A Language to Map Consciousness

by Samuel Sagan, M.D.

Clairvision® School

8th edition
Book cover by Harlan Wood
This version contains 435 entries and 57,700 words.
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Copyright © Samuel Sagan 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.


Part 1 A brief introduction
What is mapping consciouness?
The importance of words
Words that unite and words that divide
Mapping of consciousness in the third millennium
Part 2 Words for mapping consciousness

A brief introduction

In 1990, in the context of the courses conducted at the Clairvision School in Sydney, a group began a systematic exploration of states of consciousness. This involved weekly sessions as well as several full-time mapping and meditation intensives every year, each of them lasting between 2 and 33 days. Starting with about 25 members, the group gradually grew and came to be known as 'the Foundation', because the wealth of observations it produced led to the elaboration of experiential techniques and models of consciousness that set the ground for the courses run by the school.

By 2000, there were about 70 members in the Foundation, and the transcripts of Foundation proceedings totalled millions of words – a massive gathering of information about subtle bodies, states of consciousness, spiritual beings and non-physical levels of reality. But, even more importantly, what had emerged along the years was a method, through which it was possible to take groups of beginners who had never done any work on themselves, and take them step by step to experience the states of consciousness mapped by the Foundation.

This book presents some of the discoveries made by the Clairvision Foundation, as well as a set of principles that can be used by anyone interested in engaging in an exploration of consciousness based on direct experience.

Note that the power of what is presented here lies in the fact that it isn't the product of one individual trying to share his/her vision of the world, as is often the case with books of esotericism, but the result of a collective 'mapping'. No view was adopted until it could be confirmed and objectified through the experience of the whole Foundation, as well as hundreds of students following the courses of the Clairvision School.

This book is divided into two parts:

The first part discusses key principles for mapping consciousness.

The second part introduces a comprehensive palette of terms and concepts that will prove useful to anyone engaged in an experiential exploration of consciousness. Some of these are traditional terms from eastern and western systems of spirituality. Others are original concepts that have emerged through the mapping work of the Clairvision Foundation.

What is mapping consciousness?

Mapping consciousness simply means establishing references in your inner landscape.

Take the analogy of moving to a new city. At first you only know a few locations and routes from one area to another. Then, as you navigate through the city again and again, the general map becomes ingrained and sinks into your system. Besides, you come to appreciate the intrinsic character of various places.

Discernment increases with time. When you know a city by heart, driving through a street you will immediately and effortlessly notice a new shop, or a building that has been renovated. Whereas on your first drive, the streets seemed like one big continuum where you hardly discerned anything.

Similarly, mapping consciousness means establishing references in your field of consciousness, and systematically exploring different avenues: levels which at first may appear like altered states, but which through 'repeated navigation' become utterly familiar. It becomes as if you had always known them, not just because they are now completely mapped, but also because you realise that these states have always been with you, in what used to be the subconscious and unconscious background of your consciousness.

Through mapping, the unconscious becomes conscious.

Mapping consciousness requires a strict methodology – a methodology that is scientific in essence. But unlike present trends of scientific research where the scientist and his object are separate, here the object and the subject are one. You are the scientist. Your bodies – physical and subtle – are the lab.

Here, knowledge is self knowledge, in a harmonious marriage of intuition and critical discernment.

The importance of words for mapping consciousness

A key observation as a preamble for exploring consciousness is that words condition the world you live in.

Let's begin with an anthropological experiment conducted with a tribe of natives in a South American jungle. These people did not have a word for 'square'. There is nothing exceptionally strange about this – after all, the square isn't a dominant shape in nature.

The fascinating observation was: when shown a video of a revolving window frame, these people didn't perceive a rectangular object rotating in space. They only saw lines that moved. Having no concept of square, they didn't identify the shape.

This reflects a general principle: without a term to identify a structure in their subtle bodies or a particular state of consciousness, people tend to miss the corresponding experience. Even when the structure is in their immediate field of perception, they do not discern it.

On the other hand, as frequently observed in the courses of the Clairvision School, from the moment students have a term to refer to the structure, they start identifying it. Many realise that they have actually been feeling this structure for a long time. They 'knew without knowing that they knew'.

Hence the crucial importance of words for mapping consciousness!

As far as mapping consciousness is concerned, one thing must be understood right from the start: describing experiences requires many concepts that are not part of the common repertoire of modern languages. This means there is the need for introducing new terms, to describe things for which there are presently no words in English.

Note that as far as this is concerned, the work on consciousness isn't different from any other technical discipline. All sciences have their own jargon.

It is essential to clearly understand the purpose and the value of this terminology. Words are power. If you don't have words, you can't identify states of consciousness. And if your words are vague, so will your experiences be. Try to describe a city if you only have one word for street, and no such terms as avenue or back-lane. Words – precise, accurate words – give you the power to discern, and discerning is mapping. Discerning is vision.

It is fascinating to see what difference language makes to people who begin the Clairvision work. When they arrive at the school, students often have a shy and uncertain attitude to their own experiences of consciousness. When they describe them, it is as if they weren't too sure whether it all really happened or whether they dreamt it. Experiences don't seem to be completely part of the real world.

Then, gradually, the students adopt the language. In sharing times or when asking questions, they tentatively start using terms such 'cathedra' or 'combinessence'. And one or two years later, when they have become fluent in the language, they speak about their experiences with great confidence. As a result, their world has been extended: it now covers a much wider scope of experience. The intangible has become tangible.

In the jargon of consciousness, every term is an opportunity for new realisations – an opportunity to expand your universe and discover new modalities of being.

But just as there are terms that clarify, so there are terms that can create confusion. Words that cover too wide a range of experiential modalities, for example. Imagine two adjacent little chakras: A and B. If you have only one word to refer to the pair, it won't help you discerning the specific characteristics of each of them.

Words that unite and words that divide

When working on cosmological models, the Clairvision Foundation first used the term 'spheres of nearness' to refer to the intermediary worlds close to the physical plane. This made perfect sense: since these layers are close to us, why not call them spheres of nearness?

There was, however, a problem. In Kabbalah, the term nearness is used to translate Atzilut. This also makes perfect sense: among the 4 worlds of the Kabbalistic model, Atzilut is the closest to the Divine, hence 'nearness'.

So we gave up our spheres of nearness. Why? Because otherwise, anyone familiar with our cosmological model would tend to be confused when reading about Atzilut. And Kabbalists would have to twist their minds when reading Clairvision material – a typical example of a divisive use of terminology.

Conversely, words can be used to create bridges between systems.

In the Clairvision mapping of subtle bodies, for example, extreme care was taken to adopt terms that were also used in major models such as the one of Rudolf Steiner. As a result, if you follow Clairvision courses, you will feel at home when reading Anthroposophical literature on subtle bodies and healing – a vast and rich body of writings. Which means that your spiritual world will have been extended.

Similarly, with cosmology (the description of non-physical levels of reality) as with subtle bodies, whenever possible great care was taken to use terms and models that are compatible with those of the Indian tradition. Again this enlarges your world. Studying one system, you gain familiarity with others instead of gradually being walled up in a tower of your own.

Here it is crucial to stop and reflect on the far-reaching consequences of a situation where spiritual groups would each become locked in a terminology of their own.

If there is one thing that is supposed to unite human beings, not divide them, it is spiritual work.

This is not to say that everyone is supposed to agree with everyone. There are topics on which different systems hold different views, and where it is therefore impossible to use the same words. Still, this leaves scope for establishing wide common ground by ensuring a common terminology for all topics on which there is agreement.

A huge amount of time and effort was invested in this direction at the Clairvision School, and it is hoped that this book will be of help to all seekers with similar aspirations.

Mapping of consciousness in the third millennium

Despite large numbers feeling the need for a spiritual quest, it remains that materialistic reductionism is the dominant creed of our time. By materialistic reductionism, I mean models where it is taken for granted that a human being can be equated with his or her physical body: thought processes are the product of the brain, emotions can be manipulated through medication, psychological features are genetically determined. From this point of view, the triumphs of genetics could engender a wave of extreme materialistic reductionsim, where even spiritual aspiration becomes gene-determined – how long before we read in the newspapers that the gene for nirvana has been discovered?

The idea that consciousness may exist independently of the physical body is disputed from all sides, and often ridiculed. It may be tolerated under the label of religious freedom, but virtually all branches of science are evolving in the opposite direction: explaining out soul and Spirit.

Sure, a few physicists have published best-selling books that present physics in spiritual terms (just put God in the title, and the crowds will marvel). But go to a physics symposium, and you won't hear many papers about angels. The fact is, when it comes to making decisions about new trends in the fields of scientific research, industrial and economic development, authorities make their decisions according to hard scientific evidence.

Make no mistake: with the advent of genetic engineering, virtual reality, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, humanity is on the edge of a momentous metamorphosis. It will happen very fast. And if guided only by materialistic views, it could result in complete disasters. Soon, large-scale genetic manipulations will become as common as vaccinations are nowadays. Who says these manipulations will foster spiritual tendencies?

Simple scenario: a scientist develops a gene-therapy that delivers 100% protection against osteoporosis. Will anyone care to check that this therapy doesn't result in a weakening of the ability to tune into spiritual realms?

At the dawn of the 20th century, Rudolf Steiner predicted that some form of 'vaccination against spirituality' would one day be implemented: a physical 'remedy' that would greatly diminish people's ability to open to non-physical realities. As strange as it may have sounded at the time, this possibility comes a little closer with every new triumph of genetics.

Understand me well. I am not advocating a 'return to nature', or the discarding of technology. What I would like to see is not a slowing down of the pace of scientific discoveries, but a greater integration of science and spirituality – a science that investigates topics related to consciousness and subtle bodies, in particular, instead of ignoring them. Without this dimension, spiritual eradication may not even happen through malice, but simply through unawareness. Since the energetic and spiritual effects of drugs or any form of technology are never tested or documented, anything could happen.

But even without a disaster scenario, if nothing was to counterbalance the formidable wave of materialism that is presently unfolding, we could well end up in a polarised world where genuine forms of spirituality become more and more marginalised – a field for fools and nostalgics.

Hence the vital importance of a science of consciousness emerging.

The problem is, nowadays something is considered scientific if it works on rats and if you can make statistics about it. This attitude can at best capture only the most superficial effects of spiritual experience, never its essence.

If, however, a large scale mapping of consciousness were to emerge, something that wasn't just the work of a few individuals but came from the collaboration of a number of groups operating with compatible principles, then a science of consciousness would be born.

Depending on whether this happens or not, the world is likely to be quite a different place when you come back for your next life.

- A -


The transcendental level of pure Being, or is-ness. Totally unchanging, beyond forms, beyond duality, uncreated and eternally self-existent.

Main points and mechanisms

Absolute and relative

The term 'relative' is used for anything that is not the Absolute. However, even though the Absolute is beyond anything relative, including all worlds and levels of duality, nothing relative can be beyond the Absolute. For if there existed anything beyond the Absolute, then the Absolute would no longer be Absolute!

The Absolute, therefore, necessarily encompasses all relative levels.

For an exploration of several paradoxes revolving around this, see book 17 of Atlantean Secrets, The Book of the Paradoxes in Highness.


A structure that gradually crystallises out of the of body of energy, and behaves as a foreign element.

The shape of accretions can vary from jelly or clouds of smoke to splinters, crusts, slag and even animal or monstrous shapes.

Accretions can be defined as self-generated entities.

Once fully crystallised, accretions can be processed and cleared as entities.

The formation of accretions is part of the mechanisms of the tessellated pavement, by which human beings go from 'grey' to black and white. Accretions correspond to negative qualities which are being worked out so they can be expelled.

Origin of the term

Introduced by Samuel Sagan as part of the mapping of the Clairvision Foundation.


Actions, as opposed to reactions, are not triggered by samskaras but generated from a space of free will. Actions are to reactions what feelings are to emotions. See also response.

Origin of the term

The concept comes from masters of Vedanta.


See channel release.


Mighty fallen angel, dark force whose domain is the material world.

Ahriman's main action on humanity is to promote materialism – thought systems which deny the existence of the Divine and of spiritual realms.

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

The term comes from the Zoroastrian religion, where Ahura Mazda, principle of light, and Ahriman, principle of darkness, fight each other on the stage of the world.

This dualistic vision is said to have been a seminal influence on the Book of Revelation and on Apocalyptic literature in general, with scholars pointing to the Babylonian captivity (Jewish people taken in exile to Babylon, 586-538 BC), as a period of contact with Zoroastrian influence.

One also finds reference to Ahriman in Neoplatonism, and in several other streams of western spirituality.

Ain Sof

See Absolute.


The experience of 'I am'.

A level of experience in which being is endowed with a sense of individuality, as opposed to is-ness.

Am-ness is associated with the Ego, in contrast to is-ness which relates to the Self.

Origin of the term

A term often used by Hindu masters.

Ancient Days of the Earth

In the cosmology of Atlantean Secrets, the Ancient Days of the Earth is a term that refers to the epochs that preceded Atlantis.

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

The term was introduced by Samuel Sagan in Atlantean Secrets. The reason for adopting a new term was that, even though the model of the Theosophists and Anthroposophists discerns several periods before Atlantis (the earliest being Polaria, the second Hyperborea, the third Lemuria), these periods were not historical and aren't necessarily clearly delineated. Hence the need for a more general term.

Ancient Moon

In the cosmogony of the Theosophists and of the Anthroposophists, the Ancient Moon is the cosmic cycle (manvantara) which followed the Ancient Sun, and which came before the present Earth.

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

Introduced by the Theosophists, and later on taken up by Rudolf Steiner.

Ancient palace

The posterior part of the tunnel of the third eye.

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

A term introduced by the Clairvision Foundation.

Ancient Saturn

In the cosmogony of the Theosophists and of the Anthroposophists, the Ancient Saturn is the cosmic cycle (manvantara) which preceded the Ancient Sun and the Ancient Moon. During the Ancient Saturn the life wave of human beings underwent the mineral stage, endowed only with a physical vehicle.

Note that the Ancient Saturn, like the Ancient Sun and the Ancient Moon, are terms referring to cosmic cycles, that is, periods in time, and not to the corresponding astronomical objects: Saturn, Sun, Moon.

Origin of the term

Introduced by the Theosophists, then taken up and developed by the Anthroposophists.

Ancient Sun

In the cosmogony of the Theosophists and of the Anthroposophists, the Ancient Sun is the cosmic cycle (manvantara) which followed the Ancient Saturn, and which came before the Ancient Moon.

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

Introduced by the Theosophists, then taken up and developed by the Anthroposophists.


A being in whom male and female polarities are fully developed and harmoniously integrated.

Main points and mechanisms

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

A key concept of western spirituality, with multiple roots both in eastern and western mythologies.


Classifications of angels are rare and few. The most widely used is the model of angelic hierarchies first postulated by 5th-century mystic Pseudo-Dionysius and later on adopted – and adapted – by various streams and schools of western spirituality.

Greek Latin English Rudolf Steiner Max Heindel Planetary Sphere
Angeloi Angeli Messengers Spirits of Twilight Angels Moon
Archangeloi Archangeli   Spirits of Fire Archangels Mercury
Archai Principatus Principalities Spirits of Personality/
Spirits of Egoism
Lords of Mind Venus
Exusiai Virtutes Virtues Spirits of Form Lords of Form Sun
Dynameis Potestates Powers Spirits of Movement/Motion Lords of Individuality Mars
Kyriotetes Dominationes Dominions/
Spirits of Wisdom Lords of Wisdom Jupiter
  Throni Thrones Spirits of Will Lords of Flame Saturn
Cherubim Cherubin Cherubim Spirits of the Harmonies Cherubim
Seraphim Seraphin Seraphim Spirits of Love Seraphim


Angelic resonance

The Clairvision School's process to tune into higher spiritual beings.

Main points

When it comes to connecting with angels, spiritual seekers often miss great opportunities. For a start, they often fail to recognise the precious times when a connection could be established. Even if they can establish some contact, it is usually faint, and based on misconceptions. The result is that they derive only an infinitesimal part of what they could receive from the angel.

The Angelic Resonance process teaches how to identify when the presence of an angel is approaching, and a method to resonate with its lofty presence. Particular gestures of the hands (comparable to the mudras of Hindu and Tibetan traditions) are used to reinforce the connection. Resonance takes place through the use of qualities, in particular levity and heart sweetness.

What is the difference between angelic resonance and theurgy? Angelic resonance is the Clairvision system of theurgy.


See flying dragons of the Great Ant.


In the saga of Atlantean Secrets, A Master of Thunder who defected to the dark side. Before becoming the follower of Ahriman, he was Perihelion, the teacher of Orest (Orest being Gervin's teacher).

Aphelion stands for the fact that anyone can be 'tempted' and end up defecting to the dark side. Even the greatest spiritual masters.


Even though the original Greek word means 'revelation', the term apocalypse is commonly used to refer to a final confrontation between forces of light and forces of darkness.

Just as in the Book of Revelation the apocalypse ends with advent of the World to Come, so in the Clairvision mapping 'apocalypse' refers to the final transition of humanity from the physical world to the Fields of Peace – from Homo sapiens to Homo angelicus.

Outside scholarly circles, a great deal of nonsense and hysteria often accompanies apocalyptic theories. So let's be very clear: you will not find in the Clairvision mapping any predictions of imminent disasters, or an invitation to start storing tins of food in your cellar. At the same time, the Book of Revelation remains one of the major texts of western spirituality. Ignoring it because of the nonsense of fanatics isn't satisfying either.
In the Clairvision mapping, the apocalypse is seen within the philosophical context of the tessellated pavement. Human beings of the past were prepersonal. They had little judgement and free will. Their actions were mostly mechanical, rather than the product of conscious decisions. But as the personal stage unfolds, human beings gradually gain free will. Their actions are no longer random, but the result of conscious choices.
Projecting this trend into the future, there comes a stage where every step taken is the result of a conscious choice. Minute after minute, human beings must choose between following their truth or actively denying it. From grey, they become black and/or white – as symbolised by the tessellated pavement. Because of this polarisation between light and darkness, conflicts may be possible. But in essence, what is being discussed here is a full revelation ('apocalypse' in Greek) of the Ego.

Main points and mechanisms

Aquarium effect

A form of connection in which you are immersed in the presence. Rather than sitting in your column of Spirit, the connection floods the room, sometimes giving you the impression of floating in a 'aquarium of presence'.

Origin of the term

Introduced as part of the mapping of the Clairvision Foundation.

Archetypal worlds

The cosmological levels where archetypes are contained.

Main points and mechanisms


Archetypes are the perfect prototypes out of which the seeds of things and beings originate.

Main points and mechanisms

Origins of the concept

Plato's theory of forms can be regarded as the source for the concept of archetype (even though the term archetype itself wasn't used by Plato).

People familiar with Jung's theories should be aware that Jungian archetypes only have a remote resemblance to archetypes as meant in the Clairvision mapping, Sri Aurobindo, Max Heindel or others following Plato's model. Jungian archetypes are structures within the collective unconscious: "...pre-existent forms that seem to be part of the inherited structure of the psyche" (Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp. 392-393)
This is a major departure from the original Greek concept, where archetypes are completely independent of human beings. Even though borrowed from the Greeks (Jung, Psychology and Religion, par. 89), from a Platonic point of view the Jungian archetypes are more the manifestation of some archetypes into the psyche rather the archetypes themselves.


The Archetype

The fully blossomed and enlightened Ego, with all its transformed vehicles.

Main points and mechanisms


The Archive is the Clairvision School's opening onto the Fields of Peace.

According to the legend, it is into the Archive that the Masters of Thunder transferred the knowledge of their time before the cataclysms that marked the end of their civilisation. The creation of the Archive is one of the central themes of Atlantean Secrets.

Functions of the Archive

Main points and mechanisms

Archive people

The people who operate the Archive in the Fields of Peace, helping human beings in several ways: inspiring them to work on themselves and offering guidance, facilitating connections, pouring spiritual forces into them.

The Archive people are human beings who regularly incarnate on Earth, carrying out works aimed at speeding up the evolution of humankind.


An exvolution in which the exvoluted state is mistaken for one's true nature.

A metaphor dear to Vedanta masters is that of spectators so engrossed in a movie that they forget it is but cinema, and believe it to be their real life.


Turning upwards in an attitude of active receptivity.

Main points and mechanisms

Astral beings

In its general meaning, the term 'astral being' refers to any being who dwells in the intermediary or astral worlds. However, in the Clairvision work the term is often used in the more specific meaning of astral beings who interfere with the mental consciousness of human beings.

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

The term 'astral being' is very general and therefore probably used by different groups. The Clairvision Foundation has elaborated very specific processes to explore and become free of the influence of astral beings.

Astral body

The astral body is the vehicle of emotions and thoughts.

Main mechanisms

For more:

One of the Clairvision Knowledge Tracks deals specifically with a presentation of subtle bodies: the Fourfold Model.

Astral travelling

Out-of-the-body experience, also called 'astral projection'.

For the sake of clarity, it is essential to discern two types of experiences:

Astral travelling proper, where consciousness leaves the physical body. People see themselves standing by the side of their bed, or floating above it. They can see their physical body from outside.

In other experiences, there is a sense of 'travelling' but there is no clear-cut detachment from the physical body. For experiences of this type, it is preferable to use another term: space travelling.


Astral energy, or astral quality.

Main points and mechanisms


The asuras are a class of beings who appeared early in this cosmic cycle, and who became proud and turned to the dark side.

To combat them, a second creation of gods

had to be manifested.

In the creation myth of the thunderbolt bearers:

"The asuras came first, and they were formidable.
Standing on top of the creation, their primordial powers unchallenged,
They shouted loud, amazed at their own glory,
Intoxicated with their own might.
And they became proud and arrogant.
They proclaimed themselves the One God,
Forgetting that their shining lights were but reflections
Of the One Glorious Source to whom they owed their birth.
Thus the asura of life became the asura of death,
The asura of might became the lord of war.
Great angelic lighthouses turned into principles of darkness,
And after them, the blazing light-bearer fell into Lucifer.
And the Ancient of Ancients cursed them,
And shattered their worlds,
And caused a second creation of gods."
(Atlantean Secrets 1.5)

Main points and mechanisms

Origin of the term

Sanskrit texts.


The epoch which preceded the present age.

Main points

Did Atlantis really exist? The main point here is a major discrepancy regarding the time scale of human civilisation. If you are to believe present-day anthropologists, going back 15 to 30,000 years in time on Earth you wouldn't find much better than cavemen, hardly qualifying as Homo sapiens; whereas clairvoyant investigation reveals the existence of past civilisations with a high degree of sophistication, and that went on for tens of thousands of years.
The same could be said of regression and past life therapy. Putting together thousands of observations, one comes up with a picture that simply doesn't fit the idea that 5,000 years ago there was virtually nothing that qualified as a civilisation on Earth.
Take also the theory of reincarnation of Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. Every human being is said to have gone through thousands of reincarnations. Again, if we are to believe present-day anthropologists, then 99% of these reincarnations would have taken place as primitive savages incapable of doing better than painting on the walls of their cave. This would be in complete contradiction with the view of Sanskrit texts who speak of the cycles of ages (satya, treta, dvapara, kali) comparable to the ages of the Greek poet Hesiod (Note that unlike the yugas of the Hindu tradition, the ages of Hesiod are not four, but five: the golden age, the silver age, the age of bronze, the age of heroes and the age of iron). When Sanskrit texts speak of satya-yugas/golden ages they do not mean mace-hunting cavemen, but flourishing civilisations with far greater spiritual development than anything presently known.
From this point of view, whether there really existed an Atlantean continent or not is altogether irrelevant. What Atlantis stands for are those brilliant and highly spiritual civilisations of the past.
Besides, before discarding the existence of Atlantis on 'scientific' grounds one should remember that until the 1920's, modern science hadn't even identified the existence of galaxies. The prediction made here is that just as, in less than a 100 years, the limits of the known universe have expanded to totally unsuspected proportions, so the scientifically accepted life span of human civilisation may later be recognised as being infinitely longer than is now presently believed.


Atlantean Secrets

The epic novel in which Samuel Sagan presented many aspects of the Clairvision mapping, especially those relating to high states of consciousness and the cosmological ladder of non-physical worlds.

If storytelling plays such an important role in all traditional spiritual teachings, it is because it is a powerful format to convey not just knowledge but also spaces of consciousness and seeds of inspiration. Thus in Atlantean Secrets, many 'special effects' have been crafted behind the lines, taking the reader through a succession of spaces of consciousness and realisations.

Atlantean Secrets is comprised of 22 books grouped in 4 volumes:

  • 1 – Sleeper Awaken!
  • 2 – Forever Love, White Eagle
  • 3 – The Gods are Wise
  • 4 – The Return of the Flying Dragon
  • Note: Each book is divided into scenes. Thus 'Atlantean Secrets 3.5' refers to Book 3, scene 5. Scene 3.5 is therefore located in Volume 1 (which contains Book 3) – not in Volume 3!

    Atlantean Secrets is also a musical epic. Characters, gods, angels and worlds each have their themes, and a number of scenes are accompanied by musical scores. Many of the tracks can be heard online at



    A point in which consciousness can internalise itself, thereby accessing higher realms.

    The Clairvision use of 'atom' is consistent with its Greek etymology: a-tomos, 'un-cuttable', something that cannot be divided, the finest possible particle. Experientially, an atom is infinitely subtle, without width or height.

    Main mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Indian masters of kriya and kundalini-yoga.

    Atom effect (or atom principle)

    The particular internalization of consciousness which takes place in the white line of the thunderwand, or in one of the atoms. A powerful involution of consciousness, it takes you travelling into high spaces and spiritual realms.


    The term attachment isn't part of the Clairvision mapping, but it is worth knowing that many healers use it to describe parasitic entities.


    See Self.


    The visual perception of someone's subtle bodies.

    The term is awfully vague. It doesn't refer to any subtle body in particular, but to a mixed bag of clairvoyant perceptions. Besides, multiple cliches are attached to the word, from bogus illustrations in cheap aura-reading manuals to a plethora of no-less-bogus derivatives of Kirlian photography.

    As such, aura is a quite unusable term for a serious mapping of consciousness. It is preferable to avoid it altogether.

    Auric egg

    See egg.


    In Sanskrit, the word avatara literally means 'descent'. Avatar is the modern pronunciation of the same word.

    In Sanskrit literature, an avatar is the incarnation of a god in a human body – a god's descent into the world of mortals. Thus Krishna and Rama were avatars of Vishnu. In 20th-century India, people such as Mother or Satya Sai Baba have been regarded as avatars: Mother, an avatar of the Universal Mother, Satya Sai Baba an avatar of Shiva.

    Interestingly, the word avatar has found a new career in the jargon of virtual reality, where it stands for a virtual body used to move through a virtual world (such as a virtual-reality representation of a town, for instance). This use of the word is perfectly in keeping with its Sanskrit origin: your avatar is a 'descent' of yourself into the virtual world. And if your avatar is destroyed, who cares? You will use another one next time.

    In this happy linguistic encounter, the IT use of the term is perfectly consistent with the original Sanskrit meaning.


    Awakening, like enlightenment, isn't a word with one single meaning. Depending on the context, it can mean:

    Like enlightenment, awakening can come in impersonal and transpersonal modalities. Impersonal awakening revolves around the effortless ability to maintain awareness, as in awareness of the Self. Transpersonal awakening revolves around the blossoming of the Ego, and its Life.

    But unlike enlightenment, awakening can also come in personal flavour, with features such as structure (and therefore superastral abilities), motivation, reliability and sense of responsibility, etc. In Oliver Stone's 1987 movie Wall Street the Gordon Gekko character, played by Michael Douglas, provides good teaching material on this topic – depicting states of awakening of purely personal and superastral nature, without any spiritual component. In this line, awakening is a measure of how far a person has advanced from the prepersonal to the personal stage, but without stepping into transpersonal opening.

    However, the distinction between personal and transpersonal awakening isn't as simple as it could seem at first. In Volume 1 of Atlantean Secrets, when Szar is still a Salmon Robe priest, his degree of prepersonal sleep excludes him from higher teachings. It is only after undergoing personal-stage type awakening through developments such as falling in love and encountering the Nephilim, that Szar becomes capable of receiving teachings on the Power of the Point and transpersonal opening.

    In other words if the human destiny is to move from the prepersonal to the transpersonal via the personal stage, then some degree of personal awakening is necessary for transpersonal enlightenment to even become an option.


    When consciousness knows that it is conscious, then it is awareness.

    Main points

    Permanent awareness through the device is one of the central aspects of the Clairvision work.

    - B -

    Barkhan Seer

    A Master of Thunder with phenomenal powers.

    The name is pronounced 'Barkhan Zair'.

    "Teyani was crying. The head of the man who faced her remained hidden by his gown's hood. He gradually faded from the space of the room, leaving a bubbly golden imprint and a subtle smell. Szar had not seen his face. But from the special golden light which shone in his aura, he had recognised him.
    He was Barkhan Seer the irresistible, prince of Thunderbolt Bearers and patron of the Knights of the Apocalypse." (Atlantean Secrets 18.4)


    A state of pure being.

    A totally pure form of consciousness, in which there is just being. One is, and that is it.

    It can be extremely 'creative', even though not in the ordinary meaning of the term.

    Origin of the term

    Am-ness, is-ness and being-ness are terms often used by Indian masters.

    Belly work

    The part of IST which deals with:


    Before applying abdominal pressure it is essential to ensure that the client is not pregnant, does not have an abdominal cyst, a tumour, or other medical condition incompatible with belly work.


    The condition of human beings in the distant past, before and not long after the fall.

    By extension, someone who lacks will and displays prepersonal features.

    Main points

    Origin of the term

    A term that came to the mappers of the Clairvision Foundation when describing their past-life experiences.

    Blobbing around

    Blobbing out

    To behave like a prepersonal blob.

    It is of course not sufficient to stay in bed and do nothing to be genuinely blobbing around. One has to enter a certain mood, a 'state'. Once in the state, however, it is certainly possible to spend entire days blobbing around, hiding behind a facade of activity, or simply lying on the beach or watching TV.

    Origin of the term

    A graphic jargon term of Clairvision mappers.

    Bodies - an overview of the bodies mentioned in the Clairvision work

    Human beings are fourfold, made of:

    As a result of spiritual evolution, the following additional bodies are developed:

    The term 'body of immortality' refers to any or all of the three transformed vehicles mentioned above. As soon as a sufficient fraction of the transformed astral body has been crystallised, there is continuity of consciousness and memories from one life to another. Further enlightenment is brought about by the development of the transformed etheric and physical bodies.

    Other bodies mentioned in the Clairvision mapping

    Bodies mentioned in other traditions

    Body of immortality

    See also Archetype.

    The term 'body of immortality' refers to vehicles of consciousness that do not undergo a shattering after death and in which individual consciousness retains a continuity of existence, purpose, knowledge and memory from one life to another.

    According to the fourfold model of subtle bodies, in a human being the eternal principle is the Ego. The body of immortality is therefore comprised of vehicles which are permeated by the light of the Ego. These are: the transformed astral body, the transformed etheric body, and finally the transformed physical body.

    The building of the body of immortality is one of the central purposes of the Clairvision work.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Formed from 'embryo of immortality', a common term of Taoist alchemy.

    Body of vastness

    The body of vastness is not a body but an experience, in which you feel your energy extending up to hundreds of metres away from your physical body – sometimes even more.

    Origin of the term

    Introduced as part of the Clairvision mapping of consciousness. Experienced in particular during bush intensives, where the meditators' energy could spread over miles and miles of empty territory.


    See Absolute.



    See fourfold rhythm of the breath, or throat friction.

    Brown Robes

    See Masters of Thunder.


    Etheric vibration accompanied by a buzzing (inner) sound.

    Main points and mechanisms

    - C -

    Capital letters

    A useful convention developed as part of the Clairvision mapping was to reserve capital initials for the nouns that are synonymous with 'God'.

    For example: the Divine, Cosmic Fire, Universal Mother, She-Dragon of the Deep.

    Capital initials are also used for direct emanations of the Divine (such as the Word, for instance), and principles which are One with and totally connected to the Divine, and therefore not subject to the limitations of manifested existence.



    So, all that is One with Highness takes capital letters, all that is below Highness doesn't. No doubt purists and connoisseurs will appreciate this cosmological use of spelling. But this use of capitals is in no way just a purist's exercise. It makes provision for absolutely essential distinctions, such as that between God and the gods. Another critical example can be seen in the distinction between life and Life – two fundamentally different principles.


    The connection resulting from the combined energies of a group of people sitting together in silence.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the word

    Clairvision mapping. From the Greek kathedra, 'chair'.

    Cathedra column

    When a group of people sit in meditative silence, a column of Spirit is generated by their combined energies. This column is a resonance of each participant's column of Spirit, and of the spiritual beings or upper currents which connect with them.

    The cathedra column acts as an antenna through which angels can make their presence felt to the group.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    A bowl-shaped etheric structure, the base of which coincides with the pelvic floor.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    One of the important subtle body structures mapped by the Clairvision Foundation.

    Caverns of sickness

    The most superficial parts of the underworlds. Unlike the rest of the underworlds, they are not magnificent places teeming with the wonders of the Dragon but infernal spaces in which souls undergo seemingly endless wandering and all kinds of torment, as in the inferno of Dante (Divine Comedy) and of Virgil (Aeneid, Book 6) or the numerous hells of Hindu cosmology.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Introduced by Samuel Sagan, to establish a clear distinction between hell-like layers and the magnificent underworlds which Sanskrit texts describe as being replete with treasures.

    Celestial doughnut

    The Point in its aspect as a toroid-shaped sphincter.

    Origin of the term

    Coined in the early 1990's by William McDougall of the Clairvision Foundation.

    Central channel

    See thunderwand.

    Central thread

    The line of energy at the centre of the column of Spirit.

    In other words, the central thread is the line that begins at the vertex (the top of the head) and from there ascends vertically.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. A perfectly limpid term: everyone can tune into the vertical line above the head.


    In Sanskrit texts, charkas are wheel-like structures that govern subtle bodies and a whole range of functions of consciousness.

    The theory of chakras originated in Tantra, the main traditional reference being a Sanskrit text called the Shat-Chakra-Nirupana.

    In the Tantric system, the five lower chakras are the emergence in the human framework of the mahabhutas, the 'subtle elements' of earth, water, fire, wind, and akasha. Thus:

  • muladhara, 'root-chakra', is fundamentally the emergence of the earth element into the body,
  • svadhisthana is the emergence of the water element into the body,
  • manipura, navel-chakra, is the emergence of the fire element,
  • anahata is the emergence of the wind (vata),
  • vishuddha, throat-chakra, is the emergence of akasha, 'space' (as in 'darkness visible') – In Hindu systems, space (akasha) is considered one of the five 'elements'.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Channel release

    The wave or circulation of energy that follows a movement.
    More generally, the after-effect of an exercise.


    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    Subpersonality. A part of the astral body with its own emotions, soul qualities and desires.

    Main points

    Origin of the term

    Now widely used in the field of transformation work, the concept of subpersonalities gained popularity through the work of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) .


    Charges are the dynamic forces behind emotions and desires.

    The stronger the pull of an emotion or a desire, the stronger the charge.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    One of the key teachings of the Clairvision School.

    Charge process

    Learning to perceive and transform the charges behind emotions and desires.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision work.

    Charge work

    Another term for charge process.


    A Sanskrit word meaning 'substance of the mind'.
    The chitta is a plastic envelope (specialised part of the etheric body) attached to the brain and involved in the thought processes of ordinary mental consciousness.

    Main points and mechanisms


    In the context of the Clairvision work, the name given to study groups.

    For the purpose of mapping consciousness, Clairvision students are invited to work in small groups following a precise modus operandi: 'choirs'.

    Choir here isn't to be understood as in singing, but as in an angelic choir where beings reinforce each other's connection.


    See cord.

    Christ Consciousness

    The Ego-consciousness of the Solar Logos.

    Christ consciousness is the lighthouse of Ego-ness which enlightens humanity. It is the source from which human Egos can be nourished. Through resonance and combinessence with the source, human Egos realise their potential for Divinity.

    Even though Christ and Christ consciousness refer to the same level of the Divine, Christ Consciousness is a far preferable term when it comes to conveying the concept of lighthouse of Ego-ness. In most people's minds, 'Christ' conveys fixed, charged religious associations and quite a different register of meanings.

    On the relationship between Christ consciousness and the Lord Melchisedek, see Solar Logos.

    Origin of the term

    One of the people who promoted the use of the term Christ Consciousness was Matthew Fox, whose writings provide a useful framework to integrate Christianity into a wider spiritual context, rather than confining it within the dogmatic limits of any particular church.


    The Greek word Christos, 'anointed' (by God), is the translation of the Hebrew, Messiah, 'anointed'.

    In esoteric Christianity, Jesus and Christ are considered two distinct beings:


    A term coined by H. P. Blavatsky to refer to church establishment and its doctrines as opposed to the original essence of Christianity.


    Direct perception of reality, which bypasses the senses and cognises the essence of things.

    In its full form, clairvision refers to a state of effortless, heightened awareness and spontaneous discernment in which there is experience of your true nature – your immortal essence.

    Clairvision versus clairvoyance

    In the Clairvision mapping the terms vision and clairvision are used interchangeably, as opposed to clairvoyance:

    "The two concepts are worlds apart. Clairvoyance refers to psychic abilities. Trance-medium psychics often operate by making their energy porous and soaking in etheric and astral influences. This can easily make them vulnerable to murky energies.
    Clairvision operates in a completely different way. It doesn't rest on making yourself permeable but, on the contrary, making your energy dense and solid – diamond like. Clairvision isn't about passively receiving impressions. It is an active process, as in a beam of light-consciousness with which you illumine objects.
    And clairvision isn't about seeing auras and astral beings, but seeing reality. It is a vision of the Self, a global vision. As part of it, you will end up seeing auras. But if anything, seeing auras is a way of engaging vision, not a finality. Clairvision is about understanding the world by perceiving the forces which uphold it. In Clairvision there is an aspect of 'peeling' reality: going beyond facades and appearances until you reach the essence. Finding causes behind the apparent diversity of the creation.
    A key aspect of vision, as in clairvision, is that it is not just a visual experience. This is another major difference with clairvoyance. Clairvoyance gives you visuals, but not necessarily an understanding of what the visuals are about. You just see things, and then you have to make sense of them. Whereas Clairvision is a knowing – a knowing of the essence of things. The Greeks would have called it noetic vision. It is a communion with the essence of things, in which you cognise their properties and their modus operandi. You literally know them inside out.
    Note that in clairvision the visuals are secondary, the knowing is what matters. As part of a clairvision experience, there may or may not be visuals, just as there may or may not be perceptions of inner sound and other non-physical qualities. Much more important is the fact that your consciousness is raised to a higher frequency of being. Vision, in its higher meaning, is an ontological amplifier, something that allows you to be more. And in this exalted level of being, there is knowing – a knowing which is embedded in being.
    Clairvision students often first experience this during eye contact practices, sitting in pairs, tuning into each other. Perceptions of halos and auras often take place, but these are only part of the experience. More important is the quality of presence, the depth of consciousness generated by the practice. In this depth of consciousness you are naturally more in touch with yourself – a first step towards being more. You enter an enlarged part of yourself. In this greater 'you', there is knowing: knowing of yourself, and also a profound knowing of the other person... a level where to be, to see and to know are one "
    Knowledge Track Portal 1, 3.2.7
    Note that Clairvision is a registered trademark of Clairvision® School Foundation. Its use in printed material is therefore restricted and protected by international law. Vision, however, can be used instead to convey the same meaning of superior function of consciousness as opposed to psychic clairvoyance. In the Clairvision mapping, 'vision' and 'Clairvision' are considered synonymous.


    Clairvision Corpus

    The 'Clairvision Corpus' (CC) is the body of knowledge which is the background of the Clairvision School. The Clairvision Corpus contains both experiential and theoretical knowledge in the fields of consciousness and the mysteries of human nature, with a special focus on transformation and inner alchemy – the building of the body of immortality.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision Corpus started as a pun on Corpus Hermeticum, and from there gained momentum.

    Clarity Path

    One of the two main groups of Knowledge Tracks.

    Clarity Path and Vision Path
    "An in-depth spiritual work has two facets: construction and deconstruction. This doesn't apply only to the Clairvision work but to all traditional paths: Hinduism, Zen, Buddhism, Taoism, any -ism you can find. For enlightenment to be possible, there has to be a work of construction: developing states of consciousness through meditation, gaining understanding, cultivating subtle perceptions, chakras, and so on. But there also has to be an aspect of deconstruction: an undoing of ignorance. Freeing the mind from negative emotional imprints. Letting go of false conceptions, preconceived ideas and beliefs. Reclaiming clarity by letting go of the twisted constructions of the mind. Some would say, before your cup can receive Spirit, capital S, it must be emptied and cleaned.
    In the Clairvision Knowledge Tracks, this dual nature of spiritual work is embodied in the two principal paths. There are two main groups of Knowledge Tracks: the Vision Path, and the Clarity Path. In the Vision Path you will find the esoteric knowledge, the meditation techniques, the work on the third eye and other chakras, the building of subtle bodies, and so on. In the Clarity Path you will be invited to examine yourself in all possible ways, discovering your real motives and the hidden agendas of your mind, uncovering and releasing emotional charges, conquering fears – in short, knowing yourself and letting go of the garbage.
    After the first three Knowledge Tracks of the Vision Path, you will be invited to follow the first Knowledge Track of the Clarity Path. After this, you are expected to carry out in parallel the two sides of the work, alternating modules of each path. They go together. Without total inner clarity, there is no real hope of becoming a seer of reality. Vice versa, without a certain degree of inner vision, you may dabble in emotions but you can never reach the metaphysical depth required for this amazing inner simplicity and silence, this incredible lightness of being which we call clarity.
    Knowledge Track Portal 1, 3.2.8

    See online list of presently available Knowledge Tracks.

    Clear fountain

    A poetic term used in Atlantean Secrets to refer to vertical knowingness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    A classic of the tradition of Thunder, presented by Samuel Sagan in the epic novel Atlantean Secrets.

    Clear mode

    Performing an action with intention and full awareness.

    A mode of consciousness in which every time you perform a particular activity, you fully engage the device, thereby achieving a dynamic form of awareness specifically adapted to the task.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Clairvision techniques.

    Clearer, or entity clearer

    Someone who has been initiated into entity clearing.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    In self transformation and healing work the term 'clearer' is commonly used, with a variety of meanings. When it comes to clearing entities, however, the term should be used carefully. If people who haven't been properly trained attempt to perform entity clearings, then disasters can result.


    The specific process by which entities are removed.

    Main points and mechanisms


    In IST and other interactive Clairvision techniques (working in pairs) participants are usually invited to clearly delineate the roles – one taking the part of 'connector', the other being the 'client'.

    The connector takes responsibility for directing the course of the practice, while the client follows the instructions of the connector.

    Why use the word client?

    The word connector expresses precisely the function of the operator. The word client, on the other hand, has certain connotations which sometimes causes newcomers to the work to wonder if its use is appropriate.

    There is, however, no ideal word for 'the other participant'. Patient is too medical, traveller sounds corny, while 'victim' is definitely out.

    The term client has several advantages:


    Cloaks are 'etheric attitudes', accompanied by (sometimes subtle) changes in the tone of voice, facial expression and body language, and related to a particular character.

    When the character comes to the forefront, people unconsciously put on the corresponding cloak.

    One of the main effects of cloaks is to invite reactions from others.


    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Column below

    The column of energy that extends below the body.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Column of Spirit

    The column of energy which extends infinitely above the head, as in an upwards extension of the crown chakra.

    The column of Spirit is so-called because it acts as an antenna for Spirit.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    A oneness of essence. A coalescence of beings.

    A state of unity, shared by two or more beings – usually angels.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Combinessence is one of the most useful and indispensable words that have emerged from the Clairvision mapping. It fills a real gap in the vocabulary of consciousness, as no existing English word can by itself accurately represent the concept.


    See upper complex and lower complex (which refer to groupings of subtle bodies, and have nothing to do with psychological complexes).


    A link of consciousness to a non-physical being, or beings, or their world.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Frequently used in the Clairvision mapping. If a modern translation for the Sanskrit word yoga was to be sought, connection would probably be preferable to the usual 'union' or 'yoke'.


    In IST and other interactive Clairvision techniques, the facilitator is called 'connector'.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    An inappropriate etheric/astral linkage binding two people.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    The term is used in various systems of healing, but not necessarily with exactly the same meaning.

    Corporate beings

    Astral beings that manipulate the functioning of organisations or superorganisms.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping on superastrality

    Corporate emotions

    Emotional waves, such as chaotic agitation or fear, which sweep through corporations under the influence of corporate beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping on superastrality

    Cosmic cycle

    See manvantara.

    Cosmic day

    The part of a manvantara that begins with the unfoldment of the creation and ends with a pralaya.

    Cosmic Fire

    Divine consciousness in action – the Divine Will manifesting into the creation.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Widely used in the texts of western esotericism, and usually with the same meaning.

    Cosmic night

    The part of a manvantara that begins with a pralaya and ends with a Cosmic Dawn, when a new creation emerges.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Cosmic Waters

    The principle of universal substance.

    Cosmic Fire and Cosmic Waters are the two complementary principles which constitute and run the creation.

    Origin of the term

    Not as widely used as cosmic fire, but nevertheless found here and there in texts of western esotericism.


    Theories and myths of the creation of the universe.

    Main points

    Cosmological ladder

    A representation of the different spheres or levels of existence in the form of a ladder, similar to the ladder of Jacob.

    Main points and mechanisms

    The entire creation cannot be fitted into a diagram

    Even though the image of the ladder is convenient and evocative, it must be kept in mind that the entire creation, with its myriads of worlds and levels of reality, cannot fit into a two-dimensional diagram! The ladder gives a sense of interrelationship of these different levels, it does not pretend to depict them in their spatial reality.

    In particular, a fundamental aspect of the model is that the ladder extends up and down infinitely, and that its infinite top (God the Father) is one with its infinite bottom (God the Mother). It would therefore be more accurate to curve the ladder along a sphere of infinite radius. Yet even this would be nothing more than a diagram.

    The cosmological ladder is a ladder only on paper.


    The study of the different worlds and levels of existence which constitute the creation.

    Atlantean Secrets was written as a cosmological epic, taking the reader through a 'tour' of non-physical worlds from the deepest of the underworlds to the summit of the world of the gods. For a general presentation of the cosmological model used in Atlantean Secrets, see scene 9.25, Flying Dragons and the Cosmological Ladder.



    The totality of all manifested worlds and levels of existence.

    Main points and mechanisms


    A process of inner alchemy by which a centre of energy, a subtle structure or a subtle body is shaped, reinforced and solidified.

    Main mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Even though alchemical in essence, and therefore probably found in ancient alchemical texts, this term gained momentum under the influence of the teachings of Gurdjieff.


    Easy, love-like energy of a superficial nature, as opposed to true unconditional love.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    - D -

    Dark forces

    Various non-physical beings whose function is to oppose the Divine plan, and to retard or derail the evolution of human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Two indispensable readings on the topic of dark forces:

    Origin of the term

    God himself! :) George Lucas also helped: the model he offered with Darth Vader provided a simple, easily understood, non-dogmatic, non-religious, non-hysterical way of conceptualising dark forces.

    Darkness visible

    In the cosmology of Atlantean Secrets, darkness visible is the astral space which is the closest to the physical world. Darkness visible is the first of the intermediary worlds.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    'Darkness visible' comes from the Masonic tradition. It is also mentioned in Milton, Paradise Lost 1.63, but with a different meaning.

    Dead time

    Empty retention, i.e. the phase of the fourfold rhythm of the breath that comes after the exhalation and before the following inhalation.

    So called because in the analogy that compares the breath cycle to the cycle of reincarnations, it corresponds to the 'great journey' between the end of one life and the beginning of the next life.

    Origin of the term

    Samuel Sagan's writings.


    The undoing of ignorance. Letting go of false conceptions, emotional charges, character dreams and attachments, emotional graspings and samskaras – all the parts of yourself which are character-based and veil the true light of consciousness.

    In the Clairvision work, deconstruction begins with the Clarity Path and continues with IST.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Quite logically, a de-exvolution is an involution.

    The term is used to point out that in its original state, the human consciousness was far more involuted than it is now. The myth of the Fall, for example, can be read as an exvolution into grosser levels of existence. And myths of various traditions suggest that humankind first existed in a state of unity with the Divine, which again implies that the human consciousness has undergone a long course of exvolution, with the present condition as the outcome.

    From this long term perspective, what happens when meditating is in fact more accurately a de-exvolution than involution. This parallels I-Ching hexagram 24, 'The Return', whose symbolism has to do with the Daoist ideal of a return to an uncorrupt – de-exvoluted – state.

    Leaving aside cosmological considerations, the constant and aggressive exvoluting impact of modern life on the human consciousness makes it imperative to use methods of de-exvolution in order to stay mentally balanaced.

    Origin of the term

    Introduced by Samuel Sagan.


    In IST, a resistance mechanism by which the client projects his/her emotions into the connector, so as to avoid feeling them.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    See Lords of Destiny.


    19th century occultists used the Sanskrit word 'deva' to mean 'nature being', for example small beings attached to flowers or vegetables. In Sanskrit, however, deva has a completely different meaning: the devas are the gods (such as Indra or Ganesha), creators and ruling powers of the creation, comparable to the Greek gods of Olympus.

    This misuse of the term deva probably came from the fact that in the 19th century, few decent translations of Sanskrit texts were available. Most unfortunately, however, the term deva was retained in this absurd meaning and used by a variety of uninformed authors.

    Anyone serious should condemn this abuse, and use deva only with the meaning of 'god'.


    A centre of energy or spiritual principle used as a permanent focus of awareness, and main tool of transformation.

    Main points

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    Rather than using the term 'devil', to which heavy religious connotations are attached, the Clairvision mapping uses the term dark force.

    Dimensional, dimensionality

    Background behind the use of these terms

    Human beings experience the physical world as a three-dimensional space – a Euclidian space, in which parallel lines never meet. To go from A to B, one must traverse the whole distance separating A and B.

    During meditation, however, consciousness comes across other levels of reality for which this model of strict dimensionality doesn't apply. Some levels are worlds condensed into a point. Others are 'sort-of dimensional' states, in which there appear to be directions (as in up and down, front and back, left and right), but in which movements occur with much greater fluidity than in the physical world. Your being in A can suddenly turn into your being in B, without having to traverse the distance between the two points. 'Movements' occur by changing state.

    This introduces the concept of dimensionality as one of the principal qualities used to describe levels of reality. The more a level is akin to the three-dimensional Euclidian space (that is, to our immediate experience of the physical world), the more dimensionality it has.

    Vice versa, the more consciousness involutes, the less dimensional the levels it encounters.

    Origin of the term

    One of the most powerful concepts that has come out of the mapping of the Clairvision Foundation.

    The Divine

    'The Divine' means nothing else than God. However, it has the advantage of not bringing up the heavy religious associations which the word 'God' often evokes in people with a Judeo-Christian background: a male bearded God standing high up in the heavens, punishing his creatures.

    The Divine gives God a fresh start in people's mind, especially those who have become disabused with religion.

    From this point of view it is a clean, non-dogmatic word that opens spirituality to people from all walks of life.

    Origin of the term

    Mother (of the Sri Aurobindo ashram in Pondicherry), who disliked churchianity nearly as much as she loved God, much preferred to speak of 'the Divine'.

    Doctrine of emanations

    See emanations.


    On the individual level, the dragon is the power of the lower chakras, which manifests in the potential of life force and desires, passions, belly drive, raw energies including the sexual force, intensity, underground vitality and resources, and ultimately will power.

    Behind and beyond the individual dragon lies the universal Dragon, the unlimited power which is the matrix of the entire creation. In its cosmic dimension, the Dragon is the power of the Cosmic Waters. It is similar to the en to pan, 'One, the whole', which the Gnostics represented as a serpent biting its tail – a symbol later adopted by alchemists as a representation of the prima materia, the one substance out of which the entire creation emerged.

    Main points

    Origins of the term

    A point with key symbolic implications is that the ancients didn't establish clear distinctions between dragon and serpent. In various mythologies, many texts use the two terms interchangeably. Hence the direct line of associations between Dragon, kundalini, en to pan and other cosmic snakes.

    Dragon of the Deep

    See Universal Mother.


    Actively spinning through a tunnel-vortex.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques of third eye work.


    Anything that is not Absolute.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Leakage of venom through the Point.

    See also venom shower.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision teachings on the power of the Point.

    - E -

    Earth line

    Earth lines are lines of telluric energy.

    Earth lines include:

    Main points and mechanisms


    The Garden of Eden, or Paradise (a word which come from the Greek paradisos and the Hebrew pardos, both meaning, 'garden', 'orchard') was the condition of human beings before the fall. In Eden, Adam-Eve was still a hermaphrodite, made in the image of God, one with the Divine consciousness.

    In the Clairvision mapping, this refers to a state of prepersonal union with the Divine. Eden is equated with the Fields of Peace, paradise lost, which is to be the World to Come – paradise regained.

    Eden and the World to Come are one and the same thing. When human beings experienced the Fields of Peace prepersonally, it was Eden. When they return to it from the standpoint of transpersonal enlightenment, it will be the World to Come.

    See Homo angelicus.

    Edge of Highness

    Cosmological levels adjacent to the Golden Shield, at the very top of the ladder of manifested worlds.

    The tip of the triangle. The pinnacle of Revelation Sky. The source of all sources.

    Levels of absolute clarity which, even though pertaining to duality, are so close to the Absolute (or Highness) that they are free from any veils of illusory appearances.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Cosmology of Atlantean Secrets.


    The perception of the grand toroid as an egg shape.

    This loosely corresponds to the auric egg described by various esotericists.


    In human beings, the Ego is the eternal flame, and the principle of individuality.

    Main points

    Understanding the differences between Ego, Self and Spirit.

    When beginning their study of the Clairvision Corpus, students are invited to equate the words Ego (=Higher Ego), Self (=Higher Self), and Spirit. Later on, however, a number of processes require discerning between the three principles:

    Ein Sof

    See Absolute.


    The name of the Atlantean temple in which the tradition of the Clairvision School originated.


    Elementals are tiny beings who conglomerate to form matter.

    Main points and mechanisms


    The 'doctrine of emanations' is a theory of the creation (cosmogony) which considers that out of the original creative spark a highly subtle world was manifested, then a slightly less subtle one, and so on, producing worlds of greater and greater denseness and materiality.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Embryo of will

    Located 2 or 3 centimetres (1 inch) below the navel, the embryo of will is both the powerhouse of desires and the seed of the will.

    In the Clairvision mapping, the embryo of will is sometimes also simply called, 'the embryo'. It is closely associated with the will centre.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    The Clairvision mapping emphasises a very needed distinction between emotions and feelings, attributing a precise meaning to each word.


  • are reactions
  • are grasping
  • are triggered by samskaras
  • pertain to the astral body.
  • Thus unconditional love is not an emotion, but a feeling.

    The essential distinction between emotions and feelings is explored in detail in Sagan, Samuel, Regression, Past-Life Therapy for Here and Now Freedom (Chapters 3 and 4) from which the following tables have been taken:

    • anger, jealousy,
    • passionate love...
    • higher love, compassion,
    • warmth of soul, enthusiasm,
    • aesthetic feelings...
    • are reactional
    • are unconditional
    • can quickly transform into their opposite
    • are stable regardless of feed-back
    • come from the trigger of a samskara
    • arise independently of samskaras
    • generate more samskaras
    • do not create samskaras
    • are based on grasping
    • are based on letting go
    • overshadow the Higher Self and reinforce the tie with the astral body
    • resonate with the Higher Self and reinforce the link with it
    • favour and are favoured by lack of awareness
    • enhance and are enhanced by awareness
    • de-centre
    • have a centrifugal direction (away from the Self)
    • re-centre
    • have a centripetal direction (toward the Self)
    • cut you off from your environment
    • establish a unity with the object
    • cause a distorted perception of reality due to samskaric interference
    • objectivity rediscovered in the deepest subjectivity
    • make you live in 'your' world
    • allow you to live in 'the' world

    Emotions and feelings, parallels with other systems


    Clairvision mappingastral body
    personal stage
    transformed astral body
    transpersonal stage
    envelope made of manas
    envelope made of buddhi
    Greekdianoia, the discursive mind nous, Greek equivalent of budhhi
    Scholastic Latinratiointellectus
    Kabbalahnefesh and ruahneshamah
    Rudolf Steinerastral bodySpirit-Self


    Emotional body

    A sloppy term that isn't part of the Clairvision mapping and that must be avoided at all cost.

    See mental body.

    Empty retention

    See dead time.


    An emotion or part of yourself which is buried in the depths and isolated from the rest of your psyche.

    Main points and mechanisms


    If the purpose was to establish a philosophy, the term energy should be banned immediately. It is vague. Its meaning can vary considerably from one context to another. But for the purpose of an experiential work, when it comes to describing experiences of consciousness there is often the need for terms whose meaning is loosely defined. Which is why the term energy is frequently used by people who work on themselves.

    Various meanings of the word energy

    Energy and connection

    The term energy is often used to speak of the subjective feeling you get when tuning into a person or a place. In many cases, what determines this feeling is a spiritual presence – a connection. Which is why the distinction between energy and connection isn't always clear. Again, vagueness is both the weakness and the strength of the term energy.

    Energy well

    Energy wells are the positive counterpart of the harmful earth lines.

    If you have read the adventures of Carlos Castaneda, you probably remember how Don Juan made him look for 'his spot' in a room, the place where he could be protected and safe. That is an energy well. Energy wells are spots endowed with healing properties and also with spiritual properties. They are places where it is easier to pray or meditate and to connect with spiritual worlds. When an angel wants to shed light into a room, an energy well is a good place to descend.

    On the level of clairvoyance, an energy well looks like a column of light, or one could say like a geyser of light (although they are not associated with any modification of temperature). Often, the diameter of the column varies between 1.5 to 2 feet – possibly more if you find a big one.

    "Just as the lines may be classified according to their toxicity, so different wells have different sizes, intensities and healing potential. But contrary to the lines and their grid, there does not seem to be any regular pattern of distribution of the wells." (Awakening the Third Eye, 12.5)


    States of union with the Divine.

    Because of its alchemical perspective, the Clairvision mapping establishes a clear distinction between prepersonal, impersonal and transpersonal states of enlightenment.

    Limitations of the concept of enlightenment

    There are a number of shortcomings inherent to the term 'enlightenment':

    For these reasons, the Clairvision mapping usually prefers the term transformation and avoids enlightenment, except of course for qualified expressions such as nature enlightenment, impersonal enlightenment or prepersonal enlightenment.

    Without qualifications, the term enlightenment should be used only in casual contexts, as when speaking of a 'highly enlightened master' for example, and not for mapping.


    The original meaning of the Greek word entheos is: God inside, filled with divinity, filled with presence of God (or of a god), at one with God (or with a god).

    Main points and mechanisms


    A term used to refer to parasites of the body of energy. More precisely, however:

    The word entity has two meanings

    1 - The commonly-used meaning is that of non-physical parasite, as discussed in Samuel Sagan's book, Entities, Parasites of the Body of Energy.

    2 - In the wider meaning, the term entity is synonymous with 'being' or 'creature', referring to any being, whether physical or subtle, small or huge, benevolent or noxious.

    The word entity parallels the Sanskrit word bhuta, which has the same two meanings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Entity mode

    In IST and other Clairvision interactive techniques, taking an energy or a structure 'on the entity mode' means dealing with it as if it were an entity, even if it is not.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    See plastic envelopes.

    Envelope of the heart

    Centred around the atom of the heart, the envelope of the heart is one of the main plastic envelopes.

    Etheric body

    The vehicle of life force.

    The etheric body can be equated with the prana-maya-kosha, 'envelope made of prana' of the Hindu tradition, and with the qi of the Chinese tradition.

    Main points mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Just as atoms are not particles that can't be broken into anything smaller (contrary to what the Greek a-tomos, 'uncuttable' suggested), so the etheric body has nothing to do with the ether of 19th-century physicians or of ancient philosophies. Clearly, if starting from scratch, we would never choose 'etheric body' to qualify the layer of life force.

    The reason why this term was adopted in the Clairvision mapping is that it is used in a massive amount of Anthroposophical literature – material of great quality. Besides, because so many people read and were inspired by Steiner's writings, the term 'etheric' has found its way into a number of other systems.

    Since one of our main purposes with the Clairvision mapping was to create bridges between systems of spirituality, it wouldn't have made any sense to choose another term.

    Etheric orgasm

    An experience where sexual pleasure is perceived principally in the etheric body, and without grasping.

    physical orgasm etheric orgasm
    grasping free flow
    quickly climaxes can be sustained over longer periods
    followed by a refractory phase and numbness no refractory phase
    depletes kidney energies doesn't deplete, and sometimes even replenishes essential energies

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.

    Etheric sensing

    A form of perception based on sensing energetic characteristics of plants, animals or people through your own etheric body.

    Etheric sensing is a resonance from etheric to etheric. The knowing coming through etheric sensing is therefore primarily related to life force.


    In the Vision Path, students begin a systematic training in etheric sensing when arriving at the Buzzing Forest, the fourth Knowledge Track of the Purple Plains.


    In the Clairvision mapping, the use of the term dark forces is usually preferred over that of evil (to which many religious connotations are attached).


    A turning outwards of consciousness, towards grosser levels of existence. The opposite movement of involution.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Involution and exvolution are part of the fundamental concepts of the Clairvision mapping.


    In the Clairvision texts and teachings, the term 'eye' (singular) refers to the third eye, not to the physical eyes.

    To avoid confusion, when talking about the eyes of the physical body, it is wise to specify 'physical'.

    - F -


    The multiple set of events by which human beings:

    To follow up:

    Origin of the term

    Contrary to what many people believe, the book of Genesis presents only one facet of the myth – one out of many variations found in biblical and Gnostic texts.


    An Ego-related wave such as unconditional love or compassion which, unlike emotions, is not triggered by a samskara.

    Main points and mechanisms


    A space in which an energy is held.

    There are also several specific meanings:

    Atlantean Fields – main points and mechanisms

    Fields of Peace

    In the cosmology of the Clairvision mapping, the Fields of Peace (or 'World to Come') are the incorrupt level in which humanity will dwell after completing its evolution on Earth.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    The term 'Fields of Peace' comes from Egyptian mythology. In the judgement that takes place after death, the heart of the deceased is weighed against the feather of Truth. If judged righteous, the deceased is then given a place with Osiris in sekhet hetepet, the Fields of Peace.

    Fifth room

    The part of yourself in which the deepest emotions, encapsulations, and core issues are held.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    When tuning into the most refined level of the etheric body, circulations of etheric energy are perceived as luminous filaments.

    Flavour of consciousness

    The particular inner atmosphere or quality of consciousness which accompanies an experience.

    Main points

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. The power and usefulness of this concept lies in its simplicity.


    The Clairvision mapping follows various esoteric writers (such as Ignatius Donelly, Edgar Cayce, Rudolf Steiner, Max Heindel and others) in equating the biblical flood with the catastrophes that caused the end of Atlantis.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Genesis 6:17. Note that Ignatius Donelly's book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, first published in 1882, originated much of the western esoteric literature about Atlantis.


    Prepersonal opening.

    A form of merging based on dropping all boundaries, a letting go of the sense of external limits, and an erosion of individuality.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. A graphic term that perfectly conveys the flaccid side of prepersonal softness. The opposite term 'tropening', never took off and was abandoned.

    Flying dragons

    Huge, ancient, galactic intelligences belonging to evolutionary streams other than the human one.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Forever Love Legend

    The Archive legend according to which a Flying Dragon from beyond the Abyss of the Deep and the Fault of Eternity came travelling to the spheres of Melchisedek , at least 75,000 years before Gervin's time in Atlantis. Pledging his love and support for the White Eagle, the Flying Dragon planted his seed into the Earth.

    Ever since, the destiny of White Eagles and Flying Dragons have been sealed together, and multiple echoes of the legend have resulted in a string of stories which run in the background of both Atlantean Secrets and Bleeding Sun.

    Fourfold rhythm of the breath

    The breath cycle, comprised of the 4 phases:


    Fragments are issued from the shattering of the astral body of the dead.

    Made of astral substance and sometimes coated with etheric energy, they can act as entities.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. The term may well have been used earlier, but we have never come across it in the literature.

    Free flow

    A state totally devoid of any form of grasping.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Friction breathing

    See throat friction.

    Frontal eye

    The part of the third eye tunnel that coincides with the area between the eyebrows.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Full retention

    In the fourfold rhythm of the breath, the phase that comes after inhaling and before exhaling.

    In the natural rhythm of the breath, this phase doesn't even last a second.

    In several traditions one finds metitation practices that include long full retentions, usually accompanied by energetic techniques such as contractions (as in the bandhas of Indian forms of yoga).

    - G -


    A principle of omniscience, Lord Gana is one of the mighty gods who were born in the early stages of this cosmic cycle (as part of the second creation of gods) and who successfully fought the wars against the asuras.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Gate of the waters

    In Atlantean Secrets, 'gate of the Waters' is the name given to the toroid, the structure of energy located below the root of the body, and the interface with Cosmic Waters.


    The gateways are the centres of energy of the etheric body.

    The gateways are analogous to acupuncture points and to the marmans of the Hindu tradition. Chakras also belong to the category of gateways.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    In the Clairvision mapping, the need arose for a generic term that encompassed all energy centres including chakras and acupuncture points, but without the connotations (or 'word gravity') attached to these terms. When speaking of 'acupuncture points' one immediately creates certain associations related to the Chinese system. Same with chakras and the Hindu system. 'Gateway' was chosen because it conveys the internalisation of consciousness that takes place when focussing on one such energy centre.


    The Master of Thunder who was Szar's teacher in the temple of Eisraim.

    The name Gervin is pronounced Djervin.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Beings of light and fire who inhabit the spheres located at the top of the creation, and live for as long as a cosmic cycle lasts.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Gold of the tradition

    The particular frequency of golden light that runs through the lineage of the Masters of Thunder, accompanies the presence Lord Gana and the Sons of Apollo, and is a leading to the Solar Logos.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Golden Shield

    The limit between the highest worlds of the gods and the spheres of Highness, that is, between worlds which are dissolved at the end of a cosmic cycle (pralaya) and levels which are never destroyed.

    Main points

    Origin of the term

    Coined in the epic Atlantean Secrets by Samuel Sagan, by analogy with the hirnmaya-patra of Sanskrit texts.

    Golden Sun

    One of the facets of the Solar Logos.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Golden wedding garment

    A transformed (i.e. Spirit-infused) etheric layer that can be used as a vehicle for astral travelling.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Grand toroid

    The toroid-shaped framework of channels of energy, which sustains the entire edifice of human subtle bodies.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Coined by Dawn Byrnes of the Clairvision Foundation in the early 1990's.


    The closing mechanism which characterises the emotions and thoughts of the astral body.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Great Ant

    One of the spheres of remoteness, astrally inhabited by flying dragons.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Atlantean Secrets.


    Non-physical being whose function is to grant or restrict access to a space of consciousness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    The concept of a 'guardian of the threshold' is classic in western esotericism. The guardians of the Clairvision mapping, however, have none of the dramatic features that some esotericists have associated with the so-called 'guardians of the threshold'. The guardians mentioned here are the non-physical equivalent of public servants. And being granted access isn't some kind of magical operation. If anything it could be compared to the standard procedure through which flight controllers assign a path to a plane.

    - H -


    In the Clairvision mapping, the term 'heart' refers to structures of energy, not to the physical heart. To avoid confusion, when referring to the pump organ on the left side of the body and not to the heart centre, better specify 'the physical heart'.

    In the Clairvision mapping of subtle bodies, the principle structures related to the heart are:

    Main points and mechanisms

    Heart quality versus heart

    A question sometimes asked about the Clairvision work is, why start with the third eye, not with the heart?
    In English, there is a certain amount of confusion associated with the term 'heart'. There is the heart which is the physical organ that pumps blood into your system. There is the heart centre or heart chakra, located in the middle of the chest. And then there is heart quality, or 'heart-ness'.
    Heartness and love, however, aren't specific to one particular body part. Love is transcendental in essence, it isn't the exclusive prerogative of any chakra. Love can shine through any energy centre. And vice versa, not everything that comes out of the heart centre is loving. The heart can also be the seat of violent emotions, jealousy, or hatred!
    Right from the start of your spiritual endeavour, it is therefore essential to not let yourself be fooled by words. Heartness doesn't specifically belong to the heart centre in the chest. Confusing the two would be like describing a loving friend as a 'person of chest', or someone with 'such a big chest'.
    So the third eye isn't some kind of 'head organ', as opposed to the heart. It is the gateway to inner worlds. Precisely, it is by crossing this gate that people can get out of their head and engage true heartness and flows of empathy.
    Sagan, Samuel, Meditation, Portal to Inner Worlds, 1.1.5

    As to the negative emotions that can emanate from the heart:

    Do you not yet understand that whatsoever enters the mouth goes into the belly and is discharged in the sewer?
    But those things which come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile the man.
    For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
    These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.
    Matthew 15:17-20

    So, of course a spiritual path without heart would be a waste of time. But when saying this what is referred to is heart quality, not any particular bodily location or energy centre. Heart quality is to be cultivated on all levels, from the heights of the column of Spirit to the depths of the Dragon. And in the heart too.


    Heart quality.


    The heaven of the Revelation of John is the World to Come, corresponding to the Fields of Peace of Clairvision cosmology.

    However, the term heaven isn't very useable for mapping. Because of the multiple religious associations attached to it, the term is far too vague to be of practical use. For instance:

    "In English, we are accustomed to using different words for sky and heaven. As far as this is concerned, English is at odds with most other languages. Thus Sanskrit, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch and several other languages use the same word for both. This is worth pointing out, because it highlights the intrinsic symbolic associations between sky and heaven." (Sagan, Samuel, Planetary Forces, Alchemy and Healing 2.3) The biblical examples given above show that the ancients didn't differentiate clearly between sky, heaven and spiritual worlds above. The same applies to Hinduism, Buddhism and several other ancient spiritual traditions.


    A being who combines the sexual characteristics of both sexes, and can therefore procreate on its own.

    The condition of human beings before the separation of the sexes, that is, before the fall.

    The main thing to understand here is that the hermaphroditic origin of human beings isn't some kind of weird marginal theory, but a view found in a wide variety of religious and philosophical contexts. Plato's myth of the androgyne (found in the Symposium) is a well-known example. Not so well known is the fact that the book of Genesis suggests there were two stages in the creation of humankind:
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
    male and female created he them.
    Genesis 1:27
    Meaning that to begin with, Adam was Adam-Eve, the hermaphroditic being in the image of God. Then came the separation of sexes: Adam and Eve. Among other things, this means it wasn't the woman who caused the fall! Before the fall, there was no woman. It is the fall itself that separated men and women.
    This view, accepted by mainstream Jewish Kabbalists, is expressed quite explicitly in a variety of apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Gnostic texts such as those of the Nag Hammadi library, as well as the Corpus Hermeticum and a massive volume of ancient and medieval alchemical literature. It also forms one of the central themes of the Theosophy of Jacob Boehme, and of the model of Rudolf Steiner.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Hermetic adage

    Found in the Emerald Tablet, a short but seminal text of alchemy, the hermetic adage states:

    As above, so below.

    The adage points to a correspondence between microcosm and macrocosm: a human being is nothing less than a replica of the entire creation. Human subtle bodies are a microcosm, a small but nevertheless complete replica of the entire cosmological ladder.

    Higher Ego

    In the Clairvision mapping the terms Ego and Higher Ego are given the same meaning.

    Speaking of Higher Ego is simply a way of avoiding confusion, making it clear that what is being referred to is the spiritual essence at the core of a human being, not the 'little ego' (little ego referring to the dysfunctional side of the astral body, and not to the Ego, capital E.)

    Higher Self

    In the Clairvision mapping the term Higher Self is used as synonymously with Self (Sanskrit atman), the transcendental level that is one with the Absolute.

    Note that in popular language, however, 'higher self' is used with a much vaguer meaning: the higher aspects of someone's personality, or inspired consciousness in touch with spiritual realms. That 'higher self', in the Clairvision mapping, would be a mixed bag including the superastral body, the Ego and the Self, or aspects thereof.

    Because of its imprecision, this use of 'higher self' (without capital letters) is best avoided. It is much cleaner to reserve Self for atman.


    The eternal level of existence which is one with the Absolute, and is therefore never destroyed.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Holding the energy

    When tuning into a connection, some people experience nothing more than a flimsy link that is soon dispelled or fades on and off.
    Others establish a firm line. Their stillness looks solid. Through their denseness of being, the presence can land into the room. This is what is meant by holding the energy.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Homo angelicus

    At the fall, when they lost Eden, human beings became Homo sapiens.
    After regeneration, having regained the Fields of Peace, they will have become Homo angelicus.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. Interestingly, sapiens, which refers to the discernment associated with higher cognitive functions (thereby suggesting that human beings are 'wise'), originally comes from the Latin sapio, 'to taste'. Indeed, it is when they tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge that Eve and Adam became Homo sapiens.

    Hour of the jing

    In the early morning before waking up, a period of one or two hours during which the jing undergoes a phase of activation. It can be accompanied by sexual arousal, erotic dreams, or simply a feeling of wellbeing.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. Jing comes from Chinese models of medicine and inner alchemy.

    - I -

    Impersonal enlightenment

    Forms of enlightenment where no individuality is retained.

    no Ego no Ego Ego
    no will power will power will power
    blobs before the fall Hindu and Buddhist paths western paths

    Origin of the term

    The distinction between impersonal and transpersonal enlightenment is one of the key concepts of the Clairvision mapping.

    Impersonal God

    The Absolute.

    Infamous astral body

    When the passions of the embryo are let loose, willingly cultivated and fed with the venomous influence of luciferic beings, a monstrous astral body crystallises, the vehicle of ever greater desires, compelling passions, paroxysmic emotions and grasping. This is the infamous astral body, the vehicle for all the excesses of the beast. The individual has turned to the dark side, on his/her way to becoming an LB.

    The infamous astral body is an evolutionary impasse.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Infra-physical bodies

    Vehicles that are denser than the physical body and stand below it in the cosmological ladder.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    Someone who carries the Spirit and powers of a tradition.


    The process by which the Spirit and powers of a tradition are communicated to an individual.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Inner alchemy

    Transformation of consciousness through a cultivation of subtle bodies.

    The building of subtle structures and the raising of the level of vibration of subtle bodies.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Inner sounds

    Non-physical sounds perceived during meditation.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Interactive techniques

    Techniques practised in pairs, with one connector (facilitator) and one client.

    Interactive Clairvision techniques include:

    The Clairvision interactive techniques have been designed in a spirit of giving. One of the dangers with spiritual work is that it can become terribly self-centred: working on your emotions and your problems for your enlightenment and your immortality... With interactive techniques, participants swap roles: sometimes connector, sometimes client. When being the connector, the focus is entirely on giving – totally forgetting about your own problems and putting yourself at the service of another human being.
    This dimension of giving is one that participants enjoy enormously. Besides, it is to spiritual development what ferment is to yoghurt. Without it, yoghurt just doesn't happen.


    Intermediary worlds

    The astral spheres which stand between the physical world and the worlds of the gods.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Inverted Mars

    The drive and the stamina of the Mars planetary force are blocked, turned inwards instead of flowing outside into action and realisations.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping


    A 'turning inside' of consciousness.

    Consciousness letting go of the senses and internalising itself, turning towards its source and cognising itself.

    Moving inwards into more and more subtle realms of consciousness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    One of the most essential terms that came out of the Clairvision mapping.


    Inner Space Interactive Sourcing. One of the principal interactive technique of the Clairvision work, IST is used for a whole range of applications from regression and past-life therapy to various processes of self-exploration, mapping consciousness, subtle bodybuilding and inner alchemy.

    Main points and mechanisms


    A state of consciousness in which there is being but no sense of individuality, as opposed to am-ness.

    The consciousness of the Self (atman in Sanskrit) is pure is-ness.

    - J -


    The quintessence of the sexual energy.

    The part of the life force (etheric) which operates sexually-related functions.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Chinese medicine and Taoist systems of inner alchemy.

    Jupiter Manvantara

    In the cosmogony of Rudolf Steiner, Jupiter is the name given to the manvantara (cosmic cycle) that follows the present one (called 'the Earth').

    Main points and mechanisms

    - K -

    Karmic exchange

    A period (or time window) during which the Lords of Destiny directly influence the direction taken by human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    King of the world

    See Rex Mundi.


    The physical world.

    See also: universe.

    Origin of the term

    The Kabbalistic malkhut, 'kingdom', referring to the physical world.

    Knights of the Apocalypse

    In the saga of myths and legends used to illustrate the principles of the Clairvision mapping, the Knights of the Apocalypse are a school of warrior-scientist-initiates of the future, fighting against Rex Mundi for the survival of the Philadelphias.

    Apart from heart, fraternity and boldness, the legend of the Knights provides a context to explore the interaction between computers and consciousness in the coming age of cybernetics and virtual reality.


    The fact of knowing, independent of any object of knowledge.

    With the development of inner vision, knowingness gradually turns into a quality of consciousness that can be directed to any object, physical or non-physical, leading to direct cognitions of reality.

    See -ness.


    Used in the Clairvision mapping as is veda, 'knowledge' in Sanskrit texts: first-hand spiritual cognition, as opposed to the ramblings of the ordinary mind.

    "First and most essential of all principles: see for yourself, know for yourself. Revelations are to come from inside. What you read or what you are told is just not good enough. Knowledge means first-hand knowledge. Second-hand knowledge isn't knowledge, it is opinion. Opinions are not what will transform you. Opinions are just good to keep the ordinary mental consciousness occupied. Knowledge – real knowledge – requires the ability to let go of opinions and all preconceived ideas.
    Note that in the Clairvision work, the word knowledge is used with a different meaning from the one commonly given to it in English. Take for instance a saying attributed to Einstein, 'Imagination is more important than knowledge'. This refers to intellectual knowledge: information as stored and organised by the mind, and of course influenced by the mind's judgmental values. This is more appropriately called opinion, or belief. What I mean by knowledge is something completely different, as in the original meaning of the word knowledge in Sanskrit: veda. Knowledge is a cognition of reality. It is a silent knowing, a direct perception of reality.
    It is important to be perfectly clear about this, because negative connotations are often associated with the word knowledge, as in Eisntein's saying. And rightly so! It is certainly preferable to be creative than to have a mind crammed with second-hand knowledge. But this second-hand knowledge has nothing to do with real knowledge. Precisely, in order to reach states of knowledge, you are going to have to deconstruct your second-hand knowledge: let go of opinions and of belief-systems which have crept inside you without you even realising it and which influence just about every thought of yours."
    (Knowledge Track Portal 1, 3.2.1)


    Knowledge Tracks

    The Knowledge Tracks are the fundamental infrastructure of learning material of the Clairvision School.

    Offered as correspondence courses, the Knowledge Tracks are comprised of written material, videos, cassettes, electronic texts, multimedia presentations and computer software.

    The Knowledge Tracks are grouped into paths. The two principal paths are:

    See online list of presently available Knowledge Tracks.


    A powerful Clairvision process named after the Greek word for judgement.

    One of the interactive techniques (practised in pairs), krist aims at reproducing the space and realisations that take place after death, when the dead look back on their life, judge positive and negative experiences and actions, and realise which opportunities have been missed.

    In krist, both the connector and the client wear black, symbol of judgement.

    Kundalini, or Kundalini Shakti

    In the Hindu Tantric model, the kundalini is an accumulation of forces in the root-chakra. A female principle, she is represented as a coiled she-serpent, asleep. When awakened through yogic practices, she hisses and ascends along the central channel (sushumna), piercing the chakras on her way, and reaching the crown chakra where she becomes one with the adept's transcendental consciousness – this union of Shakti and Shiva principles paralleling the mystical wedding of the hermetic tradition. Note that there are several variations on this model.

    Taking a human being as a microcosm (small world), image of the macrocosm (big world, the creation at large), the kundalini is the repository of all dormant potential of prakriti, 'Nature' in the widest possible meaning of the term. Which is why, once awakened, she triggers many new abilities in the body of energy of the adept. Traditionally, a full awakening of kundalini is said to bestow a number of supernatural powers, or siddhis (literally 'perfections').

    Kundalini (which isn't a term of the Clairvision mapping ) can be loosely equated with the Dragon of the Clairvision work.

    Comparing kundalini and Dragon

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    See cosmological ladder.


    See luciferic being.


    The epoch that preceded Atlantis.

    Main points


    One of the main qualities used in the Clairvision work. Levity is perceived as an upwards-moving energy, and is often associated with joy.

    Main points


    Written with lower case l, life refers to the life force of the etheric body.

    Written with a capital L, Life is the modality of Spirit which is referred to in the first verses of the gospel of John: "In the Word was Life, and the Life was the Light of men."

    always ends in deathimmortality
    fallen unfallen
    etheric bodytransformed etheric body

    See also capital letters.

    Life wave

    A group of beings who started their evolution during the same cosmic cycle (manvantara).

    Thus human beings form a life wave. So do each of the hierarchies of angelic beings such as Archangels, Archais, Cherubim, and so on.

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    Light particles

    Minute dots of light perceived as drifting in the space behind your closed eyes during third eye meditation.

    Main points and mechanisms


    A succession of spiritual masters carrying on and transmitting a tradition.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Little ego

    Grasping, illusory conditioning and emotional hangups that are samskara-related and veil the true essence of human consciousness.

    The little ego, which is the dysfunctional side of the astral body, must be not be confused with the Ego or immortal essence.

    Ego little ego
    Ego / Self / Spirit astral body
    inner truth illusion
    eternal transient
    capital E lower case e


    Lord Gana

    See Gana.

    Lords of Destiny

    High angels who influence the destiny of human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Lost half

    The part that was withdrawn from human beings at the time of the separation of the sexes, and for which they carry an immense nostalgia.

    See also wound.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Lost Word

    The divine creative power of Life which human beings lost at the fall and which they are to regain through regeneration.

    upper complex

    lower complex

    Lower complex

    Because the etheric body remains tightly bound to the physical body until death, the two are often grouped together under the term 'lower complex' when discussing subtle bodies. See also upper complex.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping of subtle bodies.


    In Atlantean Secrets, when talking about the spheres of Highness, the Nagas affectionately use the term 'spheres of Lowness'. The reason is simple: the Nagas, masters of the powers of the underworlds reach Highness by diving into the deepest of the underworlds, rather than having to ascend the ladder of the worlds.

    Thus the term 'spheres of Lowness' is a pun intended to remind the reader that the spheres of Highness are as much below as they are above the ladder of the worlds.

    Origin of the term

    Atlantean secrets.

    Luciferic beings

    Fallen angels who project their astrality into human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Rudolf Steiner of course didn't invent Lucifer. Nevertheless, his visions about dark forces are unique in their degree of detail and comprehensiveness.

    Luciferic infestation

    The phase when luciferic beings started projecting their astrality into human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Rudolf Steiner's model.

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    From the Greek macro, 'big', and cosmos, 'world', macrocosm refers to the creation at large.

    See hermetic adage.


    Machine Generated Artefacts and Random Dysfunctions.

    A (non-physical) entity which takes over a computer or a computerised piece of equipment. In short, a ghost in the machine!

    Main points and mechanism

    Origin of the term

    Introduced by Samuel Sagan in Atlantean Secrets, Book 19.


    In the Clairvision mapping the term 'mind' is used in a meaning that is exactly equivalent to the Sanskrit manas.


    See pre-manifested.


    The mano-maya-knosha, 'envelope made of manas' of the Vedantic model of subtle bodies, corresponds to the astral body of the Clairvision mapping and of Anthroposophy.

    A note to those familiar with the koshas of Vedanta

    More precisely, Indian masters often use the term astral body to translate the Sanskrit sukshma-sharira. Literally, sukshma-sharira translates as 'subtle body', a term that would be completely inappropriate since the sukshma-sharira doesn't refer to subtle bodies in general but to the vehicle made of the two koshas: mano-maya-kosha, and vijñana-maya-kosha. Since vijñana-maya-kosha corresponds to the superastral body of the Clairvision mapping, there is thorough consistency of vocabulary: just as the vijñana-maya-kosha is the enlightened higher end of sukshma-sharira, so superastrality represent the enlightened higher end of the astral body.


    A cosmic cycle made of a cosmic day and a cosmic night.

    At the beginning of a cosmic day, the creation is manifested.
    At the end of a cosmic day, a pralaya takes place: the creation is dissolved and a cosmic night begins, to be followed by another cosmic day, and so on.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Manvantara is a Sanskrit term. The model of Sanskrit texts, however, does not show an evolutionary sequence as in the 7 manvantaras of Steiner's model. On the contrary the same gods return, and the same types of creatures, more or less repeating what happened in former cycles – hence the term 'eternal return' often used to described Hindu cosmological models.

    Mapping consciousness

    A systematic exploration of states of consciousness and non-physical realities, bringing objectivity into the field of subjectivity.

    Mapping consciousness is one of the essential aspects of the Clairvision work. It consists of learning to recognise and identify states of consciousness, exploring their distinct characteristics, as well as pathways leading to them. By establishing experiential references and introducing discernment, mapping leads to clearer, deeper and more stable experiences of consciousness. By putting these experiences into perspective a greater vision of the entire spectrum of consciousness emerges, not unlike the understanding of the relationships between countries which comes to you from contemplating a map of the world.

    Maruder, Maruding

    MAchine intRUDER. A person or a being who influences a computer through the power of consciousness.

    Maruder versus magard

    A magard is a parasite that takes residence in a machine or a computer network. A maruder is a hacker using higher powers of consciousness.

    Finding your way in the knowledge

    Origin of the term

    Coined by Catherine Ross of the Clairvision Foundation in 1996.

    Masters of Thunder

    The lineage of spiritual masters who, around the end of Atlantis, transferred the Archive into the Fields of Peace.

    Main points and mechanisms


    In a meditation circle or any group meeting, the person who holds the energy and facilitates group dynamics.

    The initials stand for Master of Ceremonies, and are a pun on the MC of astrology (Medium Coeli or midheaven).

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    It is not rare to meet people who tell you that their way of meditating is bushwalking, gardening, or surfing. And dictionaries define meditation as a 'serious, sustained reflection', or a 'mental contemplation'. In the Clairvision mapping meditation is used with a different meaning. To qualify as meditation, a technique must include:

    Mental reflection (i.e. deep thinking) is fundamentally different from meditation, the purpose of which is precisely to get out of the mind. And activities such as gardening or bushwalking may pacify the mind, bring inspiration and several other spiritual benefits, but the essential aspect of stillness is missing and the senses remain directed outwards towards the physical world." (Knowledge Track Valley of Light 3.1.1)

    Main points and mechanisms


    An emanation of the Solar Logos, the Solar Logos being the Divine manifestation who looks after the ladder of worlds to which human beings belong.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the name

    The Hebrew etymology of Melchisedek is 'king of righteousness'. In Genesis 14:18-20, Melchisedek brings bread and wine and blesses Abram. The only other reference to Melchisedek in the Bible is Psalm 110:4. Melchisedek also appears in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Nag Hammadi Library.


    An idea (or system of ideas) envisaged as a replicator, with the connotation that memes, like viruses, parasitise people into propagating them.

    A meme complex is a group of mutually-supporting memes forming an organised belief system, such as a religion or the corporate culture of a business organisation. Strictly speaking, the term meme should be reserved for individual ideas or information patterns, while meme complex denotes a full belief system. In practice, however, meme is often used in the meaning of meme complex.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Coined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene, in 1975.

    Mental body

    Astral body.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Mental Consciousness

    The consciousness of the astral body, in which thoughts and emotions take place.

    Main points


    From the Greek micro, 'small' (as in 'microscope'), and cosmos, 'world', microcosm refers to a system or being that can be seen as a small replica of the entire creation.

    See hermetic adage.


    The layer of thoughts and emotions.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Molten Sea

    The prima materia, the original substance out of which all manifested things originated, embodied as a sea in the worlds of the gods.

    Main points and mechanisms


    The Universal Mother.

    Mother charge, or Mother of all charges

    Terms used synonymously with root charge.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Mother of the Light

    In the Clairvision mapping, one of the epithets of the Universal Mother.

    The Mother of the Light is to the creation at large what the Dragon of the Deep is to the spheres inhabited by human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Too complex to fit into one model, a mystery is a topic that can never be fully comprehended from the standpoint of the ordinary mental consciousness of human beings.

    Mysteries – beyond the human mind

    Examples of mysteries

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    N.B.Y.: Not Born Yesterday.

    Someone who, having been exposed to a wide variety of techniques and processes, has gained the maturity and the a know-how to cope with just about any situation that can arise in the fields of self transformation, meditation and inner alchemy.

    Becoming N.B.Y. requires serious deconstruction work with a technique of emotional catharsis such as IST, being fully erupted, and being still interested in the work after emerging out of a few transformation crises.


    In Hindu mythology, the Nagas are snake-shaped beings who live in the underworlds and are the keepers of mighty powers of consciousness.

    Book 10 of Atlantean Secrets is named after a colourful character: Vasoukidass, king of the Nagas, guru of Maryani of the White Eagle, and friend and protector of Szar and Elyani.

    Nature enlightenment

    Merging with the forces of nature and becoming one with its divinity.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    The progeny of the Watchers.

    Main points and mechanisms


    In Sanskrit, the suffix -tva is widely used to form words expressing the essence of things. For example,
    guru: heavy, gurutva: heaviness; bhu: to be., bhutva: beingness.

    Feel very free to do the same in English! The present grammatical dogma suggesting you should only use words which already lie in the dictionary is not just dictatorial but also narrow-minded and barbaric. Sophisticated languages such as Sanskrit were full of provisions and devices to construct words on demand.

    Adding the suffix -ness to existing words is a powerful way to capture the flavour of experiences and states of consciousness.

    Important terms using the suffix -ness include: am-ness, being-ness, is-ness, seeing-ness.

    Night practice

    A set of techniques designed to induce psychic sleep (in which awareness is retained), and to prepare the subtle bodies for astral travelling.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Not just in Plato's theory of forms and in Neoplatonism but in Greek thought in general, the noetic levels are where the true essence of things reside: the archetypes of all things and all beings.

    To know means to know the archetype. Contemplating the 'form' – the non-manifested source or archetype – of a thing means seeing its essential nature. The external qualities and properties of the thing are but manifestations of its archetype. The same applies to living creatures and even to abstract categories such as ideas or feelings.

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    A level of existence in which there is neither length, width, nor breadth.

    See dimensionality.


    Even though the term 'non-manifested' is perfectly traditional – an exact translation of the Sanskrit avyakta – the Clairvision mapping tends to prefer the term pre-manifested, as it better conveys the meaning of avyakta and its place in the unfoldment of the creation.


    (Pronounced: 'noos'.)
    In ancient Greek thought, the organ of noetic cognition.

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    Occipital eye

    The part of the tunnel of the third eye which intersects the occiput.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Occult history

    Occult history explores how non-physical forces influence the course of world events.

    For an introduction to occult history, begin with Ravenscroft, Trevor, The Spear of Destiny, Samuel Weiser, several editions. Despite serious shortcomings, this entertaining book is quite successful in getting readers to realise that non-physical forces take an active part in history, and in particular that there was more to World War 2 than history books would have us believe.


    See ordinary mental consciousness

    Ordinary mental consciousness

    The waking consciousness of present-day human beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

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    Before things exist on the manifested level, they first exist as packed blueprints, that is archetypes.

    Packed levels of creation = pre-manifested = archetypal worlds

    See also packed thought.

    Packed thought

    A condensed thought, the content of which is not explicit or expressed, but concentrated into a seed.

    Ordinary mental consciousness operates with unpacked thoughts, supermind with packed ones.

    Main points and mechanism

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques of supermind.


    A decision taken by a higher part of yourself at some stage of your past, and rendered binding by the fact that non-physical beings were taken as witnesses.

    Because of the occult nature of the forces which cement them, negative pacts must be undone through clearing.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    Clairvision jargon term for a perverse energy that lands on your face or some other body part after floating in the etheric environment.


    See Eden.


    A master who lives in two or more worlds at the same time.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Atlantean Secrets.


    More than just tranquillity, Peace is an active calmness filled with the presence of the Divine.

    Peace is a fullness of presence – the presence of the Divine manifesting itself in the form of a superior calmness. Peace is a calmness with a force behind it, and therefore a transforming principle (transformation being used here in the strict meaning given to it in Clairvision work).

    This being established, the term Fields of Peace takes on its full meaning.

    In the same logical line, tranquillity can be seen as a prepersonal vacuity, calmness as a personal effort, and peace as a transpersonal culmination.

    Pelvic envelope

    One of the principal plastic envelopes, the pelvic envelope is located in the lower abdomen. It is closely associated with the cauldron, and includes the embryo.

    The pelvic envelope is linked to sexual energy and holds the basal vitality on which the whole etheric body rests.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    In the Clairvision mapping, three main forms of non-physical perception are discerned:

    By extension, combinessence can be seen as a fourth and ultimate form of cognition.

    perception/cognition vehicle
    physical senses physical body
    etheric sensing etheric body
    space scanning astral body
    vertical knowing superastral body
    combinessence Ego


    Personal God

    As opposed to Impersonal God (the Absolute), Personal God stands for the One Presence which emanates, permeates and sustains the creation.

    Impersonal God Personal God
      the Absolute the Unborn God
    Sanskrit brahman Ishvara
    Kabbalah Ain Sof  

    Main points and mechanisms

    Personal stage

    The present stage of human evolution, in which human beings have developed a sense of individuality and a certain degree of self-determination, but have lost their unity with the Divine and are disconnected from spiritual realms.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Perverse energy

    Etheric substance which creeps into the human system and nests in it, to the detriment of vitality and health.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Perverse energy is the translation of the Chinese xie qi.

    Petals of the heart (technique of the – )

    A process designed to identify and eliminate energy blockages located in the heart centre.

    The envelope of the heart is seen as a circle divided into 12 sections. Awareness is made to revolve from sector to sector.


    In the Book of Revelation (3:7-12), Philadelphia is the sixth of the seven churches. Its people keep the word of God against the synagogue of Satan.

    In the Clairvision mapping of the future, the Philadelphias are utopian communities of spiritually-oriented people, who will leave the Earth and live in space stations in order to escape the growing hegemony of the Rex.

    Origin of the term

    From a Greek word meaning 'brotherly love'.


    When referring to our world, the universe as studied by physicists, it is preferable to use the term 'physical world' rather than 'material world'. The reason is that not all matter is physical. The substance of the etheric world can be termed 'etheric matter', that of astral layers 'astral matter' and so on.

    See also kingdom and universe.

    Physical mental consciousness

    Mental consciousness reflected into the physical body.

    Main points


    In a meditation circle, the pillars are the people who assist the MC in holding the energy, that is, securing the highest possible spiritual connection.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    State of inner chaos in which the deepest samskaras are revealed and emotions reach their paroxysm.

    A pit can be the opportunity for massive transpersonal shifts and deconstruction. In practice, however, people often give up the work when they come near a pit.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Planetary forces

    In the Clairvision mapping, the term 'planetary forces' refers to the energies of the planets of astrology (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and to the symbolism attached to each of them.

    For instance, Venus planetary force refers to Venusian qualities of refinement, softness, inspiration, etc.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Plastic envelope

    The plastic envelopes are specialised parts of the etheric body, such as the envelope of the heart or the pelvic envelope.

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    Perceived above the head, the standpoint from where consciousness can operate non-dimensional functions of superastrality, as well as resonate with higher angelic frequencies.

    In the Clairvision work, power of the Point is the key to the supermind and a number of other expanded states of consciousness.

    Main mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision supermind techniques.

    Power of the Point

    Super-focussed states of consciousness.

    Supermind frequencies which resonate with the centres above the head.

    The power of the Point operates with packed thoughts, and can access archetypal forces and superastrality. It can therefore resonate with the supermental consciousness of gods and angels.

    Main points and mechanisms


    See table under pre-manifested.


    The dissolution of the creation which takes place at the end of a cosmic day. See manvantaras.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Pre-manifested (or non-manifested)

    The level from which all things start emerging at the onset of a cosmic day, and where all things return before the beginning of a cosmic night.

    Absolute pre-manifested
    Sanskrit: brahman Sanskrit: avyakta Sanskrit: vyakta
    beyond forms shapeless archetypes shapes, manifested forms
    unchanging potential actualisation of the potential
    Being prima materia
    the 'substance' of creation
    the creation
    Sanskrit: purusha Sanskrit: prakriti
    mula-prakriti (root prakriti)
    pradhana (pre-located)
    manifested prakriti
    beyond dimensionality root of dimensionality non dimensional, fluid dimensional and dimensional levels
    beyond duality duality in potential duality expressing itself.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Predator, or predator character

    A domineering, manipulative and ruthless character.

    Characters often come in pairs, with opposite motives and emotions. The predator is usually the flip side of a victim character.


    Stage of existence in which human beings have a poor sense of their own individuality, or no sense of individuality at all.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Prepersonal enlightenment

    A merging with the Divine in which all individuality is dissolved.

    The main forms of prepersonal enlightenment are:

    In the Clairvision mapping, prepersonal enlightenment is usually opposed to transformation and transpersonal enlightenment.

    Prepersonal stage

    A past stage of evolution in which human beings had a much greater sense of unity with God and with Nature, but a poor sense of their own individuality and little or no self-determination.

    Following the prepersonal stage comes the personal stage, then the transpersonal stage.


    The flavour of consciousness that characterises a being, whether a high angel or a small parasitic being such as an entity.


    Permeating states of consciousness or structures of energy with your presence.


    A word or short sentence which summarises a principle of the work.

    The plural of the word principium is principia.


    Professional character

    The character that people wear at work.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Vertical knowingness in spoken form.

    An advanced interactive technique in which the connector tunes into the client's time track and archetype, and expresses his/her perceptions through the word.

    Main points and mechanisms


    A simple, convenient, non-committal word to refer to the astral body at large.

    Psyche is the Greek word for soul, but in English its meaning is quite diffuse. It is 'that sphere in which all psychological things take place'. The vagueness of the term is what makes it useful, in particular in discussions with people who aren't familiar with subtle bodies.

    Psychic sleep

    States of sleep during which awareness is retained.

    See Night Practice.

    Purple plains

    The Knowledge Tracks are grouped in paths, the principal paths being the Vision Path and the Clarity Path. The Purple Plains are the first region of the Vision Path.

    See online list of presently available Knowledge Tracks.

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    Modalities of consciousness such as inner vibration, inner light, and inner sound.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    A number of Indian techniques of kriya and kundalini yoga rest on the qualities of vibration, light and sound. So do meditation techniques taught by Sikh gurus.

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    An emotional wave, a movement, or an utterance which originates from a samskara.
    Reactions are conditioned responses of the astral body, fed by charges, and in which no free will is involved.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Real world

    See unreal world.


    "Receiving doesn't mean doing nothing, waiting till someone else has finished giving to you. Receiving implies an active opening, by which you let someone else reach you. It is an art. It requires dropping barriers, letting go of rigidity and samskara-related facades. Allowing someone inside your space is a superior act of courage.
    People who do not know how to receive can't give beyond a certain limit. There is a certain rigidity in their giving. Even with the best of intentions, a dimension is missing." (Sagan, Samuel, Choir Manual 21.4)

    Main points and mechanisms


    Regaining that which human beings lost at the time of the fall.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Christian philosophers and esotericists such as Jacob Boehme, William Law, Swedenborg, and the Martinists.


    Going back to the source of emotional blockages for the purpose of healing early childhood or past-life traumas.

    Regression is one of the avenues of IST.


    The expression 'the relative' stands for levels of duality, subject to change and transformations.

    The terms 'Absolute' and 'relative are often opposed:
    the Absolute the relative
    unchanging impermanent
    beyond duality realms of duality
    beyond pralaya, never dissolved subject to pralaya, and therefore dissolved at the end of every cosmic cycle


    Located beyond the spheres of Melchisedek, the spheres of remoteness are inhabited by the flying dragons, intelligences belonging to different evolutionary streams than the human life-wave.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Requesting access

    Declaring your name, spiritual affiliation (the school you belong to) and the name of your teacher so as to be granted access to a particular sphere or space of consciousness.


    Main points and mechanisms


    Because of the precise meaning given to 'reaction' in the Clairvision mapping, there is the need for a word to qualify actions that are not samskara-generated, yet come in response to some event.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Revelation Sky

    The sky of the worlds of the gods.

    The uppermost regions of the triangle.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Rex Mundi (or 'the Rex')

    The Latin term Rex Mundi, 'king of the world', comes from the Gnostic tradition, where it is used with the meaning of 'prince of darkness' – Ahriman in Clairvision mapping.

    In the jargon of the Knights of the Apocalypse, Rex Mundi is often shortened to Rex.

    Main points and mechanisms


    A practice through which a connection is established with non-physical beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Root charge

    The powerhouse behind all emotional charges and desires.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

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    Samskaras are imprints left in the psyche by emotionally-charged experiences.

    The general principle

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Hindu philosophy, and in particular the teachings of masters of Vedanta.

    Samskara process

    The samskara process is one of the pathways leading to the resolution of emotional issues.

    The steps are as follow:

    Summarising the sequence of the samskara process

    In the Clairvision work the samskara process is a powerful way of dealing with emotional issues but it is not the only one. Resolution can also come from working on charges, without exploring samskaras or reexperiencing the traumas which created them. See charge process.

    Sandman effect

    A descending energy that creates sleepiness and a thick, heavy, gooey mental state.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    See superastral pulsing.


    A position held with total stillness and with connection, resulting in a greater degree of independence of the etheric body from the physical body, and a certain degree of separation of the upper complex from the lower complex.

    More generally, a seal is a still position through which one subtle body or layer is withdrawn from another.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Seal is the English word that best renders the Sanskrit mudra.

    Second creation of gods

    Because the asuras became proud and separated from the One God, a second creation took place. The gods born from this second creation are those which presently occupy the worlds of the gods or Triangle.

    Main points and mechanisms


    The faculty of vision independently of any (physical or subtle) organ.

    For perception to take place, there has to be three factors:

    In the case of vision, this third element is called seeingness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. The term is so logical that it may well have been used by other authors, even though we have never come across any reference.


    State of pure being, or is-ness, devoid of sense of individuality.

    The transcendental level of human consciousness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Separation of the sexes

    The transition through which early human beings were divided into males and females, thereby losing their hermaphroditic status.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    The term 'division into sexes' would perhaps have been clearer than 'separation of the sexes'. However, the latter term was adopted in the Clairvision mapping because it is commonly found in the writings of Heindel and in English translations of Steiner's works. Besides, 'separation' adequately describes the terribly painful split of the lost half, as described by people who reexperience the fall through Clairvision techniques of past-life regression.


    The term shadow is not part of the Clairvision mapping.

    In Jungian psychology the shadow is the part of yourself that you refuse to acknowledge and keep repressed because of its negative, frightening or morally unacceptable tendencies.

    This, from the perspective of the Clairvision mapping, corresponds to a mixed bag including as varied elements as samskaras, entities, the embryo with its destructive instincts but also its high potential for creativity, LB-related tendencies... Each of these are related to different energy centres, follow completely different mechanisms, and are explored through different processes.

    This makes the term shadow too vague to be of any practical use.


    Shattering refers to the fragmentation and disintegration of the astral body that takes place after death.

    Main mechanisms


    See Dragon.

    Silent Sounds

    A sound (eg 'ooo' or 'iii') which, instead of being spoken or chanted, is made to resound in your energy.

    silent sounds inner sounds
    produced as part of a meditation technique perceived in meditation
    silently spoken/chanted heard inside
    etheric, etheric word, transformed etheric body higher spiritual realms, noetic worlds...
    agents of etheric transformation lead to experiences of cosmic consciousness

    Main points and mechanisms

    Sky of the gods

    See Revelation Sky.


    Abbreviation for soli-lunar period.

    Solar Logos

    The manifestation of the Divine who is in charge of humanity and of the ladder of worlds to which human beings belong.

    Main points

    Soli-lunar period

    The day of the month when the angle between the Sun and the Moon is identical to what it was on the day and hour of birth.

    Often abbreviated into slupe (pronounced, 'sloopee').

    Main points and mechanisms

    Soporific venom

    Modalities of venom which favour peripheral states of consciousness, such as sleep, or expanded intoxicated states of vision.


    Rendered dull and sleepy by soporific venom.

    See also sandman effect.


    In the Clairvision mapping of subtle bodies, the soul corresponds to the astral body.

    This is not only consistent with Rudolf Steiner, who strictly equates soul and astral body, but also with ancient Greek literature, in which psyche, the soul, was the seat of emotions, passions and lower rational faculties (while daimon corresponded to the superastral body of the Clairvision model.)

    Soul forces of enlightenment

    Main points and mechanisms


    See inner sound.


    Discovering and realising the truth of things behind facades and appearances.

    Starting from the perception of something superficial and moving towards profound states in which keys to understanding and transformation are contained.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    One of the essential words of the Clairvision work.


    Space is a convenient word to describe stations encountered during meditation and travelling experiences.

    Unlike the physical space of present human beings, spaces of consciousness are not necessarily three-dimensional. Spaces can have less or more than three dimensions. They can also be states of consciousness for which the concept of a finite number of dimensions – even zero dimension – is inappropriate. However, in this wider meaning, the term space is not very useful, since any level of consciousness can be called a space.

    For this reason, it is strongly recommended to reserve the term space for unpacked spaces which have some dimensionality and are akin to the purple space of darkness visible. Non-dimensional spaces are better designated with the term 'state'.

    Space matrix

    In Atlantean Secrets, Space Matrix was the extraordinary guidance system and universal knowledge bank used by the Flying Dragons 'from beyond the Abyss of the Deep and the Fault of Eternity' when they travel in the spheres of remoteness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Atlantean Secrets.

    Space scanning

    Vision of light, structures, or beings in the dark or purple space of third eye meditation.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Space scanning, a solid foundation for vision

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Space travelling

    When practising the third eye meditation it is common to move from space to space. This can be accompanied with the perception of being in faraway places, but at the same time consciousness remains in the body: the meditator can open his/her eyes at any time. In practices such as vision spaces it is even possible to be in a faraway space while keeping one's eyes wide open.

    This form of travelling is called space travelling to differentiate it from astral travelling, a term reserved for out-of-the-body experiences.

    Spectrum of consciousness

    The totality of all states of consciousness envisaged as one spectrum, not unlike the notes of a keyboard.

    The spectrum of consciousness is to states of consciousness what the cosmological ladder is to worlds or levels of reality.


    Worlds, or levels of existence.

    The cosmological ladder to which human beings belong is comprised of the following spheres:

    Beyond this ladder (sometimes referred to as the 'spheres of Melchisedek' are the spheres of remoteness, each of them forming a ladder of its own, and inhabited by various kinds of flying dragons.


    Starting from the atom, or any of the envelopes, and following a path of etheric involution, one comes to the spheroid: the fluid dimensional root of all plastic envelopes.

    In an experience of the spheroid, the atoms of the different envelopes collapse into one center, around which the envelopes seem superimposed on top of each other, or merged.

    The spheroid is analogous to the body of the 'blobs', early human beings who lived in a state of pre-verticality and lesser differentiation than present-day humanity.

    It is called spheroid, not sphere, because at its fluid dimensional, involuted level the sense of contours in blurred. The experience is one of roundness, rather than spherical geometry.


    The manifesting force of spiritual worlds into the creation.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, 'breath'.

    Spirit pulsing

    The Spirit-related quality that pulses through the heart and the most spiritual layers of the blood.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Spiritual character

    A character with a passionate interest in spirituality. It can never get enough of meditation, readings, classes, workshops and the teacher's company. Its ambition is to become highly enlightened.

    The spiritual character's main flaw is that, precisely, it is a character, meaning a samskara-motivated part of the astral body. Its aspiration is a form a of greed, focussed on spirituality instead of material wealth or pleasure.

    There is nothing wrong with having a spiritual character, as it is usually what gets people started on a spiritual path. Without a spiritual character, very few beginners would find the motivation and the steadfastness required to meditate and carry out practices.

    However, because it is samskara-based, it is just a matter of time before this motivation becomes eroded. By that stage it is essential that a higher form of aspiration be engaged, otherwise the person will lose all interest in spiritual work, stop the quest, and become absorbed in the usual mundane pursuits.


    An area of the body which, while practising meditation or a technique of emotional exploration such as IST, becomes sensitive or even painful due to the emergence of a samskara-related charge.

    Main points and mechanisms


    In the cosmogony of Rudolf Steiner, Max Heindel and the Theosophists, at the end of each cosmic cycle there are stragglers, beings who fail to achieve the transformation work planned for them during that cycle, and who therefore cannot step up to the next stage of evolution in the following cycle.

    Thus the luciferic beings were stragglers of the Ancient Moon (the cosmic cycle which preceded ours). Having failed to complete the human stage during the Ancient Moon, they could not return as Angels, and therefore became the LBs of this present cycles.

    Origin of the term

    The term straggler was used by Max Heindel. It is also quite likely it was used by some of the Theosophical writers who promoted the model of the manvantaras.


    In the cosmology of Atlantean Secrets, the streams are currents of energy which flow through the cosmic spheres.

    The streams are to the space of the spheres what meridians are to the human body.

    See Atlantean Secrets 9.16, a major scene in which Lehrmon explains how the energy of the fields was derived from the streams, and gives several other insights into the cosmic dimension of the streams.


    Thin cords of energy perceived during night practice.

    When the body is lying horizontally, the strings extend upwards from the limbs, head and trunk, and especially from the heart.

    During night practice, letting your consciousness 'glide upwards along the strings' is a powerful way of experiencing expanded states of consciousness and vision.


    Clairvision mapping.


    In the Clairvision mapping, structure is used in two meanings which must be clearly distinguished:

    Structure (the second one) is concept of extreme significance, hence the necessity to clearly discern it from structures. For this reason, mappers are advised to use terms precisely: say a structure when referring to one of the structures (gateway, subtle organ, etc.), and reserve 'structure' (without the pronoun a) for the second meaning.

    Structure – ability to go from A to B

    Subtle anatomy

    Just as anatomy studies the physical body, so subtle anatomy explores the architecture of subtle bodies: non-physical structures and layers which constitute them, their mutual interactions, and the way they relate to the physical body.

    Subtle bodies

    The non-physical layers which, together with the physical body, constitute a human being.

    Subtle bodies form the non-physical hardware of consciousness.

    See bodies.

    Subtle bodybuilding

    In the Clairvision work, inner alchemy refers to the development of the subtle bodies. In the present condition of human beings, subtle bodies aren't completely shaped – not unlike unused atrophied muscles which do not respond to the conscious will. The term 'subtle bodybuilding' adequately reflects the sustained effort by which subtle bodies and their constituting structures are perceived, shaped, crystallised, made operational, integrated to your consciousness and submitted to the rulership of your Higher Ego.

    In short:
    The more you do, the more you get.
    The more you practise, the more building you achieve.

    Suffering versus pain

    In the work of the Clarity Path, a strict distinction is made between pain and suffering:

    Suffering is associated with reaction mechanisms and emotional entropy.

    Pain is what is left of suffering when samskaric reactions are silenced.


    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the concept

    Vedantic teachings such as those of French master Arnaud Desjardins.

    Sugar venom

    Modalities of venom which speed up the functioning of the astral body, intensify the emotions of the mind, and reinforce personal features.

    Showers of sugar venom are usually followed by phases of emptiness, fatigue and sluggishness. Sugar venom is an important term of the supermind work.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision work on the Power of the Point.

    Superastral body

    The vehicle of superastrality.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    One of the topics on which the Clairvision Foundation did years of uninterrupted mapping work.

    Superastral forum

    When people belonging to an organisation or a society meet and interact with each other on a regular basis, it often happens that they also see each other at night during sleep.

    This happens even if the organisation has no spiritual activities, as in some business corporation.

    It also happens in the case of societies with only occasional (but regular) meetings, for example the Freemasons, the Rotary Club, or Mensa.

    A very simple level of this experience has to do with dreaming of your collegues, as if you were carrying tasks with them during the night.

    Another example can be, if enrolled in a school or university, to dream that you are attending classes during the night.

    The term superastral forum refers to the space in which people meet and conduct nightly activities.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Superastral pulsing

    Super-fast pulsing quality perceived in the column of Spirit in advanced practices of the power of the Point.

    Often abbreviated as SAP.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision work on the Power of the Point.


    An extremely powerful concept that emerged in the Clairvision mapping in 1996.

    In short

    Superastrality refers to levels that stand above ordinary mental consciousness.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    Superfast, frictionless mental functioning. Multiprocessing intelligence which transcends the limits of the normal human mind.

    Main points and mechanisms

    vehicle functional expression
    astral body mind
    superastrality supermind


    A group of individuals who, collectively, act as one entity, or superorganism.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    The term comes from biology: Morton Wheeler, William, The Ant Colony as an Organism, Journal of Morphology 22, 1911, pp. 307-325. Wilson, Edward, The Insect Societies, Cambridge Harvard University Press, 1971, p. 317. (Quoted in Bloom, Howard, The Lucifer Principle, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995.)


    A bad word for mapping.

    When a sentence is prefaced by "Surely...", what follows usually has more to do with comforting oneself with personal assumptions and preconceived ideas than with a quest for objective mapping.

    Synaesthesia (or synesthesia)

    From the Greek syn, together, and aisthesia, to perceive. (Compare with anaesthesia, which means no sensation.)

    Synaesthesia is a joining in which the information of one sense is accompanied by perception in one or more other senses. It is identical to the 'sense mixups' mentioned in Clairvision third eye work.

    A synaesthete is someone who has synaesthetic perceptions.

    The concept proves useful when teaching people how to use their third eye: third eye perception is synaesthetic in essence. Hence key instructions of the Clairvision work such as, "Don't try to see the light, feel it!" and many practices based on sound in the Knowledge Tracks.

    - T -

    Tessellated pavement

    The tessellated pavement (or chessboard) stands for the evolution of humankind from grey to black and white, meaning, from the stage of prepersonal blobs to that of awakened beings endowed with free will, and therefore having to choose between powers of light and powers of darkness.

    Through this evolution a polarisation takes place, as in the prediction of Rudolf Steiner: in the future, there will only be two kinds of human beings: white magicians, and black magicians.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    The tessellated pavement is a classic symbol of western esotericism. For example, it is found on the floor of masonic temples. In the Clairvision model, this old symbol is used as metaphor for the humanity of the future.


    The art of invoking angelic presences and working with them.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Coming from the Greek theos, 'god' (or 'God', depending on the context) and ergon, 'work', it seems the word theurgy made its entry on the scene of western esotericism with the Chaldean Oracles, a text written around the end of the 2nd century AD. The Chaldean Oracles, now lost, was one of the principle sources of inspiration of the Neoplatonists, who developed entire systems of theurgy, and who in turn inspired several trends of western esotericism – the Rosicrucians, in particular.

    Third eye

    Organ of inner vision and command centre of the body of energy.

    If so much emphasis is placed on the third eye in the first phases of the Clairvision work, it is because this work is experiential – a mapping of consciousness, subtle bodies and worlds.

    The third eye gives direct perception of non-physical realities, thereby allowing students to gain first-hand experiences, rather than having to rely only on theories.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Third eye meditation

    One of the fundamental meditation techniques of the Clairvision work.

    It is comprised of four phases:

    The third eye meditation is described in Sagan, Samuel, Awakening the Third Eye 3.7.

    Thought forms

    The astral shapes which are the structural aspect of thoughts.

    Getting to perceive thought forms is the first step in the process called Transformation of Thinking.

    Throat friction

    A simple but extremely powerful technique which consists of making a friction sound both while inhaling and exhaling.

    Its effect is to crystallise structures of energy and to induce high states of vision and connection.

    The throat friction technique is described in Sagan, Samuel, Awakening the Third Eye 2.1.

    Threshold keepers

    See Guardians.


    The central channel of energy that extends from the top of the head to the root of the body (perineum).

    Main points and principles

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Introduced by Samuel Sagan in the teachings of the Clairvision School. If you are after a term to refer to this channel in your own system of work, then better use 'central channel'. Thunderwand refers to a central channel that has specifically been cultivated with the Clairvision technique of thunderwand meditation.

    Thunderwand meditation

    One of the main Clairvision techniques of meditation. It uses qualities such as inner light, inner sound and levity, and cultivates the thunderwand, the master channel of the body of energy.

    Time crossing

    In a time crossing, one or more experiences of your past or future superimpose on top of your present, creating a profound feeling of your Ego and of its continuity in time.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Introduced by Samuel Sagan when formulating the IST technique.

    Time track

    A person's destiny – past, present and future – perceived as a line.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Time window

    A period of time with special energy characteristics, creating an opportunity to establish a spiritual connection, operate a psychological transformation, a metaphysical shift, or a healing.

    Origin of the term

    Introduced in the Clairvision mapping in the early 1990's. As the term is quite general, it is possible others had used it before.

    Toroid (The)

    In geometry, a toroid is a doughnut-shaped structure.

    In the Clairvision mapping, 'the toroid' is a master structure of energy located just below the perineum and the anus. The toroid holds the root charge and acts as a gateway leading to the power of the Cosmic Waters and the Dragon.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping, early 1990's.


    'Tradition' often conjures associations of something primarily focussed on the past. In the Clairvision model, however, the word is used with quite a different meaning:

    A stream of angels, spiritual beings and masters working in unison, bringing enlightenment to the planet or carrying out other specific tasks in the cosmic plan.

    In particular, the tradition behind the Clairvision School may be ancient but its direction is to work in the present and for the future, not to repeat models of the past.

    Note that in contexts such as 'the Indian tradition' or 'the Buddhist tradition', the word tradition is used in a much looser way. It then doesn't refer to a collaboration of beings but to general principles and myths that link together a variety of teachings and spiritual groups into a greater whole.

    Historically, religions have provided a context for the incarnation of traditions.

    Main points and mechanisms

    See also lineage.

    Origin of the term

    Significantly, the word tradition comes from the Latin trado, tradere: to hand over, to transmit.


    The term transcendental is best reserved for the Absolute, beyond the Golden Shield, meaning beyond all forms of duality.


    From the Latin trans, across, and scandere, climb.


    In the Clairvision mapping, a specific meaning is given to the term transformation: the Ego-permeation and maturation of the subtle bodies, and ultimately of the physical body.

    This refers to generating the transformed bodies: transformed astral body, transformed etheric body, transformed physical body.

    By extension, transformation refers to forms of spiritual work where the purpose is an evolution through which one can experience divinity while retaining existence in a manifested form, as opposed to eastern forms of spirituality where the ultimate purpose is liberation – a dissolution into the Absolute, never returning to the Earth.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Transformation of thinking

    Clairvision processes that begin with the perception of thought-forms, and the presencing and verticalisation of thinking. Higher echelons deal with the power of the Point, the alchemy of the venom, and the unleashing of supermind frequencies, or superastrality.

    Transformed astral body

    Just as the astral body is the vehicle of reactional thoughts and emotions, so the transformed astral body is the vehicle of Ego-presenced thoughts and of feelings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Term coined by Samuel Sagan in the mid-1980's. Despite a general desire to rest on existing terminologies, it was clear that the terms 'transformed astral', 'transformed etheric' and 'transformed physical' were far more simple, logical and consistent than the 'Spirit Self', 'Life Spirit' and 'Spirit Man' of Anthroposophy.

    Transformed bodies

    Ego-infused vehicles which, as a result of spiritual evolution, take over the functions of the astral, the etheric, and finally the physical body.

    These bodies are:

    Additionally, the corpus describes a transformed superastral body, which can be regarded as an extension of the transformed astral body.

    Transformed etheric body

    Just as the etheric body is the vehicle of life force, subject to decay and death, so the transformed etheric body is the vehicle of eternal Life.

    Main points

    Transformed physical body

    The culmination of the process of evolution, the transformed physical body corresponds to the stage when matter has been fully spiritualised by the Ego.

    Transformed superastral body

    Ego-permeated superastral body.

    Main points and mechanisms

    The following table is an oversimplification to help put the concepts into place:

      astral body superastral body
    untransformed messed up and unintelligent superiorly intelligent but messed up
    transformed non-reactive but unintelligent non-reactive and superiorly intelligent

    The right upper quadrant represents the most dangerous fraction of the population by far. Pushed to the extreme, it corresponds to the level of luciferic beings.

    Having completed the right lower quadrant, human beings will have become gods.

    Origin of the concept

    Foundation work on superastrality.

    Transformed venom

    Venom turned into superconsciousness through the power of the Point.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the concept

    Clairvision work on the power of the Point.


    The prepersonal, personal and transpersonal stages are 3 phases in the evolution of human consciousness. To simplify a long (and therefore multifaceted) plot:

    Main points and mechanisms

    Transpersonal enlightenment

    States in which the Ego is one with the Divine while retaining individuality, as opposed to prepersonal enlightenment and impersonal enlightenment – states in which all individuality has been dissolved.


    The worlds of the gods.

    On the cosmological ladder, they begin above the intermediary worlds, and end at the Edge of Highness.

    Why a triangle to represent the world of the gods?

    Origin of the term

    Atlantean Secrets.

    Triangular seal

    Part of the teachings on the power of the Point, the triangular seal renders consciousness impermeable to venom showers.

    See Atlantean Secrets 12.18, where Gervin initiates Szar into the triangular seal.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques of supermind.

    - U -

    Unborn God

    The highest level of the Personal God.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. So called to establish a distinction from the myriads of gods born at the beginning of each cosmic cycle.


    Levels of existence or spheres located below the material word in the cosmological ladder.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Spiritual students, as long as their deep emotions haven't surfaced, are considered 'unerupted'. They may show great spiritual motivation and enthusiasm about the work, but there is no assurance they will still be interested in working on themselves once the eruption has taken place.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    Universal Mother

    The female side of the Divine.

    Main points and principles

    Universal Knowledge Bank

    Non-physical archives in which phenomenal amounts of information are stored.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    The universe is the physical world at large, including galaxies and all astronomical objects. The universe, however, does not include non-physical levels of reality.

    To refer to the totality of all manifested levels of reality, physical and non-physical, the word 'creation' is used.

    Unpacked thought

    A thought expressed in some form of inner discourse, as opposed to a silent knowing.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping on dimensionality.


    Going from packed to unpacked. For example, expressing a silent knowing in the form or a sentence. Or taking a vision from a non-dimensional to a dimensional level.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping on dimensionality. A concept of crucial importance when it comes to exploring higher regions of consciousness.

    Unreal world

    When finishing a meditation retreat, it is not rare to have mixed feelings about returning to the real world. Besides, seen from deep meditation states, the so-called 'real world' doesn't always appear so real. Therefore, instead of 'real world', Clairvision students jokingly speak of the 'unreal world' – a vocable which, no doubt, would appeal to Indian and Buddhist masters.

    Origin of the term

    Coined by Candice Oneida, of the Clairvision Foundation.


    Operating an anticlockwise movement of energy on certain gateways, with the purpose of loosening the etheric body from the physical and of unbinding the upper complex from the lower one.

    The technique is part of night practice, and is implemented for the purposes of vision and travelling.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques.


    One of the cardinal techniques of the Clairvision work, uplifting consists of pulling energies up along the central thread of the column of Spirit.

    Main points and mechanisms

    upper complex

    lower complex

    Upper complex

    The astral body and the Ego working together. See also lower complex.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Upper currents

    Waves that sway an organisation (or superorganism) under the influence of corporate beings.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.

    - V -


    See Body of Vastness.


    A term synonymous with body.

    Subtle bodies are the vehicles of different levels of consciousness. Thus the etheric body is the vehicle of life, the astral body is the vehicle of mental consciousness, the superastral body is the vehicle of supermental processes, and so forth.


    One of the key concepts of the Clairvision work of inner alchemy, venom covers a range of meanings:

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques. The term was taken from alchemical texts, where it is used with a comparable symbolism.

    This surely is a great miracle and without deception – that in a venomous dragon, there should be the great medicine. Hermetic Museum, The book of Lambspring

    Venom gateways

    Gateways located on the shoulders, roughly at the intersection of a line following the side of the neck and a line following the upper contour of the shoulder.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Venom shower

    Venom leakage through the Point, resulting in the descent of unwanted, toxic energies.

    A venom shower is a sudden, intense dumping.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Venus manvantara

    In the cosmogony of Rudolf Steiner, Venus is the name of the manvantara (cosmic cycle) that follows the Jupiter manvantara.

    In Steiner's model, it is during the Venus manvantara that present human beings will undergo the stage of archangels and develop the Life-Spirit (transformed etheric body).

    Vertical thinking

    Inspired flows of thinking perceived as 'descending' into the mind through the verticality of the central thread.

    Vertical thinking is noetic in essence.

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques of supermind.


    One of the cardinal techniques of the Clairvision work of inner alchemy. It begins by resting on the sense of your own verticality in the central thread, and continues with a set of processes aimed at awakening, perceiving the Ego, the transformation of thinking, and the mastery of superastrality.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Some use 'vibration' in the wider meaning of any energy, whether physical or subtle. Defined this way, however, the term is far too vague to be of any practical use since there is nothing in the creation that is not vibration.

    In the Clairvision mapping, the term vibration is therefore given in a more limited and precise meaning: etheric vibration, the cardinal quality of the etheric body, often accompanied by a sensation of buzzing.

    Victim character

    A born loser in the games of life, the victim character has a natural tendency to attract failure and abuse. Its main emotions are: feeling miserable and hopeless, and lamenting over its own condition.

    Main points and mechanisms


    The vijñana-maya-kosha of Vedantic theories on subtle bodies corresponds to the superastral body of the Clairvision mapping.

    In Sanskrit, kosha means 'sheath' or 'envelope'; maya means 'made of'. And vijñana-maya-kosha is the kosha made of buddhi, a term with no equivalent in modern English. The (common) rendering of buddhi by 'intellect' is disastrous, since intellect evokes ordinary mental consciousness (manas in Sanskrit), which is precisely what buddhi is not. 'Discernment' is hardly better.

    Superastrality would be a better translation, even though to be strict buddhi must be equated with the noetic functions of ancient Greek thoughts. Nous and buddhi are the enlightened side of superastrality – the aspects of superastrality that shine with the luminous clarity of the Spirit. Superastrality is a wider concept that includes not only nous-buddhi but also less enlightened and even devious forces of consciousness, such as the higher mentality of luciferic beings for example (who may be wicked but are well capable of accessing archetypal levels).

    See also mano-maya-kosha

    Virgin Spirits

    Before they began their evolution, human beings were virgin Spirits dwelling in Highness, i.e. immersed in the Absoluteness of the Divine. By undergoing a pilgrimage through the manifested creation, the virgin Spirits gradually achieve the full potential of their divinity.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Taken from Max Heindel, who used it with the same meaning.


    See clairvision.

    Vision space

    One of the principal interactive techniques of the Clairvision work. Participants sit in pairs, engaging the third eye and other structures in their subtle bodies to enter spaces of vision where the mapping of consciousness can take place.

    Origin of the term

    Coined by Penelope Hetzel of the Clairvision Foundation


    An object of perception is said to be visionful when it engages subtle vision through the richness of its qualities (inner light, vibration...) or because of the archetypal forces behind it.

    "When perceived from the third eye, some objects are more 'flat' than others. There isn't much light or vibration to perceive in them. Others have something subliminally fascinating about them. They may be ordinary things, physically speaking, but when perceived through etheric sensing (or some other form of subtle perception), there is depth about them. Their qualities carry knowledge. There is much to learn just by tuning into them." (Knowledge Track Buzzing Forest 1 2.2.4)

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping. A very useful concept when it comes to developing non-physical perception.


    Written with a capital V, Voice refers to the phenomenal power through which initiates of the distant past could influence health, vital functions, the growth of plants, and perform several other miraculous feats.

    Main points and mechanisms

    A word to the purists

    The use of a capital V in Voice is, like the use of a capital P in 'power of the Point', a departure from the rule that restricts the use of capital letters to principles that are One with the Divine. Voice and Point are both powers that can be used either for light or for darkness, not exclusively as divine manifestations. Voice, capital V, is so written to discern it from normal voice.

    Voice stream

    The stream of energy that flows out of someone's mouth when they speak or sing.

    Main points and mechanisms


    Whirling forces that take consciousness from one space to another.



    Rising waves of power coming from the lower chakras.

    The manifestation of the power of the Dragon.

    Main points and mechanisms

    Origin of the term

    Clairvision techniques on the Dragon.

    Vulcan manvantara

    The last of the series of 7 cosmic cycles (manvantaras) described in Steiner's cosmogony.

    Main points and mechanisms

    - WXYZ -


    See thunderwand.

    Wars in Heaven

    The wars in which the gods defeated the asuras.

    In the creation myth of the thunderbolt bearers

    "And there were wars in the heavens,
    Awesome clashes in which the spheres were set ablaze,
    And entire planets shattered into asteroidic pebbles.
    Light fought against darkness, gods against asuras,
    Angels against titans, Spirits of Truth against fallen angels.
    The gods triumphed at the summit of the spheres.
    They conquered the nectar of immortality, and its archetypal powers,
    Mastered the mathematical magic of the uppermost sky,
    And with genius and boldness, repelled their enemies into lower regions.
    A safe heaven they made for themselves,
    A glorious world of light and fire, the top of a high pyramid of worlds,
    Towering upon innumerable other spheres of lesser fire, lesser clarity,
    Lesser joy, lesser fun, and marred with mirages, illusion, boredom.
    Such was the gods' victory and it was great and absolute,
    But only at the top of the pyramid of the worlds.
    Elsewhere, an uncertain and precarious balance remained,
    A cosmos of compromise and half-truths which were but flagrant lies,
    And where light and darkness kept fighting wars,
    But only by proxy, and often in disguise,
    And none of them ever gaining the decisive edge,
    Dilly dallying seemingly endlessly, delaying
    The deadly apocalyptic toll of a final, total confrontation."
    (Atlantean Secrets 1.5)

    Ahriman expelled from celestial regions

    In The Book of the World of the Gods, Szar discovers that after being defeated by the gods, Ahriman was expelled into the physical kingdom. "Do you mean to say, the gods got rid of Ahriman by sending him to our kingdom?" Intoxicated with the elated feeling of highness, I burst out laughing. "Thank you, gods! How very nice of you! We human beings do appreciate this kind attention." (Atlantean Secrets 15.6)

    In the Bible:

    "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.
    And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world. He was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
    (Revelation 12:7-9)
    Note how this use of the term 'dragon' contrasts with the Dragon of the Clairvision mapping.

    War of all against all

    One of the conflicts between forces of light and forces of darkness, as part of the apocalypse.

    In Steiner's vision of the unfoldment of time, the war of all against all is to take place at the end of the present (i.e. post-Atlantean) age:

    Polarian Age
    Hyperborean Age
    ======================== Destruction of Lemuria by fire
    ======================== Flood
    Present Age
    ======================== War of all against all
    6th Age
    ======================== Cessation of physical incarnation
    7th Age

    Note that the apocalypse does not end with the war of all against all, but with the transposition of humanity into the Fields of Peace.

    Origin of the term

    There is, to our knowledge, no mention of the term 'war of all against all' in biblical literature. If Steiner chose this term, it was to express that it would be a conflict of a different nature: a global clash of egotistic tendencies, every individual fighting against everyone else.
    A class action of unprecedented proportions perhaps? :)


    Fallen angels who incarnated among human beings in the epoch that preceded the biblical flood.

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    See Cosmic Waters.

    Web of Love, or Web of Melchisedek

    The energy of Ego-ness which permeates our world and the spheres of Melchisedek.

    The principle of Love woven in the fabric of our world, the seed for the Ego enlightenment of human beings.

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    Origin of the term

    Introduced by Samuel Sagan in Atlantean Secrets.

    White Eagle

    Angel of Highness, one of the seminal influences in the tradition behind the Clairvision School.

    A principle of aspiration, Truth and unconditional love.

    White line

    The hair-thin channel of Spirit and Ego-related energy at the very centre of the thunderwand.

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    Origin of the term

    Clairvision mapping.


    The power by which consciousness achieves and manifests.

    Will centre

    A gateway or energy centre located about one inch below the navel, in the area of acupuncture points Conception Vessel 5 and 6.

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    Origin of the term

    The general concept probably emerged from the hara of martial arts. The writings of Carlos Castaneda also mention something quite similar.


    The creative power with which the Divine manifests the creation.

    In the first verses of the Gospel of John:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Through the Word, all things came to be. And not one thing had its being without the Word.

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    Word gravity

    Word gravity refers to inappropriate associations created in people's mind by irrelevant, yet commonly accepted meanings of a term.


    Notice the following common English terms, which are typical examples of word that don't mean what they seem to say: friendly fire, someone who is green (new to something), a redneck, being cool, being over the moon, computer bug, blue chip... Indeed, friendly fire is deadly, rednecks do not have a red neck, and being cool has nothing to do with low temperature. You can be green whether you skin is white or black, and computer bugs don't have 6 legs.

    The work

    In various streams of spiritual development, both western and eastern, it is not rare for seekers to refer to their quest as 'the work'. Thus the term 'Clairvision work' refers to the implementation of the various processes offered by the Clairvision School.

    This is in keeping with the way western alchemists referred to their art as the opus, a Latin word meaning 'work'.

    Different schools and spiritual streams have different styles of work, with particular principles, methods and objectives.


    In the Clairvision mapping the terms 'world', 'sphere' and 'level of existence' are equivalent.

    Worlds of the gods

    The dwelling spheres of the gods, located above the intermediary worlds and below the Golden Shield.

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    World to Come

    See Fields of Peace.


    Usually felt in the heart, the wound is the deepest level of emotional pain, caused by the original separation from the Divine.

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