"Man's Subtle Bodies and Centres"

Chakras and man's etheric anatomy

Where does the tradition of attributing wings to angels come from? If you see a painting or sculpture of a winged being you don't need to be told to know that it represents an angel. But why do we give them wings and what do the wings mean? Do angels really have wings? No, of course not, but the tradition stems from a very ancient science of man and his subtle centres. The great Initiates of old knew that human beings have two very powerful centres in the back, at shoulder-level. These centres are situated in the etheric and astral bodies and, when they are correctly developed, they create a kind of whirlwind which gives the person the freedom to move through space at will.

On the other hand, the tradition of ancient Greece represented the god Hermes with wings, but his wings were on his heels. This is because there is another powerful centre in the heel which is also related to the ability to move through space.

As a matter of fact, we have a great many of these subtle centres in our bodies. When you are contemplating the rising sun, for instance, you absorb sunlight through a centre which lies just over the spleen. The sun sends us energy in the form of minute luminous spheres and the spleen chakra absorbs the white light of the sun and breaks it up into the seven colours of the prism, before sending the different colours to the different parts of the body: red and orange to the sexual organs; yellow to the heart and lungs; green to the stomach, liver intestines and kidneys; blue to the throat and nose, and purple to the head. Red can also be used to strengthen the nervous system. If someone is suffering from nervous fatigue it means they have a "red deficiency", and their health would be improved by concentrating on this colour.