|On the Nervous System
In the right
understanding of the relationship of the etheric or vital body (with its major and minor
centers and its network of nadis) to the nervous system of the human body, two great
aspects of soul activity can be grasped.
- First, that aspect of soul life which enables the soul to motivate and force into
incarnation and activity the physical  mechanism, the body, through the galvanizing
activity of what we call Life.
- Second, that aspect of soul life which preserves the physical vehicle in health through
the free play of the pranic currents. The above is an attempt to express a great truth in
as simple a fashion as possible. The true significance of the above statement embodies the
next great step in the field of true psychology and of healing. The whole subject is
profoundly interesting. Some of it I have dealt with in the pages of A Treatise
on White Magic, pages 18-50, and you would find it of value to study the matter
The general situation in this connection might be outlined very briefly as follows:
A human being is a combination of various types of force. There is the force or energy
of matter itself which might be regarded as the energy aspect, in its totality, of the
cells or atoms of the body. The word "cell" itself suggests, in its usual
connotation, an imprisoned life, and life and energy are, for the esotericist, synonymous
terms. This is the third aspect of divinity, expressing itself in humanity. There is also
the dual energy which the soul embodies or transmits; this might be likened to two streams
of energy, which merge and blend to form one stream when detached from the body, and which
divide into two when they enter into matter and form. They bring to matter, or to the
aggregated cell lives, the contribution of quality - consciousness and pure life. It might
be stated also that:
- The stream of life-energy finds its way to the heart, the physical heart, and there (via
the physical permanent atom) it energizes coherently the entire physical body, using the
blood stream as its major agency and channel of contact and communication between this
central powerhouse  of life and the periphery. As we well know, the blood is the
life. This life activity is the factor which gathers together and holds in form all the
living atoms and cells of the body. When that life thread is withdrawn by the soul at
death, the living atoms separate, the body falls apart and disintegration ensues, with the
atomic lives returning to the reservoir of power, to the bosom of living matter from
whence they came.
- The stream of energy which conveys the soul quality of intelligence, plus love-wisdom,
and which constitutes what we understand as the consciousness, with its powers to contact,
to sense and to rationalize, only penetrates as far as the physical brain. There this
second aspect concentrates itself or anchors itself in the region of the pineal gland.
From there in ever increasing potency, as the processes of incarnation and experience are
pursued, the soul begins to control, galvanize into purposeful activity, and to use the
physical body. Remember that, to the soul, the body is only its response apparatus on the
physical plane and a medium of expression.
It might also be pointed out, as a third necessary statement, that the soul pours its
consciously directed energy into the dense physical body through the medium of the etheric
or vital body. This instrument is composed of:
- Seven major centers of force and forty-nine minor centers. The major centers are found
in the head and up the spinal column. The minor centers are to be found scattered all over
- The etheric network which is composed of streams of energy, connects all the centers
into two systems - one major and one minor - and radiates out from these centers all over
the entire body. 
- The nadis are infinitesimally small threads of energy or force fibers which radiate out
from every part of the network and underlie every part of the triple nervous system. They
are found in their millions, and produce the sensitive response apparatus through which we
work and of which the mechanism of the five senses is one of the externalizations.
The controlling power station will be found to vary according to the point in evolution
- Low-grade humanity uses the solar plexus as the point where the basic energy is
localized temporarily. There will also be found a slight activity in the ajna center.
- Average humanity works partly through the solar plexus center but largely through the
ajna center and the throat center.
- High-grade human beings, the intelligentsia and world aspirants use the head center,
plus the ajna center, the throat, heart, and solar plexus.
Finally it might be said that the physical apparatus which is the direct result of the
inner activity of the centers, network and nadis, is the heart, the endocrine system and
the brain. Into this general plan, very sketchily outlined above, all ancient medicine
(particularly the Tibetan, the Chinese, and the Hindu), with our modern western science,
fits. The correlation of the western and eastern techniques still remains to be made, and
much will be gained thereby. Further than this I cannot here enlarge, but the above will
suffice to show that the methods which you may discover in your reading (and their name is
Legion) can all be brought into relation to this general scheme of energy processes in the
human body.