“The Great Chain of Being begins with the Source and proceeds to emanate through various stages of Manifestation, down to matter and non-being. Thus Reality is described in terms of a specific structure. The accounts of different traditional, pre-modern esoteric and exoteric cosmologies are similar enough for it to be possible to present a single account embracing all of them.
- Spirit/Infinite – God unmanifest: Godhead or the Infinite.
- Soul/Celestial – God manifest: the celestial plane.
- Mind/Intermediate – The world in all its invisible aspects: mind and the vital principle; the intermediate plane.
- Body/Terrestrial – The world as visible: space, time and matter; the terrestrial plane.“