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It will be wise for you to bear in mind that I am not here going to deal with those causes which, producing effects in the physical body, arise in the mind or in the Astral body. Necessarily they pass through the Etheric body. The Etheric body is a transmitter of all energies to the physical body, and all types of force pass through it to different parts of the physical form, producing good and bad results, negative or positive results, as the case may be. This is a fact which we accept. I am here considering the diseases, problems and physical difficulties which arise in the Etheric body itself and work out in its relations to the physical body. These are quite widespread and usual. It is essential that you keep these two lines of force-activity clearly differentiated in your mind. Both pass through and from the Etheric body into the physical body, but only one of them originates in or is concerned with difficulties which have an Etheric origin.

The Etheric body is a body composed entirely of lines of force and of points where these lines of force cross each other and thus form (in crossing) centers of energy. Where many such lines of force cross each other, you have a larger center of energy, and where great streams of energy meet and cross, as they do in the head and up the spine, you have seven major centers. There are seven such, plus twenty-one lesser centers and forty-nine smaller centers known to the esotericists. However, we will confine ourselves at this time to the Etheric body as a whole and to the seven major centers. It might be of interest to you, nevertheless, to be told where the twenty-one minor centers are to be found. They can be located at the following points:

The two triangles referred to in this tabulation are of real importance. One is above and the other below the diaphragm. It is of course apparent that where there is a free flow of force through the Etheric body into the dense physical body there will be less likelihood of disease or sickness. There may, however, be increased tendency to difficulties arising from overstimulation and its consequent results of overactivity of the nervous system, with all the attendant problems. These forces, seeking inlet into the dense vehicle, are emanations from three directions:

  1.  From the personality vehicles—the Astral and mental bodies.

  1.  From the Soul, if contact, recognised or unrecognised, has been established.

  1.  From the environing world to which the vehicles of the Soul and of the personality have acted as "doors of entrance." Incidentally, in connection with this last phrase, I would call your attention to a possible relation between these "doors of entrance" and the phrase "door of initiation."


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