This is a new series of several articles on the human energy system. My hope is that it will help you to understand a little more about the power we have within us and add something of value to your well-being and happiness.
Everyone one of us carries within our brain and nervous system permanent recordings of the way we experienced life and how we adapted to it. In fact your whole bodily system is made up of billions and billions of beliefs about your body, your intellect, your looks as well as the social and emotional environment you were brought up in. All this lays the foundation of who you are today.
Our body, we have been told, is made up of a multiplicity of little lives, or cells, or atoms, each having its own individual consciousness. This corresponds to its self-consciousness. The consciousness of the physical body, viewed as a whole, might, from the atom’s point of view, be regarded as its group consciousness. ALICE BAILEY
The etheric field has a close relationship with the physical body’s nervous system, a network of tiny branches or nerve fibers throughout the body that transfers messages to and from the brain. A beautiful visual and analogy of this is described beautifully by Irina Tweedie in her book Daughter of Fire…
“At first I thought my blood was getting luminous and I was seeing its circulation throughout the body. But soon I became aware that it was not the blood. The bluish-white light was running along another system which could not have been blood vessels. For I could see the blood vessels too; they were pulsating with every beat of the heart, doing their work of supplying blood in the tissues. But they were not the carriers of light. This strange, unearthly light, clearly seen in a semi-transparent body, used other channels. But of course! I suddenly understood. It was running along the nerves! The whole nervous system was clearly visible, and the light was circulating in it just as the blood does in the blood vessels. Only the circulation of the blood stops at the skin, but this light did not stop at the skin level; it penetrated through it radiating out, not very far, say about nine inches. (It fluctuated, increasing and diminishing with some kind of flares.) It came out of the body and re-entered the body again at another place. There were points, like vortices of light in many parts of the body, and light came out of one of them and re-entered through another one. As these points seemed to be countless, it looked like a luminous web encircling the body, inside and out. It was very lovely, the Web of the Universe, I thought and I was fascinated by the unusual and very beautiful sight.” IRINA TWEEDIE
Cyndi Dale in her book The Subtle Body, offers us a different description by describing the etheric as a biomagnetic field which she says is composed of information from each organ and every bodily tissue. She says….“The heart’s currents determine its shape, as the heart is the body’s strongest electrical producer. The primary electrical flow is therefore established by the circulatory system. As well, the nervous system interacts with the circulatory system and creates distinct flows, seen as whirling patterns, within the field”. CYNDI DALE
The subtle anatomy, or subtle energy body is a highly sophisticated energy field, psychically seen as seven different bands or layers surrounding the human body in an oval-like shape. Each layer deals with different aspects of ourselves, which are constantly changing, expanding and contracting as we go through life. The widest part is around the head and the narrowest is under the feet.
The body’s aura is made up of seven layers or bodies. Each of these layers interpenetrates and works with the others. The layers consist of the physical; etheric; emotional (astral); mental (thoughts, beliefs, ideas); higher mental (intuitional/compassionate); causal (lower levels of existence); and spiritual bodies. What follows is brief description of each. We will expand and spend more time with each one in the articles to come.
The spiritual body (7th layer) is the outer layer of the aura and represents the divine or true self. It connects you directly to God, Universal Consciousness or Divine Mind. Here we know we are part of the greater purpose or pattern of life, that there is no separation or duality….only pure awareness. The Hundus call it the “Lotus of the Thousand Petals.”
Next lies the causal body, 6th layer. This contains the record of all our previous lives plus the reason for our present incarnation. When we reincarnate, we bring with us the knowledge of the path we have chosen to walk and the challenges we have selected to meet. Unfortunately, from the moment of birth we are subjected to conditioning which makes us forget our life plan – like leaving the map behind and having to find our way without it.
The fifth layer is the highest mental body. It is at this level that we are able to get in touch with our intuition and listen to and trust this quiet inner voice, In the last several articles, we used visualization/meditation as a means to get in touch with our intuitive self and spiritual understanding. Tuning into our intuition we can see through the truth of any situation, making the right decisions becomes easier, and this helps us to discover our true purpose.
The fourth layer is filled with constantly changing thought forms that have accumulated over the years. Learning to be in charge of our minds/thoughts is one of our most difficult and frustrating lessons we are to learn in life. Why we can have up to 60,000 thoughts go through our mind in one day! Every thought we have can go out into the atmosphere and affect other people. Our thoughts are like a magnet. If we think negative thoughts, they will attract other negative thought forms and thereby amplify the original thought. In the same way, positive thoughts will attract positive thoughts. With diligence and patience we can decide what we allow our minds to concentrate on. But be patient with yourself, this is a life-long process.
The third layer, the astral field, has a connection with our emotions and feelings. This isn’t how you relate to others, it’s all about how you feel about yourself. The more authentic you are, the more you will be able to express your emotions and the more your energy will flow. Emotionally sensitive people usually cry easily when criticized or watching a sad or scary movie. When something unthinkable happens in their lives, they are at the mercy of their emotions. At that split-second they cannot find a way to make a sense of anything. We all can learn to see our sensitivities as a gift but first we need to be aware of how sensitive we really are. As we continue to confront the challenges and changes life brings, it is important that we learn to master our emotions and not let our emotions become the master of us.
Closest to the physical body – the first body – lies the etheric field which we discussed earlier. This layer is the blue-print for the physical body, and disintegrates with it at death. It is in this area that disease starts and can be ‘seen’ or ‘felt’ as a troubled area. If this is not healed or treated, it will ultimately manifest itself as a dis-ease in the physical body. The etheric contains the chakras and energy channels which we’ve already learned is connected with the nervous system. The chakras are energy centers, wheels of rotating energy which absorb prana or life force, from the atmosphere, break it up and distrubute it through the nadis to the nervous system, endocrine glands and circulatory system.
As we can see these different fields of energy enable the soul to exist and be encased in the physical body. It also is our ‘antenna’ that surrounds us completely, constantly at work protecting us from harm. If for example we become frightened in a crowded area, our aura usually contracts, forming a protective shell around our body. Once our feelings of fear pass, the aura gradually expands to blend and merge with the the collective auras of the people in that area. The collective energy field of a crowd is quite a sight to behold. The beautiful display of color constantly moving and changing reveals the changing moods and thought patterns of the people present. Amazing!
Some favorite links
The Koshas (Subtle bodies) Thanks Sabrina
To be continued……..