Your four lower bodies

Did you know that you have FOUR bodies?? They’re called your four lower bodies and they’re rather essential for functioning on this earth. Plus, aligning them is one of the requirements for your ASCENSION (woot woot!), so knowing a bit about them is a huge plus! We’ll cover that here.

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I have four bodies???

Hello friends. This is ascended masters 101, where we talk about the teachings of the ascended masters. In this video, I want to tell you about the four bodies that each of us has, which the ascended masters call the four lower bodies. And the reason it’s so important to talk about this is because aligning your four lower bodies is a requirement for the Ascension, so having a good grasp on what the four lower bodies are first is a really good idea. 

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So- let’s jump in! First off, I like to think of the four lower bodies as four horses—specifically, the four horses or vehicles that we as souls use to operate in time and space. Our soul is the charioteer, and we must learn to be the master of each of these four bodies and not let the horses run away with us.

Now, to be technical, according to ascended master encyclopedia, these four lower bodies are actually four sheaths of energy, or forcefields, that each has a unique atomic frequency. These forcefields interpenetrate one another and they surround the soul. The ascended master El Morya says that the four lower bodies are actually comprised of many filigree layers of light. Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 34, no. 45

Each of the four lower bodies has a name. They are called the etheric, mental, emotional and physical bodies. Essentially, they give you the memories, thoughts, feelings, and the physical body that you need to operate in time and space. So, pretty important. Imagine trying to operate with no body, no thoughts, no feelings and no memory! So let’s chat about each of the four lower bodies.

First we have the etheric body. It is also known as the etheric envelope and it has the highest vibration of all the four lower bodies. There are two forcefields within the etheric body. They have been called the higher etheric body and the lower etheric body. The higher etheric body does a number of things. It is designed to record the perfection of the I AM Presence, which is the part of you that is God. It also anchors inside of you the divine blueprint of who you are meant to become. It cradles your soul and it cradles the pure energies of God that flow into your being.

Each of the four lower bodies corresponds to one of the four elements of fire air water and earth. The etheric body corresponds to the fire element. 

What’s interesting about the etheric body is that it’s the only one of the four lower bodies that is actually permanent. This means that it is carried over from one embodiment (or lifetime) to the next, whereas the mental, emotional, and physical bodies go through the process of disintegration when your body dies at the end of a lifetime. However, all the virtue and goodness that you have qualified through these bodies is stored in your causal body so nothing of value is ever lost. Your causal body is like your heavenly treasure house of all your good deeds and thoughts and feelings. It’s really beautiful and unique to each soul’s accomplishments. Our causal body is our own personal house of the Lord that David talked about at the end of the 23rd Psalm. 

To learn more about this, check out the video on this channel called “What you Look Like Spiritually.”

So- that’s the higher etheric body, one of the two forcefields in your etheric body.

Now- the lower etheric body is your subconscious mind. It’s like a giant repository that stores all the data of your life—all of your experiences, your thoughts, your feelings, your words, and your actions. These things are expressed through your mental, emotional, and physical bodies, but where they are stored is in the repository of your lower etheric body. 

Now let’s talk about the mental body. The mental body is your mind, your thoughts, your thinking world. It is related to the air element. It’s easy to remember because thoughts are commonly drawn as clouds about people’s heads! That’s convenient! 

There is a higher and a lower mental body as well. The higher mental body is also known as the higher mind or the mind of Christ. It was designed to be the chalice of the mind of God through Christ. It reminds me of the passage from the Bible in Philippians 2:5 that says, “ Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” I put this roughly to music to sing it to my children at bedtime, and I’ll sing it here in case you find it helpful too. 

Let that mind be in you

That was in Christ Jesus (2x)

The ascended masters explain that having a pure mind that is free from negative thoughts allows you to be your higher self, also known as your Christ Self, and the Holy Spirit can fill your mind with godlike thoughts and work through you. 

Now this is easier said than done, and people take lifetimes to purify their thoughts. But the ascended master Magda gives us a tip for doing this.

She says, “Remember that life is a proving ground, a testing ground. Then you will not be personally jarred by every experience, every shockwave, every emotion of those around you. Let it pass. Be airy and light as a latticework. Let the anger and tribulation of the world flow through you. Let that energy be blessed by your holiness. Let it be transformed and go on your way.” That’s from Pearls of Wisdom, Vol 16, Number 14.

So that’s a lovely state of equanimity and objectivity to work towards.

But, we also have a lower mental body. It is the lower, self-limiting, mortal mind. It’s also called the carnal mind.

Your lower mental body comes about when your mental body becomes filled with the vanities and things of the world. This causes it to not be resilient or responsive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit anymore. It is self awareness without the Christ, or the animal nature of man. 

In the Bible Matthew 5:48 it says,

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48

Now Ted Nottingham explains that the correct translation of perfect is whole. 

So since we’re not perfect, or whole, yet, each of us is a combination of both our higher and lower minds. Sometimes we are filled with kind, joyful, peaceful thoughts and sometimes our minds are bubbling over with thoughts of anger or resentment or frustration, etc. Now the whole idea here is to move the needle in favor of the positive. If your thoughts are, say, 50% positive and 50% needing improvement, try to move that needle to 60% positive, then 70%. Ultimately, we want to replace, bit by bit, our lower mental body with our higher mental body.

And this is so important, because our thoughts are a huge part of who we are and how we create our reality and our future every day. Lao Tzu had this to say about our thoughts:

Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits. 

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu


Ok, now let’s talk about our emotional body. This is where all our feelings, desires and emotions live. Just like the mental body is supposed to contain Godly thoughts, so the emotional body is meant to be filled with the feelings of God such as compassion, hope, joy, determination, etc.

But of course, just like the mental body, our feeling bodies are also a colorful mix of positive and negative qualities.

When we focus our emotions on the hypnotic emotions of the world—on human sadness and pity, on fear, the anger of the mob, the drama of TV shows, horror movies, you get the idea—it strengthens our unreal self. And when we focus on positive emotions, it strengthens our real self. Again, the goal is to move the needle in the direction of the positive.

The emotional body corresponds to the water element. Our emotions are meant to be like a calm sea of glass, serene and unaffected by outer circumstances. And the waves of our emotions do respond to the command of our higher self.

Just like Jesus, we can say, “Peace, be still!” 

When we learn to master the water element, our emotional body can be the mirror of our real self. When we do this, we will have at our command one of the greatest powers of the universe to do good and to expand God’s virtues throughout cosmos.

This takes practice, but can absolutely be done. It is a huge part of what the ascended masters teach us as being a key to spiritual progress, and of course many world religions emphasize this as well. 

If you’ve seen the movie “Little Buddha”with Keanu Reeves, you’ll remember that awesome scene where Mara tries to unseat Buddha from his peaceful meditation using every sort of temptation and trick. And of course it doesn’t work. And the ascended masters want it not to work on us, either! They want us to learn to be like the Buddha—calm and serene no matter what. 


Last of all, we have the physical body, which, of all the four lower bodies, we are probably most familiar with. Our physical body gives each of us the opportunity to express the highest good of our consciousness in the matter world. 

Our body is the tabernacle of our soul, the temple of God. In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 3:16 it says,

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 

1 Corinthians 3:16

So it’s up to us to take care of our bodies and treat them well with the healthiest food that you have access to, balanced exercise, enough rest, etc., so they can function well and operate at their highest capacity for as long as possible! This is what motivates me—if the ascension is the ultimate goal of life, and none of us knows exactly how much spiritual work we need to personally do in order to earn this prize, then living as long a life as you can by maintaining your physical vehicle just makes sense. 

The physical body contains the record of all of the thoughts and feelings that are contained in the repository of our lower etheric body. Of course, this is a combination of both great and not-so-great records. So we have all these records of both positive and negative karma in our physical bodies. We read in ascended master encyclopedia that it is man’s karma that determines both the capacities and limitations of his four lower bodies. I think that can help answer a lot of questions about disease and the seeming inequalities regarding physical, mental and emotional health.

Now we can’t judge because we never know for sure the cause of things, but as a general example, positive karma in the mental body might look like having a sharp mind that can think clearly and learn quickly or it could look like tuning in easily to the impressions and wisdom of one’s higher self. Meanwhile, negative karma in the mental body could show as all sorts of mental disorders, limitations and mental blocks.

And that’s a quick overview of each of our four lower bodies. In short, you can think of them as four horses that are pulling you, the soul, along in a chariot. You are their master whose goal it is to train each horse and not let them rule you or run away with you. You’re the boss.

In the same vein, the ascended master Lord Maitreya tells us that we, or our soul, one with Christ, must hold our four lower bodies and our human consciousness in God-control. That’s Pearls of Wisdom Vol. 29 No. 22. 

Now that we know what the four lower bodies are and that they need to be held in control, in the next video, we’ll talk about how to align our four lower bodies, one of the requirement for the ascension. 

But before that, I would love to hear from you. Which one of your four lower bodies do you find hardest to keep in balance? And do you have any tips for keeping them balanced that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Ascension requirement number two is to align your four lower bodies, which makes even more sense when you know what your four lower bodies are! We’ll cover all that and more in this video, giving you an entertaining introduction to your physical, mental, emotional and physical bodies-and why they are so essential to your spiritual growth.

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