Spiritual Inquiries: Thoughts, Imagination and Dreams
Nov 05, 2005 09:40 AM
Here is a summery of the occult worldview about thoughts, emotions
and dreams. It is not favoured by Science, as yet, but it bears a
1. Thoughts are vibrations created on the mental plane. Thoughts
originate in the mental body of a human (which is one of the seven
bodies or vehicles of human consciousness). Human mind comprises
four parts: manas (sensory, processing mind), chitta (storage of
impressions), ahamkara (ego, the I-maker) and buddhi (that part
which knows, decides, judges and discriminates).
2. The sensory, processing mind usually resides in the physical
brain. The storage of impressions, which is the equivalent of a
hard disk of a computer system, resides in the mental body.
(In fact, all the impressions are stored in the form of Akashic
records on the higher mental plane.) The discreminating part
resides in the causal body, and works on the higher mental plane.
The ego, when it relates to the body and the manas, functions
in the astral and lower mental planes, while the higher form
of ego, the Self, functions in the higher mental, and makes
the real man. The term man itself originated from manas, meaning
that man is a Thinker.
3. If thoughts are of an abstract nature, for example, the idea
of a triangle, they create vibrations in the higher mental plane
where all the archetypes of human thoughts reside. This is the area
from where the poet is favoured by the Muse, the artist gets his
inspiration, and the scientist a sudden revelation of a solution
to a problem. The abstract thoughts percolate down to the physical
brain via the lower mental, astral and physical planes, creating
shapes of matter gathered in each plane. The shape is concrete,
for example, an equilateral triangle, on the lower mental plane.
4. If thoughts are of an emotional nature, benevolent or malevolent,
they immediately descend to the astral planes, creating thought
forms that get charged with immense power to move and strike the
target, if there is any, or just hover like a cloud, if they are
general emotions like anger. Love and devotions are two emotions
that have the highest rates of vibration and connect to our higher
bodies and the higher planes.
5. Imaginations are concreate shapes given to an abstract idea.
For example a ghost is a shape in imagination, from the abstract
idea of an evil or dark force or energy. Imaginations arise out of
past experience, whose impressions are stored in (the chitta part
of) our mind.
6. Dreams are of two types. When we 'sleep over' a problem and
get the solution in a dream or in sleep, this kind of revelation
comes from the mental plane, not necessarily because of the thinker
himself, but may be due to help from another being. We have to
remember that the 'stream of consciousness' created by vague and
idle thoughts are always pulsating around us. Our etheric brain
absorbs some of them when we sleep, and dramatizes them into a
world of its own. This accounts for the illogical, incoherent
and often ghastly dreams that we have, which have nothing to do
with either the surroundings of our life or with our own personal
7. The second type of dream is the actual life the astral body
leads on the astral plane, during sleep of the physical body.
When we sleep our consciousness gets focussed on this plane,
releasing our astral body for action and its related experiences.
Such experiences are hard to translate to the language of the
physical world, which is why, we are unable to recollect our
The ideas presented here are the worldview of Theosophy and man's
ancient traditions. Science may scoff at them in its current state
of progress, but they are there, the legacy of our ancient
civilization, which is as logical as (if not more logical than)
the explanations given by Science.
For a sciencitic discussion on this subject please refer to:
(Science Forums > Philosophy Forums > Philosophy of Science >
Thoughts and Dreams).
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