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But as a divine mind, Intellect has a complete grasp of all its moments in one act of thought. For this reason, Intellect is outside of Time. Intellect as the second principle also gives rise to individual intellects, which hold various places within Proclus's cosmos. In terms of his sources, Intellect is like taking the Platonic Forms and placing them in the self-thinking thought which is Aristotle's Unmoved Mover. Soul (Psyche) is produced by Intellect, and so is the third principle in the Neoplatonic system. It is a mind, like Intellect, but it does not grasp all of its own content as one.


In Theosophy, Steiner suggested that human beings unite a physical body of substances gathered from (and that ultimately return to) the inorganic world; a life body (also called the etheric body), in common with all living creatures (including plants); a bearer of sentience or consciousness (also called the astral body), in common with all animals; and the ego, which anchors the faculty of self-awareness unique to human beings. Anthroposophy describes a broad evolution of human consciousness. Early stages of human evolution possess an intuitive perception of reality, including a clairvoyant perception of spiritual realities.

Paramahansa Yogananda

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To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind. To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom. To unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles. To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features. To serve mankind as one’s larger Self. Minott and Mildred Lewis, 1920, Boston. Minott W. Lewis, a Boston dentist, and his wife Mildred, met Paramahansaji a short time after Yogananda’s arrival in America in 1920 and became lifelong disciples.

Causal body

In Blavatsky's synthesis of eastern philosophy with western esotericism, the union of the higher Manas with the Buddhi (i.e. the essential nature of the fifth, along with the sixth, of the seven principles) is referred to as the Causal Body (Blavatsky, Key to Theosophy, pp. 121, 174). This higher principle is contrasted with the lower, the Kama-Manas, which is the seat of lower passions. In the Theosophy of Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater, the "Causal Body" refers not to the "Buddhi-Manas" but to Blavatsky's "Higher Manas" alone. This is also referred to as the "Higher Mental", "Abstract Mind" (as opposed to Lower Mental or "Concrete Mind"), or "Causal Body".


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In Dream of Scipio, Cicero describes what seems to be an out of body experience, of the soul traveling high above the Earth, looking down at the small planet, from far away. In Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid, the hero, Aeneas, travels to the underworld to see his father. By the River Styx, he sees the souls of those not given a proper burial, forced to wait by the river until someone buries them.


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Occultist William Walker Atkinson in his book The Human Aura described thought-forms as simple ethereal objects emanating from the auras surrounding people, generating from their thoughts and feelings. He further elaborated in Clairvoyance and Occult Powers how experienced practitioners of the occult can produce thoughtforms from their auras that serve as astral projections which may or may not look like the person who is projecting them, or as illusions that can only be seen by those with "awakened astral senses".

Integral yoga

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It might be compared to the etheric body and plane, or even the astral body and plane. The term "subtle physical" is used to distinguish it from gross (sthula) or outer material physical. The Vital level of the being refers to the life force, but also to the various passions, desires, feelings, emotions, affects, compulsions, and likes and dislikes. These strongly determine human motivation and action through desire and enthusiasm. Unlike Western psychology, in which mind, emotions, instincts, and consciousness are all lumped together, Sri Aurobindo strongly distinguishes between the "Vital" and the "Mental" faculties.

Causal plane

Leadbeater replaced Blavatsky's "Higher Manas" principle with the "Higher Mental", "Abstract Mind" (as opposed to Lower Mental or "Concrete Mind"), or Causal Body. The equivalent cosmic plane is the Causal Plane. A detailed description of the Causal Plane, along with the Causal Body, is provided by A. E. Powell, who has compiled information in the works of Besant and Leadbeater in a series of books on each of the subtle bodies. The Neo-theosphical concept of Causal Plane proved very influential both in India (via the Adyar branch of Theosophy) and in the New Age, via Alice Bailey.


Astral may refer to: Astral body, a subtle body posited by many religious philosophers. Astral journey (or astral trip), the same as having an out-of-body experience. Astral plane (AKA astral world), a plane of existence postulated by classical (particularly neo-Platonic), medieval, oriental and esoteric philosophies and mystery religions. Astral projection, a controversial interpretation of out-of-body experiences. A ghost or spirit. Astral, a Magic: The Gathering gaming set. Astral (band), a dream pop band. The Astral (book), a book by Kate Christensen. Astral (wrestler) (born 1989), Mexican Mini-Estrella professional wrestler. Astral Weeks, a 1968 album by Van Morrison.

Theosophical mysticism

Linga Sharira – the Double or Astral body. Mayavi-rupa – the "Illusion-body". Causal Body – the vehicle of the higher Mind. Etheric body (vehicle of prana). Emotional or astral body (vehicle of desires and emotions). Mental body (vehicle of the concrete or lower mind). Causal body (vehicle of the abstract or higher mind). Buddhism and Theosophy. Esoteric Buddhism. "Occult or Exact Science?". "The Esoteric Character of the Gospels". The Occult World. Thelemic mysticism. Theosophy and science. Reprinted in. Please note other editions vary. Reprinted without original diacritical marks in. Also reprinted in. Translation of. Transcribed in. Reprinted in.

Esoteric Buddhism (book)

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This work has been translated into several European languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian. 1) Esoteric Teachers. 2) The Constitution of Man. 3) The Planetary Chain. 4) The World Periods. 5) Devachan. 6) Kama Loca. 7) The Human Tide-Wave. 8) The Progress of Humanity. 9) Buddha. 10) Nirvana. 11) The Universe. 12) The Doctrine Reviewed. 1) The Physical Body (Rūpa). 2) Vitality (Prana, or Jiva). 3) Astral Body (Linga Sharira). 4) Animal Soul (Kāma Rūpa). 5) Human Soul (Manas). 6) Spiritual Soul (Buddhi). 7) Spirit (Ātma). Buddhism and Theosophy. Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky. "Is Theosophy a Religion?". Mahatma Letters. "The Esoteric Character of the Gospels".

List of New Age topics

Energy (esotericism). Fruitarianism. Homeopathy. Hypnosos. Iridology. Kirlian photography. Lotus birth. Menstrual cup. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Organic food. Pyramid power. Reiki. Self-help. Therapeutic touch. Veganism. Vegetarianism. Vitalism. Wellness (alternative medicine). 2012 phenomenon. Angels. Anomalous phenomena. Astral projection. Aura (paranormal). Elementals. Gaia hypothesis. Gaia philosophy. Lucid Dreaming. Near death experience. Out-of-body experience. Paradigm shift. Past life regression. Perception. Psi (parapsychology). Reincarnation. Soul travel. Subtle body. Automatic writing. Charismatics. Clairvoyance. Dreaming. Extrasensory perception. Indigo children.

Outline of spirituality

Astral projection. Dhikr. Meditation. Muraqaba. Prayer. Remote viewing. Yoga. Astrology. Augur. Cartomancy. Cleromancy. Divination. Dowsing. Pendulum. Fortune-telling. Geomancy. Haruspex. I Ching. Omen. Tarot reading. Lucid dream. Out-of-body experience. Anthroposophy. Christian mysticism. Christian mystics. Esotericism. Hermeticism. List of occultists. Mysticism. Salvation. Spiritualism. Western mystery tradition. AMORC. FUDOFSI. FUDOSI. Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Illuminates of Thanateros. Knights Templar. Ordo Templi Orientis. Subud. Constant Chevillon. Dion Fortune. Max Heindel. Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. Baron Carl Reichenbach. Rudolf Steiner. Osho. Rosicrucian.

Sylvan Muldoon

Sylvan Muldoon (February 18, 1903 – October 1969) was an American esotericist who promoted the concept of astral projection. According to Muldoon, astral projection is an out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an astral body separate from the physical body and is capable of travelling outside it. A 2012 Princeton University Press publication by Hugh Urban asserted that one of Muldoon’s most popular books formed the basis for theories of the Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard which he claimed were his own. Muldoon was born in Darlington, Wisconsin, and was the second child of his parents Henry F.

Theosophy (Boehmian)

Scholars of esotericism have argued that Faivre's definition of Western esotericism relies on his own specialist focus on Christian theosophy, Renaissance Hermeticism, and Romantic Naturphilosophie and therefore creates an "ideal" type of esotericism that does not suit all esoteric currents. * An Esoteric Archive 1) Divine/Human/Nature Triangle: The inspired analysis which circles through these three angles. The intradivine within; the origin, death and placement of the human relating to Divinity and Nature; Nature as alive, the external, intellectual and material.

Aura (paranormal)

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In some esoteric positions, the aura is described as a subtle body. Psychics and holistic medicine practitioners often claim to have the ability to see the size, color and type of vibration of an aura. In New Age alternative medicine, the human aura is seen as a hidden anatomy that affect the health of a client, and is often understood to comprise centers of vital force called chakra. Such claims are not supported by scientific evidence and are pseudoscience. When tested under controlled experiments, the ability to see auras has not been shown to exist. In Latin and Ancient Greek, aura means wind, breeze or breath. It was used in Middle English to mean "gentle breeze".

Aleister Crowley

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Crowley's thought was not always cohesive, and was influenced by a variety of sources, ranging from eastern religious movements and practices like Hindu yoga and Buddhism, scientific naturalism, and various currents within Western esotericism, among them ceremonial magic, alchemy, astrology, Rosicrucianism, Kabbalah, and the Tarot. He was steeped in the esoteric teachings he had learned from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, although pushed further with his own interpretations and strategies than the Golden Dawn had done.

Near-death experience

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Out-of-body experience. Psychedelic experience. Resurrection. Cognitive science of religion. James Alcock. (1979). Psychology and Near-Death Experiences. Skeptical Inquirer 3: 25–41. Lee Worth Bailey; Jenny Yates. (1996). The Near-Death Experience: A Reader. Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-91431-0.

Sex magic

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Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism, Leiden, Brill, 2008, p. 445-478. Stone, Karl. "The Moonchild of Yesod: A Grimoire of Occult Hyperchemistry." (2012). Stone, Karl. "The Star of Hastur: Explorations in Hyperchemistry." (2015). Urban, Hugh B. (2006) Magia Sexualis: sex, magic, and liberation in modern Western esotericism. Berkeley: University of California Press. Schreck, Zeena and Nikolas Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic. (2002) Creation Books.


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Judaism teaches that "moach shalit al halev", the mind rules the heart. Humans can approach the Divine intellectually, through learning and behaving according to the Divine Will as enclothed in the Torah, and use that deep logical understanding to elicit and guide emotional arousal during prayer. Christianity has tended to see the mind as distinct from the soul (Greek nous) and sometimes further distinguished from the spirit. Western esoteric traditions sometimes refer to a mental body that exists on a plane other than the physical. Hinduism's various philosophical schools have debated whether the human soul (Sanskrit atman) is distinct from, or identical to, Brahman, the divine reality.

The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception

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"The occult scientist uses concentration in preference to prayer because the former is accomplished by the aid of the mind, which is cold and unfeeling, whereas prayer is usually dictated by emotion" (463). That is, concentration is more impersonal, and therefore more reliable. However, when emotion is replaced by a mystic’s "pure unselfish devotion to high ideals, prayer is much higher than cold concentration" (ibid). Epochs (Anthropogenesis). Esoteric cosmology. Planes of existence. Rebirth. Subtle bodies. The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception (English online edition). أهداف جمعية الصليب الوردي و نشاطاتها.

Spiritual evolution

Esoteric cosmology. Evolution (philosophy). Hindu idealism. Ietsism. Involution (metaphysics). Plane (cosmology). Religious cosmology. The Celestine Prophecy.