Our Bodies

Bodies by Toshiyuki IMAI

Like so many things on a spiritual journey, we can experience our body in a vast range of ways. Most people experience their physical body and have an internal experience of thoughts and emotions. Some come to experience energy fields and auras, learning to see or feel them. Some notice their mind is like a field surrounding the entire body. And so forth. This leads to descriptions of 5 koshas, sheaths, or “bodies”; the food (physical), emotional, mental, intellect, and causal. In Brahman stage, you can come to see consciousness itself as a universal kosha. Add the field of creation … Continue Reading…

The Range

San Bernardino National Forest

First a brief review of the natural ranges of each level of experience, the koshas or energy bodies: a) physical, etheric b) energy, emotional c) mental, sensory d) intellect, Buddhi, intuition, fine feelings e) bliss, celestial, causal f) qualified or moving consciousness, flow, the “gap” g) atman or cosmic Self, sat, pure consciousness Understanding the function and dynamics of each level is useful due to the fundamental principles in play: 1) Itself or Denser: Each layer or kosha recognizes what it contains and what is more expressed. For example, mind can recognize its thoughts and incoming sensory information. And if … Continue Reading…

Mental Activity

Samara by quapan

One of the curious features of being human is that we assume others experience the world the same way we do. We may expect people to see things the same way also, considering them mistaken if they don’t. We do typically run from the same collective experience of the world around us. But the variations in how we process and interpret that can vary significantly. For example, do you experience the world as dangerous and fearful? Or full of opportunities? Do you have any colour blindness? What about hearing range? Do you have a large social life or live like … Continue Reading…

The Light Body

“The light body” is one of those almost meaningless terms that float around in spiritual circles. While experiencing inner light is very nice, what is it being experienced? And does that really have anything to do with other things you’ve heard? For example, all seven koshas (sheaths) can be experienced as “light bodies.” From the glow of consciousness right up to reflected light from physical bodies, all the sheaths can be perceived with light; from infinite and formless to cloud-like to solid form. Usually by “light body” people are talking about the prana (energy body) or an aura of it. … Continue Reading…

Predominance

For some, unfolding knowledge of the world follows the path of the mechanics of perception. For others like myself, it follows the path of the dynamics of consciousness. The 2 approaches unfold different understanding of the world. There are also variations within each. On the first path, we discover a version of what Samkhya describes. From the mind arises the 5 senses out of the observer side of consciousness. From the observed arises the corresponding 5 tanmatra or essences. The first comes out of sattva guna, the second from tamas. As the tamas (inertia) increases, those essences become the 5 Mahabhutas … Continue Reading…

The Energy Bodies (Koshas)

I first began talking about the energy bodies here in 2009. When I came back to the topic in more detail about a year ago, a definition error crept in I should have caught. Firstly, “energy bodies” refers to what are commonly called Auras. In Sanskrit, the more accurate term is koshas or sheaths. They interpenetrate one another and each more subtle one is a little less distinct and larger. The Buddhist term for them is Skandhas. Here is the list: Annamaya     physical, etheric Pranamaya     energy, emotional Manonmaya     mental, sensory Vijnanamaya     intellect, Buddhi Anandamaya     bliss, celestial, … Continue Reading…