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Theosophy 1D:Body Soul and Spirit---4.The Soul Body---Comments

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  • DRStarman2001@aol.com
    Steiner wrote: The sentient soul s activity depends entirely on the ether body. The sentient soul draws from the ether body what it in turn causes to gleam
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31 4:45 PM
      Steiner wrote: "The sentient soul's activity depends entirely on the ether
      body. The
      sentient soul draws from the ether body what it in turn causes to gleam
      forth
      as sensation. Since the ether body is the life within the physical body, the
      sentient soul is also directly dependent on the physical body.... A man,
      therefore,
      who has the organ mentioned above for seeing the sentient soul sees it
      limited by
      the body, but its limits do not coincide with those of the physical body.
      This
      soul extends somewhat beyond the physical body and proves itself to be
      greater than the physical body. The force through which its limits are set,
      however, proceeds from the physical body. Thus, between the physical body
      and
      the ether body on the one hand, and the sentient soul on the other, another
      distinct member of the human constitution inserts itself. This is the soul
      body or sentient body. It may also be said that one part of the ether body
      is
      finer than the rest and this finer part forms a unity with the sentient
      soul,
      whereas the coarser part forms a kind of unity with the physical body."

      *******The etheric body is almost continuous with the physical. Then we have
      the lowest part of the soul, which uses the life forces from it to work. The
      soul extends beyond the physical body, but part of it is held close by the
      body. This 'soul body' is the part of the sentient soul restricted by the
      forces of the physical body. This is also what is sometimes termed the
      'astral body'. It is actually the sentient soul drawing life-force for its
      working from the etheric body, but limited in its operation by the physical
      body.

      Dr. Starman
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