Anatomy of the Ethereal Body, Part I

Ethereal Body or the “fluid” body of life is the true energy of the physical body, and is regarded to be the double physical body.

This is one of the bodies that we have in common with all other sentient beings that inhabit this planet, and it is the design that sustains us all, as the “mold” of everything that exists. The ethereal body is not a sub-product of the physical body; it is an independent system in itself.

For humans and plants, it gives them power through rhythm, growth, and reproduction. Its shape resembles the physical body, but it surpasses it since the physical body is less luminous. Usually, the Ethereal bodies match those physical bodies in size, but always a little bit bigger in volume. They are made up of vital currents of different colors which can vary according to health status and of the frequencies emanated by the heart.

Whoever has the gift of sight can see the subtle design of this Body, when it comes out from the physical body of a dying man and merges within the other energy bodies, the emotional body, and the mental body.

The Bible references this in Ecclesiastes, XII, 6, where it discusses the breaking of the "Silver Cord":

“Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.... “

The Priest and the Initiate both work with his hands working on the etheric body of a person during the rites of consecration or liberation. Likewise, so does the healer, the psychoanalyst, and the hypnotherapist.

We have in the etheric body different energy zones, or rather the vortexes, which are reflections from the emotional body (the Body of Desire or Astral Body), the mental body and the causal body. Regarding the physical body, they are matched by the points of contact with certain glands of internal secretion and certain nerve plexus. There are seven main plexus or chakras.

Energy Circulation in the Ethereal Body

The energy body, or etheric body, acts as a subtle sheath for our physical body and extends a few inches beyond the physical. In it lies the energy centers or Chakras.

The Chakras form the basis of the Pranic movement, or Prana energy system, which feeds the etheric system. It is imperative that these centers be maintained open and, at least minimally, cleaned so that the flow and circulation of vital energy will never be interrupted.

From a physiological perspective, the Chakras are involved with the reception and flow of higher energies, directing them to the cellular structures of the physical body through specific channels for subtle energy, which are the Nadis. They act as energy transformers. The energy, in turn, is translated into hormonal, physiological-emotional changes, mindsets and eventually to the entire cellular body.

Anatomically, each Chakra is directly associated with an endocrine gland.

While the entire ethereal body has to do with the life force, one of its many layers is more specifically related to life: that is the layer of the ether of life. The Arcane Schools of Wisdom discerned four layers pertaining to the ethereal body, which are:

The Ether of Life,

The Chemical Ether,

The Light Ether

The Heat Ether

The word “layer " may be a confusing concept for some individuals because the four ethers that are compounds of the ethereal body are not stacked one on top of another like layers of cake. In fact, they infiltrate one another, as water goes into a sponge.

According to the Eastern concept of energy, there is an immaculate essence that pervades the manifested universe, and this “Virgin” substance is called Cosmic Ether.

The cosmic ether flows through the pores of the planet earth, which acts as a condenser of this ether. Under such condition, the cosmic ether loses its characteristic of “virgin" or “pure” essence, to become an impregnated substance of impurities during the planet’s exudation, turning into physical ether which will be irradiating from the earth itself.

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