Mind & Body

Structure & Function

(How "real" are spirit bodies? Do they consist of organs? Do they rely on bacteria? Do they get sick? Can they be injured?)

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1. Body Parts, Organs, and Cells

2. Bodily Senses and Faculties

3. Health and Vitality

4. Abilities and Control

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Body Parts, Organs, and Cells


The spiritual body "is flesh and it is blood. It may not be the same kind, but it is as real, as warm, as living as your own."


"bodily substance is fibreless, but definitely cellular … It is a finer-grained substance than flesh. It is not fluid, but mobile. It is more sensitive, more easily acted upon, and at the same time more indestructible, more durable, more self-protecting. You would recognize it as a refinement of matter."


… the etheric body is in every way a duplicate of the physical body, both as regards all internal and external organs.


"I have a body which is a duplicate of what I had on earth, the same hands, legs and feet, and they move the same as yours do. This etheric body I had on earth interpenetrated the physical body. The etheric is the real body and an exact duplicate of our earth body. At death we just emerge from our flesh covering and continue our life in the etheric world, functioning by means of the etheric body just as we functioned on earth in the physical body. This etheric body is just as substantial to us now as the physical body was to us when we lived on earth."


Not only are our etheric bodies similar in every way to our earthly ones, but they are as real and tangible to their owners as ours are to us. For instance, it might seem strange to be told by an inhabitant of this world of finer matter that he took pride in keeping his finger nails polished; but, as he has finger nails, why should he not be as careful of them as we are of our physical nails? Just because he has discarded the physical covering his etheric nail becomes no less real.


"You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it."


"after leaving the physical body, you will immediately find yourself in another. this image is not a new one. It is interwound with your physical body now."


"My physical body was made up of a lot of little cells. My beta body is simple, atomic {i.e., indivisible}. All matter is atomic here, and of course it has form."


"This body in which one finds oneself after death seems to be very much more a material body than I had supposed would be possible."


"My body's very similar to the one I had before. I pinch myself sometimes to see if it's real, and it is, but it doesn't seem to hurt as much as when I pinched the flesh body. The internal organs don't seem constituted on the same lines as before. They can't be quite the same. But to all appearances, and outwardly, they are the same as before."


"My present body is made of chemicals, and gases, and atoms - atoms certainly of a finer kind than one gets on the earth-plane. These are held together in much the same way as the atoms of the physical body, but this body does not disintegrate in the same way as the physical one does."


"The spiritual body is a perfect human form, originating in, and analogous to, the corporeal organization in its several parts, functions, and relations. The heart beats in rhythmic pulsations, the lungs fulfill their office of respiration, and the brain generates its vitalized magnetic fluid, whose life-giving currents permeate every portion of the spiritual organism."


[When the spirit departs the physical body] Does it take that body with it from its old body, or is it a new creation independent of the former body? "It does not take the materials from the old body, but it is a new creation."


"Strange, but I seem to myself to have quite a substantial body now, though at first my arms and legs seemed sprawling in all directions."


"We don't think of putting food into our mouths, because it isn't needed. Therefore, the whole of the astral digestive tract and the elimination organs, like the kidneys and colon, cease to function."


"The spiritual bodies are whole and perfect. Even a person who has lost a limb by amputation while in the physical body can function as a whole person in the spiritual world."



Bodily Senses and Faculties


"I have a body which is a duplicate of what I had on earth, … We have the same sensations. When we touch an object we can feel it, when we look at something we can see it. Though our bodies are not material, as you understand the word, yet they have form and feature and expression."

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"Our astral bodies possess all the senses of physical ones, and more besides."


"All the faculties are retained in spirit life. Not one of them lost or dropped at transition; but, gradually, the functions are so changed as to subserve the uses and needs of the spirit as advancing conditions allow and demand. So, whatever legitimate and natural desires you may have will all be susceptible of complete fulfillment in the life eternal."


"The unseen body has a real existence all the time you are in the physical body, and it has much greater power when freed therefrom. While in the physical body its power is small, because your personality functions in the physical body. When your soul is freed from its earthly body it finds itself living in one that is similar, but which has indeed added powers of feeling and of movement. I wish to emphasise that not only am I surrounded by greater beauty and happiness, but that my powers of appreciation are greatly expanded."


"The music is there, but we please ourselves entirely whether we wish to hear it or listen to it. We can completely isolate ourselves from all sound, or we can throw ourselves s open to all sound, or just hear that which pleases us most."


"I realized then that I could both see and hear as before, only now in a more intense way."


"The sense of smell is still with us. We can smell all the wonderful perfumes of the flowering trees and flowers."


"Color is sound and sound is color."



Health and Vitality


In our physical world the real, or enduring, body is an etheric or spirit body, This etheric body is composed of matter quite in tune with the etheric matter of the next plane, but so long as it is attached to physical matter it is limited by the limitations of such matter. At death, however, the etheric body is released from its physical covering and continues functioning quite naturally in the etheric world, where everything is as real to it as it was when in the physical.


"In some cases, the idea of illness is so strong that they project ill conditions upon the new body as they did upon the old one."


"We create, in a way, the quality, the strength, the power of our spirit-body during our earth lives. We pass into it, the body that we have made, and it is there, and, believe, me, it is more difficult to shape it and alter it after than it is during the earth life."


"This physical body has only a temporary existence in the nature of things But this other body, this spirit body, it is within the power and the will of man to create and shape so that it will have immortal and eternal existence. … so that he will thoroughly enjoy living in it from the moment in which his physical body collapses."


"When you are done with the earth life and that old worn-out body, and have reached our side of life, you'll feel young as when you were children; old age and the toils of life on earth all gone in exchange for one glorious morning of perpetual youth."


"It is impossible to convey, even in a small measure, this exquisite feeling of supreme vitality and well-being. When we are living upon the earthplane we are constantly being reminded of our physical bodies in a variety of ways-by cold or heat, by discomfort, by fatigue, by minor illnesses, and by countless other means. Here we labour under no such disabilities."


"He is recapturing the enthusiasm and dedication of his youth, and consequently his body has molded itself with all the strength and vigor of a young man."


"I believe that old people grow younger here until they reach their prime again, and that then they may hold that for a long time."



Abilities & Control


"A party of us went boating and rowed for miles. No, we can't get drowned. We can't even get wet. And of course we can walk on water too."


"You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it."


"On earth the mind has some degree of control over body and health; a bending of the mind to one's task, and a determined cheerfulness under difficulties, can accomplish a good deal. But here our body is perfect, perhaps on account of the mind's perfect control over it."


"I anticipated the customary effect of water upon one in similar circumstances on earth. Great, then, was my surprise-and my relief-when I discovered that the water felt more like a warm cloak thrown round me than the penetration of liquid. the revivifying force enveloped the whole body, pouring new life into it. It was delightfully warm and completely buoyant. It was possible to stand upright in it, to float upon it, and of course, to sink completely beneath the surface of it without the least discomfort or danger."


"My body has wonderful lightness and resilience and it is as though the thought and desire of motion can move it without any cumbersome machinery of muscular action."


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