The concept of the human aura, or radiation and also the existence of the astral body is thousands of years old, and clairvoyants of all times have been able to see it. (The following blog should just give some insights into it and is not meant as a fully comprehensive explanation. I hope you can use it as an inspiration to search for further answers)
The discovery of the atom , this smallest building stone of the material Creation, makes it easier for us to understand the new, magnificent radiation picture of the cosmos, because every atomic nucleus emits rays. Hence all unions of atoms, be they things of the earth, the human body or the suns, stars and planets, must also have the most manifold of radiations. Scientific research comes ever nearer to the knowledge of the radiations working in the cosmos. Thus the invisible radiation-belt surrounding the earth has been discovered, as it has also been found that our solar world forms a huge electromagnetic force-field that is subject to the Law of Gravity.
As in the largest so in the smallest and the concept we are dealing with here is about the human radiation that is also expressed in the language, when for instance someone says: "His whole being radiates peace and serenity." Everyone can sense/feel the aura of another person, although we are unable to see it with our physical eyes.
The human radiation is communicated to objects which man carries about with him, and to his writings, as well as to photographs, something which is in fact well-known and made use in various fields.
For instance we use photographs during distance healing sessions.
In illness the radiation changes. Mediumistic people are able to recognise in the radiation-wreath that hidden seat of disease which has given rise to the physically visible disease in the first place.
The core of a human being is surrounded by several coverings. His final covering is the physical body. We can picture the various coverings as skins placed one inside another, as in an onion.
In earthman the radiations of the finer coverings, together with the radiations of the physical body, form a combination which results in a colourful wreath of radiations, called by some aura and by others od, the "fluid" that surrounds man. With this radiation wreath he determines the strength of the waves for the vibrations which he absorbs out of the cosmic radiation-system.
The combination of radiations must always be harmonious, so that the inward spirit in man can develop fully in the World of Matter. Healing Magnetism restores the harmonious and orderly connection between the different coverings of a human being. Blockages are removed and energy added where needed.
In the following, two articles might shed even more light to the subject. For this we turn first to the already well known and mostly accepted area of the Meridian system. An ancient knowledge exists about the Meridians connecting the physical with the astral body and which is used in acupuncture as well as Meridian tapping methods like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), an end meridian stimulating technique that is self applied by many individuals and professionals worldwide.
The Astral Body and the meridians of acupuncture
How does the human spirit in the beyond acquire a body of the earth? By incarnating midway through pregnancy into the developing body of a child.
But this is not possible directly, unless through special forces a model, the so-called "astral body", is first shaped of a finer material substance, only after which does the gross material body then form.
Only through the astral body can the soul work on the physical body, but it still also needs the radiation of the blood as the last bridge to full activity on earth.
If gross matter is classified as coarse, medium and fine types, the astral body belongs to the medium.
Some things point to the existence of the astral body. Acupuncture, for example. It is a method in use for thousands of years to diagnose and treat diseases through insertion of fine needles in certain parts of the body.
The key points in acupuncture lie along the so-called meridians, a definite number of which run vertically through the body. This makes it possible to treat pains and diseases from points that lie further away. For instance, heart and circulation disorders can be treated from a point on the left little finger. It is essential that the points lie on meridians which are related to the parts of the body or organs concerned.
The networks of meridians could be imagined as running through the astral body like energy paths, analogous to nerve paths in the physical body. The fixed meridians naturally have a connection with the nerves.
They must be of finer consistency than the physical body, because they are absent in the tissues of the corpse. At physical death, not only the physical body but also the astral body disintegrates with the meridians.
Thus there is no anatomical proof that the meridians exist; we can only imagine that they were at one time detected by persons who could see "deeper", who had mediumistic gifts.
But yet another indication of the existence of the astral body can be given. This body fills out, as it were, the physical body entirely; it corresponds to it in shape, because the earthly body was actually formed on the astral model.
If a limb is severed from the earthly body, the astral body is not affected, and the meridians continue to run through the astral part of the missing member. This indicates that the astral body is less dependent on the physical body than vice versa.
In this connection, the "phantom pains" which are felt where a limb has been amputated have their origin in the astral part. They can be relieved by acupuncture from a distant point in the body.
As the astral body is forming, good and evil radiations, karmaically caused by the human spirit through the exercise of its free will, are connected to it with the help of the stars. Thus the basic disposition or the astral blueprint, which is decisive for the futureearthly existence of the newly- born person, is formed. It corresponds exactly to the state of his soul at the time of his coming to earth, with all the existing threads of fate. This is expressed, among other things, in the person's name, the lines of the palm, the shape of the head, the handwriting, and not least in the birth horoscope as "radiation picture" , in so far as the stars concerned are known. Often threads of fate which cause a physical defect, or the tendency to it, are woven into the astral body. Man cannot escape his fate. In some previous earth-life he put it into the world, or gave it the forms which must then develop automatically through the working of the Laws of Creation, and which he brings with him to earth at birth, just as he takes them over with him again at death, be they old or newly added forms. Hence there can be no question of fatalism in the sense of blind belief in a pre-ordained fate imposed by some power or other. the newly--born has ample opportunity later as an adult to change for good or evil the disposition which he brought along at birth, because the free will remains with him as a property of his spiritual nature. This enables him, through a really good volition, to sever himself from all evil fate (karma). (Herbert Vollmann, A Gate Opens)
Let's look at the subject now also with some of the newest scientific research. Max Planck told us that:
There is no matter in itself!
All matter is created and exists only by a force that sets all particles of an atom into motion and holds them together in the tiniest solar system of the world atom. ..............the rest are powerfields, which are in constant oszillation (vibration) with each other.
If we think for example on the pure matter of that of the Cologne Cathedral, it only fills a thimble. Our body.............only covers the surface of the thimble.
Everything beyond that are structured force fields that stand in constant oscillation.
In light of that, it seems very natural that we promisingly turn towards the underlying and causal principles in medicine, namely the force fields and energetic reciprocal effects. This is also the area of my own work with Therapeutic Magnetism and goes hand in hand with the many levels we are touching upon in this blog. I hope it's not getting too confusing now, but..........
It is already established:
There is no matter as such. The essential material of the Universe is non-material.
Cosmic energy exists in everything and everyone, and is a force that pervades our entire existence.
Matter is a product of this energy.
The magnetic field surrounding or encasing every substance is in interaction with this cosmic energy and absorbs it.
In every cell between 30,000 and 100,000 reactions per second take place.
According to a Dr. Fritz Albert Popp (Biophysicist) a direct chemical reaction with one substance with another cannot happen without field communication.
A magnetic field is necessary to enable a communication and therefore a reaction between cells.
The communication and information transfer between cells happens in the magnetic field through light photons. (Light photons permeate the vegetative nervous system and are then transformed in the body into bio-photons. Biophotons (from the Greek βίος meaning "life" and φῶς meaning "light") are photons of light in the ultraviolet and low visible light range which are produced by a biological system.
When this regulation is disturbed, it does first lead to a malfunction and later to an organ dysfunction! In our Biomagnetic Healing training we also say that:
Magnetic Alignment = Bio photon retention = Energy conservation
No magnetic alignment = Bio photon emission = Loss of energy
Healing Magnetism primarily deals with the ordering of the magnetic fields. It harmonises the energy field of the person. Blockages, which disrupt the natural flow of energy- for example in the acupuncture meridians and also in the aura or in the inner body – can be eliminated. The renewed circulation of energy manifests immediately in a harmonious radiation of the person. So the knowledge about aura, radiation, astral body is vital for us as it is part of being human and we are not only our visible physical body but we carry within us also finer bodies that as a whole makes up our radiation, that in turn is decisive which kind of radiations we do absorb out of the cosmic energy. In turn this leads to effects on our health as how you just read happens the information transfer between cells in our energy field and therefore the order and harmony in our energy field is important for our well-being and is also decisive in our development as a human being..
Most modern people show disturbances in their energy field, foremost between the connection between astral body and the anchor and connecting point between astral and physical body in the solar plexus and from there the connecting bridges first to the back brain and then to the frontal brain. The reason for that is that many of us lost access to that what makes us human (spirit that shows its existence via the intuitive perception that are transmitted via the bridge function of solar plexus - small brain and then frontal brain) and many of us show the tendency to over-cultivate the intellect and to only believe in material things. A lot of people even laugh or scoff if someone mentions that they are more than their physical body. That's the sad picture we are facing nowadays.
Let's look a bit further first with a video about the importance of the solar plexus as a gateway to the spirit, literally the connecting place where the finer body connects to the material body and then we continue with an article that describes the formation and function of the astral body.
Formation and function of the astral body
The soul is connected with the astral body and works through this upon the heavy physical body. Likewise the physical body with the radiation necessary for this can really bind the soul to itself only through the astral body acting as a mediator. The radiations issuing from heavy gross matter, through which the animistic pulsates, must first penetrate the medium gross matter of the astral body, for otherwise they cannot connect with the radiations of the soul, the outermost cloak of which is by then already of finest gross matter.
Let us at present distinguish only between three basic species of gross matter, although there are still various intermediate and side species in addition. For the time being we will only consider the fine, the medium heavy and the heaviest gross material substance. In this sense the physical body also belongs to the heaviest earthly species, and the astral body to the transitional species of medium heavy gross matter, i.e., to that species which lies next to the heaviest.
When an incarnation is to take place this astral body is formed so that it appears as if both occur simultaneously. In reality, however, the fashioning of the astral body precedes the process in heavy gross matter; it must precede it, otherwise the physical body could not be completed and the soul would be unable to do anything with it.
(...) The astral body is connected with the physical body, but is not dependent upon it, as has been assumed in the past.
(...) It is true that after the soul has severed itself from the physical body the astral body decays along with the physical body. But this must not be taken as a proof that it is therefore dependent upon it. This does not even give a justifiable foundation for such an assumption!
In reality the process is different: When it severs itself the soul, being the mobile part, draws the astral body away from the physical body. Figuratively speaking: The soul upon stepping out of and leaving the physical body pulls the astral body out with it. That is how it appears! In reality the soul only pulls it off the physical body, because a fusion has never taken place but only a telescoping, as it is with field glasses which go in and out.
In so doing the soul does not draw this astral body along very far, because the latter is not only anchored with the soul but also with the physical body; and moreover, the soul from which the essential movements issues also wants to sever itself from the astral body and consequently strives away from it too.
Thus after the earthly departure of the soul the astral body always remains near the physical body. The further the soul then moves away the weaker the astral body becomes; and the every increasing severance of the soul finally brings about the decay and decomposition of the astral body, which in turn immediately brings in its train the decay of the physical body, in the same way as it also influenced its formation. This is the normal process in accordance with the Laws of Creation. Naturally special acts of intervention also bring about special conditions and disarrangements, but without being able to eliminate the lawfulness.
Extract from the Grail Message, Volume 3, Lecture 26
The understanding and knowledge about the existence of our finer bodies, the meridian system, astral body and how it connects to our inward spiritual self, that incarnated into a physical body for the purpose of development through experiencing on earth, is vital for us. We have to aspire to free the connecting bridges in our own system between brain - solar plexus- astral body- soul and spirit again. Only a proper connection between all levels of a human being helps us to develop our truly human qualities and this can only happen through our own personal spiritual awakening. This will also have a positive effect on physical health.
Nowadays we find in many circles an over-focus on only material things that lacks the necessary balance. When we re-focus on our inert human qualities there might come a time when human virtues like faithfulness, truthfulness, grace, modesty, diligence, heroism, courage, skill, fulfilment of duty, wisdom, humility or compassion and so on come into the limelight and into importance. Nowadays there seems to be not much place for that. For example we would instead of being informed about some new make up style, clothes or look of some tv star or celebrity be informed about someone who exhibited inner human virtues that had an up building affect on their surrounding. That would be a totally different situation than what we face today, also children and teenagers would find some worthwhile role models again if they would see that these virtues are what are gaining respect and fame.
Virtues belong to the abilities of our spirit which are the "talents" entrusted to us and which it is "to make the most of it", that is to say, it is to make use of our abilities to that they will bring blessing. (interest). But no one is equipped with ready made virtues, but us ourselves must see that they are awaken and blossom. For this again we need the corresponding radiations from the Universe, which help us to do so. Just as with a noble stringed instrument it is left to the player which notes to strike, so the spirit of man is able in each case to call forth special vibrations which, borne by true longing, move out into the Universe. There they make contact with a similar vibration, which works in strengthening and stimulating, invigorating and happy-making way, and gradually, according to the prototype of the heavenly virtue, allows the same human prototype to arise on earth. How beautiful could our earth be if each of us would strive to develop our spiritual entrusted talents (virtues) again.
Additional insights that complement this Blog post. What is the difference between the voice of our spirit and the intellect? How does spirit reveal itself in matter?
Intuition and Intellect
To understand how the spirit uses the brain to reveal itself in matter, it is essential to be conscious of the fact that because of their difference in kind, the spirit and the brain also possess different faculties.
The capabilities of a tool are indeed always dependent on its particular characteristics; that is why we must distinguish what emanates from the spirit, which is non-material in nature: the intuition, from what emanates from the material brain: the intellect. The intuition is an immediate experiencing of things, one that is not the fruit of reasoning. The intuitive faculties enable us immediately to feel inwardly what is actually happening or in process, the solution to a problem or how to act for the best in a given situation. This feeling bursts forth spontaneously from the depths of our being, for intuitive knowledge is not a foreign element in us, not something on which we must work in order to obtain something. It is an integral part of our capacity as spirit-beings.
The knowledge of the intellect, on the other hand, is not spontaneous but produced. It is not an integral part of us, but is stored up in us. It necessitates learning the fundamentals, thus their classification and memorisation and, for these to be made readily accessible, reflection, analysis and deduction on the part of the brain. Self-observation can easily show up the difference that exists between these two faculties. Sometimes, we intuitively feel the answer to a question, or the solution to a problem. The answer or solution impresses itself on us as an obvious fact, even though we cannot explain how it came to us or why we consider it to be right. On the other hand, the solution to a problem costs us mental exertion when obtained from reflection and analysis. It is only after having dissected the situation, examined each part of the problem in detail and reflected on each of its aspects that, by deduction, it becomes possible for us to find a solution. This solution, being the fruit of reasoning, can then be explained logically and precisely.
The same goes for the knowledge that we can have of someone’s character and real worth. When the intuition is active, the few moments of even a brief meeting are sufficient to give us a perfect assessment of the nature of the person we are dealing with. Against this first, quick and often inexplicable impression, one must contrast the pondering of the intellect. The latter, after many detours, arrives at often uncertain conclusions, later usually disproved. The accuracy of the first impression is thus confirmed, the first impression which the popular adage describes as “always right”. At first sight, the intuitive faculty and the intellectual faculty would appear to be irreconcilable, because their characteristics are the opposite of each other. In reality, though, they are complementary, and it is only thanks to their combined actions that they permit the human being incarnated on earth to achieve the greatest and most beautiful things it is capable of. Indeed, thanks to his intuitive faculty the human being is apt to take decisions conforming to the high spiritual values which he has within him, that is, just, principled, constructive decisions. He thus gives a correct orientation to his goals and projects.
However, owing to its non-material nature the spirit is not in a position to find out how to carry out its projects in matter. What is material is indeed of a different species from it and, consequently, of a species which it does not understand, on which it has no grasp. The material species is, on the other hand, compatible with the brain and its product - the intellect. The latter is therefore not only able, but is also the more competent, to understand and to act on what is material. Thanks to its faculty of analysis and reflection, as well as all the elements that it has assembled from observation, the intellect can find the best way to proceed in order to execute the decisions and projects of the spirit in the dense matter of the earthly plane.
The sequence of events is thus as follows: the spirit, with the help of its intuitive faculty, takes a decision. This decision is transmitted to the cerebellum (back-brain), then to the cerebrum (frontal brain). The latter works on it, in order to “realise” or make it manifest materially; which happens through the movement of one or other parts of the body. Having said this, and before looking in more detail at the differences between intuition and intellect, let us see with the help of the knowledge provided in the Grail Message, the surprising path that the intuition takes in being transmitted from the spirit to the brain. In a chapter dealing with the intuition (Volume 2, Lecture 70), we read: “The activity of the human spirit awakens intuitive perception within the solar plexus, thereby simultaneously making an impression upon the cerebellum. It is the effect of the spirit, that is, a wave of power issuing from the spirit. Man naturally perceives this wave in that spot where the spirit within the soul is connected with the body – in the centre of the so-called solar plexus, which passes on the wave to the cerebellum where it creates an impression.”
The solar plexus
The gateway for the intuition, the point where the spirit is linked with the body, is thus the solar plexus! This is an unusual item of information which, despite its unusualness, does not contradict current knowledge of the solar plexus and the nervous system.
A plexus is where a set of nerves join to form a sort of little power station and where they communicate between themselves, whereas normally each nerve is separate from the others and works in isolation. The solar plexus is situated at the pit of the stomach. In it join the nerves which connect the liver, the pancreas, the kidneys, the stomach and the intestines. It belongs to the autonomic nervous system, of which we have not yet spoken, and which has the task of regulating the organic life: respiration, circulation, digestion and so on. The autonomic nervous system is distinct from the central nervous system which has the task of transporting the sensory influx and the motor signals.
The strongly receptive nature of the solar plexus is visible anatomically. In contrast to the cerebrum, the grey matter of the plexuses is located at the centre and the white matter on the outside. The white matter comprises nerve fibres, that is, extensions of cells, whose task is the reception and transmission of an influx. The grey substance is made up of the cellular bodies themselves, whose task is not reception or transmission, but elaboration. Thus, the solar plexus is, above all, anatomically speaking, an organ of reception.
Does a line of communication exist between it and the cerebellum? Yes. The solar plexus is placed between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system. These two branches form one of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves which, in order to descend into the abdomen, cross the peduncles of … the cerebellum. The wave of power which the solar plexus receives from the spirit can therefore be transmitted to the cerebellum, as described in the preceding passage, since a direct path exists between the two. Apart from the anatomical reasons cited above, the experience of each one of us also shows that it is completely plausible for the solar plexus to be the gateway from the spirit. Actually the strong impressions that the spirit transmits — joy, alarm, love — and, which being formed, we feel in our body, we do not feel at the mental level, in the cerebrum, but right inside the pit of the stomach, at the solar plexus. Numerous common expressions testify to this feeling: when someone is scared, it is said that he has fear in the belly or that he has a knotted stomach; if he lacks courage: that he has no stomach for it. Still in relation to courage, to fortify themselves, to gather strength to face up to an ordeal, some people take a strong drink to give themselves “fire in the belly”. The belly is mentioned – sometimes the heart: “having a shock” for example – but not the head or brain (cerebrum). Yet these organs – heart and stomach – are not actually concerned. It only happens that that they are situated in the proximity of the solar plexus. It is also significant that, of all the body’s plexuses, the emotions are always connected with the solar plexus, but never with another.
The intuitive perception we have of the task of the plexus as entrance door of the ego into the body, reveals itself also in an unconscious gesture which everybody makes when questioned. In order to check whether it is really us, we cry out “who, me?” with the hand spontaneously directed towards… the pit of the stomach, that is to say, our solar plexus, and not towards our head, our brain.
After this little digression on the solar plexus, let us return to the process the spirit uses to make impressions upon the brains: “In accordance with the specific nature of the various impressions received, the cerebellum, like a photographic plate, forms a picture of the process as willed by the spirit or as created with the strong power of the spirit through its volition. A picture without words! The frontal brain takes over this picture and seeks to describe it in words, thereby generating thoughts which then find expression in language … Thus the spoken word is the resultant effect of pictures transmitted through the frontal brain! The latter can also direct the course of the effect towards the organs of locomotion instead of the organs of speech, whereby words are replaced by writing or action.” (Volume 2, Lecture 70)
The spirit’s intuitive will is of a spiritual nature. By means of the solar plexus, it is transmitted as an energy-wave to the cerebellum, which forms a picture from it. This picture is then picked up and condensed by the frontal brain into terrestrially usable notions: thoughts and words. Here again, an unusual piece of knowledge is given to us, namely that before we think or speak, the intuitive will of the spirit manifests in picture-form. And what is more, a picture without words. Are there any known facts that would confirm such an affirmation? Yes, there are. Dreams are among these.
When we dream, we are not aware of our earthly surroundings, because the frontal brain is resting. What we thus experience does not take place through the frontal brain and day consciousness, but is experienced or perceived by the spirit. Now how do dreams come about? Above all: in the form of pictures. The visual nature of dreams must be strongly emphasised, because, of our five senses, it is that of vision that predominates in dreams.
We dream above all in pictures. Does this mean that sounds and words are excluded from dreams? Although certain dreams are associated with words, there is a category of dreams called R.E.M., in which no word is uttered. The R.E.M. phases of sleep are special periods, only a few minutes long, which are repeated 5 or 6 times a night. The designation of R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) originates from the fact that during these periods the eyes carry out very rapid movements beneath the closed eyelids. R.E.M. dreams are characterised by great intensity and clarity, and the absence of words. Certain people have been able to experience this of themselves. In their dream, they carried out a long conversation with someone, all of a sudden realising that no one has spoken. The conversation had taken place silently, through a direct exchange, without words! Albert Einstein, whose theories upset all the prevailing notions of the universe, felt that thought processes were above all based on the ability to see in pictures. The theory of relativity, in which he demonstrates how measurements are affected by gravity and movement, dawned on him at the age of 16, as he sought to visualise what effects one could experience if one rode a light beam advancing through the universe. Seeing in pictures was more important to him than the intellectual knowledge which uses words.
Moreover, impoverished intellectual activity does not appear to be incompatible with a rich inner life, as suggested by the admittedly extreme cases of the mentally retarded. A significant case in point is that of the sculptor Alonzo Clemons, an African-American with an IQ of no more than 40, the residue of a head injury suffered as a toddler, (the average IQ being 100, that of the moron 50 - 85 the imbecile 30 - 50). He can only count up to 10 with difficulty, and his vocabulary comprises only a few words. He cannot express himself correctly in sentences, but communicates in a telegraphic style. Yet, this sculptor can model clay statues — especially animals — with complete accuracy. The muscles, tendons, manes, and so on are rendered with great precision and full of life. For that, he only needs to look briefly at the model. His work then takes off without the latter, entirely by means of pictures which he has recorded within himself and which he then reproduces with so much accuracy.
Another case of imbeciles displaying a surprising capacity to function with pictures, despite their almost total intellectual incapacity, is that of the English twins, Charles and George. They became famous during the 1960s for their ability to juggle with the dates and days of the calendar. This gift appeared to have been developed in their youth through the study of a perpetual calendar. Although unable to multiply 3 by 6 – they could not even comprehend the difference between multiplication and division – yet they could say what day of the week corresponded to any date from up to 40,000 years ago to 40,000 years into the future. They were equally capable of stating the date of Easter for each year of the same period of 80,000 years!
Their manifest arithmetic incapacity excluded any possibility of obtaining the dates by calculation like certain prodigies at mental calculation. On the contrary, with the twins Charles and George, it was noted that when they looked for a date, their eyes moved or stared in a peculiar way into space, as though they were unrolling and looking at an internal directory. This ability to see manifested equally in another way. When one day a box of matches spilled and its contents were scattered on the floor, simultaneously both twins immediately cried out “111”. When counted, the spilled matches were indeed 111 in total. When asked how they could count the matches so quickly, they replied that they had not counted them, but that they had seen 111 matches!
The ability to work in pictures, hence by seeing rather than by the reflecting that the intellect does, is thus an ability of which we know little, but which is completely real and effective. The two preceding examples hint at the reality. That we can think without words is moreover not something which is that strange to us. Try to visualise what happens when a word is “at the tip of your tongue". We seek to express something. We know exactly what it is. Inside us the picture is clear, but it is impossible to verbalise it. Does not that prove that thoughts and words are two distinct things? And that to pass from one to the other a process of transformation or densification is necessary? Indeed if thought and word were identical, we would never need to look for a word, for it would be there at the same time as the thought. For a long time, the belief was held that thought was inseparable from language and that “what could not be said, and said well, did not exist” (Paul Valery).
The example of aphasiacs shows, however, that this is not the case. If these persons lose their ability to express themselves or to understand the spoken language, they do not at the same time lose their thinking faculty. Numerous aphasiac mathematicians, chemists or physicists continue to work and to solve problems which arise in their professional activity.
That thought does not necessarily imply words and speech is also demonstrated by the existence of numerous visual languages created almost everywhere in the world to enable the deaf and dumb to communicate. These languages obviously use no words, but only visual signs. The latter are accomplished with the help of the hands and the arms, as well as by body movements and facial expressions. All these languages have their own ‘grammar’ and allow for, quite as well as the spoken language, expression with flexibility, finesse and precision about everyday events just as much as about the most abstract questions. The deaf and dumb are thus able to have an internal life and to think, without using words. This possibility exists, moreover, before the learning of one gestural language or the other. The cognitive life of a deaf and dumb infant is not non-existent. It does not lead a vegetative life, but acts, reacts and takes an interest in its environment like all children. There is thus something within us that transcends the means of expression and communication that we use in matter (words, signs…). This finer faculty, which has its origin in our spirit, is the intuition. It follows that, contrary to customary belief, thinking or reasoning do not depend on our having established words, grammar and logical rules, but it is the opposite that takes place. Words and grammar comply with the innate way of working of the spirit. Human spirits all have the same place of origin: the spiritual plane. The way of working of these spirits is thus similar. It follows that the world’s different tongues – 5,000 languages and over 20,000 dialects – are no arbitrary creations, each different from and having no connection with the others, but they possess the same basic structure. The linguistic researches of Chomsky, Bickerton, and so on, confirm this fact. They show that despite their apparent diversity, all languages are based on a common grammar. This grammar is found everywhere the human being creates a language. It is identical with the spoken language as well as the sign language of the deaf and dumb. One finds it also in the Creole languages: new languages created spontaneously by people of varied origins who are compelled to live together. For example, the African slaves of different cultures transported to sugar cane plantations. Despite the large number of Creole languages – there are more than 350 in the world – all present an almost identical grammar, as if they all had a common thread.
Thus the innate need of the spirit to express what he has inside him is fulfilled at any cost by inventing a language. But varied as the resulting languages are, they are only condensations of something which precedes and transcends them: the language of the spirit. The passage from the intuitive experience to pictures, then to words, thoughts and intellectual reasoning, materialises in the dividing up of the brain centres responsible for these transformations. Indeed, in the rear part of the brain, directly beside the cerebellum, is the occipital lobe, the centre of vision. A little more to the front (Broca zone in the upward frontal lobe) is located the centre of the spoken language. Still further to the front, the frontal cortex is the centre of abstract reasoning and elaboration of action-plans. Thus, first pictures, then intellectual reasoning, then words, (arguments)!
As it has been described, the process concerns the information that the spirit has communicated to the cerebrum. It is, however, obvious that it is the opposite route that is taken when the cerebrum has received some information on the earthly situation and sends it to the spirit. The words and thoughts produced by the frontal brain are conducted to the cerebellum, which transforms them into pictures (images). The latter would then be communicated to the spirit by an energy wave originating in the cerebellum and transmitted to the spirit by way of the solar plexus.
The transformation of words and thoughts into pictures is a process that we experience every day, but which we are generally not aware of. For example, each time we read, the words are transformed internally into pictures. When we read a novel, the words quickly become blurred, giving way to an inner film, that is, to a succession of pictures which spring up before the inner eye along with the reading of the text. The pictures of the intuition are easier to receive during the night, as happens during R.E.M. dreams. The quite natural reason for this is that, during sleep, contrary to what happens during the day, the field of our consciousness is not occupied by pictures of the external reality that the eyes transmit to us. For this reason, during the daytime the intuitions reach us in a more accessible form, that is, slightly condensed. It is no longer a question of pictures, but a feeling or words, words that we “hear” internally. This small inner voice that speaks to us is what is commonly called “the voice of our conscience”. (Conscience literally means knowledge from within.)
The descriptive term “voice of conscience” expresses the fact that what conscience we have of what is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, just or unjust, resides in our spirit. Our brain (cerebrum) is indeed incapable of grasping these notions. They correspond to higher values which are alien to it.
To appreciate this, just imagine what would happen if one had to enter into a computer the notion of justice, or of beauty. How does one proceed? Must one enter all the human laws, conventions and rules? Even allowing for it to have assimilated them, it would never be in a position to render justice. It would further be necessary to inform it of all the special situations and mitigating circumstances, or those not to be taken into account, in order to rule on a case equitably. As all parents experience daily with their children, being equitable is something that can be accomplished by very dissimilar actions and decisions in identical situations. Without knowing all the worldly laws, each human spirit is nevertheless capable of sensing what is just or unjust. Laborious studies are unnecessary; it is something innate which one bears within oneself, in the spirit. Like the notion of justice, the notion of beauty cannot be input to a computer. Even if the latter were instructed on the laws of proportion and the harmony of colours, on the golden section, and so on, it would be incapable – supposing it could see – of saying whether something is beautiful or ugly, without having taken lessons to learn it and without knowing the most basic laws of beauty taught in the art schools. In speaking about feeling, we have reached another form in which the intuition materialises in order to become perception in the brain. In addition to pictures, dreams or the voice of the conscience, the intuition can also be felt purely as a strong impression which makes us absolutely convinced about one thing or the other. It manifests in us for very simple things as well as for very important matters. When we leave for work in the morning, for example, a strong prompting can rise in us to take an umbrella, even though no sign of imminent rain is evident: it is sunny, the sky is blue and the weather forecast is good. Generally, in the absence of validating signs, the intellect rejects the intuition received, for it sees no good reason for taking an umbrella on a dry day. When, to everyone’s surprise, it suddenly starts to rain, the umbrella is not available, to the great discomfort of whoever has to struggle unprotected against the downpour! Here some might wonder if the reverse can happen, too, and then reason triumphs. No. Only a decision reached from imagination, which still arises from activity of the intellect, can bring such about.
More serious events, even tragic ones, are also subject to warnings by the intuition. From time to time, we read accounts of this in the media. People who have miraculously escaped a plane crash, or a train collision, relate how as they were about to board the train or aeroplane they perceived very strongly an intuition urging them not to, and without any material reason to justify such a refusal.
The spirit, thanks to its more extensive potentiality, can not only protect us from dangers, but equally can permit us to be more creative than is possible with only our intellect. The latter can only link one item of information to another in trying to discover something new or different, which is not at all the case for the spirit. Scientists consider creativity and the flash of genius to be the result of intense working by the brain (cerebrum). Its numerous centres set to work simultaneously, exchanging data, stimulating each other, collaborating in the production of something they would never have been able to achieve in isolation. Based on this understanding of the process, a technique of spontaneous production of innovative ideas was developed in the fifties, called brain-storming. This technique consists of bringing several people together, submitting some problem or the other to them, and inviting them to put into words all the ideas that occur to them, no matter how hare-brained they may seem. Neither criticisms nor comments are permitted during the session, so as to avoid any inhibition of spontaneity. The goal is to promote stimulation between the brains of the different participants, so as to reproduce on a larger scale what takes place in the individual brain which creates. The number of ideas produced through this technique is indeed very impressive. In some cases, up to 100 ideas in three-quarters of an hour. However, evaluations have revealed that the ideas obtained in this way are in the end not as good as, in any case a lot less than, the ideas obtained from isolated individuals. The need to be isolated is mentioned by numerous artists as one of the conditions needed for the expression of their creativity. The reason for this is that, to have the inspiration, it is necessary to reduce external stimulations, so that the spirit will not be disturbed by them through the brain, and can then concentrate entirely on what it longs for. Such a state is obviously a lot easier to attain in solitude. The spirit is thus entirely receptive to the intuitions which can come to him and which, in this case are called inspiration.
Concerning inspirations received by artists, Max Bruch (1838-1920), the German composer, explained during an interview: “They are marvellous revelations. I have often thought about them, but even now, and only for the first time, do I learn the details of the hidden internal processes of the soul of famous composers during the performance of their works. When a composer creates a work of lasting value, he finds himself confronting this eternal force, the source of all life, from which he draws. Yet I have observed that it is advisable to obey certain rules, two of the most important being solitude and concentration. Brahms was right when he declared that he must be absolutely alone and that nobody should disturb him. It is in silence that the composer must await instruction from a power higher than his reasoning. When he is able to find connection with this power, he becomes a projector which transforms the infinite and the invisible into the world of the visible, or else, for a composer, into the world of the audible… It is from this same power that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven drew, and all composers are dependent on it if they want to create something of value. He who consciously opens himself to this inner power will be inspired; however, he must be adequately equipped technically in order to be able to put the ideas suggested onto paper in a convincing way.” (Extract from Arthur M. Abell: “Talks with Great Composers”, Replica Books.) The end of the quotation strongly emphasises the necessity of the collaboration between the faculties of the spirit and the brain. The latter is indispensable in order to permit the material fulfilment of the intuition. Indeed the most beautiful melodies, or the most beautiful pictures, received by the spirit of artists could never take form on earth if there were not a composer or a painter capable of transposing them into matter!
Inspiration and intuition are, however, not a peculiarity of the artist. Scientists too benefit from it. The stories – probably more mythical than real – of Archimedes who, while taking a bath, discovers why bodies float on water, or of Newton, inspired by a falling apple to discover the law of gravity, are well known. The accuracy of the intuition which Poincaré, the brilliant mathematician, had, made such strong impression on him that he did not check the result until much later. When he tried to explain what had happened to him he affirmed that, for him, the solution had not been the result of a scientific judgment, but that he had “sensed” the evidence of the solution as “an aesthetic judgment, founded on the intrinsic sense of beauty”; aesthetic judgment or sense of beauty which, as we have seen, are attributes of the spirit.
The intuition can appear like something always instantaneous; it is nevertheless also in a position to extend in time. This is the case, for example, when an artist is inspired. In this connection the story is told that one of the great poets of the 20th Century, the German Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), wrote in 18 days not only his Elegies but also his 55 Sonnets to Orpheus. These works are considered to be his finest poems. Altogether they comprise over 1,200 verses of an exceptional technique, and of which the greatest part was written in one go, without a single correction.
Against this quick and “easy” possibility of the spirit to produce great and beautiful works, one must weigh the often laborious work the intellect has to carry out to reach a result. The way Thomas Edison (1847-1931) discovered which metal was suitable for the manufacture of the filament of electric bulbs is an example of this. He tested hundreds of materials, one after the other, proceeding by trial and error and elimination, until he discovered the right one!
Edeltraud Jakob Grace: Love all things natural and always have a craft or art project on. Being surrounded with friends and people I love and who love me, animals and nature makes me happy. Since 2004 I see clients in my private practice. In my blogs I want to share things that might be beneficial for others (YOU) and just areas that interest me a lot. Wish you happiness and health! Edel Pictures on this line are all from my animals or garden or photos I took from nearby where we live on beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
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