THE SEVENFOLD HUMAN STRUCTURE
By Lubomir Dimitrov MSc,
Professional Astrologer, Australia
In part 1 of this article it was explained that the physical, human body is in fact only one of the parts comprising
the sevenfold human structure. Since it is the only visible part of it, most people believe that it is the only
component that really exists. However, nothing can be further away from the truth.
here are also another six,
subtle parts of the human body that are daisy chained to each other and that form a kind of hierarchy in a way,
which is very similar to the angelic hierarchy, residing above and below man. The low-vibrational bodies have
higher density, while the high-vibrational bodies have lower density. The substance of the Higher self (which is
the body that vibrates at the highest frequency and therefore is the purest energy that we can be aware of) is
very similar in its composition to the God-Creator itself. Each consecutive body encompasses the previous one
and permeates it, but since the frequencies of vibration of these energies are different they can co-exist in the
same space and time, infusing each other, but in the same way not interfering with each other.
As follows, humans are situated in the intermediary position between the “fallen angels”, (the spirits with a
lower vibrational energy that act primarily in the physical, ethereal and lower astral bodies of humans) and the
higher angelic beings that exist at a higher frequency of vibration and act in the human’s higher bodies – the
higher part of the astral body, the causal body, the Buddhi body and the Higher Self. If we put the things in this
perspective, the concept about the battle between the God and the Devil for the human soul, described in the
esoteric Christianity becomes much more clear and understandable.
The notion about the subtle human bodies can be better understood if we envisage that these “bodies” are in
essence energies that manifest at different frequencies of vibration. Let’s take the radio waves for example.
Nobody can perceive the radio waves directly, but everybody knows about them and we are in possession of the
technology to detect their existence – namely the radio itself. The mere fact that when we switch the radio on
we can hear our favourite station, clearly demonstrates that radio waves exist and that they are all around us all
the time. Further on, by rotating the tuning knob we can increase or decrease the frequency of detected radio
waves and by doing this we can change the radio station that we want to listen to. Other radio–waves devices
such as the TV, two-way radio communication devices, mobile phones and the like, all operate on the same
principle. This example shows that although in our daily life we are largely unaware of it, there are all sorts of
radio waves that propagate in all possible directions and that vibrate in all sorts of different frequencies. These
waves permeate the space around us and the space within us all the time, but because their frequency of
vibration is much higher than the frequency of vibration of our physical bodies, they have no effect on us and
we can co-exist with those waves in the same space and time without being affected by them (or so they say).
In short, not everything around us is what it seems and human bodies are one perfect example for it. We may
think that we comprise physical bodies only, but the reality is that around the physical bodies that we can see,
there are another six subtle bodies that we cannot see, but without which we could not be at all what we are
today. According to the “modern scientific” view, the human physical body is just composed from various
chemical and physical components, just the same as every other physical or chemical substance, with the only
difference that the human body has a far more complex structure, but which is nevertheless just the same as the
mineral composition out there in the nature. The truth is that if we do not encompass the view of the sevenfold
human structure we will never be in a position to understand properly the world around us, including our own
If we have a proper look around us, we can identify four major kingdoms that exist on planet Earth.
• The kingdom of minerals
• The kingdom of plants
• The kingdom of animals
• The kingdom of humans
The representatives of these four kingdoms inhabiting our Earth share some common characteristics, but at the
same time there are some distinct differences between them which makes each one of them unique. The
common denominator between all of them is the fact that they all possess physical bodies, which of course
makes them all visible in the material world. With our eyes we can see the minerals, the plants, the animals and
the humans and this is just about the only thing that they have in common, i.e. they all have a physical body that
is made up from mineral substance.
If we compare, however, a mineral with a plant we will see that there is a great difference between these two. A
piece of stone remains a piece of stone and only changes its shape under the influence of the outer forces of
nature. At the same time the plant changes its shapes over some period of time, i.e. it grows, it produces new
leaves, then it flowers, produces fruit and seeds and then it dies. From its seeds new plants are born and the
process repeats again. Therefore, we can see that there is something in the plant that is not present in the
mineral. There is something in the plant that makes it alive i.e. that encourages it to grow and that makes it
reproduce itself. This life-force which is visible to the clairvoyant eye as a subtle body around the physical body
of the plant is called an ethereal body.
Minerals cannot grow and reproduce themselves, because they posses physical bodies only. Plants, on the other
side can do that because in addition to their physical bodies they also posses ethereal bodies that keep them
alive. Any mineral substances left on their own fall entirely under the influence of the nature forces and as a
consequence inevitably decompose over time. The ethereal body is this life-force which permeates the physical
body of the plant from the moment when the seed first starts to grow in the soil, until the plant finally dies.
During this period of time the ethereal body works constantly on the chemical and physical structure of the
plant in such a manner, so that the physical body of the plant gradually takes on the shape of the ethereal body
around it. In other words the ethereal body is the prototype or the shaping image of the plant. The ethereal body
can be regarded also as the architect or the sculptor who moulds the physical body of the plant. Without the
ethereal body permeating it, the plant remains simply a mixture of physical elements that quickly begin to decay
and decompose in a similar fashion as all the other elements in the mineral kingdom.
Animals and humans also possess ethereal bodies. Similarly to the plants, animals and humans also possess this
life-force which works around their physical bodies from the moment of birth until the moment of death.
Because of its presence, animals and humans can also grow and can reproduce themselves. In such way, every
human being and every animal has a lower part of it that makes them akin to the plant kingdom. On the
drawing, the ethereal body of a man is shown as a substance of higher light that permeates the physical body
and comes out a bit outside it, while at the same time its shape remains very similar to the physical body.
On the other hand, if we compare a plant with an animal, we can see that the animal can distinguish between
cold and hot temperature, between pleasant and unpleasant taste and can experience a whole range of feelings
like aggression, tranquillity, hunger, fear, anger, sexual desires and so on, while the plant is not even remotely
aware of all these feelings.
Again, the reason for this is that animals possess another (even higher) body, that
permeates their physical and ethereal bodies and which is the bearer of all emotions, feelings and instincts. We
call this body astral.
The astral body makes it possible to experience all range of sensations, some of which are positive and some of
which are negative. The animal following its instincts tries to avoid all negative sensations and to prolong all
pleasant ones. In its actions, however, the animal is guided entirely by its instincts and not by reasoning or
mental analysis. The reason for this is that animals do not possess mental bodies. Only some particular
representatives of the animal kingdom are in initial stages of forming ones, but even then we are talking about
initial stages of forming very primitive mental bodies, which are far yet from the ability for logical reason,
speech, mental analysis etc.
In this respect it becomes clear that humans and animals are akin to each other, because the representatives of
both these kingdoms possess astral bodies. For animals, however, this is the higher member of their structure,
while humans possess also mental, causal, Buddhi and Athma bodies. Thus, for humans that are in strong
connection with their higher bodies, it becomes possible to work on their inappropriate desires and instincts (the
astral body) and raise its vibrations, while for the animals this task is impossible.
On the drawing, the astral body is depicted as an egg-shape energy field that permeates the physical and the
ethereal bodies. Its colours change frequently and are in accordance with the feelings that are experienced by the individual at the time. Many different-shapes objects, swirls and whirls can be observed in it and they all
have meanings, however, the interpretation of the human aura is a topic for another article. What is important to
stress here is that the contour of the astral body in a healthy person goes approximately 1.5 m. around his
physical body and the many coloured shapes inside the astral body pertain to particular emotional concerns of
the person in question.