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