Esoteric Anatomy: The Body as Consciousness
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Esoteric Anatomy offers a spiritual approach to massage, bodywork, and somatic psychology, demystifying an ancient transpersonal model for understanding energy in nature and working with consciousness in the healing arts.
we embody a moment of an ever-expanding, ever-evolving universe. Each of us is the cutting edge of the evolution of the universe. Everything we face in life—every challenge to our growth, every element of resistance to our actualization, every realization—is the turning of the cycles of the evolution of the cosmos. An Esoteric Approach to Somatic Psychology Working with an esoteric model of the body/mind can be a key to healing trauma. As previously discussed, in our theomorphic
life is the cause of suffering. Attachment has to do with both desires and aversions. The deepest attachment is to what is called “self-cherishing,” our identification with the “false self” of our individual persona. This is the deepest attachment and the root of suffering. Sogyal Rinpoche, writing in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, explains: Self-grasping and self-cherishing are seen, when you really look at them, to be the root of all harm to others, and also of all harm to ourselves.
the voice of an old intelligence which in another age … had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”10 Advaita: a Vision of Oneness The wisdom of the Sanatana Dharma has its foundation in the principle of advaita. This Sanskrit term means “not two.” The doctrine of advaita asserts an identity of all-consciousness, a vision of the universe as one living conscious being. The revered sage Shankara (AD 686). At the time of Shankara’s birth, India was under the
order of things—why the universe operates with such precision, why there is cosmos and not chaos. It is the efficient cause of the universe that gives the appearance of consciousness to all manifestations of matter; it is the background that gives us the feeling of persistence; it is the static background of all manifest existence, the silent witness of nature.4 Purusha is a unified field of consciousness which is the ground state for all manifestation. All of the intelligence in creation is a
religion. He took the Nazarene vow and went on a strict diet with intermittent fasts, spending time in seclusion and meditation. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Manly Hall’s Philosophical Research Society. He studied Rosicrucianism and Sufism. He was a student of Vivekananda’s teaching as well as Swami Rama Tirtha, Yogananda, Krishnamurti, Swedenbourg, and Madame Blavatsky. He attended the lectures of the numerous spiritual teachers who visited Chicago and hosted many of them in his