and I would be hard pressed to live a full life without
complete use of our hands, feet, eyes, and other parts of
our bodies. This is also true of life on the aetheric plane.
Concentrated vortices of energy in vital parts of the aetheric
body allow us to move and interact with others in the aether.
These vortices are called "aetheric links," and
in this essay we will explore each of them.
aetheric links are in many ways similar to the chakras described
in Eastern mysticism. In fact, some of the links exist in
the same place in our bodies as the chakras. Like the chakras,
the links are centers of vital energy that serve to collect
and distribute aetheric energy. In mentalism, the functions
of the links can be very dynamic, freeing our aetheric bodies
for astral flight and allowing us to perform psychisms like
are 10 aetheric links in the human body. The uppermost link
is located in the center of the forehead. There are two
more aetheric links in the head, one in each eye. Three
aetheric links are in the human torso-one in the center
of the chest, another just behind the navel, the third within
the sex organs. The final four aetheric links are located
in the hands and feet. So even though there are 10 links,
there are only seven types of links. This is important to
note, as it is easy to focus doubly on the development of
your paired links (in the feet and hands) to the neglect
of the single ones elsewhere.
aetheric link is infinitesimally small, occupying a space
the size of the tiniest point imaginable. But as you know,
size matters little in the aether, and in fact sometimes
the smallest things have the most potential for power, as
so much energy can be focused on them.
visualizing the aetheric links, you should think of each
one in the shape of a narrow cone that has its flat part
flush to the surface of your skin, tapering to a point within
your body. This helps you to visualize the aether flowing
to and from each link. In reality, though, each aetheric
link is an exact point of aether inside you, whose influence
radiates outward each in its own particular direction.
as your material body uses its different parts to perform
different tasks, so your aetheric body uses each link for
a specific set of purposes. Here is a breakdown of the aptitudes
of each aetheric link:
Forehead Link: The forehead link is the one used to
project your will upon the aether directly around you, and
is used in short range (also called "local") feats
of telekinesis, telepathy, and other psychisms. It is also
the link by which we lead our aetheric bodies through the
aether, much as we lead an animal on a leash. Other psychic
systems have called this link "the third eye."
Eye Links: The aetheric links in our eyes are arguably
the most useful when performing mentalism, as they are the
links through which all our senses-not just sight but all
the others as well-operate. The eye links are used to visualize
the aetheric plane, and provide help with all related visualization
techniques such as the solidification and transformation
Chest Link: Astral projection is one of the most marvelous
feats of the mentalist, and it is facilitated by the aetheric
chest link. Personal aether is expelled from this link-which
is nestled behind the center of the sternum-to form astral
bodies that may travel independently in the aether. The
chest link draws these forms back into the aetheric body
when their journeys are at their end.
Navel Link: Resting just behind the navel, this aetheric
link serves a similar function to the stomach, taking aether
of one sort and transforming and dividing it into something
more useful for the aetheric body. The navel receives the
mentalist's personal aether from the sex organ link and
external aether from the hand links.
Sex Organ Link: The sex organ link concerns itself chiefly
with the collection and concentration of personal aether
from within the body. It gathers aether and prepares it
for transformation by the navel link. This link is located
just above the testes of the male mentalist and within the
uterus of the female.
Hand Links: The hand links are the points from which
mental influence can extend the furthest to affect change
in the aether. They are located just inside the flesh of
the center of each palm, and are used in long-range (or
"distant") feats of psychism, much as the forehead
link is used for more localized feats. Hand links are also
used to draw external aether near the mentalist, and to
gather it for use by the other aetheric links.
Foot Links: These links are located just under the skin
of the center of the soles of each foot. Their sole (ahem)
function is to ground the aetheric body partially in the
material world, so that no matter what happens during an
aetheric session, the aetheric body can always find its
Here is an experiment that helps you attune to your aetheric
links. Begin with a 10 minute breathing meditation using
the techniques you learned in "The Nature of Aether."
Once you have relaxed completely, focus your thoughts on
your forehead. Breathe in slowly, and as you do, visualize
a rapidly swirling sphere of blue light floating inside
your head, just behind your forehead, like a fireball in
your brain. Concentrate on this sphere for about a minute.
It glows brighter when you breathe in, as if you were imbuing
it with energy. Between breaths the sphere glows steady
and continues to swirl. As you breathe out it burns brighter
still, just as small fires that benefit from a soft blow.
concentrating on your forehead link for a minute or so,
move your concentration to your chest, imagining another
blue sphere behind your breastbone. Concentrate on it like
you did your forehead link, remembering to watch it glow
surge with light as you inhale and exhale.
your visualizations with the navel and sex organ links.
When you are through, let the last sphere fade in your mind
and return to just breathing for a few minutes.
it's time to visualize the paired links in the eyes, feet,
and hands. Picture the eye links as balls of blue flame
that exist in the same place as your eyes. This will probably
be a little overwhelming at first, but take your time and
soon you'll have a good grasp on it. The hand links should
be visualized as roiling, fiery spheres that exist half
inside and half outside your hands. The feet links are similar,
burning half inside and half outside of the center of the
soles of your feet. Concentrate on each pair for a minute
or so, just like you have for the others.
can be tricky, but it's vital that you're able to concentrate
on any of the two simultaneously. When you try to visualize
your hand links, for example, don't attempt to split your
concentration into the two specific points. Just think,
"hands." It's the same as using our material hands-when
we want to do something with them we can concentrate on
their combined actions. In the same way, we shouldn't be
limited to just the use of one aetheric hand at a time.
you become more comfortable and skilled with your hand links,
you'll come to possess a certain amount of ambidexterity.
That's something most of us don't have even in our material
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