Etheric body


Etheric body
The etheric body, ether-body, æther body, a name given by neo-Theosophy to a supposed vital body propounded in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the "human energy field" or aura.[1] It is said to be in immediate contact with the physical body, to sustain it and connect it with "higher" bodies. The English term "etheric" in this context seems to derive from the Theosophical writings of Madame Blavatsky, but its use was formalised by C.W. Leadbeater[2] and Annie Besant[3] due to the elimination of Hindu terminology from the system of seven planes and bodies. (Adyar School of Theosophy). The term gained some general popularity after the 1914-18 war, Dr.Walter John Kilner having adopted it for a layer of the "human atmosphere" which, as he claimed in a popular book, could be rendered visible to the naked eye by means of certain exercises.[4] The classical element Aether of Platonic and Aristotlean physics continued in Victorian scientific proposals of a Luminiferous ether as The Holy Grail, illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1917. Pre-Raphaelite art at this time often well as the cognate chemical substance ether. According to represented contemporary interest in the "spirit Theosophists and Alice Bailey the etheric body inhabits an etheric body", "aura" or "body of light". plane which corresponds to the four higher subplanes of the physical plane. The intended reference is therefore to some extremely rarefied matter, analogous in usage to the word "spirit" (originally "breath"). In selecting it as the term for a clearly-defined concept in an Indian-derived metaphysical system, the Theosophists aligned it with ideas such as the prana-maya-kosha (sheath made of prana, subtle breath or life-force) of Vedantic thought. In popular use it is often confounded with the related concept of the astral body as for example in the term astral projection - the early Theosophists had called it the "astral double". Others prefer to speak of the "lower and higher astral".

Accounts of the Etheric Body
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the etheric body or etheric double (or astral body in some Theosophical concepts). It maintains the physical body's form until death. the vital body is often related to the sephirah Yesod. but it is of the opposite polarity. which is reached through working with sexual magic with a spouse. At that time. growth. it can be perceived by a person gifted with clairvoyance as being of "peach-blossom color". composed of four ethers. often referred to the etheric body (Ätherleib or "Life Body") in association with the etheric formative forces and the evolution of man and the cosmos. Samael Aun Weor teaches that the vital body is the tetra-dimensional part of the physical body and the foundation of organic life.[6] the etheric body. the Kundalini rises in the vital body. and propagation.[7] [8] He states that in the second Initiation of Fire. Steiner considered the etheric reality or life principle as quite distinct from the physical material reality. molecule for molecule. According to Max Heindel's Rosicrucian writings.[5] According to him. extending about one and one-half inches beyond the periphery of the physical body. Upadhis Buddhism Buddhist cosmology Kabbalah Atziluth -> Beri'ah -> Yetzirah -> Assiah Sephirot Fourth Way Ray of Creation The Laws Three Centers and Five Centers Castaneda The Double Body The Second Attention The Third Attention The Dream Attention The Realm of Inorganic Beings See also: Subtle body Linga sarira is a Sanskrit term for the invisible double of the human body. The etheric body can be characterised as the life force also present in the plant kingdom. the founder of Anthroposophy. Rudolf Steiner. according to Theosophical philosophy. it separates from the physical body and the physical reverts to natural disintegration. Kosas. being intermediate between the physical world and the astral or soul world.Etheric body 2 Jainism Jain cosmology Sufism Sufi cosmology Hinduism Talas/Lokas . It is an exact counterpart of our physical body.[9] On the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah. It is slightly larger. and organ for organ.Tattvas. is called the "Vital Body" since the ether is the way of ingress for vital force from the Sun and the field of agencies in nature which promote such vital activities as assimilation. Then the initiate learns how to separate the two superior ethers from the others in order for them to serve as a vehicle to travel out of the physical body. It is one of the seven principles of the human being.[10] .

there are alternative explanations that some Theosophists may regard as plausible . For some believers in the etheric body. that these ideas should in no way be construed as being indicative of generally accepted scientific opinion on the subject.[21] (See the book Occult Chemistry by C. acting as a refracting medium. It should also be noted that the internal inconsistencies and unwarranted assumptions of standard relativity theory have been pointed out by dozens of scientists[14] [15] [16] [17] It must be re-iterated. 3 Relation to physics Modern theosophists sometimes claim that the ideas discussed in this article are related to a contemporary area of fringe science. with density proportional to the density of any physical substance occupying the area of space concerned. bioplasma. elementals (gnomes.which includes the conception of the dynamic [mass-free energy] aether. eventually.[20] It is asserted by Theosophists that all of the above mentioned beings possess etheric bodies (but no physical bodies) that are composed of etheric matter. a type of matter finer and more pure that is composed of smaller particles than ordinary physical plane matter. Leadbeater) .W. It is believed by Theosophists that devas can be observed when the third eye is activated. increasing around large bodies such as stars and planets. and fairies can be also be observed when the third eye is activated. ondines. sylphs. Beings that possess only etheric bodies In the teachings of Theosophy.Etheric body Some clairvoyants and occultists have produced drawings and paintings that record their perceptions of the etheric body. and related ideas and theories. Some (but not most) devas originally incarnated as human beings. and objects like coins). see Leadbeater's Man Visible and Invisible for one example.[18] It is believed by Theosophists that nature spirits.—for all the experimental data and astronomical observations currently cited in support of the special and general theories of relativity. modern Aether theories. qi. Kirlian photography provides important supporting evidence—though skeptics are generally not swayed. The images produced by Kirlian photography bear obvious resemblances to these graphics. etc. and salamanders). though. including the phenomena known as vacuum energy and other unsolved problems in physics that baffles the current standard theories. However.[19] It is maintained by Theosophists that these less evolutionarily developed beings have never been previously incarnated as human beings. they are regarded as on a separate line of spiritual evolution called the “deva evolution”. Devas are regarded as living either in the atmospheres of the planets of the solar system (Planetary Angels) or inside the Sun (Solar Angels) (presumably other planetary systems and stars have their own angels) and they help to guide the operation of the processes of nature such as the process of evolution and the growth of plants. like leaves. as their souls advance as they reincarnate. affecting the speed of propagation of light and conveying electromagnetic forces. showing a spiky-looking energy field extending a few inches around the human body (as well as other biological specimens. The fact that Kirlian photography can capture the acupuncture points of the body links the technology with concepts of prana. it is believed they will incarnate as devas.[11] [12] [13] possessing a fluid-crystal structure. their appearance is reputedly like colored flames about the size of a human being. sub-divided in different levels of density.

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