The Light Body – Real, or Merely Poetic?

I believe that to survive into the future, humans will have to activate their light bodies in the fifth dimensional state – having form and substance, but beyond flesh-and-blood bodies like present-day humans. Many traditions speak of humankind’s ‘fall’ and it seems that the hybrid offspring of otherworldly visitors somehow became trapped in physical form. If the DNA of those distant ancestors is still driving us, it may be the destiny of humanity to return to this higher state of being.

Sound far-fetched? The authors James Redfield, Michael Murphy and Sylvia Timbers, in their book God and the Evolving Universe, suggested that such a state of existence is a “dimension in the chain of human evolution,” stating, “In short, we propose that our emergent capacities, which alter our physical functioning to some degree whenever they make their appearance, can gradually give rise to a new and more luminous embodiment.”

They quote the likes of Saint Paul, Origen, Saint Thomas Aquinas and writer Romano Guardini in positing that humanity can exist in another state, being neither the physical body nor the soul, but a kind of spiritualized corporeality which is no longer limited by conventional time and space. I relate this state to what the ancient Egyptians called the Duat – an intermediate plane or state between the Visible and the Intelligible. The piece by Saint Paul that they refer to is to be found in his first letter to the Corinthians, Ch.15, verses 39 to 41: “All flesh is not the same: men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendour of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendour of the earthly bodies is another. The Sun has one kind of splendour, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendour.” Paul goes on to add, in verse 44, “If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

James Redfield was already developing this hypothesis in his earlier works, such as the Celestine Vision, where he wrote, “Our overriding purpose has been to raise our energy level to the point where we can walk into the Afterlife dimension, essentially merging the two dimensions into one.” His allegorical work The Secret of Shambhala has the lead character utter the words, “The Tibetans believe that there is another, more spiritual reality beyond the physical worlds we can see, and that Shambhala, while here on this Earth, lies in the spiritual realm.”

If we recognize that our world was produced by the Sun in a physical sense and that it continues to nourish us with life-giving energy, is it possible that there are conscious living beings dwelling on our star, whose ‘bodies’ are composed of photons rather than atoms? Down here on earth, scientists are working on making a new form of matter based on photons. Harvard Professor Mikhail Lukin has said, “Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless, and that they do not interact with each other. What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they begin to act as though they have mass, and they bind together to form molecules. This type of photonic bound state has been discussed theoretically for quite a while, but until now it hadn’t been observed.”

We already knew that light photons can behave like either a wave or a particle, depending on the circumstances. Now we learn that photon particles can behave like atoms and interact with each other so strongly they begin to act as though they have mass, then bind together to form molecules. These molecules can, again under the right conditions, mingle with physical matter. Both photons and the vital life force – which I like to refer to as Pneuma – are generated from the Sun. From this knowledge arises the possibility of the two combining to create life forms that could, at will, behave as if they had physical mass and thereby intermingle with human beings.

While religion, spirituality and mysticism have been the trustees of ancient wisdom and truth throughout history, good-old twentieth century scientific empiricism stripped away much of Western culture’s spiritual belief systems. But quantum physics theorists are ushering in a new kind of awareness and understanding. Brian Greene, the foremost modern writer on physics and science, has written in detail about the ‘Hidden World,’ and String Theory predicts that there are at least ten more dimensions in addition to the one we live in. Those who struggle with believing in the ‘spirit world’ proposed by religions, might instead accept the idea of ‘dimensions’ as proposed by quantum physicists. It’s all in the terminology, and the concept of dimensions can in fact account for a range of phenomena such as ghosts, angels, OOBE and some UFO sightings.

In Taoism it is said that by the sublimation of ching (semen or psychological essence), chi (breath or vital force), and shen (mind or spirit), an adept can form a ‘spirit-child’ or ‘spirit-body,’ the vehicle of everlasting life. Such teachings reflect the long-standing Taoist belief that humans can advance to higher forms of embodiment, in this flesh or a substance crested within it.

In his famous book Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda recalled the words of his Master Sri Yukteswar, who said that “God encased the human soul successively in three bodies – the idea, or causal body; the subtle astral body, seat of man’s mental and emotional natures; and the gross physical body.” In later passages, he is quoted as stating, “When a soul is out of the cocoon of the three bodies it escapes forever from the law of relativity and becomes the ineffable Ever-Existent. Behold the butterfly of Omnipresence, its wings etched with stars and moons and suns!” [Paramahansa compares this to the Biblical Book of Revelations, 3:12, interpreting its words ‘Never again will he leave it’ as meaning the person who attained that state will not have to reincarnate any more].

When it comes to quoting from the scriptures, I find myself treading warily, because oftentimes selected lines are used out of context to back up one’s particular viewpoint. Nevertheless, I do like exploring the non-canonical texts (those that are not included in the popular mainstream Bible) and many years ago I acquired a large volume of the complete gospels which contains a lot of rare manuscripts. One of those that I am drawn to describes the experience of his beloved Apostle John, during the last days of the Christ on Earth, in the Acts of John: 93. “Another glory also will I tell you, brethren: Sometimes when I would lay hold on him, I met with a material and solid body, and at other times, again, when I felt him, the substance was immaterial and as if it existed not at all. […] And oftentimes when I walked with him, I desired to see the print of his foot, whether it appeared on the earth; for I saw him as it were lifting himself up from the earth: and I never saw it.”

It is apparent that millions of religious devotees around the world believe in the possibility of having a light body, at least in the case of one great man, but it is not so clear that all see the inherent potential of the whole human race to activate their light bodies. To the ancient followers of the Sun, the doctrines of unseen planes of existence – along with the transmutation of humans into bodies of light – were considered not just as speculative philosophies, but rather as incorporating practical methods to be undertaken for connecting the inner, true Self to the Intelligible Sun… thereby creating the light body.

The message from the sages is that the Light Body is attainable, but we have to work on it. And, of course, the essential component is LIGHT.

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Paul V Young is a freelance writer and published author. He is a certified practitioner of Reiki, NLP and LOA, and a certified TEFL English Teacher. After working and travelling in SE Asia for many years, he has now settled down at the Gold Coast, Australia.

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