Human beings – visible matter + invisible energy

Many researchers, thinkers and worldviews propose that the human body – the physical form – is surrounded by a number of subtle energy sheaths related to the emotional/astral, mental/rational and spiritual/transrational levels. Most of these wholistic perspectives on our human constitution also include an etheric body as a first layer of subtle energy immediately surrounding the physical form. It is in this etheric body that the chakras are located, for example. The theoretical framework and names of the energy bodies differ from thinker/worldview to thinker/worldview; however, the underlying concept is that the human being is made up of invisible energy as well as visible matter. This viewpoint is certainly an integral part of Tantra – and also of Taoism. Both consider the human to be composed of a physical body, soul body and spirit body [1].

Tantrists and Taoists give equal importance to the subtle energy bodies and the physical form i.e. they consider it important “to find a way to climb consciously into the spiritual realms, and equally important, to climb back into the physical world to be creatively active here”[2]. Because the tantric path targets the personality, soul and spirit, it offers techniques for stilling the rational mind and moving beyond it into the transrational plane; increasing our ability to love – ourselves and others – unconditionally; enhancing our capacity to heighten the vibration of our consciousness – in moments of meditation as well as during daily interactions. In this way, Tantra can be seen to be a route to more joy and a more evolved human constitution.

[1] University of Integrated Science California. “Vigyan Bhairav Tantra”, Online Course by Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita Accessed November-December 2014.

[2] Chia, M. & Chia, M. (1986) Healing Love Through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy. Healing Tao Books: Huntington, NY, p.43.

7 thoughts on “Human beings – visible matter + invisible energy

  1. I am finding your articles on Tantra very interesting! I can relate to them, having grown up in a culture where we value Tantra and practice Yoga and meditation to strengthen the various Chakras that are in our body, which is an integral part of the Tantric concept. Your writing makes even such complex subjects so easy and interesting to understand.


    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment. It means a lot to me as I will be publishing a book on Tantra around September time – just doing the final proofreading. The aim with the book is to look at Tantra from an “ordinary” person’s perspective – to see what the tantric worldview is (at least “some” of the basic building blocks) and how it can be helpful to us so that we can live a more joyful, loving and empowering life.

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  2. Energy is what drives us. I am a lord Shiva fan.. and he is the one who defines energy. Amazing read. Great work.. Kindly check out my blog. You might enjoy a few posts there.:)


  3. Thanks so much for your interest and kind words. I really appreciate it. It was great to visit your corner of WordPress 🙂 I look forward to your future posts 🙂 Greetings, Sam


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