Love, the Etheric Body
In an apparently chaotic world filled with inequity and perceptions of disconnectedness, it's not unusual to experience ourselves as separate beings, longing for union with God. A sense of stability and consistency, although highly prized, is sometimes difficult to find.
For the unconditional love we all crave, we can look toward the constant tremendous force of the Sun and the method it has evolved to feed every life in its reach. A beautiful tapestry unfolds as we study the distribution of light and heat, the very life-force from the fiery heart of our Sun, to all units of life. Entire devic kingdoms are employed to achieve this end, their one goal to spread the love and life of the Sun to all living things. (Devas experience a parallel evolution to humanity that fulfills their evolutionary task by literally energizing all living forms.) Varying degrees of these angelic beings (another name for these entities) are needed for the highly specialized work they perform ~ certain devas inform and energize only plant life, whereas others only work with animals, humans, minerals, etc.
For certain devas the path of service lies in guarding the individuals of the human family; others act as protectors of the sacred spots of the earth. Still others preside over the atmosphere and control the streams, rivers, and seas. Any time we perceive life, we see the devas at work ... transmitting the energy from the sun (prana) to all life forms.
The etheric body is the mechanism through which they work and has been described as a network of fine energy strands permeated with fire, or as a web animated with golden light. It is spoken of in the Bible as the "golden bowl." It is the gridwork that all forms are built upon, composed of fine interlacing strands of etheric material. These strands attract physical plane matter to them and interpenetrate with it, eventually molding the actual forms we see as life.
Once the forms are built, the etheric body's function is to store up the rays of light and heat (prana) received from the sun and to transmit them, via the spleen, to all parts of the physical body. The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky speaks of prana as "the invisible and fiery lives which supply the microbes with vital constructive energy thus enabling them to build the physical cells. Every visible thing in the universe is built by such lives."
Prana is best described as vitality, as the integrating energy that coordinates the molecules, cells, and cellular structures, and holds them together as a physical organism. It is the life-breath within the organism and a portion of the universal Life Force, appropriated by all organisms during their existence.
Were it not for the presence of prana, there could be no physical body as an integral whole, working as an entity; without prana the body would be nothing more than a collection of individual cells. Prana links up and connects these into one complex whole, playing along the branches and meshes of the etheric web, that shimmering and golden web of inconceivable fineness and delicate beauty. All forms, whether a solar system, a human body, a plant, or a rock, are built from the archetype or "blueprint" of this energy field.
Prana is not a product of terrestrial life ~ it comes from the Sun. In fact, all earth life, its plants and animals are its products. All things absorb prana in order to survive. This absorption is not, however, an isolated or one-time process. As a life form absorbs this life force to maximum capacity, the excess overflows from it in the form of radiation, which then feeds the next kingdom evolving in nature ~ which, after absorbing all it can, then spills the excess out to the next kingdom and so on and so on. In the nurturing of life is seen one vast system of energy transmission and of interdependence within that system.
First, solar prana, that vital and magnetic fluid which radiates from the Sun, is transmitted to the planetary etheric body where it is collected by the earth's spleen center. (Although its location is not given out, it is the source of the myths that speak of a land of exceeding fertility, of abundant luxuriance and phenomenal growth of vegetables, animals, even humans. Stories of Scotland's Findhorn community come to mind, where enormous vegetables were grown in an experiment to consciously work with the devas or guides of that kingdom.) After the planet assimilates what is required, the excess is given off as surface radiation, the heat the earth gives off after nightfall. Solar prana is now colored by the planetary quality and is absorbed by all evolutions found within its life.
Humans receive prana from both the Sun and the planet, but never directly from the Sun ~ its intensity is harmful to matter and must be filtered through an intermediary. Etheric bodies of humans receive solar prana via the agency of certain deva entities of a very high order, and of a golden hue. The prana passes through their bodies and is emitted as powerful radiations, which in turn descend directly into certain centers in the human etheric body correlating to the head and shoulders, and eventually pass into the physical organ of the spleen.
After distribution over the entire body through the etheric network, it demonstrates in surface radiation as the health aura. Again, the physical radiations humans give off differ according to the quality of their physical bodies. Planetary prana is safely absorbed through the pores of the skin as the destructive fire of the sun has been diminished by passing through the filter of the earth.
Next in line to receive the gift of life force is the animal kingdom and again, devas intervene, absorbing the excess prana from the human kingdom, before passing it on to the animal world. After the animals assimilate all that they can, their radiation is transmitted through another group of devic lives to the vegetable kingdom, which then overflows to the mineral kingdom. The beauty and perfection of this process is apparent ~ all things receive in order to give and to pass on to that which is lesser or not so evolved.
Does this process begin and end with the Sun? No ~ our Sun, like all life forms, receives prana too, though from a source outside the Solar System. Recent scientific discoveries about the directional flow of magnetic field lines in our galactic arm collaborate with ancient metaphysical teachings that name the star system Sirius as the source of prana to our Sun and its worlds.
The close relationship between all the evolutions of nature becomes evident, from the celestial sun to the humblest violet ... all linked together by the deva evolution which acts as the transmitting transmuting force throughout the system. As the intricate interrelation between the sun and the planets, between the planets and the evolving lives upon them, and between the lives themselves in ever descending importance, is more clearly understood, the exquisite interdependence of all existence is revealed.
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Top image is adapted from "Sunlight Dreams" by Wizzle