Definition - What does Realm mean?

A realm is a region or domain in which something operates or occurs. In the spiritual practice of yoga, there is believed to be multiple realms of existence or consciousness that the Self moves through when meditating: the physical realm, the psycho-energetic realm and the transcendental realm.

Within yogic meditation, these realms are considered actual structures and not simply philosophical ideas. They are transcended through the practice of meditation.

Yogapedia explains Realm

In the practice of meditation, there are different philosophies regarding how many realms of existence or consciousness there are, and they often have different names. However, there are three realms that are commonly agreed with that the Self travels through during the practice of meditation. As a yogi becomes more connected to their meditation practice, they travel through these realms or “higher levels” of meditation.

  • The physical realm (sometimes referred to as the gross realm) includes awareness of the physical body, nature, cells and atoms.
  • The psycho-energetic realm (also referred to as the spiritual realm) includes thoughts and emotions, as well as uncommon phenomena and energy that is thought to be tapped into by spiritual healers and prophets. Depending on the school of thought, this realm can be broken down into two separate realms: the enhanced mental realm and the super-mental realm.
  • The transcendental realm (sometimes referred to as the causal or enlightened realm) is thought to be where an individual experiences unity with all things.

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