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Christ in the Sepulcher Guarded by Angels
"The assumption that the human psyche possesses layers that lie below consciousness is not likely to arouse serious opposition. But... there could just as well be layers lying above consciousness... The conscious mind can only claim a relatively central position and must put up with the fact that the unconscious psyche transcends and as it were surrounds it on all sides. Unconscious contents connect it backward with the physiological states on the one hand and archetypal data on the other. But it is extended forward by intuitions which are conditioned partly by archetypes and partly by subliminal perceptions depending on the relativity of time and space in the unconscious."
Blake tells us that what we normally think of the body is only the manifestation that can be perceived by our five senses. Sense data comes to us as heat and light and pressure, odor and vibration. We process it into warmth, sight, taste, smell, touch and sound. The physical body affords us the ability to interact with the physical world. Without the ability to process the data we receive, we are locked in a mental prison.
But the reverse is also true. Without the ability to process the non-physical intimations we receive, we are imprisoned in a false system of organizing the non-essential into the only world which to the reason is true. Blake postulates a natural body capable of interacting with the physical world and a spiritual body which connects us with the world of spirit. It is the Poetic Genius which is the True Man from which 'outward form' is derived. The sense through which we have access to both the spiritual and physical input is the Imagination which draws on the 'Divine Body of the Lord Jesus'.
All Religions are One, (E 1)
"That the Poetic Genius is the true Man. and that
the body or outward form of Man is derived from the Poetic
Genius. Likewise that the forms of all things are derived from
Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 4, (E 34) "1 Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that calld Body is a portion of Soul discernd by the five Senses. the chief inlets of Soul in this age 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3 Energy is Eternal Delight" Milton, Plate 1, (E 96) "the Human Imagination Which is the Divine Body of the Lord Jesus, blessed for ever." Milton, Plate 15 , (E 108) "As when a man dreams, he reflects not that his body sleeps, Else he would wake; so seem'd he entering his Shadow: but With him the Spirits of the Seven Angels of the Presence Entering; they gave him still perceptions of his Sleeping Body; Which now arose and walk'd with them in Eden, as an Eighth Image Divine tho' darken'd; and tho walking as one walks In sleep; and the Seven comforted and supported him." Annotations to Berkeley, (E 663) "Jesus considerd Imagination to be the Real Man & says I will not leave you Orphanned and I will manifest myself to you he says also the Spiritual Body or Angel as little Children always behold the Face of the Heavenly Father" Annotations to Berkeley, (E 664) Blake - "The Natural Body is an Obstruction to the Soul or Spiritual Body ... Berkeley . . . Whence, according to Themistius, . . . it may be inferred that all beings are in the soul. For, saith he, the forms are the beings. By the form every thing is what it is. And, he adds, it is the soul that imparteth forms to matter, . . Blake - This is my Opinion but Forms must be apprehended by Sense or the Eye of Imagination Man is All Imagination God is Man & exists in us & we in him What Jesus came to Remove was the Heathen or Platonic Philosophy which blinds the Eye of Imagination The Real Man" Four Zoas, Night IV, Page 104, (E 378) "Los said to Enitbarmon Pitying I saw Pitying the Lamb of God Descended thro Jerusalems gates To put off Mystery time after time & as a Man Is born on Earth so was he born of Fair Jerusalem In mysterys woven mantle & in the Robes of Luvah He stood in fair Jerusalem to awake up into Eden The fallen Man but first to Give his vegetated body To be cut off & separated that the Spiritual body may be Reveald"
First Corinthians 6
 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
First Corinthians 12
 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
First Corinthians 15
 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.