Even the contemporary woman has not been able to become fearless within. Our society, our culture and the state of our thinking are such that we have still not been able to make the woman fearless. She is fearful all the time and the vibrations of her fear spread throughout her personality. The degree of fearlessness or fearfulness in men can also be gauged from their handwriting. The state of fear is on the plane of the etheric.
I have told you to be aware of each event in the physical body, but you should likewise be aware of the processes in the etheric body. When you are in love you feel as if you have expanded. The freedom experienced in love is because of this expansion. Now there is someone before whom you need not be fearful. There is no cause for fear near a person you love. Really, to love means to be free of fear in the presence of a person before whom one can blossom to one’s full potential, no matter what one is. Therefore, a feeling of expansion is experienced in moments of love. The physical body remains the same, but the etheric body within flowers and expands.
In meditation there are always experiences of the etheric body. One meditator may feel that his body has expanded – so much so that it has filled the room. However, his physical body remains the same. When he opens his eyes he is shocked – the body is just the same. But the feeling of it follows him and makes him realize that what he had felt was not false. The experience was clear: that he had filled the whole room. This is a movement of the etheric body; its potential for expansion is limitless. It also expands and contracts according to the emotions. It can expand so that it can fill the earth; it can contract so much that an atom can contain it.
So you will start noticing the movements of the etheric body – its expansions and contractions, in which situations it contracts and in which situations it expands. If the meditator begins to live in those processes in which it expands a harmony will be created. If he begins to live in the conditions that make it shrink, harmony will not be established between the two bodies. Expansion is its innate nature. When it has expanded to its full capacity, when it blossoms fully, it is connected to the first body by a bridge. When it becomes fearful and shrinks, all its contacts with the first body break and it lies isolated in a corner.
There are other processes of the second body which can be known in other ways. For instance, you see a perfectly healthy, perfectly normal man. Now if someone tells him he has been given a death sentence he will turn pale at once. No change has taken place in his first body but there is an immediate change in his etheric body. His etheric body is ready to leave the physical body. If the owner of a house comes to know that he has to vacate the house immediately all joyfulness and lightness will disappear; everything will be disturbed. The second body has broken its connections with the first, in a sense. The execution is to take place after some time or maybe not at all, but his connection with the first body is broken.