The Many Faces of Spiritual Egotism

By George A. Boyd © 2016

This article builds upon our article, “Reflections on the Ego,” and explores the dimension of spiritual egotism in greater depth. Our original commentary is found in an article, “The Seven Postures of the Ego,” where we discuss the seventh form of egotism, which is spiritual egotism. We will quote from this article on this aspect of egoic expression:

Subtle Egoic Identification – This aspect of the ego enables you to identify with a spiritual essence, and then to form certain beliefs, attitudes, and judgments about self and others when you are in this state of identification. For some, it gives then a sense of superiority, of specialness, of being a member of an elite group. For others, this takes the form of comparing their progress with others, and being dissatisfied with the rate and quality of their spiritual progress. For others, it is a belief that they are flawed; that they are demented, blind, worms that can never gain enlightenment or receive the blessings of God. For others, it can become a sense of narcissism and grandiosity—that they are a Divine Being incarnate, and they are entitled to special treatment, and worship and obedience from others.”

“The belief that one has been born again and has adopted a new state of identity carries along with it this subtle egoic identification. When people say, for example, they are Christians, Yogis, Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists; they are activating this subtle form of identification.”

“This new state of identification can become a pseudo-personality, as UCLA researcher Dr. Jolyon West called it, and take on a life of its own—divorced from the genuine feelings and issues of human life. When people dwell in pseudo-personality, they live a spiritual agenda instead of their authentic lives. They adhere to a sense of purpose that a spiritual teacher defines; or a lifestyle that a Divinely-inspired scripture commands, or that is revealed through inner communion with an advanced spiritual being through inner visions, revelations, and channeled or prophetic messages. When they are so “inspired and guided,” they no longer inhabit their own lives; they are committed instead to follow a spiritual path, whose precepts inculcate what they should choose, think, and believe, and how they should act.”

“Many spiritual teachers emphasize the egoic aspects (3) [the defensive posture] and (4) [the shadow], which are largely negative, and advocate (7) [subtle egoic identification] instead—re-identification with a higher spiritual essence. Tolle is no different here: he seeks refuge from the unconscious aspect of the ego, the shadow, by keeping attention anchored in “Being, ” e.g., present time state…” [Please see the article, “Reflections of the Ego” cited above to learn about these egoic aspects.]

In this article, we wish to use these initial insights as a springboard to examine the facets of spiritual egotism in greater depth. We seek to answer the questions, “How does subtle egotism manifest?” “What are its links to distorted mental functioning?” “How can a wayfarer upon the Path, who recognizes that subtle egotism has taken a sinister turn, eradicate these patterns from the mind?”

How Does Subtle Egotism Manifest?

Subtle egotism takes a variety of forms:

  1. Comparison with others – this can manifest as superiority (“I am so much more advanced than him on the Path”) or inferiority (“He is so much more advanced than I am and he is making much faster progress than me. What’s wrong with me?”)
  2. Jealousy and Envy – this form appears when it appears that another disciple is getting more attention from the spiritual Master, or greater blessings from God. This manifests as a “sour grapes” attitude (“Well, he might get attention from the Master because he knows how to show off before the other disciples he loves the Master, but the Master knows that I am his true devotee, and I don’t have to make vain displays.”)
  3. Narcissism – This takes the form of absorption in a spiritual essence coupled with a sense of greatness or omnipotence. The disciple feels vastly superior to others—like the God King, Pharaoh, to his “mortal” subjects—so that he expects that others will serve him; show him deference and the highest respect; anticipate his every need or wish; never disagree with him, because he has superior insight and wisdom; and indeed, should even worship him. Extremely narcissistic disciples cannot take public transportation, because they might be polluted or drained of energy by common people; they cannot broach any criticism, and consider it a personal affront; or cannot deign to do any work themselves, but delegate it to those who are their “inferiors”—as they cannot be bothered to do these menial tasks, as others are “meant to serve them.” [If severe, spiritual narcissism can transform into narcissistic personality disorder.]
  4. Grandiosity – The grandiose disciple loses his human grounding and feels that he is a god-like being endowed with supernatural powers and great wisdom. This grandiosity can take three forms: (a) distorted identity (narcissism – q.v.), (b) delusional thinking and belief (mania), or (c) perceptual aberrations (illusions and hallucinations). When grandiosity becomes increasingly severe—and when all three forms accompany it, the disciple migrates into psychosis—delusional disorder, mania, and grandiose paranoid schizophrenia.
  5. Intense focus on the faults of self and others – In those disciples who have a very strict conscience, or are disciples of teachings that expect they will adhere to the highest standards of moral purity and saintly behavior, they can be extremely harsh in their criticism of their fellow disciples, themselves [this pattern can lead to depression], and even of their spiritual Master.
  6. Idealizing spiritual aims and devaluing personal ones – Those disciples that create an idealized vision of what it will be like when they reach a certain state of the Path may become so enraptured with their vision that they neglect to attend to their personal lives. They may fail to find a marital partner. They may neglect their education. They may find it impossible to focus on complex work, and instead, find employment in low pay, low skilled jobs.
  7. Expecting miraculous outcomes and Divine intervention – Those who regard themselves as “special,” “beloved of God,” one of “God’s children,” or “one of the chosen ones [the Elect],” may expect, even demand that God must take care of them. They expect that they will not need to make any effort other than praying, affirming, decreeing, claiming God’s promises by faith, or visualizing their desired outcome, and the “Law of Attraction,” “the Universe,” the “Divine Mind,” or “Providence” will instantly manifest whatever they need or desire.

We encourage aspirants and disciples to examine themselves honestly to uncover the signs of emerging spiritual egotism.

  • Are you comparing yourself to others’ progress or behavior?
  • Do you feel you are special? Do you feel that you have God’s special favor?
  • Do you feel you are great and powerful, and far superior to others?
  • Have you become arrogant? Do you belittle or condemn others because they do not believe as you do?

Antidotes to these tendencies to spiritual egotism include the following:

  1. Humility – realize that whatever your spiritual attainment, you don’t stop being a human being with limited knowledge and ability, emotional fragility and vulnerability, character weaknesses—and you are mortal.
  2. Keep your human grounding – don’t stay in altered states of awareness for long periods of time—for this can bring about sustained identification with these states in which you feel god-like, grandiose, and omnipotent
  3. You are competing only with your self – Stop comparing yourself to others, as you must focus on the mission you were meant to accomplish. What abilities are you meant to develop? Develop them through study, practice, and experimentation. What knowledge, understanding and wisdom do you need to gain to carry out your mission? Gain them through study, contemplation, and reflection. What virtues were you meant to acquire? Work on your character to bring these qualities forth. What masteries were you called to manifest? Study each aspect of the Path connected with that stage of development and synthesize the necessary abilities, knowledge, and ministerial competencies to operate from that platform.
  4. Realize that everyone is suffering – Climb down from the mountaintop of arrogance into the valley of the heart. Before you give others a thorough tongue lashing—heaping invectives and insults upon them for not living up to your standards—realize that they may be coping the best that they can given the issues with which they are dealing, and are doing the best that they can right now.
  5. They may not be ready or suitable for your Path – Before you assume you know best for others and presume they need to join your religious group or take initiation into your spiritual Path—because you believe it is the best and highest one—consider where their Soul is on the Path, and what are the personal issues with which they are dealing. It may not be appropriate for them to leap up onto your Path in the Cosmic, Supracosmic, or Transcendental bands of the Continuum—they simply are not ready.
  6. Consider what you are avoiding in your own self – In many people that adopt grandiose and narcissistic mindsets, these states of power and inflated sense of identity are reactions to not wanting to look at very painful areas within them. They become great in their own eyes, so they don’t have to confront their own feelings of inferiority, lack of competence, and weakness. You may wish to question, “What’s behind this grandiosity?”
  7. You’ll never be as great as God – The Divine is part of another order of Nature. Your consciousness is anchored in your physical body; the forms of the Divine encompass the entire planet, the solar system, the Monadic Life Wave, the galaxy, the physical universe, the astral cosmos, the causal-mental cosmos, and the ultimate Source from which the Soul and the spirit were born. Your job is to actualize your human and spiritual potentials, and stop trying to play God. Instead consider: “How may I be of service?” How can I use my knowledge and abilities to benefit others?”

We encourage you to observe your own tendencies to spiritual egotism, and to root out these weeds from the garden of your spiritual heart. We suggest that you will benefit from using the antidotes to spiritual egotism to help you correct these inflated, narcissistic and arrogant mindsets, and to settle back into your humanness again.

The Gentle Art of Creating an Alternate Reality

By George A. Boyd © 2021

Q: How do political and religious leaders move their followers into an alternate reality, so they believe lies and conspiracy theories?

A: This hypnotic co-option of the follower’s reality testing and judgment appears to come from both the behavior of the leader and the response from his or her followers.

When you look at the behavior of the leader, you see:

  • The leader will modify and distort perception by magnifying certain elements and minimizing others
  • The leader will change beliefs about events and other people, so that people will only get information about the world the way the leader sees it
  • The leader will declare the world your senses perceive is unreal
  • The leader will lie to people incessantly, so followers begin to doubt their own beliefs and perceptions

When you observe the behavior of the leader’s believers, you commonly see

  • They proclaim the leader is the only source of truth, and tell other people to only listen to their leader
  • They cast the leader as a savior, someone who can alone solve the problems of the people and the nation
  • They make the leader appear as larger than life, as super-human
  • They believe the leader has charisma, or God has chosen him or her
  • They pledge fealty or allegiance to the leader, and obey his or her commands as infallible
  • They dedicate their life to the leader, and are willing to fight and die for him or her
  • They listen to the leader’s advice, abandoning their own judgment
  • They do anything the leader wishes, leaving aside their life’s goals
  • They live in fear that the leader will withdraw his or her approval and support, and they believe terrible consequences will ensue if the leader does not support them—in religious groups, this may be framed as going into eternal damnation or losing their chance for salvation
  • They create a larger-than-life myth about the leader, inflating his or her deeds, so they appear heroic or superhuman
  • They want to see and be in the presence of the leader, so they will receive his or her supernatural force (mana)
  • They believe the leader, no matter what, even when he or she blatantly lies to them
  • They are loyal to the leader, even if he or she uses them and betrays them

While not an exhaustive list, these are several of the features you see in political and religious cults that authoritarian leaders control. A common theme in these groups is that followers are swept up into an alternate perception of reality. In this state of heightened suggestibility, it is very easy for them to believe in the most absurd conspiracy theories their leader promulgates. We certainly see this occurring in nations where authoritarian leaders have seduced a large portion of the populace in believing his or her lies.

Co-opt reason, and you create an alternate world where anything can be true. Suppress judgment and you can believe the most absurd conspiracies. Control others through fear and guilt, and you create a group of obsequious myrmidons.

Those who have been drawn into this vortex of delusion no longer realize they have become unmoored from reality; they become hypnotized to believe the alternate reality the leader disseminates, in which he or she controls them.

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.