The Pitfalls of Revelatory Logic

By George A. Boyd ©2021

Q: How is it that people can believe such crazy things? Some conspiracy theories are completely bonkers!

A: To understand this, you need to understand the different orders of logic:

  1. Sensory logic – Also called empirical logic, this holds that for objects to exist in the physical universe, they must be able to be weighed, measured, and detected by multiple observers. This employs filters to rule out optical illusion or observer bias.
  2. Inferential logic – This extrapolates from observable evidence to tease out motivation, intention, or events that occurred. In a trial, a woman is found dead in her home. The fingerprints of the defendant in the trial have been found on the murder weapon, which was abandoned in the yard where the murder occurred. While no one observed the defendant kill the woman, it can be inferred that the defendant likely pulled the trigger. Additional evidence would be needed to confirm this initial inference to prove the defendant committed the murder beyond the shadow of a doubt, and alternative conjectures about what may have happened refuted.
  3. Mathematical logic – This is based on mathematical proofs. An analogous method of proof used in philosophy examines logic to determine accurate and fallacious reasoning.
  4. Algorithmic logic – This type of logic is at the heart of computer programming. It gives instructions to a computer or device with a central processing unit to carry out. What the computer carries out is contingent on what is written in the computer coding language.
  5. Intuitive logic – This type of reasoning can be found in the “intuitive sciences” like astrology, numerology, and tarot. This begins with a symbolic array, which the reader interprets to explore what they mean. Which cards are drawn in the tarot determine what the reader will interpret; where the cards fall in the array colors their meaning, as does the relationship with other cards. Here, each symbolic element in the array (e.g., number as symbol in Numerology, tarot card, Enneagram type, planet and the house it dwells in) can be interpreted individually, in the context in which it dwells, as well as in relationship to the other elements in the array.
  6. Revelatory logic – This type of reasoning holds an idea as an infallible truth, and then looks to justify it. This infallible truth can be based on the beliefs in the authority and veracity of the source, a purported supernatural or Divine origin of the idea, or outright superstitious or magical thinking. This type of logic weaves together illogical ideas, fantasies, and distortion of facts into an incoherent system, which believers tenaciously defend as true.
  7. Core discernment logic – We refer to this type of logic as mandalic reasoning. This is based on discernment of the nature of the Soul, and describing the Path that leads to union with that essence through the levels of the mind. Those who act as guides in meditation use this type of logic to conduct meditation students to unite their attention with their Soul. This type of discernment can also direct meditators to unite with their spirit, a personal identification center (ego or Self), or a nucleus of identity.

The first four types of logic are the foundation of our modern technological civilization. They form a bulwark against irrationality, and work to check inherent bias and perversions of reasoning.

Outside of this, we have the questionable logic of metaphysicians, sundry true believers, and Gurus. These exist outside the parameters of the ordered world mind; those who operate within its structured boundaries of the world mind cannot verify the wild claims of those who wander off into the far country of the mind.

We can characterize seven major varieties of revelatory reasoning:

  1. Psychotic – These individuals listen to voices that emerge from their unconscious mind that torment them and tease them, and tell them to do all manner of irrational things.
  2. Paranoid – They develop elaborate defensive systems to protect their ego, and project their unacceptable impulses on others. They listen to the voices of their mental defenses that desperately shield them from the truth.
  3. Game, fantasy, and novel identification – They identify with characters in movies and television, in novels, horror and science fiction sagas. They live immersed in the themes and drama of these fictional sources, and never seem to embrace their own life. It is much more satisfying to some to be Flash Gordon or Spiderman—or other heroic, superhuman or fantasy figure—than to dwell in the boredom, loneliness, and despair of their own unsuccessful and unfulfilling lives.
  4. Political cults – They identify as members of a political party, and live their lives to support, defend, and even worship their political hero. Their political heroes, alas, are often not the invincible and mighty saviors of their values and way of life they convey through rousing speeches. Many political “saviors” have turned out to be demagogues, dictators, or authoritarian leaders, who exploit the undying loyalty of their true believers to enrich themselves and remain in power.
  5. Psychic cults – Those who join these groups receive channeled messages from sundry spiritual beings—angels, Ascended Masters, extraterrestrials, and assorted other entities—who foretell of a future where people live in a multi-dimensional world, where they operate as godlike beings who can create whatever they wish through intention, and they are unlimited by time and space.
  6. Judeo-Christian religious cults – These base their authority upon what they believe is infallible scripture, which they proclaim is the very “Word of God.” They look to God, the Messiah or Savior, or saints to save them from the sinful world and rescue them from hell after death. They often recount apocalyptic visions of the future of the Last Judgment, tumultuous Last Times, or a Rapture of faithful believers into heaven with the Lord. In addition to evangelical and charismatic Christian and Jewish groups that found their religious beliefs upon a literal interpretation of their scripture, these same patterns may be seen to play out in certain Islamic sects.
  7. Other religious cults – These groups assemble around a spiritual leader who possesses great charisma, and provides “answers” to the seeker. The leader comes to control every aspect of believer’s lives and literally reprograms their minds to accept every word of the leader’s teaching as unerring truth.

Revelatory reasoning has several characteristics:

  1. It believes things that cannot be verified in consensual reality; followers believe impossible and fantastic things.
  2. It uses internalized, subjective criteria for truth, which are often powerfully defended and tenaciously held.
  3. Attempts to question core beliefs of revelatory reasoning elicit rationalization and projection to protect these sacrosanct truths.
  4. Believers who embrace revelatory reasoning often live their lives in an alternate reality frame—they are no longer human beings, but star beings, born again believers, or are eternally in union with bliss consciousness.
  5. It accepts a fluidity of meaning and truth—in the perspective of revelatory reasoning, things mean what believers say they mean; truth is whatever they affirm it is.
  6. It utilizes superstitious thinking; believers look for signs and omens.
  7. It may look to external sources for validation and direction, and not trust their own voice of reason and conscience.

We suggest that revelatory sources of information should be regarded as unproven hypotheses or speculation until you can verify them. It is important to examine your motivation for wanting to believe the claims of revelatory reasoning. It is also valuable to ascertain from what level of the mind these compelling ideas arise.

We go into greater depth into the mindset and beliefs of cultic groups in our book, Religions, Cults, and Terrorism: What the Heck Are We Doing? We recommend to those who are interested in exploring this phenomenon further to acquire this book.

Concerning Right View

By George A. Boyd ©2021

Q: What is right view in Buddhism?

A: We can approach Buddhism through several different perspectives:

  1. Intellect – This is the academic introduction to Buddhism that you might receive in a philosophy or comparative religion class. Here you learn about Buddhist ideas and reflect upon them, and you might compare and contrast them to ideas of other philosophers and ideas of other religions.
  2. Subtle Realm Buddhism – As the Soul Spark moves onto the Plane of the Subtle Self, it encounters the white lotus from which the mantra Om Mane Padme Hum resounds.
  3. Theological Buddhism – This incorporates the study of Buddhist scriptures. The Temple of Science on the Abstract Mind Plane is the abode where this knowledge can be accessed. This level of knowledge about Buddhism may incorporate linguistic, historical, or archeological, elements to explore the context in which the Buddhist teachings were given, and attempt to tease out the deeper meaning and implications of the canon. This is the scholarly approach to Buddhism.
  4. Mystery School Buddhism – Souls on the Second Ray travel through the Buddhist Mystery School, where they encounter the Dhyani Buddhas and learn moral principles to guide human life.
  5. Transplanetary Buddhism – When the Soul reunites with the Monad at the culmination of the Fifth Planetary Initiation, it gains understanding of the stages of the Buddhist Path—stream winner, once returning, and not returning—and realizes the state of the Adept (Arhat). This standpoint views Buddhism from the standpoint of the Adept, where the disciple gains freedom from the necessity to be reborn in the physical world.
  6. Classical Buddhist Pathwork – At the entrance to each of the eight Supracosmic Buddhist Paths, the Buddhist teachers of each lineage train the disciple to identify with the Supracosmic seed atom of their Path. They teach their disciples how to transform this essence along that Path through the mirror of the Cosmic Sphere, through the seven Supracosmic chakras, and ultimately merge this seed atom into its origin in the Supracosmic brain chakra.

If you go to a Buddhist teacher, he or she trains you to enter this perspective—this is the “right view” that Buddhist traditions teach—viewing the world, the mind, and consciousness from the state of union with their seed atom. Unfolding along these Supracosmic tracks are described in some Buddhist traditions as the Way of the Bodhisattva.

  1. Conscious Buddha Realization – When you unite the seed atom of the Supracosmic Path, you become one with the Great Void in which the Guru of that Path dwells. You discover the Buddhist Guru “beyond Creation.”

In several Buddhist traditions, they regard the attainment of this state as the assumption of Conscious Buddhahood.

In Zen Buddhism, they hint at this state in their koans, “Show me your face before you were born,” and “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”

For disciples to become a Guru in that tradition, (a) their Supracosmic Soul must dwell on that track and they must unfold it to beyond the origin of the Supracosmic seed atom, and (b) their Supracosmic Soul must receive the anointing and empowerment from the current Guru of that lineage.

  1. Universal Buddha Realization – When the Supracosmic Soul ascends beyond the Gurus that make up this Buddhist lineage, it beholds the chakra in the body of the Supracosmic Plane Lord from which this Path emanates—each Supracosmic Path is anchored in one of the chakras of this Supracosmic Plane Lord. At the next step in its journey, it beholds the mighty vortex that activates each of the eight Buddhist Paths. At this level, the Supracosmic Soul gains universal Buddha Realization.

  2. Mahaparinirvana – This is the stage of Liberation of the Supracosmic Soul. From the viewpoint of someone traversing the stages of a Buddhist Path, this is the ultimate horizon that can be conceived.
  3. Transcendental Sphere Recapitulation – The eight Buddhist Paths can be viewed within the cosmology of certain Transcendental Paths. They can be seen on the Causal Plane on T2; the first Mental Plane on T3; and the Mental Plane on T5.
  4. Realization of Infinite Consciousness – This realization occurs when you awaken as Satchitananda, the ensouling entity of T7. This is the core spiritual essence that is behind the emanation of each entity, each spirit, and each vehicle of consciousness—it is the force of the Alaya that radiates from Satchitananda that animates each active ensouling entity and spirit.

This is the state of the Eternal Buddha beyond Creation in the Avayakta Loka. Teachers on T7 refer to this state as Brahma Vidya or Divine Knowledge, and suggest that this is the true state of Conscious Buddhahood.

  1. Infinite Stage Realization – When Satchitananda returns upon the Path of T7 to its origin, it turns each level of the Superconscious into light. This is the stage of highest enlightenment. In the Mudrashram® system of Integral meditation, we progressively liberate each ensouling entity and each spirit from the Subtle Realm to the top of the 7th Transcendental Path, so there is no more darkness in the mind. This stage is called Param Moksha Desh.

The Buddhist religion is reflected in perspectives one through five, but it offers initiation into one of the eight Buddhist paths at perspective six. If you went to be trained in one of these Buddhist schools, they would progressively train you to unite your attention with the Supracosmic seed atom of its Path. Next, they teach you methods to unfold that seed atom.

Along each Buddhist Path, as this seed atom unfolds, there are seven key stages of Realization:

  1. Union of the seed atom with the mirror of the Yogi Preceptor form – disciples who each this stage can function as teachers and initiators for that Buddhist Path.
  2. Union of the seed atom with the archetype of the Tree of Enlightenment – This stage occurs when seed atom reaches the mirror of the beginning of the Fourth Cosmic Initiation, and beholds the Avataric consciousness nucleus of identity awakening under the Cosmic Bodhi Tree. This marks the dawning of mystic esoteric knowledge, which reveals the mystery of the worlds of suffering, reformation, release, and Way showing [the four Noble Truths] in the Third Cosmic Initiation; the river of Samsara; the Wheel of the Law; and the state of Enlightenment. Unlike the intellectual study of these archetypes, wayfarers at this stage of Path become one with these mysteries beyond words.
  3. Union with the Buddha as Divine Consciousness – When disciples reach the mirror of God Consciousness in the Fifth Cosmic Initiation, they awaken as a “Conscious God.” This is the state on the Path where the disciple realizes the Transcendental Virtues and realizes the five Jhanas. This has been called Supreme Realization (Prajna Paramita).
  4. Encounter with the Buddha in the Cosmic Hierarchy – As disciples ascend into the mirror of the Cosmic Hierarchy, they behold the Buddha in his Eternal Form in the Cosmic Hierarchy. They behold his Great Renunciation, as he remains to serve all sentient beings as a member of the Hierarchy of Light.
  5. Entering the Supracosmic gate – after gaining union with the mirror of Brahma Jyoti at the top of the Cosmic Sphere, they enter into the gate of their Buddhist Path. Their seed atom enters the Path, rising through the seven Supracosmic chakras.
  6. Anointing and empowerment – when the Supracosmic seed atom ascends beyond the sixth Supracosmic chakra, disciples may be granted a form of Mastery, through which they can teach, guide, and initiate those sojourning through the lower stages of that Buddhist Path. Those who reach this level can take conscious reincarnation to serve all living beings.
  7. Lineage Holder – When the disciple’s Supracosmic Soul dwells on this Buddhist Path and drops the Supracosmic seed atom, the Supracosmic Soul rises to the seat of the Guru (Guru Padam). Those who reach this stage can be empowered to be a Lineage Holder and carry on the Path’s teachings. Beings such as the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa have attained this state in their respective lineages.

Those who do not have their Supracosmic Soul on this track, their Supracosmic seed atom drops into the Great Void at the brain chakra of this Path, and they enter this great emptiness that Buddhist lineages call Nirvana or Moksha.

Attainment of this right view of Buddhism is contingent upon aspirants being able to unite their attention with the seed atom of their chosen Buddhist Path. Once they fix their attention there and begin to unfold this seed atom, it becomes their new identity. As this unfoldment progresses, they detach and disidentify with the states of awareness of the Personal Band, the zone of the ego and the Self; the Soul Spark of the Subtle Realm; the Soul of the Planetary Realm; and the Monad of the Transplanetary Realm—and they become completely fused in the Supracosmic seed atom of that Path.

When these other personal identification center and ensouling entities of the realms below the entrance to the Supracosmic Path become submerged in this inner voidness of their Supracosmic Path, it appears that these other states of identification are only illusions of the mind. The doctrine of “no-Self” and “no Soul” found in Buddhist teachings appears to stem from this swallowing up of lower states of consciousness in the focal awareness of the Supracosmic seed atom as it unfolds.

The Dynamic Shifting of Perspective

In Mudrashram®, we point out aspirants can be trained to recognize a wide variety of spiritual essences as their focus of identification. In Buddhist teachings, the nucleus of identity on their Path—their Supracosmic seed atom—is the essence with which they learn to identify.

You can learn more about spiritual identification in some of our books:

We invite the interested reader to acquire these books for further study into this topic of spiritual identification.
In Mudrashram®, we teach that your attention can awaken your spiritual essences on all four Poles of Being, depending on where you focus it.

  • On Pole One, you place your attention on your ensouling entity.
  • On Pole Two, you contemplate your spiritual heart.
  • On Pole Three, you concentrate your attention on a nucleus of identity or seed atom of one of the vehicles of your Superconscious mind—meditation on the seed atoms of a Buddhist Path utilizes this type of attentional focus
  • On Pole Four, you unite your attention with your attentional principle

Through shifting your attention between these four Poles of Being, you can develop spiritually in a balanced, integral way. Those who are interested in learning this novel approach to meditation can study the foundations of this Integral meditation system in our intermediate meditation classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

Moving from Blind Belief to Wisdom

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: What locks people into blind faith? How do they move out of this mindset into a more realistic perspective?

A: You have to first understand how people come to believe in fantasy and conspiracy theories.

Reality is based on facts and evidence.

Facts are objects that can be weighed and measured. These are verified events for which there is a record.

Evidence is a statement or documentation that truthfully and accurately attests to facts and events.

Conjecture extrapolates from facts and evidence to explore inference and speculation.

Inference examines what can be reasonably deduced after examining evidence.

Speculation examines what if scenarios, and imagines possible outcomes that might occur if certain actions took place, or alternate explanations for the evidence that is presented. [When speculation becomes untethered from reality, it moves over the threshold into fantasy.]

Fantasy steps outside evidence, and asks you to believe what you are told without examining or questioning it. Fantasy appears as allegation and innuendo.

Allegation is based on what you heard, read, or watched on visual media from someone you believe is a convincing or trustworthy source, but there is no verifiable evidence to substantiate it. [Many conspiracy theories operate at this level; blind faith is also anchored at this level.]

Innuendo imputes evil intentions and clandestine illegal or corrupt behavior to others, often citing spurious or uncorroborated sources.

Manipulation is based on a purposeful intention to distort and deceive. At this level, someone is disseminating false information with an aim to spread allegations and innuendo to defeat an opponent or competitor; or to convince others of the superiority of their candidate, product or service. [Unfortunately, many political communications utilize manipulation to help their candidate to win, as do companies that seek to keep a dangerous or toxic product on the market.]

It appears that those that embrace blind faith believe allegation and innuendo. They are motivated to believe these things because it taps into their desires, fears, and anger. Those who are afraid… those who are made to feel outrage… those that are desperate to achieve their desires… alas, can be easily manipulated.

Q: How do people get out of this blind faith mindset?

A: This appears to be a process of discovering flaws with the beliefs they hold, searching for the truth, and discovering wisdom. There appears to be seven major steps in rising above blind belief:

Blind Belief Phase

  1. Blind faith believes without questioning because you trust the source of the information you believe.
  2. Dawning of first awareness occurs when you believe what you hear, read, or view, but you note that some aspects of the message don’t make sense. At first, you ignore these doubts, hoping there will be an explanation of the discrepancy at a later time or as you learn more.

Quest for the Truth Phase

  1. Questioning arises when there are a sufficient number of discrepancies to warrant re-examining your belief. You begin to question the facts of the message and scrutinize your doubts.
  2. Research studies the sources of the information that are presented, and checks each one to see if it is verifiable and accurate.

Wisdom Phase

  1. The step of Implications surface when you look at what might happen if the contentions of the source of your belief actually played out in reality, and whether the predications or expectations of this belief have come true. [Wild speculation and allegations have a way of not coming to pass.]
  2. The step of Intention considers what impression the communicator is trying to make, and how he or she is trying to influence your beliefs and values.
  3. The step of Motivation inquires why the speaker is attempting to make these impressions and to impact your beliefs and values—what he or she is getting from communicating this message. [This is the level you discover whether the source of the communication is attempting to manipulate you.]

Because people who hold the same beliefs surround those who are locked into a blind faith mindset, there is nothing to spark questioning of the belief—so they simply remain in that mindset, and the light of wisdom never illumines the truth. Moreover, those that attempt to point out the falsity of their beliefs are regarded as emissaries of evil, sent to dissuade them of their truth—as those who might attempt to change their belief have been painted with the dark brush of innuendo.

So it is not easy to for people to break out of the perceptual filter of blind belief, but it is possible. If you understand the steps of how you can become locked into blind faith perspectives and study the beliefs that hold them in place, you can dismantle them and get free of their hypnotic thrall.

Those of you who have had your rationality and your life taken over by involvement in a religious or political cult may find that our Cult Recovery Coaching Program will help you find your way out of this manipulative programming and reclaim your own life, and independent thinking and choosing again. We stand ready to support you regain your freedom again.

Types of Bondage

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: What are the major issues that keep people in bondage, so they cannot awaken?

A: There are eight major types of bondage to which the aspirant and disciple is subject:

  1. Health – Certain types of physical and medical conditions make it impossible for you to meditate and to implement personality change.
  2. Addiction – When you are addicted, your entire life revolves around the object of addiction.
  3. Fear – Fear holds you back from forward movement in your life; it can also hold you back from taking your next step spiritually.
  4. False beliefs – These include conspiracy theories and paranoia, which makes it impossible for you to see the truth through these distorted perceptual filters.
  5. Cultism and religious abuse – When you are caught in this trap, you become enslaved to the group leader and it is very difficult to become free.
  6. Ring Pass Not –This makes it appear that what you see on your inner spiritual horizon is the Summum Bonum of spirituality and is the final goal of spiritual development, when it is only a stage on the Great Continuum of Consciousness.
  7. Ignorance – This affects you when you do not understand your true spiritual nature. You identify with your ego and personality, and your career and family roles become your primary focus. As a result, you forget about your spirituality.
  8. Karma – This is the substrate of desire impressions in your unconscious mind that holds your Soul back from Liberation and your spirit from salvation.

We recommend that aspirants and disciples reflect on three things:

  1. Which of these types of bondage affect your life and spiritual development?
  2. What does freedom from each of these types of bondage that affect you look like?
  3. What could you do to overcome this bondage in each area so you could be free?

We can assist you with type 2 with our Addiction Recovery Coaching Program; type 5 through our Cult Recovery Coaching Program.

You can learn to discern the Ring Pass Not of type 5 through study of the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course, which shows the beginning and the end of each Path, and what’s beyond its apparent inner horizon.

We can help you tackle ignorance, type 7, and karma, type 8, through learning to transform the Soul, activate the Soul’s intuition and discernment, and dissolve karma in our intermediate meditation classes, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program.

The Gentle Craft of Delusion and its Dénouement

By George A. Boyd © 1996

Sweet Siren Song

Oh, I have listened to sweet Siren song
Lulled into inebriation by their melody;
I have forgotten myself too long in some fond reverie
In which the substance of my dreams seems so real.

Sober reason’s insistence, now a distant voice
Can no longer deter me from my ruminations.
My revelations have now become conviction
And my faith possesses me in a waking trance.

Alas, a madman now is at the tiller of this barque
The sails unfurled, lashed helplessly by the merciless winds,
Eddies o’er, into the maelstrom she passes;
Lost the ship, my life and sanity, on the hidden reef below.

There are few people who are so highly rational that they do not entertain some personal superstitions or areas of denial. The ability to test reality is not a seamless web; it may in certain situations be more or less effective. Most of us have temporarily hallucinated when extremely tired or when we have had a high fever, or we might have been fooled by a magician’s slight-of-hand illusions.

Where this process of fooling your self becomes problematical is where your denial increases about certain aspects of your behavior, so that your no longer are aware of its consequences or its impact on your self and others.

Worse, you may begin to attribute your own motivations to others, a psychological defense called projection. When this continues, you begin to lose the ability to take responsibility for your actions. Instead, it seems you are victimized by a hostile and uncaring world. You may come to rationalize your lack of self-care, and even migrate into self-destructive behavior such as addictions.

If you do not obtain realistic feedback at this point, you may drift further into troubled waters. You may begin to weave a fantastic web of delusion, from which you find it increasingly difficult to extricate your self.

Indicators of deepening delusion are the initiation of what I call the active jamming process, mediated through “affirmation, psychological process, and visualization.” The net result of continued self-programming is the creation of a trance state in which you walk about in a state of hypnosis, believing the fabrications of your own wishful thinking.

We note there is legitimate use of these techniques to work on psychological issues and to facilitate integration. When these are misused, however, they are employed to keep you identified with an altered state of consciousness, so you never come back to the grounded state.

When reality does not rudely awaken you at this step, the delusional syndrome makes further inroads into your personality. This is a shift from actively trying to convince your self by active jamming into a state of conviction that what you experience in your fantasy life is real. Now delusion becomes incorporated into your character.

If this process is not interrupted, at some point this delusional system may fall apart, and a person becomes actively psychotic. The dénouement of following the Siren Song of delusion is insanity. We see then, a progression of delusion from innocuous symptoms to a life-consuming obsession that finally destroys the person. This progression is summarized below:

Step One – Symptoms of a deeper problem

  1. Hallucination – temporary breakdown of the filtering system of the central nervous system at the level of the midbrain, allowing stimuli normally shut out to reach consciousness. Can be temporarily stimulated by lack of sleep, sensory deprivation, fasting, too much stress, or psychoactive drug use.
  2. Misperception or illusion – faulty interpretation of sensory stimuli by incorrect completion of the perceptual gestalt, or incorrect interpretation of the sensory cues presented.
  3. Denial – the tenacious adherence to a false belief or interpretation of a situation despite significant evidence to the contrary

Step Two – The active jamming system

  1. Affirmation – the active attempts to reprogram beliefs to fit a desired outcome or state of affairs, by changing the cognitive component of belief.
  2. Process – the active attempts to defuse the emotional component of belief by returning in memory to the origin of a particular issue and releasing its affective energy.
  3. Visualization – the creation of an imaginary image of the desired outcome, in reverie, hypnosis, active imagination, or meditation.

Step Three – Delusions become incorporated into character

  1. Conviction or faith – the adherence to a belief based upon an inner assurance that it is true, based upon the testimonials of the experience of others, miraculous or un-explained personal experience or interpretation of religious doctrine based on a book or books held to be sacred or scriptural revelation.
  2. Revelation or inspiration – intuitive information received as visions, voices, or feelings believed to come from extra-terrestrials, inner guides, spirits, angels, gods or other agencies of the Divine that is believed to be unquestionably true.
  3. Archetypal identification or Gnostic conviction – at this deepest level, you become identified with the inner forms of spiritual noumena, and may come to believe that you are a messenger or child of God, or even the embodiment of the Divine.

Step Four – Unraveling

  1. Panic – great energy must be invested to keep this delusional system alive, by active jamming methods and by remaining in trance states, which confirm the delusions, which has been incorporated into character. At some point this delusional system begins to break down and the reaction is panic, overwhelming anxiety, and great desperation.
  2. Disorganization and disintegration – the systematized delusion system can no longer be maintained. The entire cognitive and affective systems are thrown into disorder, disrupting normal patterns of behavior. This is the decompensation phase, which marks the beginning of psychotic illness. At this stage, hallucination may become nearly continuous.
  3. Reorganization or further deterioration – with assistance from others through psychotherapy, the reality testing mechanism may be reconstructed, returning the individual to more normalized functioning, rational and coherent belief and consonant affect. If successful intervention is not made, the individual may deteriorate further.

It concerns me that many of the New Thought, New Age and conventional religious practices incorporate elements of the active jamming phase and characterological phase of the delusional cycle.

The question that suggests itself: is reality so painful that we must hypnotize and numb ourselves to cope with it? The more frightening question is, does entertaining deeper levels of delusion run the risk of turning our mass movements into mass insanity? Let us hope we do not make it so.

The critical thing you must determine is, are you changing self-limiting belief and unproductive behavior through these attempts at self-help, or are you trying to desperately convince your self of something that isn’t and cannot be true:

  • The first will turn you into a more effective human being.
  • The second will sink you deeper into the quick sands of delusion.

It is important that you take stock of these efforts at self-remediation, and ask your self the very difficult questions that are required by rigorous honesty. If you do not ask these questions, the Sirens will be soon at your door.