Seven Modalities for Change

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I feel stuck. How do I change my life?

A: You need to apply one of the seven change strategies that will help get you moving again. These seven modalities for change are:

  1. Coaching – this empowers your choice and holds you accountable to make change.
  2. Psychotherapy – this finds the origin of patterns that are hindering your success and works with you until this pattern is resolved. Psychotherapy can address issues such as fear; limited belief about what you can do, be, or have; shame; self-sabotage; need to control; traumatic experience; or addiction—it keeps you focused on this issue until you have insight, breakthrough, and are able to change this area of your life that is not functioning.
  3. Counseling – this gives you information to facilitate your choices that yield successful outcomes. This may involve assisting you to set achievable and realistic goals, and troubleshooting your failures to design an alternate pathway to your objective that achieves the result you want.
  4. Hypnosis and affirmation – This uses suggestion and affirmation to activate your Subconscious and Superconscious mind to create change, augmenting the efforts you are making at the level of the ego [behavior] and the Self [vision of your life direction].
  5. Education and training – This gives you the knowledge and skills to accomplish a specific personal objective. It is usually employed to prepare you for your career, but education and training can be applied to any area of your life where you want to improve your functioning.
  6. Faith – When you embrace faith, you pray to God or other efficacious, empowered spiritual agency, whom you regard has the ability to remove your obstacles and help you achieve an outcome you desire. Invocation of the Divine in this way can release forgiveness, promote healing, and facilitate inner transformation and change through the work of the Spirit (Holy Spirit, Shakti).
  7. Meditation – This provides you with the inner tools to work on the issues of the personality, to promote insight and change, and to transform your spiritual potentials.

Which of these modalities are relevant for you?

  • If you already are resourceful and you just need someone to support you and stand with you to facilitate your change, consider coaching
  • If issues from your past are holding your back, psychotherapy may be what you need.
  • If you don’t know the steps or what resources are available to you to achieve what you want, you may need the guidance of counseling.
  • If you’ve tried to change, and your efforts are not working, you may wish to enlist the forces of your Subconscious and Superconscious mind, and try hypnosis and affirmation.
  • If lack of knowledge or skills is holding you back, education and training will help you.
  • If you’ve tried all the other methods and nothing seems to work, invoking a Transcendent and Omnific Power through faith may be your solution.
  • If you seek to empower yourself to make change and generate transformation from within you, you may wish to learn meditation.

You need to identify what you need to change, and the best way that will help you change. Not every method will work for you. You need to find the key that unlocks your lock.

If you feel that meditation is the method that is best matched to the way you wish to generate change, we teach a complete program of meditation:

If you set your mind upon change, you will find which of these modalities that work for you and produce the results you want.

Viewpoints on the Inner Vistas of the Mind

By George A. Boyd ©2016

When people look within, they do not always experience the same perspective on their inner world. These alternate perspectives on interiorization, we speak of as the Seven Ray tracks, which color (a) what you see, and (b) the context through which you view it. Here are some examples:


What Your Inner World Looks Like in this Perspective

System or Technique


You behold the space of consciousness and the darkness of the unconscious. Intention guides attention across the unconscious to break through into the true essence of being. You can also use a mantra to carry you across this gulf.

Tratakam, use of mantras to transcend into the true essence of being


You see a series of forms, or vehicles of consciousness, with an internal seed atom. The seed atom in each vehicle is connected with a thread of light.

Agni Yoga


You see a stack of levels of mind, which contain different activity and content. A central figure appears to animate each level; a type of intelligence appears to work at each level.

Jnana Yoga


You experience each layer of mind as an aggregate, possessing certain qualities or characteristics. The wave of the present time dwells at each level: focusing the attention on this wave reveals that everything is in process, continually changing.



You experience a stream of light that moves along the track of the thread of consciousness. When you follow this thread of consciousness, you obtain visual information about each vehicle of consciousness and the sub-centers (chakras) visible within it.

Raja Yoga


You are a spiritual entity that is separated from the Universal Life by darkness. You are aware of your desires, needs, and shortcomings. You recognize that some things you can improve by your own efforts, but for other things, you need help. You may develop faith in this Higher Power as you conceive it, and establish a relationship with it through prayer.

Prayer, dialog, chanting, or worship


You feel energy and warmth rise with you as your awareness opens into new bands of the mind. This energy activates the level of mind where you are experiencing, and stirs it into life.

Kundalini Yoga

We encourage you to study these different perspectives, and observe when you adopt them. Notice if you shift into them spontaneously and naturally. Note whether this is your dominant perspective: the one you prefer and find most easy to enter.

Identify what triggers you to shift into other perspectives. For example:

  • Do you shift perspective when you are reading something in a book or the Internet, listening to a program on the radio or television, in response that you are reading, hearing, or viewing?
  • Have you been taught a meditation that reliably shifts you into an alternate perspective? Do you maintain this perspective after doing the meditation? Or do you return to your preferred perspective after you are done?
  • Do you find yourself shifting to another perspective when you are speaking with certain people? Do certain environments facilitate your shifting into another perspective?
  • Do you find yourself defending your perspective as the correct one? Do you find it difficult to enter other perspectives, and feel entrenched in the one familiar to you?

To understand yourself and others, you will benefit from studying the different perspectives of the Seven Rays. For those taking our intermediate courses—the Accelerated Meditation Program or the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation—we have a series of more advanced webinars about the Seven Rays that you may find valuable. For the general public, you may wish to study the material in A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation on this topic, which provides a good, basic introduction to the Seven Rays.

Learning to Master Meditation

By George A. Boyd ©2015

Many beginning meditators become dependent on their meditation teacher to guide them into a state of meditation. They are not confident about their ability to meditate on their own, and consequently, when they try to meditate on their own, they get poor results. If they can wean themselves from dependence on the meditation teacher to guide them, they can arrive at meditation mastery.

In general, it appears that the gradual acquisition of meditation mastery follows a progressive gradient through seven stages:

  1. Practice meditation through listening to a compact disk or recording of the meditation teacher’s voice; you may also utilize video recordings or Internet videos of the meditation teacher to learn the rudiments of meditation techniques.
  2. Learn the steps of a meditation technique and remember those steps. Practice the steps one-by-one until you can do them on your own.
  3. Develop the habit of regular meditation. Establish a routine of meditating at a regular time in a regular place.
  4. Explore how you can deepen and gain greater mastery of your attention using this meditation technique. Experiment using finer concentration, or greater relaxation; absorbing of your attention into new vehicles of consciousness; or gaining enhanced awareness of your vehicles of consciousness, as you meditate.
  5. Learn three to seven different meditations to take you to the same focal point. There is more than one technique, for example, to focus your attention on the attentional principle, the Self, Being, the spirit, a nucleus of identity, or your Soul.
  6. Make a detailed study of the vehicles of consciousness that you access through meditation through studying the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course [for those who have completed one of our intermediate courses—who have completed either the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation or the Accelerated Meditation Program], or taking a course like the Introduction to Meditation Program [for beginning, new meditators] or the Adventures in Pinda webinar series [for those who are experienced meditators, and have completed one of our intermediate meditation programs].
  7. Learn the meditation to the degree where you can guide others. Typically at this stage, you have integrated the ability to do the meditation into your Soul, and you have thorough knowledge of all aspects of the meditation.

We encourage you to make the effort necessary to master each meditation you learn, so you may ultimately be able to teach others how to meditate, and guide others in meditation, as you have previously been guided.

These same steps are common to any type of learning, so if you can apply these steps to meditation, you may be able to use them in other subjects you wish to learn. These seven steps are:

  1. Listening to or watching the instructor
  2. Initial practice
  3. Automatic, habitual practice
  4. Ability to explore and creatively innovate
  5. Gaining greater insight and facility with the method
  6. Integration with the Soul, so it becomes an expression of your deepest nature
  7. Teaching or guiding others

If you persevere, you will gain mastery. It will not come overnight, but if you will continue to practice, you will see improvement and progressively deeper meditations.