Learn Why Our Etheric Body is Essential to Life
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So, What is the Etheric Body?The etheric body is a concept in various esoteric and spiritual belief systems, including Theosophy, Anthroposophy, and some New Age philosophies. It is often described as one of the subtle bodies or energy bodies that exist alongside the physical body. Here’s a general overview of the etheric body:
- Subtle Energy: The etheric body is said to be composed of subtle energy that underlies and interpenetrates the physical body. It is often thought to be the bridge or interface between the physical and higher energy bodies.
- Vital Life Force: In many belief systems, the etheric body is associated with the life force or vital energy that powers the physical body. This vital energy is often referred to as “prana” in Hinduism and Ayurveda, “chi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or “ki” in Japanese traditions.
- Healing and Vitality: Proponents of the etheric body concept suggest that disruptions or imbalances in the etheric body can lead to physical and emotional health problems. Practices such as Reiki, acupuncture, and energy healing aim to balance and harmonize the etheric body to promote well-being and vitality.
- Shape and Appearance: The etheric body is often described as having a similar shape and form to the physical body, with energy channels (sometimes called nadis or meridians) and energy centers (chakras) that regulate the flow of vital energy.
- Interconnectedness: The concept of the etheric body is often linked to the idea of interconnectedness between all living beings and the universe. It is believed that the etheric body is a part of this interconnected web of energy and consciousness.
- It’s important to note that the concept of the etheric body is not universally accepted and is often considered pseudoscientific by the mainstream scientific community. Belief in the etheric body is typically found in spiritual and esoteric traditions, and its existence is difficult to prove or disprove through empirical scientific methods.
- Finally, the Etheric Body leaves our Physical Body at death. It is the vehicle in which our consciousness moves into the astral body and then makes the transition to the also known as heaven or “Summerland.”
The Etheric Body Contains Two Essential Parts
Firstly, the primary part of the Etheric Body is the “Etheric Double.” This double is an exact duplicate of our human body right down to the atoms, cells, tissues, muscles, and organs. Think of the Etheric Body as a photographic negative. Additionally, the first part of the Etheric Body also contains our chakras and countless energy channels called meridians.
Secondly, the aura is the next part of the Etheric Body. It’s an egg-shaped electromagnetic field of luminous waves which surrounds us. Every person has an aura while alive.
Comprised of moving colors, the aura extends out roughly three feet from the physical body. The colors of the aura are in constant flux and are continually shaped and reshaped by patterns of thought and feeling. It can reflect our personalities, lifestyles, and physical condition. Likewise, the Aura contains past, present, and even future lifetime data.
The Etheric Body Is Part of Our Subtle Bodies
I Usually Start Each Psychic Development Class with this:
“Are you aware that you have several bodies?” This immediately grabs everyone’s attention.
As mentioned, amazingly, humans indeed possess more than just a Physical Body. Incredibly, we have seven other bodies called subtle bodies. These subtle body layers of energy inter-penetrate one another to comprise our total energy system.
All Things on Earth Vibrate with Energy
Significantly, all things on earth vibrate with energy! And this is true with our subtle bodies. Consequently, each body vibrates at a slightly faster vibration than the one before it. Consequently, the etheric body vibrates faster than the Physical Body, and the emotional body is faster than the Etheric Body, etc.
What Exactly Are the Subtle Bodies?
Subtle bodies are layers of energy vibrating at sequential frequencies. Although these layers interpenetrate one another, each one is distinct from the others due to its specific vibrational frequency.
Notably, the Etheric Body is only one of the seven subtle bodies all living things have. Yet, it’s the foundation for the other six energy bodies. More notably, the Etheric Body serves many vital functions, one of which is to house the chakras.
The Subtle Bodies Are a Natural Part of Us
With this in mind, think of your subtle bodies as various layers of vibrating. Adding to this, the layers make up the totality of the human energy system. Correspondingly, along with your chakra system, your subtle bodies and additional energy points create an interconnected field of energy that permeates and surrounds the Physical Body. This energy field creates the human aura.
Be Grateful for Your Chakras
To further explain, each of your subtle bodies interpenetrates the Physical Body connected to a whirling energy point called a chakra. The chakras direct the energy throughout your Physical Body via a meridian system, much like the circulation system for our blood. Indeed, without these ever-spinning vortexes of energy, we humans would essentially be two-dimensional and live a minimal existence.
The Early Theosophists
Theosophy is a pseudo-religion established in the United States during the late 19th century by esoterist, Helena Blavatsky. It draws its teachings predominantly from Blavatsky’s writings.
Theosophy became very popular almost immediately. Scholars categorized it as part of Western esotericism and drew upon older European philosophies and Eastern Indian religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.
Alleged Discovery of the Etheric Body
No one had heard of the etheric body until C. W. Leadbeater, early theosophist (see above), claimed to have discovered it through his clairvoyant powers sometime around the early 1900s.
Moreover, Arthur E. Powell, C. W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant, and other metaphysicians called the Etheric Body by various names. The most common of these is the Etheric Double, The Etheric Template, and The Vital Body. These early Theosophists proposed that the subtle body is less dense than the Physical Body vibrating at a much faster rate of frequency. And, that the subtle body is less dense than the Physical vibrating at a much faster rate of frequency.
The Etheric Body Is The First of the Subtle Bodies
Crucially, the first of the subtle bodies is the Etheric Body. Notably, “Etheric” comes from the word Ether, which means “the state between energy and matter.” In particular. the Etheric Body is considered a vehicle for Prana, life force energy absorbed from the sun’s rays, which keeps us alive.
The Etheric Body is composed of tiny energy lines likened to a sparkling web of light beams. These beams are similar to the lines on a TV screen. The web-like structure of the Etheric Body is in continual motion. Those trained to view the Etheric Body with their physical eyes can see sparkles of bluish light moving along its energy lines.
Everything that Exists Has an Etheric Counterpart
Arguably, everything that exists in our earthly dimensional plane has its own subtle corresponding Etheric Body counterpart.
Of a more vital importance, this subtle body, which carries our strength, is ultimately essential for our well-being. But, more interestingly, when impacted by shock, trauma, and extensive drug use as well as unresolved issues, the Etheric Body becomes damaged, and thus, so do our levels of vitality.
With this in mind, envision the human etheric body as a constant vibrating web of energy from which our energetic blueprint forms. More to the point, the Etheric subtle body serves as the blueprint for the Physical Body—meaning it provides the physical form and framework for our Physical Body.
By occupying the same space as the Physical Body, the Etheric Body is separated from the Physical Body by its faster vibratory frequency as is the case with all the subtle bodies.
How Some People See the Etheric Body
Some people can naturally see the Etheric Body Aura around a Physical Body. Oft-times, individuals that can see this faint auric glow aren’t aware they are see something unusual. To them, it’s so natural, they may think that everyone can see it just as they can.
Through a process called, Kirlian photography, the Etheric Body is made evident. The Etheric Body’s field extends from 1/4 inch to 1 inch beyond the skin’s surface. It’s estimated that the Etheric Body pulsates at about 15-20 cycles per minute. This radiant energy increases and decreases in size, and when observed, will periodically flare outwards in response to continual changes in thoughts and emotions.
The Etheric Body has been captured on photographic plates called *Kirlian Photography (Kirlian photography: a technique for capturing photographic images of corona discharges and hence, the auras of living things.) It’s the first subtle body contained within our auric field and is one step up from the Physical Body. Ultimately, the Etheric Body impacts our lives and allows us to exist through the functioning of the chakras. More importantly, this body moves us to the astral plane upon death.
Lastly, it’s important to note that the idea of the etheric body is not universally accepted and is often considered pseudoscientific by the mainstream scientific community. this is due to its existence is difficult to prove or disprove through empirical scientific methods.
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Carol Nicholson is thirty-five years a professional Psychic Medium and author of numerous Psychic and Spiritual courses since 2001.
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