27 April 2009
Empty people. Puppet people. Cardboard cutouts. Drones.
Organic Portals. Background
Why do these terms even exist?
Because out of necessity they had to be
invented by those who independently noticed the same puzzling
phenomenon, one for which there is no official name: some people
seem to be missing something very important inside. While they
are not necessarily any less intelligent, successful, or physically
healthy as anyone else, they nevertheless show no indication of
having any higher components to their consciousness.
Over the years I have received emails from readers who came to this
same conclusion. They noticed that some people were strangely one
dimensional and hollow inside.
This observation is not hard to miss,
but it is easy to rationalize away, especially with modern society
being so heavily brainwashed with the politically correct but
unrealistic concept that everyone is completely equal in
every way, which ignores functional differences due to:
The idea of empty people first dawned on me in 1999 after
having done much research into sociopaths and psychopaths, their
condition being medically known as
APD or “Antisocial Personality
My interest in the subject grew out of
having been forced for many years to suffer under someone whom I
later learned had all the signs of being a
Heartless and soulless were descriptive
terms, but little did I know just how literally true they were. I
had noticed in this person an emptiness behind the eyes and a very
shallow conscious essence, which seemed to be at the root of the
behaviors I observed.
Eventually I realized that this same root condition was present in
some others who were not outwardly sociopathic, but whose lack of
heart was masked by a well-adapted social exterior. In other words,
what psychiatry would diagnose as APD was only the more extreme,
criminal, sloppy manifestation of a condition that otherwise
expressed itself more widely in a socially acceptable and less
incriminating manner. The latter is what may account for the body of
empty people present in the population.
But what exactly is missing in them?
The answer is clear if we look at their
common behaviors and qualities of consciousness.
Their behavior tends toward being glib, shallow, egotistical,
narcissistic, mundane, predatory, and materialistic.
Sometimes these traits are camouflaged
by a polished social exterior, but anyone with a discerning eye can
see through the disguise. They lack individuality, independent
thinking, and are strongly biased toward holding a herd mentality.
They lack comprehension of anything
beyond the material sphere of the five senses, and have no interest
in such metaphysical matters except as flashy accessories to boost
their social image. They also appear entirely incapable of empathy,
soul-searching, and willful self-sacrifice.
Nevertheless, in the presence of others
they can put on a flashy show of concern, distress, or altruism for
purposes of social manipulation; for example, crocodile tears to
elicit sympathy, or doing something nice for another solely to guilt
trip them later and extort a favor.
Psychically scanning their consciousness reveals something
interesting. There is a certain simplicity, flatness, and inertness
to their essence, even if their intellects are highly developed.
Unlike other people, their conscious energy is more diffuse, dull,
impermanent, and amorphous rather than solid, sparkling,
crystallized, and concentrated.
Put another way, their minds are like
sand castles instead of real castles. There is something animalistic
and rudimentary piloting their bodies. It seems they have conscious
awareness just as plants and animals do, but not conscious
self-awareness as humans are supposed to have.
There is an important difference between
awareness and self-awareness.
Spirit - The
The missing factor must be something that endows a being with
self-awareness, volition, and the capacity to value transcendental
This goes beyond mere physical factors
like missing portions of the brain, defective genetics, or a poor
upbringing, because the latter are just defects in the hardware and
programming of the biological machine, whereas the problem here
involves the consciousness operating the machine. What
intuitive or clairvoyant perception picks up about their
consciousness involves metaphysical factors instead.
What to call this higher component of consciousness absent in some
Usually it would be called the soul,
but that has caused too much confusion in the past. For example,
casual readers unfamiliar with the proper definition of “soulless”
thought it meant “completely devoid of consciousness” when in
reality it meant “devoid of individualized consciousness.” No, they
do have some kind of soul energy by virtue of being alive,
but the soul is not imbued with a higher spark of true sentience and
Therefore I will call this higher spark “spirit” and define it as
spirit is the core of individualized
consciousness, that permanent aspect of one’s being representing
the true Self, which accumulates experiences and spiritual
wisdom throughout life, survives physical death, and remains
intact upon reincarnating to continue growing toward the
fulfillment of its potential.
It is the divine god-spark, the seat
of freewill, the holographic fragment of the Creator residing at
the very center of your being, the “I” that is you, the inner
conscious observer capable of observing even its own
It seems not all humans have spirit.
Therefore they have no self-awareness,
individuality, wisdom, empathy, creative intelligence, or
conscience. What further confirms this hypothesis is that, as will
be discussed below, one may observe a total absence of destiny,
synchronicity, symbolic dreams, spiritual lessons, soul growth, and
karma in their lives.
This is to be expected if they have
nothing permanent in them that survives death and reincarnates,
because only spirit can gain from such things.
Without spirit, they are temporary
beings whose awareness forms shortly before birth and dissolves
shortly after death. And if so, then for them, spiritual life
lessons serve no purpose, karma from past lives does not exist,
there is no higher Self acting as chaperone, nor would they have
genuine interest in anything that serves a purpose beyond their
current mortal existence.
Therefore it is to be expected that they
be particularly materialistic, worldly, and mundane in their
ambitions; observation confirms this as well.
How can we better understand all this?
By understanding the various components
and how they combine to make the whole of a being, we can grasp the
numerous differences and similarities between spirited and
spiritless humans 1.
Aside from spirit, the other components are body and soul. Soul is
the nonphysical energetic interface between body and spirit.
Occultists divide the soul into the etheric and astral bodies. The
aforementioned “empty” people have bodies and souls, but not
spirits. In this way it is clear that they have some kind of
conscious energy, but not the permanent core that retains
continuity trough incarnations.
The soul consists of two components, the etheric and astral.
The etheric component is
a quantum biasing field that keeps the physical body from
entropic disintegration. Or to put it more simply, it is
life-force energy that keeps the body from decaying.
The astral component is
more abstract and intangible. It functions as the seat of
consciously experienced feelings and passions. Feelings are
not just chemical reactions in the brain, nor are they
abstract thoughts in the mind. Rather they are vivid
energies residing somewhere in between, and that
buffer zone between the completely physical and completely
metaphysical is the astral component of the soul.
Body and Ego
The body is the biological instrument through which we interact with
our physical environment.
The body comes with its own hereditary
dispositions, biological drives and instincts, and behavioral
algorithms stamped into it through social programming. These
deterministic influences converge to create an artificial
intelligence in a person that, by default, runs the body like an
autopilot computer running an airplane.
This artificial intelligence is hereby termed “ego.” Its fundamental
purpose is to ensure survival of the body by optimizing its behavior
for the surrounding physical and social environment. In other words,
external conditioning programs the ego to achieve survival in the
environment from which that conditioning originates.
But the ego has no true consciousness of its own. It is just a
computer running on neural (and by proxy, etheric) hardware that
simulates a living identity. Its main advantage is that, being just
a computer, it only has to mechanically calculate and react to
situations instead of deeply and consciously reflecting, therefore
it can respond much quicker to external situations.
For the spirit, the ego functions as a software device that
automates interactions with other humans and provides a mask of
identity, programmed from birth, appropriate to the local
environment. Somewhat like a player’s avatar in the Sims game, which
looks and acts like a person and seems to do its own thing when not
directed by the player.
The problem is that the ego is entirely a product of the past,
and spirit entirely outside linear time. The first is
completely deterministic, the second is completely nondeterministic.
The first is an emergent property of matter, the second a permanent
condensation of consciousness. The two have impulses that are often
diametrically opposed, one pulling toward materiality, the other
Our daily consciousness, also
known as the lower self, is a blending of both, namely the
portion of spirit that shines through the mask of ego and identifies
with it, analogous to a driver so absorbed in the act of driving
that for him the car has become an extension of his body
Spiritual Influences Upon the Soul
Now the soul, in residing between body and spirit and mediating
between them, is influenced by both.
It takes on its organization and
function according to impulses from both spirit and the body. For
instance, the astral body would respond both to a chemical drug
inducing a feeling of euphoria through the body, and the spirit
volitionally invoking a lofty feeling of spiritual joy, although the
effects on the astral are not identical.
Likewise, the etheric body could have its structure altered by some
injury to the physical body, or from some blockage or abnormality in
the astral body percolating its influence down to the etheric level.
Whatever influences are exerted upon the soul by body and spirit,
their effects continue to linger in the soul, like tea continuing to
circulate after having been stirred. This is why I said the ego
runs on both neural and etheric hardware.
Despite originating in the physical, the
ego imparts the momentum of its conditioning upon the etheric
of Lacking a Spirit
With the preceding in mind, consider what happens when someone has
body, ego, and soul, but lacks spirit.
First and foremost, their entire makeup
would be the result of material influences like genetics and
environment. The seat of their apparent intelligence would be the
ego. And without the counterweight of spirit, their ego would reign
king. Thus, in accordance with the function of ego, such people
would be completely dedicated to material and social survival.
Notice that people with spirit who are awake to their spiritual
impulses often make willful choices that serve no financial, social,
or egotistic gains, that go against the expectations of
Darwinian evolutionary principles,
and that serve only spiritual ends. Such impulses are absent in
spiritless people, thus they are truly optimized for survival in the
Without conscience, empathy, or inner
battle between ego and spirit holding them back, they can more
quickly and easily succeed in their worldly environments regardless
of the cost to others.
To better understand their metaphysical differences, consider what
happens to spirited and spiritless people upon physical death.
Spirit and soul nested one inside the other, together leave the
physical body. After a while, the etheric component of the soul
disintegrates, leaving only spirit nested inside the astral body.
The astral body then also disintegrates. The disintegration of
etheric and astral bodies, meaning the dissolution or casting away
of the soul, is known in christian esotericism as the second
The liberated spirit then advances into
the afterlife before reincarnating.
Reincarnation involves the spirit forming around itself a new soul
and then slipping into a new physical body. In sequential
reincarnations, what talents, predispositions, and imbalances it has
acquired from previous lifetimes influences the new incarnation.
In the case of spiritless people, life begins as follows.
As the fetal body gestates in the womb,
the soul forms for the first time, like beach sand being gathered
into the shape of a castle, and joins to the body. This combination
produces rudimentary awareness. After being born, such a person
becomes nothing more than a product of genetics and environment due
to absence of spirit. Without a spiritual counterweight, biological
drives and social programming become their primary impulses in life.
Upon physical death their soul evacuates the body, perhaps
containing a lingering imprint of the ego, and after some time it
disintegrates and is reabsorbed into the lake of energies from which
it originally formed. Nothing of their identity survives.
For people without spirit, this life
is their only one. They form upon entering and dissolve
upon leaving. It cannot be otherwise if they lack a core of
Thus everything that a spirited person has due to the continuity of
his or her incarnations, is missing in the life of a spiritless
person. For example, the spiritless would have no need for life
lessons or spiritual learning experiences. What would be the purpose
if whatever is gained disappears after death? Therefore spiritless
people are ones who cannot learn spiritual lessons, who cannot
profit spiritually from the trials of life, who cannot pass what is
gained onto their successive incarnations.
And so they have no concern for lessons
of humility, empathy, compassion, understanding, or forgiveness.
Instead of changing as people through
spiritual maturation in life, they only change in the sense of
better adapting to life through conditioning. For instance, whereas
a spirited person may see the error of his ways and grow humble, a
spiritless person would simply learn to not get caught next time.
Karma is another metaphysical factor absent in the life of
spiritless people. There are many misconceptions about karma, so I
will first explain my understanding of it, before showing how
its absence affects the life of a spiritless person.
Karma (the negative type) is simply a spiritual debt or imbalance
acquired upon violating the freewill of oneself or another.
Violating your own freewill happens when you make a choice during an
ignorant state, like when identifying with the ego and acting upon
its impulses, that violates a choice made during a more spiritually
Upon committing a freewill violation, the higher spirit-associated
aspect of consciousness regrets the error and makes a commitment to
redress it, even if the lower ego-associated aspect tries to ignore
this. The karmic imbalance then attracts experiences that teach a
lesson correcting that ignorance, whether in this life or the next.
The lesson learned is universal and does not require memory of the
original choice that provoked it, just understanding of the lesson.
The karmic experience itself is not what
is fated, rather the lesson learned, therefore karma can sometimes
be mitigated through pre-emptive understanding and forgiveness
without necessarily needing to learn it the hard way through
But without spirit, there is no true freewill and no true lessons
that can be learned.
Therefore the spiritless have no karma
and instead live completely under the laws of chance and the
law of the jungle. Whereas a spirited individual might be
born with karmic handicaps, for the spiritless these handicaps would
strictly be a matter of chance or heredity and serve no higher
Same with the timing and manner of their
death; whereas spirited people may have loosely planned out their
life before incarnating, including the way they will die, spiritless
people die according to random circumstances without purpose or
meaning, unless their death somehow plays an important part in the
pre-incarnation script of a spirited individual.
Other missing factors include meaningful symbolic dreams,
synchronicities, higher intuitive
guidance, and their personal hand of destiny. Spiritless people
experience none of these because they neither can nor need to. This
should be obvious from understanding the role of spirit, but I will
elaborate for the sake of clarity.
Meaningful dreams primarily serve to alert a person to spiritual
imbalances that need to be corrected, but a spiritless person has no
need for such messages.
They also have nothing higher to send
such messages. Without a permanent core of individuality, they have
no “Higher Self”, which is the perfected future manifestation of
spirit reaching back through time to help out extensions of itself
still in the linear past. And without a Higher Self, they have no
inner intuitive guidance to provide certain nudges and protection in
Thus, whereas a spirited person might
experience freak synchronicities and bending of the laws of reality
to save them from untimely death, a spiritless person lacking such
direction and protection would perish according to chance.
Differences between Spirited and the Spiritless
There is also a difference between spirited and spiritless
in what chakras they have.
Chakras are vortical energy centers
linking soul with body, and linking spirit and body through the
soul. Each center coincides positionally with the major glands of
the physical body, and each serves a different behavioral function.
The lower chakras are associated with such behavioral facets as
physical instinct, sexual impulses, base emotions, personal power,
and intellectual activity. Everyone possesses these.
The spiritless, however, have
no need for the higher chakras, namely the heart, crown, and third
eye chakras because these are the ones that exclusively link to
The heart chakra, the center of
higher emotions like compassion, empathy, spiritual
jubilance, is missing in the spiritless because there is no
spirit present to associate with these emotions.
The crown chakra, through which
higher intuitive understanding, originality and creativity,
and a connection with objective truth manifests, is likewise
The third eye chakra, located
between the brows, is normally used for the perception of
phenomena and concepts beyond the material realm, and
spiritless people confined to the world of the five senses
have no need for it either.
Consequently, another difference between
the spirited and spiritless is that the first have all seven chakras
while the latter are missing the three higher ones (heart, crown,
and third eye) 5.
This further contributes to the
intuitive or clairvoyant perception that spiritless people are flat
and inert inside regardless of how animated they are on the outside,
because the spectrum of their etheric or auric vibrations are
missing certain colors and are therefore of a lower overall
All the above follows from one simple postulate: that some people
lack spirit, and that they therefore also lack the higher chakras.
If you deeply contemplate what this
entails, you will understand how this postulate explains the full
gamut of observations we have concerning so-called “empty” people.
between Spiritless and Spiritually Asleep People
At this point you might be wondering what is the difference between
spiritless people, and spirited ones who are spiritually asleep in
life or simply immature. After all, both may be worldly in their
goals and thoroughly caught up in the illusion of
Both may not be cognizant of dreams
or synchronicities, nor display much empathy.
For example, there are negative people
who are completely under the influence of their egos and external
negative forces, who can commit violent crimes and even mass murder
without blinking an eye. Not all of them are spiritless. But all of
them are indeed void of the influence of spirit when it comes
to engaging in such inhuman behaviors. Some lack spirit,
others are asleep to spirit.
The difference is that a spirited but infantile/asleep person still
has latent spiritual potential. So they still have, even in small
amounts, the presence of those spiritual factors and dynamics
mentioned above. They may still suffer the consequences of karmic
debt brought on by dumb choices, they may still receive symbolic
dreams attempting to alert them to spiritual imbalances in life even
if they ignore it, they may still experience synchronistic help in
shaping their lives against the odds even if they cannot see it.
Spiritless people lack that potential completely. They cannot grow
spiritually. This is not a theoretical declaration, but a painful
lesson learned from having dealt with too many such persons who
never showed any signs of growth or evolution no matter how much
help and opportunity for improvement was given to them.
At best they adapt, but more out of
conditioning and calculation than actual understanding.
There is another important difference. The spirited have lives
appropriate to their spiritual needs. So there is a correspondence
between their spiritual maturity and type of life. Infant spirits
will lead crude lives, because a basic existence is all they need,
and anything more would be too much for them to handle or gain from.
Meanwhile, the spiritless live whatever life they are driven into by
circumstance and their own cunning, which can mean being a beggar,
corporate executive, or famous author all the same.
Without constraints established by
spiritual needs, the spiritless have no spiritual limits or
curriculums structuring their lives.
And this is why “empty” people are not
all just spiritually asleep or infantile, because there exists a
class of people who share the same inertness behind their eyes
regardless of their type of life, their social standing, their
intellectual prowess, and their physical appearance.
Sociopaths, and Narcissists
The more extreme manifestations of an absence of spirit is known in
psychology as psychopathic, sociopathic, or narcissistic personality
Spirited people who fit this condition
are misguided and held hostage by their egos, but they can be
rehabilitated. Instead of lacking empathy, their empathy is either
suppressed or displaced. These are not true psychopaths, but
spirited people with personality disorders.
True psychopathy and sociopathy, however, cannot be cured because
something is fundamentally flawed at the core of such persons. They
lack empathy and remorse altogether, and these qualities cannot be
recovered because they were never there to begin with. The incurable
nature of psychopathy is an accepted fact in psychology. The cause
is believed to be an abnormality in the pain and fear centers of the
Even so, without the balancing influence
of spirit, such abnormalities would introduce unchecked errors into
the programming of the ego, which then runs rampant to the point of
coming to the attention of the legal and medical systems. What the
medical system can diagnose is only the extreme and sloppy
manifestation of a condition that is more widespread throughout the
Other spiritless people with properly
functioning egos are better at keeping their lack of empathy and
remorse camouflaged under more refined social programming.
Spiritless? What Others Say
Theories abound about why some people lack a higher component to
their consciousness and what purpose they serve in the bigger scheme
Since I am not the first to make this
observation, I will now briefly discuss what others have said so
that you can weigh the available options.
John Baines writes in his
The Stellar Man
that humans, like all animal species, have a
collective soul unique to their species. This collective
unconscious exerts a de-individualizing influence on humans,
nudging them toward mob mentality, herd mentality, and
following the crowd.
Rupert Sheldrake would
call this the human morphogenetic field. People who
have not developed their own conscious individuality are
mere automatons following the soporific influence of the
collective unconscious, as though they were extensions of a
hive mind. The goal of esoteric training is to split away
from the herd, to develop one’s own volition and thereby
become a free being.
Rudolf Steiner voiced
similar sentiments. His foundational work,
The Philosophy of Freedom
addressed this problem. Steiner said that as long as humans
obey external authority, their own biological instincts, or
the animalistic parts of themselves in common with the rest
of humanity, they are not free beings. Freedom comes from
choosing based on intuitive understanding of what each
option entails and what it means.
This act of freewill requires
introspection and spiritual acumen to act from a place of
true understanding. Steiner acknowledged that not everyone
introspects to the degree necessary to make intelligent
G. I. Gurdjieff spoke
along the same lines. His lectures in
Views From The Real World
summarize his position.
Humans are born as blank slates, as biological machines
without self-awareness. At some point in life, a person
either develops an “I” or branches onto the opposite path
toward further mechanization and decay.
So according to Gurdjieff,
“empty” people are those who have never developed their
self-awareness as they should have, but we all start out on
equal footing. I don’t believe this to be true because there
are infants and children who clearly have high sentience
behind their eyes and expected behaviors of self-awareness,
while other infants and children lack it, which suggests the
factor of reincarnation in some people and complete absence
of spirit including the potential for spirit in other
Boris Mouravieff has
written on the subject of spiritless people most
extensively. See his
three volumes of the Gnosis series,
particularly the second and third volumes. His approach is
based on esoteric christianity, and thus it quotes heavily
from scripture while bearing much in common with the
Fourth Way tradition of Gurdjieff,
which itself seems to trace back to Sufistic teachings.
According to Mouravieff’s
interpretation of the Book of Genesis, there existed
humans before Adam and Eve, but that only Adam
and by proxy Eve and her descendants received the breath of
spirit from God.
Thus nowadays there exists two
mingling sub-races of humans:
Mouravieff explains that pre-Adamics
serve the purpose of harvesting energy from Adamics as part
of the cosmic food chain. He also explores the metaphysical
differences between the two, in regards to pre-Adamics
missing certain “centers”, which are analogous to chakras.
Mouravieff believes the pre-Adamics
have a group soul unique to their collective, and that only
after further aeons of evolution will their collective soul
differentiate into individual spirits like what the Adamics
addresses the works of Mouravieff and provides some key
insights on the matter at hand.
The channeling source claims
that some people are
empty portals for:
other intelligences to work
that they have uniform auras
lack the higher chakras
can be very skilled at
mimicking “souled” (spirited) people by reflecting back
their own soul energy
ultimately they serve as
conduits from which our energy can be siphoned for
collection by negative hyper-dimensional beings
All this is in line with my observations
and the writings of Mouravieff and Gurdjieff, except a bit more
realistic than the viewpoints of those two traditionalists.
Whereas John Baines says some humans
are extensions of the human collective soul, the Cassiopaeans
say they are instead extensions of particular animal group souls.
They say such so-called “organic
portals” serve as a bridge between the human and animal kingdom,
helping to transfer higher human energies to these animal group
souls to accelerate their evolution, but that their function has
been hijacked by higher negative forces for their own energy
So what I am saying in this article is not without precedent. I
merely made the observation of “empty” people independently in
1999-2001 and then cycled through various personal speculations and
existing theories before settling on the current one explained in
I believe there are several ways in which people end up
Some are born that way because no spirit
ever took root, just like theater seats that remain empty because no
one bought tickets for them. Others may have started out with spirit
but had it depart at some point in life. It could have evacuated
through abuse or sudden extreme trauma, or evaporated gradually from
decades of soul-killing routine.
Not everyone who dies necessarily
drops dead. People can go on existing as hollow shells, as
echoes of their former selves, now void of the spirit that once gave
them spark. There are other darker phenomena like dead people
getting reanimated by aliens with advanced technology,
and other types of artificial humanoids that would lack
spirit, but these are relatively rare and therefore not worth
discussing in this article (see instead my article on
Here I speak mainly of a larger sector of the population who
naturally lack spirit, who always have throughout history, and who
by virtue of their predatory and worldly natures have gravitated
toward the top of the social, economic, and political hierarchies
and made the world antagonistic toward spiritual impulses.
As you can see, this idea that some people lack spirit
explains much about the robotic, animalistic, predatory side of
So many of us are under the false
assumption that we are all the same inside, that if we walked
in another’s shoes we would fully understand their motivations. But
not all inhuman acts trace back to mere environmental variables.
There are cases where, even if we put ourselves in their place, we
would not act the same. That is because the cause of their
motivations is not environmental, but metaphysical: the absence of
spirit and supreme reign of ego.
Those who ignore the possibility of spiritless people will continue
to shake their heads in frustration at behaviors they simply cannot
compute and must either ignore or rationalize away. When dealing
with a spiritless psychopath, for instance, such individuals are
easily deceived and manipulated.
Only after getting burned again and again do they realize some
humans are a different kind of animal, that some humans are not
remediable because they are acting fully and healthily in accordance
with their spiritless predatory nature.
This is especially true of the
psychopathic elite who run this prison planet;
they cannot be rehabilitated, made to see the error of their
ways, or convinced through appeals to empathy.
It would be unwise, however, to look down upon the spiritless with
They are what they are, living their
lives in accordance with their makeup. They should be handled no
differently from how one handles a wild animal that acts according
to its feral nature. It is only by trying to hold the spiritless up
to higher spiritual standards that frustration sets in. Without
expecting too much of them, and by understanding why they behave as
they do, frustration gives way to calm insight.
Nor is it worth going out of your way to try and spot who is
spiritless, because in ambiguous cases you will likely err on the
side of paranoia. Since spiritless behaviors form a subset of the
behaviors of spirited people, only the behaviors unique to spirited
people can allow quick and certain identification, and then only of
who is definitely spirited. Spotting only works for picking out who
is truly spirited, which happens most easily with a spirited
individual on your wavelength.
You will sense the life in their eyes,
the clear and unique energy behind their words, and the originality
and independence behind their thought processes.
Appendix I - Common Questions
How do I know I’m not
a spiritless person?
If you have experienced even one
trait unique to spirit, then you are not spiritless.
The very fact that you have wondered
this, that you are uncertain and wish to know for sure, shows
self-awareness and introspection, which is another trait of
having spirit. Regardless, it is better to assume that you do
have spirit and work on developing its qualities like intuition,
empathy, and lucidity, all the while being aware of your lower
egotistical impulses and keeping from acting on them.
I suspect that my (friend,
spouse, parent) is a spiritless person, what do I do?
Set aside for a moment the question
of whether they are spirited or not, and focus solely on whether
you can continue being with them.
Are they so manipulative,
draining, abusive, or otherwise harmful to your well-being
that you have to get away? If so, then it doesn’t matter
whether they have spirit or not.
Are they so friendly and easy
going that you are doing quite fine having them in your
life? If so, then it doesn’t matter whether they have spirit
So from a practical perspective, you
only have to be concerned with whether you can deal with having
them in your life.
Where the distinction between
spirited and spiritless does come into play is in dealing with
psychopathic people, where even after promising to change
they keep returning to their abusive ways; then at some point,
instead of rationalizing that they are just misguided and need
even more time and attention, it is better to conclude that
maybe they are acting perfectly in line with who they really
Naive people who think everyone
is equally good inside will keep rationalizing and taking
the abuse, but those with higher understanding will recognize
the warning signs of futility sooner and save themselves the
How is this concept of spiritless people not somehow
divisive, racist, persecutory, and antithetical to the idea of
human equality, unity, harmony, and brotherhood?
If the theory is true, that some
people do in fact lack spirit, then the truth of the matter
should not be ignored for the sake of political correctness.
When properly applied, knowledge can lead to greater stability
and harmony in the long run.
For example, every attempted utopian
society has failed because it was founded on naive assumptions
about the makeup of its citizenry; selfish, psychopathic,
predatory individuals end up corrupting the utopia.
If the utopia were founded on full
understanding of such types, then measures could have been put
into place to prevent corruption. Also, a theory should not be
blamed for the consequences of its misapplication; those who
misapply it use it as a vehicle for the satisfaction of their
own egos rather than applying it from a spiritual perspective.
Instead of throwing out the theory because of its
misapplication, better effort should be made to prevent its
Lastly, the unity of all life can be
recognized without sacrificing awareness of the functional
diversity comprising it; and only by properly understanding each
part of that unity can the whole be recognized in full clarity
instead of mere ignorant bliss.
Appendix II - Correlating Sources
Appendix III - Permutations of
To show the necessity of concepts like spirit, body, etheric,
and astral, here is a list of how these components combine to
form different kinds of entities.
As you will see, the difference
between these entities cannot be explained with fewer than those
Crystals and plants:
body | etheric
body | etheric | astral
body | ego | etheric |
body | ego | etheric |
astral | spirit
Spirited humans after
choosing to incarnate, first stage:
astral | spirit
Spirited humans after
choosing to incarnate, second stage:
etheric | astral |
Spirited humans shortly
body | etheric | astral
Spirited humans after
body | ego | etheric |
astral | spirit
Spirited humans after
ego | etheric | astral |
Spirited humans after
“second” death, during the afterlife:
Spiritless humans after
formation of embryo:
body | etheric
Spiritless humans shortly
body | etheric | astral
Spiritless humans after
body | ego | etheric |
Spiritless humans after
ego | etheric | astral
Spiritless humans after
body | ego | etheric
Etheric thought-forms and
etheric | astral
astral | spirit
ego | etheric | astral
Spirited astral projectors:
ego | astral | spirit
Etheric aliens and
etheric | astral |
In case anyone wonders why we
even need terms like spirit, soul, astral, and etheric, it
is because these constitute the simplest model that explains
large body of known observations, in accordance with
People who ridicule the
necessity of such metaphysical distinctions and believe only
in the body, or only in body and soul, are leaving out
certain crucial observations, thus their over-simplistic
model suffices for their smaller set of givens. However, the
model must be expanded to include observations by
clairvoyants, the astutely perceptive, and anyone who has
experienced the paranormal.
In doing so, the additional
concepts of spirit, soul, astral, and etheric enter the
picture. I believe these are the minimal components
necessary to explain spiritless people.
But it explains a lot more, just
see Appendix III. These terms are also not just ad hoc
explanations, however. Instead of just being theoretical,
the etheric and astral bodies are directly experienceable
through astral projection and viewable by clairvoyants.
Amit Goswami explains with great
insight how nondeterministic consciousness acquires
deterministic traits through conditioning in the physical
body, how quantum systems can acquire classical
See chapters 13 and 14 of his
The Self-Aware Universe.
What does it mean that the ego
imprints itself upon the etheric component of the soul?
For one, it ties into a lot of
what Rudolf Steiner wrote concerning the etheric double, the
doppelganger, that mysterious shadow side of ourselves that
is antagonistic toward our spiritual well-being. It also
ties into Steiner mentioning that in Asia where ancestor
worship is common, demonic entities can wear the cast-off etheric shells of deceased persons and thereby receive unto
themselves all the psychic energy given to that identity
Further, the ego continuing
after death in etheric form may explain certain types of
ghosts, as well as the problem of astral/etheric impostors
in channeling whereby a negative entity can closely mimic a
deceased relative. All these phenomena suggest that some
portion of a person’s worldly identity (ego) survives death,
and since it cannot be via the physical body, it must be the
next closest thing: the etheric component of the soul.
And lastly, when it comes to
true artificial intelligence in quantum computers and
cybernetic beings, it should be expected that these will be
accompanied by an etheric field, just as plants have an
etheric field, which would assist in the artificial
intelligence having some level of “life” and not be just a
deterministic machine with pseudo-random output.
The term “second death” is
“He that overcometh shall
not be hurt of the second death.”
“And death and hell were
cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.”
Boris Mouravieff and the
Cassiopaeans would have interpreted this approximately as
‘overcometh’ means having
‘second death’ is the
dissolution of the etheric and astral components of the
‘lake of fire’ represents
the undifferentiated group soul into which the soul
What does a fire do other than
melt and turn to ashes, removing all trace of former
identifiability? Second death happens after the first death.
If the first death is death of the physical, then the second
has to be death of the nonphysical.
I believe this interpretation
because it makes sense.
“Higher” means higher in
function, not positionally higher on the body, so the throat
chakra is not a higher chakra since it is associated merely
with speech and intellectual functions. In the Fourth Way
system it correlates with the “lower intellectual center”.
It probably developed or evolved
along with human capacity for speech and abstract thinking,
something most animals lack. That is why spiritless humans
have a throat chakra as well, and why they can be
intellectually sharp and have no limits to their speaking
So it’s one of the lower chakras
in terms of function.