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Esoteric Glossary

esoteric glossary

On this page I share with you some esoteric, metaphysical, occultist, spiritualist terms, in a slightly summarized version. I recommend purchasing my book "Metaphysics Terminology" which gathers over 640 expressions over 265 pages, with detailed explanation and various illustrations. This work brings together research I have done over the past twenty years, and notes from some of my esoteric notebooks. I am in the process of completing a revised and more complete second edition.


Aalu: In ancient Egyptian tradition, a place of joy and peace after death. Heaven. According to the tradition, if you were found unworthy, your soul would vanish into nothingness.
If found worthy, you would enter Aalu (also spelled Aaru, Yaaru, etc.) a type of paradise where Osiris Rules. In Greek mythology is Elysium.

Abductee: An abductee is a person who was involuntarily taken by aliens onto their craft and subsequently returned. Different from a contactee, who receives telepathic messages or has encounters with aliens in free will..

Auric Coupling: Development of empathy, interfusion and temporary coupling of the energetic auras of two people. Also called occult polarity, empathic coupling, aura interfusion. It occurs, for example, in some cases between mothers and their children, very passionate and energetically connected couples (twin flames), or groups of spiritist meetings or occult groups, in which all members are very emotionally and energetically connected. Remember that we are always exchanging energies, our aura and that of others, in a long-term there is a more durable energy exchange.

Acosmism: The spiritual belief that the entire physical and metaphysical universes are illusory.

Adept: One who has studied and mastered (and continues to study) a magical system is often referred to as an adept. From the Latin Adeptus, meaning, he who obtained or succeeded.

Aether : Quintessence. A substance supposed to occupy all space postulated to account for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space. Related: luminiferous ether, astral Light, archaeus from Gnosticism, thelesma from Hermeticism.

Akashic Records: The Akashic records are said to have existed since the beginning of the planet. Just as we have various specialty libraries (e.g., medical, law), there are said to exist various Akashic records (e.g., human, animal, plant, mineral, etc.). We have our Akashic records too, in the quantum field of our DNA.


Biocurrents: Electrochemical energy currents generated by living cells.

Biocybernetics: The science of communication and control within and among organisms and of the interaction between organisms and mechanical or electronic systems.

Buddhi: From the Sanskrit root budh, it means awakening, reflecting, thinking. Budhi means right knowledge about something, knowledge without uncertainties. Intuitive intelligence, reason.


Channeling: Entering into a meditative or trancelike state to convey messages from a spirit or spiritual guide. Sometimes it happens consciously or unconsciously. Merging one’s consciousness with other portions of one’s identity, energy identities of other beings, or direct absorption of electrically encoded data from the Akashic Records.
This is very important, and few books clarify this detail, we do not always channel messages from spiritual entities, sometimes we get information from our higher Self or the akashic records.

Charging: To charge an item means to apply its energy toward a specific purpose.
For example, you would charge a talisman for protection. Some use the word "program" to describe this process.

Cybershaman: Cyber (virtual world, computers) and Shaman: a spiritual practitioner.
The person who integrates computer technologies into up-to-date shamanic practice characterized as postmodern religion. It uses the internet to seek knowledge, share knowledge, meditate through binaural sounds and software etc.


Delta: A term used to refer to any anomalous experience.

Destiny: Fate. Chain of events with high probability.

Deva: Angel or celestial being that belongs to a kingdom in nature evolving parallel to humanity, and ranging from sub-human elementals to super-human beings on a level with a planetary logos. The devas perform and assist in the circulation of energy in the universe.
In Sanskrit div means resplandescent, something divine, heavenly. They are ruled by Indra, god of heaven and king of the gods. In Celtic mythology it is believed that the devas are the elementals of Nature, these spirits can inhabit in trees or assume other forms.

Djed: From ancient Egypt (Kemet). A pillar representing Ausar's (Osiris) spine or phallus.
It symbolizes our spinal cord sacred pathway of the chakras, where the kundalini energy arises.

Doppelganger: German word. Doppel (means "double", "replica" or "duplicate") and gänger ("walker", or "wanderer"). An entity that looks the same as another person, yet not a twin, ghost identical to a living person: an apparition in the form of a double of a living person.
The 'double-goer' might be your evil twin, our dark side, if every particle has is own antiparticle, we can have also our anti-self as well. In ancient Egypt is called Khaibet. It can also be an involuntary astral projection of a person (when he is sleeping for example and does not realize it, then other people will see a spectre of that individual.
In the Irish Folklore they call Fetch, and sometimes it means an omen that person will die.


EBE: Extraterrestrial Biological Entity. Also called ALF (Alien Life Form). This term encompasses any extraterrestrial being, not just intelligent beings but also some extraterrestrial animal or organism.

Ectogenesis: In vitro reproduction; synthetic wombs. But if we think of ufology, it may also be the creation of human hybrids in vitro by aliens on a spaceship.

Ectoplasm: From the Greek ektos, meaning "outside," and plasma, meaning "something formed or molded," is a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy "exteriorized" by mediums.

Egregore: It is a "thoughtform" or "collective group mind," an autonomous psychic entity made up of and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. Occult groups also generate these entities in magickal works. Also called tulpa, astral construct, elemental construct, servitor, bio emissions, psychogons.
The word comes from Greek egregorien meaning "wakeful" or "watching." Sometimes egregores are created unconsciously, one example is the devil, beelzebub, an evil entity that the collective unconscious of mankind fears, and has been nurturing with its fears vibrations of fear over the centuries.


Fifth Force: Dynamic of time as the agent of synchronization, which unifies the other four forces, the strong, the weak nuclear, the electromagnetic and the gravitational.

Fohat: Cosmic electricity. Primordial light. The universal propelling life force. The ever-present electrical energy; the universal propelling vital force. The same as prana, chi, orgone energy, vril, chi, qi, sekhem, but fohat is a Tibetan word used in Theosophy.


Gaia Spirit: The conscious spirit of Earth and all living beings. Anima Mundi, (Psyche Kosmou). Planetary Logos. In ancient Egypt (Kemet) was Seb. Gaia was the name of a Greco-Roman goddess, considered the universal mother. Our planetary Logos is Sanat Kumara.

Geas: In Irish folklore, it is a form of telepathic hypnosis (or spell) wherein some outside force compels a person to perform a given an act or task; such a command cannot be ignored since both physical and psychological stresses are involved that can cause severe discomfort.

Gestalt: Gestalt is a German word meaning "form" or "shape," it is used to describe integrated patterns of mental concepts that produce a synergistic new paradigm.
Also, used to refer to unified wholes, complete structures or totalities which cannot be reduced to the sum of their parts. New ideas are pretty much the result of gestalt thinking.

Gnosis : Silent knowing; communication with the higher self and the conscious universe.
The Mysteries of being. Wisdom. Sophia.
The term is used in the context of ancient religions and philosophies, aspects of Judeo-Christian beliefs. In Valentinian Gnosticism, there is a higher and lower sophia (wisdom).
See: Sophia. The Lower Sophia is called Achamoth. In Hinduism is Vijnana: An in-depth knowledge or deep feeling that can not be acquired merely from an outside source received from a teacher, not even from the written spiritual tradition. On the contrary, it is an inner illumination that is revealed through personal experience.


Hekau: Sorcerer. Common people who practice magic but, who are not priests, or sometimes are called Sau 'protectors'.

Hekaut: Invocations.

Heri-sesheta (Hry-sStA): One who is over the secret. A priest that train in Heka about their parent gods.

Hermeticism: A religious, philosophical, and esoteric tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus ("The thrice great"), associated with Toth (Tehuti).
The Greeks related Thoth to their god Hermes due to his similar attributes and functions.

Hylozoism: From the Greek hyle (matter), and Zoe (life) is a term that designates a conception of matter and, by extension, of all nature. The hylozoists consider that all reality, even inert, is endowed with sensitivity and therefore animated by an active principle. It was the doctrine of the Greek Ionian school (seventh-sixth centuries BC), a school belonging to the group of so-called pre-Socratic philosophers. The Stoic school came to regard the universe as a living being.

Hyperreality: Hyper reality, a simulated reality (Simulation hypothesis, Matrix), or the inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality. The term was coined by French sociologist Jean Baudrillard in “Simulacra and Simulation”.

Holochacra: Our biofield, energy matrix, aura, energy field that emanates from our light body and chakras. It contains holomemories. Also called Holosoma (Holo in Greek means the whole, and soma means the body).


Ikigai: Combining the Japanese words iki (meaning life) and gai (meaning value or worth), ikigai is mainly about finding your purpose in life. "Ikigai can be translated as "a reason for being," a sense of purpose and meaning and a feeling of well-being.

Incubus: A spirit in male form, or supernatural entity in folklore (traced back to medieval legend) that appears in dreams and takes the form of a man to seduce women, usually through sexual activity. It feeds off sexual energy. Sometimes there is an extraphysical parasexual relationship (between the human and the spiritual entity) in the long term, it can be by mutual consent in a kind of symbiosis, or it can be an obsession, this union is called congressus subtilis.
Many widows continue their love relations with their former discarnate companions.

Initiate: One who has been let in on the secrets or advanced knowledge of a group, organization, or religion. Once an initiate learns and perfects the secrets, he becomes an adept.


Jinn (Djin, Genie): Islamic Mythology. A class of spirits, lower than the angels, capable of appearing in human and animal forms and influencing humankind for either good or evil. Some theories say they are fallen angels. In Judaism are Shedim.

Jñana: In Sanskrit is a term for "knowledge" in Indian philosophy and religion.


Kama-loka: Kamaloka or kama-loka (Kama = desire, Loka = world, realm). Some say that we go to the Kama-loka plane after death, in spirit, it's like purgatory, others say it's the astral plane that we go to that plane whenever we dream or do astral projection.

Karmic Imprint: Thought patterns from our past selves, composed of dense particles that manifest in our cellular memory, remain in the body and replicate in the present and future until they are raised in frequency and released.

Kemet (Kmt or Kamit): The name for Ancient Egypt. It means: "black land" or «Blessed Land», because of the fertile black soils of the Nile floodplains.
Other names for Egypt: Ta-mery (beloved lands), aA-ku-pi-ti-jo: Late Egypt.


Law of Attraction (Loa): The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in many ways. The law of attraction manifests through your thoughts. An expression that became famous in the books of the "Secret," but the authors did not create it, this concept is millenarian and was taught in Hermetism by Hermes Trismegistus in the book "The Cabailon," the well-known seven Hermetic Laws.

LHP: Abbreviation for Left Hand Path, which literally symbolizes black magic, Satanic cults, and everything negative. Any religion or magic system has a good side and an obscure side, for practitioners can be adepts and practices of good or evil practices. The Umbanda has a dark side (the Quimbanda), the Tantra also, the Spiritism also, and so on.
In Sanskrit a term for the left path can be Vāmamārga. In Latin we can use the term sinister path (Via sinistrae).

Ley Lines: The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power Alignments of ancient monuments and prehistoric sites in straight energetic lines, believed by some to indicate paths of positive energy inherent in the Earth. Natural energy grid of the Earth.
As there is a dynamic network around the planet, several types of geomagnetic lines have gotten different names, besides the ley lines, there are others. Some considered harmful, such as geopathic lines, Curry Lines (discovered by the German doctor Alfred Curry) and Hartmann lines (discovered by the German dr Ernest Hartmann) These lines can cause disharmony to human exposure to them, causing geopathy.


Macrocosm: The Universe. In Hinduism is Brahmanda.

Mandela Effect: It is a phenomenon in which many people share similar memories of past events. Some have speculated that the memories are caused by parallel universes spilling into our own, while others explain the phenomenon as a failure of collective memory.
True phenomenon or not, remains interesting, it proves that we are all connected to one mind (noosphere, akasha) that's how people share the same memories. Can also be called Alter vu. An Alter vu is a strange phenomenon in which someone remembers his or her reality differently. It can also be related to time travel effects.

Mahat: Universal mind. This term, which means literally "the great one," can best be understood as cosmic or Logoic Intelligence.

Mahatma: Mahatma is a Sanskrit term which means "the great soul." It is derived from maha (great) and atma (soul) or "true Self." The term was adopted by Buddhism and Jainism, but its usage in Hinduism is more extensive. The title of Mahatma is bestowed upon those who are spiritually developed.

Mantram: In Hinduism, it is a sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities. Vibratory keywords that express energy patterns, vibroturgy. The power is in repetition. Sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power, trigger parts of the bioenergetic system. Words have vibration and creative power; Mantras are keywords for programming reality. In Sanskrit manas means mind and tran (control), or man (to think) and tran (instrument). In ancient Egypt (Kemet) words of power were called Hekau.

Metagnome: A term used by French psychic researchers for a gifted percipient of paranormal knowledge or extrasensory perception. Psychic.

Morphogenetic Field: Energy field generated by any entity (living or inanimate, including patterns of events, behavior, or experience), which facilitates the genesis of similar entities, and shapes their pattern of development. Animals or human beings, are like a "Morphic unity" each one. Morphic fields are shaped and stabilized by morphic resonance from previous similar morphic units, which were under the influence of fields of the same kind.


Nagual: Nahual or na'wal; to the Native American peoples it was a guardian spirit.
Other versions say that Nahual was the shaman or an elder with the ability to change his appearance to an animal through shapeshifting. The word nagual derives from the Nahuatl word nahuālli, an indigenous religious practitioner, identified by the Spanish as a "sorcerer".

Nasma: It is the Aura. A body made of the purest form of light which is purer than any visible color. This term is used in Sufism.

Nehast: Nehast, in Kemetic spirituality, means to "wake up," "Enlightenment", to awaken to a higher existence.

Neteru/ Netjeru: Many gods. Sumerians called them Annunaki. Dogons called them Nommos. There is a Neteraat variant for deities if we spell, and goddesses in the feminine is Netertaat. In Hinduism are the Devas. In Sanskrit div means resplandescent, something divine, heavenly. They are ruled by Indra, god of heaven and king of the gods.

Noetic Science: From the Greek noesis/ noetikos, meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, or subjective understanding. In Greek Nous also means mind or intelligence. A multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human mind and experience.


Obsession: The technical term within the spiritist belief and practice defined by the author Allan Kardec as the interference of a subjugating spirit with a weaker spirit (cf. Latin obsidere, "besiege").
Although the term most commonly refers to the negative influence of the spirit of an evil deceased person on the mind or spirit of a living person. Superimposition. "Possession." The parasitic obsessive entity transfers itself non-corporeally to the (obsessed) host, and keeps the person in a hypnagogic state and feeds on the psychic and spiritual energy (energy of the chakras, aura, psyche, fears, nightmares, and all emotional energies generated).

Offset spatial divergence: Another term for Time travel.

Omnitheism: Related to worship, is a belief in the existence of all possible gods. Atheists believe in no gods; monotheists believe in one god; polytheists believe in many but not necessarily all gods; omnitheists believe in the existence of all gods that can possibly be believed in.

Oneironautics: In Greek "oniros" means dreams. Oneironautics refers to the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis. Lucid dreaming.

Objects of Extraterrestrial Origin (OEO): Similar to Ooparts.

OoPart: (Out of Place Artifact). This is an artifact of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in an unusual context that challenges conventional historical chronology by being "too advanced" for the level of civilization that existed at the time, maybe from Alien origin.
Examples: crystal skulls, steel pillar in Delhi, dendera lamp, Antikythera mechanism, klerksdorp metallic sphere, etc.

Orbs: Synonymous with sphere, when used in association with the paranormal, an orb is an anomalous globe-shaped spot, either white or colored, that shows up in photographs taken at allegedly haunted locations. Spirits, energetic entities, energy particles, plasmoids. But many times photographic orbs can be explained by natural elements such as dust, pollen, or water vapor.

Photophoria: Paranormal luminous phenomena, bright spheres (orbs) among others.


Pandimensional: Pan + Dimensional: Something of or about all dimensions of reality. Pandimensional beings, they can exist in all dimensions and see in all dimensions.

Panpsychism: From the Greek pãn, "all" + psykhé, "soul" + -ism. A doctrine of the 18th century, especially noted by Leibniz, who argues that all matter, however small, is endowed with individual consciousness. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind. David Chalmers proposed the concept of "panprotopsychism," in which objects only possess a "proto-consciousness," and this can develop into a fuller form of consciousness when these objects combine.

Paramatman: In Hinduism, it is our higher self, higher consciousness, the true Self, another term is: Oversoul.

Psychic Vampire: An emotionally weak person who drains vital energy from other people. Basically what you call someone who drags you down and wastes your time when you're around them. An astral parasitic entity who drains your magnetic energy.


Quantum Realism: Quantum realism is the theory that the quantum world exists and creates the physical world as a virtual reality.

Quantology: Quantology is the study of all forms of connection between spirit and science, through Quantum mechanics, and their manifestations in nature. There is a renowned online newspaper with articles of neuroscientists and some correlations with quantum physics, called "Neuroquantology", the term symbolizes a fusion between neuroscience, consciousness and quantum physics.


Radiesthesia (Dowsing): From the Latin "radius" (ray, radiation) and the Greek "aisthesis" (sensitivity).
In the eighteenth century, it was called by rabdomancy (rhabdos: rod, mancy: divination. Dowsing.
An offshoot of dowsing that uses specially calibrated instruments (dowsing rods) to detect and locate the natural radiation waves and vibrations that are emitted from the earth, elements, objects, and people as energies and auras. Some believe that this knowledge of energy fields can be useful in healing and in finding the cause and location of diseases in individuals, the Zahori guy makes use of a pendulum tool.

Raps: Or torybism (Thorybos: noise, perturbation) designates the beats, inexplicable sounds of communicating spirits (beats on the floor, walls, furniture, etc.). First mediumistic phenomena observed since 1848 in North America.


Samsara: Samsara derives from the root Samsr (circular) or the sanskrit Samsâra (rotation), with the connotation of cyclic, circuitous change. It also refers to the theory of rebirth and "cyclicality of all life, matter, existence," a fundamental assumption of all Indian religions. Samsara is sometimes referred to with terms or phrases such as transmigration, karmic cycle, reincarnations. Multiexistential cycle. Continuity of the soul. A cycle of causalities. Similar to a closed time curve, we eventually return to the starting point and repeat the "cycle."

Scrying: This is the practice of looking into a suitable medium in the hope of detecting significant messages or visions. Also called crystal gazing; generally it is used a dark (black) surface, or a crystal ball over a black tissue, or a mirror made of black crystal (like Onyx). Scrying comes from the Old English word descry meaning "to make out dimly" or "to reveal." Nostradamus used this method.

Sekhm: Universal energy in anciente Egypt, the same as Chi , Prana. See at Amazon my book "Sekhm Energy Healing"

Selamat Ja! Sirian greeting (from Sirius) meaning for Be One, and Be in Joy! 'Selamat Jarin' means "Blessings." Selamat Bakir: "Welcome."

Simulation Hypothesis: Proposes that reality is a simulation (most likely a computer simulation).
Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, an advanced technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants. We live in a Simulacrum: A superimposed artificial reality. The matter is only condensed information.

Synchronicity: "Coincidences" the universe presents to us. The coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality. Entanglement correlations.
Many people when watch they see 11:11, for example. Every phenomenon in existence is linked directly or indirectly to every other one, past, present or future; perceived separations between phenomena are based on incomplete sensing and thinking. Sometimes we do not see how some events are interconnected, because they are not connected at the surface, but to a deeper and invisible level of reality. When we are subject to spells and hexes synchronicities also occur in our life, a "forced" chain of negative events I call them reverse synchronicities.


Talisman: Derived from the Arabic tilasm or tillasm (magical image) or the Hebrew tselem (image), in Greek teleo means to consecrate. It differs from the amulet because the talisman is consecrated to use only in a specific ritual or ceremony

Techgnosticism: Sometimes written Teknognosticism. Tech: abbreviation of technology - derived from the Greek “technelogia,” techne meaning “art, skill, craft” and Logia meaning “study of,” and gnosis from Greek meaning “intuitive esoteric knowledge.” It is a theosophic based movement/modality of spirituality learned and shared on the cyber world. Similar to cybershamanism. The term Techgnosis was coined by Erik Davis in 1994 in an article and as the title of his book "Techgnosis- Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information."

Telempathy: Telepathy + Empathy. The ability to communicate through emotions.

Telluric Energy: Magnetism from planet Earth. Geoenergy. Immanent energy. Emitted by water tables, water veins, underground fractures, folds and large amounts of certain minerals.


Ufoarcheology: Ufo + archeology. Study of the relics of extraterrestrials in our history (analysis of rock carvings in which flying saucer engravings appear), oval skulls, strange objects too advanced for our time (ooptarts, out of place artifacts), among others.

Ultraterrestrials: Pure sentient gestalt identity, beyond all form manifestation and linear thought process. They reside eternally within the energy fields of the energy Matrix. It is believed that they are extraterrestrials in ethereal form (nonphysical form), or also spiritual beings. Some other theories point they might be humans from a future timeline. Geomantic entities.

Uncrossing: Uncrossing is the removal of a type of curse or "cross" that has been laid upon an individual that makes a certain area of their lives difficult because of negative energy that is attached to them causing them to see and experience only difficulties in that area.


Vimanas: Vimana is a flying palace (space ship) or chariot described in Hindu and Jain texts and Sanskrit epics. The Sanskrit word vi-mana means "measuring out, traversing" or "having been measured out." Monier Monier-Williams defines Vimana as "a car or a chariot of the gods, any self-moving aerial car sometimes serving as a seat or throne.

Viveka: According to Vedanta, one of the six philosophical schools of India, Viveka means discernment between the unreal and the real, between the false and the true, between the useful and the useless, the Self and the non-Self. It is the purified perception which distinguishes the real from the imaginary and thus brings us closer to the reality of things as they are when we cling to the essential and abandon the superficial.


Zener Cards: Set of 25 cards (5 each of circle, square, Greek cross, five-pointed star, three wavy lines) designed by the perceptual psychologist Karl Zener for use in card-guessing tests of ESP. Also known as ESP cards.

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Metaphysics Terminology

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