The recent scientific concept of "dark matter" suggests
that we should seriously reconsider the timeless mystical
perception of the physical universe. This paper will show
that the traditional physical description provided by mystics
for subtle bodies and subtle matter would today be categorized
as "dark matter," and that by taking these mystical
concepts literally we can utilize this excellent mystical
model as a physical basis for the understanding of numerous
mystical and psychic phenomena.
Serious scientific investigations have been put forth in an
effort to study phenomena such as subtle energies (qi or prana),
psychic healing, clairvoyance, hands on healing, healing through
prayer, near-death experiences, and out-of-body experiences
to name a few. The accumulating scientific evidence has generated
various models in an effort to account for each phenomenon
independently. However, these modern scientists have overlooked
the traditional comprehensive physical explanation which mysticism
has provided for these and other related phenomena. Traditional
mystical teachings assert that the creation of the universe
is divided into several major planes of matter or consciousness,
and that man, in addition to his visible body, has interpenetrating
subtle bodies which are made up from each of these planes
of matter. Most, if not all, of the spiritual writings and
teachings that have emerged from every culture contain this
Although the concepts of subtle matters and subtle bodies
have been dismissed and ignored by scientists, mystics have
persisted in this knowledge. Against this background we now
have the recent scientific discovery of "dark matter"
in the universe. Western scientists do not know what "dark
matter" is, because we cannot readily detect it or see
it, and yet it produces significant gravitational interactions.
Theories fall into two broad categories: (A) large objects
which do not emit light, such as the remnants of burnt out
stars, like black holes and white dwarfs, and (B) small objects
which are not composed of charged particles and are therefore
not visible. "Dark matter" is not a rare or insignificant
ingredient, but makes up at least 90% of the mass in the universe.
This article will focus on the second category for "dark
matter". As the author has stated in a previous article,
and as will be shown here, the known properties of the uncharged
form of "dark matter" would be consistent with the
physical properties associated with mystical matter from other
"planes", the matter that also constitutes the subtle
bodies of humankind. We will show the role of "dark matter"
subtle bodies in phenomena such as qi (or prana, or ki), clairvoyance,
out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, psychic healing,
the power of prayer, and other extraordinary phenomena and
will propose that this type of "dark matter" was
present before (and therefore responsible for) the Big Bang
which created visible matter.(1)
Our scientific understanding of physical phenomena in general
has grown enormously in the past two centuries. During the
19th century our understanding of electromagnetic phenomena
was pioneered, and the knowledge that electricity and magnetism
are related phenomena and that light was a form of electromagnetic
energy was established. The periodic table of the elements
had been developed and essentially completed, and as we entered
the 20th Century, science understood that the elements were
composed of atoms, but believed those atoms to be the smallest
"pieces" of solid matter. The valences of atoms
were known, and therefore the chemical properties of atoms
were thought to be "understood", even though it
was not known "why" atoms had certain valences or
what "basic force" was responsible for chemical
reactions. With the discovery of the electron and the understanding
that it was a part of the atom, and after a hard fought battle
with classical mechanics, a new picture of matter and the
atom emerged in quantum mechanics. Amazingly, the chemical
properties of matter became attributable to electrical charge
(the same electrical charge found to be responsible for light
in the previous century). The atom was found to be made up
of low mass, negatively charged electrons moving about a small
but highly massive positively charged nucleus. From the point
of view of the electric field, the atom appears solid, but
from the point of view of mass, the atom appears very empty.
Quantum mechanics showed that not only do we see objects because
of electrical charge (and not because of the properties of
mass) but we can hold and feel objects because of the properties
of charge (and not because of the properties of mass).(2)
Presently, scientists with highly sophisticated instruments
have explored distant galaxies, and have discovered and verified
the existence of "dark matter". The detection of
"dark matter" has to be made indirectly, through
the observation of its gravitational effect. Because it has
mass, "dark matter" can exert a gravitational pull
on visible matter. So, looking into outer space with our most
sophisticated instruments we can observe gravitational influences
on distant stars, gas clouds, nebulae, galaxies and other
celestial phenomena, but we cannot see the matter which produces
the influences.(3) As was stated in a Smithsonian review article,
"Today, we understand that what we normally think of
as the 'galaxy' -- the pinwheel of stars -- is in fact only
a part of the entire structure. It is surrounded by, and immersed
in, a globe of unseen dark matter that makes up at least 90
percent of its mass. The real story of the Universe, it seems,
is in its dark matter."(4)
"Dark matter" at this time can refer to any matter
which is not readily detectable by ordinary astronomical observation,
yet can produce a gravitational interaction. As mentioned,
there are two broad categories for the explanation of "dark
matter". It can be burnt out stars -- white dwarfs or
black holes, or, more relevant to this paper, it can be matter
which is not composed of electrically charged particles. This
simple property makes this matter invisible to our normal
vision, and also would give "dark matter" the ability
to interpenetrate with visible matter, i.e., it could pass
right through visible matter. Although the existence of uncharged
particles is not new, the discovery of "dark matter"
seems different from what is known to date in that it makes
up at least 90% of the universe, and is apparently stable.
This huge mass of stable matter possibly void of charged particles
presents a universe very different from that envisioned by
scientists just a few years ago, and suggests something very
new (or perhaps very old). The property of "interpenetrability"
of this type of "dark matter" with visible matter
strikes a cord with the subtle matter of the mystical traditions.
To clarify this let us explore the doctrine of subtle matter
and the subtle bodies.
Mysticism is a discipline involved with knowledge and techniques
which are of value in assisting the individual toward spiritual
growth. It is a very pragmatic discipline, concerned with
direct experience, or awareness of spiritual truth, of ultimate
reality, etc., which can be attained through immediate intuition,
insight, or illumination. Mystical methodology is not based
on external experimentation, but internal observation. According
to Lama Anagarika Govinda, "The mystic anatomy and physiology
... is not founded on the 'object-isolating' investigations
of science, but on subjective -- though not less unprejudiced
-- observations of inner processes, i.e., not on the dissection
of dead bodies or on the external observation of the functions
of human and animal organisms, but on the self-observation
and on the direct experience of processes and sensations within
one's body."(5) Mysticism regards intellectual knowledge
as an aid to the direct experience of ultimate "truths",
but not as an end in itself. This can be contrasted with modern
science which is primarily an intellectual process, quite
suspicious and skeptical of direct knowledge through experience.
As an age old tradition which continues to develop, mysticism
is expansive, covering numerous concepts and doctrines. Exemplary
among mystical teachings are those of India and Tibet, and
of particular interest to this paper are those beliefs related
to the subtle bodies of man (which form the physical basis
of mysticism). According to this knowledge man is composed
of several interpenetrating sheaths or subtle bodies called
kosas, which are made up of matter from different planes,
each of different relative density. The densest of these sheaths
is what we normally regard as our physical body, the body
that is visible to our normal vision, and which western science
has explored in great detail. The other sheaths are not visible
to our every day vision. The second sheath is a subtle, fine-material
sheath named the prana-maya-kosa, known also as the prana
or etheric body. This kosa gives the visible body life and
consciousness through the prana. In western mysticism, the
astral body is noted in addition to the etheric body, and
is apparently combined with the pranic subtle body. The next
even finer sheath is our 'thought body' or 'personality',
the mano-maya-kosa (mental body). This body is necessary for
rational and intellectual thinking. The fourth sheath is the
body of our potential consciousness, named the vijnana-maya-kosa,
which extends far beyond our active thoughts. It comprises
the totality of our spiritual capacities and is apparently
equivalent to the soul in western mysticism. "The last
and finest sheath, which penetrates all previous ones, is
the body of the highest, universal consciousness ... (ananda-maya-kosa).
It is only experienced in a state of enlightenment, or in
the highest states of meditation (dhyana), and corresponds
in the terminology of the Mahayana to the 'Body of Inspiration'
or 'Body of Bliss'."(6) These sheaths are not separate
layers forming around a center, but are mutually penetrating
forms of matter, from the finest matter down to the densest
form of matter, which appears before us as our visible body.
"The corresponding finer or subtler sheaths penetrate,
and thus contain the grosser ones. Just as the material body
is built up through nourishment, while being penetrated and
kept alive by the vital forces of the prana, in the same way
the body of active thought-consciousness penetrates the functions
of prana and determines the form of bodily appearance."(7)
Mind body, prana body, and visible body, however, are viewed
as being penetrated and motivated by the still deeper and
finer matter, in which the material that our thought and imagination
draws its substance, is stored up. "It is therefore only
the spiritual body ... which penetrates all the five layers
and thus integrates all organs and faculties of the individual
into one complete whole."(8) In mysticism, the finest
matters appear to be associated with the deepest truths, or
Along with these sheaths or mystical bodies are the energy
centers or chakras, which are also not visible to our normal
vision. The chakras "collect, transform and distribute
the forces flowing through them. ... From them radiate secondary
streams of psychic force, comparable to the spokes of a wheel,
the ribs of an umbrella, or the petals of a lotus. In other
words, these chakras are at points in which 'psychic forces'
and bodily functions merge into each other or penetrate each
other."(9) There are seven centers of psycho-cosmic force,
the lowest of these is the Muladhara chakra (Root-support),
and is located (relative to the visible body), at the base
of the spine (the sacral plexus). The next-higher one is called
the Svadhisthana chakra. In Tibetan Buddhism, this center
is usually not mentioned or regarded as an independent center,
but is combined with the Muladhara chakra, under the name
'sang-na', the 'Secret Place'. It corresponds to the sacral
plexus, and stands for the whole realm of reproductive forces.
The next center is at the solar plexus and is called Manipura
chakra (naval-lotus), and stands for the forces of transformation,
in the physical as well as in the psychic sense. The center
that corresponds to the heart area is called the Anahata chakra,
which regulates and controls the organs of respiration, just
as the heart does. The three highest centers are the Throat
center, Visuddha (pure) chakra, corresponding to the plexus
cervicus in the visible body; the Ajna (command) chakra, corresponding
to the position between the eyebrows (the medulla oblongata);
and the Crown chakra called Sahasrara-Padma, the 'Thousand-petalled
Lotus', which is associated with the pituitary gland in the
visible body. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Ajna chakra is not
separately mentioned, but is regarded as part of the Sahasrara-Padma
or Crown chakra.(10)
Connecting the sheaths (kosas) and chakras are subtle vessels
called nadis, which serve as conductors of the energies that
flow through the subtle bodies. To a certain extent, they
parallel the nerve-system in the body, and they are very numerous.
However, there are three major nadis - the central channel
or susumna, which runs like a hollow channel through the center
of the spinal column (relative to the visible body) and the
ida and pingala, which are two channels wrapped around the
susumna-nadi in a spiral fashion, starting from the left and
the right nostrils respectively, and meeting susumna in the
perineum at the base of the spine. They establish a direct
connection among the seven chakras. In Tibetan descriptions,
pingala and ida are often simply called the 'right and left
nadi', and there is no mention of a spiral movement of these
nadis around the susumna.(11)
With our ordinary vision we cannot see the mystical subtle
bodies, or the chakras, or the nadis, but all these bodies
and chakras interact with each other to form the whole human
being. To function as a human being, we are constantly using
these subtle bodies even though we are not conscious of them.
To the true practitioner of mysticism, these truths are as
real to them as scientific truths are to the scientist. By
turning inward mysticism has concentrated its exploration
of the universe on those concepts which are of value to spiritual
EAST MEETS WEST
The "dark matter" of interest to this paper can
be defined as matter which is void of charged particles and
therefore cannot be seen with our normal vision and can interpenetrate
with visible matter. For example, if the universe contained
"atoms" which were held together by a "force"
other than the electromagnetic force, these "atoms"
would not be visible to our normal vision and could interpenetrate
with visible atoms. Recalling what we know of the mystical
properties of subtle bodies and subtle matter, the subtle
bodies capable of interpenetrating our visible body must be
composed of various forms of uncharged "dark matter",
if they physically exist (have mass). Interpenetration with
visible matter is a property of "dark matter" which
is void of charged particles. What the mystics were describing
was a type of "dark matter" long before scientists
discovered "dark matter". How could they have known
that such a matter could exist? In our everyday life we are
unaware of the existence of these subtle bodies, but the true
mystics have developed techniques which makes it possible
for them to experience the universe from the perspective of
their subtle bodies. In so doing they can look out upon the
universe and observe the "dark matter" with their
"dark matter" subtle body vision. Long before "dark
matter" was discovered, C.W. Leadbeater said "All
these varieties of finer matter exist not only in the world
without, but they exist in man also. He has not only the physical
body which we see, but he has within him what we may describe
as bodies appropriate to these various planes of nature, and
consisting in each case of their matter."(12) Through
our visible body we are able to experience the visible world,
and through the different unique types of subtle matter of
which we consist, man can experience the corresponding outer
world when he becomes conscious of that respective subtle
body. Again, Leadbeater says "The soul of man has not
one body but many bodies, for when he is sufficiently evolved
he is able to express himself on all these different levels
of nature, and he is therefore provided with a suitable vehicle
of matter belonging to each, and it is through these various
vehicles that he is able to receive impressions from the world
to which they correspond."(13) To the mystic who has
acquired awareness of his subtle bodies, "dark matter"
is not dark.
Furthermore, looking at the accounts of individuals who have
experienced these other planes of matter (such as during near-death
experiences or in mystical states), it would appear that the
sense of time and space associated with these various forms
of subtle matter are different from that associated with visible
matter. Each subtle body seems to have a unique sense of time
and space, and this suggests that time-space relationships
are dependent upon the type of matter one is conscious of
or experiencing. Clearly this would make it very difficult
to communicate these experiences to those familiar with only
our usual sense of time and space. Examples of descriptions
of mystical impressions of these planes of matter might be
in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg or Rudolf Steiner, or
the art of Alex Gray.
We need to consider where subtle "dark matter" came
from. Our scientific understanding of the Big Bang as a single
energy event which presumably created simultaneously all matter
and time and space, is, interestingly enough, not the likely
source of the "dark matter" we are discussing. The
traditional view of mysticism is that the more dense forms
of matter were born out of the finer forms of matter, a Creation
which "is divided into seven major planes of consciousness
or matter"(14). Our present scientific understanding
of the origins of the Universe indicate that matter was created
out of the Big Bang about 15 billion years ago. Our understanding
of this event is sufficient that these unique types of subtle
"dark matter" were not very likely formed in that
event. Subtle "dark matter", however, could have
existed before the Big Bang, because our comprehension of
the Big Bang is based on the behavior of visible (luminous)
matter. The microwave background radiation of the universe
(the "echo" of the Big Bang), and primordial nucleosynthesis
(Big Bang atomic nuclear production) are the two quantitative
tests supporting the hot Big Bang Theory. Of course both of
these phenomena are based on radiation producing (luminous
matter) observation, as is also the red shift which originally
indicated an expanding universe. We can no longer assume that
all matter was created at the Big Bang, even though luminous
matter clearly was. Some form of "dark matter" may
have existed before the Big Bang. While this may seem like
a highly speculative consideration, it is equally speculative
to presume at this time that all forms of "dark matter"
were created out of the Big Bang. Thus the concept of "dark
matter" forces us to reconsider the presently held belief
that nothing existed (except perhaps a singularity) before
the Big Bang. It would be premature to conclude, with our
present knowledge of the Universe, that ALL forms of matter
were created at the Big Bang.(15)
The cosmological value of this possibility will be in its
ability to resolve any anomalies which presently exist in
our understanding of the universe. To have some sort of primordial
"dark matter" present before the Big Bang would
indicate that the Big Bang was created out of a certain percentage
of this primordial "dark matter," but not all of
it was "converted" to luminous matter. Thus we still
have much of this primordial "dark matter" around.
The existence of subtle "dark matter" before the
Big Bang may explain the cosmological issue concerning why
matter is not spread evenly through the universe, as cosmologists
would expect. Instead the stars are gathered into galaxies,
galaxies are gathered into groups and clusters, and these,
in turn, are gathered into superclusters. Until about 300,000
years after the Big Bang, the visible matter in the Universe
was a hot, turbulent plasma. "If any clumping had started,
the intense pressure of the radiation in the plasma would
have blown it apart. Only after 300,000 years or so, when
the Universe had cooled off to the point that those nuclei
could capture electrons (and thus become the atoms we are
familiar with) could gravitational collecting get started.
Unfortunately for Cosmologists, by then it was too late --
not only was matter too thinly spread to form superclusters,
clusters and groups, it was too diffuse even to make the kinds
of galaxies we see all around us."(16) What is needed
to account for this is "dark matter" which is unaffected
by light or this intense radiation, i.e. matter not composed
of charged particles, an example of which is subtle "dark
matter". Intense radiation would pass through this "dark
matter" and so it would not experience the intense pressure.
Thus the formation of clumps early on would be possible. Measurements
made by the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE) of
radiation emitted around this time of interest shows that
visible matter in the universe was indeed highly clustered,
even back then. Physicists have hypothesized a class of "dark
matter" subatomic particles known as weakly interacting
massive particles (WIMP's) which could explain the clustering.
WIMP's would have been produced at the Big Bang, are without
charge, but would be more massive than neutrons and protons
which make up the nucleus of the atom. They remain undetected
to date. "Dark matter" present before (and clearly
after) the Big Bang seems a plausible alternative.
Recent research into the nature of "dark matter"
has yielded some interesting results. Astronomers in Australia
directed their telescopes at the Large Magellanic Cloud (a
satellite galaxy of the Milky Way) in a sophisticated effort
to detect massive pieces of "dark matter" in the
Milky Way. We know we can't detect "dark matter"
directly -- it wouldn't be "dark" if we could. This
technique involves taking advantage of the focusing effect
of light by gravity. What can be looked for is a brightening
and fading of the background stars in the Magellanic Cloud,
apparently due to a massive piece of "dark matter"
passing between us and the Cloud. The brightening effect can
potentially last from hours to years, depending on the size
of the "dark matter". This technique involves taking
pictures each night for several years, of 9 to 10 million
stars in the Cloud and computer analyzing the photographs
for changes in brightness. The researchers observed several
such brightening and fading events with an average time of
two and a half months. This gave "dark matter" size
estimates from one-tenth the mass of the Sun to the mass of
the Sun. This is the right size range for white dwarfs.(17)
This would account for about 20% of the "dark matter"
in the Universe. However, these events could be caused by
anything which could produce gravity, even massive pieces
of subtle "dark matter", as discussed in this paper.
It is known today that man is composed of matter created by
the Big Bang and aged in the stars, but this new understanding
of subtle "dark matter" makes, as Ajit Mookerjee
says, "The individual manifestation ... like a spark
of the cosmos, as the human organism, the microcosm, parallels
everything in the macrocosm. The complete drama of the universe
is repeated here, in this very body."(18) Mysticism would
say that we are composed of sheaths of matter, matter which
was created at each major event in the universe, when different
types of matter were "condensed" or formed, and
the last of these "events" was the Big Bang, which
was the beginning of our visible matter. The seven days of
Creation may refer to the seven stages or events in the Creation
of the Universe. This can be viewed from the point of view
of consciousness or matter, since the sense of time and space
appears to be associated with the type of matter involved.
Instead of the universe going from no time-space-matter, to
our present sense of time-space-matter, the universe was created
in different stages of time-space-matter. So time and space
are dependent upon the form of matter one is dealing with
or conscious of. It would appear then that consciousness on
the subjective level equates to matter and the time-space
associated with it on the objective level. One cannot say
which causes which, or which is more fundamental, and, therefore,
ultimately, consciousness and matter are the same thing.
This suggests that the physics of subtle "dark matter"
is incomparable. This would suggest a universe composed of
various "unique" types of matter with unique properties,
a unique force to interact with, and a unique sense of time-space.
These various types of "dark matter" which make
up the various kosas, may have to be named "pranic"
matter, "mano" matter, "vijnana" matter,
etc. We can further state that each unique type of "dark
matter" can strongly interact with its own type in a
way analogous to how visible matter interacts with visible
matter. Each type of "dark matter" can generate
its own unique form of energy, in a manner perhaps analogous
to how charge generates electromagnetic energy. Long range
interactions can then occur between corresponding forms of
subtle "dark matter". This is not readily visible
or detectable by electromagnetic seeking devices (including
our eyes), but could be observed when one experience one's
corresponding subtle body and sees the world through it.
The existence of the subtle bodies and chakras provides a
strong theoretical basis for the explanation of numerous phenomena,
such as qi (ki, prana), out of body experiences, near death
experiences, clairvoyance, energy healing through touch and
prayer, reincarnation, and other related phenomena. And exploration
of these phenomena provide very convincing evidence for the
existence of subtle bodies, and that the universe includes
enormously more than comes within the range of ordinary vision
and present day science. Furthermore, a "dark matter"
subtle body theory can shed light and provide possible insights
into numerous other topics. Let us take a look at some of
The concept of a subtle energy, or qi, appears to be universal.
It is regarded as the primordial life force itself, and is
given different names by different cultures (qi in China,
prana in India, ankh in Ancient Egypt, arunquiltha by the
Australian Aborigine, mana in Polynesia, pneuma in Ancient
Greece, tane in Hawaii, orenda by the Iroquois, ki in Japan,
In the west, one finds "many published reports of experiments
in which persons were able to influence a variety of cellular
and other biological systems through mental means. The target
for these investigations have included bacteria, yeast, fungi,
mobile algae, plants, protozoa, larvae, insects, chicks, mice,
rats, gerbils, cats, dogs, and well as cellular preparations
(blood cells, neurons, cancer cells) and enzyme activities.
In human 'target persons,' eye movements, muscular movements,
electrodermal activity, plethysmographic activity, respiration
and brain rhythms have been affected through direct mental
influence."(19) However, western science can't precisely
say what subtle energies are, can't specify the mechanism
of subtle energies, can't credit a given therapeutic result
to subtle energies with certainty, and can't say who is a
legitimate subtle energy practitioner.(20)
Subtle energy, or qi has both local and nonlocal effects and
is associated with prevention of disease, healing, the martial
arts, as well as spiritual growth. In Esoteric Taoism, circulation
of qi along pathways inside the "body" is capable
of producing improvements in health and life, and there are
many methods of circulating qi, from acupuncture/acupressure,
to specialized movements (qi-gong), to meditation. Through
Taoist meditation techniques one can attract external qi in
through the chakras. In Kriya Yoga, prana can be developed
through asanas (postures), mudras (gestures), mantras (seed-sound
syllables), and bandhas (muscular contractions).(21) Qi or
prana has properties that are not explainable in terms of
physical matter as we know it. Although some have suggested
that qi is a form of electromagnetic energy, it would have
been all too easily detectable if this were so. Furthermore,
it would require an entire electromagnetic information transmitting
system, and a complete information receiving and interpreting
system, which living systems do not seem to have. Traditionally,
prana is associated with the subtle body called the prana-maya-kosa.
The failure of the west to verify such a subtle body has led
to alternative models about qi or prana. But with the understanding
that "dark matter" (pranic matter) makes up the
prana-maya-kosa, it would appear that qi or prana is simply
a form of "dark matter" and/or the energy transmitted
by "dark matter", which is why it has been so difficult
to establish a physical basis. Direct interactions between
subtle bodies composed of pranic matter is quite possible,
and skilled practitioners of qi or prana have perfected techniques
which enable them to transmit this energy externally. Qi can
also affect the subtle bodies by entering through the chakras
and transmitted through the body by the nadis. We should also
mention that qi and prana are discussed in various ways, and
so although one normally is referring to the "dark matter"
and/or the energy transmitted by this "pranic" matter,
some references to finer forms of qi may be in regard to the
finer forms of "dark matter" (such as mano matter
or vijnana matter) and/or the energy transmitted by them.
ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF HEALING
There is a large body of research which has been performed
that supports both local and nonlocal energy based alternative
therapies, such as the power of prayer, spiritual and psychic
healing, hands on healing techniques (biofield), and oriental
medicine. Numerous models have been proposed to explain these
phenomena. In view of our understanding of subtle "dark
matter" and the knowledge of the subtle bodies of mysticism,
let us see what insights the combining of science and mysticism
shed of the process by which these alternative therapies operate.
The very ancient alternative therapy is Traditional Oriental
Medicine, contains the basic feature of this therapy is the
qi (or prana). This concept has already been discussed. Qi
energy can effect the subtle bodies through the meridians
or the chakras. The visible physical body can in turn be easily
effected. This "dark matter" subtle body explanation
for qi can also implement a basis for essentially all biofield
therapies and therefore provide and satisfy the desired scientific
Energy healing or the laying-on of hands is an ageless tradition
of therapy. It is believed to operate directly by transferring
healing energy from one person to another. Most practitioners
believe that this biofield extends outward from the body,
so actual touching is unnecessary. They also believe that
it is energized by an energy source which they mediate. Clearly
we are dealing here with the "dark matter" etheric
and/or astral subtle bodies. The role of the etheric body
is to "act as a receiver, assimilator, and transmitter
of prana".(22) Thus the subtle bodies may supply a simple
and direct way for healing via the prana-maya-kosa. A healing
touch would presumably allow the qi or prana in that corresponding
subtle body of the patient to flow properly, which in turn
can have beneficial effects on the visible body.
Even healing techniques where there is physical manipulation
of the body, such as massage and others, there can be balancing
of the energy fields through the nadis or meridians. And because
the major chakras are located along the spine and in the cranium,
they can be significantly effected by spinal manipulation
and cranial-sacral therapies -- even when the manipulation
is very gentle, since the hands are immersed in the
pranic/etheric or astral body of the client.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
There is considerable scientific evidence for the healing
power of prayer and its effectiveness in medicine, as shown
by Dr. Larry Dossey. However, Dossey also points out that
"We simply don't know how the mind of one person can
engage in 'action at a distance' to bring about the healthful
changes...". Conventional forms of energy are an insufficient
explanation for what we observe in spiritual healing experiments.
In them the 'energy' does not fade away with increasing distance,
and it cannot be shielded, as we would expect if ordinary
forms of energy were involved."(23) Clearly "dark
matter" and subtle body theory could present a simple
explanation since "dark matter" not composed of
charged particles is essentially unaffected by visible matter.
Energy in the form of thought could be transmitted by the
mano-maya-kosa of one person and received by the mano-maya-kosa
of another person. This mental body is capable of transmitting
thoughts from one mental body to another. Normally we are
not aware of these thoughts, but if one is conscious of the
mano-maya-kosa, one can perceive these thoughts. As C.W. Leadbeater
puts it, "In man's physical body there is etheric matter
as well as solid matter which is visible to us ... and this
etheric matter is readily visible to the clairvoyant. In the
same way a more highly developed clairvoyant, who is capable
of perceiving the more refined astral matter, sees the man
represented at that level by a mass of that matter, which
is in reality his body or vehicle as regards that plane; and
exactly the same thing is true with regard to the mental plane
in its turn. ... Every time that we think, we set in motion
the mental matter within us, and a thought is clearly visible
to a clairvoyant as a vibration in the matter, set up first
of all within the man, and then affecting matter of the same
degree of density in the world around him. But before this
thought can be effective on the physical [visible] plane it
has to be transferred from that mental matter into astral
matter; and when it has excited similar vibrations in that,
the astral matter in its turn affects the etheric matter,
creating sympathetic vibrations in it; and that in turn acts
upon the denser physical matter, the gray matter of the brain."(24)
The energy transmitted on this level of fine matter would
not only be unaffected by visible matter, but the space-time
relationships associated with the matter of the mano-maya-kosa
are so different, that our normal sense of distance would
be irrelevant. These thoughts (energy) received by the mano-maya-kosa
could in turn effect the gray matter of the brain or organs
and stimulate action on the psychoneuroendocrine pathway or
the psychoneuro-immunological pathways. Psychic energy can
enter through the chakras as well. This type
of model elegantly accounts for nonlocal spiritual and psychic
Mankind has invariably been intrigued with clairvoyance, but
its status has always been in question, even though convincing
evidence has been presented. The subtle body doctrine of mysticism
has offered a simple explanation for clairvoyance. As mentioned,
the mental body (or mano-maya-kosa) is capable of transmitting
thoughts from one mental body to another. If we have physical
subtle "dark matter" mano-maya-kosa's, clairvoyance
is a distinct possibility.
Astrology is routinely dismissed by the scientific community
because it cannot be explained in a causal way in terms of
our present understanding of the physical universe. It is
often suggested that only ancient or so-called "primitive"
cultures that didn't know better, could believe such things.
Typical arguments state that the ancients thought that celestial
objects were only a short distance overhead, but modern man
knows that the stars and the planets are enormously remote.
However, this knowledge did not deter Sir Isaac Newton from
finding value in astrology, or in this century Carl Jung,
who attempted to explain phenomena such as astrology through
a concept referred to as "synchronicity", an idea
related to Swedenborg's Law of Correspondence.
However, in dealing with "dark matters", which have
a different sense of time and space, astrology could also
be explained causally as well. If astrology is based upon
causal effects on our subtle bodies (and it is traditionally
regarded as such) produced by "dark matter" energy
(qi), then indeed, the "dark matter" energies directed
at us from "distant" parts of the universe (say
in the directions of constellations and planets) which seem
so distant in terms of our visible matter, may not be so distant
in terms of "dark matter" time-space. These energies
could, therefore, have a causal effect upon our subtle bodies.
What we might see with our "dark matter" subtle
body vision as we look out upon the Universe would be quite
the time-space of "dark matter", perhaps celestial
objects are only a short distance overhead.
When it comes to other peoples beliefs, be it so called primitive
cultures or ancient cultures, the western world with its scientific
perspective regards those views often as superstitious, and
seldom suspects that there is anything of significance (particularly
of scientific significance) that these cultures have to teach
us. The tendency has been to disregard all mythic concepts
as superstitious. We have "taught" other cultures
to suppress their beliefs or understandings of the universe
in our presence, and they obligingly do so. As a result, we
miss out on some valuable concepts, knowledge, and wisdom.
We always (and naturally so) try to analyze their lives in
terms of our present understandings of the universe, i.e.
in terms of what we presently "know". To do so is
to ignore the great potential for mystery, and may lead us
far from our present limited understandings.
The ancient Egyptians had a system of knowledge which accommodated
the world we can see with our normal vision, but also included
matter not visible to our ordinary vision. To them subtle
"dark matter" was apparently as visible and as much
a part of their world as visible matter, and they lived accordingly.
They were aware of numerous subtle bodies and prepared well
for the life they would live after death. This was paramount
to their thinking, and how they lived, and how they died.
A highly evolved culture, they knew that there were ways to
affect the subtle matter through meaningful actions, such
as spiritual ritual. The mummies of Egypt were symbols of
transformation - preparation and assistance for the dying
in the after death existence. They apparently had a better
sense of the totality of their being than it seems we have
Carl Jung has written considerably upon the subject of alchemy,
exploring the incredible images presented to the world through
this system. As an Analyst he found great value in the structure
and source of these rich symbols and utilized them accordingly.
Alchemy seems to hold such contradictory information that
logic and common sense are of limited value. It is a journey,
a path. All of our present day sciences grew out of Alchemy
- our chemistry, physics, medicine, astronomy, etc., had there
birth in Alchemy. Newton himself was a great explorer of alchemy
and spent much more time in these subjects then he did in
the traditional western sciences.
The words and images utilized by the alchemists are easily
misunderstood. One might mock the idea of 5 "elements"
in this system, but the use of "elements" is not
at all the way we use the term "elements" today
in science. The term is used to represent the 5 basic constituents
of both the objective and subjective universe. That is, the
5 "element" theory needs to be understood through
Swedenborg's Law of Correspondence, and not from logical science.
In the system of subtle bodies, we find that the chakras are
related to each phase of energy represented by an "element".
In ascending order they are named earth, water, fire, air,
ether. The root center (Muladhara chakra) is "associated
with the 'element' earth, [whose] 'quality' is cohesiveness
and inertia. This level is one in which one may remain content,
experiencing no desire to change or expand into any other
state." The Svadhisthana chakra is connected with the
water "element" (an energy that tends to flow downward),
the Manipura chakra with the fire "element" (an
upward, consuming movement like flames), Anahat with the air
"element" (characterized by a tendency to revolve
in different directions and to relate itself to other possibilities),
and the Visuddha chakra with the "element" ether
(like a vessel in which all the "elements" mingle).(25)
The 5 "element" theory applies to both the objective
world and the subjective world of personality and consciousness.
The idea here is not one of manipulation, but to simply see
or experience the world from the 5 "element" perspective
which is a great
NEAR DEATH AND REINCARNATION
The knowledge of the subtle bodies makes an existence after
death comprehensible. The subtle body doctrine provides a
vehicle (the soul) for our existence after the death of our
visible body. It makes it easy to believe and understand,
and is consistent with human experiences.
A. Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences
We cannot give adequate attention to this subject here, but
briefly, people having near-death experiences report experience
of: leaving their visible body and observing themselves from
a distance; having a form which varied from an amorphous cloud
to energy patterns, or pure consciousness, or having a body,
but one that was permeable, invisible, and inaudible to those
in the phenomenal world; having feelings in some cases of
confusion, in other cases ecstatic feelings of timelessness,
weightlessness, serenity and tranquillity; passing through
a dark enclosed space such as a cave or tunnel; encountering
other beings, such as dead relatives or friends, "guardian
spirits", "spirit guides" or a "light
being" who shows qualities of love, warmth, compassion
and a sense of humor; communication through thought; a life
review, self-judgment or divine judgment in which they describe
an understanding of the consequences of their past actions
and thoughts during their life. They frequently have knowledge
of events which occurred at some distance away.
Near-death and out-of-body experiences, from the point of
view of the subtle bodies and "darkmatter" are the
spontaneous awareness and identification with the subtle bodies,
and the separation of these bodies from the visible body.
It is not clear at what level this separation occurs, which
may vary depending upon the experience. Generally, for out-of-body
experiences, the subtle bodies could separate at the level
of the astral body, but for the near-death experiences, the
separation would probably occur at the mental body or mano-maya-kosa
B. After Death
It may seem difficult to believe that knowledge of after death
could be obtained, but if we have a physical soul composed
of a very fine form of "dark matter", then it becomes
more possible to accept that some knowledge of after death
could be acquired. The after death events appear to be very
similar to near-death experiences. Discussions of the experiences
which take place after death can be found in such books as
Rudolf Steiner's Life Between Death and Rebirth, The Tibetan
Book of the Dead, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and Sogyal
Rinpoche's book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Although
there appear to be differences in the specifics of the after
death happenings, one must remember that the experiences of
these states have a very different time-space relationship
associated with them and far beyond our ability to comprehend
from our present state of consciousness. Symbolic and representational
art are therefore utilized to convey these after death events,
as is some iconographical art of Tibetan Buddhism and shamanism.
The death experience has been examined physically as well.
Over the years, various researchers have attempted to show
a loss of weight of the human body upon death. The most explicit
research of this phenomena occurred at the Technical University
of Berlin which reported that after weighing over 200 terminally
ill patients just before and immediately after death, there
was a weight loss of 1/3,000th of an ounce.(26)
Another common belief in mysticism and also numerous cultures
throughout the world is reincarnation. In many cultures it
is not unusual for individuals to recall a previous existence,
and to know about the people who lived in the village of this
previous existence. It is believed by mysticism, that upon
death the causal body (made from part of the mental body)
the soul (and the more subtle bodies) have a relatively longer
existence. The more dense subtle bodies (prana-maya-kosa),
and astral body do not leave the visible body immediately
upon death. With a "dark matter" subtle body which
does not die at death (the soul), then reincarnation is clearly
a possibility. It is generally believed that the kind of rebirth
a person has is determined by the nature of our actions in
this one. However, "Those who master the laws of karma
and achieve realization can choose to return in life after
life to help others."(27)
One hundred years ago atoms were thought to be solid, indivisible
particles and therefore could not interpenetrate with other
atoms, but mysticism still maintained that the subtle interpenetrating
bodies made of "matter from other planes", did exist.
With the development of Quantum Mechanics, the atom was no
longer viewed as solid in terms of mass, but did have a solid
appearance from the point of view of the electric field. This
means that if there were "atoms" held together by
some force other than the electromagnetic force, these "atoms"
would be invisible to our normal vision and could interpenetrate
with our visible atoms. These "atoms" could interact
with each other through their own respective binding force,
much like visible atoms interact with visible atoms through
their binding electromagnetic force. In some ways it is surprising
that such an idea has never been suggested by modern scientist.
If humankind was indeed composed of subtle bodies made up
of different types of subtle "dark matter", and
if we were capable of "shifting" our consciousness
to these other subtle bodies, then we would indeed experience
the world of that type of matter, much like mysticism states.
This type of subtle matter would fall into the broad category
of "dark matter" because it would not be visible
to our ordinary vision, but could produce gravitational effects.
We could be immersed in it and would not know it. It seems,
therefore, that we cannot rule out the physical description
of the universe which the mystics provide. As evidence for
the existence of such subtle "dark matter", we need
only look at the growing scientific evidence for phenomena
such as qi or prana, the power of prayer, psychic phenomena
such as clairvoyance and other paranormal phenomena, out-of-body
experiences, near-death experiences, reincarnation, etc.
The subtle body doctrine of mysticism has passed the test
of time, being a part of our most ancient to modern cultures,
throughout the world. It provides an excellent foundation
for the explanation of numerous phenomena (as included in
this article) so that even without a physical basis it is
a valuable system well worth exploring and utilizing. Its
success in mystical traditions and the scientific verification
of much of the phenomena mentioned here are sufficient to
warrant subtle body theory as a valuable doctrine. Truly,
it needs no further proof. However, the recent scientific
concept of "dark matter" provides a new understanding
of what the mystics refer to as subtle matter and so the possibility
for a connection between mysticism and western science is
quite real and could be of great benefit.
This would suggest that we have a soul, and it is physical,
even though it is a very fine form of physical "dark
matter". But we must be aware that intellectual understanding
of this doctrine will not enlighten mankind; we must obtain
an experiential awareness of the subtle bodies in order to
truly benefit from these teachings. In so doing, we will be
able to live our lives from a deeper understanding of the
nature of man and of our position in the universe. We will
better understand the repercussions of our actions and decisions,
on a personal level, a social level, and a global level.
Science seems to be in a perpetual state of believing it has
the truth, despite its history of conceptual revolutions.
This failure to accept the idea of "mysterium" is
surprising, because there will always be a great mystery out
there waiting to be discovered. The Universe is not so small,
nor so comprehensible as to lend itself to total analysis
by a logical science. This does not diminish the value of
science, but simply places it in an appropriate perspective.
Science provides one type of insight into the workings of
the universe, but not the only insight. The Arts certainly
provide another experiential route to knowledge, and mysticism
provides yet another. Perhaps this overlap between science,
art and mysticism will help us to understand our role in the
universe, and to appreciate the universe as the extraordinary
multifaceted phenomena it is. If we can equate the subtle
bodies and subtle energies with the concept of "dark
matter" this will give us a conceptual basis from which
"Dark matter" is just as real as visible matter,
all be it a subtler form of matter. With "dark matter",
science will have many new frontiers to explore. The impact
that "dark matter" will have on science in the 21st
Century may be greater than the impact of quantum mechanics
and DNA in the 20th Century. We will be exploring a subtle
matter and a subtle human anatomy and physiology. Although
there have been significant explorations of subtle energies,
further explorations of the subtle energies may be more successful
and expansive in view of this new understanding. We can better
approach this problem perhaps by using meditative techniques
to shift our consciousness to the subtle bodies and observe
the world objectively from that perspective. This may aid
western scientists to better understand the interactions which
"dark matter" has, particularly with visible matter.
Mainstream scientist are not presently looking for "dark
matter" in man. They need to. The details of how the
subtle bodies and chakras interact with the world around them
and the visible body need to be better understood, although
we have a great legacy of mysticism to aid us. I suspect that
we will not be able to apply western scientific methodology
effectively until we can experience subtle matter directly.
Even then, science and medicine will undergo a significant
revolution in its thinking and its methodology.
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Why the Study of Astrology Should be Encouraged – By
1. It has been studied by some of the keenest intellects of
the past, and is still studied by intellectual men in the
2. It appeals to the intellectual side of our nature and encourages
the active use of mind and thought.
3. It invites and stimulates an honest enquiry into the laws
governing the earth and its inhabitants.
4. It enables us to obtain a more correct knowledge of ourselves
in our relation to the physical world than any other scientific
system of enquiry.
5. It is the main entrance into a fuller and more complete
understanding of the new psychology.
6. It clearly demonstrates to the average mind a wise intelligence
behind the manifested universe, and reveals a perfect ordering
of all things.
7. It denotes the place in evolution of each individual, and
indicates the limitations imposed upon him for the purpose
of learning the lessons that earth life has to teach.
8. It teaches us whom to respect as true superiors, whom to
admit as equals, and those whom we have to help as inferiors.
9. It establishes faith in a Divine Ruler, and soon establishes
the conviction that "we suffer from ourselves,"
thus confirming St Paul’s teaching that we shall reap
as we have sown.
10. It enables us to accept our environment, as the best for
our immediate purpose, in which our energies may be fruitfully
11. It enables us to discover with whom we may make profitable
acquaintance, and how to adapt and adjust ourselves to circumstances.
12. It shows where our affections may be safely placed, and
also when and where they will be reciprocated.
13. It rationally explains our sympathies and antipathies,
and why we are magnetically drawn toward some individuals
and repelled by others.
14. It quickly proves that there is no such thing as chance
or accident, and inspires us to see that all is designed for
our eventual perfection.
15. It leaves no doubt as to character being destiny, and
thus aids us to avoid careless censure of others, but instead
produces a better understanding of their actions.
16. It helps us in knowing how to acquire command over our
lower nature, and control those sensations and vapourings
likely to hinder our higher evolution.
17. It enables us to trace consequences, events and happenings
to their legitimate cause, and realise that it is not impossible
to read the register of our motives.
18. It enables us to forecast the result of certain feelings,
thoughts, and actions, and by the use of forethought to turn
them to good account and future welfare.
19. It shows us in which direction to look for genius, how
to use the creative faculties and in which direction to exercise
20. It is the best means of removing ignorance from our path,
and paves the way for much greater enlightenment than we had
21. It is of inestimable value in the training, disciplining
and educating of children.
22. It is a speedy cure for profanity, corrects irreverence,
stops scepticism and cannot fail to encourage a true religious
attitude of mind.
23. It brings into active use judgment, perception, discrimination,
impartiality, right understanding, careful conclusions and
many other mental virtues.
24. It is based upon a perfect symbology, handed on by those
wise men who studied before us, in which are preserved universal
ideas, illustrated by simple ideographs, metaphors and pictorial
25. It enobles all who are sincere and earnest in its study,
and when understood its inner meaning broadens both mind and
26. It leads to a cultivation of a loyal and faithful obedience
to the law of love and harmony.
27. It cannot fail to produce the true spirit of self-reliance;
it does away with servility, weakness and inertia and quickly
awakens intuition, reason and intelligence.
28. Its universal study would undoubtedly revolutionise the
world’s thought and attitude, and it is foreseen that
when the universal intelligence permeates all beings, that
the time will arrive for its general understanding, and therefore
29. It would prevent many misfortunes, and lead to the avoidance
of many calamities and enable individuals to act wisely and
30. It would prevent many mistakes in marriage, and avoid
linking unsuitable partners, thus doing away with separations,
divorce and deceptions.
31. It would enable all to select the best legislators, and
thus secure a wise administration of worldly affairs, eventually
producing a perfect management of national affairs.
32. It would become an abbreviated method of obtaining knowledge
of how to treat the body and maintain health, whom to marry,
where to travel, the best place to live in, when best to unfold
our spiritual nature, when to conserve and economise, in fact
of all things, thus saving energy, time and waste of force.
33. It has never been refuted, and no one has succeeded in
proving its story to be false, and even after a superficial
study it has never failed to command respect and the conviction
that it is a possible explanation of the mystery of life in
all its various manifestations.
Postscript. An Astrologer’s Creed by A.S.Ellerbeck,
Modern Astrology 1910, 7, 318-321, provides further reasons.
Summary: I BELIEVE in Astrology because it invests the entire
planetary system with Life and Consciousness, it reduces everything
to utter law and predestination, it is wholly complementary
to Theosophy, it implies we are not ruled by injustice: it
says there is a proper time for everything, there is obvious
truth in it, and it has shewed me my own nature, defying all
blinking away of defects. [Note the strong influence of Theosophy]
Hypotheses about the nature of human-planetary
By Dr. Suzel Fuzeau Braesch (Appeared
Magnetism is a phenomenon of major importance in the relationship
between our Sun and our Moon. Of all the phenomena that come
to mind, it is undoubtedly one of the most familiar, and yet
the most complex.
There is an interesting link between the magnets used by artisans
in their daily work, and factors that affect the bulk of humanity
on a large scale -- there is a link to what we describe in
carrying out an astrological investigation: what is common
to all these situations is the phenomenon of electromagnetism.
Electromagnetic fields are at the core of a complex science.
No one has ever "seen" magnetic fields, and while
they have not been fully defined, experimental scientists
take them for granted. For quite some time (for example, in
the famous Maxwell equations of 1865), one can calculate and
predict, utilize and control magnetic fields. Within the context
of formalism, quantitative physics established that each field
contains a particle or a group of particles which mediate
its effects, such as the photons of electromagnetic fields.
Many scientists agree on the existence of four major forces
in the universe: gravitation, electromagnetism, strong interactions
(such as in atomic nuclei), and weak interactions (such as
in radioactivity). Today, in fact, physicists propose the
probability that strong interactions explain the origin of
forces such as magnetism. At the time of the "Big Bang",
more precisely in the fractions of seconds which followed
it, these 4 basic forces were intermixed and their effects
appeared to be similar in nature. Yet, once the universe cooled
down, the energies necessary to maintain their coherence were
dissipated and further differentiated.
Electromagnetism is distinguished by the observability of
its effects at macroscopic distances, while weak force appears
to be active only at the core of its own internal structure.
In high-energy physics, mass and energy are measured as a
single unit called the electron-volt (eV). Practically everyone
has memorized Einstein's E=mc² formula, describing the
lightning-like disintegration of matter into energy triggered
in atomic bombs or controlled in nuclear power plants. Among
the latest developments in atomic research was a hypothesis
describing the Higgs Field, a force field extending throughout
the universe, composed of bosons which have not yet been seen,
just as the photons of magnetic fields are seemingly invisible.
Research on bosons is currently under way in major research
centers such as the CERN in Geneva.
In relation to this, and according to the following the reasoning,
it was quite some time, some 10,000,000,000 years after the
Big Bang, that the formation of stars, galaxies, atoms, and
The Sun itself emits a powerful magnetic solar wind which
originates from the corona and is constituted of gases which
are millions of degrees hot at their source, totally ionized
-- a sort of plasma. This wind is emitted radially, rotating
around the Sun. However, the field is about 100,000 times
weaker in intensity than that of Earth. We could be said to
live on a sort of immense magnet, our terrestrial magnetic
field serving as shield against the magnetic solar wind, which
is deflected afar, well above our stratosphere at 20 km. One
would have to go out more than 10 times the Earth's radius
to contact it directly. However, the terrestrial shield is
not totally fixed, and this is a fundamental point. In effect,
the degree of interaction between the magnetic solar wind
and terrestrial magnetism fluctuates. The ionosphere, the
outermost section of our atmosphere, fluctuates in structure
and strength because of this. The next question is whether
humans on Earth are sensitive to this magnetism and its fluctuations.
Professor Yves Rocard, recently deceased Laboratory Director
of Physics at the École normale supérieure in
Paris, and member of the Comité de l'énergie
atomique, a contributor in stabilizing the Tancarville bridge,
devoted much of thirty years of his life to the study of the
sensitivity of humans to magnetism. He detected receptor sites
in certain areas of the human body: at the arches of the eyebrows,
at the back of the skull, at the hollows of the knees, near
the shoulderblades, and under the heels; noting that each
individual reacts in a unique manner according to what he
calls a "magnetic identity card".
The Earth's magnetic field is determined to be at 0.47 gauss
at middle latitudes, 0.75 at the poles, and 0.30 at the Equator.
Based on his experiments, Rocard concluded that humans are
capable of detecting, with the help of a ring or a pendulum,
asymmetrical anomalies in terrestrial magnetism at levels
as subtle as 0.001 gauss at a distance of 1 meter. Due to
environmental factors, in the countryside, i.e. in a natural
environment, the detection level may be 10 times more sensitive
than in an urban setting. Sensitivity to magnetism is therefore
beyond doubt, despite controversy provoked by these highly
The primary remaining question is how humans respond to the
complex and subtle fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field.
Numerous research analysts around the world have described
electrical responses of human and animal nerves under the
influence of magnetic fields. In the brain, the function of
the pineal gland in relation to the synthesis of the melatonin
hormone seems to be influenced by natural or artificial magnetism.
Rigorous experiments demonstrated evidence of the transmission
of magnetic information in the central nervous system of various
animals; and the impact was such that the new science of magnetobiology
has come into being.
Finally, the same principle of magnetic sensitivity described
by Professor Rocard was confirmed by the discovery of magnetite
in the human eyebrow arch. This study was published in the
international science journal Nature.
If we think about it, the hypothesis of magnetic sensitivity
of humans to terrestrial fluctuations merely confirms assumptions
about daily reality that we have taken for granted for quite
some time. And if one links these together with the phenomena
described, further demonstrating the numerous repercussions
of the planets of our solar system on solar emissions, it
is possible to conceive scientifically of the human receptivity
to planetary influences accounted for in astrology.
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Note that none of this is linked with the phenomena of gravitation.
One continually looks to the "graviton" without
results... a factor to perhaps consider, yet having little
to no connection with magnetism. The critics of scientific
research into astrology would say: the concrete "defense
towers" are of more gravitational significance than the
"pebble" called Mars. This in itself is true (per
Professor J C Pecker); however one can see from the previously
mentioned discoveries that such simplistic arguments are no
longer convincing today.
• geocosmic relationships within our solar system.
The planets originated as diffuse matter which later accumulated
into larger physical masses, as did the Sun. Matter, diffuse
in initial stages, later rotating and colliding at an appropriate
rate, eventually aggregates and forms objects such as our
star. There is a contrasting relationship between what is
dispelled, proportional to square of the radius, and that
which will aggregate, proportional to the cube of the radius.
Therefore the larger the object, the greater the role of the
cube. Planetary systems take form according to this principle.
Earth is related by origin to the entire solar system from
which it was formed.
In 1956, during the French and British military operations
in the Suez canal, radio links at the time of debarkation
were so perturbed that they were practically non-functional
for two days. Another more recent similar phenomenon was the
reversal of both the Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 lunar missions
before their advance, where astronauts dealt with almost mortal
accidents. What happened? Quite simply, our Sun sent out in
all directions, and in particular toward our Earth, clouds
of ionizing particles that are quite dangerous if encountered
directly, which cause perturbations in radio waves even at
the surface of the Sun, and which follow an 11-year rhythm.
This 11-year cycle has been described repeatedly over time
by numerous astronomers, some of whom discovered its correspondence
with the orbits of the planets around our Sun (even though
the subject is still today getting hackneyed bad press). In
the recent past, the French research analyst M.Treillis along
with American analysts K. D. Wood and R. M. Wood, have verified
these correspondences, but the subject has been abandoned
in many countries due to its enormous impact on nuclear physics
and advances in the field of study of the internal functions
of our Sun. Curiously, analysts from east European countries,
such as those in Bucharest and Prague, for years cut off from
the west European methods of scientific development, without
economic factors dictating the course of their research to
such a degree, have remained focused on the object of their
studies. It is they who today perceive the need to improve
on predicting periods of solar activity for the dispatching
of space missions and the venturing of astronauts out into
space, especially in the case of long voyages outside the
protective magnetic field of the Earth. (And one should mention
that this shield is partially protective, being reduced at
the magnetic poles, where the Aurora Borealis gathers.)
Our continually active Sun verifies its inner state by the
apparition of dark spots as well as light spots called "facules",
situated at visible locations on its surface. At these locations
are immense jets of highly energized particles. In the winter
of 1997-1998, our Sun varied from the 11-year minimum (May
1996). When 2 cosmonauts walked out into space on 6 November
1997 to implement protective measures on the MIR space station,
they encountered proton bursts and subsequently terminated
their activity and returned inside their module. Moreover,
when our Sun returns to a period of minimal cyclical activity
and the Earth receives fewer particles from it, the situation
is complicated by the fact that Jupiter takes over. The Earth
is then affected in a similar manner by Jupiter.
Once again in reference to the 11-year solar activity cycle,
it is not the only one of its kind. Romanian astronomer I.
Predeanu has identified other cycles, also in agreement with
planetary positions, in particular with the orbit of Mars
around the Sun, and of Jupiter in relation to the Earth. She
believes to have found the basis for a hypothesis of relation
and causality of which the consequences are numerous and demonstrate
a cycle of about 2 years, called "quasi-biennial oscillation"
or "QBO". Dr Predeanu uses this climatological term
to describe the currents present in the upper atmosphere,
detected by balloons and satellites, and of which the circulation
reverses every 2 years for some still undetermined reason.
For Dr Predeanu, beyond the stratospheric currents, a number
of important geocosmic parameters follow the QBO of which
it makes the following list in summarizing the extensive international
research on this subject:
- relative number of sun spots;
- flux of solar neutrinos;
- solar ray activity;
- intensity of emissions of the green corona of the Sun and
its rotational speed;
- flux of radio emissions from the Sun;
- flux of ultraviolet rays emanating from the Sun;
- speed of solar winds;
- intensity of cosmic rays;
- ozone content of Earth's atmosphere;
- atmospheric density in tropical and subtropical regions;
- rainfall rates in Africa;
- anomalies in elevation of atmospheric temperature;
- composition of the magnetic fields;
- parameters of the ionosphere;
- terrestrial seismic activity;
- angular speed of the Earth's rotation;
A statistical analysis leads to the proposal of a causal hypothesis
about the influence of the Sun-Mars opposition, with a maximum
near Mars's perihelion and Jupiter's apparent conjunction
to the Sun as seen from the Earth. Of course, synchronous
phenomena do not absolutely signify a deterministic relationship,
but one should admit that the list of phenomena described
is impressive and the hypothesis attractive: It merits study
In summary, one can say that the short cycles as well as the
long cycles of solar activity in the final analysis correlate
with the positions of the planets in their respective orbits,
including those of our planet Earth. All these cycles are
now known for their correspondences with terrestrial events.
Thanks to nuclear physics, the internal activity of our great
solar star is increasingly illuminated: there is no contradiction
in thinking that these nuclear mechanisms are modulated by
external parameters, the planetary positions, and therefore
the procession of terrestrial events. This is the fundamental
issue in the problem of astrology. In effect, there is no
more room for doubt in modern astronomical science as to the
sequential chain: influence of planetary position -> solar
activity -> terrestrial geocosmic events. To redevelop
these problems and astronomical research at a high level comes
back to re-examining the consequences of the positions of
the planets in our solar system and going back to stage one,
whether one wants to or not, of astrology. It is interesting
to recall as well that among the astrological tools, one should
pay particular attention to the predominant influence of planets
on the "angles", i.e. those which rise, culminate,
and set. What might be the nature of these added values? The
example of our Sun may once again give a hint. Short-wave
radio emissions specialists know that at sunrise, noon, and
sunset, if clear signal transmission is desired, one must
change frequencies. Why is this? The ionosphere, an ionized
portion of Earth's atmosphere, is ionized, i.e. molecules
lose or gain electrons and are no longer electrically neutralized
(above 50 km of altitude). Radio wave propagation encounters
this strata (in reality, there are several layers) and solar
rays play a primary role. Thus the importance of modification
at sunrise and sunset, and optimal conditions at noon. For
other planets, the problem is absolute; it would be advisable
to study this further.
Finally, considering our solar system at the heart of our
galaxy, that which is termed the heliosphere is a region wherein
the density of solar wind energy is greater than that of general
interstellar space -- it is comprised of all our planets and
its outer limit is termed the heliopause. The stars of our
galaxy are in effect separated by many light years, a unit
which is of considerable distance: one light year is about
10 trillion kilometers. Our Sun's planetary system appears
as a relatively separate system, organized, with a certain
equilibrium, evolving very slowly in comparison to human life.
It is completely distinct from other solar systems of our
galaxy. It is therefore not surprising that human astrology
concerns itself with the system near our Sun, relatively isolated
within our immense galaxy.
The implications of these scientific insights are quite substantial,
and important points can be summarized like this:
• - the internal processes of our Sun are influenced
by the whole of our solar system, both near and distant planets
(including Earth) which exert effects corresponding to their
own unique characters. Our solar system is separated from
other stars in our galaxy by considerable distances -- the
limits of the heliosphere being at about 75 to 100 times the
distance of Earth from our Sun. Thus we are significantly
distant from other stars within our galaxy which serve as
reference points in interstellar space.
• - solar activity includes the emission of numerous
particles, radio emissions, acting on a number of terrestrial
geocosmic elements -- terrestrial magnetism, serving as a
shield against radiations incompatible with life, is quite
mutable, and structurally sensitive to the overall cosmic
environment of our solar system. Humans are sensitive to geomagnetism
and its fluctuations, and to numerous geocosmic fluctuations,
the specific characteristics of which remain to be studied
• DNA and magnetism: a biological "bar code"?
(Translator's note: An explanation of
DNA and its functions, followed by an explanation of how magnetic
fields interact with it.)
It is now posited that the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) at
the nucleus of cells -- condensed from a sugar and phosphate
base -- constitutes the key to heredity and corresponds to
a sort of instructional code, an inherited genetic code for
the synthesis of proteins and, in particular, enzymes. An
essential principle is the joint formation of a double helix:
two sugar-phosphate strains revolving up and down the length
of an axis almost like spiral stairs; branching within the
sugar-phosphate strain are 4 bases (adenine=A, guanine=G,
cytosine=C, thymine=T) linking themselves into purines (A+G)
and pyrmidines (T+C) revolving along the central axis. This
is the famous model of the Nobel prize winners Watson and
Crick. It accounts for how a chromosome, formed from DNA,
is able to replicate itself when cellular division occurs
-- the helix divides in two, the two subsequent strains unfold
separately and distinctly, and each strain allows for the
synthesis of its complementary counterpart while forming an
overall matrix that maintains their unity. Thus the multiplication
How is DNA able to synthesize a specific protein molecule?
First it sets the order of amino acids, which are elementary
components of all proteins, within a new molecule containing
hundreds, sometimes thousands, of units. Next, within the
nucleus of the new molecule, synthesis of a new molecule,
ribonucleic acid (RNA) occurs. RNA is distinguished from DNA
by its ribose component. Ribose contains one more atom of
oxygen than does DNA.
RNA plays the role of "messenger" in that it transports
the DNA code out of the nucleus of the cell into the larger
processes of the cellular cytoplasm, fixing/attaching itself
to ribosomes, cellular components where protein synthesis
occurs. All the amino acids line up in an order appropriate
to a given enzyme. During this rapid process, the chromosome
gene composed of DNA determines the synthesis of various other
The actual process is in reality much more complicated, due
to the existence of other factors such as regulating and repressing
interactions among the genes. Moreover, these processes do
not all occur everywhere at the same time. Nucleosomes further
complicate the processes: the double helix of DNA twists to
form a second sort of helix, a superhelix, around an axis
composed of a chain of particular proteins referred to as
histones, in a manner in which it is possible that the genes
might be active, free, or periodically repressed. This complex
overall process may unfold via a sort of looping process called
feedback, and once sufficient substance is formed, the synthesis
is slowed down and vice versa. In addition, the portion of
the DNA molecules which synthesizes the RNA and ultimately
proteins called exons, includes unusable intron sectors which
can only code unintelligible, and therefore, unusable, messages.
This is why the introns are eliminated during the processing
between DNA and RNA; they are at the center of a curious phenomenon
referred to as intron splicing, which suppresses the non-functional
fragments during the process of RNA maturation. To the surprise,
and even perplexity, of many research analysts, it has been
uncovered that non-coding and non-expressing DNA may account
for up to 90% of the total DNA in a cell. And it follows naturally
that one wonders why these cells maintain such dead weight.
Are these the result of past selections? Do they play a yet
undiscovered role? Are they a sort of parasite? Such possible
explanation are still left to question.
In the larger scheme, enormous recent progress in molecular
biology has brought sufficient understanding of the genetics
of organic development according to complex but analyzable
hierarchic processes, of the activities of genes which explain
the overall system of the progressive evolution of an animal
body during the course of ontogenesis. One can therefore posit
that acquisition of brain functions and mental processes correlates
to a high level of complexity, since we know that the human
brain accounts for no less than 1014 functional links between
its nerve cell components. This number is considerable, and
subject to quantitative modifications throughout its course
from pre- to post-natal development.
What do the aforementioned processes have to do with
Mice in gestation, subjected to a magnetic field of 20 kHz
between the first and 19th day give birth to offspring which
carry anomalies similar to those caused by ionizing rays (radioactivity),
yet different in that the anomalies are weaker and appear
more slowly during their course of development. Moreover,
the males placed for 4 hours in a low-frequency magnetic field
demonstrate a significantly altered spermatogenesis starting
after about 28 days. Those who conducted these experiments
think that the issue of the activation of genes by direct
exposure to magnetic fields via DNA is significant; that the
electrical and magnetic fields directly stimulate in vivo
the transcription of DNA, and open the "steps" of
the "stairs" of the double helix which leads to
a multiplication of DNA, yet also break the "banisters",
i.e. the lateral strands of the helix.... and thus destruction
occurs. One research analyst explains that in vivo, the endogenous
electricity of the muscles striated during work can induce
the synthesis of new proteins via direct action on corresponding
DNA, reacting to electrical impulses.
However, in these examples, in dealing with global impact
on living organisms, is there a difference in interpretation?
Would similar phenomena manifest in vitro in controlled conditions?
It seems that yes, according to research analysts who have
demonstrated that in a cell culture exposed to an electrical
field of 60 Hz, the (complimentary) transcription of DNA increases
significantly. Other effects are also observed in connection
with the preceding: the entry processes of calcium are activated
by electrical fields where the differences in the synthesis
of DNA which is not foreign. Moreover, the magnetic fields
do not always have a facilitating effect, and the results
vary from one experiment to the other. Thus, under certain
conditions, the magnetic fields provoke breakage of DNA strains
(one or both of the "stair banisters"); yet these
accidents can be prevented by the addition of free radical
harnesses; this proves that these play a role in the appearance
of the effects of the fields.
The same conclusion was drawn in an experiment with the drosophila
(a small fly used for genetics research): exposing its 3rd
stage larvae to a magnetic field for 24 hours, the rate of
assimilable somatic recombinations increased in the cases
of DNA replication errors or mutations. If at the same time
vitamin E -- a non-specific antioxidant -- was given to the
larvae, the effect was annulled. This is proof that the toxic
action of magnetic fields on genes has a proportional relationship
to the presence of free radicals. In sum, magnetic fields
may augment either the synthesis of DNA (impact at the helix
opening), or, in seeming contradiction, DNA rupture (impact
at the helix ruptures).
Why is DNA sensitive to magnetic fields? The answer is remarkably
simple: DNA is an acid, and it is electrically charged, positive
at one point and negative at the other, forming what is called
a dipole. In other words, DNA is an organic, electrically
charged macromolecule, like many other macromolecules, yet
provided with a fundamental role in organic life: it alone
plays a key role in synthesizing proteins in conformity with
an inherited genetic program.
We recall that only a small percentage of the DNA in cell
nuclei is functional (the exons), and that the remaining (up
to 90%) "non-coding" DNA (the introns) do not transcribe,
and that the explanation for this is still not clear. Could
it be that in the living organism, this percentage of introns
is not fixed, but subjected to geocosmic conditions which
escape the in vitro laboratory conditions?
For several dozen years, the technique of electrophoresis
has been used in molecular biology laboratories around the
world. This process serves to separate, via electrical current,
the different DNAs from one another. Therefore, these DNAs
do not always undergo structural perturbation or rupture;
instead they part from each other at different rates of speed
in a suitable aqueous environment. While the power at the
poles of the apparatus can be increased up to 2000 or 3000
volts, the level where the DNA solution forms droplets is
at about 1000 volts.
The resulting tension differentiates the DNAs and separates
them smoothly. A magnetic field does not so much attract as
it agitates... it stirs up the dipoles. Thus we have two totally
different processes that are difficult to compare.
What do we know today about the changes provoked by magnetic
fields? Specialists posit that the dipoles "resonate"
at the given frequency of the magnetic field, or at harmonic
multiples thereof. Each dipole therefore responds at such
and such a frequency, thus leading to our hypothesis. It could
be that there are, particularly in the brain but also at other
significant levels of neurophysiological and glandular equilibria,
combinations of neuronal dipoles that yield an infinite variety
of results. Similarly, in computer science, various combinations
of 128 bits (bipolar units) can produce 1039 variations.
One might perceive of this as a sort of analogical system
which provides us with the basis for global hypotheses that
would trigger the rediscovery of much of that has been previously
posited about the nature of geocosmic systems. The dipoles
of cerebral DNA, or even endocrine cells, may be sensitive
to certain very subtle geomagnetic influences at the frequencies
where they resonate. The result would be certain functional
orientations, modifications or retardation in certain neuronal
clusters in which one foresees the complexity and echoing
of the metabolic and endocrine equilibria. Might one not also
see there the basis of a path leading to the psychological
level? These may be major factors derived from subtle or seemingly
minor causes. The phenomenon may now be broadly substantiated
after having been perpetuated for quite some time in the realm
of common sense. It had been qualified by the hackneyed and
tendentious term "chaos"... tendentious because
it perpetuated the belief in a fictitious state of presumably
ultimate disorder. When small errors recur during the course
of thousands of calculations (which is quite easy to do with
computers), calculated assumptions may diverge widely from
objective realities. This implies complexity, but not total
indeterminacy. Thus a very small difference in the reception
of a very subtle aspect of geocosmic effects: these may be
forces from the terrestrial magnetic field interacting with
that of the Sun or of the planets, and these differences might
effect different neuroendocrine functions manifesting as unique
personal behavior patterns... more or less aggressive, more
or less adventurous, more or less sociable, etc.
Finally, one might describe the deterministic element of this
paradigm as a "Bar Code". This code would be similar
to the DNA genetic code, interlinked with the personality
of the individual and the evolution of his or her life.
Dr Suzel Fuzeau Braesch