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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The Psychic Realm

The Psychic Realm

A Study of The Psychical Realm
or the 
Psychic Aeon





When we say psychic it is important to you know we are not talking about Sylvia Browne or the psychic hotline or any of that kind of foolishness. No, we are talking about psychic in this sense refers to psyche, which is the mind, as we normally understand it the intellect. so somebody who is cantered in the psychic realm is driven by intellect and by the other faculties of mind emotion intellect and then pneumatic comes from the word pneuma which means breath of spirit and this is someone who identifies with or is cantered in the spiritual realm.

Valentinus taught that there were three kinds of people, the spiritual, psychical, and material. The pneumatics ("spiritual", from Greek πνεῦμα, "spirit") were, in the Valentinian gnostic belief system, the highest order of humans, the other two orders being psychics and hylics ("matter").

Mankind came to be in three essential types, the spiritual, the psychic, and the material, conforming to the triple disposition of the Logos, from which were brought forth the material ones and the psychic ones and the spiritual ones. Each of the three essential types is known by its fruit. And they were not known at first but only at the coming of the Savior, who shone upon the saints and revealed what each was. (The Tripartite Tractate)

this idea that there are three types of humans may come from a biblical understanding see  1Th 5:23; Heb 4:12

The word "psychic" is derived from the Greek word psychikos ("of the mind" or "mental"), and refers in part to the human mind or psyche. The Greek word also means "soul".

The word soul Greek psuché is a Noun the word psuchikos is an Adjective it could be translated soulful, soulical, ensouled, soul-endowed.



The word Psychic or Psychical is used only a few times in the New Testament 

psuchikos: natural, of the soul or mind

Original Word: ψυχικός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: psuchikos
Phonetic Spelling: (psoo-khee-kos')
Definition: natural, of the soul or mind
Usage: animal, natural, sensuous.

5591 psyxikós (an adjective, derived from 5590 /psyxḗ, "soul, natural identity") – properly, soulish, i.e. what is natural, as it relates to physical (tangible) life alone (i.e. apart from God's inworking of faith).

5591 /psyxikós ("natural") typically describes the natural ("lower") aspect of humanity, i.e. behavior that is "more of earth (carnality) than heaven." 5591(psyxikós) then sometimes stands in contrast to 4152 /pneumatikós("spiritual") – the higher, spiritual aspect of humanity that develops through faith (4102 /pístis).


From psuche; sensitive, i.e. Animate (in distinction on the one hand from pneumatikos (the spirituals), which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from phusikos (the hylics), which is the lower or bestial nature) -- natural, sensual.

the word psuchikos is used in the apocrypha LXX 2 Maccabees 4:37; 2 Maccabees 14:24. heartily, from the heart, in the 4th book of Maccabees the word psuchikos is translated mental when referring to desires, desires that springs from the mental and emotional impulses

4 Maccabees 1:32

Some desires are mental, others are physical, and reason obviously rules over both.  (New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

and of desires some relate to the soul and others to the body reason obviously holds sway (4 Maccabees, H. Anderson, OTP)

32 Some desires come from the inner person, and others come from the body. Clear thinking obviously has control over both. (4 Maccabees 1 Common English Bible CEB)

the same word occurs in 1Cor 2:14: 
  
1Co 2:14  But the natural <5591> man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Co 2:14  But, a man of the soul, doth not welcome the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, and he cannot get to know them, because, spiritually, are they examined; (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible)

"natural," that is, living on the level of instincts, not on a spiritual level


The word natural in 1Co 2:14 stands opposed evidently to spiritual.  It denotes those who are governed and influenced by the natural instincts; the animal passions and desires, in opposition to those who are influenced by the Spirit of God.


Natural.--That is, literally, that part of our nature which we call "mind," and hence signifies that man in whom pure intellectual reason and the merely natural affections predominate.


1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural <5591> body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural <5591> body, and there is a spiritual body.


1Co 15:44 It is sown a body of the soul, it is raised a body of the spirit; if there is a body of the soul, there is also of the spirit:-- (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible)



1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural <5591>; and afterward that which is spiritual.



1Co 15:46 Howbeit, not first, is the body of the spirit, but that, of the soul,--afterwards, that of the spirit. (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible)



"natural body," the term natural (ψυχικός) means, in the original, animal or animated, psychical, ensouled,



Here the body of the soul or the Psychical body is the natural body or the flesh.

What Is the Soul?
Genesis 2:7 And Yahweh Elohim proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground [he made the body] and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life [he put a spirit in the body], and the man came to be a living soul [body + spirit = living soul] (Genesis 2).

 A soul is a physical body.

Spirit is a character, a personality. It is 'you'.

The soul is therefore the life carrying vehicle. Now the life, your life, you, is the spirit. We are spirits, our characters are spirits. 

The soul (body) is the vehicle for the spirit.


The spirit is your character, it is 'you'. Things get confusing when one realises that spirit also represents your character as well as being the spirit of the Deity. An angelic body is a spirit body and an angel is a spirit creature, sometimes referred to as a 'spirit'. But to spell things out in a way that leaves no doubt:


All living creatures are living souls which are spirits within bodies. Ecclesiastes 3:19-21

A living human is a spirit within a physical body


Human Person = Spirit + Physical Body = Soul (human)
Corpse = Physical Body with no Spirit = Dead Soul (human)

psuchikos Psychical psychic – "soulful",  Matter-dwelling spirits


The soul belongs to the “material” realm and is part of the flesh. Leviticus 17:11

The body is the whole being. In death, there is no separation of body and soul. The soul is as mortal as the body.
Mind and heart
Jas 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual <5591>, devilish.

Jas 3:15  This wisdom is not one, from above, coming down, but is earthly, born of the soul, demoniacal! (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible)

It is from beneath (cp. 1 Cor. 15:43), and not of God (see James 1:17). The emanation of the flesh, governed by its emotions (Rom.7:5), and not properly disciplined by the divine wisdom.

It is a wisdom from beneath, relatively to God's. It is dusty, pyschical, and demoniacal. It is dusty, or of the earth, because it is the vain speculation of the groundling; it is psychical, because it has no higher origin than the thinking of the soul flesh, or body of this death; and it is demoniacal, because it is that thinking of the flesh which proceeds from the messengers of the church of the Antichrist



Here in James 3:15 we get a glimpse into the Psychical Realm it is not of God or in heaven but is of the natural or the outward senses

Jude 1:19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual <5591>, having not the Spirit.

Jude 1:19  These, are they who make complete separation, mere men of soul, Spirit, not possessing. (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible)

Jude 1:19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 


They were moved by the motions of sin found in the flesh; so the flesh governed their thinking and actions (Rom. 7:5; 8:5-6)


Philo of Alexandria: Now the female offspring of the soul are wickedness and passion, by which we are made effeminate in every one of our pursuits; but a healthy state of the passions and virtue is male, by which we are excited and invigorated.

The action of the emotion of fear is said to contract and densify the aura or subtle envelope of man. The psychic plane is a contraction or densification of the mental, and uhe material again of the psychic. (Frangements of a Faith Forgotten)


The three activities of consciousness are spiritual, psychical, and physical (carnal). The spirit or spiritual is the intellect, the psychical is the 'sentiments' (moral) the physical is the  'propensities' (the outward senses)

The soul as the mind, as the seat of the senses, affections, and various emotions. The soul is used occasionally for mental acts and the intellect




Psalm 139:14 Proverbs 19:2 that the soul be without knowledge is not good (but RVm desire without knowledge, 

Proverbs 24:14 know wisdom for thy soul (or according to thy desire, think not in thy soul (or in thyself,  

Proverbs 23:7 as he reckoneth in his soul (but RV in himself, 1 Samuel 20:4  Deuteronomy 4:29; 2Chronicles 15:12; Deuteronomy 26:16; Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 13:4; Deuteronomy 30:6; Joshua 23:14;  Deuteronomy 10:12; Deuteronomy 11:13; Joshua 22:5; Deuteronomy 30:2; Deuteronomy 30:10; 1 Kings 8:48 2Chronicles 6:38; 2 Kings 23:25;  2 Kings 23:3 2Chronicles 34:31; י1Kings 2:4; and Deuteronomy 11:18; 1 Samuel 2:35; 1 Chronicles 22:19; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Jeremiah 32:41; Psalm 13:8; Proverbs 2:10; Proverbs 24:12

1 Samuel 1:15, “I have poured out my soul before Yahweh,” i.e. I have opened to Yahweh the inmost feelings of my mind; Proverbs 12:10.


To the understanding and the faculty of thinking, Psalms 139:14, “my soul (mind) knoweth right well.” Proverbs 19:2. 1 Samuel 20:4, “what thy soul (mind) thinketh.” Deuteronomy 4:9, “keep thy soul; do not forget.” Lamentations 3:20. All of these expressions are more commonly used of the heart


As the seat of the will, desires and affections: Matthew 26:38, Mark 12:30 (LXX) Mark 14:34, Luke 1:46, John 10:24, Acts 14:2, Philippians 1:27, al.; ἐκ ψυχῆς , from the heart, heartily:Ephesians 6:6, Colossians 3:23;


Since the soul is linked to feelings and desires it is the seat of the outward senses


the inner being of man:


both the innerנפשׁ and the outer בשׂר are conceived as resting on a common substratum: אַךְ בְּשָׂרוֺעָלָיו יִכְאָ֑ב וְנַפְשׁוֺ עָלָיו תֶּאֱבָֽל׃ Job 14:22 only his flesh upon him is in pain, and his soul upon him mourneth; compare Psalm 42:5; Psalm 42:7; Psalm 131:2; Job 30:16; Lamentations 3:20



Job 32:8 Surely it is the spirit in mortal men. And the breath (05397 נשׁמה nᵉshamah nesh-aw-maw’) of the Almighty that gives them understanding. compare (Proverbs 2:6)  (Matthew 11:25) 

They receive the “power of the spirit,” or “power through his spirit.” (Lu 2:27; Eph 3:16; compare Mic 3:8.) Yet it is not merely some unconscious, blind impulse, for their minds and hearts are affected as well so that they can intelligently cooperate with the active force given them
The Psychic Aeo
Next the psychic aeon. It is a small one, which is mixed with bodies, by begetting in the souls (and) defiling (them). For the first defilement of the creation found strength. And it begot every work: many works of wrath, anger, envy, malice, hatred, slander, contempt and war, lying and evil counsels, sorrows and pleasures, basenesses and defilements, falsehoods and diseases, evil judgments that they decree according to their desires. (The Concept of Our Great Power, The Nag Hammadi Library)

The soul-endowed aeon is the human race after the flood. This aeon will reman in being until the final consummation


Sometime The soul is used collectively for a group of people in some parts of the Bible Genesis 14:21 Genesis 23:8 Jeremiah 48:6


The soul is used collectively in some parts of the bible Genesis 14:21 Genesis 23:8


21. (Genesis 23:7-9) . . .Thereupon Abraham got up and bowed down to the natives, to the sons of Heth, 8 and spoke with them, saying: "If YOUR souls agree to bury my dead out of my sight, listen to me and urge E´phron the son of Zo´har for me, 9 that he may give me the cave of Mach·pe´lah, . . 


NW Footnote: Lit., "with your soul," used collectively. Heb., 'eth-naph·shekhem´; Gr., psy·khei´.


KJV translates nephesh (5315) as "mind" here!


Gen 23:8  And he communed with them, saying it be your mind (H5315) that I should bury my dead out of my sight; me, and intreat for me to Ephron


JPS also reads "mind" here as does Le and By


NIV simply omits nephesh entirely - instead of "your souls" NIV reads "you." Of course, this is definition 1, your soul = you! However, the reader has no clue nephesh is here! 

BTW the phrase "you are willing" indicates "will" is also involved in this translation of nephesh:

"If you are willing to let me bury my dead." - Gen. 23:8 - NIV; NEB


So the noun soul can be used collectively for a group of people this will help us understand the psychic aeon in the The Concept of Our Great Power


The psychic aeon is a collective noun


The aeon is the totality of the person who live during the time 


see Mental Perception for an understanding of the psychic aeon. It is a small one


The Psychic Place a Mental Realm
 Heracleon: Fragments from his Commentary on the Gospel of John

The ascent to Jerusalem signifies the ascent of the Lord from material realm things to the animate (psychic) place (or realm), which is an image of Jerusalem


the lower material (hylic) level of existence is symbolized by Capharnaum the psychic level of existence is symbolized Jerusalem


Heracleon compares the holy of holies the part of the temple accessible only to the high pries to the eternal realm of the pleroma which the spirituals are permitted to enter


Here Heracleon links the psychic realm with the image of Jerusalem 


image refers to a pattern. type, plan, or form


image--"A mental representation of anything not actually present to the senses" (Webster).

Here the 
Psychic Heaven is a world of forms it is a mental realm 



The spiritual substance is a single thing and a single representation, and its weakness is the determination in many forms. As for the substance of the psychics, its determination is double, since it has the knowledge and the confession of the exalted one, and it is not inclined to evil, because of the inclination of the thought. As for the material substance, its way is different and in many forms, and it was a weakness which existed in many types of inclination. (The Tripartite Tractate)

the images of the Pleroma which have been emitted in fact constitute this sphere. in which the aeon-logos resides and from which he creates and supervises the visible world


Isaiah 43:7 everyone that is called by my name and that I have created for my own glory, that I have formed, yes, that I have made.’


(following Isaiah 43:7: "I have created"; "I have formed"; "I have made"),

In Philo’s writings, the Logos is not only the pattern according to which the world was created (ἀρχέτυπος, παράδειγμα) or place (τόπος) for the Ideas, but also an instrument (ὄργανον) through which (δι’ οὗ) God created the world. The Logos also functioned as a cutter (τομεύς) that divided matter and shaped the cosmic elements (earth, water, air and water) out of it. (Opif. 25; Her. 140. See Runia, Philo of Alexandria, 446-451)


God has a Soul
Grant what no angel eye has seen and no archon ear (has) heard, and what has not entered into the human heart which came to be angelic and (modelled) after the image of the psychic God when it was formed in the beginning, since I have faith and hope. (Prayer of the Apostle Paul, The Nag Hammadi Library)


The [Invisible] Spirit [is] a psychic and intellectual power, a knower and a foreknower.  (Zostrianos, The Nag Hammadi Library)

God as Having Soul. God speaks of “my soul” (Le 26:11, 30; Ps 24:4; Isa 42:1) 

it would appear that God is telling us that we are in his image in more than spirit but also in soul and therefore body.

It is something in a psychic form, resembling cold water which is [...] since it is in soil which is not hard, of which those who see it think, "It is earth." (The Gospel of Truth)


You have become psychic, since you have received the substance of the formed. If you cast out the smallest part of this, so that you do not acquire again a human part - but you have accepted for yourself the animal thought and likeness - you have become fleshly, since you have taken on animal nature. For (if) it is difficult to find a psychical man, how much more so to find the Lord?



The Psychic Heaven
The psychic heaven, i.e. the realm of the heavenly bodies, or the hebdomad the beings of the psychic realm, which rule the seven heavens, are reflections of their archetypes in the Pleroma


Hebdomad this is the domain of angelic manifestations and therefore the realm of archetypes, thrones and powers

Moreover, he says, the psychic substance is of a fiery nature, and they call it [Middle] Space and Hebdomad and Ancient of Days. And whatever other statements of this kind they make concerning this [space], they [in reality] refer to the [cosmic] psychic substance, which they declare to be the fabricative power of the [physical] world. And it is of a fiery nature. Moses also, says the writer, declares, 'The Lord, thy God, is fire burning and consuming,' for thus he would have it written." (Frangements of a Faith Forgotten)

the Psychic Realm is the Intermediate place called the Middle or the firmament, the hebdomad


there are many realms or worlds astronomical and physical worlds, worlds of thought, spiritual worlds and so on in every one of them the Father is all in all.

the material world knowable by the senses, the invisible world of angels and the divine world of Reality



"According to this, then, the soul [that is, the psychic substance] is partly mortal [and partly immortal], being as it were a kind of mean. (It is [both] the Hebdomad [the sublunary space] and [also] the means of bringing the Hebdomad to an end.) For it is below the Ogdoad [the mind or spirit-substance]--where is Wisdom, the day of perfect forms [that is, the sun-space], and the Common Fruit of the Pleroma--but above the hylic matter [the earth-space], of which it is the fashioner [or demiurgic power]. If then the soul is made like unto the things above, it becomes immortal, and entereth into the Ogdoad; which is, he says, the Jerusalem above the heavens; whereas if it be made like to matter, that is to say the material passions, then it is destructible and perishes." (Frangements of a Faith Forgotten)



The spiritual is the realm of absolute principles; the psychical is the realm of thought images; the physical is the realm of manifestation. The well-balanced, thoroughly developed man, of which Jesus is the type, comprehends and consciously adjusts his spirit, soul, and body as a whole, and thereby fulfills the law of his being. Those who are on the way to this attainment have various experiences, which are symbolically set forth in the Scriptures.

The soul touches both the higher realm of the pleroma, from which it receives direct inspiration, and the external world, from which it receives impressions. But as man brings into expression the original image and likeness of the divine mind his soul is purified and established in its primitive innocence.

food for the soul. The soul is fed by the divine mind, the true food for the soul is the Word of God. The Word of God when properly understood gives eternal life.

The realm of the soul is not the realm of God that is the higher realm of the consciousness built in accordance with the Christ mind. The realm of Spirit is wherever God is working to express Himself. When man as principle becomes the perfect image and likeness of God, no other realm will appear to have being.


The Soul is man's consciousness--that which he has realized or developed by the Spirit or intellectual reasoning; and also the impressions that he has received from the world around him ie social and environmental influences thus man's consciousness- is made up of intellectual reasoning, social and environmental factors  

The soul is both the conscious mind and the memory of a person. It is in this realm of the soul that ideas first take form.

the psychical realm is a mental feeling plane and must have its base of activity, therefore the body is this base of activity

the psychical realm of consciousness in man is the power of confusion

the psychical realm is deceptive for it is governed by the outward senses

the psychical realm lacks true spiritual discernment
the psychical realm is the domain of thought images

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