helps others overcome obstacles they experience moving to the next level in their spiritual development.
  7. Psychotherapist or hypnotherapist – You assist others to work with issues in their unconscious mind to promote integration, to overcome limiting or self-sabotaging patterns, and to clarify values, and to discover their authentic Self.
  8. Awakener – You awaken the Kundalini Shakti of others to help them realize their Soul.

Layer five (Illumination) – You activate this layer when you open your Buddhic capsule or Illumined mind, which grants understanding of spiritual ideas, awakens discernment, and expresses your Soul’s compassion. You tap this layer when you access the fifth and sixth Chords of Jnana Yoga, which we teach you in our intermediate classes. We teach the deeper level of Chord Six in our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Layer six (The Mirror-like wisdom) – You can access this aspect of your Antakarana when you contemplate the mandala-like knowledge for each nodal point the Soul has opened in the brain center of the Soul’s essential vehicle. This appears like a series of concentric circles or concentric spheres.

Layer seven (Soul Realization) – You experience this as Gnosis, the Soul’s realization of its own essential nature. The practice called Gnosis, in which you penetrate to this level, we teach in our advanced meditation class, the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Most people are aware of the Antakarana through the Personality Linking component. They have spontaneous knowledge that comes to them when they are asked spiritual questions and they are able to explain spiritual ideas (layer one). They also are able to remember their spiritual experiences (layer two).

Those who journey through the Psychic Realm through the top of the Third Planetary Initiation begin to open layers three and four. As layer three dawns, you may be able to do psychic readings, communicate inspired messages, receive intuitive guidance from your spiritual guide or the Holy Spirit, and share your Soul’s realizations.

Level four marks the dawning of your Soul’s gifts. You are able to channel these abilities through your personality. You use them to help others. You start to uncover these extraordinary abilities in the Psychic Realm; you can access the full complement of these abilities when you reach the Third Planetary Initiation.

Layer five begins to fully blossom when your Soul—or White Lotus of Immortality, a center that awakens in those whose Soul is established in its Crown of Purpose—purifies the Planes of the Fourth Initiation.

Layers six and seven unfold as your Soul undergoes the process of Initiation. Layer six, which is the scope of your Soul’s knowledge mediated through the brain center of its essential vehicle, greatly expands as you take progressively higher Initiations. With sustained meditation on the Soul, you experience Gnosis—this is the awakening of level seven.

For certain disciples who accelerate the unfolding of their Soul and its vehicles of consciousness through transformational techniques and reception of the Light of Spiritual Translation, they may not immediately develop the elements of their Soul Expression component. During this frustrating period of their spiritual development, they experience a Sphinx-like silence within, as if their Soul’s Wisdom was locked up in an inner vault. In this stage:

  • Their questions to their Soul go unanswered.
  • They have the experience of opening and inner movement, but they have no understanding of what has occurred to them.
  • Further, they do not discern where they are on the Path.

With the brooding of the Light upon the latent abilities of their Manasic Vortex—the vehicle of consciousness that the Soul awakens and inhabits during the Third Planetary Initiation—the Soul’s abilities gradually mature, and they become able to express their Soul’s gifts and ministry to others.

While this inner transformation and awakening is occurring, Mudrashram® students will benefit from studying the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, and reading the books of the Initiate’s Library. This will stimulate their inner discernment and activate their Illumined Mind.

We also recommend that Mudrashram® students attend Light Sittings, as this immerses you in the Illumined Stream from the Masters. During Light Sittings, the Masters directly send the Light to your Buddhic capsule and activate each of your Soul’s budding gifts through your Manasic Vortex.

Through this ongoing process, you begin to construct your Antakarana.

Q: As you mention the Soul’s gifts that awaken during layer four of the Antakarana, you mentioned the term, Thaumaturge. I’ve never heard this term before. Can you shed some light on this?

A: Thaumaturgy is the ability to access the Inner Light Fire to make attunements. Certain disciples, who have a robust connection with the Agni Yoga lineage, powerfully develop these abilities. Certain teachers on the First Ray will also train their disciples in these techniques.

[We introduce the rudiments of Agni Yoga in our intermediate meditation courses. In our Teacher Training One (Form of the Disciple Stage) and Two (Mahatma Stage), we introduce and empower our spiritual teachers to use many of the higher order attunements that Thaumaturges employ.]

Most disciples who receive training in these advanced components of Agni Yoga will not develop all of these powers, but will rather be trained and empowered to manifest a subset of the abilities listed here. Some of abilities that a Thaumaturge develops include:

  1. The ability to burn away karmic impressions from the helix of the mind
  2. The ability to burn off entities clinging to the aura.
  3. The ability to purify and awaken the abilities of the vehicles of consciousness of the Superconscious mind
  4. The ability to bestow the Holy Spirit and bring about the awakening of heart wisdom; to anchor the Comforter in the core of human suffering
  5. The ability to anchor the Divine Light upon the tracks of the Manasic Vortex, and awaken and unfold the seeds of the latent skills of the Soul
  6. The ability to purify the veil of ignorance over the Soul and awaken the Buddhic capsule
  7. The ability to transform a nucleus of identity along its track of development; some of those anointed with the ability to bestow translating attunements can also unfold selected ensouling entities.
    • Adept Masters can unfold and liberate the nuclei of identity of the Planetary Sphere—the Moon Soul, the Solar Angel, the Manasic Vortex, and the Augoiedes. Some Adept Masters also develop the ability unfold the spiritual evolutionary potentials of the Soul Spark, Soul, and Monad up to the level they have attained in the Planetary Hierarchy.
    • Yogi Preceptors can unfold the nucleus of identity of the First Cosmic Initiation, cosmic consciousness.
    • Light Masters can unfold the nucleus of identity of the Second Cosmic Initiation, cosmic soul awareness.
    • Cosmic Masters can unfold and liberate the nuclei of identity of all five Cosmic Initiations—cosmic consciousness, cosmic soul awareness, the triune center, Avataric consciousness, and God consciousness. Selected Cosmic Masters have been anointed to unfold the Astral Soul throughout the Cosmic Sphere [George’s first spiritual teacher, Maha Genii Turriziani, had this ability.]
    • Supracosmic Masters can unfold and liberate the Supracosmic Seed Atom of the Supracosmic Path in which they have attained Mastery. Some Supracosmic Masters can also unfold the Supracosmic Soul through Translation, and raise it up to the seat of the Guru of that Path.
    • Sat Gurus of Transcendental Paths one through five can purify the capsule of the Illumined mind of the ensouling entity of their Path and awaken it. They can also purify the impressions of the unconscious mind at that level, and cleanse the coverings surrounding the spirit on that Path.
    • Adi Sat Gurus of the Bridge Path, and Transcendental Paths six and seven can purify the inmost impressions of the mind that hold ensouling entities back from Liberation at each band of the Continuum—Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental Paths one through five. They can also return each vehicle of consciousness and each nucleus of identity to its origin, purifying the stored karma layered behind it on its track.
  8. Light Masters, Sat Gurus of Transcendental Paths one through five, and the Adi Sat Gurus of the Bridge Path and Transcendental Paths six and seven also gain the ability to yield the fiery power of Translation upon the Second Pole of Being. These Masters have the ability to move the spirit(s) over which they have aegis along the tracks of the Nada and purify the karmic impressions embedded in that track, to lead the spirit to Liberation in the Light from which it was born.

If you develop a form of Mastery on the Continuum, you will be trained in the arts of Thaumaturgy for that level of the Path. Because even the most rudimentary of these applications of Agni Yoga have benefit to aspirants and disciples, we include an introduction to Agni Yoga in our intermediate classes.

We teach several additional introductory applications of Agni Yoga in our Agni Yoga Workshop, which is available to those who complete one of our intermediate classes. [Level One completers can access this workshop through their dashboard.] Those who complete one of these courses can also read about these methods in one of the books of our Level One Initiate’s Library, The Fundamentals of Meditation.

Those who have developed the fourth and fifth abilities of Thaumaturgy can assist you develop your Antakarana. You are exposed to these enlivening energies during Light Sittings.

Using Tables in Our Books and Articles for Meditation

Our articles are available here on our web log, on the Open Stacks page, and in our Library—you can sign up for the Library here. We also have books you can read when you want to delve deeper into our teachings. There are also downloads available for our webinars.We use a lot of tables! We have written this article in response to one of your questions on how to use the tables.

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I noticed in many of your articles on the website and your books that there are a lot of tables. I’m not sure how I can make use of this information. Could you shed some light on this?

A: Tables can be used to compare alternate viewpoints across the Seven Rays, the content of chakras or inner centers, the perspectives from different octaves of being, or uncovering greater depths on the Continuum. These tabulations organize information so it can be readily assimilated and compared against other elements within the table. We utilize several types:

  1. Horizontal spread – tables of this type compare and contrast the content of the Seven Rays.
  2. Vertical array – these tables compare the viewpoint of ensouling entities, nuclei of identity, or spirits at different octaves of the Continuum. They can be also be employed to show varying abilities or powers at different bands of the Continuum, or progressive stages of spiritual Mastery.
  3. Depth mandala – these tables show progressively deeper layers of the psyche. Tables of this type might detail the content of each nodal point, or deeper layers of the unconscious mind. Depth mandalas are often used to show you the steps to reach a certain inner center, such as the steps to unite attention with your attentional principle (Purusa Dhyan), the Self (Swa Dhyan), your spirit (Surat Dhyan), your Soul on its own Plane (Adi Atma Dhyan), or with a spiritual guide (Guru Dhyan).
  4. Vehicular study – these tables will detail the content of chakras for selected vehicles of consciousness. This is also applied for contemplation of the attentional principle and the spirit through microconcentration.
  5. Nested array – these tables show vehicles of consciousness that encapsulate other vehicles of consciousness, like Russian dolls. For example, the form of the feeling center of the Conscious mind is subsumed under the larger frame of the bubble of the entire Conscious mind. This is in turn subsumed under the larger frame of the entire Personality, which the Self integrates. The Personality can then be viewed from the standpoint of the Soul, as an instrument of its expression in the human world. The Soul, in turn, appears to be contained within the Macrocosm of the Planetary Man or Woman.
  6. Continuum snapshots – these tables show the different Subplanes and Planes that make up entire Divisions of the Great Continuum of Consciousness. These types of tables are used in our studies of the Great Continuum of Consciousness, and delineate the Path of spiritual development through entire segments of the Superconscious mind.
  7. Thematic analysis – these tables show the content of different bands of the unconscious mind as progressive layers with a common theme. We utilize types of tables in our Karma Readings. Rather than show you steps through this band of the mind, we describe the content at that level.

If you can identify what type of table is in a particular article or book, you can readily understand what the Swamis are showing you, and you can gain maximum value from reading this article. Many of our articles are written not only to be an exposition—e.g., giving you information about something—but also to be a meditation, where you will contemplate each row of a table as a way of penetrating more deeply into the subject matter.

It will be helpful to ask yourself, based on the topic of the article, what type of explanation will elucidate this subject. This will give you a clue as to what type of table we are presenting. So for example, if the topic of the article is “Ministry across the Seven Rays,” you know that the table will take the horizontal perspective and show you the content on the parallel tracks of the Seven Rays (type one). The topic, “A Study of the Chakras of the Psychic Guide,” on the other hand, will likely present a vehicular study (type four).

Perspectives on Thinking

By George A. Boyd © 2019

There are a variety of perspectives on thinking that drive decision and how they interface with the thinking process—whether they engage thought actively to produce behavior or whether they passively observe it. This spectrum of levels of interface with thought is shown below.

  1. Detachment from thought (Vairagya) – You witness thought from a detached viewpoint. This is typical of those who identify with a seed atom on a Supracosmic Path. After maintaining this viewpoint for some time, you can begin to watch thoughts arise and pass away; to stop yourself from acting on thoughts; and to lose the sense of identification with thoughts.
  2. Experiencing thoughts as waves of energy that arise on the surface of the mind (Vritti) – From this standpoint, you sense that thoughts appear to bubble up from the depths of the mind to the surface, where they enter consciousness and you become aware of them. Learning to notice the space between the arising of thoughts makes you aware that you are the ball of observing mind stuff (chittam), which we call the attention. Following these thoughts down to the depths makes you aware of the underlying karmic impressions (samskaras) that give rise to thought. Yogi Preceptors impart a variety of transformational methods to teach their disciples to dissolve these samskaras in the field of the Cosmic Mind. When these impressions are fully effaced, the state of perfectly still mind dawns (Nirvritti), and Yogis realize oneness with Brahman.
  3. Thought appears to arise from the Divine Spirit at the Nirvanic Flame – Adepts—those who reunite Soul with the Monad—use attunement of thought as a carrier wave for the Divine Spirit, and they can initiate, awaken, illumine, guide, and purify others through this laser-like beam of intention-driven thought.
  4. Thoughts are the radiant downpour of the Illumined Mind (Buddhi) – From this standpoint on the Buddhic Plane, which arises when your Soul undergoes the Fourth Initiation, you view the golden waterfall of thought that purifies the mind of ignorance and heals the emotional wounds of the heart.
  5. Volition channelizes thought to accomplish an objective and fulfill a purpose – During the Third Initiation, it appears that you constructively utilize thought to enact plans, fulfill goals, and actualize your Soul Purpose. At this level, we call these directed thoughts, Intelligent Activity; in this perspective, they appear to be the working of the Third Ray.
  6. Thoughts spoken aloud manifest reality – In the Second Initiation, those thoughts that stream forth from the vortex of the Mighty I AM Presence that you utter under inspiration appear to create and manifest the outcomes you intend. You program this center, and allow it to “speak the Word.” This type of creative meditation has been called decree, affirmation, or fiat.
  7. Thoughts are inspiration from the Divine – In this scenario, you view inspired thoughts coming from the Holy Spirit and angels as ideas sent to direct your decisions, to reform your character, and help you understand the meaning of scriptures. You experience thought in this way when you are undergoing the First Initiation, when you raise your attention into the nucleus of identity of this level, the Moon Soul or Christ Child.
  8. Thoughts are the kinetic expression of karma in expression – It appears on the Wisdom Plane that thoughts are the energy of your karmic seeds, when they become activated. These dormant karmic seeds, stirred into life, give rise to thought, imagination, emotion, desire, and action.
  9. Thoughts are the creative force of your intention that activate the Law of Attraction – In this perceptive frame of the Psychic Realm and the Universal Mind Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane, it appears your thoughts can either attract or repel what you desire. Through carefully controlling your thoughts, you can direct what you receive from the Universe.
  10. Thoughts channel the force of intelligence that activates the intellect – Through visualization, hypothetical deductive reasoning, creative “possibility” thinking, philosophical inquiry, process meditation, and goal-directed thought, you activate the faculties of the Abstract Mind Plane that enable you to use ideas in your career, in school, and in your avocation to innovate, solve problems, produce successful outcomes, and enhance performance.
  11. Thoughts are the content that arises from the mental bands of the personality – Thought appears as the content of the operation of the mental field of the Metaconscious mind—personal intuition, intellect, and the concrete mind—and the content of the mental seed atom of the Conscious mind, which governs the faculty of deductive and analogical reasoning. The Self directs thought in the Metaconscious mind through the personal octave of volition; the egoic will operates the faculty of reason.
  12. Thought is an epiphenomenon of the firing of neurons – in this viewpoint of the waking state of awareness, it appears what we regard as thinking is simply the firing of neurons, which gives rise to the executive mental functions of the prefrontal cortex and directs behavior through the neural motor pathways. In this view, there is no self or Soul directing thought; instead, the organism itself reacts and adapts to conditions in the environment, learning from its mistakes through experience to perform better responses to the stimuli it encounters. This gives you the illusion of a self and free will, when in fact, your organism has a predetermined response that you rationalize as your decisions.

The perspective from which you view the force of thought influences how you use it. For example:

Aspirants who take up the spiritual Path in the traditions of Supracosmic Gurus and Yogi Preceptors are trained to interface with thought through perspectives one and two, and have a detached view of thinking.

Those who undergo the Planetary Initiations experience thought in perspectives three through seven.

Those sojourning through the Planetary Probationary Path—the band of the Planetary Continuum from the Biophysical Universe to the Wisdom Plane—encounter thought via perspectives eight through ten.

You view perspective eleven when you focus your attention on your Self at the core of your personality.

Perspective twelve appears when you do not move your attention out of the waking state of awareness and you only perceive the functioning of your brain and body.

We suggest that those who become fixed in the detached thought postures of perspectives one and two would value from learning to shift their attention to the perspectives of the Planetary Sphere, where they can utilize the perspectives of goal-oriented, creative, and intelligent thought to carry out their Soul Purpose and actualize their personal potential.

Remaining in these detached perspectives fosters the belief that the physical world and personal functioning are an illusion, and the only true objective of human life is to realize God. We point out that it is possible to make spiritual progress while concomitantly working on your personal goals and objectives, and actualizing the facets of your Soul’s unique purpose.