THE most compelling, principal teaching of ancient and modern Theosophy is the Astral Light or astral body, a universal, foundational invisible force field.
It’s a space-filling energy matrix that holds together and provides the underlying plan for all forms. The field effect.
This vital invisible substance serves as a universal matrix for the patterns of everything in our physical world.
In its moral aspect, this force is a giant reflector of all the thoughts, feelings and actions of every person, and that of humanity as a whole.
It is on the basis of these stored images and influences (Sanskrit “skandhas”), that karma is calculated by the Great Law and justly meted out from age to age, life to life, individually and collectively.
Applied to Nature, the form of an oak tree, for example, is patterned after a universal oak tree likeness archived in the astral matrix as a universal prototype. This astral sea of images may be what Biologist Rupert Sheldrake calls the “morphogenetic field.”
In Theosophy this matrix is shown to be the missing link of science in every field.
“The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences,” Mme. Blavatsky insists in The Secret Doctrine (2:149), “depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.”
She also supplied a practical application in her Article 1888 noting how:
“The astral life of the earth is young and strong between Christmas and Easter. Those who form their wishes now will have added strength to fulfill them consistently.”
The reason this would be true is that the active image-field or astral matrix is the mystical progeny of the omnipresent, spiritual and dynamic substratum of the entire universe. It impacts everything, not missing a single atom.
The major effect of such a major, universal substrate, as psi researcher Dean Radin notes in his book Entangled Minds, is that
“we occasionally have numinous feelings of connectedness with loved ones at a distance.”
“The idea of the universe as an interconnected whole is not new,” he says, “for millennia it’s been one of the core assumptions of Eastern philosophies. What is new is that Western science is slowly beginning to realize that some elements of that ancient lore might be correct.”
The spiritual substance supporting universal inter-connectivity is called Ākāśa in Sanskrit, a word meaning ‘aether’ (in both its elemental and metaphysical sense.) The Ākāśa, with its alter-ego the Astral Light, is the substance of ‘out-of-body’ experiences, and underlie the entire spectrum from the spiritual to mundane psychic experiences (PSI).
The Astral Light is the primeval storehouse and reflector of all the thoughts, ideas, feelings and acts uploaded from the Earthly doings of self-conscious humanity.
The scientific experiments of the Global Consciousnesses Project have demonstrated that the simultaneous force of many minds focused on one event, produce measurable effects in scientific instruments — facilitated by, Theosophists believe, this same ubiquitous, universal mediating astral substance.
The Global Mind
The Global Consciousness Project is an international collaboration of scientists, engineers, and artists. They maintain a global network that has been collecting data continuously since 1998 from sensitive instruments which produce random sequences. Their purpose is to examine subtle correlations and structure in the data that seem to reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world.
The Cosmic Architect
Nothing is exempt from this active, vital fluid, as it is the blueprint for everything that is, was or ever shall be manifested. It is the basis for memory, dreams, clairvoyance, body, mind and emotional fields, and the transmitter in each life of every person’s individual karma.
In its original presentment, the astral light medium was pristine and undefiled, but due to human nature has now a dual potency, and is both the friend and enemy of the unenlightened psychic.
Similar to an electromagnetic field, and akin to plasma, it is difficult to describe. The ‘astral light’ surrounds, interpenetrates and, as said, is the underlying informational pattern for all the visible, objective forms in the universe.
In the article “The Ether, But Not the One You Think,” Reed Carson the late founder of Blavatsky.net wrote: “Blavatsky could have taught that the word ‘vacuum’ refers to emptiness. She did not. Rather she explained that when the informed ancients referred to ‘vacuum’ they meant latent force.”
“‘Nature abhors Vacuum‘ said the Peripatetics,” Blavatsky wrote, and “Democritus, with his instructor Leucippus, taught that
…the first principles of all things contained in the Universe were atoms and a vacuum. The later means simply latent Deity or force.”
Our Astral Body is closely related to the life force or Sanskrit “prana,” and is in a continuous rhythmic flow. This life current, she says, “must be broken by changing the waking for the sleeping state. Ask a good clairvoyant to describe the aura of a person just refreshed by sleep, and he will be seen
bathed in rhythmical vibrations of life currents—golden, blue, and rosy—these are the electrical waves of Life.”
Cosmic mind, an electrical force, embedded in the latent Ākāśic Deity, is also the source of interconnected world consciousness. “We intend to prove that modern science, owing to physiology,” Blavatsky wrote prophetically in her Article Kosmic Mind, “is itself on the eve of discovering that consciousness is universal.”
“We mean also to show that though many a man of science is soaked through and through with such belief, very few are brave enough to openly admit it.”
In his tour de force book, The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra wrote: “The quantum field is seen as the fundamental physical entity —
… a continuous medium which is present everywhere in space. Particles are merely local condensations of the field…
— concentrations of energy which come and go, thereby losing their individual character and dissolving into the underlying field.”
In the words of Albert Einstein: “We may, therefore, regard matter as being constituted by the regions of space in which the field is extremely intense …
“There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality.”
Hard scientific evidence for this body field arrived when the Russian technician Semyon Kirlian discovered he could photograph the energy surrounding many objects, including our bodies.
Known since as “Kirlian Photography,” everything from minerals and tree leaves, to living tissue, have been shown as being enveloped in this living matrix.
It can now be demonstrated that our bodies emit energy fields — which vary, depending on our state of health, feelings, and thoughts.
Some researchers studying these emissions are even using Kirlian photographs as a diagnostic tool to measure states of illness and health.
Do our bodies emit energy fields which vary depending on our state of health? Is it possible to photograph these emissions and to use these photos as a diagnostic tool? Kirlian photography raised and has begun to answer these two questions.
A ‘New Force‘
Electrotherapy really began with the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla, on electrical currents. A little-remembered fact is that Tesla, (the father of alternating current) worked with Thomas Edison (member of the Theosophical Society) to develop the electrical system we take for granted today.
Blavatsky mentions Edison’s “new force,” (Isis Unveiled 1:126), “which force seems to have little in common with electricity, or galvanism, except the principle of conductivity. If demonstrated, it may remain for a long time under some pseudonymous scientific name.”
“Nevertheless, it will be but one of the numerous family of children brought forth from the commencement of time by our kabalistic mother, the Astral Virgin.”
“The thaumaturgists of all periods, schools, and countries, produced their wonders because they were perfectly familiar with the imponderable — in their effects — but otherwise perfectly tangible waves of the astral light. They controlled the currents by guiding them with their will-power. The wonders were both of physical and psychological character; the former embracing effects produced upon material objects, the latter the mental phenomena of Mesmer and his successors.”
“The electrical boy was a favorite eighteenth-century experiment, often performed as entertainment. Such experiments were in part pioneered by Hooke’s successor as the curator of experiments at the Royal Society.
“The second curator, Francis Hauksbee, was under the patronage of Isaac Newton, the Royal Society’s president.
“Electrical experiments often referred to Newton’s late suggestions of a subtle conducting fluid of the ether.”
“This engraving is taken from William Watson’s 1748 work. A rotating crank generates electricity which is transferred to the shoes of a boy suspended on silk ropes.
“The boy, in turn, transmits a genteel shock to the girl who is standing on a tar-covered barrel. Her other hand is probably extended to attract feathers or small pieces of paper.”
Recognition has also been gained, with the theory of “morphogenetic fields” or “morphic field”— a term coined by biologist Rupert Sheldrake, author of many books on the subject— including:
A short video presentation about Kirlian Photography, a precursor to Aura Photography, and a giant leap forward in the acceptance of the existence of the astral field or body.
Validating are reports of out-of-body experiences (OBEs), near-death-experiences (NDEs), and past-life memories, including those of children.
Children’s Past Lives, click the link:
A Case from Dr. Ian Stevenson that shows what incredible detail some children remember from their past lives—check out the full version: Sweet Swarnlata, from Dr. Ian Stevenson’s classic book, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.
The story of Swarnlata is characteristic of Stevenson’s cases: the young girl’s memories began when she was 3, she gave enough information to enable Stevenson to locate the family of the deceased person she remembered (the case was “solved”), and she gave more than 50 specific facts that were verified. But Swarnlata’s case was also different from most because her memories did not fade. And this is a sweet case, characterized by love and happy memories rather than by violent death and struggles between castes and families, like in so many other cases.
Carol Bowman, M.S. is an internationally known author, lecturer, counselor, past life regression therapist, and pioneer in reincarnation studies. She has been boldly dipping into the Ākāśic ocean for nearly two decades. Bowman is best known for her research into children’s past lives.
Pioneers like Bob Monroe, Charles Tart, and others, tested the possibility of “astral travel,” getting outside the body. Workshops such as those offered by GlideWing, explore the energy body and controlled states of consciousness.
Slavia Patjic has more going for him in a body, than out. He has a unique physical peculiarity, he is not affected by electricity. He is a big star in Serbia, and soon he wants to conquer America by trying the Electric Chair! 😮
The Noosphere – literally, “mind-sphere” or Earth’s mental sheathe – is a word and concept jointly coined by Édouard Le Roy, French philosopher and student of Henri Bergson, Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Russian geochemist, Vladimir Vernadsky, in Paris, 1926. At the root of the primary definition of noosphere is a dual perception: that life on Earth is a unity constituting a whole system known as the biosphere; and that the mind or consciousness of life – the Earth’s thinking layer – constitutes a unity that is discontinuous but coextensive with the entire system of life on Earth, inclusive of its inorganic support systems. A third critical premise arising from the first two is that the noosphere defines the inevitable next stage of terrestrial evolution, which will subsume and transform the biosphere. – (thelawoftime.org)
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