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A Treatise on White Magic - Introductory Remarks
c. The Body, the Phenomenal Appearance

Not much need be written here anent this, for the body nature and the form aspect have been the object of investigation and the subject of thought and discussion of thinking men for many centuries. Much at which they have arrived is basically correct. The modern investigator will admit the Law of Analogy as the basis of his premises and recognize sometimes the Hermetic theory that "As above, so below" may throw much light on the [42] present problems. The following postulates may serve to clarify:

  1. Man, in his body nature, is a sum total, a unity.
  2. This sum total is subdivided into many parts and organisms.
  3. Yet these many subdivisions function in a unified manner and the body is a correlated whole.
  4. Each of its parts differs in form and in function but all are interdependent.
  5. Each part and each organism is, in its turn, composed of molecules, cells, and atoms and these are held together in the form of the organism by the life of the sum total.
  6. The sum total called man is roughly divided into five parts some of greater importance than others, but all completing that living organism we call a human being.
    1. The head.
    2. The upper torso, or that part which lies above the diaphragm.
    3. The lower torso, or that part lying below the diaphragm.
    4. The arms.
    5. The legs.
  7. These organisms serve varied purposes and upon their due functioning and proper adjustment the comfort of the whole depends.
  8. Each of these has its own life which is the sumtotal of the life of its atomic structure and is also animated by the unified life of the whole, directed from the head by the intelligent will or energy of the spiritual man.
  9. The important part of the body is that triple division, the head, upper and lower torso. A man can function and live without his arms and legs.
  10. Each of these three parts is also triple from the [43] physical side, making the analogy to the three parts of man's nature and the nine of perfected monadic life. There are other organs, but those enumerated are those which have an esoteric significance of greater value than the other parts.
    1. Within the head are:
      1. The five ventricles of the brain, or what we might call the brain as a unified organism.
      2. The three glands, carotid, pineal and pituitary.
      3. The two eyes.
    2. Within the upper body are:
      1. The throat.
      2. The lungs.
      3. The heart.
    3. Within the lower body are:
      1. The spleen.
      2. The stomach.
      3. The sex organs.
  11. The sum total of the body is also triple:
    1. The skin and bony structure.
    2. The vascular or blood system.
    3. The threefold nervous system.
  12. Each of these triplicities corresponds to the three parts of man's nature:
    1. Physical nature: - The skin and bony structure are the analogy to the dense and etheric body of man.
    2. Soul nature: - The blood vessels and circulatory system are the analogy to that all pervading soul which penetrates to all parts of the solar system, as the blood goes to all parts of the body.
    3. Spirit nature: - The nervous system, as it energizes and acts throughout the physical man is the correspondence to the energy of spirit.
  13. In the head we have the analogy to the spirit aspect, the directing will, the monad, the One: [44]
    1. The brain with its five ventricles is the analogy to the physical form which the spirit animates in connection with man, that fivefold sum total which is the medium through which the spirit on the physical plane has to express itself.
    2. The three glands in the head are closely related to the soul or psychic nature (higher and lower).
    3. The two eyes are the physical plane correspondences to the monad, who is will and love-wisdom, or atma-buddhi, according to the occult terminology.
  14. In the upper body we have an analogy to the triple soul nature.
    1. The throat, corresponding to the third creative aspect or the body nature, the active intelligence of the soul.
    2. The heart, the love wisdom of the soul, the buddhi or Christ principle.
    3. The lungs, the analogy for the breath of life, is the correspondence of spirit.
  15. In the lower torso again we have this triple system carried out:
    1. The sex organs, the creative aspect, the fashioner of the body.
    2. The stomach, as the physical manifestation of the solar plexus is the analogy to the soul nature.
    3. The spleen, the receiver of energy and therefore the physical plane expression of the center which receives this energy is the analogy to the energizing spirit.
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