Human Energy Systems
The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with the various systems that I work with as a healer. There is an "anatomy" to human consciousness that is just as real as our brain and nervous system, and understanding that anatomy can be very helpful in any healing process.
In addition to the physical body that we can see with our
eyes, we also have six distinct energetic bodies, each with
a specific structure and function. When something disrupts
their natural function, disturbing symptoms usually result.
I have listed each body, it's function, and common problems
associated with each:
- Karmic Body :
This is the vehicle through which our personalities take
root in the human body, starting when our soul merges
with the growing fetus that we will live through. Its
structure is that of a long "rod" that sits in the center
of the spine.
Common problems: Aside from the greatest
of spiritual masters, almost everyone's karmic body is
an incredibly dense source of karmic patterns and suffering,
and these patterns weave their way into all the other
bodies, including the physical body. Clearing the karmic
body of its issues and conditioning should be treated
as a lifelong process.
- Emotional Body
As the name implies, the emotional body is the vehicle
through which we experience our emotions. It permeates
the physical body and also extends a bit beyond it. It
should be noted that emotions are different from feelings.
An emotion is what you feel in reaction to something,
such as anger, grief, happiness, jealousy, etc. A feeling
is something that may or may not arise regardless of external
circumstances, but usually arises more often as old patterns
are released; examples would be joy, love, and abundance.
Common problems: Because we experience suffering
emotionallyand we tend to suppress our suffering
rather than experience itthe emotional body is almost
as dense with conditioning as the karmic body. Some people
get "stuck" in their emotions, acting them out without
much impulse control, and others constantly avoid their
emotions, becoming detached and unable to engage fully
in life. Negative emotions tend to get stored up in the
emotional body as emotional charges, which "explode" whenever
the story that surrounds it is relived.
- Mental Body :
The mental body is responsible for one's thoughts, attitudes,
beliefs, and ideas. It co-exists in the same space as
the emotional body. Different mental bodies have different
structures, depending on the experiences that one has
had in this life and in past ones.
If someone gets attached to a belief or a thought process,
it will show up as conditioning in the mental body. An
overactive mental body can cause a lot of suffering for
the one who is constantly bombarded with an incessant
stream of thoughts. The mental body is where many people
retreat to escape the suffering of the emotional body.
A lot of conditioning gets stored here, but it is not
nearly as extensive as in the karmic and emotional bodies.
- Spiritual Body :
This is the vehicle through which people experience the
Divine, whatever "Divinity" means for them. Feelings of
spiritual bliss or devotion usually come through this
Common problems: Typically, there is little conditioning
stored in the spiritual body. However, if someone has
suffered a sudden or drastic loss of faith, the experience
will show up in the spiritual body as crack, or in extreme
cases as a fissure. Most atheists, particularly those
who grew up in religious households, have a crack in their
- Etheric Body :
This body is responsible for maintaining a healthy boundary
between yourself and your environment. It is somewhat
larger than the other energetic bodies, and its outer
edge is like a cell's membrane, creating a relatively
stable internal environment that also lets certain energies
pass through, such as the emotional field of a loved one.
It should be open, with edges that gently shape themselves
to the people and objects in the environment.
Common problems: If the etheric body is too hard
and rigid, you will be unable to feel what is happening
around you; if it is too thin and amorphous, you will
have little protection from others' negative thoughts
and emotions. Some people have holes in their etheric
body, which may give them the "psychic" ability to feel
others' emotions quite easily, but this method of psychic
sight bears a hefty pricetag, paid in oversensitivity
and the need to avoid people much of the time.
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