by Marinus Jan Marijs
There are different levels of consciousness. There is a lot of evidence from academic research on developmental sequences related to psychological development. The different levels of consciousness are related to the existence of different levels of subtle energies. When subtle energies at a certain level are activated, then it becomes possible to be conscious at this level (see transformations).
For every level of consciousness there is a corresponding subtle energy body.
“For that tradition holds that in addition to our dense physical body, we have several other bodies or vehicles composed of matter of various kinds different from ordinary physical stuff: etheric or vital, astral or emotional, and manasic or mental matter. These bodies exist on the “inner” or “higher” planes or in other “fields” than the dense physical. They carry the “diathanatic” or “skandhic” qualities from one incarnation to the next, and the etheric or vital body serves in particular as a template for the growth and development of the dense physical body.” (John Algeo)