Featured podcasts

You can now listen to podcasts with George on your favorite podcast channel through https://rss.com/podcasts/mindtheownersmanual/. You can visit the website of the host, Lawrence Castilia, at https://www.mindtheownersmanual.com. You can take our Introduction to Meditation Program on his site, which is designed for those of you who have not meditated before or have not been able to successfully meditate.

You can now watch additional videos of George answering seekers’ questions on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@mindtheownersmanual/videos.

New Print Book

We are releasing a new print book—we expect delivery before November 15, 2023. It’s called, The Path Across the Sky: More Reflections on Religion, Cults, and Terrorism. You can pre-order this book at https://mudrashrampublishing.com/MP_books%20info.html#PAS. You can view the cover and table of contents at this link.

If you are interested in the topic of religions, cults, and terrorism, you may also wish to acquire the original book in this series, Religions, Cults, and Terrorism: What the Heck Are We Doing? at https://mudrashrampublishing.com/MP_books%20info.html#RCT.

You can view the cover and table of contents at this link, and order either one or both books on this site.

Expanding Consciousness

By George A. Boyd ©2023

Q: People talk about expanding their consciousness. If consciousness operates in the brain, how is that possible? What the heck are they talking about?

A: There are several viewpoints on what expanding consciousness is. There are two major types of this change in perception that occurs when consciousness expands:

Attentional – This type is predicated upon the movement of attention and the concomitant opening of awareness.

Transformational – This type looks to the unfolding of the Soul and the changes that occur in its vehicles of consciousness: this is most pronounced in the brain center of the Soul’s essential vehicle.

In both types, there is a new perspective:

In the attentional type, your attention moves to a new place on the thread of consciousness and views from that standpoint.

In the transformational type, your ensouling entity moves, and it opens an area of the unconscious mind that was formerly behind the ensouling entity, and can now clearly view the contents of this reclaimed level of the Superconscious mind.

To bring about attentional expansion of consciousness, we teach Raja Yoga in our intermediate meditation classes—the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. To generate transformational expansion of consciousness, we impart to you a transformational mantra in our intermediate meditation classes.

In the waking state of consciousness, which is the ground state of your attention, you witness the activity of your brain. Many people mistake this activity of consciousness that operates in the living brain as consciousness itself; those who meditate, however, learn to isolate the attention and discover this inner witness. This collection of your attention leads to the isolation of the “attentional sphere;” this is the state of witnessing mind—or as the Buddhists call it, mindfulness.

How Do I Make a Breakthrough?

By George A. Boyd © 2013

People envision different breakthroughs, depending on what they sense is an obstacle to their happiness. This obstacle might be construed as fear; a lack of faith or vision; insufficient money, knowledge, or skill; or a need for personal or spiritual transformation. Here are some examples:

  1. Do something that is scary. Face and conquer your fear.
  2. Do something on faith it will work out. Trust God.
  3. Spend money to enhance your knowledge and your skills; invest in a program that will teach you to make more money.
  4. Make a new courageous choice.
  5. Go beyond your limits. Expand your awareness.
  6. Surrender to God, and let yourself be guided and taught.
  7. Allow yourself to dream big.
  8. Deliver an irresistible product or service that everyone wants to buy.
  9. Make enough money to realize your dreams.
  10. Overcome an inner obstacle that holds you back. Undergo personal transformation.
  11. Learn a key technique that allows you to accelerate your spiritual evolution.
  12. Undergo spiritual transformation.
  13. Complete your spiritual path. Achieve Liberation

We teach specific techniques in our Mudrashram® Course in Meditation and the Accelerated Meditation Program to enable you to work on type 5, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

  • The methods of Raja Yoga show you how to expand beyond your limits, assisting you to achieve a type 5 breakthrough.
  • Techniques from the invocational methods, Jnana Yoga, and Agni Yoga can be applied to help you overcome personal obstacles, enabling you to generate type 10 breakthroughs with selected issues in your life.
  • Learning transformational mantra keyed to the cutting edge of spirituality that we teach empowers you to accelerate your spiritual evolution, to bring about spiritual transformation, and ultimately, complete your spiritual development in Planetary, Transplanetary, Cosmic, Supracosmic, and Transcendental bands of the Great Continuum of Consciousness, and reach Liberation and Mastery—this one key method produces breakthrough types 11, 12, and 13.

We take you even further towards achieving a type 10 breakthrough for three areas in our coaching programs for Dysfunctional Family, Cult Recovery, and Addiction Recovery, which will help you get down to the core of these life issues, and work to overcome them.

For those of you who elect to take our Life Coaching program can begin to work on the fears that hold you back (type 1), make courageous choices (type 4), go beyond your limits (type 5), and get in touch with the larger vision for your life (type 7). Some of you doing this deep inquiry into the wellsprings of your life might also discover an inner talent or gift that will enable you to have more money to invest in your skills (type 3), and realize your dreams (type 9).

Having a breakthrough in one of these areas is not a miracle. It’s not magic. If you do the work required, you can make a breakthrough.

You don’t make a breakthrough by blaming other people, blaming your past, or cursing your fate. You must make new choices. You must make a bridge to where you want to be and walk on that path.

This might be the hardest thing you have ever done. There may be setbacks and disappointments. You might try different methods and not succeed. But, if you persevere; if you don’t give up; and if you will not settle for anything less than achieving that goal: you will attain it. You will make your breakthrough.

Observing the Seven Rays in Action

By George A. Boyd ©2023

Q: Is there a way that someone can detect which Ray is active in human behavior?

A: There are certain qualities or characteristics associated with the Seven Rays as they express through the personality. For example:

First Ray – Giving directives, orders, or commandments; prescribing specific actions others must take

Second Ray – Disseminating precepts or wisdom teachings, giving guidance for living; inspiring others to treat other people and living creatures with love, compassion, and empathy

Third Ray – Delineating steps or making plans to reach a goal; using intelligence to solve problems; creating a clear goal image of what one wishes to achieve

Fourth Ray – Immersion in present time experience and the flow of consciousness; pursuing creativity; and exploring new possibilities for living

Fifth Ray – Using analysis, study, and testing to gain exact knowledge; performing construction and deconstruction to isolate causal factors

Sixth Ray – Living in faith and obedience to religious or moral precept; developing virtues and a good character; being conscientious and striving for excellence

Seventh Ray – Bringing ideas and inspirations into expression; putting ideas together in a coherent theme (synthesis)

The Seven Rays do not exist in isolation; individuals may operate under the influence of different Rays, depending on the context where they are:

  • If they are parenting their children or managing others, they may utilize a First Ray approach.
  • If they are meditating or contemplating, they may adopt the Second Ray perspective.
  • If they are setting goals for their life or working on a project at work, they may employ the methods of the Third Ray.
  • If they are surfing or hiking in Nature, they may drop into the frame of the Fourth Ray experience.
  • If they are investigating or scientifically studying an object or behavior, they may assume the mindset of the Fifth Ray.
  • If they are religious and are attempting to live up to the moral guidelines of their faith, they may enact the behavior of the Sixth Ray.
  • If they are inventing a new product or receiving ideas from their Soul, they may step into the Seventh Ray viewpoint.
  • If you understand these general patterns of how the Seven Rays express in the personality, you can recognize them when they are engaged. You can also come to recognize the environmental cues and the etheric resonances that influence people to shift into one of these frames of mental activity and behavior.

    While we can characterize that one of these expressions of the Seven Rays is a dominant or preferred mode for a person, most people can flexibly shift into other Ray expressions, as the situation requires.

    We give a succinct overview of the Seven Rays in our book, A Mudrashram® Reader: Understanding Integral Meditation. The interested reader may wish to start there to gain a better grasp of what the Seven Rays are, and how they express at the different levels of the mind.