Etheric plane

Etheric plane

The etheric plane (see also Etheric body) is a term introduced into Theosophy by Charles Webster Leadbeater and Annie Besant to represent one of the planes of existence in neo-Theosophical and Rosicrucian cosmology. It represents the fourth [higher] subplane of the physical plane, the lower three being the states of solid, liquid, and gaseous matter. The idea was popularised in books by Alice Bailey, Rudolf Steiner, Walter John Kilner and others.The term aether (also written as "ether") was adopted from ancient Greek philosophy and science into Victorian physics (see Luminiferous aether) and utilised by Madame Blavatsky to correspond to akasha, the fifth element (quintessence) of Hindu metaphysics. The Greek word "aither" derives from an Indo-European root "aith"- ("burn, shine"). Blavatsky also related the idea to the Hindu "Prana" principle [Blavatsky, H.P., "The Key to Theosophy", 1889] , the vital, life-sustaining force of living beings, present in all natural processes of the universe. Prana was first expounded in the Upanishads, where it is part of the worldly, physical realm, sustaining the body and the mind. Blavatsky also tended to use the word "astral" indiscrimininately for these supposed subtle physical phenomena.

Leadbeater and Besant [Besant, Annie. "Man's life in this and other worlds", Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 1913] (Adyar School of Theosophy), and later Alice Bailey, though, in formalising Theosophical cosmology around 1913, conceived that the etheric plane constituted four higher subplanes of the physical plane. According to the Theosophist Geoffrey A. Farthing, ["The Etheric Double:The Far-Reaching Effects of a false Assumption", Published, with permission, at from a booklet in private circulation dated June 1995, reprinted from "Theosophy World"] Leadbeater used the term, because of its resonance in the physical sciences, to describe his clairvoyant investigations of sub-atomic physics.

Christian Rosicrucians

Similarly according to Max Heindel Rosicrucian writings; [Heindel, Max, "The Rosicrucian Mysteries (Chapter III: [ The Visible and the Invisible Worlds] )", 1911, ISBN 0-911274-86-3] there is - in addition to the solids, liquids, and gases which compose the "Chemical Region" of the Physical World - a finer grade of matter called ether that permeates the atomic structure of the earth and its atmosphere. It is disposed in four grades of density and is considered to be a kind of physical matter (the blue haze seen in mountain canyons is said to be in fact ether of the kind known to occult investigators as "chemical ether"). Associated there is also a type of spiritual sight, that man will eventually develop, called "etheric vision". Ether is reported to be of four kinds, or grades of density in our planet Earth; their names (from the lowest or most dense to the highest or most subtle one) and their relation to the human being, from the point of view of these Esoteric Christian teachings, is as following: [Heindel, Max, "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception (Chapter I.2, [ The Etheric Region of the Physical World] )", 1909, ISBN 0-911274-34-0]
* the "Chemical ether": both positive and negative in manifestation and it is related to the assimilation and excretion processes;
* the "Life ether": has also a positive and negative pole and it is related to the forces of propagation;
* the "Light ether": the positive pole is related to forces which generate blood heat in the higher species of animal and in the human being and the negative is related to the forces which operate through the senses (passive functions of sight, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling);
* the "Reflective ether": the medium through which thought makes an impression upon the human brain and this ether contains pictures which work as reflexions of the Memory of Nature found at the World of Thought.

ee also

* Angels
* Plane (cosmology)
* Esoteric cosmology
* Odic fluid, Prana, Qi"Physics"
* Aether theories
* Aether (classical element)
* Luminiferous aether
* Timeline of luminiferous aether"Fiction"
* Ethereal Plane (a concept in "Dungeons & Dragons")


External links

* [ A Physical Model of The Parallel Ethereal World] , 2004
* [ The Physics of Creation: Chapter 7 - Aether Structure] by Harold Aspden (British electrical engineer and physicist, PhD. at Trinity/University of Cambridge [1953/4] ), 2003

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Etheric body — The etheric body, ether body, æther body, a name given by neo Theosophy to a supposed vital body propounded in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the human energy field or aura. [Brennan, Barbara, Hands of Light : A Guide to… …   Wikipedia

  • Plane (Dungeons & Dragons) — Ethereal plane redirects here. For the mystical concept, see Etheric plane. The planes of the Dungeons Dragons roleplaying game constitutes the multiverse in which the game takes place. In the earliest versions of Dungeons Dragons, the concept of …   Wikipedia

  • Plane (metaphysics) — In metaphysics and esoteric cosmology, a plane, other than the physical plane, is conceived as a subtle state of consciousness that transcends the known physical universe.The concept may be found in religious, metaphysical and esoteric teachings… …   Wikipedia

  • Astral plane — This article is about a plane of existence. In the context of Unicode, astral characters consist of planes above the Basic Multilingual Plane. The astral plane, also called the astral world, is a plane of existence postulated by classical… …   Wikipedia

  • Mental plane — Planes of existence Gross and subtle bodies Theosophy Full list 1. Spiritual plane: Divine S …   Wikipedia

  • Divine plane — Planes of existence Gross and subtle bodies Theosophy Full list 1. Spiritual plane: Divine S …   Wikipedia

  • Monadic plane — Planes of existence Gross and subtle bodies Theosophy Full list 1. Spiritual plane: Divine S …   Wikipedia

  • Spiritual Hierarchy — Part of a series on Theosophy Founders of the T. S. Helena Blavatsky · …   Wikipedia

  • Ethereal being — Water nymph by John Collier, 1923. Ethereal beings, according to some belief systems and occult theories, are mystic entities that usually are not made of ordinary matter. Despite the fact that they are believed to be essentially incorporeal,… …   Wikipedia

  • Theosophy — This article is about the philosophy introduced by Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. See Theosophy (history of philosophy) for other uses. The emblem of the Theosophical Society Theosophy, in its modern presentation, is a spiritual… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”