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Etheric body The Vital Body

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 8:45 AM



The Etheric Body gives vitality, health, life and organization to the Physical Body.  It attunes our consciousness to the principle of Energy. It steps energiesfrom the higher bodies down into our physical consciousness.

Range of Consciousness:

An awareness of various types of subtle energy moving through the Physical Body and in the environment. Subtle/etheric energy can be seen as well as felt.


The Etheric Body is the subtle level of the Physical Body. It is composed of various energies such as electromagnetic, chi, prana, ki, vitality, etc. It isalso composed of subatomic particles, the finest of which are quarks.

The Etheric Body (the fourth of the subtle energy bodies) appears as a bluish-grey colour or shadow, extending approximately one inch from the physical body. It is responsible for the transfer of life energy or vitality from the universal energy field to the physical body.

The Etheric body is a body of Etheric or subtle matter which furnishes the basic blue print for the physical body. Every cell in the physical body has an etheric counterpart.

This body also serves as a filtration system. Universal life force energy filters down through the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Etheric Bodies into the physical body. The Etheric Body is the interface between the physical body and the other subtle bodies of the Aura.

When the flow of this energy is disrupted, the physical body is affected and if this imbalance is not corrected, illness and dis-ease can manifest in the physical body. There is a synergistic relationship between each subtle body of the aura.


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The Etheric Body has a figure form in the same shape as the Physical Body.

This figure form is made of numerous energy channels called nadis or meridians.

There are seven major energy centers, called chakras, that are connected to the endocrine glands and process seven main types of consciousness.

There are 21 minor energy centers and many smal lerenergy centers.

The Etheric Body has two auric layers. The first extends about one foot from the Physical Body. The second extends aboutthree or more feet from the Physical Body.

Each auric layer has luminousstring-like hairs that radiate out and always move in wave like motions. From the inner body, sparkles of vitality move outwards.


 (Etheric Field)


The etheric body is the conditioning vehicle upon which the physical body is built and is the means whereby lifeforce energy is transmitted from all the higher dimensions to animate the physical body. 

It is the inner substantial form upon which the physical body is built or constructed.  It is the inner scaffolding which underlies every part of the whole outer being.  It is the framework which sustains the whole.  It is the inner structure on which the outer form is patterned. 

Regulating the chakras, it comprises the network of nadis which constitute the count

part or the duplicate aspect of the entire nervous system which forms such an important part of the human mechanism. 

The etheric body is most definitely, along with the blood stream, the instrument of the lifeforce.  


So, the etheric field is the matrix of the physical, emotional and mental bodies manifested as a unified reality.  It is the divine pulse and matrix that holds everything together.  It is the principle of life. 

It is through the etheric field that the past, present and future, mind, emotions and the physical all come together and can be healed.


The soul pours its consciously directed energy into the dense physical body through the medium of the etheric body.

This is composed of the following:


Lines of force and of points where these lines of force cross each other; in crossing they form centres of energy. 

Where many such lines often cross each other there is a larger centre of energy, and where great streams of energy meet and cross, as they do in the head and up the spine, these are the seven major energy gateways/centres (chakras);

Forty-nine minor centres of force.  These are found scattered all over the body;Streams of energy, which connect all the centres into two systems - one major and one minor - which radiate out from the centres all over the entire body;The nadis (infinitesimal small threads of energy or force fibres which radiate out from every part of the network and underlie every part of the triple system). 

There are millions of nadis and they produce the sensitive response apparatus through which we work and of which the mechanism of the five senses is one of the externalizations.

A healthy etheric body/field manifests as a group collective consciousness within humanity that embodies the soul.  


How Does the Etheric Body get Damaged?

The opposite manifestation of the etheric body/field is the astral field which separates the physical, emotional and mental bodies and manifests personality with symptoms of suffering, desire, illusion, delusion and glamour. 

The astral field draws the physical, emotional and mental bodies down in vitality into disease and density, bringing about a lack of receptivity and veiling the inner light of the etheric body/field.  


Astral qualities such as bad habits, vices, etc violate the physical, emotional and mental bodies. 

The etheric body shrivels and the physical, emotional and mental bodies harden and habitual patterns form.  The soul suffers greatly from an inability to live properly within the physical-etheric body.


Worry, fear, doubt and other low vibrational negative energies cause congestion in the etheric body/field's network of fine energy lines which supply you with your lifeforce.


If there is weakness between the etheric body and the outer form, obviously difficulties will result which could take the following form:

The physical form in its dense aspect is too loosely connected with the etheric form or counterpart. This leads to a devitalized and debilitated condition which predisposes you to sickness or ill health;The connection is poor in certain directions or aspects. 

Through certain focal points or centres the lifeforce cannot flow adequately, with consequential weakness in some parts of the physical body;

The connection can be basically so loose and poor that the soul has very little hold upon its vehicle for outer manifestation, and obsession or possession can be established.Various ways of maintaining good health clear, balance and energise the etheric body.

According with Barbara Ann Brennan  in her book, HANDSOF LIGHT, the Etheric Body(from "ether", the state between the energy and matter)is composed of tiny energy lines "like a sparkling web oflight beams" similar to the lines on a television screen. 

It has the same structure as the physical body including all theanatomical parts and all the organs. The color of the ethericbody varies from light blue to gray.

The light blue color has been connected to a finer form than the gray; a more sensitive person with a sensitive body willtend to have a bluish 1st layer, whereasa more athletic, robust type of person will tend to have a more grayish etheric body.

All the chakras of this layer are thesame color as the body. That is, they will also range betweenblue to gray in color.


Accounts of the Etheric Body

Lingasarira is a Sanskrit term for the invisible double of the human body, theetheric body or etheric double (or astral body in some Theosophical concepts).It is one of the seven principles of the human being, according to Theosophicalphilosophy.

RudolfSteiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, often referred to the etheric body (Ätherleibor "Life Body") in association with the etheric formative forces andthe evolution of man and the cosmos.

According to him, it can be perceived by aperson gifted with clairvoyance as being of "peach-blossom color".

Steiner considered the etheric reality or life principle as quite distinct from thephysical material reality, being intermediate between the physical world andthe astral or soul world. 

The etheric body can be characterised as the lifeforce also present in the plant kingdom. It maintains the physical body's formuntil death. At that time, it separates from the physical body and the physicalreverts to natural disintegration.

Accordingto Max Heindel's Rosicrucianwritings, the etheric body, composed of four ethers, is called the "VitalBody" since the ether is the way of ingress for vital force from the Sunand the field of agencies in nature which promote such vital activities asassimilation, growth, and propagation.

It is an exact counterpart of ourphysical body, molecule for molecule, and organ for organ, but it is of theopposite polarity.

It is slightly larger, extending about one and one-halfinches beyond the periphery of the physical body.

Onthe Tree of Life of the Kabbalah, the vital body is often related to thesephirah Yesod.

Some researcher in this matter have produced drawings and paintings that recordtheir perceptions of the etheric body; see Leadbeater's Man Visible and Invisible for one example.

The images produced by Kirlian photography bearobvious resemblances to these graphics, showing a spiky-looking energy fieldextending a few inches around the human body (as well as other biological specimens,like leaves, and objects like coins).

The fact that Kirlian photography cancapture the acupuncture points of the body links the technology with conceptsof prana, qi, bioplasma, and related ideas and theories.

For some believers inthe etheric body, Kirlian photography provides important supportingevidence—though skeptics are generally not swayed.

Relation to physics

A Newconcept appears in physics, the most important invention since Newton's time:The field. It needed great scientific imagination to realize that it is not thecharges nor the particles but the field in space between the charges and theparticles which is essential for the description of physical phenomena....

In the beginning, the field concept was no more than a means of facilitating the understanding of phenomena from themechanical point of view....

The recognition of the new concept grew steadily,until substance was overshadowed by the field. It was realized that somethingof great importance had happened in physics.

A new reality was created, a new concept for which there was no place in the mechanical description.

Slowly and by a struggle the field concept established for itself a leading place in physics and has remained as one of the basic physical concepts.

The electromagneticfield is, for the modern physicist, as real as the chair on which he sits.


The conception of the dynamic [mass-free energy] aether, possessing afluid-crystal structure, sub-divided in different levels of density, withdensity proportional to the density of any physical substance occupying thearea of space concerned, increasing around large bodies such as stars andplanets, acting as a refracting medium, affecting the speed of propagation oflight and conveying electromagnetic forces, etc.—for all the experimental data and astronomical observations currently cited in support of the special andg eneral theories of relativity, including the phenomena known as vacuum energyand other unsolved problems in physics that baffles the current standardtheories. It should also be noted that the internal inconsistencies and unwarranted assumptions of standard relativity theory have been pointed out bydozens of scientists. It must be re-iterated, though, that these ideas should in no way be construed asbeing indicative of generally accepted scientific opinion on the subject.



1. Core K. The Etheric Body and Wellbeing. 2006.

2. HH Buddha Maitreya. Etheric Weavers, Church of Shambhala Vajradhara,  2007.

Categories: Aura, Chakras, Psychology

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