Subtle Energy Body: Your Passport to the Mystical Realms
Constance Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Have you ever walked into a
room or building where the energy felt dark and heavy? Or have you been
with another person and their energy felt either dark or light? Perhaps
you have been at a power spot on the earth when you noticed a change in
the space around you, or in a cathedral and felt uplifted. You were
noticing the energy field at these places or around a particular person.
Scientists and researchers
are finding that around every living and
“non-living” thing there exists an energy field.
This was first discovered in Kirlian Photography as the
“phantom leaf effect.” Through this method, an
entire leaf could be photographed after half the
leaf was torn off. In other words, the energy form around the leaf was
still visible enough to be photographed. At The International Society
for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM)
conference I once attended, doctors presented research with what is
known as “the phantom limb” syndrome. In these
situations, people who have lost a limb often complain of aches and
pains in the missing limb. In this research they found that by actually
manipulating or massaging the missing foot or limb, it helped decrease
the pain. This has led scientists and researchers to acknowledge the
human energy field as having a bonafide place in Western medicine.
The energy field around your physical body is called the subtle energy
body, sometimes referred to as the aura, and extends beyond your
physical body between twelve inches to several feet, depending on your
state of health and emotions. It consists of interpenetrating layers or
levels of energy that oscillate in and around the body like an
opalescent egg-shaped bubble. Within this bubble and connecting to the
spinal area of the body are energy centers known as chakras. The
chakras correspond to the glandular system of the body and move out of
it both front and back like funnels of rotating energy. Imagine the
rotating energy funnels within the egg-shaped bubble of the energy
field; this is what it might look like using inner vision.
A vital key to having
physical and emotional health and balance, as well as the joy of
following your soul’s passion, is maintaining your subtle
energy body at its optimal level. How do we find this enlivened state
and maintain its optimum state of vibrancy? There are several ways. You
can do this through meditation, yoga, and clearing and balancing the
Becoming aware of your
subtle energy body and clearing and removing any
blocked energy that may be carried in these layers and chakras is the
first step to not only maintaining a healthy vibrant state, but also
allows you to develop many perceptual states well beyond the five
senses. At this optimal state your subtle energy body, like an antenna
that picks up all sorts of information, can access help from the
invisible realms. The invisible realms are what I call the Mystic
Realms. Masters and teachers throughout time have been able to move
through these realms. The Mystic Realms are dimensions
“beyond” the third dimension – the
physical plane - and are well known to shamans, mystics, and yogis.
These invisible realms exist at higher frequencies in the multi-level
dimensions in the universal energy field than does the reality we know
as the physical plane. To experience these many wonderful dimensions
and the invisible helpers that reside there, start by clearing and
opening the subtle energy body so you can resonate with these higher
dimensions of consciousness. When you have done this, the subtle energy
body becomes the traveling gear that allows you entrance to these many
As noted above, the subtle
contains levels, like layers of an onion, each having its own purpose
with regard to who you are as a soul inhabiting your physical form. The
first four levels of the subtle energy body are the most important for
clearing and developing perceptual awareness outside the five senses -
inner sensory perception (ISP). We all have ISP; it is simply a matter
of fine tuning the subtle energy field and your ISP opens up.
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An Interview with
Constance Rodriguez, Ph.D., Author of Gifts of the Soul
your book, Gifts of the Soul, you talk about
your desire to “see.” How did this journey lead you
to write the book?
In the beginning, I did want
to learn to see psychically, but I had difficulty with what
“seeing” was supposed to “look
like” in that way. As I describe in Gifts of the
Soul, it slowly began to happen somewhat on its own as I
worked with clients in altered states. I learned that as I guided them
into altered states, I would be able to see with inner vision what was
happening, and I began to understand that I was getting information
through images that we both shared.
has your background in
psychology helped shape the tools and exercises you present in Gifts
of the Soul?
in Jungian psychology opened the door to ideas about the collective
mind, the universal energy field, and all that this means in terms of
the way we can access otherworld realms as well as invisible beings.
Because I was having out-of the-ordinary experiences in my sessions, I
became curious as to how they might fit into psychology. As I studied
the interactive field in psychology, it led me to research in quantum
physics and science, ancient healing methods, and esoteric traditions
regarding subtle energy fields. Although each of these areas of study
has different ways of describing it, they are all essentially speaking
about the energetic matrix that exists around every living thing,
including the earth. The exercises in Gifts of the Soul
are not new—they come from the various traditions I studied.
would you define your “Soul Self?” Why is important
to be in contact with this level of awareness?
Soul Self is that part of our selves that precedes and succeeds our
physical life experiences. Known as the Higher Self and Oversoul in
some literature, I prefer “Soul Self” so as not to
relegate it to a scale of “better self”. The Soul
Self has a level of awareness that goes beyond the level of
“ego consciousness.” Our ego is the part of our
personality that is about this life, developed during this
life’s experiences and family background. It operates with a
limited viewpoint of who we are. The Soul Self is not limited to time
or space and is author of our soul’s purpose. This level of
consciousness can guide us in ways that the ego self may be blind to.
Dreams, for example, give us an overview of what is going on beyond the
ego’s capacity to know what we need to know.
is Inner Sensory Perception, or ISP? How it different from the more
familiar concept of ESP?
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