levels of humans

Levels of Humans: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual

Three Levels of Humans

“All human beings from birth onward live to the realm of sense more than to the intellectual. Forced of necessity to attend first to the material, some of them elect to abide by that order and, their life through it, make its concerns their first and their last; the sweet and the bitter of sense are their good and evil; they feel they have done all if they live along pursuing the one and barring the doors to the other. …

“Others do indeed lift themselves a little above the earth; the better in their soul urges them from the pleasant to the nobler, but they are not of power to see the highest, and so .. they fall back upon the actions and options of the lower.

“But there is a third order—those godlike men who, in their mightier power. In the keenness of their sight, have clear vision of the splendor above and rise to it from among the cloud and for of earth and hold firmly to that other world, looking beyond all here, delighted in the place of reality, their native land, like a man returning after long wanderings to the pleasant ways of his own country.” ~Plotinus

Levels of Humans

It isn’t clear from what Plotinus says, but I believe he is saying that humanity exists at three levels: material, mental or intellectual, and spiritual. None of these levels are completely separate from the others, and we all have some of each within us. It is just a matter of what we choose to develop and emphasize and what we choose to ignore.

Realm of Sense

The world of matter is what Plotinus calls the “realm of Sense”. In other words, it is the realm where the physical senses are used. People who live almost exclusively at this level, using their mind only to negotiate around the realm of matter, are the lowest of the three levels of humanity described (somewhat) by Plotinus. He points out that when we are first born into the realm of matter, it is only natural that we must first attend to the material. We must eat, find shelter and clothing, etc. In most cases, our parents will be helping with much of that, but it doesn’t change the fact that the mind of a newborn is all about satisfying its material needs. Continue reading “Levels of Humans: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual”


Physician Healing in a Time of Pandemic

“Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known? And he hath given men skill, that he might be honored in his marvelous works. With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains. Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth, My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole. Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness. Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being. Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him. There is a time when in their hands there is good success. For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life. He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Honor The Physician

This idea may not sound too appealing these days. It was written in a time when a physician was a healer, not a vendor of drugs and surgical procedures. These ancient physicians were only interested in keeping their patients as healthy as possible, rather than keeping them chronically sick and addicted to prescription drugs. As we are currently dealing with a pandemic, and not doing a very good job of it, I thought this would be a good subject to blog about.


Asclepius was such a renowned physician that he was considered a god, although he was, in fact, a man. He was claimed to be the son of the Greek god Apollo and a mortal woman named Coronis. His legend grew to the point where it was claimed that he was such a great healer that he could actually bring the dead back to life. In reality, he did have a healing center where he healed many. It was also a spiritual center where he taught soul development as well. The physicians of those times knew that the care of the body alone wasn’t enough. You also had to care for the mind and the spirit to have a truly healthy person. Continue reading “Physician Healing in a Time of Pandemic”

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Multi-Sensory Humans in a Five Sense World

“We are evolving from five-sensory humans into multi-sensory humans. Out five senses, together, form a single sensory system that is designed to perceive physical reality. The perceptions of a multi-sensory human extend beyond physical reality to the larger dynamical systems of which our physical reality is a part. …

“We, as a species, have been asking the questions, ‘Is there a God?’, “Is there a Divine Intelligence?’, and ‘Is there a purpose to life?’, for as long as we have been able to articulate questions. The time has now come for us to expand into a frame of reference that allows these questions to be answered.” ~Gary Zukav

Multi-sensory Humans

In a sense, it is true that a kind of evolutionary process is taking place today that is awakening us to a greater perception of reality. But this is not all that new. St. Francis and Jacob Boehme awakened to it hundreds of years ago. Jesus and Buddha used it thousands of years ago. But today it is not just the one in ten million who is awakening. It is more like one is ten thousand.

Of course, the number of people trying to awaken, or pretending they already have, is more like one in 500. But pretending doesn’t make it real and it is clear from the things most of these people post on social media that they are not awakened and are not yet Multi-sensory people.

Beyond Five Senses

Usually when people speak of going beyond the five physical senses, it is assumed that they are talking about psychic abilities generally called the sixth sense. But it is clear (to me anyway) that what Zukav is talking about is spiritual senses, which is another level beyond and above the psychic. These senses are in the spirit and soul. We can’t make use of them, however, if we allow those spiritual faculties to lie dormant. So the first step to becoming a multi-sensory person is to awaken those faculties. And once awakened, they must be continually developed. Just like the body and mind, they don’t develop themselves.

Physical Reality

The physical universe is part of reality. But there is much more to the universe than the physical. What Zukav doesn’t mention in the quote is that the physical “reality” is illusion. It is something real. But the reality of it is far different from what it appears to be. Solid,liquid, gas are really all just different frequencies of light. Everything is just frequencies or nodes of light and energy. The solid universe of matter is just slowed-down light. Part of the task of the spiritual people is to speed it up again until it returns to its original state of spirit. Continue reading “Multi-Sensory Humans in a Five Sense World”

Hindu Three Suns (gods)

Hindu Three Suns Represent Three Bodies of Man

“There is an Oriental painting which shows three sunbursts. One sunburst covers the heads, in the midst of which sits Brama with four heads, his body a mysterious dark color. The second sunburst—which covers the heart, solar plexus, and upper abdominal region—shows Vishnu sitting in the blossom of the lotus on a couch formed of the coils of the serpent of cosmic motion. … The third sunburst is over the generative system, in the midst of which sits Shiva, his body a grayish white and the Ganges river flowing out of the crown of his head. This painting was the work of a Hindu mystic. … The Christian legends could be related to the human body by the same method as the Oriental, for the arcane meanings hidden in the teachings of both schools are identical.” ~Manly P. Hall

Hindu Three Suns

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find the painting described by Hall online. I can’t even find one similar to it. The closest I could come was an image showing the three Hindu gods mentioned with a sun behind each of their heads, but not overlaying a human body. This is not surprising as such a spiritual image is likely to be downplayed, if not suppressed, in our modern materialist societies.

There are a number of possible interpretations of the three suns. It could be a reference to three ages of man. It could represent three major energy centers in man. But I think it represents the three bodies or levels of man’s being: Physical, mental/psychic, spiritual.

A few years ago, I wrote an article about the three suns according to Rosicrucian traditions. That article was also based on the writings of Manly P. Hall.

The First Sun

The first of the Hindu three suns is he sun over the head of the person which has Brama in it. Brama is the creator god in Hinduism. According to Wikipedia, this god is not important in modern Hinduism. But since he overlays the head in the painting mentioned, he seems important to me.

The head is associated with the brain and the mind. Having the god of creation there indicates the importance of the brain in creation. We know the brain is important in the creation of the illusions of the realm of matter. It is possible that it has some importance on higher levels of creation as well.

In many spiritual schools, part of the spiritual practice is to raise energy from the bottom of the spine up to the head. On the other hand, solar energy enters through the head and moves down to the bottom of the spine.

The head is also associated with the intellect. This would make this sun the one representing the mental and psychic levels of being. Continue reading “Hindu Three Suns Represent Three Bodies of Man”