|Example of subtle body colors|
Ralph Waldo Emerson once penned these words: "The soul looketh steadily forward, creating a world always before her, and leaving worlds always behind her. She has no dates, no rites, nor persons, nor specialties, nor men. The soul knows only the soul. All else is idle for her wearing."
Manly Hall states that we as physical beings are owners of many bodies "invisible however to those whose perceptions are limited solely to the earthly senses."
As humans we live in many worlds simultaneously, although we are not always aware that different levels of our being function on their own levels of awareness according to their attunement to these levels and the vibratory frequency they emit. We seem to do this more easily in our dream states.
Although the physical body is the only body visible to physical eyes, our twelve levels of consciousness are represented by subtle bodies that function in descending succession according to their vibratory rate. Each of the twelve planes where these subtle bodies or levels of consciousness are active have seven divisions or sub-planes. They begin with the Plane of Divinitiy and descend to the Earthen Planes and the lowest point of consciousness.
The subtle bodies are linked to the physical body through chakras (wheels of energy) and corresponding physical glands that vibrate to similar frequencies, and each is represented by a color which is related to a particular principle which determines the specific character of the subtle body.
The basic color for each level - each body, is the same. Variations of the colors occur according to spiritual development, health of the particular body, e.g., physical, emotional, mental health, as well as many other factors. The healthier the bodies, the clearer and more brilliant are the colors.
In the first illustration above, the bodies appear layered, but they actually interpenetrate, seeming separate as you tune in to a particular level. The second illustration is an example of what you might see as the quality of color of the bodies (the jars have nothing to do with this post). The colors might be brilliant or dull according to the health and development of each. As they develop, they become refined and more transparent and sparkling. For example, I've had spontaneous experiences of seeing the bodies and the auric colors around people. They have been portrayed in many stages of refinement - the most magnificent being the unending brilliant rainbow aura of my teacher, Ann Manser. I couldn't hold the high frequency required to see the whole aura except at momentary intervals. A crown chakra that was visible to me on a young man looked like a large fountain rapidly pouring forth sparkling, luminous gold and light green.
Try staring at yourself beyond a lighted candle in front of a mirror sometime. You can develop the ability to see some of your bodies. It's especially helpful to note whether your etheric body, the one next to the physical body, is a rich strong teal blue color or weak and in need of rest and healthy nutrition.