We performed three meditations:
In yogic tradition, we have ten bodies. Through the practice of yoga and meditation we can know them as a part of our existence. As healers, we can relate with any body of our and heal in that relation. Which body we can best relate with for a given healing application can be found intuitively.
We summarized our common knowledge of the ten bodies:
1. The soul body
The soul body is the primary identification of the self. It is recognized as the spirit within the life that we experience in this incarnation. The soul body transcends and survives our incarnation. Relating with the soul body is relating with the self at the most fundamental existential level. Knowing the soul is knowing that you are you. The tendencies in one’s relation with the soul will determine how comfortable and at ease one is in “one’s own skin”.
If one has a separation or gap in awareness of the soul body it can cause insecurity or existential anxiety. Someone who relates intimately with the soul can experience deep security.
2. The negative mind
The negative mind is one of the three mind bodies of our existence. It is the mind that gives attention to and keeps track of details through concepts and the accounting of their component details. It is an instrument of survival and helps us to plan a course of action. A main tendency of the negative mind is that its processes are linear and operate only on what is instinctual or has been predefined.
An overactive negative mind can produce a controlling and dominating tendency in behavior towards others. It can stifle creativity and create confusion and fear. A weak relationship with the negative mind can produce a “space case” with absentmindedness and an aversion to responsibility and accountability.
3. The positive mind
The positive mind is the mind that expands our vision to recognize what may be possible. It helps us to overcomes obstacles in the face of adversity. It tells us “we can do this”. The positive mind is not dissuaded by details that are operating contrary to our intentions.
A strong positive mind allows our creativity to know no bounds. With it we can expand our ideas beyond constraints that would thwart the negative mind.
A strong positive mind without a complimentary negative mind would allow us to run amok in our dreaming. We can become a space case, as with a weak negative mind, and become divorced from reality. We can lose our way in the face of adversity and become confused. Our resolve can easily crumble. Our projects may tend never to be finished.
4. The neutral mind.
The neutral mind gives us balance. It is the arbitrator of the positive and negative. It gives us the capacity to see beyond opposing tendencies and provides clarity to complex situations. It is the source of creative solutions. It helps us not to identify with polarity and prejudice our perception.
As healers we look to the neutral mind not to take a position in the healing relation.
5. The physical body
The physical body is the body that we know in the material world. When sufficient prana is present then the five elements are held together and give life to the physical body. When prana wanes beyond a certain point, the elements cannot be held together and the physical body expires. Healing in the physical body is facilitated by including and balancing elements.
6. The arc line
The arc line is the body that protects the physical. A strong arc line rejects all negative projections toward the physical. It rejects all mental projections from the point of origin. It rejects attacks by bacteria, viruses etc. The arc line has a connection also with the pranic body.
In its projective aspect the arc line projects one’s intentions. A strong arc line will give one the power of prayer. In conjunction with the radiant body, the arc line strengthens the healer’s ability to heal.
When the arc line collapses, it gives a person a feeling of vulnerability, helplessness and inadequacy. When it is strong, one feels as if (s)he can do and accomplish anything.
7. The aura
The aura is the electromagnetic field that surrounds a person making one invulnerable to attacks from the outside. It protects from negative projections, as the arc line, but also keeps one safe from all danger. When a person’s awareness grows beyond the physical body, and (s)he can “feel the room”, and everything in it then the aura is expanded and strong. Martial arts practice gives a person awareness of the surroundings and expands the aura.
8. The pranic body
The pranic body is the process of a person’s “life energy”. A strong pranic body brings health and inner strength to the physical body. The pranic body supports the arc line and the aura. A strong pranic body aids the healer with healing others. A weak pranic body diminishes vitality and makes one prone to illness.
Most martial arts train the practitioner to draw prana from the earth and maximize the flow in the pranic body. This assists with directing and manifesting one’s intentions in relation with interactions with others and the environment.
9. The subtle body
The subtle body is the part of a person’s being that transcends space and time. Through the subtle body one can be aware of and know things not immediately present in the physical and in time. The subtle body survives the incarnation and is present in the “ethers” as a “record” of ones existence. One can have awareness of another person by relating with and through the subtle body.
10. The radiant body
The radiant body is the quality of the electromagnetic field of a person that makes an impact externally and internally. One’s intentions interact with the radiant body in a more subtle way than with the arc line. The radiance of the radiant body relates with more than a single intention as it permeates one’s entire presence and produces an impact. That impact is felt externally by others and internally with the self.
A strong radiant body has the power to heal others through one’s presence. A strong radiant body gives one confidence and a strong feeling of self and being whole. A weak radiant body makes one unsure and unconfident. In an extreme case, it can produce self destructive behaviors, such as unhealthy addictions and allow compulsions to rule the self.