C.S. Lewis once said, “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” Though it sounds rather religious or metaphysical, this statement is now backed up by science. At least partially.
Think of a human being as a body-mind-spirit complex. These layers, known as the human energy field, are invisible and intangible, but they are essential for your well-being.
If any of these are out of balance, they can manifest on a visceral level—as a physical ailment, emotional or mental distress, or a sense of disconnection with self or others.
But knowing how to balance them can level up your human experience.
What Is A Human Energy Field?
Also known as “aura” or “biofield,” the human energy field is an invisible energy surrounding the human body. It’s an integral part of many belief systems and alternative healing practices rooted in spiritual traditions.
The human energy field has multiple layers—five of them—and each has its own function:
- Physical: Directly connected to the physical body
- Etheric: The blueprint for the physical body
- Emotional: Contains emotions and feelings
- Mental: Linked to thoughts, beliefs, and mental processes
- Spiritual: What connects humans with the divine
The importance of the human energy field lies in the direct connection between energy and well-being. Because, at the end of the day, everything is energy. And by altering it, you can improve many different aspects of your life.
How Big Is the Human Energy Field?
Humans have an energy field around them that can extend up to several feet from the physical body. If you search for human energy field images, most of them are pictured as egg-shaped cocoons around the body. The specific size varies, and it depends on factors such as health, age, emotions, and state of mind.
Generally speaking, the more positive your well-being is, the bigger your human energy is, and vice versa. Similarly, experienced energy workers and those engaging with spirituality usually have larger and more prominent auras.
What’s more, the size of each layer in the energy field also varies. The innermost layer, the one closest to the physical body, is also the smallest. And the outermost layer, which is the spiritual layer, is the largest.
The 5 Layers of the Human Energy Fields
Different belief systems and schools of energy healing may have slight variations in the number and attributes of the energy fields. That said, most systems have agreed upon these five layers of human energy fields.
1. The physical layer
This is your visceral body, composed of flesh, skin, bone structure, organs, and blood. It’s a physical representation of what you perceive as self. And for most people, it’s the only self-perception they have.
Although you are quite aware of your physical body, your eating, drinking, breathing, and moving patterns leave much to be desired.
But if you don’t set them right, it will affect your mental, emotional, and even spiritual bodies.
Jeffrey Allen, a world-renowned energy healer and author of Mindvalley’s Duality Quest, explains that when you go through painful experiences, you store energy from them in your body. And whatever you store spreads out into the world through your process of self-expression.
That’s why it’s so important to heal yourself, release negativity from your body and consciousness, and nurture it in ways that serve your highest good.
How to keep a balanced physical energy field
Achieving balance in your human body’s energy field comes with optimal health, energy, vitality, and resistance to illness.
Here are a few ways to keep your physical energy field balanced:
- Healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet, stay active, and get enough sleep.
- Body awareness. Stay in tune with your physical sensations by practicing activities like yoga, Tai Chi, or body scans.
- Energy healing. Massage therapy and acupuncture help release physical tension and promote energy balance.
- Hydration. Don’t forget to stay hydrated during the day.
2. The etheric layer
The second layer surrounding your body is the etheric. It serves the role of a bridge between the physical and energetic realms of yourself. It’s also closely associated with the life force energy, often referred to as “prana” or “chi,” which is believed to flow through the energy meridians in the body.
This layer is considered a template or blueprint for the physical body. It contains the energetic patterns and information necessary for the physical body’s development, maintenance, and vitality. You can picture it as a web of energy that mirrors the body’s structure and functions.
How to keep a balanced etheric energy field
Your physical body needs to be in alignment with the energetic patterns and templates in the etheric layer. Thanks to this alignment, you can have a basis for the proper growth, development, and functioning of your physical systems.
For a balanced etheric energy field, you may want to practice these:
- Grounding. Spend time in nature, practice earthing, or meditate to connect with the earth’s energy.
- Energy cleansing. Use techniques like smudging, salt baths, or crystal cleansing to clear stagnant energy from your etheric field.
- Pranayama. Explore yogic breathwork to enhance prana flow.
- Mindful living. Practice mindfulness to stay present in the moment and maintain awareness of your energetic state.
3. The emotional layer
This is the layer where your emotions, feelings, and fears reside—it’s the most volatile layer of all. Although you are seemingly experiencing emotions inside, they are both inside and outside of you at the same time.
Jeffrey explains that people don’t allow themselves to feel their emotions out of fear of becoming them. But you aren’t your emotions.
He adds, “Emotions are the foundation of authenticity, and by allowing yourself to feel your emotions, you are helping yourself and others.”
How to keep a balanced emotional energy field
A balanced mental layer is characterized by clear and focused thinking, emotional stability, and reduced mental stress.
You can keep your emotional energy field in check with these practices:
- Emotional awareness. Regularly check in with your emotions by acknowledging and processing them.
- Self-expression. Express your feelings in creative ways, such as by keeping a journal or talking with a trusted friend, partner, or therapist.
- Meditation. Incorporate this practice that focuses on emotional well-being, such as loving-kindness meditation.
- Boundary setting. Set clear boundaries to protect your energy from emotional drains or conflicts.
4. The mental layer
Commonly referred to as your mindset, this layer is where all your ideas, thoughts, and belief systems are carefully stored, assimilated, and sorted out. It’s within your mental body that your truths and perceptions are formed, and often determines whether you remain stuck in life or propel you forward.
It’s crucial to understand that your mental body also serves as a filter between your mental and spiritual bodies. This intermediary role is often referred to as intuition, a vital link that connects you with higher consciousness.
So, it’s worth noting that your mental body doesn’t necessarily imply mental awareness. Instead, it’s primarily influenced by the programs, patterns, and belief systems you inherit, adopt in childhood, and develop during your life.
In other words, your mind can remain unaware, and an unaware mind can lead you into various predicaments because it gives you a feeling of being right all the time.
What’s more, an unaware mind results in mental chatter, or noise, that keeps you stuck in negative scenarios, diminishing your mental clarity and focus.
Therefore, developing awareness of your mental body is crucial for achieving a balanced mind.
How to keep a balanced mental energy field
You should aim for a balanced mental layer to achieve a state of mental equilibrium, clarity, and well-being in your thoughts and beliefs.
For a harmonic mental energy field, you can make a habit out of these:
- Mindfulness meditation. Practice mindfulness to cultivate mental clarity, focus, and awareness.
- Positive affirmations. Use positive affirmations to reframe negative thought patterns—a sign of low human energy field vibration—and maintain a balanced mental state.
- Cognitive exercises. Engage in activities that challenge your cognitive abilities and keep your mind sharp.
- Mental health support. Seek therapy or counseling if needed to address and manage mental health concerns effectively.
5. The spiritual layer
This final layer is your higher awareness that connects you to universal consciousness, mainly through intuition.
From a chakra system perspective, it’s your crown chakra where you’re pulling energies into your body from above. Jeffrey explains that this chakra…
- Is about inspiration and spirit connection,
- Connects you to the rest of the chakras,
- Is where you receive ideas, and
- Stores information about your past lives and connections.
“Your spirit connection is your sense of connection with others and the universe,” he adds.
However, when this energy point is blocked, people don’t believe that there’s something beyond them and that they are part of divinity. They often don’t trust their wisdom and higher guidance.
On the contrary, if you have a spiritual awareness, you live from that meta-understanding that you really are a spirit. You move along your life with a strong sense that everything is divinely orchestrated and works out for your highest good.
How to keep a balanced spiritual energy field
A balanced spiritual field is necessary for achieving inner peace, connection to the higher self, transcendence, and a clear sense of purpose.
For a balanced spiritual energy layer, exercise the below points regularly:
- Spiritual practices. Engage in spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, or contemplation to nurture your spiritual connection.
- Introspection. Reflect on your spiritual beliefs, values, and purpose in life.
- Connection. Create connections with like-minded individuals and join spiritual communities.
- Compassion. Cultivate a sense of compassion, both for yourself and others, as part of your spiritual well-being.
Awaken Your Unstoppable
Cultivating healthy energy fields in a holistic way has the power to transform your life on many levels.
And Mindvalley’s Duality free masterclass is one of the best starting points to discover your non-physical self. With Jeffrey Allen as your guide, you’ll learn how to engage with the spiritual world, how to draw power from it, and how to use it in the physical world. In this masterclass, you’ll also:
- Learn to use energy to transform any aspect of your life,
- Get guided through four powerful energy tools,
- Learn how to get answers from your intuition, and
- Learn how to clear your #1 energy block in just seven minutes.
Over 770,000 people have attended this class. And here’s what some of them have to say about it:
- “The energy context that Jeffrey Allen explains boundaries with completely changed my relationships with myself and others.” — Sharon Sessions, physics professor and director of outreach; New Mexico, United States of America
- “This course is probably one of those things that after you do them, you are changed forever.” — Lorena Vukić, student; Zagreb, Croatia
- “In a period of three days, my life changed radically” — Erik Eklund, founder, international speaker, and leadership coach; Barcelona, Spain
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