Professor Pierre Janet - Below God there is an infinite chain from seraph to grain of sand, from highest self-consciousness to most absolute unconsciousness
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Professor Janet quoted in The Mind Possessed - Dr William Sargant
The central point of these teachings is that man consists of body, soul, and spirit, the two latter surviving death and forming the spiritual man. But the soul itself is clothed, for the time at least, after leaving the body by an ethereal body (Nervengeist) which partakes rather of the nature of body than of soul, and ultimately with progressive spirits, according to some somnambules, decays and leaves the soul free . . .
There is, he says, but one absolutely immaterial Being - that is God. Below God there is an infinite chain from seraph to grain of sand, from highest self-consciousness to most absolute unconsciousness, each link in the chain having more of earth intermixed with its spiritual nature than that which went before. The soul of man occupies some intermediate position in this universal procession.