Many are very surprised to know that in many places in the Bible there are mentions of the existence of our many subtle bodies. Here, we will list and comment succinctly on several of them.
“I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know-God knows. And I know that this man-whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows- was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.”
~2 Corinthians 12:1-4
The apostle Paul refers to the man as a Christian before he reported the experience, nevertheless we may assume that it was Paul himself that had this experience. He refers twice to the fact that this occurrence was likely to have happened outside of the body, because to reach Paradise (the upper realms of very subtle planes) while still living, one can only reach it through an Out of Body Experience.
“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
~1 Corinthians 15:44
The expression Spiritual Body, which is Paul’s reference here, corresponds to the belief of the existence of a subtle body that interacts and interpenetrates our physical body. There are many names that could be applicable to this concept: Astral Body, Light Body, and Subtle Body. We see that in all Paul’s writings he refers to the Spiritual Body as being the SOUL, which is the intelligent primary concept connected to the Divine Spiritual Principal; but for him, the “pure spirit” is esoterically related to the mental body, and is the superior and pure mental energy.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
By analysis of verses above, we see that the Apostle Paul had no problem classifying the many vehicles, or energetic bodies, used by the consciousness to manifest.
“On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
In this text attributed to the Apostle John, we can observe that he had witnessed this in Spirit, and he was not inside of his physical body, hence we see his “vision” was a projection of his consciousness. Many different schools of knowledge talk about the internal chakras and how they relate to the experiencing of noises when any or all those spiritual energetic centers are activated. The Scroll contained the keys of ancient knowledge that could be triggering the energy of the 7 “churches”. Tradition also says that the Apostle John, known as the one Jesus loved the most, was an gifted astral projector and also a clairvoyant.
There are mentions of different Subtle Bodies in the Old Testament as well.
In this report, we see that Ezekiel declares he was projected outside his physical body with the help of an auxiliary “hand”. In modern terms this would be classified as an assisted Astral Projection using one of the Subtle Bodies. In many other reports, it is said that Ezekiel had an amazing scope of psychic abilities, including one of being a Transphysical Medium or a channel for various spirits.
“He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.”
~ Ezekiel 2:1-2
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Will you not tell me which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” “None of us, my lord the king”, said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
~2 Kings 8-12
In this particular text, we see clearly a reference to the fantastic parapsycological abilities of Elisha; who seemed to know ahead of time all the plans of the enemies of Israel. This may suggest that he was able to use his subtle vehicles to astral project himself across long distances to view whatever strategies were being made by the enemy troops.
As you can see, there are many areas where spiritual teachings and religious teachings overlap if we only open ourselves to the possibility. This really should not come as a surprise: how many All There Is can there really be?