The Subtle Energy Body: The Complete Guide
Maureen Lockhart, Ph.D.
Inner Traditions (2010)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/10)
The back of “The Subtle Energy Body” says “The ‘subtle body’ is an energetic, psycho-spiritual entity of several layers of increasing subtlety and metaphysical significance through which the aspirant seeks knowledge of the self and the nature of God.” Maureen Lockhart gives us pathways to find that knowledge of the self, attain freedom from things that tie us down and get a closer connection with our God.
The book is divided into two parts; one being “Eastern Perspectives” and the other being “Western Perspectives.” Combining the two gives us a better understanding of the practices and how we can incorporate them into our own lives.
Personally I’ve been a seeker and healer for the past forty years so having an opportunity to delve into this book gave me a lot of “ahas.” I specifically enjoyed reading chapter seven, “The Bodies of Buddha,” where I found that “each Buddha is believed to be capable of overcoming a particular evil with a particular good, and each has a complete system of iconographic symbolism. Each is associated with a direction, a color, a mudra, a mantra, a symbol, an element, a sense, and specific qualities.”
The book includes colorful photographs depicting icons, mandalas, and other symbols. I enjoyed seeing the Tibetan monks demonstrating mandala painting as well as seeing a sand mandala. I had the opportunity to experience watching both being done; mesmerized by the detail and focus the monks have. They are true symbols of having their energy body synchronized with their source.
“The Subtle Energy Body” makes a great resource for those that are already attuned their own energy body but more importantly it’s for those that are seeking that “something” that is missing in their lives. Lockhart provides a gateway, you provide the body.