First one must understand that the nature of the universe is one living organism of cells. There is nothing in the universe but energy. What is energy? Esotericists declare that it is life, that the terms life and energy are synonymous. Scientists now claim that the entire universe is potentially contained in an atom. At the heart of every cell or atom, whether mineral, human, planetary or solar, is a fragment of the boundless. Each atom has a life, a consciousness, a rate of vibration, a sound, a frequency, an aura, or magnetic field, a coloring, a special quality, a cycle, heat, light, and is exceptionally radiatory at a certain point of its development. It is a conditioned entity. It receives and transmits energy, acts upon and/or conditions forms. It has a life span. It rests and then reappears or reincarnates. It evolves, has a purpose, a goal. While it expresses through a form, it is part of a group, which is part of a greater group. The life of the entity responds to its greater life-center. It comes from a source and is in the process of developing to return to its source. It rotates, has a motion and is active. It mounts from kingdom to kingdom. Before the atom enters the human kingdom, it is “self-unconscious”.
We cannot compare the consciousness of a mineral atom with that of a vegetable atom or with that of a human atom or to that of a Lord of a solar system. The quality of this life remains the same in all these atoms. What changes is the quantity, the consciousness and the form or vehicle.
To understand how the planets affect humanity, we have to understand the nature of man and his subtle vehicles. Every religion refers to a deity, while in manifestation, as a trinity having three aspects. The first aspect is that of life, the second aspect is that of consciousness, from which the human soul develops, and the third aspect is that of matter, from which the form is developed. In man the form Nature is the personality, the vehicle for the soul. These three aspects are potentially in everything. It is said that we are made in God’s image. Man also, in incarnation, is three entities in one dense physical body. Some organizations or schools refer to the three aspects as spirit, soul and body or monad, soul, personality or personal ego, transpersonal self and transcendental self. Personality, the third aspect, again is threefold. Its vehicles are the mental, the emotional and the etheric bodies, all of which are encased in a dense physical body.
What is the etheric body? This energy body takes in prana or chi from the sun, via certain centers, assimilates it, gives it its own quality, transmits it to the etheric spleen and eventually to all the lesser lives of the etheric body and thence to the dense physical body. It radiates beyond the dense physical body and sub-stands the nervous system. Alice A. Bailey states in her book, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (page 98), “It is really a net-work of fine channels, which are the component parts of one interlacing fine cord—one portion of this cord being the magnetic link which unites the physical and the astral bodies and which is broken after the withdrawal of the etheric body from the dense physical body at the time of death.” It has millions of lines of force, called nadis. Wherever many of these lines of force cross, a center is formed. It is known as a chakra. They appear as whirling vortices. There are seven major chakras, 21 minor centers and 49 lesser centers.
According to the Tibetan Master who wrote through Alice A. Bailey in Esoteric Healing, the emotional or astral body is misleading. It is an aggregate of forces, working through into the consciousness in the form of desires, impulses, longing, wishes, determinations, incentives and projections. It, as well as the mental body, also has major and minor centers or chakras.
While mind is one, when man incarnates, it becomes the higher mind and the lower mind. The lower concrete mind is the vehicle for the personality. It is ruled by Mercury. Higher mind is ruled by Jupiter. Mental energy affects the centers in the mental body, which is transmitted to the astral centers and thence to the etheric centers in the etheric body. Energy from the divine Self and from the soul can also be transmitted to the centers in these subtle bodies.
Esoteric Healing states the four main causes of disease are:
1. The energy of the soul is restricted and blocked.
2. Man’s past karma is catching up to him.
3. We share in the racial heritage of humanity the tainted predispositions to disease from past races, millions of years ago.
4. The substance of the Lord of our planetary system is not yet perfect. It is conditioned by planetary karma.
Ninety percent of the health problems, excluding malnutrition, accidents, infections, epidemics, mostly as a result of war and planetary causes, stem from the etheric and astral bodies.
We are mainly concerned with the distribution of prana, (the vital life force), through the seven major centers in the etheric body. They are as follows: The base of the spine, the sacral center, the solar plexus center, the heart center, the throat center, the ajna center in the head and the head center. These centers distribute force through the nadis to the nervous system, to the endocrine glands which govern the seven major areas of the body and to the blood stream through the hormones.
Good health is conditioned upon the right reception and distribution of energy throughout the subtle bodies. When the centers or chakras are balanced, there is perfect health. Refering again to Alice A. Bailey’s A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (page 106) she states: “The three fundamental centres whereby reception is brought about must be allowed to function with greater freedom, and with less restriction. Now, owing to centuries of wrong living, and to basic mistakes (originating in Lemurian days) man’s three pranic centres are not in good working order. The centre between the shoulder blades is in the best receptive condition, though owing to the poor condition of the spinal column (which in so many is out of accurate alignment), its position in the back is apt to be misplaced. The splenic centre near the diaphragm is sub-normal in size and its vibration is not correct.” The rays of the sun on these centers will improve vitality as well as careful diet, with emphasis on protein and vitamins and the avoidance of worry.
There can be a health problem if the connection between the etheric body and the dense physical is too loose. It can manifest as devitalization and/or other problems depending where in the etheric body the connection is loose. The Soul would have less control of the vehicle and there could be fainting spells or even obsession or possession. If the connection between the etheric and dense physical bodies is too tight, this may result in hypertension as a result of the overstimulation of the centers and the nervous system. Taking in too much prana may destroy tissue, such as in sunstrokes.
If energy is inhibited as it pours into a center or when it leaves it, congestion can occur and when the outlet is into the physical body, the endocrine gland related to the center will be affected. When the endocrine glands are not balanced, you have a health problem. The glands have a physiological and a psychological effect upon the personality. They can produce character difficulties, which may even manifest as crime. They can prevent the soul from finding expression. Our point in evolution, as well as past life karma, determines the quality and development of our chakras, nervous system, glands, and blood stream. It determines the type of energy that conditions the centers in the etheric body. Is that energy from the divine Self, or the soul, or the mind, or the astral body?
For most of humanity the astral or emotional body, with its uncontrolled emotions, inhibited or rampant desires, worry, irritation and fear, conditions the centers in the etheric body. With such unregulated emotions the free flow of force in the centers in the etheric body is prevented. Devitalization occurs. The flow of energy from the nervous system is unevenly distributed. With a lowered vitality, any disease may be contracted. Continuous wrong attitudes and desires may eventuate in overactivity of the nervous system and overstimulation of the centers below the diaphragm. As a rule the sacral (sex) center and the solar plexus center are too active. Diseases such as cancer, indicate which center is not functioning properly. If one has prostate cancer, then it is the sacral center that is overactive. If it is the liver, colon, gall bladder, pancreas, or stomach then it is the solar plexus center that is overstimulated and not functioning properly. The centers above the diaphragm are in the stage of development depending on the point in evolution of the entity. We wear eyeglasses and may have nasal or hearing problems because there is congestion in the ajna center located between the eyebrows. The nadis are in an embryonic state and the center is still unawakened or, if awakened, it is still non-radiatory.
If our subtle bodies were more refined, aligned and harmonious, and if the energies in the chakras were flowing evenly, we would not feel the ill effects of the energies of Saturn. Saturn gives the opportunity for choice where we can accept responsibility or reject opportunity to make a difference in our life.
Most of us are not yet at the point where we have perfect emotional poise, because the soul is not in perfect control of the personality. We may have some complexes, little buttons, which when pushed, arouse and disturb us, such as political or religious beliefs. Our subtle bodies and chakras are responsive to impact of vibrations not only from the planets, but from our associates, relatives, environment, and from the thought forms of humanity itself. Congestion in the big cities is not healthful. The present state of the polarized world does not induce good health.
For eons the soul identified with the body, with the form nature, and the lower self. It took millions of years for the etheric and astral bodies to develop. Human development is normally slowly achieved through character building, honesty, sincerity soul contact through meditation and life expression through service. Humanity is now developing the mental body. An above average intelligent person who has developed an integrated personality, is beginning to be aware of soul energy.
The soul is dormant, a prisoner, so long as it is identified with the personality. This is what causes suffering! This is true for average intelligent humanity, aspirants and even disciples. We are enslaved by our beliefs. This prevents soul expression and causes illness. Whatever thoughts and attitudes the soul has are those given to it by the personality. The personality is self-centered, self-satisfied, selfsufficient, opinionated, complacent and selfish. One may have an inferiority complex, but may have a superiority complex when it comes to others. As we eliminate those psychological beliefs that limit the soul, such as all ‘isms’ (religious fundamentalism, patriotism etc.), fears, worries, desires, criticisms, arrogance, a true understanding of death, etc., intuition develops. Intuition is from the soul. Instinct is from the animal soul: the astral body. According to the Tibetan Master one of the greatest causes of disease is separativeness. We think we are better than someone who is foolish or evil, but they are ourselves, perhaps to a lesser degree. The sin of the world is our sin. We have no realization of the oneness of life. All cells or atoms are cells within a greater atom or entity, just as in a human body.
To Be Continue…
Marguerite dar Boggia presently serves as Membership Chairman of ISAR. She was past publisher of Kosmos (currently ISAR International Astrologer) as well as Secretary of ISAR. She is a co-founder of UAC and served as Registrar at UAC86. She can be reached at [email protected]