The seven subtle bodies of a human being (Human Nature)

You might have heard about this theory of seven (7) bodies, a human being is composed of. But is that true? Well you're are not mistaken as this is so true.
you might now wonder “ if this is true, then where are those 7 bodies located in us?” and “how do they all fit in us?” This physical body we have contains the rest of the bodies ( 6 invisible bodies). Those 6 subtle bodies do not all have a human form (legs, arms, head etc).
Especially not the last 3 subtle bodies.

Here's the list:
1) - Physical body
2) - Etheric Body
3) - Astral body
4) - Mental Body
5) - Causal body
6) - Buddic Body
7) - Atmic Body

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All those bodies occupy the same space, in a way that they mix like water in a brick, or milk in water. If we take the brick as our physical body, then water is the Etheric body (the first invisible body).
If it is true you can add to your cup of tea different other things like milk and sugar, then it is also true that you have in your physical body( in the cup of tea), a mix of other different bodies ( sugar, milk... ).
Also, each body do not vibrate at the same level. The physical body is the slowest in vibrations and the atmic body is the highest in vibrations. The higher the vibration the more the manifestation of God is possible. And what does that mean?
Vibrations means the degree of life. Life in the physical body is slower than life in the atmic body. That means, God is very much felt from the upper bodies than the lower ones.

The lower bodies are : The physical body, the astral body, the mental body.
The higher bodies are : the Causal body , the buddic body and the Atmic body.
So from here we can divide a human into 2 groups of bodies ( the lower bodies and the higher bodies).
But why must we consider this division? Well this is so we can come to answer most of the questions we commonly do not manage to answer. What is life? What is God? What is our purpose in life? why should we look for God?
One could answer to most of these questions from this knowledge of bodies. I'll explain.

The lower bodies is a trinity (1,2,3 bodies), this group of body is a copy of the higher bodies, which is also a trinity.
Trinity as you might already know is the expression of a kind of life. So what kind of life a normal human being usually have, the answer is the "The life of the lower bodies" (the lower trinity), yes because human in general function in that lower group of bodies.
The group of lower bodies is the lower nature (or lower self) of a human, and the group of higher bodies is the higher nature (or higher self) of a human.

Let's elaborate a bit more. Our lower nature is connected to the lower worlds ( or the lower regions of the universe), and our higher nature is connected to the higher worlds (or higher plans of existence), also called “the spiritual worlds”.
Here’s the relationship between our different subtle bodies and the subtle worlds.
the physical body = the physical world ( We can all see and touch )
The astral body = The astral world ( the world of our feelings and desires)
The mental body = The mental world ( The world of thoughts)
The causal body = The world of Ideas, Intuition, The knowledge of God.
The buddic body = The world of Universal Love, The love of God
The Atmic body = The world of Divine Power, the will of God.

So same as our physical body moves and lives in the physical world, the rest of bodies move and live in their respective worlds.
Now before I keep on, here's something worth to remember. Each body contains the rest of other bodies. For example, when we sleep, our astral body leaves our physical body. And it takes with him the rest of the subtle bodies, leaving in the physical body just a little part of the etheric body.
The same thing happens when our physical body dies. However this time, the etheric body completely leaves the physical body too ( generally 40 days after physical death if the body has not been burned).

Now all esoteric people say that a human being is structured in the same way as the universe. A humans is a small universe. That means everything we find in us should be found outside of us, in the bigger universe right?

So here's what things are in the outside world
But first of all I should warn you that I have no idea how big the universe is, I strongly believe it to be infinite (if not an infinite number of limited universes). That’s why I'll take a smaller (limited) universe as an example: Our solar system. The 7 planets are our 7 bodies.
The physical body = earth
The Etheric body = Moon
The astral body = Mars ( Moon too)
the mental body = mercury
the causal body = Jupiter
The buddic body = Venus
The atmic body = Saturn.

But the way I've positioned the planets changes from one spiritual system (school) to another, so your discernment is needed. From the outside universe we can see clearer and study in details about our own subtle bodies we can't see.

For example, science knows that mercury is the closest planet to the sun. If like esoteric people, you considered The sun as the expression of the Divine world, and Mercury as our mental body, it would be clear that our mind is closest to the Divine world (vibration wise) than the rest of the lower bodies (physical body and astral body).

Also science found out that although mercury is the closest to the sun, it's not the hottest, the hottest is Venus, Venus in us is the buddic body, so it then makes sense why it's so hot, because our buddic body is the one which is full of love ( heat). The love of God. Mars is also known to be hot, but not the same kind of hot as Venus, being connected to our astral body, this Mars hotness is our human way of loving.

Science says that the reason why mercury is not as hot as Venus, is because mercury almost has no atmosphere, so the heat is lost all the time in that planet. This explains why our mind doesn't know how to love, but it knows more of the light of God ( the beams of the sun) which reaches mercury sooner than other planets in the system. This is also explains why spiritualists empty the mind to connect to God light, since that is what Mercury (symbol of the mind) does. Mercury removes its atmosphere ( thoughts) to let the light touch him entirely.

Finally Science has observed how fast planets which are nearer to the sun move faster than those away from the sun. Mercury is the fastest of all planets. Just another explanation to why our mental body vibrates quicker than other planets. For example, things are done quicker in the mental world than in the astral or physical world. You can for example build a house in your mind in 10 seconds, while it would take you 10 years to finish building it in the physical world. You can now imagine how instantly the universe must have been created. However the physical side of the universe is taking longer to complete.

There are so many more things we can understand from the solar system, but I wouldn’t make of this post a book Smile
Let your personal meditation take you as far as to even match the 7 planets, the 7 days of the week to 7 chackras of our bodies.
Those body energies gather together in each body in the form of a Chakra. We can use the chakras to touch the spiritual body we want to develop. This is why chakra development was proved to be so effective in the practical spirituality for centuries.

Let’s maybe stick to the topic. Our lower nature, for being an image of the higher nature, needs to purify itself, the lower nature mission is to try to identify itself to the higher nature. The higher bodies trinity is indeed our higher nature. Our higher self is looking at a mirror (Time and space), and what he sees is its image ( the lower self). Most of us have our consciences in(working in) the image, in that other person of the mirror. We are living a in mirror, in an illusion, because the image is not the true us.

When we move our consciousness from our physical body into the astral body, we feel and desire whatever is going on in the astral world; the same when we move our consciousness into the causal body, we hear voice of God (the cosmic music, and spiritual ideas); And when we move our consciousness into the buddic body, we can love, truly love, and desire whatever goes on in the spiritual world, beauty can now be felt. As for the atmic body, don't ask me, I just do not know honestly.

The good news is that the causal body is the entry point to our higher nature, and that's where we are all going, and some of us are already there. When a human get to live his causal body most of the time, we say that the spiritual world is opened to him. That's where to me spirituality begins, where someone is reborn-ed, and can now make his way up to the top.
In reality when someone get to use his casual body, he also get to use a bit of his buddic and atmic body, because these 3 bodies are an entity, they work together. Just like our physical, astral and mental body work together.

Those bodies are mixed. that's why when we think, we can feel and act instantly. each body affect the other body. So the development of one will affect the others too. For example, you purified your physical body, then the next body, the astral body is also affected and it copies the physical body state. Now if you purify the astral body, it will influence both , the physical body and the mental body, because the astral body is in the center of our lower nature. This is why religion gave priority in developing a good heart, by giving us the "Do and don't does of life " ex: do not eat that, do not kill people, do not judge, do not insult etc , This is all to help us keep an acceptable astral body vibration. And to my view that's where the mission of religions stops.

Now for all who have tried to go beyond, who have higher Goals, Things goes as far as to rise the astral and mental vibrations and then the causal vibrations.

This is when we have understood that
The state of the mind body influences, changes strongly the astral body's state;
The state of the astral body changes the state (wealth ) of the physical body.
The state of the physical body affect our physical body and astral body and all the astral bodies around us in the visible world.

This is why, it's useless to force a spiritual face, because if your inside is pure enough, your face will have the expression of that purity. In fact we can't hide what we develop inside us.
It always comes out. Always. and it does not only stops to us, those changes that started inside will go out and influence everybody around us, and the higher we vibrate, the more positive influence we have on people's inner world.

Love and light to you.