Types of Energy
Different energy channels in the spine, according to Indian teachings. The inner layers are subtler channels for subtler energies.
According to Indian yoga, Kundalini in its amount is strongly linked to the breath. It is said that a basical energy – from which Kundalini raises later through an inner process – is taken in through the breath (= prana). This prana, the primary energy, is transformed into different types of energy in the human being. Those are the five pranavayus:
- Prana (which influences the Anahata/ Heart Chakra)
- Apana (Muladhara/ Root Chakra)
- Samana (Manipura/ Navel Chakra)
- Udana (Vishuddha/ Throat Chakra)
Vyana (whole body)
Through an inner transformation process, the etheric energy which is called Kundalini is generated from the pranavayus. On the subtle plane to which Kundalini belongs, the difference between energy and substance seems to become indistinct. That is the reason for the imprecision in language which becomes evident when using the terms "energy" and "subtle". In Europe, a classification of energies/ substances has become established which does not so much refer to the quality but to the density.
With this is meant the energy/ substance "ether" (for more about etheric substance in general, see Substance Ether). This term has nothing to do with the physical term "ether". Aura research also deals with ether in its less dense form (etheric aura – see also Aura). It is the object of interest for those who are dealing with out-of-body phenomena (OBEs). The spiritists (spiritualists) are dealing with a denser appearance of ether: ectoplasm, which is a substance inherent in the human being and which presumably can be assigned to the phenomena around Kundalini – a point of view which can primarily be found in parapsychology and spiritism.
Is the densest manifestation of inner energies. It can leak out of various body orifices (mouth, nose, ears, breasts, vagina) and then it flows slowly (with a honey-like consistency) downwards (it obeys the rules of gravity). At the edges it vaporizes, which looks like liquid nitrogen.
The Chinese call the etheric energy ‘chi’. According to Taoism teachings, through sexual energy (water, abdomen) together with fire (belly) a new form of energy is developed (chi); similar to the development of vapour from water and heat. This is why in China deities and Buddhas are commonly depicted with a big belly – as a sign that they possess a great amount of energy.
Happy Buddha figure with well developed belly, accentuated by loose clothes
In a higher and spiritual yoga, it is tried to transform etheric energy (fluidal, chi etc.) or, even better, its denser manifestation (ectoplasm) into amrita – through illumination and impregnation with higher vibes (love). Amrita is best described with "liquid light". The transformation into amrita takes place in the regions of the so-called Tara Chakras (chest: Anahata Chakra and Hridaya Chakra; head: Forehead Chakra – not to be confused with the Ajna Chakra – and Soma Chakra). In the Anahata, the ectoplasm which still is dense and gross (fluidal) gets percolated with the vibe of love and the lightful energy of the Tara Chakras. The ectoplasm which was dull before begins to shine now.
For those who are interested in out-of-body phenomena, the knowledge about ectoplasm is not an unimportant theory. Those who have OBEs are commonly mediumistic and will inevitably come into contact with ectoplasm phenomena – with the most various consequences.
- the urge to swallow/ the sensation of saliva accumulation as a repercussion effect – ectoplasm accumulates in the etheric body
- paraphysical effects (especially in cases of anger) – lightbulbs blow, electrical devices break
- spirits get attracted – they can see the etheric field as a bright shine; the more and the denser etheric substance is developed, the brighter the person appears to them
An example from a letter which tells about an urge to swallow:
"I had the fully physical perception that while I was in deep relaxation (sitting position) there was saliva flowing out of my mouth."
Answer: This was not saliva, but ectoplasm. I have experienced this for many times and I always thought that I would have to be covered in slobber after the exercise, but I was totally dry instead. Because at the beginning of my deep immersion I very often had saliva accumulation as a repercussion effect (= astral body affects the physical body). For the swallowing always interrupted my deep relaxation, I began to let my head hang slightly down so that saliva could flow out. But my clothes were always dry after the immersion. When I finally saw ectoplasm spilling out of my mouth for the first time, everything became clear to me. The ectoplasm looked like a broad flow of a gray, honey-like substance which steamed smokily.
In Indian yoga, ectoplasm is scarcely mentioned. But in contrast, a higher form (higher vibe/quality) of ectoplasma is often mentioned, called amrita. Amrita is glowing in a golden colour, more liquid than ectoplasm and it does not vaporize at the surface. It is the substance from which deities can form a body to become manifest in a denser form, a substance which can heal and work wonders. Amrita accumulated in the body is a sign of a perfected Kundalini yoga/ Taoistic yoga of China (for more information about amrita and ectoplasm, see Ectoplasm and Amrita).
In Indian mythology it is said that when the world was created, four drops of amrita fell to the earth. At those places where the drops fell we find the most sacred sites of India, those four pilgrimage sites where the greatest Indian festival, the Kumbh Mela, takes place. At Kumbh Mela, millions of pilgrims are gathering to bath in the river Ganges, the waters of which are said to be especially cleansing during this time. Those four pilgrimage sites are: Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain.
Differences between ectoplasm and Amrita:
Colour: white to dark gray; can contain granulate material
Effects: responsible for various paraphysical occurrences (spiritism); can be used for healing
It flows out from orifices of the body.
Colour: golden to white-golden
Taste: sweet like nectar
Effects: spiritual, ecstatic states; healing powers
It is only released when this is intended or with the help of otherworldly guides. From the Amrita of the yogi/yogini, deities can form a denser body of appearance.
Observations of further different energy types (by Gauri)
Here a list of all characteristics that I have experienced and verified myself:
1. Ectoplasm in its pure form:
Gray to light gray; viscous; a relatively homogenous mass, streaked with coarse-grained granulate material. It is cold to cool and odourless, evaporates at the edges intensively and clearly perceivable (similar to water on a hot plate).
2. Fluidal (ether) in a higher form:
Dull to relatively translucent; feels like air with a small amount of drag; is streaked with tiny particles resp. consists of these; is warm or lukewarm and does not steam like ectoplasm.
3. Fluidal which is warm and light honey-coloured. Despite the honey colour, the fluidal is still relatively translucent and sometimes it can also contain tiny particles (granulate material).
4. Not fully developed golden Amrita:
In this stage, the fluidal which has been compacted to ectoplasm now has turned to amrita, but it still shows one or two characteristics of ectoplasm. This kind of amrita can still evaporate at the edges, but not as intensive as in ectoplasm, and furthermore, the steam is warm.
5. Golden Amrita:
Looks like liquid old gold; flows like honey or liquid metal; shining, but not emanating rays of light; it has a weight and tastes sweet. Subsequently this leads to blissfull states of consciousness. This means that amrita is not only energy but also carrier of consciousness and thus it is connected with a very high state of consciousness. Any other being that is in a low state – which would be earth-bound spirits, for example – would immediately get burned, because the auric quality of amrita is very high and absolutely incompatible with their own quality.
6. White liquid light:
There does not only exist golden amrita but also "white amrita". In this case, the fluidal matter is not transformed into golden, but into white cold light. This occurs when only the quality of the Ajna Chakra dominates – because the Ajna Chakra was the only chakra to be activated. The warmth of the Anahata, however, is missing in this case. Thus, this light is white and cold. White amrita is liquid as well, just like golden amrita, and does not glare. In contrast to golden amrita, it tastes of nothing. It causes addiction, because the state of an active Ajna Chakra turns off any emotions and thoughts and is connected with a very strong inner clarity. This inner clarity is nothing else than inner emptiness, respectively silence of thoughts.
If one has entered this state, immediately a very strong power will arise, pure power. Principally, this power can be seen as positive as long as it is under control. This power has to be well-balanced in order to be controllable. Otherwise the person will be controlled by this Ajna power and become addicted to it.
In comparison, those intelligences who have transformed their energies into golden amrita are very powerful beings as well. But their power is connected to understanding and insight, clarity, cosmic love and mercy – to name just a few of their characteristics. The will of such a being is focused on helping and supporting others, and on helping in the whole creation in general. For this, they need power. The evolution of such intelligences was harmonic and their focus lay and lies in the centre, in the Anahata (Heart Centre).
In people who have lost the warmth of the heart or who have neglected it by only practising silence of thoughts and by refusing emotions of any kind – as it is unfortunately recommended in some teachings – in those people, the pure power which is connected with inner clarity will degenerate into a cold and ruthless feeling of power. These feelings of power can be very intoxicating – they are a result of the addiction which is caused by the white amrita. In this state one only sees himself, and for this power-hungry intelligence any other living creatures are a NOTHING and will be oppressed so as to serve the own interests.
To put it in a nutshell: white amrita is an aberration. Surely here also exist states between fluidal and white amrita.
Examples for observations of intermediary stages between fluidal and amrita by Gauri:
"I have observed the following: the arms of subtle matter, which were created during trance from my energy and which I touched, were like a mass similar to chewy pudding or licorice mass. This mass contained some granulous material. So far, the description applies to ectoplasm. But the colour was that of honey – that doesn’t fit."
"Another example: I saw a statue of G. Its size was about a half meter and showed him in a sitting position. The statue had a deep golden colour. I didn’t touch it, so I can’t say how the mass felt like. However, so far the description applies to Amrita. But the statue vaporized at the edges! This again applies to ectoplasm. Thus, I assume that this is an intermediate stage between ectoplasm and Amrita. This means that this is possible – transitional stages, I mean. The whole thing is literally a refinement of the own energy."
"Today in the morning, I lay in my bed and was surrounded by an etheric aura, which was wrapped around my body at a distance of about 25-30 cm. My consciousness was still in the physical body (IBE – in-body-experience), but I could perceive this around me. The auric sheath was transparent, but slightly clouded. It was like air with white particles floating in it, looking somewhat like dust of dried and powdered egg white.
I raised my subtle arms out of this slightly clouded sheath and then I held my hands on this gas-like aura from the outside, directly over my breast. In doing so, I was able to estimate the distance as stated above.
Now I pressed this gas – which caused a sensation of touch, similar to liquid – towards my body and pressed it into the body. This was possible. I succeeded in pressing half of this emanation into my body. This partly feels as if warm air, that has a slight resistance to it, is brought to the body. One feels the warm pressure directly on the skin. Only that in this case this dense gas is absorbed by the body. It was a clear sensation of touch, although such a process isn’t possible in the real material world. I also had the feeling that my body as well as this gas-like emanation were made of the same substance. The only difference was that the vapour around my body was subtler and less dense. I also guess that the surrounding substance had a higher quality to it, because when I pressed it into my body I got slightly dazed and many stars were flashing before my eyes. It felt like an electrical shock. From this I deduce that this gas-like substance had a higher auric quality: over the years I have observed that the higher the quality of the ether was, the finer and airier it gets.
The higher the quality, the clearer and finer also the particles become which are floating there. Also the colour changes. While the etheric substance is at first gray and dull, it gets brighter, more translucent and permeated with bright particles of light, sparkling like silver. The colour can change further to sparkling gold. The amount of sparkling particles will then increase in the further process, until they are so many that the shining gas turns into a shining liquid. It gets the appearance of liquid light. It is what we call amrita. Amrita looks like liquid old gold, which is shining, but does not emanate rays of light. It is heavier than ectoplasm and has features similar to viscous honey. And contrary to ectoplasm which is tasteless, amrita tastes sweetish and immediately leads to wonderful states of consciousness."
© Alfred Ballabene (Vienna) and Gauri (Regensburg) translated by Corra