First, let's get the standard, New Age definition:
Using the information provided in the --daniel papers concerning the structure of the corpus, anima and animus, we can see where some of this structure is coming from. Using Reciprocal System concepts, let's analyze...Orin & DaBen wrote:Your light body is an energy body that exists at a higher level, closer to your soul, than your chakras. You have seven vibrational energy body centers and three light body centers, for a total of ten centers that power and make up your light body.
The corpus is the material body, your physical structure in the material sector--3D space and clock time. The "energy body" is the anima, the physical structure in the cosmic sector--3D time and clock space. Since that cosmic body IS the soul, I guess the energy body can't really get any closer to it, because it IS IT.
By including the corpus (material body) and anima (energy body) in the life unit construct, we can see where the concept of the "light body" comes from. Light is a vibration. How does one get a vibration? I'm sure any musician can answer that--you have to create some friction between two things, like hands and a skin for a drum sound, or a bow and string for a violin. Vibration does not occur naturally--it is a natural consequence of things rubbing against each other. Photons (light) are a form of electromagnetic radiation. How is EM radiation produced? Run some electricity in a tiny wire in a light bulb, and you get light--yep, friction again, the electrons rubbing the atoms as they move through them, with light and heat being the consequence of that friction.
So what about the life unit? The corpus and anima are linked together, but out-of-phase with each other. Almost every inanimate atom in your body, like carbon, oxygen or nitrogen, is basically a temporal rotation--but also has a spatial rotation that makes up the "electric" part. Anti-atoms, the cosmic atoms that make up your soul, are spatial rotations and most of them have a temporal rotation that makes up the cosmic electric part. Since atoms from both realms "stick their foot" into the other realm, there is going to be some interference--and therefore friction, with some kind of vibration that is the consequence of that interaction.
That "friction" between halves of the life unit constitutes the light body.
Now, lets unwind some New Age disinformation. When the body (or soul) dies, that linkage between the corpus and anima gets broken--and as a direct consequence, is no longer creating friction. So what happens to the light body after death? Well, light, once created, tends to hang around, as the light from distant stars tells us. And so does the light body, remaining partially attached to ONE aspect of the life unit, the surviving one. In the case of the death of the body, the light body remains attached to the soul--at least for a period of clock space. What does "clock space" translate to for those that are still living? A distance around the soul, like an energetic shadow. So when a person dies, those with psi abilities see the light body of that person, and assume that the light body, because it is pretty, is the actual source of life and consciousness. They got it backwards. The light body is the residual of the breakup, like the vibrational sound of a snap or crack when something breaks.
With this understanding, you can go through the literature regarding the light body and see where the misconceptions come into play.
One more thing that was mentioned--the chakras. There is a LOT in the New Age concerning "awakening the chakras" or powering them up, etc. Consider this... life is a connection between the material body and cosmic soul. What do you suppose the "knots" that tie that connection together end up looking like? If you guessed a chakra, you are correct.
To the best of my knowledge, only the Mo Pai tradition actually recognizes that the chakras are knots, not energy sources, and light up just like a light bulb does--by constraining the flow of energy to force it to be expelled as vibration. Mo Pai teaches that, in order to achieve the status of homo sapiens ethicus, one must learn to untie the chakra knots, and let the energy flow freely between the material and cosmic aspects of the life unit.
IMHO, good advice.