The Four-body model
Whenever you discuss your bodily challenges with your doctor, both of you are referring to the physical body. The mind is usually not regarded as a body. Health mastery invites you to reconsider your entire notion of your own self. The four bodies we present are obviously not separable. For the purpose of understanding health mastery, though, they make a useful distinction for study. This distinction is useful in that it provides a comprehensive tool to better fathom the core or source of illness, symptoms and disease in general. This can in turn be helpful in finding out which combination of healing methods would be most appropriate in each case to once again experience wholeness.
The illustration portrays four bodies in one image: (1) your physical body; (2) your energetic body, referring to all energy moving through your physical body; (3) your mind, or mental body, and (4) your spiritual body. Such models have actually been in existence for quite some time now. The essence of what you and I are has previously been modelled in various ‘bodies’. The four bodies we use in health mastery are based on Dr. Amit Goswami’s model of seven bodies. We’ve simplified these to just four. This complexity reduction suffices for the purpose of health mastery.
This website describes your four bodies. Once you get to know your four bodies, you’ll find it easier to understand what other aspects may be involved with a particular symptom. This is helpful in discovering your own capabilities and to get a clear view on the many possibilities at hand to once again experience wholeness on all bodies. That’s the road to total health mastery: body, energy, mind and spirit.
If you want more in-depth information about the four-body model, please read the book “Heelheid: lexicon voor positieve gezondheid” (in Dutch).
This is the body you and I see physically. It’s the body you use to see, feel, and act. People perceive and experience you through what you do with your body. This includes everything material both on the “outside”, as well as the “inside” of your body: your skin, your hear, your skeleton, your cardiovascular system, your heart, your nervous system, your brains, you name it.
You experience life through the physical body. It provides useful messages about the quality of your life (or lack of quality). Your physical body ‘knows’ what’s good for you and what’s not. Everything you perceive physically informs you about how you live your life. The more you are consciously aware of your physical body, the more you are able to assess your own degree of health, and whether or not you experience wholeness.
The physical body consists of many systems that work together in ingenious ways. These include: your respiratory system; cardiovascular system; endocrine system; exocrine system; brains; immune system; reproductive system; skeleton (atomy); digestive system; musculature system, and your nervous system. We can also include the many physical balance regulators (the bodily iso-thermostats). These keep your bodily functions within a healthy range. Think, for example, about the well-known iso-thermostat of your body temperature. Also, balancers such as your glucose balance, your Ph acidity rate, and your thyroid hormone balance are some other examples. These keep your body functioning in a healthy way. Your brain controls these thermostats, as instructed by your mind.
This denotes all energy that keeps everything flowing in your physical body. This “body” cannot be perceived directly by the naked eye, but we can perceive it; we can feel it, because this is about energy. Our emotions are obviously the best example of energies. Emotion is energy movement. You feel your emotions through your physical body. Also, your breath is energy movement, which you can also plainly notice in your physical body. The energetic body is not just an inner aspect; it’s also noticeable outside of ourselves. Think about how you experience the world around you. Your own charisma, the presence that you radiate, is also energy. Your mind is the chief controller of the energetic body. Consider your fears – these set in motion a lot of energy inside!
Many of the possibilities, or paths, to once again experience wholeness, cannot be explained solely through the physical body. Please bear in mind, however, that working with the energetic body is not the same as “alternative” medicine. Although it’s true that much complementary medicine can be explained in a convincing way only on the energetic level, endocrinologists and neurologists also work with the energetic body, though on the biochemical level. It’s not about either regular or alternative; they go hand in hand. Health mastery is always inclusive.
The energetic body has only been partially ‘mapped’. Perhaps it is an entirely new world to you. It comprises at least the following systems, which, like in the physical body, co-operate in wonderful ways: the Chakras (the seven main energy centers); the meridians or nadis; aura’s; yin and yang; heart coherence, brain wave coherence; and the hara point, among others.
This is about your mind (both conscious and unconscious). The mental ‘body’ lies outside anything we can perceive with our senses. The mind is fascinating because we cannot observe or pinpoint it. Even our brains are, at least according to a growing group of scientists, merely the “receptor and transmitter” of movement of the mind. The mental body can therefore said to be “non-local”. Still, it defines the personality with which you think and act in the physical world.
Your mental body operates mostly unnoticed, as if on auto-pilot. On the one hand, that’s a fortunate thing – you don’t want to have to think about every breath you take. On the other hand though, this auto-pilot renders many important decisions unconscious. Many very useful signals influencing your well-being simply do not surface in your conscious mind. That’s why consciousness development is a key topic in learning how to once again experience wholeness.
The mental body also features several systems: your conscious/unconscious thought system (the mental ‘iceberg’); placebo and nocebo (the power of convictions); behavioral drives; your ego; defense mechanisms; and your consciousness with which you perceive.
Spiritual body: connecting you with Oneness
The spiritual body denotes your higher self, your essence. There is something bigger than your little self; something that transcends the “I, me mine”. We call this the “spiritual body”. Oftentimes this is referred to as the soul, but this term is used in many different ways in various cultures.
Would you know your spiritual body? Practice, then, the observer in your mind. You are more than just your ego. If you very consciously monitor your own stream of thoughts, without acting on them, who is watching? You are not your ego; you are an observer and decision maker. Each and every choice you make, each moment of the day, is always a choice between ego (conditioning, separation) and love (non-condemning, joining). Each of your tens of thousands of thoughts each day come down to a choice between these two options. Choosing love means, for example, realizing that all living things are equally worthy of love, and that in the end we all share the same deepest desire: to live a life of love.
As your ego advises you of your individual interests, your higher Self advises you about sharing, withholding judgment, kindness, and reciprocal communication. This ‘voice of love’ is known as many names in spiritual traditions. To name but a few: Inner Teacher; Inner Healer; big mind; Holy Spirit; Intuition. This voice never condemns. This voice echoes eternity and Oneness. Moreover, in practice, this voice always has the best answer.