OCCULT metaphysics teaches the astral light is an invisible electromagnetic matrix or plasma field that supports all forms and beings in the visible physical world.
Also called: “The shining ether, cosmic space, the fifth cosmic element. The subtle, supersensuous spiritual essence which pervades all space.” (The Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary)
One outcome of the effects of this universal substratum, as the 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,” Radin 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 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 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, are the raison d’etre of ‘out-of-body’ experiences, and support the entire spectrum from the spiritual to mundane psychic experiences (PSI).
The Global Mind
The ongoing scientific experiment The Global Consciousnesses Project demonstrates that the simultaneous force of many minds focused on one event, produce measurable effects in scientific instruments—facilitated, Theosophists believe, by this same ubiquitous, universal mediating astral substance.
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 that 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.
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, creator of the website Blavatsky.net wrote that “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 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, “is itself on the eve of discovering that consciousness is universal.”
“We intend to prove that modern science, owing to physiology, 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, 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 has raised and 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 (a Theosophist) 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 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.
A Case from Dr. Ian Stevenson that shows what incredible detail some children remember from their past lives—check out: Sweet Swarnlata.
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.
Carol Bowman, M. S. Website:
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!
Taboos in Science
The question remains: how are any of these phenomena possible, without a supportive medium or memory matrix, and a transportation highway? Mainstream Science still does not recognize
the subtle human energy body that can escape from its physical prison, just as it doesn’t recognize a mind separate from the brain.
Materialist objections to energy phenomena like thought transference, clairvoyance, telepathy, psychokinesis, are being knocked down by the painstaking, scientific work of Dean Radin, at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. At the frontier of consciousness studies, Dr. Radin is challenging scientific taboos.
The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.
- H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine 2:149
by H. P. Blavatsky
“From the first ages of man, the fundamental truths of all that we are permitted to know on earth were in the safe keeping of the Adepts of the sanctuary; that the difference in creeds and religious practice was only external; and that those guardians of the primitive divine revelation, who had solved every problem that is within the grasp of human intellect, were bound together by a universal freemasonry of science and philosophy, which formed one unbroken chain around the globe.
“In the Orphic hymns, the Eros-Phanes evolves from the Spiritual Egg, which the aethereal winds impregnate, wind being ‘the Spirit of God,’ who is said to move in aether, ‘brooding over the Chaos the Divine ‘Idea.’ In the Hindu Kathopanishad, Purusha, the Divine Spirit, stands before the original Matter; from their union springs the great Soul of the World, ‘Maha-Atma, Brahm, the Spirit of Life’; these latter appellations are identical with the Universal Soul, or Anima Mundi, and the Astral Light of the Theurgists and Kabalists.”
This subtle body may also be associated with an equally subtle but substantive electrical system that ancient acupuncturists understood very well. Bjorn Nordenstrom claims to have found a heretofore unknown universe of electrical activity that is the very foundation of the healing process.
“If he is right he has made the most profound bio-medical discovery of the century!”
Theosophical pioneer, William Quan Judge, explains in the Ocean of Theosophy that “all the instances of clairvoyance and clairaudience are to be explained by the astral body and astral light. The astral — which are the real organs — do the seeing and the hearing,
…and as all material objects are constantly in motion among their own atoms, the astral sight and hearing are not impeded…”
“Thus it was that the great seer Swedenborg saw houses burning in the city of Stockholm when he was at another city many miles off, and by the same means any clairvoyant of the day sees and hears at a distance.”
There have been many incidents, reported over the years, of people who have felt an amputated arm or hand, called “phantom limbs,” (now called SPL “supernumerary phantom limb.”)
In her Transactions, Blavatsky says the brain “is such a complex thing, both physically and metaphysically, that it is like a tree whose bark you can uncover layer by layer.”
She adds that each of these layers is different from the others, and each has “its own special work, function and properties.”
Neuroscience today is able to verify that discrete areas of the brain are in fact associated with specific tasks. But these centers can also be shared throughout the brain.
Approximately 50 to 80% of individuals with an amputation, experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful.
Phantom sensations may also occur after the removal of body parts other than the limbs, e.g. after amputation of the breast, extraction of a tooth (phantom tooth pain,) or removal of an eye (phantom eye syndrome.)
In the Ocean of Theosophy, W. Q. Judge explains the occult principles underlying the “apportation of objects without physical contact.”
The astral hand may be extruded and made to take hold of an object, drawing it in toward the body.
…the Hindu yogis make coffee cups fly through the air, and distant objects approach apparently of their own accord untouched by him or anyone else.”
An unusual, scientifically documented case was published 20 March 2009 in the Annals of Neurology, using fMRI scans of a patient who could actually “see” the supernumerary phantom limb (SPL):
“Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated the multimodal nature of this phantom, which the patient claimed to be able see, use and move intentionally. The patient participated in a series of sensorimotor and motor imagery tasks involving the right, the left plegic, and the SPL’s hand.”
Study shows brain activity associated with phantom limbs
For more details of this study, see the public release on EurekAltert! which “shows brain activity associated with phantom limbs … patients have reported seeing their phantom limb or feeling objects or body parts with it.” (Geneva, Switzerland – March 25, 2009)
Also see the Medical News Today report that brain activity was discovered with the movement of this patient’s phantom arm and hand: “When asked to scratch her cheek with the SPL,
areas of the brain associated with movement and vision were activated, which confirmed her report that she could see and move her SPL.”
“In addition, a measurable sensory response was also detected when she scratched her left cheek with the SPL.”
Helena Blavatsky was endowed from her childhood with remarkable psychic powers. Throughout her lifetime, she was adept in several psychic abilities that included levitation, clairvoyance, out-of-body projection, telepathy, clairaudience and materialization.
Theosophist Manly P. Hall writes of Madame Blavatsky in The Phoenix: An Illustrated Review Of Occultism And Philosophy: “Madam Blavatsky’s greatest ‘miracles’ are her books, and by her writings, she is elevated far beyond the reach of her calumniators.
Her literary accomplishments and not materialized tea-cups are the hallmark of her genius.”
Below is the video clip of Pam Reynolds who floated above her body during surgery. One of the best documentaries made about Near Death Experiences, “The Day I Died” produced by the BBC, featured many top scientists that have studied NDEs and other related incidents.
“That the mind is located in the brain is just a hypothesis. It’s never been proven.”
Pim van Lommel, M.D.
“Accounts of NDEs, shared by the people who experienced them, are analyzed by researchers and skeptics alike, providing a balanced look at a theory of mind that, at least in scientific circles, has previously been all but unthinkable.” (Near-Death.com)
Demonstrating a startling power of psychokinesis and mind reading, Gerard Senehi seems to be in touch with the subtle energies of the astral world.
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