Learning how to Work with the Subtle Body

Working with what we refer to as the subtle body in an intelligent and effective way can be difficult in the most basic sense, because, like the mind that produces it, it’s invisible to the physical senses and operates according to complementary laws. The most fundamental universal law that provides us with instruction on how to use our mind to regulate and transform our body and material world, is the Law of the Tetrad, or Tetragrammaton, which is also referred to as the “4 letter name of God”, with God being the universal laws of creation as the Mind. One of the most basic things that tend to hinder our progress in perceiving the higher worlds is that we tend to get hung up on the forms themselves, rather than recognizing the mind that’s creating them.

 The subtle body is also commonly referred to as the “light body”, the “etheric double”, the “astral body”, and the “Holy Ghost”, which are all describing the same invisible phenomenon. Our light body is our energetic body that accompanies our physical body and is what forms the spatial template or etheric blueprint that’s used for “informing” and regulating the material body, giving it Life. The etheric blueprint acts as an “organizational mechanism” for shaping astral light into the archetypal pattern formed in the mind of the soul, and is the “mental aspect” of the “mind-body” equation of a multi-dimensional Being. The etheric body is archetypal in nature, and serves as a universal, symbolic or metaphorical idea that has an overall theme inherent in it that allows it to be adapted to an infinite number of correlating ideas, and modified to form an equally infinite number of possibilities that still hold true to the overall theme itself.

What we refer to as the “mind and soul” is 3-fold in nature, which means it has 3 different aspects that perform different functions and play a different part in creating the same thing. The primary law governing the mind is called the “3 in 1 Law”, the Triad, or the Trinity. These are also called the higher or super conscious, subconscious, and self-conscious aspects of the same mind. On the material plane where the mind and soul inhabit a physical body, there are 2 primary aspects of the mind functioning to create reality as complementary opposites known as the subconscious and conscious mind. The conscious mind, which is the one we’re aware of and normally think of as the mind, is actually the offspring of the subconscious and is born fully within the material body and becomes totally identified with it as a result.

Our subconscious mind is the real powerhouse of the two, and it’s by working directly with our subconscious that all change, learning, and transformation takes place. Our subconscious, however, is what we can think of as ‘passive and receptive’ and works to shape reality (through our perception of it) through suggestion given to it by the self-conscious mind, and operates in an automated fashion using ‘memory’. The subconscious works by way of symbols and metaphors, and any idea formed in the mind isn’t literal as a specific idea or situation, but provides a kind of thematic idea that can be applied to any number of circumstances to produce a similar “experience” of reality. All reality, which is organized light, is produced by the Soul through the mind as a basic form of self-expression, creation, and as a means of “experiencing itself” through its own creation. What this means is that the etheric blueprint used for organizing the material world is formed by thought that seeds the imagination where it’s converted into symbolic images that are used as the means for creating physical equivalents.

An archetype is a universal idea that serves as a prototype or thematic template for creating personal experiences of the same type. As we experience a particular rose, for example, we don’t form a memory out of that specific rose, but convert it instead to represent “roses in general”. It’s transformed into a ‘universal idea’ that serves to represent all roses as an “experience”. Memories that we form out of specific events serve the same purpose. They become symbolic ideas that have a general theme to them that we continue to use as a means of applying them to numerous situations of a similar nature to create the same type of experience over and over. Each time it’s applied to a new situation, it’s adapted and modified to produce a new version of the same basic idea. All memories are formed as “internal representations” that are used as a means of navigating and maneuvering the material world, and as a means for forming instant interpretations of any situation necessary to make ongoing decisions. Our internal representations also form our intention and expectations, which are the ordering principle of the mind.

The subtle body is a symbolic template as the soul’s memory that’s an “idea” and NOT the form itself. It’s what shapes the idea that’s translated into the physical body as a mirror image or twin. It’s comprised of ‘thought-forms’ which shapes light into archetypal forms while “magnetizing” it, causing it to begin vibrating. It’s the invisible forces of the mind that set-up a “field of organized information” as electromagnetic stresses that organize essence into an idea as a “thought-form” that operates on multiple scales and levels simultaneously to produce the physical body, outer reality of the body, and experience to all be of the same nature. It serves as a living idea “within” the mind of its creator. All thought, feeling sensation, memory, and new ideas are formed through the faculty of the imagination as the organizing principle of the mind. As we think and emote, we create. Our reality and the nature of our experiences result from our thoughts. Thoughts are in fact “things”. They’re living entities administered through our soul as its ability to self-create. As we think, we perceive the reality of our thoughts, and we request, call forth, and literally act to program our subconscious to produce the reality of our thoughts.

Hierarchy of Universal Laws

While most of us have been taught that only “things” form vibration as an energetic frequency, and that thoughts shaped in the mind have no real power to create, and exist as more of a fantasy, the exact opposite is actually the truth. Matter itself is actually devoid of intelligence and only acts to draw in and house the consciousness of the soul. It’s the mind as the vehicle of the soul that permeates, inhabits, and is magnetically bonded with the body as its Life. The minerals and chemical compounds of the Earth do not have the ability to organize themselves into a pattern as a biological life-form. All Life is the result of a field of organized information. The more intelligent, diversified, and sophisticated the form, the more organized the information that not only forms it and holds it together, but also animates it. All living biological forms have a soul. The subtle body isn’t the soul itself, but is the creation of the soul as a thought about itself.

This process, as pointed out earlier is represented by the Law of the Tetrad, which is the primary law of all creation. The Monad, which is an organized field of information (soul), regenerates itself as a mirror image or outward projection, forming the Dyad as a relationship it forms with “itself” through the illusion of “another”. It forms a thought about itself as a “idea” that provides the etheric blueprint as a metaphor that’s “looked through” (perceptual lens) and reflected outward as a mirror image to produce the appearance of an outer reality of the same nature and kind. Thought as an idea that’s turned into reality in the imagination literally acts to seed and program our subconscious mind by giving it a pattern as a “command and directive” for creating as the outer analogy of the inner idea.

We work with our subtle body by working with our own mind, using the conscious aspect to direct and inform the unconscious aspect. This same principle works in the general sense through our ability to naturally form internal representations and concepts by consistently replaying “memories” in our mind. As we remember something by calling it forward and contemplating it, reliving it as an actual experience, we are in fact acting “on ourselves” to program ourselves by saying to our own subconscious . . . here, give me more of this. Our memories and mental impressions act to form our perceptual lens and filtering system, which is a further demonstration of the organizing principle of the mind in its natural ability to take the information inherent in any situation and abstract some while ignoring others, and reforming it into a new idea as the reality of its intentions and expectations based on memory of some kind.

The subtle body is the “thought body” formed and transformed through the faculty of our imagination. It’s the invisible body of light, which, like the mind itself, is only “knowable” through thought. The soul is comprised of ideas as memory that’s constantly evolving and morphing into new variations based on how we enter into relationship with various ideas and aspects of ourselves in everything else. To work with the etheric blueprint of our soul’s imagination, we have to work with our thoughts and shape them into symbolic ideas that we use to direct our subconscious mind on what to create. We have to create the idea as an “actual experience” that produces a kind of virtual memory of an actual event.

When we act to automatically take in a suggestion as an idea being given to us by another, and we begin thinking about it, we turn it into a detailed reality in our mind’s eye and it becomes a self-induced program for producing as an outer, physical experience. The DNA of our body, which is an extension of our subconscious or body consciousness, is literally programmed through our “perceptions” which are formed out of our memories. As we program our subconscious we’re simultaneously programming our DNA, which manifests that same idea as a physical condition.

DNA, like the very cells they act to “inform”, is comprised of both etheric (invisible) and material (visible) substance, and provides a kind of bridge as a transducer between them. We have a direct line of communication with our molecular structure through the very nature of our thoughts, emotions, and intentions. Whatever we accept and embrace as a “belief” we act to literally create as a reality. This fact is demonstrated repeatedly through what we call the “placebo effect”. Just as our own subconscious programs the DNA of our body, it acts equally to influence the DNA inherent in everything else (we all share the same DNA), and over an extended period of time can literally reshape our environment through our perception of it.

Once we have a working understanding of how our mind works to produce our subtle body as our “thought body”, we have the basic principles and means necessary to work with it in a deliberate and calculated manner in order to create. In order to understand how to work by way of Laws that govern all creation, we have to understand how they work together in a unified manner. All laws operate as a kind of “growth process” or “inward unfolding” where one lays the foundation out of which the next one spontaneously emerges and evolves out of the preceding one while containing the “potential” of what proceeds and issues forth naturally out of it. Laws work by way of natural processes as growth and development of an idea. All creation comes as a synchronized series of realizations and correlating events that are a fundamental part of a greater whole. The part is always comprised of the same information as the whole and is reconfigured in a way that differentiates it to perform a specialized function within the whole (holographic principle).

Summary:

We are working to form our subtle body all the time through our imaginary and emotionally intense thoughts. As we think and emote, we’re literally programming ourselves to produce a corresponding reality of our thoughts. We’re integrating new information as experiences to form new types of memory that literally restructures our subtle body to produce a correlating physical condition. All manifestations within our body come as a form of inner programming that unfolds according to a timescale. To heal or transform our body requires us to heal psychologically and transform the very nature of our thoughts and perceptions.

This is done through the faculty of the imagination through hypnotic suggestion and guided meditation. We have to completely relax our body, empty our mind of the redundant meaningless chatter, and consciously introduce an idea as a sensory intense reality, then concentrate on it, developing it into vivid detail. Once we get it the way we want it, and it naturally elicits positive emotions in response to it, we replay it over and over until it plays out in an automatic fashion. We then create internal dialogue around it, just like we do when thinking about any idea or memory, which gives the subconscious further instructions on the type of experience we want. The more real we make it and the more intensely we experience the emotion associated with it, the quicker it manifests as both a physical condition and outer experience of reality.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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Merkabah – Resonance, Sympathetic Induction, and Coherence as the Vehicle for Ascension

merka The idea of the Merkabah, which is typically represented by the interlaced triangles of the Hexad, or what some refer to as the Star of David, in scientific terms associates the idea with the laws that govern it and are necessary in order to perform what the idea suggests. The term “Merkabah” means “light vehicle” that is used as the means to ascend into higher dimensions. While sacred geometry and the principles and laws they represent are multi-dimensional and have as many diverse forms of meaning as there are people interpreting them to find their secrets as encoded messages, they also represent set laws that can be used in numerous ways as practical guidelines and tools for creating not only within the physical realm, but simultaneously in the astral, mental, and causal realms. Laws as geometric shapes form a series of correspondences with letters, numbers, colors, sounds, states, planetary influences, and so on, that give us explicit instructions for how to use our own mind-body system to move between higher and lower dimensions, which exist as planes of a greater unified dimension, all of which operate according to the same set of universal laws.   The basic idea behind the Heptad as two interlace triangles, one pointing down, and the other up, is “equilibrium” or harmony between the higher planes and the lower planes. It also represents the idea of structure, function, and order which are the very basis of law itself, which says that the form of something determines how it functions or behaves and the order or growth process it naturally undertakes through a process of unfolding or becoming. Vibration itself (as consciousness) takes on a form as patterning with distinct behaviors as a kind of personality. The planes of light and matter, and of mind over matter, or the fact that the mind is the same thing as matter in a different state, separated only be degrees of vibration. The higher plane of light, being of a higher vibration is invisible or translucent to the lower plane of solid matter, which moves at a considerably slower rate. Because all planes are of the same basic energetic substance, separated only by degrees of vibration as a kind of scale that moves from higher to lower, the way to move within these interlaced planes is by altering your vibratory frequency as your quality of consciousness. merk In order to achieve the level of consciousness we call God, which is pure and Divine in nature vibrating at the highest rate and existing on the higher levels of a unified consciousness, we have to become “like God” in order to “know God”. The God’s, so to speak, never come down from heaven, because to do so they’d have to lower their vibration as a degradation or corruption of their consciousness, as in the legend of the “fallen angels”, and so work with the lower planes through the soul or astral body of man as an intermediary or medium between planes. The way we move between planes is by achieving the low end of the frequency of the higher plane, so we can resonate with it, and be drawn into it through sympathetic induction, where we begin vibrating at the same rate. This is why all spiritual traditions involve a form of personal transformation as the means of being “god-like”, cultivating in us the same attributes and qualities as God as the means of raising our vibration and level of consciousness to the point where we can ascend naturally to higher dimensions. We are energetic beings whose vibratory frequency demonstrates our level and of quality of conscious, intuitively, intellectually, and morally.   As humans we possess three levels or aspects of the mind, represented by the triangle of the trinity, referred to as the higher mind or Self, the subconscious or lower mind, and the conscious or self-conscious mind, which is the aspect most think of when we use the term “mind”. Being of the lower-animal kingdom, governed by the subconscious mind which exists in a primary state of automatic or instinctual functions performed without direct awareness or creative use of thought and will, exists in a fundamental state of hypnosis as a part of the group mind of the astral plane of mass consciousness, and is often completely operated out of suggestions received from the environment and conditioning their programmed with in their formative years. Because our vibration is set and developed through our consciousness and ability to think for ourselves, we raise our vibration through creative thinking that cultivates our individuality. If we simply think the thoughts of our training, and never really realize the power of our will to self create, then we remain energetically apart of the lower realm of the animal kingdom of the Earth plane. Merkaba In order to “draw into us” consciousness as a quality of being and knowledge of the principles that govern the material realm, we have to be of the same vibratory frequency or within close enough range that we can still draw it into us by resonating with it. The way we move between a hierarchy of parallel and inter-nested planes of existence, as levels of consciousness or intelligence, is through sympathy. When we exist within a certain range of vibration, we can resonate with other vibrations within that same frequency. Through resonance, energy as qualities of consciousness merge into each other, equalize and form coherence and begin vibrating harmoniously by forming a combination as “one consciousness”. When the lower vibration raises itself to come within range of the higher vibration, an induction takes place, and it draws the lower vibration into a higher rate of vibration, where it forms a new level of consciousness as its normal and consistent frequency.   By raising our vibration to the highest point of the lower plane to come into near proximity of the lower range of the higher plane, it causes a paradigm shift as the vibratory structure of the mind that incorporates new awareness, shifting and expanding its ability to conceive of new realities. Through this vibratory paradigm shift, which systematically upgrades and modifies all ideas held in the mind that involves and is affected by the new realizations, the mind is literally restructured and transformed to be able to perceive and understand higher worlds that exist simultaneously within the worlds of the lower planes. merkabah In order to attain the consciousness of higher planes, and draw it into us, we have to develop ourselves to the level of that plane. We can only attain what is equivalent to us, or that which we are similar to in nature. We have to develop ourselves to higher levels in order to use them for our mental and emotional transformation. We can only “know God” by becoming the same as God, by becoming “god-like” in consciousness and identifying with our divine nature. This is why all initiatory processes involve purifying the soul, releasing attachments to our material existence, cultivating virtues to develop our morality, and through the constant study of philosophy, the arts, and the sciences. A pure mind that possesses knowledge of the higher worlds is necessary to be able to act as the tuner and receiver for higher vibration, in order to lift ourselves to the Heavens. We have to engage in a devotional practice of attaining higher knowledge through meditation, concentration, contemplation, and by bringing that knowledge into a daily practice. We acquire it like we acquire anything, by merging with it, embodying it, becoming the channel for it, and transforming ourselves through the synthesis of it. Only through sympathy do we attain the knowledge, essence, qualities, and virtues necessary to vibrate at a higher rate.   Through self-realization of our true nature, not as unique beings or advanced animals, but as divine beings with the ability to self-create, we let go of our personal agendas of a selfish nature, and step into our roles as universal beings that are “in this world, but not of it”. As divine beings sent here to evolve mankind by merging into them, becoming one with them in mind and body, while still maintaining awareness of our true identity and creative power to transcend and therefore evolve mankind from the inside out.   All growth and development is self-facilitated. It comes only through desire, devotion and willful effort. No one can make us learn or grow or do our work for us. We are the sole creators of our experiences and of ourselves. What we are always looking for outside of ourselves actually resides inside of us, waiting to be awakened and consciously birthed while in the body. Only through self-awareness and knowledge of ourselves as we truly are can we actively and consciously undergo the process of personal transformation by purifying our mind and body and tuning ourselves with the proper qualities and thoughts that intentionally develop our vibratory frequency allowing us to ascend one plane at a time, undergoing the process of death and rebirth while still living, so that at the death of our body our soul will permanently reside on the higher planes of consciousness which is our true home.   Dr. Linda Gadbois Spiritual Sciences Personal Transformation   About the author: Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements. To inquire, click here Save Save Save