Keys to Crystal Clear Meditation

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: Why are my meditations hazy and indistinct. I don’t see anything clearly. Is there a way I can enhance my inner vision?

A: First you must consider the reasons why your meditations are not clear. One of the reasons for this is that your awareness remains engaged with levels where you are not having pure spiritual experience. Let’s look at these seven levels:

  1. Physical body awareness – At this level you are aware of the physical body sensations correlated to higher spiritual experience. For example, you might feel pressure in your chest when your attentional principle ascends through the First Planetary Initiation. You might also feel this physical body correlation if your spirit on the Second Transcendental Path ascended to the top of the Causal Plane—here you would feel the pressure in your forehead above the top of your nose. [Aspirants and disciples whose awareness operates in this level correlate spiritual experience to an anatomical reference in the body.]
  2. Energetic awareness – At this level you are aware of the flow of life force through the vortices of the chakras, circulating through the channels running through your etheric body (meridians), or super fine channels (nadis) that channel mental activity. If you practice hatha yoga, perform martial arts practices, or do intensive breathing exercises (Pranayama), you may become aware of the movement of the life force through these inner channels. Those who have been initiated into Kundalini may also feel this energy rising through the central channel (Sushumna) through the chakras up into the brain.
  3. Emotional awareness – At this level, you become aware of your emotions. They may personify as “entities,” “thought forms,” or “subpersonalities.” You become highly aware of your own feelings and the feelings of other people (empathy). A flood of feelings and memories arise within you unbidden: at this level it feels like you are in perpetual process. Spirituality here expresses as qualities of goodness and love—you feel your spiritual nature embodies the higher emotions such as unconditional love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, joy, and grace. You may become very conscientious or scrupulous when you are operating at this level, and you may obsess about eliminating your darker passions such as lust, greed, anger, jealousy, envy, craving, and egotism.
  4. Thinking awareness – At this level, you are immersed in your thoughts. You are aware of the power of your volition, and you may feel that you can accomplish anything upon which you set your mind. Your meditations are a waterfall of thinking that will not let up.
  5. Impressions awareness – At this level, you become aware of a voidness of consciousness that is in the background of all your mental activity; in front of it are golden and black impressions that look like copper or iron filings. These correspond to your karma contained in your unconscious mind. You become aware that each karmic impression has an associated physical, energetic, emotional, and mental expression. You witness these impressions stirring into motion as physical sensations, flow of energy, emotions and desires, and thoughts and fantasies. You watch them arise and pass away.
  6. Pure spiritual awareness – When you break through to this level, you are able to exist and operate freely as your attentional principle and your spirit. You actually dwell in the spiritual Planes, and you witness the content of these numinous realms with crystal clarity. You have full recall of your spiritual experiences. The senses of your astral body, your attention, your attentional principle, and your spirit function without obstruction. You experience this state after death and in the experience of Samadhi. Those meditators who can break through into Samadhi can access this higher order experience.
  7. Illumined awareness – At this level, you realize your ensouling entity, and your Illumined Mind begins to operate fully—your intuition and discernment function at their full capacity. At this level, you can teach and guide others through the spiritual Planes.

Your challenge is to disengage your attention and awareness from levels one through five and rise into level six. Methods that have been developed to ostensibly help aspirants and disciples achieve this trans-noetic state include:

  1. Vipassana – This is the practice of present time monitoring of physical sensations (1-physical), monitoring the breath (2-energetic), on feelings (3-emotions), on active mental activity (4a-thinking), the activity of the ego (4b-identity), and the voidness of consciousness (5-impressions). You pay attention to what arises in the present time at each of these levels, and continue paying attention until you break through into a higher state of awareness. Transcending all five of these strata of the mind purportedly yields immersion in unbroken union with the attentional principle or the spirit.
  2. Use of silent mantra – Ostensibly, selecting a mantra that awakens awareness and enables your attention to tunnel through these strata of the mind can lead to immersion in the trans-luminal state. The “thought bubble mantra” method that Transcendental Meditation™ teachers advocate, for example, is purported to produce this effect; the actual experience of practitioners suggests that most TM-ers do not practice this method with the requisite tenacity and focus to actually experience this breakthrough. Most report going into a deeply relaxed state in which they let go of stress. Many groups recommend long periods of mental repetition of mantras to breakthrough into ecstatic, clear states of mind—like TM, most aspirants and disciples drone on with their monotonous mantra repetition, but only rarely experience states of transcendence and immersion in worlds of supernal wonder.
  3. Chanting – Those groups that embrace chanting proclaim that one-pointed chanting with devotion and love for God and Guru will transport you into spiritual worlds of light and beauty. A few devotees have used this method to enter truly sublime and blissful states of consciousness, but most do not reach these levels of inner clarity—even though they chant all night.
  4. Concentration – If you use the time-honored method of focusing your attention, allowing your awareness to fully open, and letting your attention to fully merge with the object of meditation, this can lead to awakening as the attentional principle or the spirit. Many aspirants and disciples find this Raja Yoga approach difficult, however, as their attention readily wanders, and they cannot sustain this process to gain complete union and identification with their attentional principle and spirit.
  5. Self-analysis – This method uses self-observation and discernment to isolate the attentional principle and the spirit—and in some traditions, this is applied to a selected nucleus of identity or an ensouling entity. The “Who am I?” process that Ramana Maharshi popularized is an example of this method. Those who have a powerful intellect may be able to use this approach to enter the trans-noetic zone—many seekers, however, have a difficulty understanding and recognizing what is the attentional principle, what is the spirit, what is the Atman, what is the heart mind, or other targets for realization of this inquiry process that different groups select.
  6. Absorption (Laya) – This method suggests that if you will drop your attention into inner sensory or energetic streams for a long enough period, you will gain fusion with your attentional principle or your spirit. Among the channels of absorption different spiritual groups use include inner sight (Jyoti), inner sound (Shabda), the combined current of taste and smell (Amrita), or the breath (Prana). The obstacles that aspirants and disciples encounter when they attempt this method include (a) getting blocked at some inner location so they cannot travel beyond this inner barrier, (b) the attention slipping out of absorption in the inner channel, and (c) fascination with inner content that keeps attention hovering at a selected level of awareness.
  7. Kundalini and Attunement (Shakti) – This approach holds that if you intensify your Kundalini sufficiently, it will carry your attention and awareness to profound levels of the Continuum. Those who have been Divinely empowered, moreover, can send the Light to lift attention and awareness into deep stages of absorption in the Superconscious mind. The risk of the Kundalini method is that if this energy is not correctly awakened, it can lead to Kundalini syndromes that make normal personality functioning difficult. The Attunement method is contingent upon the aspirant or disciple’s ability to sustain inner alertness and focus—here the wandering mind can interrupt the guided meditation that the Initiate bestows.

Each of these methods promoted to transcend into trans-noetic consciousness has their drawbacks; some aspirants and disciples do not make the breakthroughs with any of these methods. We encourage you to persist, nevertheless, and with sufficient dedicated practice, you too will have your breakthrough into the crystal clear level six awareness.

We train you in many of these methods that lead to trans-noetic breakthrough in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation, and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Expanding on Wim Wenders’ Breathing Technique

By George A. Boyd ©2020

Q: What is your opinion on Wim Wenders’ breathing method? It is supposed to enhance your immunity and make you more resilient to cold temperatures.

A: After having practiced the technique as he guided the audience during a televised interview, I was able to ascertain two things about his style of breathing:

  1. It appears to focus attention in the second third of the Body Mind Programming Subplane in the source of breathing. This center interfaces directly with the autonomic nervous system, so it is conceivable that with practice, someone could learn to control autonomic responses to cold.
  2. Some people may experience hyperventilation or even faint practicing sustained breathing in this fashion, e.g., thirty deep, full breaths followed by breath holding for thirty seconds—then repeat for three cycles, with longer breath holding on subsequent cycles.
    Those who access this first band of the Abstract Mind Plane find this Subplane has three major sections.

The first third of the Body Mind Programming Subplane focuses on training your voluntary muscles to enhance performance in sports and dance. Visualization and self-hypnosis have been employed to improve an athlete’s or dancer’s functioning.

The second third interfaces with the autonomic nervous system, the “non-voluntary” operations of the tissues and organs. These layers include:

  1. Skin, hair, and nails
  2. Subcutaneous tissues and fat
  3. Muscle
  4. Connective tissue (ligaments and tendons)
  5. Bone
  6. Organs
  7. Circulatory system
  8. Lymph and immune system
  9. Endocrine glands
  10. Central and autonomic nervous system
  11. Life force driving breathing, heartbeat, circulation, peristalsis, brain wave rhythms, and resting muscle tone

Since breath is a voluntary function, breathing methods can be used to access layer 11. From this level, it is possible to give suggestion to layers 1 to 10 using hypnosis. Biofeedback and Autogenics™ taps this dimension, as do the visceral access channels of autohypnosis.

The last third of this Subplane enables you to direct the astral body. This ability can be broken down into eleven discrete competencies:

  1. Ability to move the astral body out of coincidence with the physical body
  2. Ability to move the astral body to a discrete location in the physical universe or an Astral Plane (astral projection, also called bi-location)
  3. Ability to have the astral body show you what it is seeing and hearing at this remote location (remote viewing)
  4. Ability to move the astral body through sold objects, e.g. passing through walls or into locked rooms
  5. Ability to use microscopic astral vision to view bacteria, viruses, molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles
  6. Ability to use macroscopic astral vision to view the entire earth, solar system, galaxy, and the entire physical universe
  7. Ability to sense the environment and inhabitants who dwell on Astral Planes
  8. Ability to sense the energy of life force from the Etheric Aura interpenetrating the physical body
  9. Ability to sense the energy of emotions from the Emotional Aura interpenetrating the physical body
  10. Ability to sense other’s thoughts from the Mental Aura interpenetrating the physical body
  11. Ability to sense the energy of another’s spiritual essence from the Spiritual Aura interpenetrating the physical body

Once your attention is established in the breath center through Wim Wender’s breath, you can lead your attention to access the astral abilities of the highest levels of the Body Mind Programming Subplane using the cooling breath (Sitali).

In this type of breathing you roll your tongue and breathe through it, breathing in and out through the mouth through the tongue tube, like you were breathing through a straw. As you do this breath, you will be drawn up to a point where this subtler breath appears to emanate.

If you focus in this place where this astral breath emanates, it will give you access to the control center where you can direct the astral body through higher-level auto-hypnotic suggestion. You can, through strong suggestion, command the astral body to carry out these eleven functions.

You can extend this breathing to unite your attention with the wave of the present time on the Akashic Records Subplane through using the hiss breath. Here you slightly curl your tongue and suck air into the center of your tongue. Listen to the hissing sound that your breath makes, and follow that current of energy upwards.

At the summit of this spire of breath, you will drop into the wave of the present time unfolding. When your reach this blissful moving wave, you will unite with the current of your Soul’s thought and intention that expresses in your life.

Wim Wenders’ breath method appears to be a tool to introduce people to this center where they can interface with the autonomic nervous system. With training and practice, it is conceivable you could learn to control functions that are normally not accessible through the voluntary muscles of the body, and practice healing autohypnosis.

Stages of Experiencing the Attentional Principle

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: I’m not clear about how the attentional principle gains a greater ability to perceive and operate in meditation. Can you describe how the experience of the attentional principle changes with greater inner development and how it gains enhanced facility for meditation?

A: There are three major stages of experiencing the attentional principle:

Perceptual Union – At the first stage, your attention gains union with the attentional principle. With practice, you begin to be able to see and hear what the attentional principle is seeing and hearing in the present time.

Conscious Intentional Activity – At the second stage, you become aware of your attentional principle’s activity. For example, you become aware that your attentional principle is intending your transformational mantra; it is receiving the Light and sending this out via an attunement; or it is traveling in full consciousness through the dimensions of the upper Subconscious, the Metaconscious, and the Superconscious mind.

Independent existence – At stage three, you become aware that your attentional principle operates 24 hours a day, whether you are awake, dreaming, or are in sound sleep.

Regarding the progressive development of your encounter with the attentional principle, we can characterize a spectrum of states where your experience of this conscious essence deepens.

  1. Initial discovery of the location of the attentional principle (passive) – Through the use of hypnosis, psychoactive drugs, or reception of an attunement, you experience temporary union with your attentional principle. However, you cannot under your own efforts, return to this experience.
  2. Discovery of the attentional principle (active) – You move your attention through the focal points of the Conscious and Subconscious mind until your it reaches the feet of the tiny form of the attentional principle behind the pituitary center of the system of chakras of the Subconscious mind. After some practice, you can replicate this at will. We call this method, Purusa Dhyan. We describe this method in our article, “How to Open Your Own Third Eye” on our website. This meditation is the precursor to the more advanced practice of Raja Yoga, which we call direct projection.
  3. Fusion with your attention with the wave of consciousness – This state marks the dawning of stage one. When you achieve this level of control over your attention, you can experience what your attentional principle is sensing in the present time.
  4. Awareness of the intentional activity of your attentional principle – This deeper level of perception marks the beginning of stage two. You become aware of your attentional principle using its intention to travel through the inner Planes of Light, to activate your transformational mantra, and to make attunements. In this state, you become aware that you are doing conscious inner work; you can detect that you are consciously meditating.
  5. Microconcentration on the activity of the attentional principle’s chakras – In addition to intention that operates through the point between the eyebrows chakra of the tiny form of the attentional principle (Purusa), in this state you become aware of the activity of the other chakras of this form. In the throat center, you become aware of its ability to receive intuitive and telepathic impress. In the heart center, you become aware of its ability to contemplate. In its solar plexus center, you become aware of its ability to anchor suggestions in the vehicles of consciousness of the mind and in the unconscious mind. In its navel center, you become aware of its ability to empathically enter the experience of others. At the center at the base of the spine, you become aware of the attentional principles ability to marshal its forces to affirm and create what it wishes to manifest.
  6. Encounter with the guide – At this state, you become aware of your attentional principle’s dialog with an inner guide and its reception of guidance from that guide’s form. You become aware that your attentional principle is listening to the guide’s discourse and it is speaking to the guide through silent, telepathic thought. When you are able to maintain your attention in union with the attentional principle in this state, you experience conscious encounter with the inner guide, which we call Guru Dhyan.
  7. Enhanced noumenal experience – In this state, you have a heightened awareness of your attentional principle’s experience on the higher Planes, and you are able to clearly cognize what it sees and hears. You may become aware that it is attending inner schools or Temples of Wisdom. You may behold it carrying out directed Light Ministry under the aegis of the Masters. You may discover it is consciously communing with Masters of the Hierarchy of Light or Initiates of other spiritual traditions. You make this initial discovery of your attentional principle’s activities when you are meditating while you are awake.
  8. Turiya – This is the start of the third stage of experiencing the attentional principle, where you realize it has a fully independent existence. You become aware that your attentional principle is inwardly awake during all states of consciousness—waking, dream, sound sleep, coma, and death—and you experience your attentional principle is immortal, eternally conscious, and has full remembrance of its experiences on the inner Planes. You realize that its activity is not governed by where your attention is focused—rather, it has the ability to allow your attention to become aware of what your attentional principle is experiencing, and it has the ability to direct your attention to any focal point within the personality or any nodal point in the Superconscious mind, up to the attention’s origin.
  9. Spiritual empowerment – In this state, you become aware of the attentional principle’s ability to guide the attentional principle of others on the inner Planes. In the Mudrashram® tradition, this ability first dawns when we train advanced disciples, who reach the Form of the Disciple on the Bridge Path, to bestow the Raja Yoga Attunement during Teacher Training One. This ability is significantly augmented during Teacher Training Two, which occurs when disciples reach the Mahatma Stage on the Bridge Path, and they learn how to manifest the guide form to the attentional principle of others.
  10. Maha Chaitanya Samadhi – In this deepest stage of meditation, you gain the ability to return attention (chittam) to its origin, the form of the attentional principle (purusa) to its source, and the wave of consciousness (chetan) to where it originated in the Infinite Stage.

During the neophyte phase of spirituality, you may have the passive experience of your attentional principle of state one. You do not have control over this experience, but it shows you aspect of your mind beyond the confines of your Conscious mind.

The aspirant phase of spirituality activates states two through five. You become aware of your attentional principle and its abilities.

In the disciple phase, you have a heightened experience of your attentional principle through states six through eight. You are able to commune with the guide, have full awareness of your attentional principle’s adventures in the inner Planes, and finally realize it as an immortal, eternally conscious spiritual essence.

When you become an Initiate, you activate state nine. Here you are empowered to send the Light to awaken and guide the attentional principles of others.

You can learn to consciously encounter your attentional principle in state two through using the Purusa Dhyan technique. This allows you to open the inner seeing of your attentional principle, and experience what mystics call the opening of the third eye.

We teach you how to activate states three through five in our intermediate mediation courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. We teach you how to activate state six, which enables you to commune with the inner guide (Guru Dhyan) in the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

Steps seven and eight mark the attainment of advanced discipleship. This comes about gradually after several years of meditation, as your ensouling entity progressively opens deeper and deeper bands of the Great Continuum of Consciousness. Regular practice of Raja Yoga is key to this enhancement of your attentional principle’s experience; those who ignore this important aspect of core Integral meditation practice often lag behind in their ability to experience these more profound stages of attentional principle development.

Those spiritual traditions that grant the ability to bestow the Raja Yoga attunement can awaken and guide the attentional principles of others—these can demonstrate state nine. We empower out students to make this attunement in our advanced Teacher Training programs.

You experience state ten when you complete your spiritual journey in Mudrashram® and you arrive at the Infinite Stage at the top of the Seventh Transcendental Path. This is the most profound state of the experience of attention and the attentional principle, where you consciously experience their origin—where they originally came forth from the Divine.

If you will learn the steps of Raja Yoga meditation and practice it regularly, you will in time experience states two to ten of the development of the abilities of your attentional principle. Your meditations will become ineffable immersion in boundless vistas of sublime knowledge and endless love. And God will not be an abstraction: you will know the Divine As It Is.

Evolution of Inner Work

By George A. Boyd © 2019

The ability to do sustained inner work on yourself requires that you first reach union with one of the immortal principles of consciousness within you—the attentional principle, the spirit, and the Soul. You learn this aspect of inner work in meditation.

While psychotherapeutic and hypnotic work requires your ability to isolate your attention and focus it, it does not require that you gain union with one of your immortal principles. The deeper integrative work of psychotherapy leads you to gain union with the Self and to activate its abilities—but excluding transpersonal psychotherapy modalities, activating your immortal essences is not required for these types of psychological intervention.

Inner work typically addresses physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems. The deeper component required to do inner work may also require absorption and focusing of your attention, and experiencing union and identification with one or more of your immortal essences.

This ability to do inner work appears to progress through eleven stages.

  1. Fully embodied egoic stage – You experience physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems, but you have no apparent means of resolving them. You may seek help at this stage, but it may be difficult initially for you to benefit from psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, or meditation, because you may have difficulties focusing your attention on your subjective experiences.
  2. Relaxation stage – You are able to release tension in your muscles. You may have some success letting go of pain in your body. You learn to relax. You may take up stress reduction modalities like Hatha Yoga or Tai Chi.

This ability to relax may take the edge off of your emotional issues, and may make your mental problems seem more manageable. After some practice of relaxation and stress release, you may be able to collect your attention and become established in the state of mindfulness.

  1. Cascade of thinking stage – You are able to process your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems using sustained attention to the selected levels of the Conscious mind where you can become aware of them arising in the present time.

These practices of monitoring the sensations, feelings, and thoughts arising in the present time are called Vipassana—Physical Vipassana monitors the sensations arising within your body awareness center; Emotional Vipassana, the emotions bubbling up in your feeling center; and Mental Vipassana, the thoughts surfacing in your mental center.

You are able to benefit from psychotherapy and hypnosis at this level. You may, however, experience difficulty moving beyond the cascade of body sensations, feelings, and thinking at this level, so you are unable to penetrate more deeply into the levels of your mind beyond these centers of the Conscious mind.

  1. Initial contemplation stage – You are able to move beyond the initial processing of your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems at these levels of your Conscious mind. You are able to consciously direct your attention along the thread of consciousness.

At this stage, you are able to focus your attention at discrete focal points and contemplate the contents arising. At this stage, you have your first experiences of meditative absorption. You are able to enter more profound states of hypnotic trance and clearer insight in psychotherapy at this stage.

  1. Inner awakening stage – As your attention continues to travel along the thread of consciousness, you encounter one of your immortal essences—your attentional principle, your spirit, or your Soul. After gaining union with this essence through repeated meditation sittings, you may eventually come to recognize this essence clearly and identify with it.

At this stage, you come to recognize your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems arise within the strata of the mind—but you discover that who you are, is separate from this content. You cease to identify yourself with illness, emotional complexes, and your problems—you have them, but you are not your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems.

  1. Transformational stage – At this level, you begin to travel through the inner Planes as your attentional principle; open the channels of the Nada as your spirit; and unfold your Soul through transformational meditation. You may learn a variety of techniques to work on your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems as your awakened spiritual essence.
  2. Illumination stage – At this level, you begin to activate your Illumined Mind. You experience a downpour of intuitive knowledge, which enables you to get to the core of your mental problems. You gain understanding, insight, and wisdom.
  3. Compassion stage – At this level, you acutely feel your own suffering and the suffering of others. You are empowered to send the Comforter to heal deep emotional pain and resolve emotional issues.
  4. Healing stage – At this level you have the ability to send the Light of Healing, which helps dissolve physical symptoms.
  5. Inner Guide stage – At this level, you gain the ability to lead the attention along the thread of consciousness to unite with the attention principle or the spirit, and to assist these essences travel along their pathways.
  6. Thaumaturge stage – At this level, you are able send attunements to unfold the Soul, and move it from nodal point to nodal point to Mastery and Liberation.

True meditation emerges at stage four. The ability to move your attention and contemplate is prerequisite to inner awakening.

You awaken your spiritual essences at stage five. This level marks the point where you shift from becoming identified with physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems—and realize you are a conscious spiritual essence.

Conscious inner work becomes possible at stage six. At this point in your inner journey, you discover can work on your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems without relying upon others to guide you in working with them. You gain the ability to initiate process meditation to work on your emotional issues, to modify limiting and dysfunctional beliefs through affirmation, and to use autohypnosis to promote healthy behavioral change.

Stage six also marks the beginning of transcendence meditation, where you start to transform and awaken the powers of the Soul. When you embark on this deepest level of work, you actively accelerate your spiritual evolutionary potentials and ascend to Mastery and Liberation.

In stages seven through eleven, you become empowered to give attunements that resolve your physical symptoms, emotional issues, and mental problems; facilitate attentional absorption and awakening of your immortal essences; and support inner work and transformation.

We teach stage four in our introductory meditation class, the Introduction to Meditation Program. We review the technique of attentional movement and contemplation in our intermediate meditation classes‐the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and our by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program—and additionally teach you core stage five and six methods.

Access to stages seven though eleven of inner work, which enable you to utilize the higher levels of attunements, inner guidance—and ultimately, Thaumaturgy—occur as a result of transformational meditation. Transformation activates all of the dormant powers of your Soul and progressively leads you to spiritual Mastery.

The Gentle Art of Making Spiritual Progress

By George A. Boyd © 2016

Q: I feel dissatisfied with the amount of spiritual progress I have been making. How can I speed up my rate of spiritual progress?

A: You need to be able to give sufficient time to spiritual development. The relative rate you work through the impeding karma between successive nodal points is a function of the relative density of the karmic accretions between each nodal point, and the time you have available to do transformational work.

Your time is divided into three major divisions: duty, karma, and sadhana.

Duty comprises the time you spend nurturing your relationships of family, friends, and relatives; the time required for you to prepare for your career through education and to perform the tasks of your job; and the errands of your daily routine.

Karma consists of the time that is taken up through absorption in your desires, curiosity or fascination, or you when you are operating under an internal compulsion or addiction. Sometimes karma will appear as something new in your life, to which you must respond. In other cases, it will arise as physical or psychological issues that demand your attention, time, and effort—requiring problem solving, personal process, medical treatment, or therapy.

Spiritual work (Sadhana) includes your aspiration, or desire for spiritual progress; your inner work, the active transformation you do with your ensouling entity and its vehicles of consciousness, and your spirit; and reception of guidance, when you tap into intuition to gain understanding, to communicate spiritual truths to others, or to glean practical guidance for your life.

A disciple must free up as much time as possible for sadhana through simplifying his or her duties, and working out the issues that make up his or her karma. To complete the work of ascension to Mastery and Liberation, God must be your first priority. Your sadhana must be one-pointed and unbroken, your aspiration unwavering, and you must be steadfast in your efforts to transform your spiritual potentials and commune with the Master.

Your development may not always be easy; at some places on the Path, the karma is denser. The demands of your duty and karma may leave you will little time to devote to your sadhana; yet you need to make time for this and maximize your results in meditation.

As you gain mastery over the basic meditation skills of Integral meditation, you can utilize the shortcuts we have taught you to do more in the time you have. Once you master using intention to unite your attention with the attentional principle, traveling to your cutting edge of spirituality on the beam of Light, and combining your transformational mantra with Nada Yoga during the same meditation session—you can move ahead both on the track of the Soul at least one nodal point and open the track of the spirit to that same level in about twenty minutes.

We teach you these basic meditation skills of using your unique transformational mantra, opening the Path of the spirit through Nada Yoga, and traveling as your attentional principle up to the presence of the Soul in our intermediate meditation classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

If you can give an hour for meditation, increase the time you spend doing your transformational mantra, so you can open three to five nodal points each day. If you are not in a level of the Continuum where you must integrate the contents of the nodal points you open that are essential to carry out your Soul’s purpose, you can extend the number of nodal points that you purify beyond five.

You can make palpable spiritual progress through doing the work. If you cannot reach a touchdown every time you sit down, you can make a gain of forward yardage with each meditation session. When you open up this new level of your mind, take the time to contemplate it and integrate its knowledge, ability, and virtue.

In time you will find that you have completed your work in the Subtle, Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and your aligned Transcendental Path, and you have reached the Bridge Path—faster than you even realized was even possible. If you are unflagging in your effort, you will make progress and reach the goal at last.

[Those of you who have completed one of our intermediate courses] You have all the tools you need to do this fundamental work. Use them. They will serve you well.