THE most compelling, principal teaching of Theosophy is the Astral Light, an all-pervasive invisible force field — a space-filling energy matrix.
This vital invisible substance serves as a universal matrix for the patterns of everything in our physical world.
In its moral aspect, this force is a giant reflector of all the thoughts, feelings and actions of every person, and that of humanity as a whole.
It is on the basis of these stored images and influences (Sanskrit “skandhas”), that karma is calculated by the Great Law and justly meted out from age to age, life to life, individually and collectively.
Applied to Nature, the form of an oak tree, for example, is patterned after a universal oak tree likeness archived in the astral matrix as a universal prototype. This astral sea of images may be what Biologist Rupert Sheldrake calls the “morphogenetic field.”
In Theosophy this matrix is shown to be the missing link of science in every field.
“The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences,” Mme. Blavatsky insists in The Secret Doctrine (2:149), “depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.”
She also supplied a practical application in her article 1888 noting: “The astral life of the earth is young and strong between Christmas and Easter. Those who form their wishes now will have added strength to fulfill them consistently.
“The reason this would be true is that the active image-field or astral matrix is the mystical progeny of the omnipresent, spiritual and dynamic substratum of the entire universe. It impacts everything, not missing a single atom.
The major effect of such a major, universal substratus, as psi researcher Dean Radin notes in his book Entangled Minds, is that
“we occasionally have numinous feelings of connectedness with loved ones at a distance.”
“The idea of the universe as an interconnected whole is not new,” he says, “for millennia it’s been one of the core assumptions of Eastern philosophies. What is new is that Western science is slowly beginning to realize that some elements of that ancient lore might be correct.”
The spiritual substance supporting universal inter-connectivity is called Ākāśa in Sanskrit, a word meaning “aether” (in both its elemental and metaphysical sense.) The Ākāśa, with its alter-ego the Astral Light, are the substance of ‘out-of-body’ experiences, and underlie the entire spectrum from the spiritual to mundane psychic experiences (PSI).
The Astral Light is the primeval storehouse and reflector of all the thoughts, ideas, feelings and acts uploaded from the Earthly doings of self-conscious humanity.
The scientific experiments of the Global Consciousnesses Project have demonstrated that the simultaneous force of many minds focused on one event, produce measurable effects in scientific instruments—facilitated by, Theosophists believe, by this same ubiquitous, universal mediating astral substance.