The Etheric Body—the Subtle Body
The etheric level of the physiology is the kavach,or shielding. It is connected to the physical body by a subtle thread along which vital currents pass. the etheric body is composed of three layers—the pranic, mental and intellectual sheaths.
- The pranic sheath is more subtle than the gross body but similar to it. It is made up of 72,000 nadis, or astral tubes, through which prana, or vital energy flows.
- The mental sheath comprises the automatic mind, as well as the instinctive and subconscious regions. It is constantly bombarded by input from the five senses.
- The intellectual sheath controls and guides the automatic mind. Discrimination and decision making take place here and pass down to the more gross sheaths.
Underneath the Physical: Our Seven Subtle Energy Bodies