By Jay Johnston
The concept that the human physique involves 'subtle our bodies' - psycho-spiritual essences - are available in a number of esoteric traditions. This radical type of selfhood demanding situations the dualisms on the center of Western discourse : mind/body, divine/human, matter/spirit, reason/emotion, I/other. 'Angels of wish' explores the aesthetics and ethics of refined our bodies. What emerges is an figuring out of embodiment now not solely tied to materiality. The publication examines using refined our bodies throughout quite a number traditions, yogic, tantric, theosophical, airtight and sufi. 'Angels of hope' exhibits the relevance of the sophisticated physique for faith, philosophy, paintings historical past and modern feminist spiritual reports and theories of hope.
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Extra resources for Angels of Desire: Esoteric Bodies, Aesthetics and Ethics
The Western presentations often emphasise psychology; see, for example, texts by Judith Anodea, Eastern Body Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as Path to Self (Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 1997) and Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1999). The classic texts on the subtle body in twentieth-century Theosophy (in the tradition of Esoteric philosophy) were authored by Charles W. Leadbeater and include The Chakras (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973).
71. Feuerstein, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga, 22; Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy, 155-56; Ozanic, Chakras, 80-82. 72. Feuerstein, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga, 210-11; Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy, 156-57; Ozanic, Chakras, 72-74. 1. Subtle Bodies 29 and envy (ahamkära). It is understood as the centre of creativity, procreation and pleasure, and has an elemental association with water. 73 1. Mülädhära–cakra The base or “root” chakra, it is conceived as located in subtle matter at the perineum, the base of the spine.
The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, 1019). An example of an omission from the Western philosophical tradition is Nietzsche’s proposition in The Will to Power of “the subject as multiplicity” which could be considered correlative to subtle body schemas. See Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power, trans. W. Kaufmann (New York: Vintage, 1968), 270. 43. Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism (St Leonards: Allen & Unwin, 1994), 63. “Body Image” includes both conscious thoughts about our body and the pre-reflective, unconscious “map” of our body; it is understood as mediating between mind and body.