The structure of the universe
- Just to explain the reason and purpose of this
message: Alison in HPfS asked what the etheric and
astral worlds are. I want to give an abridged but wide
view of my personal understanding of the structure of
the universe. It's based on explanations by HP
Blavatsky, R Steiner, M Heindel and J van
Rijckenborgh. As all my posts are based on this world
view I want to put this message forward as a standard
reference post. Unfortunately this message contradicts
some minor things other members have said, but I'm
sure they can live with that, and are free to present
their own version.
Divine Creation consists of seven planes of life. We
call these the seven Cosmic Planes. These planes are
filled with atoms of various kinds, plus forces and
forms of energy. The planes are distinguishable by
their rates of vibration. The First Cosmic Plane has
the highest vibration rate.
Each of the seven Cosmic Planes is further divided up
into seven sub-planes. We call these sub-planes, in
order of vibration rate starting at the lowest:
physical, etheric, astral, mental, the mental ideation
plane, the emotional ideation plane and the
consciousness ideation plane (Other people give them
We mortal human beings live in a closed off part of
the Seventh Cosmic Plane. Our universe is of a much
lower vibration rate than the rest of the Seventh
Cosmic Plane. This is due to the Fall. The original
Seventh Cosmic Plane is called Paradise, and still
exists as part of the Divine Plan.
Let's have a look at our fallen universe. As I said
above, this is divided into seven sub-planes, each of
which is filled with atoms peculiar to that plane.
All of us are familiar with the lowest plane, the
physical plane. We know the atoms, which are round,
and the three states: solids, liquids and gases. The
atoms of the Sixth Cosmic Plane are exactly the same,
except their rate of vibration is vastly higher.
Next is the etheric plane. Etheric atoms are prismatic
in shape and they fit neatly inside physical atoms.
Their function is to give life to physical bodies. All
living things have an etheric body, which is slightly
larger than the physical body and hence sticks out a
bit. It not only makes life possible but also
determines the health of the physical body. There are
also creatures which have no physical body, and I've
described them as elves, gnomes, fairies, etc. The
etheric plane is invisible to most people but
clairvoyants and very young children can see it. There
are four types of etheric atoms: chemical ether:
making the body chemistry possible, life ether:
enabling reproduction, light ether: making sensory
perception possible, and reflecting ether, making
thought possible in the brain.
The astral plane is next in vibration rate. Astral
atoms are sparks of fire that are subject to forces we
call emotions, desires and thoughts. They move around
extremely rapidly and readily group themselves into
shapes. Desires have different rates of vibration
which show different colours. I have explained these
in previous posts. When we think of an object and
charge it with desire, a copy of that object
immediately forms in our astral body (Think of the
boggart lessons with Lupin). This is the aura and is
much bigger than the physical body. Animals and humans
have astral bodies but not plants. There are creatures
in the astral world that don't have physical bodies,
for example dementors. When we die we spend some time
in the astral plane (see the film, "What dreams may
The mental plane consists of mental atoms. This plane
is divided into two main sections: the plane of
concrete thought and the plane of abstract thought.
Obviously humans have mental bodies but animals and
plants do not.
The next three planes are the planes of, respectively,
our mental I, our emotional I and our consciousness I.
Each plane once again has its own atoms.
Liberation in this context is simple replacing the
atoms of our fallen plane with the atoms of the Sixth
Cosmic Plane in a certain order. That, in simple
terms, is what alchemy is. The atoms of our universe
are not charged with the Divine Plan, and so they
dissipate after a while. The atoms of God's universe
are charged with the Divine Plan and so they are
stable and stay together as long as required. Hence
there is no death there. The cause of death and
disease in our universe is its separation from the
Harry Potter travels systematically through the seven
sub-planes of the fallen universe and shows Harry
liberating himself on each plane successively.
There you are, stripped to its bare bones, this is the
visible and invisible universe. Everything I'll say to
this group should fit into that matrix. Of course the
trouble with such a simplified picture is that it's
incomplete and therefore misleading, but if you'll do
some research you'll be able to complete the picture
This universe was created by the Sevenfold Spirit
which emanates from God Itself. I do not understand
what God is, but every seeker can learn to know the
Spirit by having a new soul: Harry.
I welcome questions.
With genuine feelings of goodwill to all,
See you at Harry Potter for Seekers
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>...Divine Creation consists of seven planes of life...
>...There you are, stripped to its bare bones, this is the visible and >invisible universe.
Thanks Hans...very useful summary.
About energies behind things and their relation to reading, see my "Morphing with Light" here: http://www.bookreader.org/m/page8.html
"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open." J.K. Rowling, "The Beginning," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore