What is the Causal Body?

The Causal Body is the energy system for our Mental experience. But before we jump in, let’s recap.

Quick Recap

There are three energy bodies:

  1. Etheric body, tied to the physical body (if you haven’t yet read about the etheric energy system, that’s a great place to start)
  2. Astral body, the energy system for our emotional experience. This is the system that includes the chakras that are most often talked about.
  3. Mental body, divided into mental and causal subplanes or fields

The Mental Body is a split plane. The two components are the (1) Mental subplane and the (2) Causal subplane. Each are quite different and very unusually paired in your Mental Body.


  • Cells & Structures / Systems & Processes for Human Body
  • Concrete Intellect
  • Higher Mind


  • Karmic Load
  • Belief Systems
  • Soul Light

Concrete Intellect

When we think about the mind-body connection, a lot of people think in terms of their concrete intellect (their thinker). The part that’s able to make a grocery list and generate big ideas. But there’s so much more going on in your mental body.

Cells & Structures / Systems & Processes for the Human Body

Your mental body connects deeply with your physical body. There are subplanes in the Mental body that I find fascinating because they’re tied to the cells, structures and functions of your physical body. If we didn’t have this information held in the mental plane, then my heart might breathe and your heart might pump blood. What we need in order to have proper body function is a coherent agreement across the idea of the human body that says “the heart pumps blood and the lungs breathe”. Those kinds of functions are actually agreed upon and held in place in the Mental plane and our mental bodies so that our physical bodies perform the ways they’re supposed to. Fascinating, right?

Same with our cells. All of our cells have specific functions that are agreed to so that a skin cell does something very different than a cell lining your intestine. Even though both are processing energy (and air and blood, etc.), each cell knows its distinct role by virtue of the information held in the Mental plane.

Higher Mind – When you operate at the genius level

There’s also a part of the mental body that we would call the Higher Mind or the part of your intellect that operates at a genius level. People like Tesla and Einstein spent a lot of time in the Higher Mind – that place where scientific discovery is actualized. For a lot of us, we spend most of our time in the concrete intellect and then some time in that genius space. Think about the times when you have a brilliant idea, and you know it’s powerful and right. That’s when you’re up in your Higher Mind.

In summary, the Mental Body is mind with form. The concrete intellect allows you to generate ideas, whether it’s a shopping list or the idea of building a Tesla. The concrete intellect and the Higher Mind are forming ideas that then become real. And, of course, the cells and structures of the body are also have form, mass, density.

Now that we’ve covered the components of the Mental subplane, we can turn our awareness to the Causal subplanes.

The Causal Body

The Causal Mind is formless mind. The formless mind of the Causal subplanes carries three fascinating esoteric aspects that we can learn to access and evolve. One: it carries our karmic load.

Karmic Load

If you’ve studied energy, you may know about karma and you may have a sense of what karma is, and so for those of you who don’t have a sense, a tiny primer: my essence-self has chosen this particular incarnation, and I’m working out a bunch of stuff while I’m here, and what I’m working out is – in part – my karma from other lifetimes.

I’ve done good things in other lifetimes (I hope), and therefore, have positive karma from which I’m benefitting. I also have negative karma that are causative factors or hidden inspiration for experiences that I create and explore to work through and resolve. The whole system of debits and credits (our karmic load) is available to us (we can access it) and is stored in the Causal subplanes. Across incarnations, as I resolve negative karma, and as I spend positive karma, my “balance sheet” gets updated in the Causal subplanes. I know that everything I’m doing in this lifetime is creating some set of karma for whatever I do next. [I won’t get into the part where all time is simultaneous and we’re having all of our incarnations right now. We’ll save that for another post and video!]

The thing to note at this point is that Karmic information is accessed and updated in the Causal subplanes. As students and clients at EHI learn to practice deep, specific energy work, they can consciously access their Karma in the Causal, and then clear energy in the Astral Field (the Emotional body) to evolve their energy and their karma. They’re not canceling out their karma, they’re evolving their energy and subsequently, their experience.

Belief Systems

Your belief systems are also created in the Causal subplane. If you listened to the Astral video, you know that belief systems are actualizing through your sixth chakra, in the center of your head. However they’re not created in the sixth chakra. They’re created in the Causal subplanes, and they essentially get downloaded to the 6th chakra, so you can use your beliefs to attract and frame your experience.

I’m going to give you an example of a belief system:

When I was a young girl, my mom and I walked past a woman wearing white pumps. It was after Labor Day, and my mother looked at me and said, “Jill, do you see that? That woman is wearing white pumps. Doesn’t she know that it’s after Labor Day, and you don’t wear white pumps after Labor Day?” As an impressionable 7-year old, I immediately accepted the belief that wearing white pumps after Labor Day was wrong and probably even bad (because there was a lot of tone and judgement in my mother’s voice). For years, as I’d walk through town and see women wearing white shoes after Labor Day, I’d know that they were wrong.

Flash forward 10-12 years, and I realize I don’t care! I don’t care what shoes people wear after Labor Day. And so in that moment, I was able to shift my belief system, and I no longer needed people wearing white shoes to be wrong. It was an instant thing because it really held no weight in my sense of self.

But what about other beliefs? Those beliefs like I’m not thin enough, I’m not smart enough, I’m not funny enough, I’m not pretty enough, I’m not fill-in-the-blank enough? Those beliefs get formed in the causal subplanes as a result of our experiences (somehow, somewhere we’re told we’re fat or we’re not smart or whatever it might be), and we take them in, and we make them True. And then, using our Astral and Etheric & Mental/Causal energy systems, through our chakras, we go out and create experiences where we can be Right. We find ourselves to be not pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough, funny enough, rich enough, whatever it is…

We can learn to work in the Causal subplanes to shift our belief systems. It’s truly powerful to be able to shift long-held, limiting beliefs, knowing that as they shift, the Astral 6th chakra will ‘get the memo’, and begin resonating and actualizing an evolved experience. It’s a beautiful thing.

Soul Light

The last thing that is up there in the Causal subplane is the ability to perceive the Soul Light. This is a really interesting construct, and I’ll share the teachings at just an overview-level because it’s fairly complex. But here’s the idea:

The Soul is accessible to you. Through the Causal subplanes, you can learn to access the Light of the Soul as it shines down into the Causal.

Your soul learns from you. When you’ve completed an experience, and grokked (deeply understood and acknowledged) the learnings, teachings, insights and benefits of that experience, the grokked information is accessible to the soul in the Causal subplanes, and it can and does learn from your completed awareness. You’re always in connection with your soul through the Causal subplanes. You can actually learn from your soul through the Causal connection.

I like to note that the soul doesn’t enter the physical body, nor does the soul doesn’t enter the emotional body.

You are a sovereign being and you access your soul through the Causal subplanes. In authentic connections to the soul, it’s easy to think the connection  happened in the physical body, often reported as occurring in the heart, but in reality, it’s happening in the Causal subplanes.

Four Other Planes

There are actually four other planes that are another fascinating aspect of expanded consciousness and our ‘body’. They operate in such different ways, and are quite esoteric. I’ll cover them at another time.

I do hope that this series has been useful for you, and you feel more informed about Who You Are and the beauty, elegance, complexity and integration of your energy bodies.

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7 thoughts on “What is the Causal Body?”

    • Hi Tina, I teach a meditation with EHI practitioners on accessing the Causal subplanes. While I don’t necessarily recommend doing this by yourself without guidance and feedback, you can think of the subplanes as the keys on a piano. You can begin in the Astral body, the 3rd subplane, where our emotional energy resides most of the time. In meditation, you can walk yourself up the Astral subplanes, into the Mental and eventually up into the Causal. If this is something you’d really like to experience, I’d be happy to help you have the experience. We’d need to do so in a private session, which you can learn about on the 1:1 section of my website. I’ve been thinking a bit about doing an online course on the Causal subplanes, but it’s just in thinking stages. It wouldn’t likely be available until late 2019. You can do some work in your 6th chakra on your belief systems. That’s where the beliefs are housed (they’re created in the Causal). That’s another thing to consider. You can learn to clear your 6th chakra in my CLEAR Course (see Online Courses).

  1. Hi Jill,
    Thank you for this information! I am studying energy bodies and have a question about the soul body. It is my understanding that everything is energy and the bodies are just vibrating at a higher and higher rate as they extend out, and that all of the energy bodies are are also present within the body…at some point there is just one universal body of which we are all one. From that point of view, I’m trying to grasp how the soul body does not enter the physical body. Just curious…
    Thanks! Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, Thanks for your question about the soul and its role in physical experience. Your understanding is accurate, everything is indeed energy. And some of the energy has enough density and mass to create physical form, the human body (and other physical, sentient beings). The soul is a higher level consciousness, vibrating at a much higher frequency than the body. Certainly at one level, we live in unity awareness, and are truly one with all. But that’s not how we experience our lives, is it? In other words, we have an understanding, perhaps even a momentary glimmer of our oneness, yet we still all put our pants on one leg at a time! And we do it on our own (mostly). We’re individuated beings, we each have our own dharma, karma and evolutionary trajectory that we choose and create moment by moment. The soul is a learning and coalescing consciousness that grows and evolves through our individual experiences. It’s non-interfering and doesn’t actually need or want to enter the physical body as it would violate our individual sovereignty by doing so. We’re always in collaboration with the soul, but it’s not part of our physical body or physical experience. I hope that answers your question.

  2. Hi Jill,
    Thank you so much for this series! You have deepened my understanding of our energy bodies and energy systems! What a valuable experience!! We are indeed, beautiful, complex, and elegant!
    Peace and love to you!

    • Marlene, I’m so glad that the series is helpful to you. I find that the context for how expansive, complex and multi-dimensional helps enormously in owning our lives, experiences and perhaps even not taking ourselves so seriously. Peace and love to you, too!

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