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Planes of existence

Subtle bodies In metaphysics and esoteric cosmology, a plane of existence (sometimes called simply a plane, dimension, vibrating plane, or an inner, invisible, spiritual, supraphysical world, or egg) is conceived as a subtle region of space (and/or consciousness) beyond, but permeating, the known physical universe (or a portion of the physical... The Subtle body is a non-physical energy or psycho-spiritual body or bodies that all beings have, according to various esoteric, occult, and mystical teachings. ...

Theosophy

Causal plane: Causal body
Mental plane: Mental body
Astral plane: body, projection
Etheric plane: Etheric body
Physical plane: Physical body Possible emblem of some Theosophical Society Theosophy, literally knowledge of the divine, designates several bodies of ideas. ... Causal plane is a term used in Neo-Theosophy, some contemporary Vedanta, the New Age, (especially some channelled communications), and sometimes Occultism, to describe a high spiritual plane of existence. ... The Causal body - originally Karana-Sarira - is a Yogic and Vedantic concept that was adopted and modified by Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy, and from the latter made its way into the general New Age movement and contemporary western esotericism. ... The Mental Plane in Hermeticism, Theosophical, Aurobindonian, and New Age thought refers to the macrocosmic or universal plane or reality that is made up purely of thought or mindstuff. ... The Mental Body is one of the Subtle Bodies in Theosophy and New Age thought. ... The astral plane, also called the astral world or desire world, is a plane of existence according to esoteric philosophies, some religious teachings and New Age thought. ... The astral body, also known as desire body or emotional body refers to concept of a subtle body which exists alongside the physical body, as a vehicle of the soul or consciousness. ... Astral projection (or astral travel) is an interpretation of out-of-body experiences (OBEs) achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming, deep meditation, or use of psychotropics. ... The etheric plane or etheric region is one of the planes of existence, or more specifically a subplane or planes, in Theosophy and New Age thought. ... The etheric body, ether-body, æther body, or vital body is one of the subtle bodies in esoteric philosophies, in some religious teachings and in New Age thought. ... The Physical Plane or Physical Universe in Hermeticism, Theosophical and New Age thought refers to the visible reality of space and time, energy and matter. ... The Physical body is understood in Theosophy as simply the last of seven progressively denser vehicles of consciousness. In Blavatskyian Theosophy it is called by the Vedantic name sthula sarira - gross body - and distingusihed from the linga sarira, the subtle body or astral double. ...

Rosicrucian

The 7 Worlds & the 7 Cosmic Planes
The Seven-fold constitution of Man
The Ten-fold constitution of Man
The Temple of the Rose Cross, Teophilus Schweighardt Constantiens, 1618. ... The Rosicrucian Fellowship Emblem The Rosicrucian Fellowship - An International Association of Christian Mystics - was founded in 1909/11 by Max Heindel as herald of the Aquarian Age and with the aim of promulgating the Rosicrucian teachings of the Mystery School of the West, the invisible Rosicrucian Order (which, according to... The Rosicrucian Fellowship Emblem The Rosicrucian Fellowship - An International Association of Christian Mystics - was founded in 1909/11 by Max Heindel as herald of the Aquarian Age and with the aim of promulgating the Rosicrucian teachings of the Mystery School of the West, the invisible Rosicrucian Order (which, according to... The Rosicrucian Fellowship Emblem The Rosicrucian Fellowship - An International Association of Christian Mystics - was founded in 1909/11 by Max Heindel as herald of the Aquarian Age and with the aim of promulgating the Rosicrucian teachings of the Mystery School of the West, the invisible Rosicrucian Order (which, according to...

Thelema

Body of Light | Thelemic mysticism Thelema is the English transliteration of the Ancient Greek noun : will, from the verb θέλω: to will, wish, purpose. ... Within the system of magick, the Body of Light—often referred to as the subtle body—is the part of a person that can leave the corporeal body and carry ones senses and consciousness during astral travels. ... Within the modern system of Thelema, developed by Aleister Crowley in the first half of the 20th century, is a complex mystical path designed to do two interrelated things: to learn ones unique True Will and to achieve union with the All. ...

Surat Shabda Yoga

Cosmology // Surat Shabd Yoga or Surat Shabda Yoga is a form of spiritual practice that is followed in the Sant Mat and many other spiritual traditions. ... Surat Shabd Yoga or Surat Shabda Yoga is a form of spiritual practice that is followed in the Sant Mat and many other related spiritual traditions. ...

Sufism

Sufi cosmology
Sufism is a mystic tradition of Islam encompassing a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to Allah/God, divine love and sometimes to help a fellow man. ... Although there is no consensus with regard to Sufi cosmology, one can disentangle various threads that led to the crystallization of more or less coherent cosmological doctrines. ...

Hinduism
Lokas - Kosas
Buddhism
Buddhist cosmology
Kabbalah
Atziluth - Beri'ah - Yetzirah - Asiyah

Sephirot {{Hinduism small} Hinduism (Sanskrit/Devanagari: , , also known as , ) is a religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent. ... In metaphysics and esoteric cosmology, a plane of existence (sometimes called simply a plane, dimension, vibrating plane, or an inner, invisible, spiritual, or supraphysical world) is a theoretical region of space and/or consciousness beyond the known physical universe, or the region containing the universe itself. ... Kosas are five cases or sheaths which cover the Atman in Hinduism. ... Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, a philosophy, and a life-enhancing system of psychology. ... Buddhist cosmology is the description of the shape and evolution of the universe according to the canonical Buddhist scriptures and commentaries. ... This article is about traditional Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). ... Atziluth is the highest of 4 worlds in which exists the kabbalistic Tree of life. ... Beriah is the second of 4 worlds in the kabbalistic Tree of Life. ... This article is about the religious attributes. ... Asiyah is the 4th and last of the worlds in which exists the kabbalistic Tree of Life. ... Sephirah, also Sefirah (Hebrew language סְפִירָה Enumeration); plural Sephiroth or Sefiroth סְפִירוֹת. In the Kabbalah, the Sephiroth (or Enumerations) are the ten emanations of God (or infinite light: Ain Soph Aur) into the universe. ...

Fourth Way

Ray of Creation
The Laws
Three Centres
Five Centres The Fourth Way is the title of the posthumously published 1957 book by P. D. Ouspensky that describes the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff. ... The Ray of Creation is a metaphysical cosmology which was taught by G.I. Gurdjieff. ... In the school of thought created by G.I. Gurdjieff The Laws are governing principles of the universe. ... The Three Centres are a teaching within some Gurdjieffian Fourth Way groups relating to his teaching of Three-brained beings, Law of Three, Law of Seven, etc. ... The Five Centres are a teaching within some Gurdjieffian Fourth Way groups relating to his teaching of the Three Centres, Three-brained beings, Law of Three, Law of Seven, etc. ...

Popular culture

Plane (Dungeons & Dragons)
  Inner Plane
  Prime Material Plane
  Outer Plane Popular culture, or pop culture, (literally: the culture of the people) consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... In the standard cosmology of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game, the planes of existence are alternate planes or alternate dimensions. ... The Inner Planes are the innermost planes of existence in the standard cosmology of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. ... ... The Outer Planes are the outermost planes of existence in the standard cosmology of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. ...

Emanationism is a component in the cosmology or cosmogony of certain religious or philosophical systems that argue that a sentient, self-aware Supreme Being, born from an unmanifested The Absolute ("Root of Existence") beyond comprehension, emanated lower and lower spiritual modalities and lastly matter (the physical universe) as the resultant efflux of the Absolute. // Cosmology, from the Greek: κοσμολογία (cosmologia, κόσμος (cosmos) order + λογια (logia) discourse) is the study of the Universe in its totality, and by extension, humanitys place in it. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islam, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhism, Sikh, Hindu, Jain Religion is the adherence to codified beliefs and rituals which generally involve a faith in a spiritual nature as well as a study of inherited ancestral traditions... Socrates (central bare-chested figure) about to drink hemlock as mandated by the court. ... Sentience is the capacity for basic consciousness -- the ability to feel or perceive, not necessarily including the faculty of self-awareness. ... Great Architect of the Universe (GAOTU) is a term used within Freemasonry to denominate the Supreme Being which each member individually holds an adherence to. ... The Absolute is the totality of things; all that is, whether it has been discovered or not. ... Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... In physics, matter is commonly defined as the substance of which physical objects are composed, not counting the contribution of various energy or force fields, which are not usually considered to be matter per se (though they may contribute to the mass of objects). ... In religion the term physical universe or material universe is used to distinguish the physical matter of the universe from its spiritual essence. ...

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Specifically, that complex things are created in nature is not in question either by Creationists (Abrahamic religions, etc.), Emanationists, or nihilists and atheists; the two matters that are in question are the locus for creation and whether a sentient, self-aware Absolute (‘God’) is a necessity for creation. Emanationists such as Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus, Gotama, and others argued that complex patterns in nature were a natural consequence of procession from the One (Hen, Absolute). For the Computer Science term, see Computational complexity theory. ... Creation (theology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Galunggung in 1982, showing a combination of natural events. ... The Creation of Light by Gustave Doré. Creationism can either refer to: the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, or the universe as a whole was specially created by a supreme being (often referred to specifically as God[1]) or by other forms of supernatural intervention. ... map showing the prevalence of Abrahamic (purple) and Dharmic (yellow) religions in each country. ... Nihilism is a philosophical position, often associated with Friedrich Nietzsche. ... The 18th-century French author Baron dHolbach was one of the first self-described atheists. ... The word locus (plural loci) is Latin for place: In biology and evolutionary computation, a locus is the position of a gene (or other significant sequence) on a chromosome. ... Sentience is a capacity for basic consciousness—the ability to feel or perceive, not necessarily including the faculty of self-awareness. ... Pythagoras Pythagoras of Samos (Greek: Πυθαγόρας; circa 582 BC – circa 507 BC) was an Ionian (Greek) mathematician and philosopher, founder of the mathematical, mystic, religious, and scientific society called Pythagoreans. ... Plato (ancient Greek: Πλάτων, Plátōn, wide, broad-shouldered) (c. ... Plotinus Plotinus (Greek: ) (ca. ... Maharishi GAUTAM, one of the seven sages “Sapt Rishi” was creator of “Nyaya Shsatra”. “Nyaya Shastra” is oldest known book on judicial system. ...


According to Emanationism, the Absolute, its nature and its activity must be inseparably one thing only, namely will, such that the nature and activity of the Absolute is both one and the same (again, will) and by its very nature is also its activity ‘to will’ and wills things to be or occur, thereby maintaining the center of the logical system of Emanationism. In addition, agnosis, or the lack of Subjective gnosis, is a primordial privation which must be corrected before a metaphysical "Oneing" (Plotinus) can occur. Through this process, the transcendent yet immanent will of individuals is made self-reflexive by recollecting back further and further. Eventually it will reach that nature, the Noetic (and real) self, which is antecedent to the phenomenal, corporeal self. The ontologically trascendent yet immanent Self is seen as being one's unactualized nature, and this nature will remain unactualized until contemplation is brought to fruition, thereby bringing into actuality what had been merely potential. In philosophy, transcendental/transcendence, has three different but related primary meanings, all of them derived from the words literal meaning (from Latin), of climbing or going beyond: one that originated in Ancient philosophy, one in Medieval philosophy and one in modern philosophy. ... Immanence is a religious and philosophical concept. ... Contemplation comes from the latin root for temple, and means to enter an open or consecrated place. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Scalar potential. ...


According to this paradigm, creation proceeds as an effulgence from the First Principle (the Absolute or Godhead). The Supreme Light or Consciousness descends through a series of stages, gradations, worlds or hypostases, becoming progressively more material and embodied. In time it will turn around to return to the One (epistrophe), retracing its steps through spiritual knowledge and contemplation. [citation needed] Since the late 1960s, the word paradigm (IPA: ) has referred to a thought pattern in any scientific discipline or other epistemological context. ... In Christianity, the Godhead is a unit consisting of God the Father, Jesus Christ (the Son), and the Holy Spirit. ... See: Hypostasis (linguistics) Hypostasis (religion) Hypostasis (organization) This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Origins

The primary classical exponent of Emanationism was Plotinus, wherein his work, the Enneads, all things phenomenal and otherwise were an emanation from the One (Hen). In Ennead 5.1.6, Emanationism is compared to a diffusion from the One, of which there are three primary hypostases, the One (hen), the Intellect/will (nous), and the Soul (psyche tou pantos). For Plotinus, emanation, or the "soul's descent", is a result of the Indefinite Dyad, or tolma, the primordial agnosis inherent to and within the Absolute, the Godhead. The Six Enneads is a book whose title is sometimes abbreviated to The Enneads or Enneads, and was written by the Neo-Platonist Plotinus; it was edited and compiled by his last student Porphyry, in a short period c. ...


Plotinus (a key expositor of Emanationism) in particular argued that there is no knowledge or sentience in the Absolute, and that all things noetic and corporeal were as well a logos or proportional phenomena of the emanation of and by the One. In Plotinian Emanationism, there are lesser and lesser potencies of will as procession occurs beginning from the One, through the noetic, or the soul, finally ending in base matter, which is generally seen as utter privation. Look up Noesis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A corporeal thing is a thing having physical substance. ... The Greek word λόγος or logos is a word with various meanings. ... A phenomenon (plural: phenomena) is an observable event, particularly something special (literally something that can be seen, derived from the Greek word phainomenon = observable). ... // will power redirects here. ... Former the 60s progressive rock band, Procession, see Procession, Sixties band Funeral Procession, illustrated in a manuscript of the Hours of the Virgin. ... The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is a self-aware ethereal substance particular to a unique living being. ... In physics, matter is commonly defined as the substance of which physical objects are composed, not counting the contribution of various energy or force fields, which are not usually considered to be matter per se (though they may contribute to the mass of objects). ...


Relationship to other belief systems

Emanationism is opposed to both Creationism (wherein the universe is created by a sentient God who knowingly creates it) and nihilism (which posits no underlying subjective and/or ontological nature behind phenomena). Creation itself is merely a logos (Republic 509d-511) of the Absolute which "pours forth" as lesser and lesser potencies of the One, proceeding from the One, to the Nous, then to the Soul, and lastly as utter privation, matter (hyle), or, as Plotinus called matter, "an image of an image" (cf. Plato's Allegory of the cave). The emanationist paradigm for the cosmos can be seen as the model that most logically corrects the inconsistencies, paradoxes and philosophical incongruities that are found in Creationism and nihilism. [citation needed] Though both Plotinus and Plato as well as Neoplatonist like Iamblichus spoke of the demiurge of the one or absolute monad amalgamating or crafting physical reality out of chaos. The demiurge is depicted as the agent of the one or monad. The Republic (Greek ) is an influential work of philosophy and political theory by the Greek philosopher Plato, written in approximately 360 BC. It is written in the format of a Socratic dialogue. ... Platos Allegory of the Cave is perhaps the best known of his many allegories, metaphors, and parables. ... The Demiurge, in some belief systems, is a deity responsible for the creation of the physical universe and the physical aspect of humanity. ... The Demiurge, in some belief systems, is a deity responsible for the creation of the physical universe and the physical aspect of humanity. ...


Similar belief systems

Other models of Emanationism than that found in Neoplatonism are that of Advaita Vedanta and presecular Buddhism, both of which posit agnosis/nescience as the principle whereby emanation (proodos) occurs, by means of contemplative and assimilative techniques, the Soul is able to assimilate (epistrophe) itself in union with the One, its nature. [citation needed] Specifically that Gotama the Buddha said, in his 'Contingent Manifestion' (paticca-samuppada) philosophical model for the cosmos, that avijja (agnosis, nescience) was the 1st principle of 'becoming' (bhava), in a 12fold chain culminating lasting in death and reincarnation; i.e. that agnosis (avijja) of the will (citta) as pertains its unrealized natural Divinity was the uncaused cause of all becoming. Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, a philosophy, and a life-enhancing system of psychology. ...


Emanationist views are found in:

And arguably some variants of Hinduism and Buddhism and the ancient Egyptian religion. Platonic idealism is the theory that the substantive reality around us is only a reflection of a higher truth. ... Neoplatonism (also Neo-Platonism) is the modern term for a school of philosophy that took shape in the 3rd century AD, based on the teachings of Plato and earlier Platonists. ... Timaeus (c. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Mandaeism. ... Manichaeism was one of the major ancient religions. ... Cathars being expelled from Carcassonne in 1209. ... This article is about traditional Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). ... Surat Shabd Yoga or Surat Shabda Yoga is a form of spiritual practice that is followed in the Sant Mat and many other related spiritual traditions. ... Sufism is a mystic tradition of Islam encompassing a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to Allah/God, divine love and sometimes to help a fellow man. ... Druze star The Druze or Druz (also known as Druse; Arabic: derzī or durzī درزي, pl. ... The Temple of the Rose Cross, Teophilus Schweighardt Constantiens, 1618. ... Esoteric Christianity refers to the esoteric knowledge of Christian mysticism which adherents view as the inner teachings of early Christianity, seen as a Mystery religion. ... {{Hinduism small} Hinduism (Sanskrit/Devanagari: , , also known as , ) is a religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent. ... Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, a philosophy, and a life-enhancing system of psychology. ... Ancient Egyptian religion encompasses the beliefs and rituals of Ancient Egypt. ...


Emanations are sometimes featured in fiction as well, especially in fantasy fiction. Some examples include: The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ...

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer and university professor who is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as many other works. ... The Ainur (from Valarin Ayanûz; singular Ainu) are a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe, Eä. Spoiler warning: The Ainur are the spirits emanated by Ilúvatar to help him to create the Universe, Eä, through the Music of the Ainur. ... A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... Clive Barker (Born October 5, 1952, Liverpool, England) is an English-born American-resident author, film director and visual artist. ... Imajica is a fantasy novel by British author Clive Barker. ... Philip Pullman Philip Pullman, (born October 19, 1946) is an English writer, educated at Exeter College, Oxford, who is the best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy novels and a number of other books, purportedly for children, but attracting increasing attention by adult readers. ... The trilogy (non-North American versions), in order of succession from left to right. ... Bethesda Softworks Elder Scrolls 10th anniversary logo from 2004. ... Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company, is a developer and publisher of computer and video games. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

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