Signs You Have Connected with Your Soul

By George A. Boyd ©2017

Q: How do I know when I have connected with my Soul? How can I be sure that I’m truly hearing its voice?

A: Some of the signs that you have touched your Soul include:

  1. Joy – When you feel that deep “yes!!!!” inside of you, like you hit on that perfect thing, you have tapped into your Soul.
  2. Conviction – When you know something is right from the very core of you, in every fiber of your being, you have contacted the Soul.
  3. Sense of purpose – When you realize this is the reason you have been born, you uncover your Soul’s expressed purpose. You may feel that your Soul has a mission that it has come here to accomplish, and you have the opportunity to cooperate with it in manifesting its purpose.
  4. Unconditional love and great compassion – When you feel boundless love and compassion welling up from the core of you, you have come to the fountainhead of the Soul.
  5. Permission and direction – When the Soul allows you to do something that you have suppressed or postponed out of fear or doubt, the Soul is at work. When the still small voice within speaks to you and tells you what you need to do, the Soul is communicating with you.
  6. You get multiple confirmations – You get the same guidance when you do reflective and receptive meditations: when all intuitive guidance you are receiving points to the same message, your Soul is guiding you. [We teach several types of reflective and receptive meditation in our intermediate meditation courses. The in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program. We teach advanced meditations that tap the intuition in the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.]
  7. You have a completion and release experience – When your Soul is winding up some aspect of its karma, you may have a completion and release experience. This is the culmination of your sustained effort and inner work: you experience that you are complete with this endeavor; your mission has been accomplished. If this is a spiritual Path upon which you have embarked, this occurs at the stage when you achieve Liberation or Jivan Mukta. If it is a personal project you have been directed to undertake, you know that you have accomplished everything what you were asked to do.

Much of the inner struggle of the aspirant arises from trying to ascertain the true voice of the Soul from the ten thousand messages coming from different layers of the mind. To verify a communication is from the Soul, you must place your attention upon the Soul, and then see, hear, and feel—with your inner senses—that it is the Soul that speaks to you and not something else.

In time, you will learn to recognize the signs that your Soul is giving you direction, and you will come to trust your own perception that this genuinely is your Soul. As you gain greater discernment, it will become easier for you to determine which messages come from the core of you and which arises in the labyrinth of the mind.

Q: Can the Soul communicate to you from coincidence? You know, experiences that happen seemingly randomly, but set you up for a mysterious encounter? Like someone meeting their spouse, or meeting their spiritual teacher through a series of uncanny coincidences?

A: Coincidence, the unfolding of events in a non-linear, synchronistic way, is more commonly associated with destiny, which is the part of your karma that you experience in human life. Destiny reveals itself in a strangely involuntary, magical, or irrational way; the direction of your Soul is purposeful and seeks to accomplish specific aims—and your Soul will guide you unequivocally when you truly contact it.

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Deepening in Your Experience of Meditation

By George A. Boyd © 2017

Most meditators begin meditation learning to collect their attention and reaching the stage of mindfulness, where they are consciously present and they can monitor the content of their experience arising in the present time.

Meditation deepens when attention begins to move along the thread of consciousness and moves through the dimensions of the mind. Depending on your dominant mode of inner sensation, this takes the following five forms:

  1. Feeling – You feel deepening bliss as you move along the thread of consciousness.
  2. Hearing – You hear a series of high frequency sounds that correspond to each the resonant seed atom of each vehicle of consciousness at each level of the mind.
  3. Primary visual – You witness different colors and patterns arise at discrete levels of the mind.
  4. Cascading visual – You behold different symbols and images arise within each vehicle of consciousness.
  5. Discerning visual – You clearly visualize each vehicle of consciousness, its content, and its structure.

Whatever your primary inner sensing mode, it is important that you verify that you are moving along the thread of consciousness and are accessing deeper layers of the mind. This conscious movement is a sign you are actually penetrating into successive bands of your awareness and gaining insight into their contents.

After some practice of meditation, you will recognize each level of your mind and discern its unique function. At this stage, you can begin to practice landmarking.

In landmarking, you are able to identify which vehicle of consciousness that your attention is contemplating, and notice that each level of the mind has distinctive content. Like assigning number to each floor on an elevator, you begin to know what level you have ascended through the bands of the mind.

We explore the levels of the Conscious, Subconscious, and Metaconscious mind in our Introduction to Meditation class, This course is suitable for those of you who have never meditated before, are not aware of the levels of the mind, and have no experience with the process of attentional introversion.

This course prepares the non-meditator to subsequently unite attention with the three immortal essences—the attentional principle, the spirit, and the Soul—and perform the more advanced spiritual practices that become possible when these essences are activated. We introduce these more advanced practices in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and on-line Accelerated Meditation Program.

We encourage you to develop your meditation to the point where you can consciously move to deeper layers of the mind and not just float on the surface. Learning to follow the thread of consciousness with your attention is a marker of this transition to deepening meditation, and ultimately leads you to the capacity to do conscious inner work.

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On the Three Major Modes of Spirituality

By George A. Boyd © 2017

Q: Why do people have such different perspectives on spirituality? Some people relate to God from the standpoint that the Divine is far away, only to be approached through prayer. Others seem to stay in a state of altered state of consciousness in which they claim to experience oneness with God. Others seem to emphasize traveling on a Path to unify with God at the end of their spiritual journey.

A: We discuss these relational modes to the Divine in our book, “The Winds of Adi Sat Guru Desh,” in greater depth. While there are several other types we discuss in this book, the three most common ones we call the Brahma mode, the Vishnu mode, and the Shiva mode.

  1. Brahma mode – In this relational posture, you relate to God from the standpoint of the ego, and connect with the Divine through the cord of faith or your Soul through the intuitive thread (Antakarana). You dialog with your Higher Self through the intuitive thread; you pray to God and listen for the response to your prayer through the cord of faith. While you interiorize to the level of the Conscious mind to access this mode, you do not enter deep states of trance. Many sects of the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—relate to God from this viewpoint.
  2. Vishnu mode – In this perspective, you enter an altered state of consciousness and keep your attention united with a spiritual essence. There are two types of Vishnu mode: unitary and relational.

In the unitary type, you might keep your attention focused in the Soul, and dwell in an unbroken “enlightenment” experience. Vedanta and Advaita groups might ask you to keep your attention continually fixed on Brahman, until you experience complete Oneness with God.

In the relational type, you unite your attention with a nucleus of identity or your spirit, and develop a relationship with the Divine. For example:

  • Certain Jewish and Christian sects teach their adherents to keep their attention fixed on the Moon Soul or Christ Child nucleus of identity, and develop a relationship to the Father God or to the Son of God or Christ.
  • Groups of the I AM Movement counsel their adherents to gain union with the Solar Angel within and activate the Mighty I AM Presence, and develop a relationship to an Ascended Master and with God, who appears as the Central Sun.
  • Groups operating in the First Cosmic Initiation have their adherents identify with cosmic consciousness, and develop a relationship with the Yogi Preceptor, and to the Lord of the Yogis (Yogeshwar or Ishwara).
  • Groups anchored in the Supracosmic Sphere have their devotees focus on the seed atom on their Supracosmic Path and identify with it. They establish a relationship with the Supracosmic Master on that Path and the form of the Divine that Master has realized.
  • Groups on Transcendental Paths one, two, three, four, five, and seven have their followers identify with their spirit, and they cultivate a relationship with the Sat Guru of that Path.
  1. Shiva Mode – In this relational mode, the emphasis is on unfolding your ensouling entity and its vehicles towards its Divine Source, and achieving a state of Mastery and Liberation. Unlike the Vishnu mode, you do not keep your attention fixed in an altered state of consciousness, but you visit that state of consciousness to do your spiritual work, and then you return to your waking awareness. In these Paths, the spiritual teacher gives disciples a transformational method, which enables disciples to dissolve the karma along the track behind their spiritual essence and move that spiritual essence along this track, which constitutes the delineated Path of that tradition.

In Brahma mode, you open a portal of communication between your personality and an agency in the Superconscious mind. For those who lack faith in a Higher Power, this might simply take the form of waking up in the morning and having their instructions of what they need to do for the day delivered to the preconscious doorway.

In Vishnu mode, you enter an altered state of awareness and remain fixed in it. With sustained union with this spiritual essence, you identify with it. You begin to see this essence in others and relate to others as if they were that essence. You may feel compelled to help others identify with this same essence.

In Shiva mode, you objectively measure your progress along a delineated Path. The emphasis here is on unfolding this spiritual essence and its associated vehicles of consciousness.

Mudrashram® is an example of a Shiva mode Path that unfolds your ensouling entity and its associated vehicles of consciousness at your cutting edge of spirituality, and you concomitantly open the track of the Nada to this same level to achieve balanced spiritual development. You do not remain in an altered state of awareness like the Vishnu mode Paths. Like the Brahma mode Path, we do teach you how to receive guidance from the Soul and the Divine to conduct your life. You do your daily work at the level of the personality; you do your daily spiritual work at the level of the Soul—you make progress in both areas of your life.

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Motivations for Embarking Upon the Spiritual Path

By George A. Boyd ©2010

When we consider why people embark on the spiritual path, we find there are seven major motivations.

  1. Fulfillment of material desires – Believers seek to invoke the Divine to obtain prosperity and wealth, to obtain coveted possessions such as a car or a house, a good job, success in school, to overcome illness and adversity, and to secure a spouse and a family. Prayer to God, or invocation of the deities of one’s faith, is central to this stage of motivation. Doing charity, doing good deeds to earn merit, reading scriptures, following moral rules, and attending worship and prayer services are also associated with this stage; it is based on the ego’s interface with the Divine, as this Universal Power can be known through faith. In the Mudrashram® system, this is the stage associated with Dharma Yoga—seeking to align with inner truth and harmony in daily life.
  2. Experiences of joy, ecstasy, or sustained happiness – Those embarking on this track seek to enter an inner state where they can feel happy, joyful, or blissful. They do meditation or hypnosis to enter the altered states of awareness where they can reach these states of ecstasy. They may contemplate a nucleus of identity, spirit, or ensouling entity; they may awaken their kundalini to awaken this spiritual essence; or they may receive Light Immersion or Shaktipat to awaken this essence within them and guide their attention into union with it. For some, this quest for ecstatic religion may be linked with a desire to forget painful and shameful experiences of the past. Others seek it to supplant the ongoing stress in their lives with an interlude of peace. Others use it to evade the responsibilities and complexities of adulthood by reposing in a simpler state of innocence. Others become addicted to these states of inner ecstasy and do not want to return to their waking state of awareness. The Mudrashram® system of Integral meditation does not give any specific meditation to produce a state of euphoria, but notes that these positive emotions are a common by-product of spiritual experience.
  3. Acquisition of spiritual powers over Nature and Mind (siddhis) – These ones seek to awaken the powers they lay hidden within their mind to gain mastery. Those that follow the Occult Path gain powers over other people through the unconscious mind. Those that follow the Yogic Path gain powers over mind and Nature. Aspirants typically awaken their inner powers through opening the kundalini through unawakened areas of the mind. Powers may also be gained by using vehicular Bija mantra (a mantra that awakens an individual vehicle of consciousness or nucleus of identity), through martial arts, Kriya Yoga, or invocation of gods or goddesses through their bija mantras (these are called invocational or therapeutic mantras). In the Mudrashram® system, we do not focus on the acquisition of powers, but note those powers germane to the Soul’s purpose and ministry will spontaneously arise in the process of spiritual evolution; no extraordinary measures are necessary to activate them.
  4. Devotion and love for God – There are certain ones whose spiritual hearts have been opened; they seek only to experience the love of God and go back to their Source. They do service to others out of love and compassion. They pine for God; they weep for God. The Bhakti Yoga paths ritualize this devotion for God; the Nada Yoga paths give the spirit the key to travel back to be with the Divine Beloved. Some Bhakti Yoga paths commonly give a mantra or other transformational method to awaken a nucleus of identity, which through practice of this method, moves into the presence of the Divine, and ultimately, enters a state of union with the Divine; Nada Yoga paths emphasize udgit, the opening of the channels of the Nada by the spirit. Many devotees translate their love into action, so Karma Yoga often goes hand-in-hand with Bhakti and Nada Yoga. The Mudrashram® system of Integral meditation teaches Nada Yoga, which is performed at the same level where the ensouling entity dwells—we have our aspirants begin their spiritual development with that ensouling entity at the cutting edge of spirituality.
  5. Discernment, Illumination, or Enlightenment – These ones seek to gain Gnosis of their ensouling entity, and to express its gifts of illumination and creativity. Jnana Yoga paths such as Vedanta and Advaita train their followers how to reach the state of union with Ultimate Reality beyond duality; Zen Buddhism trains their followers to enter the state of enlightenment. The Mudrashram® system uses Jnana Yoga and Kundalini Yoga to gain discernment, enlightenment, and Gnosis—it further emphasizes the expression of the Soul’s realization and innate abilities through Jnana Yoga and Agni Yoga.
  6. Conscious travel to inner Planes – These seekers have come into contact with their attentional principle and are awake within. They seek to travel in full consciousness to visit the inner worlds, to meet their Soul, and to see God. Raja Yoga and Astanga Yoga traditions train aspirants in these methods. In the Mudrashram® system, we teach Raja Yoga, supplemented by training in Attunement meditation, which trains the attentional principle how to minister the Light.
  7. Unfolding of the Soul’s spiritual evolutionary potentials – These ones seek to unfold their ensouling entity and its vehicles to make progress on the inner path. A variety of transformational methods are used in different spiritual traditions to accomplish this objective: Bija Mantra keyed to that ensouling entity, or Guru Kripa Yoga or Shaktipat to awaken the ensouling entity through Grace. Advanced techniques of Kriya Yoga awaken the Astral Soul, the Supracosmic Soul, and the ensouling entity of the Fourth Transcendental Path. The spirit opening the channels of the Nada in the Transcendental Paths will concomitantly unfold the ensouling entity of the Bridge Path, and Transcendental Paths One to Seven. Kundalini Shakti, in rare instances, can be utilized to move the ensouling entity to a new nodal point. The Mudrashram® system teaches Bija Mantra keyed to the cutting edge of spirituality (the Alayic Divine name) and used Guru Kripa Yoga and Shaktipat to unfold the ensouling entities of those aspirants and disciples in attunement during Light Sittings.

These seven types of spiritual motivation draw different groups of aspirants.

  • The majority of humanity seeks fulfillment of material desires through spirituality [type one].
  • Several of the Paths of the Yogi Preceptors of the First Cosmic Initiation, some of the Supracosmic Gurus, and the Seventh Transcendental Path, focus on increasing enjoyment and happiness through meditation [type two].
  • Other individuals seek powers over their body and Nature [type three]. Teachers of the tantric and magical arts, masters of the martial arts, and those teachers who specialize in invocational and therapeutic mantras train these seekers. These seekers may also find training in these secret methods from Kundalini Yoga and Kriya Yoga teachers.
  • Lovers of God, who become identified with the spirit, or a nucleus of identity, may gravitate to the devotional, type four paths.
  • A rare few seek wisdom and enlightenment, and to awaken their Soul’s creative gifts. These ones seek out teachers of the type five paths.
  • Those who identify as the attentional principle approach the masters of Raja Yoga to learn to travel through the inner Planes and to learn to minister the Light [type six].
  • Those that discern the Soul may adopt type seven paths, which emphasize accelerating the spiritual evolution of the Soul and its vehicles of consciousness.

The Mudrashram® system of Integral meditation combines types four, five, six, and seven to bring about balanced spiritual development. We introduce Kundalini in its use of awakening enlightenment and Gnosis (type five)—not for gaining powers [type three], nor for transformation [type seven].

Reflections on the Personal Zone Motivations

The first three types comprise Personal Zone motivations. The last four types make up Transpersonal Zone motivations. Personal Zone motivations mix personal needs and desires into their quest for spirituality; Transpersonal Zone motivations emphasize the awakening of a spiritual essence and actualizing the Soul’s gifts, apart from the issues of the personality.

Personal Zone motivations are called Swamartha, the approach to the Divine through the personality; Transpersonal Zone motivations are called Paramartha, the path to God beyond the personality. The Mudrashram® tradition underscores Paramartha as the core of spiritual development; it points out to aspirants who embrace Personal Zone motivations that there are issues in their unconscious that need to be uncovered and worked through before they are able to fully appreciate and utilize spirituality in its transpersonal aspects.

Using spirituality to fulfill material desires evokes images of “God as vending machine,” where the child looks to the omnipotent parents to care for all of their needs and fulfill their desires. The infantilism of this approach is transparent.

However, the great demands of trying to raise a family, to earn a livelihood, and deal with the stress and struggles of modern life make this motivation understandable. We recognize that we must sometimes call upon our Higher Power to help us make it through the vicissitudes of our lives; we invite aspirants to pray and invoke the Divine and the Masters as needed to grant them succor during these times of personal trials and difficulties.

We question the underlying issues of those who pursue type-two spirituality. Seeking joy, pleasure, and happiness through spirituality resembles the addict’s quest for a “high” through their drug of choice. This “high” can be used to escape pain and misery, to ameliorate stress, and to evade or postpone assuming responsibilities.

While spirituality brings increased energy and joy, we encourage seekers to examine the reasons why joy seeking is their primary motivation for spirituality. Sometimes we must move through pain to heal, take on responsibility to become an adult, and learn to cope with stress without living in an altered state of consciousness—instead of evading these personal growth issues by entering and remaining in higher states of awareness.

Using spirituality to gain powers may be linked to the desires to impress others, to defend oneself, and to control and bend others to one’s will. We question the morality of turning others into slaves, subject to one’s whim, and ready to serve one’s desires.

We also question the value of amazing others with one’s powers, so that they will worship one out of awe and fear. We see this behavior in despotic tyrants, in bullies, in abusive parents, in criminals, and cult leaders; we don’t believe that this should be called spirituality.

We encourage aspirants to eschew the Occult Path of controlling others; we urge them to avoid the siren call of gaining powers over Nature. We point out that it may be more valuable to gain mastery over one’s own mind through self-study and meditation, and to make genuine spiritual progress by activating the true spiritual essences and developing them.

We recognize that in some life situations, learning martial arts may be essential for survival, and may be a legitimate part of some individuals’ Dharma. We underscore, however, that these should only be used for self-defense and protection of family from attack, and must not be used as a way to force one’s will on others, or as a means of proving one’s manliness through conquest of others.

We invite aspirants to study their own motivations for spirituality, and to identify the types that resonate with them. Knowing what drives you spiritually will lead you to find those teachers who can help you actualize your spiritual destiny.

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On Spiritual Boundaries

By George A. Boyd © 2017

Q: Are there spiritual boundaries?

A: Boundaries at the personal level are mediated through trust and disclosure; spiritual boundaries are constructed from ethical considerations and discernment. There are seven major spiritual boundaries.

  1. Non-injury – Non-injury means not forcing your will on another, not causing injury in thought, word, and deed. Lack of observance of this principle demarks those who work in the Lower Astral, the so-called Occult traditions, in contrast to those who work beyond the Lower Astral.
  2. Group cohesiveness – This is recognizing that certain individuals are a member of a group based on adherence to certain beliefs, doctrines, and practices. This differentiates one group from another.
  3. Plenum content discernment – This is an ability to recognize the content of the inner Planes and to discern the themes that make up a Subplane, and the collection of themes that constitute a Plane. This is primary spiritual discernment. [We teach this in a series of webinars on this topic available to intermediate students.]
  4. Vehicular content discernment – This is the ability to recognize the content of your inner vehicles of consciousness of the Conscious, Subconscious, Metaconscious, and Superconscious mind, and perceive those vehicles embedded in the matrix of the unconscious mind. This is secondary spiritual discernment. [We train you to cultivate this type of discernment in the Introduction to Meditation course, and in the Mudrashram® Correspondence Course.]
  5. Conscious essence discernment – This enables you to behold and recognize your attention, your ego, your attentional principle, your Self, your spirit, your nuclei of identity, and your Soul, both within yourself and in others. [We introduce you to personal identification centers (ego and Self), attention, and Soul in the Introduction to Meditation course. We go deeper into this examination in our intermediate courses, the in-person Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation and the by-mail and online Accelerated Meditation Program, where you learn about the attentional principle and the spirit. You study nuclei of identity in the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.]
  6. Spiritual relationship discernment – This enables you to detect the attunements or energetic connections that identify someone as a disciple of a spiritual teacher. Spiritual teachers of other traditions, who recognize these energetic markers, do not work with these disciples, recognizing they are under the supervision and responsible stewardship of another Initiate. This allows individuals to develop spiritually in an orderly way on the Path.

We note that not observing this rule leads to a kind of spiritual promiscuity, where disciples of one tradition are subject to the ministry and influence of other traditions. This can result in a number of untoward consequences, including:

  • Developing imbalances in spiritual vehicles
  • Intuitive bifurcation – opening streams of intuition on more than one octave of the Continuum, or for more than one spiritual Path
  • Cognitive confusion – not knowing which worldview, beliefs, or values espoused by different teachings is correct
  • Emotional conflict – this leads to conflicted loyalties and wavering commitment
  • Behavioral inhibition – when you do not know which set of beliefs or guidelines to follow, this leads to passivity and immobility—you cannot move forward in your life if you don’t know which way to go is correct
  1. Discernment of the Divine Will – this enables you to know which conative impulse arises from the different octaves of your mind, and which emanates from the Divine. Those who operate outside the circle of Planetary Initiation, on the Probationary Path—comprising the Biophysical Universe, Abstract Mind Plane, Psychic Realm, and Wisdom Plane in the Planetary Realm—and in the Subtle Realm, their own choice largely governs what their lives become. When you enter the stream of the Planetary Initiations, you begin to become conscious of the Divine Will. Those who contemplate the Moon Soul or Christ Child nucleus of identity can hear the whispering of the Divine Will, even before their Soul has taken the First Planetary Initiation.

Initiates, who draw into the Presence of the Divine, receive direct communication of the Divine Will. They are immersed in it. It is clearly transmitted to them.

Those stages of spiritual Mastery where the Divine Will can be known directly include:

  1. Adepts and Adept Masters (Planetary Hierarchy)
  2. Yogi Preceptors (Zone of Mastery in the First Cosmic Initiation)
  3. Light Masters (Zone of Mastery in the Second Cosmic Initiation)
  4. Cosmic Masters (Cosmic Hierarchy)
  5. Supracosmic Master or Guru (Mastery of one Supracosmic Path under the aegis of the Supreme Guru)
  6. Transcendental Path Master or Sat Guru (Mastery of one Transcendental Path and becoming an emissary and conduit for the Grace and Power of the Divine at that level)
  7. Multiplane Master or Adi Sat Guru (Mastery of the six other octaves of Mastery, with the ability to know the Divine Will and minister at each of these levels)

Occult Adepts, who operate in the Lower Astral Plane, are emissaries of the Dark Force, called Kal or Satan. They operate outside of the Divine Will; they are responsive to the will of the Being who embodies the Dark Force. Their activity constructs and holds in place the maelstrom of collective evil that we call the Lower Astral Plane.

It is a primary task for beginning aspirants to gain discernment of the first two types of spiritual boundaries. Advanced aspirants and disciples need to develop discernment for the remaining five.

You need to develop your ability to discern these spiritual boundaries within your self and others, respect group identification and established spiritual relationships, and endeavor to follow the Divine Will that leads you to completion of your Soul Purpose and fulfillment of your spiritual destiny.

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